Gingerbread and Star Eyes

My mom, fondly called Nani, visited us recently and brought an edible Christmas surprise ‘craft’ to do with the kids.   img_8346

This is one of our traditions to do together as a family each year.  Nani jumped in on the fun with us this year too. And let me just say, those costco kits are incredible if you don’t have an architectural itch for the day.  The gingerbread is pre-made and the walls are already frosted in place. No, rather glued into place. Lots of hands on it, and that house was solid!  There was enough candy for the four kids to each have a small dish full and they could all design and taste test to their hearts content (wellll, to mommy’s hearts content rather)

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It’s always fun to make memories together during this time of year. Especially stary-eyed ones you can eat!

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Gather & Give Thanks

Thanksgiving week is here!

This is one of our favorite Holidays here at The White Barn Farm.  How about for you?!  For us it marks the end of corn stalks, bright colored leaves, & warm apple cider and it is the begining of snowflakes, twinkling lights, & peppermint hot cocoa.

There is something so sweet about the last bit of the fall season that makes my heart happy.  The spiced pumpkins smells while we retell the first Thanksgiving story allows us to slow down to reflect on how we have been richly blessed and provided for. No matter what the ups and downs of the year are this is a time to take notice of how we can choose to be thankful. As each year passes I am learning how choosing thanks brings about greater joy in the everyday.  I want to truly know joy.  How about you?

It is especially significant for our family to often set aside moments to remember all that we can be thankful for.  So here’s a look into the hearts of our Lil’ Mac kids with a list of some of what their ‘Gathering and Giving Thanks’ list looked like this year; It’s simple and yet important to practice giving thanks for the everyday provisions: I can learn from them indeed.

Jesus, daddy, mommy, food, our beds, gma, gpa, popii, nani, all our cousins, Aunties and Uncles, our church, friends, candy, house, car, bikes, clothes, the park to play, fuzzy bear, blankie, bunny, doggy, our neighbors, cookies, the library, books, movies, cat, ice-cream, dogs, horses to ride and help train, baths.

Enjoy gathering and giving thanks today and always. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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