Flag of the Week

This weeks flag is from Castine, Maine.

The day we visited Castine was on and off foggy. Last week I shared about our visit to Dyce Head Lighthouse. Castine is a charming coastal town full of charm. Maine Maritime Academy is located in Castine. It's a four-year institution for officers and engineers for the United States Merchant Marine and similar industries.

Boats moored in the water captured my attention. I've seen boats tied up at docks, but before our trip I'd never seen boats sitting in the water without occupants. I learned it's like parking your car in a parking lot. You pick your spot and take the keys with you so nobody steals your boat.

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This week's flag comes from Lake Alamoosook in Maine. I've always loved the water and mostly vacationed around the Atlantic Ocean. My first time to stay in a lake house was magical. The water was tranquil and clear. You could see fish in the water and rocks on the bottom of the lake. My time at Lake Alamoosook was much too short.

I want to share a few more pictures from this beautiful area. Enjoy!

Job 4:7-10 NIV 7 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; 8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. 9 Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? 10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

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It seems fitting to bring you a flag from Augusta, Georgia.

Congratulations to Danny Willett on winning the Masters. His baby was due to be born in April 10, but Zachariah James came on March 30. So Danny Willett decided to play in Augusta this week, and what a great decision that turned out to be.

In addition to the surprise win by Danny Willett, three golfers scored a hole-in-one on the sixteenth hole. This is the first time in Masters history for this to happen in a single round. Congratulations to Shane Lowry, Davis Love III, and Louis Oosthuizen.

Once again congratulations to Danny Willett on winning the Masters, and congratulations on your new baby!

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I'm heading back to New York City for this week's Flag of the Week.

We spotted this fire department walking around the city one evening.

New York City is so diverse, and I loved the people there. Here are a few more pictures from a walk in Greenwich Village, or as the locals call it, the Village.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you all have a blessed week!

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There's a little street in Wilmore where I love to walk. This week's flag flies proudly on a house that always tugs at me. I'm not sure exactly why, but I love this house.

I hope people who walk by my house feel a welcoming draw.

In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

I don't know the people who own this house. What I do know is this. "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

If you walk by my house, please know you'll be welcomed. In Jesus' name we'll give you food or a drink and a seat to rest in. Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Flag of the Week comes from Athens, Georgia

My husband, Tim, graduated from the University of Kentucky. I grew up in Kentucky, but when I attended the University of Georgia I fell in love with football. I can cheer for Kentucky any time except when they play Georgia. We have so much fun watching the yearly Kentucky vs Georgia game. Some years we are able to go back to Athens, but it didn't work out for us this year. There's nothing like the excitement of being between the hedges to cheer on your favorite team.

My son, Scott, drove down to Athens with a friend who graduated from UK. They stayed with some of our friends, and Scott cheered for UGA. Yes, that made me so happy.

Thanks to Scott this week's flag of the week comes from Sanford Stadium.

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This week's flag comes from Keeneland, Home of 2015 Breeder's Cup in Lexington, Kentucky.

I've only been to Keeneland for a concert, and I've never actually attended a horse race despite living in horse country.

Keeneland began on October 15, 1936 with's it's first day of Thoroughbred racing. Almost eighty years later the tradition continues.

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I've seen ferries on movies that pack many cars on them for a ride across a body of water. In Kentucky we have the Valley View Ferry. It holds all of three cars.

The good news is it's a short ride.

The Valley View Ferry is the oldest ferry service year-round in the U.S., and of course it proudly flies the American flag.

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This week's featured flag flies proudly atop the Brooklyn Bridge.

On our trip to New York City, we decided to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. The walk across the bridge is not so long itself, but walking to and from the bridge is a pretty good hike. The day we walked across the bridge, we walked a total of ten miles.

The bridge is fascinating. There are walking lanes and bike lanes, and you look down and see cars 'driving.' Mostly they were stuck in traffic. We walked faster than most of the vehicles moved.

The structure of the bridge is pretty, and it's an interesting walk.

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When I visit the coast of North Carolina, I enjoy seeing all the homes flying flags. I had come to think maybe coastal families were more patriotic. Visiting New York City showed me how much this city loves our country. I couldn't help but feel patriotic as I walked down streets and saw our flag proudly displayed time after time.

I want to share how nice New Yorkers were to us during our trip. Not once were we treated rudely during our week in the city. Sometimes I initiated the conversation with an employee or a stranger on the subway, and each time the person turned out to be kind. I understand why so many people proclaim, "I love New York!"

Welcome to the U.S. Open 2015

We went to the U.S. Open for the first time this year.

We arrived early Monday morning full of excitement. When we stepped off the subway, we were greeted with the American flag. Despite the overcast morning, it was a beautiful sight. So today's flag of the week comes from Flushing Meadow and the U.S. Open.

If you enjoy tennis, I recommend you try to attend the U.S. Open one day. People from all over the world were there. The fans from Australia brought their flag and were proud to wave it when one of their countrymen were playing. It was fun to watch their pride for the Aussie's playing.

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The kids are back in school and summer is drawing to a close. Although you couldn't tell by the temperatures.
But soon the temperatures will dip, and we'll be cheering on our favorite football teams.

For now, I'd like to share another quote from President Ronald Reagan:

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

Flags, Sisters' Weekend, and The Greatest Generation

Today my good friend, and crit partner, Janet Ferguson is sharing our special 'Flag of the Week.' Here's Janet...

Every few years, I’ve gotten to experience an idea my oldest sister came up with—Sister Weekend at the Beach. It’s awesome that she came up with idea and also that she has a condo we can use on Hilton Head Island. We have a chance to catch up without our kids around and bond (we sometimes invite our husbands), and now that our parents have passed on, we share special memories.

Well, I knew Jackie Layton featured the American Flag on her blog, and when I saw a family had hoisted one in the sand, I was reminded of my father’s service in World War II.
I interviewed my father,James White, in 1997 and printed his story so that our family would be able to have his history to pass on. He was a determined and somewhat lucky man, dodging death on several occasions. The oldest son of a widow in tiny Hickory Flat, Mississippi, he aptly called his home town at the time “a wide place in the road.” During World War II, he enlisted in the Signal Corps so he could choose his area of service.

After basic training at Camp Crowder Missouri, weeks of teletype and radio school, then thirteen weeks of field artillery at Fort Eustis, Virginia, my father began radar training. At first, they used radar connected to their big guns. He said, “We were firing at a target pulled by a small plane, and once we got too close to the plane.” He transferred after that to Camp Davis, North Carolina, to attend another eight weeks of special training. “We went to school each day to a class which was across a pull-up bridge. Everything was top secret. I had to be investigated and approved before attending this training. No one was allowed in the area except those attending the classes. The bridge was kept pulled up at all times except when someone was allowed to cross.”

He had many other interesting stories, but I found this one intriguing. If you’d like to read more about Fort Davis, here’s a link http://www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher/ww2/ww2.htm. My father never made it overseas to fight in the war as his appendix ruptured just before his unit shipped out to Germany. Did I mention he was lucky? And so were my sisters and I to have a father from that Greatest Generation.

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I spotted this week's flag walking through the neighborhood with Tim and Heinz.

I don't know these homeowners, but when I walk past their home I feel like they must be friendly.

The last two nights we've been out walking, we've met two new couples. One was driving around lost, and the other couple live down the street from us. I think our country will be stronger if we start by getting to know our neighbors.

God bless America.