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My name is Susan, and Designs by Prater is what you could call my creative outlet that pulls together my photography, art and graphic design endeavors! The most important thing you should know about me is that my life revolves around my God and my Savior Jesus Christ, my family (especially my husband Todd, son JD, and puppy Lexie), family and friends. Other than that, I am pretty much obsessed with photography, Coca-Cola, and the color green (and all shades of green for that matter, especially teal). I love sports but cannot play them worth a lick. I would not trade my time as a college student at Mississippi State for anything in the world. The friendships and memories made there will stick with me forever...Hail State and Go Dogs! And I am very picky about my chocolate chip cookies, grilled cheeses, and shaved ice (gotta be SnoBiz watermelon flavor).

Friday, May 24, 2013

We Remember and Honor

The Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and while we many times look forward to and celebrate this weekend as the unofficial start to summer, there is a much greater purpose to this occasion. It's a special time for us to remember and honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. I am blessed that both of my grandfathers who served were able to retire with their health intact and live long happy lives, but not everyone gets to be so lucky. My heart especially goes out this weekend to those who have lost loved ones while protecting all of us who many times take for granted all the liberties we enjoy living in this great country. 

I have to be honest, I was starting this post out to announce my Mary Kay Memorial Day Sale, and then I just felt a little nudging from the Holy Spirit humbling me that perhaps there was a different message that I needed to post today. So while I will still post later this weekend more information about my newly-named Mary Kay Shimming Summer Sale, I wanted to ask you guys to share with me your stories of loved ones who proudly served their country! Or perhaps maybe you know someone who has lost a loved one while serving. Please take a moment to just send them a little note of encouragement as this day probably brings up lots of joyous and sad memories for them.

So, anyways, I just wanted to share a bit from my heart right now! And if you are having one or participating in a Memorial Day sale this weekend, please don't think I am calling you out or trying to make you feel bad. I've done both myself before. I just wanted to step away from the commercialization of the holiday for a moment to say "thanks" and "they are remembered." I hope you might find yourself doing the same at some point over the weekend, too!

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