Sunday, March 11, 2012

Peanut Day

Almost everyone that has grown-up in southern Vermilion County, Illinois, knows where Peanut is.  Peanut is the official nickname of the little community of Vermilion Grove, IL, and this happens to also be where I grew up.  It's actually a neat little story, but I'll summarize it for you.  Abraham Lincoln was on a train coming up from Southern Illinois when he was in need of some chewing tobacco.  The train happened to stop in Vermilion Grove and Mr. Lincoln was sorely disappointed to find out he was in a Quaker community, which meant that the general store did not sell tobacco. So good ole Abe got some peanuts and got back on the train, nicknaming the little town Peanut...and we could only hope that he quit chewing tobacco, but I sincerely doubt it....and now that I think about it, I guess it doesn't really's not like tobacco killed him in the long run.

The Vemilion Grove Friends Church deems the second Sunday of March "Peanut Day" in honor of this event.  It's my kind of church service because you get a show and a snack...the show usually being a gospel singing group, and the snack is a free bag of peanuts as you leave the sanctuary...don't ever underestimate the value of a snack. 

This year it was to our great honor that my quartet group Just Friends was asked to perform. 

I love these ladies! L to R: Linda  (my Mom), Me, Leigh, & Lisa

Here we are singing our hearts out! We had a great time....but next time I really want a blingy microphone!

I took some time to annoy random people in the congregation today too...


Steve & Mary Lou


David & Susie

my Grandmother and my shy son Ben

Linda & Jim

Chad, Brian, & Joyce

My photo victim's were actually very accommodating (I find that no one will gripe too much in church) and I came away with some pretty decent shots. All in all it was a wonderful sunny day for worship....and don't forget the peanuts!


  1. I can't get over how much you look like your sister in the first picture!!

    Also, I had never heard the peanut story....too funny!

    1. Thanks! ..but she looks like

  2. Another GREAT blog and very interesting! I love the picture of the little "shy" boy! Keep your blogs coming-I enjoy them so, so much!

  3. I had never heard this story either. As for the blingy microphone, I'm sure your crafty self could probably make one! Great blog entry Val!