I have only been around for a few short years, yet I feel as though I have loved this country for generations. I grew up in a household where God, family, and country was the pecking order. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of my family seated at the end of my parents’ bed reading our Bible story each night, or sitting around the table as my parents discussed whatever issue happened to be at the forefront of the nation or the world at that time, always allowing for each of the four children to chime in at any time.
My father worked (and still works) very hard as a pastor, balancing his church family with his own. His work ethic amazes me. My mother gave up a career in her early years to stay home and teach her children. Her sacrifice humbles me. She and my father have such a love for learning, and they passed that on to us. They taught us to think for ourselves, to read as much as we can, and to strive to be faithful Christians and good citizens of this nation. Their love of country is phenomenal. They grasped what a gift this nation is, and instilled that understanding in us.
Today some would call that closed-minded. Some would even call it politically incorrect. I call it a blessing. As a nation we have our blotches, but in a world of tyranny, of terror, and of a lack of freedom, what an extraordinary thing it is to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. My name is Mary Ramirez, and with this website and the writing in it I hope to pass this love of country on to my fellow citizens, so that in doing so we may preserve our freedom for future generations. Indeed,
. . . the glory of the Present is to make the Future free . . .