Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Year of the Gingerbread House

Good Morning my Bloggy Friends! I'm still working at break neck speed to finish up a couple of projects. Over the past several years I've gotten really good at keeping our schedule very light during the holidays. It gives us an opportunity to help out in some extra ministry opportunities and just be spontaneous and peaceful(?) LOL. But this year I was blogging and saw all these creative things I wanted to try. So that's how I got into my predicament! I will start posting over the next week some of the gifts I have made these last few months to hours. In hopes that it will inspire someone for next year. Don't be crazy like me!

337 Gingerbread Houses and Counting!

We have been very blessed again this year to be apart of Isiah's Inn. They help children and families in our community with school clothes, Christmas needs and much, much more. Each year our church helps to host a party for the children and their families (roughly 500 people, but I could be off). The day before the party a bunch of us crafty, sugar loving women and teens get together and construct between 250 and 300 graham cracker style houses with royal icing! Ohhh so tempting. Then the next evening a huge Christmas party is held for the children and their families. We have a big room for decorating all the houses with more royal icing and candy, candy, candy. There is also a room for face painting ( I'm usually there, but really need some lessons). You should see some of the beautiful work! Chick #2 is getting realy good. They also serve an enormous dinner with leftovers for the families to take home and of course a present for each child. Our whole family attends and helps out wherever needed.

This year as we were cleaning up we were ask by Miss Brenda to come and make 80 more houses for the Christian Outreach Centers after school program. So Grammy, the chickadees and myself headed over. I've never been so tried and happy! It took about 4 hours and a couple of pounds gained. But we are hopeful that we brought joy and helped the center in reaching the hearts of young.

So this weekend (if you don't already believe we are daft) we are making real gingerbread houses to share with friends and family. It's becoming an annual tradition and my girls have a ball and I will be sure to get some pictures!

Happy Christmas.

Julie

2 comments:

smalltowngirl said...

that is really great! I love being able to help others and give back to the community with my family. It really makes you feel good even when it makes you feel tired :) Hooray for you all!

Anonymous said...

Hi Honey,
I had a great time helping with the gingerbread houses! Thanks for incuding me. Mom xo