4th of July Dinner

The 4th of July, Independence Day, is a special day with our family. We have much to be thankful for. Our ancestors have played a role in all the wars in our country defending our freedom. We have the greatest country in the history of the world. All of us have been blessed thanks to those who sacrificed so much to give us a way of life that no other civilization ever had the opportunity to enjoy. We thank all of our vets who are serving today.

This year our dinner was hosted by The Hobbye Shoppe LLC with help from family members cooking their special recipes. The spare ribs, Marge’s delight, were awesome; fresh corn on the cob provided by a local farmer made summer come alive; green beans from our garden by Barb fixed the Kentucky way; delicious homemade cole slaw by Ernie; and to top it off we had key lime and butterscotch pies from Evelyn’s kitchen sent everyone away fill. We hope you had the opportunity to enjoy this time together with family and guest as we did.

Memorial Day


Today brings back many memories for me. As a 5 year old boy, I lost an uncle in WWII in the Battle of the Bulge. I made a special trip this weekend to the beautiful hills of Eastern Kentucky to visit family and walk the cemeteries where many of my ancestors are buried. I discovered a WWI vet grave marker, my uncle’s marker; Korean War vets markers, and others I grew up with. The place is called Sizemore Branch by those who live there now and those who have moved away. There is no name to identify the place. It is an unknown place to the rest of the world, but as I walked among the grave sites, I wondered if any of the neighbors ever thought about the number of men and women who served our country from that little branch, about one mile in length. May we never forget them for their contribution to our country and the freedoms we enjoy? I would like to hear from others who would like to see the place have a name and our vets, who served our country, recognized. If you have a family member who server in the military from that area, let me know.

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