Friday, December 01, 2017

Day 1...

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome ~

Day 1

Here we are....
the beginning of a new month, during my most favorite time of year! The possibilities are endless, the moments ripe to pluck and gather into my basket of contentment to contemplate and renew my spirit. I thank all of you for your suggestions and helpful hints. I certainly will keep them in mind as we, together, travel this road to our destination on Day 25. I want it to be fun and full of frivolity, I want it to be packed with good information and heaped with helpful hints and tips - because that's who I am - but most of all, I want it to be non-scripted and real. That is the #1 thing that people write me about - their perception of me. 95% of people writing to me via snail mail and e-mail, will at some point tell me, that the reason they enjoy reading/watching me is because -  "you are real". The other 5% write to tell me the opposite. :)  So let me assure you, with all my many flaws of character, my blips along the way, the caverns that I stumble into, the highest highs and the lowest lows that I share with me. If you have met me you know this to be true. If you have not...let me assure you what you read, what you see is real. 

To know me is to know....
that I have a deep, abiding faith. My faith defines me - pure and simple. I don't live it well 100% of the time, but it sure isn't for lack of trying. I fail, but I also soar with my walk on this earth. This season, no matter what faith you choose to follow (or not) is all about Love and Kindness. I'm not here to shove religion down your throat, I'm here to show my light and to let it shine for all the world to see. To try to live the "best life" I can in the way I believe it should be lived. I choose to believe and prescribe to something that I believe in - with every breath I take and with every fiber of my being right down to the marrow of my bones. Without my faith, I am nothing. That is the first part of what it is to know me....

Which brings me to my second reason to get up in the morning...
my family. 

Ian and Jacob_2004 Ellie's Christmas Pagent Katie's Job Motley Group Katie's Confirmation with Bishop Coyne First Communion1 Jump Up Keith Summer 2014

God has so richly, abundantly blessed me...
a wonderful soulmate to share my life's journey and a large family to fill my days with work, wonder and sometimes a whole lot of hell
*being honest here...Family life is full of pitfalls and sometimes a lot of hell*
My grandfather once said to my grandmother 
(who would get herself all worked up over cleaning their house before company would come)
"Let's have a little more dirt and a lot less hell!"
I laugh every time I think about this. Grandma would get herself into a real lather.
Grandpa would get a little disgruntled with all the "hell" that she was whipping up...
It's funny...
It's real...
It happens.
How many times have I myself worked myself up into a real lather?
and at those times, I think about these words and I laugh.

I am thankful. I am blessed.
Without my family...who would I be?

This season....
in my mind, is all about love. It is in our family tradition and faith...the time that love came to live with us on earth for a short time. To share, to show and fill us up with....LOVE.

One of the best things I do to share my love besides going to church every week, being a loving partner to my partner and raising my family is to seek out those starving for love. Many of you know that I serve our church in many ways...funeral lunches, Eucharistic minister, visits to the sick and home bound, I am lector, choir member and Mass coordinator. My children are (or have been) long time Mass Servers, my husband is a member of the Parish Council. All of these things are wonderful ways to serve each other and others...however the best thing that I have ever done with my time is to seek out the sick and home bound. I bring them the Eucharist and that feeds their soul. What feeds their spirit is just me sitting and listening. There is a large population. Huge. Of people that are starving ~ starved for attention - for someone to just listen to them, give them a shoulder to lean on or a pat on the back, a hug, a kiss.... One of the best things I have done during my walk here on earth is to be a friend to those in need of a friend. Open your eyes, see that person alone in church, at the supermarket struggling to get their bags in their trunk, a driveway that needs snow shoveled, a lawn that needs mowed...the person who's heart is in their eyes and it is a little lifeless. I'm here to say...a little attention, a little care - and it doesn't have to take a huge amount of time - brings back the twinkle, brings back the shine. Many times you don't have to say a word, you just sit back with your mouth closed and eyes and ears attentive and listen. Smile. Nod your head. 
Then when the time is done...a hug and a kiss on the cheek. Tell them you will see them again soon. And then DO see them again soon to repeat the experience.
I have relationships with a lot of people. The greatest reward that I have is to see those people that were once desolate of spirit, light up like a Christmas Tree when I walk in the room - just because it's me. Just me. Simple, flawed and all ~ me. 
LOVE it makes all the difference.
It makes all the difference to the person you are sharing it with...but in reality, it feeds your soul, your heart, your spirit. YOU will reap the rewards much more abundantly than the one you are visiting.

I urge you...
put yourself out there in some doesn't have to be this way...but just put yourself out there to be the change that you want to see in this world.
Spread Love.
Spread Kindness.
Bring Joy.

Flaws and all...
you will reap the rewards.

Happy Day 1!

Until next time...
Hugs in Stitches, 
Vonna xxxx



  1. Anonymous3:16 AM

    Beautifully Said. I love watching you, you bring so much Joy to my life. The world is Blessed to have a person like you. Ruthie

  2. Vonna,Well said friend...I feel this is what God wants us to do. What a difference we can make in the people around us.❤

  3. What a beautiful way to start this Dec. 1st by reading this well written blog from your heart ❤️ what a giving spirit you have and example for all Thank you Vonna for sharing..many blessings

  4. What a beautiful start to the Christmas season! You bring tears to my eyes. What if all of us felt the way you do..there wouldn't be all the stress and turmoil in the world. Thank you for the lovely premier post to Christmas. Martha

  5. Wonderful words Vonna. I loved reading it today. I loved your grandfather's saying. I get all in a dither when the house is messy, and yet it is indicative that a family is living here.
    Lovely start to December.

  6. Thank you for your lovely sentiment on helping others in need.

  7. Vonna, what a beautifully written post to kick off your 25 Days. You are such a good example and inspiration to many of us. Wishing you a month filled with many blessings!

  8. :D.....I think we had the same Grandma!Moving forward I am taking your Grandpa's advice to heart!! Happy Dec 1st!!!

  9. Lovely, lovely post! You've inspired me to get out there and love on people! Thank you Vonna!

  10. Yes! Yes! Yes! There are soooooooooo many elderly that have NO ONE visiting them. It truly does not take much.

  11. God bless you, Vonna!

  12. You are quite an inspiration to us all! Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

  13. Praise God! and Amen. :) Cathryn

  14. Love it! "Let's have a little more dirt and a lot less hell!" should be made into a cross stitch pattern :) December is usually full of turmoil just getting ready for Christmas. The past 10 years or so we don't exchange gifts and it's calmed down so much for us. We still cook and bake and that can get busy and chaotic in itself. This year has been a struggle for me. Mom had a mini stroke just before halloween-thankful it didn't leave her paralyzed. My dog has to get an ultrasound next week to see if her heart has a leaky valve. I'm thankful because they thought she would die a few years ago from the cancer she's been battling. In between I got sick with whatever-a 102 degree fever and it sapped what little energy I had but I'm thankful I made it through and two of the rescue cats got sick. Being a dog person most of my life I discovered I don't know squat about giving cats liquid medicine (or pills). Thankful that's over. So although we've had a whole lot of hellish things going on for over a month...we persevered and made it through but not without prayer. Although I feel like I'm surrounded by lots of bad things going on, there's ALWAYS something to be thankful for. I can only imagine what it would be like if I didn't have faith in God...I don't even want to try to imagine. I guess one would feel hopeless. You brighten many people's lives and yes, there are always negative people wanting some company (misery truly does love company) but don't let them bring you down to their level. Stay positive and upbeat. Wishing you a Merry Christmas

    1. You’ve got a great attitude you are not alone I am adding you to my prayer list may God bless you

    2. Thank you so much Sarah. Some days it's hard to keep that attitude if you let it all overwhelm you. I know it's not just raining but pouring right now but this too shall pass. Just gotta hang in there and trust God to get us all through it. Yes, I'm not alone because so many people are going through a lot too. Many are silent sufferers and that truly is sad. I'll put you on my prayer list-chronic illnesses are not fun. May God Bless you and surround you with loved ones.

  15. Anonymous10:43 AM

    A beautiful post to start the new month.

  16. I love the way you express yourself. Praying you have your best Christmas season yet.

  17. I had tears reading this Vonna... wow you are truly amazing!! I pray and thank God for everything he has done for me😊😊😊😊

  18. Vonna thank you for sharing this wonderful inspirational message with us. I feel the same way yet I get caught up in the struggle for years before l got sick myself with chronic illness

  19. Thanks Vonna! Your thoughts ring so true. Words to live by!! ❤️

  20. What an inspiring way to begin the 25 Days of Christmas. Your faith and love of family is wonderful. I love seeing the pictures of your family and all the beautiful crafts you create. It is a joy to know you. I look forward to each day what you choose to share with us. Vonna, you are an angel. Thank you for being a part of my life.

  21. Thank you Vonna, you are my light and reminder today of all that I have to be thankful for. So happy that I took up my needle again and because of that found you.

  22. I know I would have loved your grandfather (while I identify with your grandmother, I'm the SAME way)!

    Thank you for the gift of sharing and educating us!

  23. Reading this post was a blessing to me. When I grow up I want to be just like you (I could be your mother!!). You inspire me and I thoroughly enjoy reading anything you write and always learn something from your tutorials. What a gift you give to all of us. Merry, merry Christmas to you and your family.

  24. Beautiful post Vonna, makes my heart feel peace just reading it. I agree reaching out to others is important. I was going to pick up my sister last week to buy wreaths for the graves at the cemetery, and as I was going along I saw a lady at the bus stop and she had a walker in front of her with all these bags and things hanging from it. I went by her and thought that I should stop and give her ride (not knowing if she would take it), well getting caught up in Saturday afternoon traffic and the 45 MPH speed limit I never went back. I cannot get this lady out of my head, I still feel so bad for not stopping. I will stop next time if I ever see her again, and until then I will pray for her.
    I am so excited for what is to come with your posts. I will look forward everyday to them, and I will keep in mind the kind of person I should be and will try my best to be that. Thank you for your inspiration, your life and your inspiration mean more than you know.

  25. I love reading your December blog
    I am a Christian too. I try every day to be a better one. This year has been a huge challenge I have a very ill adult son. And just alot of other things but By God's grace we will get thru. You are an inspiration to me.Thank you Darleen Bumgardner

  26. Great post, Vonna!

  27. A beautiful start to your 25 days of Christmas.

  28. God bless you and your family in this Christmas season and all through the year. I feel blessed to know you in this little way that we do, and that you share with me your life and you love of cross stitch. I look forward to the rest of the month of's my favorite time of year!

  29. You always give me things to think about. God bless you and your family at this Christmas time.

  30. Lovely post to kick off 25 days. You have been very influential and inspirational to me in this regard. I still remember being so moved by your fourth (?) flosstube when you talked about your friendship with Anna and the need to reach out to seniors in our communities. Many blessings to you.

  31. Thank you. That’s it. Just thanks.
    -Stitchin Texan

  32. I tend to get worked up over little things, I need to practice "Let's have a little more dirt and a lot less hell!"

  33. As always a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing. I follow your example as often as I can. I love smiling at people who just need a smile.

  34. Well said Vonna.


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