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Cookie Baking Night 06/29/15

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, Alli, Rylar, and, special guest, Myla. Myla is a friend of Carissa's, and it was fitting for her to join us on this particular night since tonight was Carissa's birthday choice (Carissa will turn 10 years old in a few days). As is our custom here at Cookie Baking Nights, the birthday person gets to choose what we have for supper and what "cookie" we make that night. Not being one to dismiss a good idea from the past, Carissa chose macaroni and cheese for her "birthday meal" and for the "cookie" Dirt Cups.

Carissa and Myla did the work of scraping the frosting off the chocolate cookies before everyone arrived. Then I crushed them in the blender. This ingredient will resemble the "dirt" for our project.

Then we made the chocolate pudding and cream cheese mixture.

Next we layered the pudding, cream cheese mixture, cookie crumbs, and gummy worms into plastic cups wi…

Happy Father's Day

Today is Father's Day.  God has blessed me with two fathers in my life. 

My Dad-Robert 

My Dad-Larry

One relationship was given to me on the day I was born (Dad-Robert) and one was given to me by marriage (when Larry married my mom 29 years ago). Both relationships mean a lot to me. Both men have taught me much about life, love, and fatherhood. I'm grateful to God that He has given me these relationships. 
Happy Father's Day, Dads!

Cookie Baking Night 06/15/15

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, Carissa, Alli, and Rylar. Today is Greg's birthday and also his Cookie Baking choice. For supper he chose Cheese Dreams (a broiled open faced sandwich with tomato, bacon, and cheese). For his "cookie", he chose "Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares" (melted butterscotch chips, peanut butter, nuts, coconut over mini marshmallows -- what's not to love?). Unfortunately, Greg managed to allude all the pictures this evening but, trust me, he was there.

While we were waiting for everyone to arrive, Emily led the little ones in a game of Sequence For Kids. 

After the "cookies" were cooling, we read from chapter 9 (God Knows All Things) from Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland. Tonight Carissa read Psalm 139:1-10 from the Bible for us. I can see we're getting a little restless with our second time through this devotional book. They're not engaging their minds with …

Katrina's Musings (Graduation Tour)

In the middle of May I was able to attend two graduation ceremonies in other states within the same week. My husband called this event my "graduation tour".

The North Carolina Trip

First, I was in North Carolina. My young friend, Katelyn, and her brother, Chris, graduated from high school. Katelyn used to attend our church in Minnesota before her family moved to North Carolina a few years ago. During her time at our church, she and I struck up a friendship. It has been both a friendship and mentoring/teaching relationship. I believe strongly that God instructs me in the Bible to maintain relationships with young ladies and to teach them what I know about God (Titus 2:3-5). Many people have been giving me credit for doing this in Katelyn's life (especially after making the trip to NC), but I deserve no credit for it. God is the one who brought this relationship about and God is the one who gives the drive to maintain it. And ... because Katelyn and her parents are so recep…