Monday, July 31, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 07/31/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo (and Larry, Clara, and Greg). Tonight was Larry's birthday choice. For supper, he chose scrambled eggs, toast, bacon, and peaches (this was probably an all-time hit for everyone as choices go). For his "cookie" he chose haystacks (aka bird nests without the eggs, aka chow mein noodles, chocolate/butterscotch, and peanut butter--Larry's favorite treat hands down).



After supper, Enzo hitched a ride to the kitchen




There is too little summer weather in Minnesota to waste it indoors. We took a walk to the local gas station for a summer time treat. 


Aww. Cousins helping cousins. 


On the way back, some walked on the brick wall, some walked on the path. 



Some danced. 

I like to call this one "graduation picture board"

It was a lovely evening and a fun Cookie Baking Night, and, as usual, a good time was had by all. 


Monday, July 17, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 07/17/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo (and let's not forget Larry and Clara). Tonight was Clara's birthday choice. For supper, she chose french toast (her favorite), bacon, and strawberries. For her cookie, she chose oatmeal cookies.



We were so busy tonight, I didn't take many pictures. 

For our Bible lesson tonight we read from the book "God's Names" by Sally Michael. Our lesson tonight was the name Helper. We learned about God the Holy Spirit in this lesson. 

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. John 14:26

We talked about the part that the Holy Spirit plays in our lives.

"Neverthless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away. for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment." John 16:7-8

Good Bible lesson, and a fun time was had by all. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 07/03/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Tonight was Carissa's birthday choice. She turned 12 years old just a couple days ago. For supper, she chose macaroni and cheese, tator tots, strawberries, and peaches. For her "cookie" she chose dirt cups (chocolate pudding, cookie crumbs, and gummy worms - mmm).


While I was putting the finishing touches on supper the kids (and Clara) colored flowers to use as decorations in the dirt cups.




The finished product. Pretty cute. 


In honor of Carissa's birthday, we walked to the local gas station for a treat. Uncle Greg joined us for the trip. 


We took the long way back and walked along the brick wall for a ways. 



It was a night full of activity and, as usual, a fun time was had by all. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 06/19/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, and Carissa. Tonight was Uncle Greg's birthday choice. He chose lasagna for supper and peanut butter cookies for his cookie choice.



Smaller crowd tonight as Cookie Baking Nights go, and that meant we all fit around the table without the assistance of a card table at the end. 


Greg said he wanted peanut butter cookies, "the kind where you use a fork", in other words nothing fancy, I'll take the classic. 



We walked to the local gas station for a treat


And played board games for ages 7 and up. It was a rollicking good time. And, as usual, a fun time was had by all. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 06/05/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Tonight we made "chocolate pretzels" As far as I can tell, this treat really doesn't have a name, but most of us have seen them around Christmas time. It's the pretzel, Hershey Kiss, M&M treat.


Here's how we did it. We unwrapped a bunch of Hershey Kisses and Hugs.


Then we placed the candy on top of a pretzel twist. 


We placed them in a 350-degree oven for about 3 minutes (just until the chocolate was shiny and melty). Then we took them out of the oven and placed an M&M on top of each one. 


And Voila! A tasty pretzel treat. 


The weather was beautiful this evening. We walked to the local gas station for an ice cream treat. Uncle Greg was able to join us. 




After the walk we spent a little time rolling down the hill in the backyard. The boys (and girls) were fascinated by the culvert at the bottom of the hill. The repeated question was "why does it have a grate over the top of it?" I asked Rylar, "What would you do if that grate wasn't there?" He said, "Crawl inside." I said, "That's why it's there." 



The lilac tree in the backyard is in full bloom, and it lasts about a week, so we thought we'd seize the moment for a lilttle photo op. 

We spent more time outside than inside tonight but we did make time for a Bible lesson from the "God's Names" book by Sally Michael, Tonight we learned the name "Father" and talked about God is our Father and what that means. To illustrate the lesson of a good and kind father, the book pointed us to the story of the "the prodigal son" in the Bible (Luke 15:11-32). 

Another beautiful almost-summer Cookie Baking Night has come and gone. As usual, a fun time was had by all. 






Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Discipline of Serving Others

There is a secret discipline appointed for every man and woman whose life is lived for others. No one escapes that discipline, nor would wish to escape it; nor can any shelter another from it. And just as we have seen the bud of a flower close round the treasure within, folding its secret up, petal by petal, so we have seen the soul that is chosen to serve, fold round its secret and hold it fast and cover it from the eyes of man. The petals of the soul are silence.

--Amy Carmichael

Cookie Baking Night 07/31/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo (and Larry, Clara, and Greg). Tonight ...