Verlyn Tarlton

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Sun and fun to everyone!

It’s been a while since I posted. It seems time flew by, and we have had adventure after adventure. I am now playing catch up with posting. We have been all over the country and now I will start sharing our journey again.

Thank you for your patience and a special thank you to those who have reached out.

We’re back…

So we arrived in Texas. The weather was great and we met up with family and friends!

Enjoy a few pictures. More to come. Stay tuned!

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There is so much to see and do in Texas… so many new friends to meet up with! Can’t wait to share our journey with you.

Will post pictures of our visit to The South Dallas Cultural Museum! It was phenomenal!

 

Our plans, His hands…

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Our visit to Medgar Evers home was both sad and enlightening.

Medgar Evers has been an unsung hero and I feel every child should be privileged to learn about him and the way he stood for justice, and even lost his life for it. I remember the excitement building up as we saw the exit sign.

 

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There were such mixed feelings as we stood in front of his home and then in the drive way where he was gunned down by the evil that is still prevalent today.

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This is the historic marker, that’s bolted on the the front of his home.

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Here stands the historic marker that is located on the street right in front of his home. I can hardly believe that I stood there reading the sign to my children. It was both exciting and heart breaking at the same time.

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Once inside, we were able to see each and every room in his home. I don’t want to show all the pictures because they prefer people visit the home museum in person. I’ll post just enough to wet your whistle though…

medgar evers home

This lovely and knowledgeable curator of the museum, gave us a lesson that we can’t recapture. Our children learned things that day that could not be taught in a text book. They were able to see his home, see his piano, his book shelf, and other items that made Medgar Evers, who he was. Not only did they see history, they were able to touch it.

Our curator taught us so many things and pointed out details that I will always remember. As we toured the home, we learned what life was like for Medgar Evers and his family.

Did you know that the mattresses the children slept on were on the floor? Our children learned it was due to the constant threats on their lives. The mattresses on the floor were to protect them from gun shots through the windows.

The refrigerator was pushed up against the back door, due to the threat of those who would try to break in and harm the family.

I could go on and on but you need to see it for yourselves.

medgar evers home

medgar evers home

I am truly thankful to experience history in it’s fullest, by visiting places like this. Most importantly, I am blessed that my children are seeing these things at an early age and learning on the road. These experiences can never be duplicated in the class room…

Our plans, His hands…

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Who is Rosa Parks?

We visited the Rosa Parks Library and Museum in Alabama. Rosa Parks is known as the woman who sat down and stood for her rights. She stood her ground by sitting down. In short Rosa Parks would not relinquish her seat to a white man, on the bus. Rather than give up her seat, she chose to be arrested. This act started what would be known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The movement sparked others to band together and in tern, change was made about a year later. Black people were no longer subjected to having to sit at the back of the bus nor did they have to give up the seats they paid for because they were black.

Enjoy our visit!

 

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A statue of Rosa Parks seated on the bus. This is the only picture we were allowed to take inside.

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We were not allowed to take pictures in most of the exhibits however, we loved the street landmark signs.

 

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Here is the bus top where it all began. This was our history lesson for the day.

 

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Our family is blessed to be able to visit historical landmarks and actually touch the places where lives were changed. It is one thing to read about history in a book or article but to actually stand in the same place where life changing events took place can leave one in awe. These real life lessons are lived and will never be forgotten.

If you visit Montgomery, Alabama, make sure to see the Rosa Parks Library and Museum and then take a walk down the street and see the historic sites. You will be glad you did!  See the link below.

http://www.troy.edu/rosaparks/

Our plans His hands.

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Tuskegee Airmen!

After leaving the fascinating campus of The Tuskegee Institute, we drove around the corner to The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. What a wonder to behold.

 

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First, there were plaques and monuments every where. Consequently, our history lesson began to take place before we made it inside.

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Tuskegee Airmen

As we stood on and looked over Moton Field, it was mind blowing!  We were on the same ground the Red Tails stood and trained on, not so long ago. Especially relevant, Moton Field was named after the great Robert Russa Moton, who succeeded Booker T. Washington, as President of Tuskegee Institute.

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This was a powerful propeller aircraft engine and was used on the Red Tail planes. The engine was as big as she is!

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Most noteworthy, inside the second hanger was more information, pictures, and history! We watched a movie that was so informative, as a result, we purchased it. Further more, we use it to continue to learn, study, and share. In addition, the movie told us the story of how the airmen got the name, “Red Tails”. Hint: it started with a bucket of paint.

 

 

Tuskegee Airmen

While inside the hangars, we loved reading factual information about the Tuskegee Airmen. Due to racism the Red Tails fought abroad and then had to come home to another fight. Hence the term “double victory”.

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Finally, it is not possible to sum up into words the trip we took here. There was so much to see and learn about the Tuskegee Airmen. Most of all, to able to stand on the grounds and breathe the air where so many brave men learned how to fight abroad and then right here in their own country, was amazing.

In conclusion, the Red Tails were phenomenal and their legacy will live forever in our hearts and minds, through pictures and hence through this blog.

Tuskegee Airmen

Our plans, His hands.

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Tuskegee Institute was by far a phenomenal visit. First, the campus was beautiful, the people were gracious, and  the history behind this institute should be taught to students of all races.

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As soon as we arrived on campus, the atmosphere changed. Consequently, the pride of the founder could be felt on every street and with every hand that greeted us.

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The statue below is a depiction of Booker T Washington and a student.Booker T Washington was the founder of Tuskegee Institute, who believed that a man ought to work with his hands and use his own skills to feed and provide for his family.

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Tuskegee Institute

Here’s the George Washington Carver Museum, unfortunately it was closed for renovations, hence we could not go inside.

 

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This amazing home was built brick by brick by the hands of the students at the Tuskegee Institute. Booker T Washington taught them how to work with their hands, not only to build houses but to build their own lives for their families. We were privileged to be able to stand outside of The Oaks, the home of Booker T Washington.

We did not take pictures of the inside, you’ll have to see it for yourself! It is well worth the trip.

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Sweet Home Alabama!

Our adventure continues in Alabama. We had the pleasure of staying in Chewacla State Park! It was a very scenic park, with plenty of water, trees, and blue skies.

 

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sweet home alabama

 

After driving a few hours, settling down by the water and relaxing was just perfect. What more could we ask for?

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sweet home alabama

 

As always, we meet other great families while on our travels and the children make new friends. After spending a day enjoying the park, we headed out to Tuskegee to see what we could see!

More fascinating pictures and discoveries about Tuskegee Institute to come.

Our plans, His hands…

 

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So long Florida!

We spent our winter in sunny Florida, now it’s time to venture out!

As I always say, one of the BEST things about traveling is meeting and making new friends and family. Here are a few of our friends that did not mind being featured on our blog.

Enjoy

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so long florida

so long florida

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so long florida

so long florida

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so long florida

so long florida

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so long florida

so long florida

 

so long florida

so long florida

 

so long florida

 

As we head to our new destination, we’ll always remember the friends and family we met in Florida.

Our plans, His hands.

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Have children, will travel!

 

ten benefits of family travel

 

Are you thinking about hitting the road? Is the travel bug biting? Is so, I wrote this just for you.

Here are ten benefits of family travel:

  1. Family travel builds family ties, deepens relationships and gives everyone a break from routine.
  2. Traveling provides a break from the distractions of, television, technology, and all the hustle and bustle, families deal with day to day.
  3. Being around nature, trees, and fresh air, aids in sleeping better, longer. It also relaxes the mind and body.
  4. Family travel allows children to interact with all age groups. They’ll get to meet people from all walks of life. This strengthens communication skills and confidence.
  5. Traveling is just plain old fashioned fun!
  6. When you travel, you create memories that will always be etched in the mind of your children. They’ll have cherished, stories and pictures to pass down to their children.
  7. Your children will get to see and study the beauty of lakes, flowers, trees, mountains, butterflies, things not found within the four walls of a classroom or your home.
  8. Through travel, history can be experienced through touching, seeing, and smelling. Being fully engaged, beats a book any day!
  9. Using maps can be fun and interesting. When you travel, reading and looking at maps can be a huge tool for discovery and learning directions.
  10. Traveling makes learning fun and exciting. Everything comes to life when you’re on the road and free!

You don’t have to start off traveling on a large scale, to experience the ten benefits of family travel. Like anything else, take baby steps. I call them baby trips or day trips. Just start visiting places within your state. Afterwards, go right outside of your state. The more you venture out, the more fun you’ll experience. Once you get a few trips under your belt, you’re well on your way! Soon, you’ll be able to see the benefits of family travel for yourself.

Happy Travels!

Our plans, His hands.

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Florida Giveaway!

The “giveaway”! This is one of the most exciting parts of our journey! We meet new people, when we do our giveaways, in each state.

This beautiful family, featured below, is the newest recipient of the Swift Walker giveaway. I wish you could have seen her little daughter’s eyes light up, when she was given this book. This mommy and her other two children will enjoy the Swift Walker journey. Congratulations!

Florida giveaway

Congrats to this beautiful family of five! Enjoy.

 

Keep looking out! We’re still traveling and your family could be next!

Our plans, His hands.

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Our visit to the Leesburg African American Museum was a trip to be remembered!

First, these ladies were helpful and very informative.
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In addition, the children, as well as my husband and I, were able to hear personal stories and the stories of others in the town of Leesburg, Florida. This is what I call, real life lessons. Certain things you can’t get in the classroom, you must venture out into the real world, to touch, see, and hear. Some things are taught, while other things are caught.

Consequently, these ladies took great care and time to give us an education about the Leesburg African American Museum. This trip will always be remembered.

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Next, within these BIG black books were articles about the people of Leesburg. There were so many books and articles to read. Furthermore, to know that these ladies, love their town and heritage enough to collect and chronicle such history, is astounding! As a result, we are able to read about it today.

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Most noteworthy, this is where it all began with a phone call with Ms. Joyce. Additionally, Ms. Joyce made sure we were able to make the most of our visit today, hence she welcomed us with open arms and gave us even more information about the Leesburg African American Museum and the community, it represents.

 

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There were articles written about those who broke color barriers, such as, Virgil D. Hawkins, Esq. who became an attorney, during the times of blatant segregation. Most of all, there were many articles about everyday people, who raised families, worked, and did things to make their community, a great community.

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We got to hold and look at this Black Law Dictionary, you know I LOVE books! This was especially great for Daniel, who wants to be a judge when he grows up!

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Finally, a special thanks to Ms. Joyce, who made this visit possible. Your team of ladies, are the BEST! We are so blessed to have had this visit and expose our children to such greatness, that lies in a small town. Leesburg, is a hidden jewel in the community.

Our plans, His hands.

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