Monday, February 22, 2010

Cookie Baking Night 2/22/10

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night with the nieces and nephew(s). In attendance this evening: Emily, Carissa, and Ethan.

We made Andes mint cookies, played a few games, and read from Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland.

Tonight's lesson was "What the Law Means". We've spent a fair amount of time learning the 10 Commandments, and now the lessons in our book are explaining what we've been learning. It's an exciting time. Emily read the Bible passage for us this evening (1 Kings 17:8-16). As the kids take turns reading the Bible passages from the story (well, just Emily and Ethan read at this point), they are also learning how to maneuver around the Bible and find the books that correlate with our story (we're putting into practice the time we've spent so far memorizing the order of the Old Testament and New Testament books).
As usual, a good time was had by all!

Now that Emily's brother and sister are teenagers (17 and 14), they have moved from Cookie Baking Night attenders to taxi service (Joe has graduated from Cookie Baking and Meghan still makes sporadic apprearances). Tonight, when they came back to pick up Emily, they stopped inside to visit and enjoyed a plate of leftover chicken nuggets from our supper earlier that evening. It was fun to spend some time with them and hear about what is going on in their lives. I think the many Monday nights they have spent in our home over the years has built a basis for the relationship with them as teenagers. They're comfortable here, and that's the way I like it (I highly recommend starting your own version of Cookie Baking Night with the children in your lives).

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