By Ron Schott/The Vandalia Leader
While most families were traveling to visit loved ones during Christmas this past weekend, I was happy to say our family didn’t go anywhere and I feel more refreshed than I have been in years.
Since I wasn’t burning the candle at both ends, my wife and I decided to do our Christmas on Thursday to give me time to play with the boys.
For four days, I sat at home and spent many hours playing games and toys with Isaiah and Josiah to make up a lot of lost time due to my busy schedule.
We watched movies, built Gingerbread Houses, decorated cookies, went out to eat, and enjoyed Sunday School and worship services on Christmas day. My wife also expressed her love for me by purchasing summer sausage and cooked some awesome meals. We had plans to make our annual trip to visit my family in Maryland until our vehicle made other plans for us. Though I really missed seeing my family on the East Coast, I believe everything happens for a reason. God knew our family needed this time and I’m thankful for this awesome week.
Before our January 3 issue, both the Community R-VI and Van-Far boys and girls basketball teams will be back on the court representing their schools and their communities in the Madison Tournament.
As all four teams enter the final three months of their seasons, I want to encourage Vandalia Leader readers to show their support by attending as many games as possible before the end of the season. Whether either team wins or loses, the players and coaches work extremely hard to represent the area.
While we can easily get caught up in the need for wins and losses, let us not forget that at the end of the day these players are just teenagers and coaches are putting in way more hours than their extra-duty paycheck shows. Please go out and support these teams.
Year in Review
It’s hard to believe another year is in the books and The Vandalia Leader has printed its 52nd issue of 2011.
I hope you enjoy reading through some of the top news stories, births, and list of loved ones we lost this past year in our obituaries tribute.
I want to wish all of our readers a Happy New Year and our staff looks forward to providing a quality service to you in 2012.