~ Greetings Friends and Warm Welcome ~
what happened to December? My heavens to mercy...that went FAST!
We had a lovely Christmas here at home as a family and then we traveled to my husband's parents home and have a lovely time there :)
We hit some of my childhood favorites...
We went through the Easter Seals and Ritzy's Fantasy of Lights in Garvin Park in Evansville, Indiana. Garvin Park is right by Bossy Field which (as a little "side" note) was one of the fields that they shot in the movie "A League of Their Own". In fact all of the fields featured in the movie was from the area that I grew up in. I even saw Madonna the summer they were there. She was quoted saying that the Evansville area was worse than Russia because at that time (early 90's) only the city areas had cable television and where she was staying (in an older farm house in the country near Darmstadt, Indiana) did not have cable and she couldn't watch MTV.
We also hit "Sandy's Pizza" in Fort Branch, Indiana for our once a year "Pizza Extravaganza". Sandy's has a lunch "all U can eat" buffet and believe me...well you just feel like "ugh" afterward...But a well worth it "ugh"!!!
Sandy's is in the little town right next to the one I grew up in (Haubstadt, Indiana). Sandy's was the local pizza joint where you went after a HS ballgame with your friends and ate pizza and drank all the Coke you wanted and just had a good time! Here we are at Sandy's:
The girls and I
(notice my husbands shirt.....)
Awww....a great good time, had by all! Thank you to my mother-in-law Bernie for showing us such a great time! She always treats us like royalty when we are staying with her!
Here are three ornaments that I didn't show during the 25 Days of Christmas with
The Twisted Stitcher.
And I also stitched "Santa's Fill" by Shepherd's Bush, but I didn't photograph it, apparently, and yesterday we took down our Christmas decorations. So I'm not digging through hundreds of ornaments to find it. But you can see it at this link: Santa's Fill
We took our decorations down early because, Keith will be travelling on business and I have to work all next weekend and I can't lift and carry boxes by myself, so down it came.
I'll be honest...
I love Christmas, but it is always a great feeling to have your house all cleaned and fresh and ready for a "new start" for New Years!
I'll have one more post in 2014...
my "Vonna's Year in Review" post on New Year's Eve, but before I go into that, I'd like to talk about one thing that I'm working toward in 2015. Our priest at my church is relatively new. He has been there about 1.5 years now. Its hard to have a change in your pastoral "care" when you are used to and love the priest that was there before, but I have come to respect and love Fr. Mahan, our current priest at our church: St. John the Apostle
All of Advent...
he has had a series of sermons based on "your personal relationship with God". It has made me think deeply about my "personal relationship with God" and know that I need to work on it. I have purchased a prayer journal and plan on writing intentions from my friends in my prayer journal so that I can pray for those in need. Do you have a need for prayer? If so I would like to pray for you and your needs or your family/friends needs, please e-mail me privately (my e-mail is under the picture of the mailbox) and I will add your intention to my prayer journal and remember them in my daily prayers. Of course, it would be private and I would not share anything with anyone. I just want to improve my prayer life and myself and in the process help any that are in need.
Thank you in advance!
In the meantime...
I'm picking my New Year's Eve cross stitch start...are you?!
Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God, just like always!
Love in stitches,