Tuesday, April 03, 2012

It all started in a Garden....

A hearty "hello" to all my blogging friends and stitching buddies. I want to first thank many of you for e-mailing me personally to see if I still walked upon the soil of mother earth - I do. I took the entire season of Lent "off-line" because I wanted to use that time as a spring-board to a focus on interior improvement of myself in mind, body and spirit. Which brings me to the garden, where of course it all started...

Once my eyes lit upon the beauty of Little House Needleworks' "Adam and Eve" pattern (which Diane reproduced from an antique sampler she purchased) I immediately (and I mean immediately) ran to gather the needed supplies. I stitched it up in short order and just ordered the Valley House Primitives frame, that Diane framed it in, today at my Local Needlework Shop.

Without further ado...

LHN Adam and Eve 1

LHN Adam and Eve 2

LHN Adam and Eve 3

LHN Adam and Eve 4
"Adam and Eve"
Designed by: Little House Needleworks ~ Diane Williams
Copyright: 2012
Stitched on 32 ct. Light Mocha Belfast
Stitched with Overdyes as charted: Gentle Arts and Crescent Colours


You know...
this design is somewhat poignant for me at this time in my life. Prior to Lent I was walking in a virtual desert, both mentally and spiritually. A lot of things had come together to form a "perfect storm" and I was literally scraping the bottom of the barrel. With a lot of prayer and a lot of "casting off" of things that were bogging me down during Lent, I've started my ascent to the top of the barrel mentally, but most importantly spiritually. Diane's design, as I stitched it, became sort of like an exclamation point to my Lenten season. The sun began shining again for me and by the time my last stitch was placed, I was walking in a garden, just as my friends Adam and Eve. I know (from experience) that clouds and rain will come to my garden again (probably some thunder and lightening too), but I am thankful that I have my God to lean on during these times. In the meantime, I'm going to continue to be true to myself, if something or someone doesn't "fit", it will be cast from my garden like a weed yanked from the plot. The older I get, the more wise I become....I can't be all things to all people and I deserve to be treated as I wish to be treated. I try to always treat others as I wish to be treated (try being the operative word). I must remember, I'm not a dog begging for leftovers from the table. I deserve to eat from the banquet too.

But on to stitching...
I also stitched up two more ornaments for my 2012 Christmas tree. This time I chose Little House Needleworks monthly ornament entitled "Blessed", except I deleted "Blessed" and on one I stitched "Ellie" and the other I stitched "Katie"....look how cute they turned out:

LHN Blessed Ornament
"Blessed"
Designed by: Little House Needleworks ~ Diane Williams
Copyright 2012

The ornaments are trimmed in Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe hand-dyed Cluny Lace in the color "Pale Champagne" which was gifted to me as a random act of kindness by Nancy who owns Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. It was the perfect accoutrement to this darling design, don't you agree?

During my children's Spring Break...
my darling husband decided that our house needed a "reinvention" so we painted (for 8 looooong days) our inside and redid some furniture layouts, purged, re-purposed and donated lots 'o items to come together to form a glorious "new" home! I'm so tickled with how it came together that I'm sharing some photos of my favorite "spots":

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Pictures don't do our home justice, but the living room and office is painted in "Fairmont Suite Gold", the kitchen and dining room is painted in "Royal Garnet" - these aren't all the rooms that we painted but it gives an idea of all the hard work that went on around here recently!

Finally...
I have a photo to share of my darling daughter, Katie (and her friend Matt) who both won 2nd Place on their National History Day entries at the District Finals last weekend. Katie did a website on "The Reaction to Reforming the American Kitchen by the Revolution of Frozen Foods" and Matt wrote an essay on "The Siege of the Alamo". They were tickled with their wins! Can you tell? They both will travel to State Finals with their entries on April 21st.

Katie and Matt NHD

So my dear friends...
this is the end of my Lenten review for you, but not the end of my journey. I am looking forward to joyous celebrations on Easter morning and I am facing the road ahead as a better person than when I started almost 40 days ago. May it be so for you too!

Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and my heart to God, just like always. Join me.
Love in stitches,
Vonna xxx






102 comments:

  1. What a lovely post, Vonna. Your A&E is lovely, I can't wait to see it framed and your ornament finishes could not be any cuter. Your home looks beautiful and warm, just like I imagine it would and of course, your DD is just beautiful. Huge congrats to her!

    Happy Easter, Vonna!

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  2. Vonna, thank you for sharing with the blogger world your thoughts and your "purge process". We all could do this once per year or more and we would be amazed at the results. Lent is a great season for us to reflect on our lives and decide how to improve ourselves inwardly. It does take hard work and prayer to continue it and I know you are serious about your faith. It also takes work to raise a family and have a good marriage and it shows that you are also very engaged in being a good wife, a good mother and a good friend to many. Please know that there are more good things than bad that will touch your life! You are such a super inspiration to others but like you said, you cannot be all to everyone!
    Sounds like you know who the important people are that you are there for at all times!!! Blessings to you my friend! And, great ornaments for Ellie and Katie - love the finish you did on them. AND, your house looks just as I had pictured!! You have your hands and heart in the very best place!!!! hugs, pj

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  3. Congratulations to Katie and Matt, good luck on the state finals.
    Love your new colors is the yellow butter cream by chance?
    Great stitching projects.
    Have a Blessed Easter
    Catherine

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  4. I always enjoying visiting with you but today is special. I feel up-lifted. Continue on your personal journey and I hope some of it rubs off on me. I love all the stitching and the house pictures. "Jobs" well done!

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  5. Vonna, So happy to have you back in blog land. I have missed you. Your stitching is beautiful as always and such a heartfelt stitch. I find that when I look at a piece that is finished it brings me back to the moments when I was thinking while stitching. I hope you feel renewal each time you see it. Thanks for inviting us into your home. It is so inviting. Happy Spring!

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  6. Vonna, so glad you are back. You were missed! Your stitching is something to behold (as always) and love your daughters ornaments.

    I once heard we are either in the pit, about to fall in, or just climbing out of it. I am so happy to hear you've climbed from the pit. The self assessment has made you stronger and that much more lovable. I wish I had your strength to 'purge' those who treat me less than I deserve.

    Your hubby had a great idea and congrats on the 'new' home! It looks fab! Also, tell your daughter good-luck at State Finals from bloggerville!

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  7. Great post Vonna. Wonderful stitching on Adam & Eve, and the girls' ornaments are great! I love that fabric choice. Lovely home and I'm jealous that you are all done painting and renewed. I'm glad you are feeling it in spirit too!

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  8. Love the A&A & your ornaments !!!
    (Lovely Home by the way ;)

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  9. Vonna, bless your heart. We all go through storms and knowing when to rely on our faith is a strong asset. Remember, people are sometimes just for a season. We don't always see the end of that season and causes strife within ourselves. I am happy for you taking the time to do what is right for you...a huge relief I am sure. Your journey is almost complete...stand strong hon. Love the ornies for the girls and your finish!!

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  10. I know of what you speak... Once again you have inspired me.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of your beautiful home, all of your hard work shows.

    Congratulations to Katie!!! and to her friend Matt!

    I love the ornaments that you stitched. I have fallen behind on my monthly ornament stitching. UGH

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter.

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  11. Vonna so glad you are back with your beautiful stitching . Love the Adam and Eve and love love the ornaments for your sweet girls. So glad your lenten journey has been an ascent to the top for you . Love how your home looks and congrats to Katie. Happy Easter Vonna and family from Canada!

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  12. So glad to be able to read your blog once again. I must say that I have missed it and was a little concerned. Great things have been happening to you and your family and that is wonderful. Your home looks lovely and the stitching, as usual, beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration of home and purging - I am trying to do this now but I find it difficult. So happy to hear from you.

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  13. Such lovely stitching! And how special that A&E marked something special for you too. love the two ornaments as well -- I need to stitch that angel! Congrats to Katie and her friend too!

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  14. Beautiful home, beautiful children.

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  15. Congrats to the kids on their accomplishment!!

    Love the A&E finish; and all the lovely painting and furniture redoing...turned out very nicely indeed :o)

    Glad your journey of self discovery is coming along so positively...the Lord does say "seek and ye shall find"...isn't wonderful that he has all the answers just waiting for us to ask the question?? Just keep following him and you will never be led astray! And yes, you DO deserve to feast at the banquet of life :o)

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  16. Vonna! Add me to the list of folks that missed you! Love your spiffed up home, it's inspiring me to think about my own purging and cleansing process. Always love to see your beautiful work, have a blessed Easter with your beautiful family!

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  17. Thanks Vonna for sharing this with us. You have been in my prayers and I am so thankful that you are feeling better. You are so wise and such an inspiration.
    Your stitching is beautiful, as always - love the finishes on the ornaments. Your house looks like you - warm, welcoming and filled with love. Congrats to Katie! Happy Easter! Wanda

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  18. I'm glad things are looking up for you Vonna. Your A&E finish is lovely and I'm looking forward to seeing it framed. Your home is beautiful and the perfect place to raise such a lovely family. It's good to have you back.

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  19. What a beautiful inspiration you are!! I love all the painting you accomplished and know you worked hard on that. Everything looks great! I LOVE the LHN Adam & Eve and the ornaments you stitched and finished!! So happy to hear you are in a better place mentally! Congrats on Katie on doing so well on her website!!!!

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  20. What a great post! I am glad that your Lenten Season has taken you on a wonderful journey. Congrats to Katie. Your home looks warm and inviting. Love the stitching, as always.

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  21. WOW! All of your stitching is absolutely beautiful and I love how meaningful they are to you personally. I love what you and your DH did inside your house - especially the Garnet in your kitchen! Such a bold color yet it suits your kitchen perfectly! It makes it so warm and cozy!!

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  22. Welcome back, Vonna. You've been missed. Your A&E is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing it framed. Love your Angel ornies. Very cute indeed. Your home looks wonderful.

    Hugs,
    Veronica.

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  23. A & E is great - and will be a visual reminder for you as well to be true to yourself first and foremost!

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  24. Aw, I love your little A&E sampler, adorable! I must get this after seeing yours!

    Glad to hear you're rising back to the top of the barrel girlfriend :) You are wise to understand that the storms come in, but they do go back out and we're to lean on God during those times, and not into our own understanding...
    Sometimes that's a long road to get to that understanding...

    Your little angel ornaments are adorable and I love how you personalized them :) AND how you finished them too!

    Love the fluffing up of your nest that you all worked so hard on...gorgeous! It's also freeing in a way, isn't it? Getting rid of excess stuff and a fresh look to go with your fresh outlook.

    Such a great post, loved reading it.
    Big hugs!
    xoxo

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  25. Your home looks so fresh and clean! Love the dining room and kitchen!

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  26. Love Adam and Eve and 'Blessed'. Beautiful stitching and finishing (as always). :) Your home is beautiful, too and the paint colors you chose are perfect!

    You are indeed such an inspirtation to so many people. Thank you for all that you share with us. Have a wonderful Easter, Vonna. ((hugs, di))

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  27. May your journey forward be filled with inspiration, joy and blessings.

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  28. Hello there,
    We missed you, yes we did. All seems so nice at your house that we understand totally the long absence. Katie is indeed a great student! And although you changed the ornaments Pfeiffer family is indeed Blessed! Great parents have great kids!!!
    Happy Easter!
    Hugs

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  29. gosh ... should have filled my mug up with tea for this post lass ... well done on getting things sorted and organised and looking wonderful in all depts ....
    gorgeous stitching on the adam and eve and love those wee ornaments and how you have finished them off :)
    hope your journey is as smooth as possible with few storms etc (HUGS)
    love mouse xxxxx

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  30. Really beautiful stitching, Vonna. I love the ornaments you created for the girls. So sweet!

    Your house looks fantastic! There is nothing like painting for making the house look brand new. Add in de-cluttering and rearranging and you must feel like you've moved ~ enjoy!

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  31. Great stitching, I love the ornament finishes with the girls' names on them, the lace trim is just perfect on them.
    Lovely pictures of your home too. The dark red shade in your kitchen is stunning

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  32. Quite simply, as I said before, you are a woman to admire, Vonna Pfeiffer...

    Bobbi

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  33. Beautiful,beautiful stitching Vonna. I love how you finished off the ornaments for Katie and Ellie. They are so sweet.

    It's wonderful to see you posting again. Lovely photos of your home :)

    Congratulations to Katie and her friend :)

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  34. This post really hit home with me. Thank you for your insight and thoughts. You should be very proud of your stitching, your home and your daughter! They are all beautiful!

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  35. Nice to see a blog post from you. Glad to hear your head is in a good place. Your A&E is gorgeous and the ornaments are just the cutest. Stitch therapy always seems to help!

    Love the photos of your home. Great atmosphere.

    And congrats to those smarty pants kiddies of yours!

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  36. I've missed your posts Vonna but totally understand your journey. You are such an inspiration to me !! Your new home pictures are gorgeous. I know it was a lot of hard work but everything looks great. So fresh and new. Of course I always enjoy your stitching, Thanks for sharing with us. I wish you and your family a blessed Easter.

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  37. Oh Vonna! It is so nice to "hear"you again! Do you know I just went to bed last night thinking how I should email you to see how things are going? Good for you. Your journey to the cross is a meaningful one! To think that my plans of being off the computer for this Holy weekend seemed difficult!
    Your daughter most certainly did well and looks so happy.
    I love your stitching as always.
    Easter Blessings to you Vonna. :)

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  38. Vonna, so happy to see you're back. I am humbled by the post of your Lenten journey.
    It makes me realize, just as you, I can become a stronger, happier individual by contemplating my purpose in life. May you and your precious family celebrate Easter Sunday filled with peace, love and happiness rejoicing in our resurrected Saviour, Jesus
    Christ. God bless you all and may you continue to put your HANDS TO WORK and your
    HEART TO GOD!

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  39. Beautiful finishes, Vonna!! Your house looks beautiful too!! Congrats to Katie - you must be so proud!

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  40. Glad to see you back, it sounds like your time offline has done you the world of good. I love your ornaments for your daughters, they are beautiful. Your Adam and Eve is lovely and I look forward to seeing it framed.

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  41. Your house is absolutely beautiful. We still have builder's paint in most of the rooms because I can no longer paint physically and my husband hates it. I've started hiring it out now. (Ugh!)

    I absolutely love the LHN designs I am seeing. I just ordered a Heaven and Earth design and I know that will be a long term project. But I would like to add some LHN designs to my WIP bag! So cute! And the ornaments, as always, are gorgeous. I am afraid to try another finishing, as my first shot at it was so bad. Practice makes perfect, but I hate to practice on something I took so much time to stitch!

    I think a vacation from the internet every now and again is a good thing. I haven't been able to do it lately, but I am hoping to have a whole week free from it in June when we go to the beach. My goal is to not open up email, facebook, words with friends, or my blog roll and to get my mind into a better place. Great idea to do it for Lent. And look how much you got done!!!

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  42. Hi Vonna! I know we all missed you, but blessings to you and your family!

    Happy Easter!

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  43. I so enjoyed your post!!!! I think it's important to take a step back and reexamine things through God's filter. Love the A&E finish and the ornaments, too sweet :-). Nice to see you back!!!!!

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  44. Hello Vonna - thx for sharing. What lovely needlework + lovely post following your internet vaction

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  45. Vonna --
    SO good to see your beautiful stitching! Adam and Eve look great and your gorgeous ornaments with your daughter's name on them are just precious.

    Thanks for sharing pictures of your home. It looks so warm, cozy and inviting.

    Have a wonderful Easter:)

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  46. Welcome back to blogging. Isn't it nice to take a step back and focus now and then? Love your stitching project and WOWZA on the house projects. Painting always does such a boost to our homes and to our mood.

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  47. Welcome back. Sounds like we have both been on journeys which have led to us re-evaluating what is important to us and ensuring our life is lived to the fullest with the greatest of intention but also with self-respect. Many people live their lives expecting second best because they do not feel they are worth first place. It is great to arrive at the point at which you seem to be now. Congratulations. Ironically I finish my treatments on Good Friday: if ever I needed a sign that was it!
    Lovely stitching as always. They are beautiful. And thank you for sharing your home with us xxxx

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  48. What a wonderful idea to step away from the computer for a month! We should all do that once in awhile. Beautiful job on the painting!

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  49. I was so happy to see you back! It's good to take a step back and look at the big picture once in a while. I've certainly done it in my life more than once! Love your house. It looks so cozy and welcoming! We just finished a huge project in our living room. I'm still doing a little of this and that and will share pictures when I'm finished with the blog challenge I'm doing for the month of April. Congrats to your daughter and good luck at the state level!
    Have a blessed Easter. And see you in our little blogging world.

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  50. Missed you while you were gone! So glad you have worked through the storm and come out stronger on the other side. God does use those times to help us grow ever closer to Him! Love the ornies you made for your girls! And I love your A & E finish! Best of luck to Katie and to her friend at the state competition! Have a blessed Easter!

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  51. Vonna, so glad to hear of your success. We all need a break and to take a mental assessment of where we are at. God will always give us what we need if we just look to Him for it. It is a lesson that I continually have to remind myself of since trying to do things in myself is part of that old sin nature that trys to tie us to this earth.
    Love the Adam and Eve piece by Diane. Also love the house pictures. I really like the kitchen/ dinning area. Love the dark colors and the rolling pins on the wall.
    Have a great and blessed day.

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  52. Hi there Vonna,
    So glad to see you out dear. Honestly, I do. What a really nice post you have. There is nothing like taking time for yourself to reflect. "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength..." Absolutely.
    Lovely work on Adman and Eve and glad you found this piece to be a reflection of your time away. I love the ornies for the girls too.
    Your spot looks wonderful, inviting and peaceful. A place of continued clear mind.
    Congrats to Katie and her friend and their win.
    Continue to take care of yourself.
    Hugs:)

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  53. Glad to hear you are feeling much better all around. I kinda took Lent off from the computer right along with you but in my case it was not a planned thing...more of a life hitting the fan and I had neither the time or the energy!

    Congrats to your daughter and her friend and good luck to them at State Finals.

    Love the Adam and Eve piece and the ornies. I like how you personalized them.

    Have a wonderful Easter!

    Julie

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  54. Happy Easter Vonna,
    Great stitching and your house looks beautiful.
    Some times you have to take time to smell the roses, take care , hugs June.

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  55. Welcome back and with such beautiful stitching too.
    I love your house, it looks so light and airy. I'd love to see a floor plan as there look like some interesting angles to the rooms!! I'm addicted to the house for sale websites where you can see floor plans LOL.

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  56. Thank you for again providing such timely inspiration - spiritual and stitching. I love the LHN ornament and will stitch that for my lovely daughter so she knows she is loved - although it is hard sometimes with teenagers.

    I carry a prayer rock that says "Cast your cares upon the Lord and he will sustain you" Psalms. I am thankful you share your talents in this little corner of the internet. May your blessings continue and multiply - you deserve your seat at the table as a child of the most high God!

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  57. Vonna,
    I am so glad you are back. I missed your blogging, but am so happy to hear you find yourself well. Your blog is my favorite to follow. Thank you for sharing all of your time and energy with us. I know I don't speak only for myself when I say that I find some sort of inspiration in each and every one of your posts. Best wishes :)

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  58. Vonna, thank you so much for sharing your deepest feelings, I appreciate your honesty and courage.
    And, those 2 sweet faces, I send my congratulations to them, and wishes for their next level of competition. Judith

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  59. Your home is beautiful and I love the colors you chose to paint. The ornaments are so very nice. It is one of my favorites from LHD.

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  60. Congratulations to Katie! Vonnie, I think your home is beautiful and homey and blessed to have you and your family in it! I love your angel ornaments. What color linen did you use? They are so precious!....Love them! You are beautiful through and through, Vonna, and God Bless You for being you!!

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  61. Hi Vonna, Thank you for posting and sharing what's new in your life and about your Lenten reflection. So glad to see you back here and as always, you inspire me with your faith, family, home and stitching! Love your new Adam and Eve piece. Happy Easter! Mere

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  62. How wonderful to read your post, Vonna... I was one of the many a bit concerned about your absence, but, believe it or not, I said to myself...I'll bet Vonna is taking a break during Lent. I totally agree about getting wiser as we get older. That often means saying "no" to others and their requests, but only you know what you are capable of handling and still maintaining your sanity. I felt a bit guilty at saying no when I was your age, but after realizing how much better I felt in the long run and how much smoother my life was running, I know it was right for me and my family. You are, no doubt, in the very busiest times of your life with your kids the ages they are, but it will get easier and you'll find some much needed time for yourself in the next ten years or so. Do you ever stop worrying about your kids? Heavens no...but, things do somehow, even out and get easier.

    Your Adam and Eve and the girls ornaments are just beautiful. And what a husband you have to suggest repainting your home. A clean slate all around, I'd say :) Your Royal Garnet is almost identical to my dining room! I'll have to check out the Fairmont Suite Gold because that looks like the color I've been aiming for in my hallway (but have missed after two repaintings!!).

    Easter blessing to you and your family, dear Vonna...

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  63. Welcome back Vonna I'm so happy to read your post. You are always an inspiration to me especially with your words. Your stitching and your home pictures are beautiful.

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  64. Good to see you! I so enjoyed the pictures.

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  65. Vonna, so glad to hear from you. Congratulations to proud parents on her accomplishment! Your home looks lovely, your stitching always amazes me (your attention to detail and finishes), but I felt myself focusing on your lenten 'journey'. It really resonated with me when you said 'I am thankful that I have my God to lean on ' and I said a big AMEN! to that. Congratulations on your fruitful lenten experience. Hugs and prayers, Cathryn

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  66. what an uplifting post Vonna - I admire your public proclaimation of your committment to our Lord - to yourself and your family. I hope Holy Week will continue to be a most wonderful joyful one for you and your family. how nice that you got to "enjoy" painting and refreshing your lovely home. Your A&E piece is so special in more ways than one. OMGosh - I love the two LHN ornaments personalized for the girls - the trim from Victorian Motto is just perfect as is your finishing. Welcome back friend - spring is a time of renewal - I'm glad you had such a blessing in your life - Regards melody

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  67. So glad you are back---time for renewing and cleansing makes us all better people, what a wonderful inspiration you are. Your home looks beautiful--a beautiful person needs a beautiful "nest"!!

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  68. As always, your stitching is divine. I understand your need for a break and know from experience that it does help. I am glad to see you are back. Your home is lovely.

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  69. I enjoyed your post Vonna, it seems like all of us find ourselves lost on occassion, it's so nice you were able to find yourself again!! Your home looks beautiful. I love purging, it's so refreshing. And by the way, your blog background is awesome!!

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  70. Glad to see you posting again. The house looks lovely, and taking some time to be off-line during Lent sounds like a wonderful idea.

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  71. You have been a busy girl. Adam and Eve is beautiful as is your lovely "new" home. :) Congrats to Katie and her friend! WTG!!!

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  72. hi Vonna! I am still checking in here, and had been wondering about you. I love the lace on the ornaments. I am impressed with the painting..my husband and I removed wallpaper, textured, and painted just one room on spring break and what a job! Your home looks lovely. Go Katie! Best wishes to you and your family, Terry in Texas

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  73. While your stitching and your home are absolutely lovely as always, what matters most are your words. I don't care if you never post another picture (except of something like the photo of your brilliant and awesome daughter). I just love hearing from you. Welcome back, and have a blessed Easter.

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  74. Your post was beautiful in so many ways--home, family, and spirit. Thank you!!

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  75. Miss ya when you're not bloggin'! Love the stitching & most especially the ornaments. Just love them. The finishes are beautiful! Adam and Eve - well, we certainly need to learn from their lessons. But it'll never be perfect. Challenges keep coming. Take Care.

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  76. Glad you are doing better - and your faith carried you through! Love the stitching and redecorating updates. A blessed Easer, Vonna, to you and your family.

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  77. Happy Easter Vonna

    Your A&E and the ornaments are gorgeous, congratulations. Your house is looking lovely.

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  78. Vonna, congratulations on some lovely finishes. It sounds like you used lent to find yourself again. I'm glad you're starting to feel good again.

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  79. Those angels are just perfect for your "angels"! I love them and the sentiment. Like many, I knew I had been missing your blogposts.. .But, as I read each and every word you wrote, the last 40 days have been a rebirthing period for you. A cleansing, inner birth of your spirit and self, and personal process to endure. I am glad you have returned and look forward to seeing more of you... Your home is as beautiful as you and your blessed family are. Easter blessings, Faye

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  80. What a lovely post, thank you for sharing. Your finish is just lovely. You do have a beautiful home!

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  81. So happy to see you back. Yor A&E piece is lovely and so are the ornaments. Such a lovely home too.

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  82. Ohhhhhhhh I love your housse, I love your stitching ...

    and you picture very beautiful ...
    bisous de France

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  83. Glad to hear you have recentered yourself and really cleansed yourself spiritually during Lent, something I tried doing as well with fasting and praying. Beautiful stitching and your house looks great! i love how your grey cat is in a bunch of the pictures :D Congrats to your daughter for winning in the History District Finals! I'm so glad young people still take an interest in my favourite subject!!

    Hugs

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  84. What a perfect piece to have stitched for your Lenten journey! It's truly lovely Vonna! Although we missed you, you did what was necessary for yourself and your family. I'm so glad that you're feeling much better about things now.
    You and Keith have done a phenomenal job on your home decorating!! The colour choices are amazing and I'll bet it feels like a brand new home now.
    I also love how you've personalized the ornaments for the girls. Nancy's lace trim finished them off perfectly!

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  85. So glad for your update! Lots of progress made both inside and out. I love your two Christmas ornaments!!!! What are your working on now?

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  86. Love the stitching! Especially those gorgeous ornaments! Your house looks fantastic-doing home improvements like that can be very refreshing to the soul!

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  87. Great to have you back Vonna, love your finishes and the house is looking great. Very homey :)

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  88. It is so nice to see you back! I had a feeling you were taking a blogging break for Lent. I was thinking about you and your family when those crazy tornados were coming through up there. Your house looks beautiful. You did a fabulous job. Lovely stitching as always too. :)

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  89. (My comment keeps showing as "Anonymous," but this is Carol at the Linen Stitcher blog.) Your home looks lovely in these pictures. Looks like your hard work definitely paid off. Also want to say, May God richly bless you as you work to strengthen your faith! Sounds like you're on a good path now! (P.S. I sent you e-mail with a question on April 19. Would love to know if you know the answer . . . when you finish wading through your backlog. Thanks!)

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  90. (The preview of this comment is showing as "Anonymous," but this is from Carol of the Linen Stitcher blog.)

    Your home looks lovely in these pictures. Looks like your hard work definitely paid off. Also want to say, May God richly bless you as you work to strengthen your faith! Sounds like you're on a good path now! (P.S. I sent you e-mail with a question on April 19. Would love to know if you know the answer . . . when you finish wading through your backlog. Thanks!)

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  91. Hi Vonna, thank you for giving us some insight into your spiritual journey. I feel privileged to have you share some of it with us. Gorgeous stitching and finishing and the "new" house looks great.

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  92. Beautiful stitching-and what a lovely home you have!

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  93. What a wonde4rful update, Vonna! I loved hearing about your journey through Lent. Your stitching, kids, home and heart are all beautiful! :)

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  94. Wonderful stitching that you show here and wonderful to read what happened to you while stitching it.
    It's easily visible how much work it must have been to repaint and re-arrange your rooms. But the effect is great.

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  95. Vonna I really miss your posts! I love your new home pics beautiful! I will bet your family is enjoying it all. waiting to hear from you. Oh yes I love your 2 new oriments for the girls great idea.

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  96. Thinking of you and it's been awhile since I've seen a post from you...hoping all is okay in your world!

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  97. Just stopping by to say hi.....miss your posts...no pressure to post cause I know inspiration has to strike...but just wanted to know you were thought about with love today.

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  98. Hope your doing well; miss your posts hun..love the ornaments;

    Hugs, Sharee

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  99. Hey darling… Been thinking of ya. Hope all is well and that you are just busy.
    Have a wonderful Mother's Day.

    Hugs:)

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  100. Vonna,

    I miss seeing you on your blog. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.

    Today marks the one year of my Hodgkin's diagnosis. I'm giving thanks and singing a song of gratitude. I'll be 50 on Tuesday. I'm sure happy the last year is behind me.

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  101. Just dropping by to say hello and hoping all is well in the Pfeiffer house. I miss your posts, but your archives are wonderful, so there is plenty to keep me reading till you are ready to post again. Blessings to you.

    Michele

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