Today I took my kids to the polls and exercised that sweet American right, voting. I let Meredith and Clara push the red "send" button at the end so they could feel a part of the process too. Later I mentioned something on Facebook about being thankful for voting and the opportunity to tell my kids about what a great country America is. I got a comment from someone who isn't convinced America is great anymore. I thought I would post my reply here just because this is something I truly believe and I am truly thankful.
For all of its flaws, America is still the greatest nation on earth. The issues I have with our government are a direct result of the lack of moral fiber and/or apathy of the American people. I feel so blessed to live in a country where I don't worry about my husband being arrested in the middle of the night and being tortured without a trial. I feel so blessed to be able to speak my mind freely, vote for my elected officials, and attend the church of my own choosing. I feel very blessed to have as many children as I want and educate them according to the dictates of my own conscience. There will always be doomsayers and lots of info floating around on the Internet that I could allow to bog me down. But I am thankful to be an American. God has blessed me by allowing me to be born here. I love my country and will pass this on to my children. I want them to be aware of the blessings they enjoy that many others will never know.