Monday, May 05, 2014

May is here...

~ ~ Warm Welcome to my readers ~ ~
and greetings!

Well...
I fell off the face of the earth, just like I feared I would following the surgery and subsequent recovery of my colleague. Last Friday, May 3, was my last day to work on the day after day solid stretch. I am "on call" now for filling in if needed as my colleague returns to work. I am aware, he may need to have a day off now and again, as he gets back to health. It was a long month...but I am happy to say:
 I SURVIVED! :) 

Somewhere in there we...
celebrated Easter Day!

The Kids _ Easter 2014

Pfeiffer Kids Celebrate Easter...

Keith and I....
celebrated our 18th Anniversary of wedded bliss on April 27. As I recounted to my friends, on that day I married my Prince Charming and have lived a fairy tale ever since!

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On our anniversary...
Katie and her quartet companions were featured in Bloomington's Celebrate Music Day at a local spot called Rachel's Diner, think the coffee shop on the old TV show "Friends"... quaint, improv style entertainment and dining. She did fabulous as always!

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In the mail....
I was the surprised and happy recipient of Annette of California's super duper RAK gift!
How functional and beautiful is that zippered pouch and needle wallet? Darling! And all the sweet things to adorn a pretty of my own making and a seam ripper tool that I am in love with (see the green nubby headed tool in pouch...SUPER!). Thank you so much Annette!

Annette's RAK

As for stitching...
I completed:
Shepherd's Bush - "Naughty or Nice" 

Shepherd's Bush _ Naughty or Nice

I had finished this same design for a client into an ornament and secretly coveted doing the same for myself. The client generously gifted the chart to me and I made a replica for myself :) I just love it! It makes me smile. 

I also finished:
Lizzie Kate's - "Song of Spring"

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and in honor of Easter, I finished:
Lizzie Kate's - "A Little Easter"

Lizzie Kate_ A Little Easter

that does it for my stitching for the month of April.

Just this past weekend...
we celebrated the First Holy Communion of our sweet girl, Miss Ellie!
We had a most gorgeous day in family fun and celebration!

Here is the photo of the whole Communicant Class:

Ellie First Communion Group



here is Ellie with our priest, Father Daniel Mahan:

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Here is a sweet photo of all our sweet babies:

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and I'll end with a photo of my last *sniff* baby, at dawn, all dressed and ready to go to church and receive the Eucharist.

Ellie First Communion 3

Such profound joy I feel as a Mother to these little darlings, these blessings from heaven sent to me to care for here on earth.

Finally....
I will leave you all with a framed:

Little House Needleworks - "Hands to Work, Heart to God"

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Stitched with the colors as charted on 25 ct. Vintage Country Mocha over two threads.

I stitched this for my dear, dear friend and colleague - Ann. At 73 years young, she has been and is such a blessing in my life. She listens to my hurts, counsels me, shares my joys, she is the best example of true friendship and of true Christianity I have ever met. She is simply one of the best people I have ever had placed in my path. And I know that God put her there - smack dab in the middle - for a reason. She is a gift to me. So I stitched this for her, my tagline (ha ha!) and gave it to her when she came to see Ellie, yesterday. Ann is a woman after our own hearts people! She crafts like the best of us, is a hoarder at heart, owns 8 (yes 8!) sewing machines and you put she and I together and we can sit and talk for hours and it feels like 10 minutes. I love her and I hope she knows it! :)

I have been so lucky...
so many good and true people have reached out to me in friendship over the past years. Some from here in my "real life", others resulting from this little piece of cyberspace. I've been really lucky in so many ways. So let me take this opportunity to thank you - my readers and my friends - for being placed in my path. For those of you whom I have formed bonds with, I treasure you and value our friendship! Thank you!

And with that...
my dear friends, that does it for me for now!

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

59 comments:

  1. Beautiful stitching, Vonna, as always! :D I hope God keeps on blessing you and your children.

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  2. Vonna,

    What lovely pictures of your beautiful family. May God richly bless you and Keith to celebrate many , many more anniversaries. Congratulations to Ellie may she grow in His grace

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  3. What lovely stitching you shared with us, Vonna! I love the framing molding that you used for the Hands to Work, Hearts to God piece! Sending belated anniversary wishes to you and your husband! May you have many more! Congratulations to Miss Ellie!

    Robin in Virginia

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  4. Your finishes are terrific, Vonna! Congratulations to your daughter on her special day. I'm with you on the *sniff* baby... my youngest son's (he'll be 25 this month) birthdays, milestones are always hit me harder than the older kids'!

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  5. Happy Anniversary Vonna! Glad you are finished with your long no days off work schedule ! Then we will get to see more of your pretty stitching ! Love your finishes ! Great photos of the kids , you have been busy !

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  6. Your Faith and family make me believe there are still wonderful people in this troublesome world.....may God bless you and Keith with many more anniversaries together and shower you with more blessings as your beautiful children grow and share their thoughts with both of you I love reading your blog and seeing all the great stitching you do....

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  7. So happy to see an update! Happy to see all is well. Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with those who have come to love you. :) Happy Spring!

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  8. Happy to see that you survived! Love all your pretty stitching and finishing. It's wonderful to have someone like your Ann to share your thoughts and heart with. Thanks for sharing those with us, too! Happy Mother's Day!

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  9. Oh My...this has seemed like the longest month for me. I was elated to see you post this morning. I adored ALL of the Easter pieces...you are a MARVEL and have touched my life so much. God Bless.

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  10. Ellie looked so sweet. Glad that you had a wonderful confirmation day.

    Happy stitching!

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  11. Oooooopps.....you know I meant First Holy Communion.

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  12. Awww....Vonna your blog posts are always so uplifting.....yes, there are still good people in this world!

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  13. Actually sounds like that marathon did you good. Look at all the amazing things that happened during that period. Your stitching projects are so cute and springy and of course, finished to perfection. You can relax now and look forward to Mother's Day!

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  14. Hi Vonna - I just cannot wait to read your blogs! They are the best! They're almost always uplifting and such eye candy for sure! What a beautiful family you have. Thx for sharing them with us. I know you're very tired, but how in the heck did you get all the stitching done???!!! Good thing you don't own 8 sewing machines or you'd have smoke blowing off your rooftop! Appreciate your words so much. Have a great day & hope to see another post soon, although I don't know how you could have time for that. LOL!

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  15. Congratulations to Ellie. :) Beautiful pieces Vonna.

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  16. What an uplifting post. Beautiful wedding photo and family.

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  17. I love the First Communion photos. The children are always aglow on that day. Here in my neck of the woods, we are having our first of two practices for First Communion which will be celebrated at 11am Eastern time on Saturday. On Sunday, the first communicants in all their finery [and a few in soccer or Little League uniforms] crown Mary at the 9:30am Mass on Mother's Day. This is a busy but favorite time of the year for me.

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  18. Beautiful post~beautiful family! Blessings, Sandra

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  19. Wonderful post Vonna!! Congrats to your baby on her first communion. She is darling! Love the photo of you and your Prince charming. Happy Anniversary! Lovely RAK from Annette. She makes the prettiest project bags. Love all of your finishes too! That polka dot fabric in the first picture is darling. I can never find good polka dot fabric around here!! Sounds like you and Ann are kindred spirits. So nice to have a good friend :D

    Hugs

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  20. You were so kind to cover for your co-worker. I bet your family is happy to have you back "home" now.
    Your stitching pieces are beautiful as always. Your creative finishes make them so special.
    I love the kids pictures. Congratulations to Ellie on her first communion. Her dress is lovely.
    Happy Anniversary too. You are so blessed with a wonderful husband and family.
    Your blogs are so up-lifting.............always give me a smile.

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  21. Such wonderful pics of your family. Lots of special events to celebrate. Your stitching is lovely as always. True friends are indeed a blessing and those of us lucky to have them need to appreciate them. I'm sure Ann loved her gift, it is lovely.

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  22. A lovely post ...

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  23. Happy Anniversary to you and Keith and congratulations to Ellie, who looked so beautiful in her dress!
    Wish I could have sat in that coffee shop and enjoyed the music. :-)
    Glad that your work life has slowed a bit...your home life never slows. LOL Where you manage to find the time to finish all that you do amazes me. I especially like the "Songs of Spring" finish ~ the dot fabric/tiny buttons are perfect.
    I bet Ann was elated to receive such a wonderful gift from a beautiful friend!

    Stay well my dear friend!



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  24. It must feel great to have survived a hectic month and be able to relax a little more! The RAK from Annette is so lovely. The fabrics on both her finished wallet and the purple one are gorgeous. All of your finishes came out so nicely as usual. My personal fave is the SB Naughty or Nice :)

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  25. Love your stitching finishes. They all came out fantastic as always. Lovely pictures of your family. :-) Here's too many years of happiness for you and your family.

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  26. Whew! You survived that month of full-time work--PLUS managed such beautiful stitching and finishing, PLUS enjoyed and supported the activities of your busy family, PLUS celebrated your anniversary! I am exhausted just thinking about all of that. But, I well remember the happy exhaustion that a mother feels. You always know in the back of your head that there will be a day when the house will be way too quiet and you'll wish all the busy, busy days with your kids were back again (at least for a bit :)

    I love the polka dots you used on your finishes, Vonna--so cute! And I'm so glad you had time to stitch yourself some little spring cuties...

    Tell Miss Ellie that she is beautiful--just glowing! Congratulations on her first communion...

    And what a lucky pair you and Sue are to share such a special friendship--I'm sure she feels equally lucky to have you in her life, Vonna...

    Hope you get caught up on all the things you put aside while working full-time... Enjoy your days "off" (as if there is such a thing for a mother :)

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  27. First, Happy Anniversary! Wow, the kids have all grown so much. Congratulations to Ellie. I know she had to be excited.
    Great stitching as always.

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  28. Glad you can slow down now -- hope your friend recovers well and is happy back at work. Love all your finishes. The kids grow up so fast. I bet you can't believe your youngest has celebrated her first communion. All your kids have grown and changed as I read your blog -- it's amazing and wonderful to watch them grow and mature and become wonderful young people.

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  29. You've had a busy busy month and I'm not quite sure how you did it all with all those back to back work days! It's hard to see our kids grow up, but so rewarding and satisfying at the same time to watch them do it. Annette is such a generous blogger and so very sweet!

    Happy 18 to you and your Prince!

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  30. Vonna, I love your sweet family. I can just see you proud heart thru the screen. They look so sweet. Congrats to Ellie on her first communion. A big step! Love your cinnamon heart and had to order my own. Of course I will need help with finishing.

    Love the framing ...great job! How sweet of you to share with your friend,

    Hugs,

    Pam

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  31. What lovely photos of Ellie and your family! All your stitched pieces are so wonderful! Hope you have a happy Mother's Day!

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  32. What a lovely family you have and your stitching finishes are wonderful

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  33. Happy Anniversary! What a gorgeous wedding gown and spectacular bouquet! Congratulations to Ellie! She looks so happy and beautiful! Beautiful family photos Vonna! April was a super busy month for you and your family - HOW FUN!
    I love love all your beautiful ornament finsihes, darling polka dot fabrics! Great framing and what a special gift for your friend!
    Many blessings to you and your family! love Annette
    ps you are most welcome Vonna!

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  34. Hey Vonna!! So glad that you made it through the long stretch of work! It looks like Easter and First Communion for Ellie were wonderful events. You have a beautiful family! Congratulations on your anniversary too!
    As for your stitching and finishing, gorgeous!!
    Hugs!

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  35. Fabulous cross stitch finishes!!!

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  36. Such a wonderful, uplifting post! Your family is beautiful!! Congratulations to Ellie on her first communion, and Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. Oh, and gorgeous stitching and finishing--as always!

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  37. Such a wonderful post. Lovely stitching and the RAK is great too. You have a wonderful family and Happy Anniversary!

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  38. That work stuff is HARD! You managed to fit in some cute stitching? Happy Anniversary and Congratulations to the first communicant. Important stuff. Now I have to track down naughty or nice. Love it.

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  39. What a busy busy April you have had chock filled with special family times and sweet stitching! I hope you have a relaxing May with more stitching, of course! Have a great day!

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  40. Vonna...beautiful post!!!!.......for me you are a true inspiration in so many ways. God Bless you and your family. Lisa K

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  41. Vonna....Beautiful post.....for me personally you are always a true inspiration...God Bless you and your family. Lisa K

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  42. Happy Anniversary to you and DH and congratulations to Ellie on her First Holy Communion. A wonderful family group photo.

    Wonderful stitching. Love 'Naughty or Nice', a great finish as are all of the other finishes. A lovely gift to receive too.

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  43. Happy Anniversary to you and Mr. P and congratulations to Ellie on her first communion. What a great photo! Your finishes are all wonderful and I just love that Naughty and Nice finish! Welcome back to blogland!

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  44. What a special month with anniversaries and First Communion too. Your finishing, as always, is wonderful.

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  45. What a beautiful post full of lovely photos and celebrations. Congratulations to everyone.

    All your finishes are just so pretty.

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  46. Oh my Vonna, but you have been busy! Gorgeous stitching and finishes as always! The kids look so happy! What a beautiful family you have! Congratulations on your wedding anniversary :)

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  47. Wonderful family pictures. Congratulations to you and your husband on your anniversary and congratulations to Ellie on her First Holy Communion.

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  48. Congratulations to Ellie on her first communion and to you and your husband on your anniversary

    All your finishes are lovely especially the sampler for your friend

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  49. Your family had certainly had a lot celebrations lately! As usual your finishing is sublime!

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  50. glad you had so many Easter blessings Vonna. Cute wedding photo - congrats ! Enjoyed as always seeing your beautiful finishes. When are you going to tackle the rug hooking ??? cheers Mel

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  51. Thanks for sharing your family life with us in blogland! Along with your fabulous stitching and finishing of course! Your blog posts are always something to look forward to reading! Congrats on Ellie receiving First Communion--I know you are a very proud Momma!

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  52. Sorry, I'm a bit slow on responding!!
    Beautiful pictures, congratulations to you and your husband on your Anniversary, and congratulations to Ellie, you must be so proud xx
    Fabulous stitching as always, love the sampler.
    Love to all
    Linda O xxx

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  53. Nice pics Vonna! And Happy Anniversary. My sis just celebrated her 18th recently too! Your work is gorgeous, as always!

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  54. What a great gift to give your friend. I am sure she knows how much you appreciate her. 7 sewing machines, how funny. Happy Anniversary. You have stitched some great pieces. I keep trying to follow your blog and blogger keeps giving me a hard time. I tried again, I hope it works. Don't work to hard. Happy stitching.

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  55. Loooooooove hands to work hearts to God!
    Beautiful family :)

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  56. lovely stitching and beautiful stitching,Blessings, Sandra.

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  57. What a beautifull post Vonna! Love all the finishes! Miss Ellie looks beautiful on her special day! I am sure your friend loves her gift and will treasure it forever! thanks for sharing!

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  58. Your daughters look JUST like you! Especially the oldest. Happy Anniversary to you and your DH. What a beautiful gown you wore. Your finishes are beautiful as well.

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  59. Hi Vonna. Where are you? You're missed. Hope all is o.k.

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