The Reason For Memorial Weekend

Why Do We Have Memorial Day?

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The Reason For Memorial Weekend

The reason for Memorial Day Weekend

WHY do we have Memorial Day?

Is Memorial Day just a weekend to watch parades, get together to eat food, take the kids to play at parks, or simply have a vacation from work?

It is a national holiday, so there should to be a good reason behind it- right?

And while we are on the subject, is there much of a difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day?

If you have ever wondered about these questions and more, I have some other interesting information for you so you can understand the significance and magnitude this day represents.  Please teach and help others understand how precious our freedoms are, and how others have sacrificed for us to have them. That is how we maintain our liberty, otherwise it is easily lost.


Did you realize that there IS a marked difference in Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day?

Memorial Day is set aside to honor all in the military personal who sustained wounds while fighting for our country, and died as a result from injuries.

Veterans Day is a time to remember and honor everyone who has served honorably, at any time of our country’s history, whether it be war or peace time.

Now,  lets talk about the Flag.  Do you know HOW it’s supposed to be raised and lowered?  

Here is the correct way: 

Flag Observance

On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country.

At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

When did Memorial Day become a National Holiday?

Memorandum to the nation on May 2, 2000

As Memorial Day approaches, it is time to pause and consider the  true meaning of this holiday. Memorial Day represents one day of national awareness and reverence, honoring those Americans who died while defending our Nation and its values. While we should honor these heroes every day for the profound contribution they have made to securing our Nation’s freedom, we should honor them especially on Memorial Day. In this time of unprecedented success and prosperity throughout our land, I ask that all Americans come together to recognize how fortunate we are to live in freedom and to observe a universal “National Moment of Remembrance” on each Memorial Day.

This memorial observance represents a simple and unifying way to commemorate our history and honor the struggle to protect our freedoms.

A few ideas of how to celebrate this holiday’s true meaning:

Read a story of history about a battle for our freedom Watch a documentary about a leader, or a war, that was vital for our life today Visit graves of deceased soldiers Say a prayer for our soldiers and military serving us today Provide or organize a project for “Adopt A Soldier”. Click HERE for information.

At 3pm, your local time, is the official time to observe a moment of silence, or the playing of “Taps” We are incredibly blessed as a people, and nation, to live in a country of opportunities and independence.

Freedom always comes at a cost someone paid the price. As we celebrate this day, may we pause to recognize, appreciate and say a prayer of gratitude for those who have valiantly sacrificed, to allow us the liberties we enjoy today as citizens of this great nation. What a wonderful day to remember this great gift, and ponder ways we can live to improve life for all.  

For an beautiful and quick outdoor cemetery DIY grave decoration, that can also be a door wreath, click HERE.  

On this post there is also information on how to easily clean a grave marker. 

DIY Memorial Grave Decoration

DIY Memorial Grave Decoration










Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

Staying connected by sending gifts in a unique way through the mail

Did You Know You Can Send THAT In the Mail?

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Staying connected by sending gifts in a unique way through the mail

Staying in touch through the mail

Did You Know You Can Send THAT In the Mail? 

To make connections, strengthen relationships and build family foundations, this is the BEST FUN way!


Who doesn’t like to get mail that isn’t a bill –  but a treat or a gift?  EVERYONE, that’s who.

Did you know you can mail just about anything?

For example you can mail a coconut, just as it is without putting it in a box or wrapping it up – simply as it is, by either writing, or taping an address on it? Isn’t that the coolest thing ever!

Think of the possibilities.  This post is part The Lost Art of Relationships. What better way to strengthen, mend or to reach across the miles than to send a surprise to a brother, sister, mom, dad, grandchild, child, in-law, niece or nephew, aunt, uncle — you get the idea. 

Also, what a wonderful approach to softening hearts if that is needed. It’s a comfortable way of letting someone know you are thinking of them, or even starting a conversation. 

And, boy do I have some FUN ideas for you, come on and just see what I have put together.


I wanted to make sure how things would work in the mail, so to experiment, I visited the post office quite a bit.

Well, I can tell you with confidence, that you can mail pretty much anything what you can think of.

*The only restrictions I would recommend are to watch the weight and size of the item(s), because that is what makes the difference in the price.  The large dimensions or heavy weight might be a bit into your budget, so use care with that. And I know this applies in the contingent USA, not sure about outside the U.S.; you’ll have to check if outside in another country, or sending to Alaska or Hawaii.

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I have mailed puzzles right in their own box.

Candy in its own wrapper.

Balls – YES balls!  The larger ones at the Dollar Store. The postman was so excited. my kids reported to me, that he brought it right the door for the grand kids. 

A box of fruit snacks and fruit roll ups, as they are when purchased at the store, among many other items.It's In The Mail! 3

One thing I didn’t send, but a postal worker said they saw come through was a baseball bat.  Just the bat!  The sender had written a little note on the bat with a sharpie marker, then taped the sender and recipients address, on the bat itself.  What a cool gift!

I have some ideas for you!!!

What little girl wouldn’t love receiving ELSA or ANNA  in a bottle/container/OR the Party in Bottle you’ll see below!  How fun would that be!!!

For a toddler boy look HERE

For a teenage girl or a woman try these socks HERE

For a teenage boy or man try this HERE

This CANDY could be sent as it is

I found an inexpensive and sturdy box, lined it with fun tissue, then bubble wrap.  
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You can fill with cookies, brownies, peanut butter bars, whatever treat or CANDY like HERE  if you want, but make sure it is dense treat so it travels well. It's In The Mail! 3Tape it up with fun duct tape like  one of THESE which I also used to tape around the address and then shipped it off. It's In The Mail! 4

The black print tape was on a tub of cotton candy and it sailed right through.  It's In The Mail! 5The box of M&M’s didn’t squish or munch.  It's In The Mail! 6As you can see even the middle package with individual packs (the brown print) of candy made it across several states.  I wasn’t sure if it would pop since it is filled with air, but it made it just fine!  It's In The Mail! 7

This is a GREAT idea….ok…in my humble opinion, I think it’s a great idea anyway. 

Take an empty can of Pringles potato chips and wipe it out. 

Then fill it with cookies, candy or treat, part of the way up the can.It's In The Mail! 8I put a little note inside of a sandwich baggie, then tucked it inside with the cookies.It's In The Mail! 9The reason I put the note in a baggie, is so that it wouldn’t get greasy from the oils of the cookies or whatever treat was in the can, and then continued to fill up the canister.It's In The Mail! 10Next cut a piece of waxed paper and a piece of construction paper the same size as the lid to go over the cookies to cover them.  It's In The Mail! 11

Tape with fun duct tape or packing tape.  Address and send.  

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Look at this! I put addresses right on the toys and they made it!It's In The Mail! 13Be creative, things right in their own packing works well too.It's In The Mail! 14 Look around your house at all the different kinds of bottles or canisters you can use to send treats or gifts in.  It just needs to be sturdy.It's In The Mail! 15

New mom’s, or mom’s-to-be would be thrilled to get a gift like one of these in the mail!

It could be the Barefoot Baby Sandals, click HERE for my tutorial.

Or the Binki Clips, click HERE to see step-by-step tutorials for these useful and appreciated gifts.

It's In The Mail! 16The Christmas and holiday pails/tins work terrific for those hard to fit items.  Seal, then tape the address on the outside and away they go.   Watch for after holiday sales for plain colored tins to use any time of the year.  It's In The Mail! 17With your canister/container, you can put just about anything that abides by the post office standards.

If you have a store with the bins of candy, go get a little bit of this and that to put in your container.  It does not have to be full,  if it will not be damaged; it can rattle around while shipping and be fine, if an item that won’t be damaged of course.
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HUGE TIP:   I found out the hard way that if there is a coating on a ball, or a toy like this, you cannot simply tape the address on it to send. Because it will tear off the top layer when the receiver wants to take it off….oops. It's In The Mail! 19Don’t forget older boys and teen guys. 

Tool boxes or canisters can hold the duct tape they love.  How fun would it be to send a teen (IF appropriate, you know your family) the tool box with the tape and a treat with the lock on it.

THEN, send the key in a separate envelope or container!   Most like a good joke, but again, you know your family. It's In The Mail! 20A boy would love the cars coming in a fun mystery container.  What surprise this would be!It's In The Mail! 21A tween or teen girl is sometimes difficult to get a gift for.  But what about holiday themed or every day socks or booties?  They always enjoy these!  And in a clear plastic jar, or a fun type as shown above, it would make her day better!It's In The Mail! 22

If you have a huge fan of anything, such as the super hero’s (or a certain theme) YOU would certainly be their super hero with this package. 

*On Amazon I found some lunch boxes that were being discontinued or marked down like the one pictured pictured below; for example I found a Disney Frozen one HERE for super inexpensive. Just search a bit and you’ll be surprised at the fun you can have with this!It's In The Mail! 23Candy for ANYONE is always appreciated.  It's In The Mail! 24If you know someone is having a hard time, needs a pick-me-up, thinking-of-you, or just-because, here’s an idea.It's In The Mail! 25                

If you have a special girl in your life, here is an idea (*the size and shape will affect shipping)

Lay your choice of ribbon across the box you want to use. It's In The Mail! 26Then tissue on top of the ribbon.  It's In The Mail! 27 You can put anything you’d like in your special box.  I put in TuTu’s that we made on a post.  You can see the detailed EASY instructions HERE.

I added some glow sticks on top for extra fun. It's In The Mail! 28Pull the tissue up around the contents carefully and tuck it in, then the ribbons, and tie them up and give them all a curl. It's In The Mail! 29 A note on the inside to the recipients as well as the address for the mail carriers. Fun duct (as I linked to above) tape to keep it together makes it extra special. It's In The Mail! 30

 Delivery and the result—- smiles all around! It's In The Mail! 31

Would you like to send a PARTY IN A BOTTLE? 

It’s easy and I’ll show you how!
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First rinse out a large pop bottle and allow it to dry thoroughly.

Take off whatever of the wrapper you can, but don’t stress (you will cover it up anyway).

Make a slit of about 4″-6″ It's In The Mail! 33Cutting over where the label is, so over the glue because you will cover this area with the address anyway.It's In The Mail! 34Into the slit you just cut, stuff COLOR SHREDS HERE, confetti, WIRE GARLAND really, anything your heart desires.

Have fun, remember, you are making a PARTY in a BOTTLE!It's In The Mail! 35

Then slip the gift in, keep in mind where it is going, and if it will it melt before reaching its destination. 

If it is  hot, do not send chocolate, that is my recommendation. It's In The Mail! 36

DOUBLE LAYER the paper, by folding it over itself after printing or putting another piece on top of itself.  

Simply tape the address over the slit to cover any label that you couldn’t remove

Everyone will be amazed at how YOU took a minute to send a little MAGIC in the mail 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2017

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today