gather & a haven enterprise giveaway!


friends, have you check out my sidebar recently? there are so many fantastic makers over there offering some incredible handmade goods perfect for gifting during this time of year!

i am over the moon with my friends at haven enterprise & their wood working magic.


i was so excited to work with them to create this gorgeous trivet with the word "gather" carved into it. 

it makes me teary just thinking about the word gather & it's significance in our every day lives. 

i think it's so important that our family gathers at the table each evening to share a meal. luke's family lives just down our dirt road so every week we share at least one dinner with them. we gather at the table & tell stories, share podcasts we're listening to & books we're reading. they taught me the value of slowing down to break bread together.

in those moments, we find everyday beauty.  


my friends at haven enterprise are offering up a giveaway today, too!

one lucky natalie creates reader will win the "i am" butcher block from haven enterprises!

to enter, simply:
1. visit the haven enterprise website & take a look around
2. sign up for their newsletter here!
3. share your email address & what "gather" means to you.

i will pick a random winner next wednesday, 12/17, & announce it here!
love,
natalie

p.s. receive 15% off at checkout with the code "MERRY14" in the haven enterprise shop until december 19th! 

congrats to lori for winning! we will contact you shortly!

26 comments:

Destiny said...

Destiny.schlinker@foodcorps.org To gather is to compile things that you find, be it good memories or good food!

Lori McFarlane said...

I just have to say, you have the best in-laws ever. I love Luke's parents to death!

And to enter into the contest... "gather". The word almost makes me sad because I still don't have the group of special people I could gather with. I have more friends than I did a year ago in this town, but still no one our family can "gather" together with in the intimate way the word describes. It's possibly because I'm constantly thinking of when and how we can leave this town, and therefore it's impossible to settle down and make real connections.

Najonie said...

When I think of gather, I go to to preparation first.... We do a lot of cooking in our family. My mother taught me to gather in my food creations, to find what there is and form a meal from there.
I think the same can be said for lots of things. When decorating, you don't have to go buy, you gather the things you have and create a new space.... Gather... A bringing together of things...
Najonie@gmail.com

Deeapaulitan said...

jameswifer@gmail.com

for me...
gather means "with". It is coming home. To bunch up and get close. Draw in and hold.

Scarlett Royce said...

Wow, I can really relate to what Lori wrote (above). We are in such an unusual season of not having close friendships, as we have had in past locations. I still do my best to "gather" with my little family, whether it's around the table or a good read-aloud book or the Christmas tree, because they are who are right in front of me and it's a joy to be a "gatherer" of them. And I know the season will eventually change and God will bring more friends.
Thank you for sharing about Haven!

Rachel said...

"Gather" means to have all your family close & near, under the same roof, spending quality time together & definitely has food involved!
glenn(dot)rach(at)verizon(dot)net

sara said...

Oh! That "bread of life" board is gorgeous!
"Gather" to means getting sharing a space of slowness and gratitude with loved ones and new ones. And sharing a meal with gusto!
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Vanessa said...

vsilversmith at gmail dot com

To me, "gather" means a special time for family and friends to share old memories and create new ones over a homecooked meal :)

Her said...

ashleyehoward@gmail.com

Gather is coming together with intention to share honestly and with joy and love to those you are with. My favorite times of the year are when I gather with friends and family for simple and meaningful meals. Those are the real memory makers.

Thank you Natalie!

Dakota Hurley said...

When I hear the word gather, I think of wrangling on those closest to you, wrangling them in REALLY close. Elbows almost touching at the table, so that you may carry a conversation on with eye contact and read a persons gestures.
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Anonymous said...

To me, gather means to be with the ones I love. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy just thinking about it :)
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Helen said...

My goodness, what beautiful woodwork! To me, gather means to draw in the positive and the beautiful. It means to bring together the people we love and things with which we're blessed. <3

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Lys said...

Gathering reminds me of a hen gathering her chicks. So basically it makes me want to be a mom, haha. But in the meantime, I'll gather with my family and my husband as often as humanly possible.

What a lovely giveaway! Thanks Natalie!
sashirl93 AT gmail DOT com

Katie @ Stress and Stars said...

I would do the word 'love'. It's both a descriptor and a reminder, I guess - my husband and I had our first baby about four months ago and the days are so crazy and hectic and insane and full of love - but at the same time I feel like I need a reminder to really chill and enjoy it, because she won't be so small for very long.

My email is knfaulk (at) gmail (dot) com

Tess said...

"Gather" describes so beautifully that we are all "in this together". We can share our hearts honestly with those we hold close.
Tess-Candlewickmama

KatieRae said...

To me, gather means to stop and observe. To reevaluate what I'm doing. Like "gathering" my thoughts. I remind myself often to just stop and be. It's one of the best things I can do for myself and for my family. Time goes by way too fast and I want to make sure I'm enjoying every moment.

katelyn_hirsch@yahoo.com

Jenny said...

Beautiful - love the 'I Am' bread board.
gather - to bring together

Sara said...

To me, gather brings thoughts of fellowship ♡

Fourdecoeurs @ comcast.net

Hannah R. said...

To me I always think of family when I hear the word "gather". A large group of us all together laughing and enjoying the company of one another. Also, food is generally involved :)
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pballard said...

pamballard@comcast.net
Lovely giveaway. Love the site. Thanks for the chance. Gather for me means counting my blessings and being with my family and friends and praising God for all I am given. I am blessed.

Cassandra said...

What a beautiful giveaway:) Thank you Natalie! To gather..love this word. To me, it means coming together, from wherever we may find ourselves in life,letting down our guards, and arriving fully ourselves, ready to witness another.

Carolyn said...

When I see the word "gather", I think of friends and family gathering together for a meal or church family gathering to praise God. zookyla at yahoo dot com

Lavinia said...

What a great giveaway! The word "gather" makes me think of family coming together, of spending quality time with the people you love.

lavi_buz@yahoo.com

angie said...

Gather reminds me of families traveling from near and far to spend time together. As families are more scattered these days, it is an effort to reunite. And for that reason, I think we don't take it for granted.
angiechadwell@yahoo.com

Sara said...

Gather means to have my heart full, to not feel alone, to be surrounded by warmth.

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Lucy said...

Gather to me means harvesting - either from the garden or the coop, or from the riches of all the years of love we have shared with loved ones.

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