Did you think I fell off the face of the earth?! Nah....I just have found that all those wise people in my life who told me 15 years ago that I would be busier when my kids became teenagers were 100% correct. :)
My whirlwind summer of travelling to and fro with the kids, became a hurricane of horrendous activities about 2 weeks prior to the first school bell ringing. We settled in and held on tight as the roller coaster of practices, clubs, activities, games and competitions whipped us around for a good three month ride. We're settled now a bit, and more is sure to be on the way....but that sure is OK, because the good Lord gave me my health and a stout character and we will "git r' done" and be thankful that we can do it together.
Here's a pictorial review of our fall sports activities:
Ian (#72) was lineman this season for the Batchelor "Bulldogs"
Jake ran Cross Country as a Batchelor "Bulldog"
Katie ran Cross Country for Bloomington South High School "Panthers"
All three big kids...
did great in their selected sport. Ian decided that he will not be playing football again next year. As our "gentle giant" (he's very tall for his age standing about 5' 9" already and yes a 1/2 inch taller than Mom), football sort of trounced on his genteel sensibilities. He is just not an aggressive, mean, "get in there and knock the stuffing outta that jerk", kinda guy. He has decided that he will begin running and train himself for next Cross Country season.
Jake did awesome in his first Cross Country season and he has desire to train with Ian so that he can knock the coaches socks off by next season.
Katie ran her first ever season in Cross Country and just in Katie fashion, totally surprised everyone with her mental tenacity.
All of the kids athletic seasons are over, and today marks the last day of there "two week" rest. Today marks the first day of their training and Katie has it all planned out what they are going to do: she told me this morning that she can't wait to get home from school and run her 40 minute "recovery run" - to which I snorted (delicately, of course). Her brothers will be joining her to train, as well, and I am firming my loins to referee a huge argument once they return from that "recovery run". As typically Katie, always very serious, will get tired of the boys goofing off during the run, so she will begin to lecture and the boys will get miffed and then it will all fall into my lap to sort and soothe. :) Teenagers! and yes....you may have noticed....I am a bit psychic. Not medium potential however...
What has Vonna been up to?...
Well my dear friends, I have been stitching a huge model for Little House Needleworks. I started in June and ended in September. I believe, Diane said, it is the largest pattern she's released yet it is definitely in the large category! Mum's the word, of course, but it will be released sometime next year (2013) and its a beauty! If you are a fan of sweet, simple and Little House....you. will. love. it!!!
What else has been going on? Well, basically 2012 has been a time of reflection and renewal in many ways throughout my life and my family's lives. After living in this home for 6 years, we decided it was time to repaint, redo and reorganize. We started in March finishing the main level, had the summer off and then at the beginning of October we started the upstairs and finished it. After 16 years of marriage I finally feel we have our home *perfect*! I couldn't be happier with how it turned out, how it looks, the purpose of every room. We have cleaned house top to bottom, gotten rid of a lot of stuff we were hoarding. It just feels good!
I also have continued to reflect on my personal self. . . my prayer life, my diet, my health routine. Happily I can announce I've lost 30 lbs and have started jogging/walking (I jog, then walk, then jog, then walk, sometimes I have a heart attack in there somewhere). I don't make it look effortless, like my kids do when they run. No, I look exactly like what I am a 42 year old overweight woman - but I'm trying and I'm doing and that is what counts! I have more to lose, more to focus on but its a constant process and progress - and however small its still progress and that is what it is all about.
So I didn't have much personal stitching to show you this year and well, life got harried. So no blogging... for months and weeks on end....
I'm gearing up for another go round of blissful stitching and sharing with all of you! My house is in order, our schedules (though busy are slowing - a bit)
and lets be frank: I've missed blogging frequently, I've missed reading your blogs, I've missed your ideas, I've missed visiting with you...well I've just missed a lot! I feel like I'm out of the loop. I have ideas, lots of ideas....because when I can't stitch....well I still think about it. I go to my charts and play with them, drowsing and dreaming....what to stitch, how I'd like to finish it. There's lots of stuff going on in my head at all hours of the day and night.
So to kick it off....
let me introduce my latest finish and creation:
a complimentary design by: Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks
for the Norden Crafts Spotlight.
The design can be found: HERE - at the link at the bottom of the page
I stitched this one on my own dyed 32 ct. linen with DMC threads as charted
*this ornament will be an exchange piece for a retreat that I am attending this weekend in the Amish Country of Shipshewana, Indiana with the Inspired Needle*
so...this is how I finished it on the back so that the recipient can always remember that she received it at the Inspired Needle Retreat in 2012 and that some person with the initials VP stitched :)
I must admit....
that I *really* love how I finished this. I didn't really intend for it to turn out this way when I went looking for fabric. I thought it would be a small pillow style, simple ornament with a bow. But I went to Joann's looking for inspiration in the fabric aisles and when I saw this red ticking....well that was it! Because Raggedy Ann's legs are red ticking, right? At least my old Ragged Ann had red ticking legs. So perfection was born! And then I found that great piece of green cotton....and when I laid it next to the stitching....perfect color. And when I was finishing and had it all in mind how I wanted it to look....well it just came together didn't it?! I'll be making myself one of these. :) FOR SURE!
my friends, you will definitely be seeing me again soon. (NO! I hear many of you gasp....not her again so soon...) But I know I'll have stories to share after my four days of utter BLISS stitching with my Illinois stitching buds (whom I have never met, but share a friendship over e-mail). We are gonna party like it is 1999 and we gotta stitch up our stash before the Apocalypse! :) And I bet we will be buying some more stash and pretties just to say we owned them prior to the Apocalypse! Ha....ha....
In the meantime....
I'd like to share a little something that brings happiness to my heart:
Phil, Si, Jase and Willie Robertson
of A&E's Duck Dynasty on Wednesday evenings
People....seriously tune in and have a great time belly laughing for a half hour! Laughter is good for the soul and this show has definitely been good for mine!
Until next time...
I'll be keeping"my hands to work and my heart to God" just like always! Join me....