In addition to being home of the annual pumpkin chucking contest, the town of Girard, Illinois - where I served for a time as pastor of St. Patrick parish - is also home to a budding artist.
I received yesterday an expected package from a former parishioner who has nurtured a hobby of painting gourds. The package - as you might have guessed - contained one of her charming creations:
Much to my surprise, the package was not at all dented and birdhouse survived the trans-Atlantic voyage quite well. I hope it makes a second voyage just as well so I can hang in my garden, wherever that might be.