Happy 4th of July - God Bless America

God Bless America by Irving Berlin

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
let us swear allegiance to a land that's free.
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair, as we
raise our voices in a solemn prayer.

God Bless America, land that I love.
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam.
God Bless America, my home sweet home.
God Bless America, my home sweet home.

Chris and I in North Carolina on vacation

Chris and I in North Carolina on vacation

To be free to roam all over America is one of the benefits of living in this great land.  As a kid, my family would go to North Carolina in the summer and rent a cabin for two weeks.  I always loved it because it was so different than the beaches of Florida.  The smell of the pine, the majestic mountains and the streams and rivers as cold as ice even in the summer fascinated me.  As an adult the enormity of the forests brings an essence of calm whenever I go back for a visit.