While "giving" will serve as a general theme for us Jansens, we decided to start off this month by giving gratitude. We have so much to be thankful for and as a mother, I want my kids to be aware of all the little (and big) blessings of which we have to be so very grateful! One way we're doing this is through a "thankful journal". We got these cute personalized ones from Tiny Prints, completed with our family name and the word "Give". At different times, whether it be at the dinner table or during family night, we plan to occasionally ask our children what they want to give thanks for...and jot it down in this handy notebook. This can also serve as a prayer journal in that way, too!
Another way we're "giving" gratitude is through thank you notes. While there seems to always be a reason to send a thank you note (because of a gift or something of the like), less often are notes sent in thanks...just because. Tyler Bree wrote one yesterday to our neighbor in thanks for supporting her in her pig showing endeavors and I plan to write a few this week to friends thanking them for being such great examples to me. When a handwritten note is something rare these days (don't even get me started on cursive no longer being taught), what a great thing for our children to learn and make a habit of doing, especially on super cute stationary! I know for me personally, nothing can brighten my day more than a thoughtful note...even better if it's one of gratitude. It makes me smile to know that our "giving" this month is in the form of thoughtfulness and love.
^^^ right after it arrived in the mail ^^^
My Friday Fist Pumps (round one):
Happy New Year's Eve-EVE!!!! I heard Kelly Ripa say that the eve to an eve is much more exciting than the actual eve itself because there are two days more to look forward to. Does that make sense? Well it certainly did to me, as I wholeheartedly agree with her! Christmas Eve is one of my favorite days of the year, but I almost love it so much I don't want it to end...therefore, Christmas Eve-Eve leaves that anticipation fresh and exciting without the taint of bittersweetness at it's soon-to-be end.
Can you tell somebody is having a bit of post-Christmas depression?
In going through all the Christmas pictures I took, these are some of my favorites from Christmas Eve...we celebrate every year with my dad's side of the family and I just love them all to pieces!
^^^ What should have been our Christmas card. ^^^
^^^ My aunt and uncle still live in the house I grew up going to as a child...I have such fond memories of playing there will my cousins and it was great seeing all the little cousins playing in that same house. ^^^
^^^ It's not Christmas without a prom-posed photo with your brother. ^^^
I've got the easiest, tastiest, festivest, bestest EVER dessert recipe for you today! Whether you're still racking your brain on what to take to your family gatherings or maybe you just want to whip up a batch of these babies for Santa, you'll be sure to come back to this simple recipe every holiday season...because they are just so darn DELISH!