On this day…

9/11
Where were you when the world stopped turning?
I was in class. I hardly had any idea what was going on. It wasn’t until I got home and saw how devasted my parents looked. They sat me down and explained it to me in child terms. I’ve gotta say, I wish I could’ve just kept it that way rather than learn the real, harsh truth of it all as I got older.

“We survive, it’s what we do.”

Just saying the date makes me cringe. I hate that about tragedy. No matter how much time passes the day is forever marked.
I especially feel bad for all the people with birthdays on this day. No matter what year they always have this event talked about on their day of celebration. That being said, how could we not talk about it? It’s a part of us. It’s a part of our history. It will be known by people who weren’t even alive for it. There’s no completely coming back from things like this. There will always be some reminder.
It’s been 13 years and we’re still rebuilding. Not just the monuments and buildings but also the people.
“I get knocked down, but I get up again. No they never gonna keep me down.”

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“Cause our flag still stand for freedom and you can’t take that away.”

When I think about the events that happened and I sit here watching the 9/11 segments on tv I can’t help but cry. It’s an unfathomable event. I can’t even begin to understand how the people on those airlines or in the buildings must have felt. I can imagine the people that hadn’t prayed in years were doing so right then. The ones who jumped out from 80 story windows, what courage that must have taken. Either be buried under rumble or jump, either way they knew their fate. I probably would’ve chose the leap of faith as well if I absolutely knew I wasn’t going to make it. But then again, that’s the thing,  I have NO idea what I truly would do in that situation because I can’t even begin to imagine being in a situation like that. Each and every one of them were heroes. From the firefighters to the ones who tried to take back control of United 93. Pure courage.

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I’m especially reminded today of how thankful I am for what I have. How thankful I am for those who serve our country and help me feel safe. For those who go out of their way to put themselves in danger in order to protect us. Those as well are the true hero’s.

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And also prayers for ALL the innocent lives lost. We in America,  aren’t the only ones who suffered from this and I think sometimes people lose sight of the fact that innocent lives were lost because of this in other countries as well.

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It’s all senseless violence. I wish the world didn’t have to be burdened with these things but it’s always going to be the harsh reality.

ALWAYS remember, America kicks ass. We will always make a comeback and everytime it will be stronger.
Watch out ISIS.

One final note, this day is also in remembrance of the death of a beautiful, Tina Franseen. The guy I was with for 4 years lost his mom to cancer on this day. To this family this is what they link 9/11 to above anything else. They are wonderful people and she gave birth to 5 amazing children before leaving this earth and would be so proud of them today. Even though most of you don’t know this family just say an extra prayer for them as well. The years may have passed since her death but the ache never fully goes away. I see that in all of their eyes. Especially since alot of them are getting married now or having children of their own.

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Hug your family close, if you love someone, tell them, now. Life is too short to wait for tomorrow’s. You can never be too sure if you’re going to get a tomorrow. Always live in the moment.

And always remember,  ‘MERICA!

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I’m proud to be an American.

“Where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died and gave that right to me. And I’ll gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.  Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land. God bless the USA!” That song never fails to give me chills.

As much as I hate all the horrible things that happen in America (but everywhere else as well) I’m beyond blessed that we are truly free, unlike many other countries. We aren’t forced into marriages, we don’t have to worry about who’s watching us, we don’t have to worry about terrorist groups barging into our homes, and we aren’t typically forced into anything. It breaks my heart that in this world some people live with those fears everyday. 

So on that note, I celebrated my freedom with an awesomely fun weekend filled with friends and family! Couldn’t have asked for a better 4th of July! It was definitely one for the books. I pretty much sat poolside all weekend.I enjoyed huge fireworks in the country while sitting in the hottub, drank copious amounts of alcohol and ate so much food I thought I would die (taco bar, HUGE breakfast each morning, bloody mary bars in the morning, amazing pizza, and SO MUCH BEER seriously we had 60 cases and two left by this morning), and laughed so much it hurt.

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“Cause our flag still stands for freedom, and you can’t take that away.”

‘MERICA!
I hope everyone enjoyed celebrating our freedom!

How did you celebrate?
What’s your favorite part of the 4th?

On Wisconsin.

I’ve had this sitting as a draft for about a week now. It was half finished so there’s no better time than now to do so!  Especially with how much I’ve been slacking at this blog thing!

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Take a moment. What is the first thing you think when you see this picture?  (Besides the fact that this is over a year old and I look like a baby.)
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I bet it’s not “Hey that’s a gay couple with Olivia!” Well it is!  On the left is my Uncle Rick.  My grandparents only son. It took him until he was 35 to come out. How sad is that?  It’s not like we didn’t have our suspicions due to the fact that he never had a girlfriends but hey maybe he just wasn’t the dating type. I hate when people say “well he doesn’t look gay”. No he doesn’t. But does gay really have a look? Not necessarily. The man on my right has been my uncles partner for the last 5 years. Up until they’re recent breakup. Guess what guys, EVERYONE, straight, gay, or bi, they ALL have relationship troubles. Mulitply theirs times 100 due to the fact that they’re gay.
I love my uncle. We have the best conversations. He lives in Phoenix and is a hott shot CEO and VP of a worldwide insurance company. He literally lives the good life. Here’s our conversation the other day. Seriously how can you not love it?!

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And here he is with my lesbian cousin, Jess. My family is so colorful I just love it!

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Well the reason for this post is I’m SO happy to say that my home state of Wisconsin has finally gotten their heads out of their ass and legalized the marriage of gays!

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Even if I didn’t have members of my family that were gay I’d still be a backer 100%. Who am I to say who you can and can’t love? People who think they can help that are insane. None of them chose to be that way. Why would they with such a hateful society? No matter what love is love. And I’m thrilled to be part of a state that is allowing them to marry now. It brings tears to my eyes to see how happy this has made some people.

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My favorite cut off.

It saddens me deeply that there are still some people too afraid to come out. It makes me sad that my uncle was treated differently at work after coming out, that some people get kicked out of their families for loving the same sex. It wasn’t easy for my grandpa to hear that his only son that he raised was gay but at the end of the day after he let it all sink he realized it’s still the same son he raised and he couldn’t be more proud. That is why I love my family. I wish that everyone could see that way. And trust me, for my grandparents to be so accepting and loving of this was hard because they are die hard Catholics. At the end of the day though, family was above even that.
This law has passed now and still there are some court houses in Wisconsin refusing to marry same sex couples. My feed on facebook is filled with posts of protestors standing outside courthouses in my town and the neighbouring towns. Just let them be married. They have the same right that we do.

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There are few major topics that I’m very vocal about. Equality for woman is one. The marriage of gays is another and then animal rights. I’m sorry if I ever offend anyone with posts I do on these topics but they’re all very near and dear to my heart. And the celebrities that use their fame to help these causes make me so happy.

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You tell em' Zac Efrom! I have this shirt as well. Fck8.com

But my most favorite gay person in the whole wide world?!
ELLEN.

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I am Catholic.  I don’t always agree with their ways but it’s what I was raised as. This man has made me proud to be that once again. God bless him and his unconventional ways.

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And one final thing, there is a campaign “spread the word to stop the word” which is reference to the word “retarded”. A word you will never hear me use unless for something like this. But when I see people who are so adamant upon people not using that word and then yelling “this is so gay” I literally want to punch them in the throat. THERE ARE A MILLION OTHER WORDS TO USE.

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So on that note. Here’s some happiness. 10 stories of acceptance that will fill you with hope. Because sometimes all we need is a little hope.♥

“No freedom till we’re equal. Damn right I support it.” -Same Love by Macklemore
(I hope this song is a stuck in your head as it is mine after reading this. As soon as I hear the first notes of that piano in this song I get chills. Such a powerful song.)