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Friday Favorites – Hello and Goodbye

Even with COVID, it is still that time of year.

Schools have been deciding just how they want to approach having students back in class.

Parents have had to decide how they want their own children to attend school during these difficult times.

It could be home school, online school, physical school, or a hybrid of any or all of them.

No matter what the choice, someone will be entering or leaving, coming or going.

I’ve always thought that I would rather, as Paula White says, “Go where you are celebrated, not where you’re tolerated”.

When my children were small, I read something somewhere that begged the question, “Does your face light up when your child enters the room?”

In other words, do they feel that you want them there?

The same can be said about our spouses, our friends, or aquaintances.

It can also be said about people present at the activities we attend, and even our jobs.

Do they feel like you are glad to see them?

How we are greeted, can determine how we feel about where we are, and even change how we do the activities, or the job that is before us.

So greetings are important.

So too, are farewells.

Farewells can help to set the tone for both success, and for failure, wanting to return, and wanting to stay away.

A good farewell sets us up for a good day/time/event.

I always managed to to tell my children the same thing when they left;

“Have fun! Be careful!”

Their dad always said “Watch them deer – they are running!”

To this day, even as grown ups, no matter what time of day or year – the same words are uttered at their leaving.

They have become important to our children, historically speaking.

They still recite those words to us, many times with a chuckle.

They know that there is nothing but love behind those words.

I did a short poll on my Facebook page, asking others what they said to their kids whenever they were leaving.

Here are a few of the responses;

1. One said she prayed with them.

2. Do the next right thing.

3. Make smart choices, watch for deer, love you.

4. (Currently) Are you staying in your pajamas today? Remember you have class connect today.

5. Make good choices.

6. Be kind and brave,and strong and true.

(Note that good choices and deer have tied for the lead! lol)

So. How do your people feel when they come home?

How do they feel when they launch out into their daily worlds?

Have you equipped them with the self esteem they need to face it?

Will your words “historically” cause them to feel their worth?

Good questions to ponder I think.

Until next time …

Friday Favorites – Photos I Have Taken

Here are a few favorite photos that have been taken by me.

They are by no means professional.

Most were taken with my phone camera.

Little did I know that I could go on and on.

These are where I had to stop.

I hope you enjoy them too.

Shadows Under the Hill
Chilly Morning
A Foggy Beginning
Rainbows End
Peaceful
River View
Land of Ahs.
Back Streets of Joppa
Joppa – Peter’s City
Gai Beach – Tiberias, Israel
The Western Wall – The Wailing Wall
Jerusalem Oh Jerusalem

Until next time …

Friday Favorites – Flashback!

This Friday Favorite is a bit like time travel.

We’re going back in time to 2010, when the oldest of our seven grand children was just nine or so.

At that time his class room read a book called ⇾Flat Stanley⇽.

Our grandson Wyatt brought home his flat namesake – Flat Wyatt.

Flat Wyatt proceeded with us on our trip to San Jose’, California.

This Friday Favorite is made up of just a few of the places we visited.

Fifteen days on the road with my Hubby, and yes, still best friend.
We took along a little guy named Flat Wyatt.  The whole trip, he never complained once.  He certainly saw more than he thought he would!  I’ll introduce you to him here,

Friday morning we left on our adventure to the west coast.

We arrived in Littleton, Colorado at the home of our dear friends John and Sue around 6:00 pm.

We had a wonderful visit, and Wyatt enjoyed helping John and Sue to make breakfast before we left for more of our journey.

The Quaking Aspens were at their peak of color, and the views on the way to Telluride were unbelievably beautiful.

On the road to

Settled by Grampa’s ancestors.

Said to be once the richest man west of the Mississippi.

We toured Arches State Park in Utah. Grampa thought it looked like God just took some red clay and said “I’ll just throw this here.”

Here’s Flat Wyatt posing in front of “Balancing Rock” and showing you just how tall some of these rock formations were.

Some of the rocks looked like giants telling each other secrets, some looked like big cookies, and one even looked like an elephants behind!





God sure has a great sense of beauty, and a sense of humor too!


On Tuesday Night we stayed in the Hayward/Castro Valley, CA area.

We visited the place where Grampa spent a lot of time while he was in the Navy. It was called the Port O’ Call/ Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley.

It is in fact where Grampa met Jesus as his Savior.

We got to go inside and see the changes that have been made over the years.

Grampa got to catch up on some history that has happened since he left the area.


Painted Ladies – San Francisco

Everyone knows these ladies!

But do they know that truck?

Well, we saw much more, but sadly, as often happens with digital, some files were corrupted, and therefore are no more.

But I hope you enjoyed this mini tour across America with Flat Wyatt!

Until next time …