Only Good Friday

Happy Father’s Day – “Only The Good” Friday

Happy Father’s Day Dad!  My daddy has been gone for over 20 years, but he’s remembered in my mind’s eye… often.  On this “Only the Good Friday,” I want to celebrate my Father… James Woodrow DiStefano.


Don’t you think my dad was a good looking man…. actually movie star material?

Last night, I attended the DiStefano family reunion planning meeting.  As the meeting progressed,  my thoughts went back to my Dad’s nonstop effort in getting an estranged family together after many years of separation.


My father, James, was the third child in a family of nine children… eight boys and one girl.   (He’s the second from the right.)   Dad’s family suffered through the depression, like so many others in rural Tabiona, Utah.  His father abandoned his mother and the children, so Dad took on the role of Father and bread winner.  He worked in a government CC camp, building a dam. 

Just before he reached his twenty-first birthday, his mom pass away.   The  younger children were farmed out to be raised by relatives and friends.   As time went on, the children married, but due to distance and circumstances… they had an “on and off” relationship with each other.

Dad felt it was important to get the family together to heal old wounds.   The first couple of years were sparse in number but the numbers eventually grew.  Now we have well over 100 family members that annually meet in Tabiona for two days of games, a raffle, dancing and of course feasting…. and feast we do.  We have been gathering as a family for over 35 years now.


All of the original family members, except one,  are gone now… but a great legacy has been left. (Dad is on the far right.)  Extended family members  may not see each other all year long but when we come together at the family reunion it feels friendly, comfortable and “at home.”

On this “Good” Friday before Father’s day,  I want to say, “Thanks, Dad for having the love and foresight to bring an estranged family together for a “Good” time.  Those who have gone on, would glad to know that we have continued this tradition in your absence.

Hope this Father’s Day finds you with a “Good” relationship or “Good” memories of your dad too.

Till Later,

Insightful Nana

P.S.  For other “OtGF”  news, visit our host, Shelly, over at This Eclectic Life. And of course, go see my my sister, Sheila at Newbie Lifeline. We share the same “Dad.”  We come from a family of 6 girls.  Poor Daddy.  However, he never made us feel like he was disappointed in not having a son… another one of Dad’s “Good” qualities.


Homemade Father’s Day Gifts – For Inexpensive Unique Gift Giving

Unique Father’s days Gifts are sometimes hard to come by.  For some reason, my father was more difficult to buy for than my mom.  He seemed to be a bit “needless,” but he always provided well for all of our “needs.”  Of course, there was the standard white shirt and a pair of new socks for church.   We would give him a garden tool here and there… but how fun was that?  Sounds like work to me.  I think he would have enjoyed new fishing gear… but for some reason… we never thought of that.  Our father’s day gift giving was more on the practical side.  In recent years, as society, I think we’ve become more clever in giving Father’s Day presents.


I think more emphasis is being place on clever or unique Father’s Day gifts.  Kids love to make homemade gifts and dads seems to really appreciate the extra thought and time put into such personal treasures.   I call them gifts from the heart.    How about gifts of service… like washing the car, sweeping out the garage, fixing dad his favorite dessert or offering him a good old “back scratch?”  Such an inexpensive gift idea… but meaningful.


You can get these Father’s Day Gift Certificates for only $3.00.   These  fun service certificates are  printable downloads… so you can print as many as you like.  Each card is 3 X 5.  They can be bundled together and placed on Dad’s dinner plate… or you can place an individual card inside of another gift.  All family members can participate in signing these certificates. The kids will love them.


There are blank cards included… so you can fill in your own service gift ideas.  For instance… 10 kisses… From Emily… or…  5 back rubs…. From Sammy.  It’s a great Father’s Day gift project for kids.  Turn them loose and they’ll have a great time coming up with ideas.

You can use these certificates for Father’s day presents for Grandpa, an uncle, or a special male friend.  Print up a bunch so you have them on hand… in case you forget some one.   Give them a stack of service gift certificates or just one…. you choose.

These printable Gift Certificates are an inexpensive Father’s Day gift idea.  They are only $3.00 and you can print as many as you like… so how can you lose?  I print my certificates on matte photo paper… but if you have card stock on hand that’s great.  Plain paper will work, too.

Just Click On The Button below and these inexpensive Father’s Day Gift Certificates can be yours immediately for only $3.00.

Have a good Father’s Day!

Till Later,

Kathy Griffiths
Insightful Nana

P.S. Psssst.  These cards are not just for Father’s Day giving….you can use these printable cards all year long for a birthday, anniversary gift, or …. “just because.”   Keep some printed up for a quick gift for later on. Your $3.00 purchase can stretch and stretch.

P. P. S. By the way..The first Father’s Day was celebrated in around 1920 in Washington state but Father’s day was not officially celebrated until President Lyndon Johnson made the third Sunday in June… the date to remember.