Monday, June 19, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 06/19/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, and Carissa.



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


We made peanut butter cookies



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

Monday, May 8, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 05/08/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. We made peanut butter pretzel bars.


We started by crushing the pretzels. We put them in a plastic bag and used a rolling pin to crush them. 


Next measure out some peanut butter.


Add the powdered sugar. Mix. Spread in a pan. Melt some chocolate to put on top. Throw on a few M&Ms for color. 



And Voila! 


Tonight we made flower-garden pictures. My mom, Clara, spends her days coloring flowers that she uses to minister to others in various ways. One of the ways we used them today was in our pictures. The kids glued the flowers to large pieces of paper and used colored paper or markers to add stems. 



I think they turned out beautifully. It blesses my heart to see the generations coming together here and each glorifying God with what He has given them. 



For our Bible lesson this evening, we once again turned to the book "God's Names" by Sally Michael. Tonight we learned the name Jehovah-Rohi, which means "The Lord My Shepherd". We learned that sheep are not like other animals. They don't protect themselves. They are not leaders. They are followers. They need someone to safely lead them. That is the job of the Shepherd. We also learned that the Bible compares people to sheep and calls Jesus the Good Shepherd. 

We read Psalm 23 together, as it so beautifully illustrates how the Lord is our Shepherd. 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures. 
He leads me beside still waters. 
He restores my soul.
He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 
I will fear no evil, 
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; 
my cup overflows. 
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life, 
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 


As usual a fun time was had by all, and God's grace abounded. 



Monday, March 13, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 03/13/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Allison, Rylar, and Enzo.
Just the little ones tonight. We made M&M cookies.








We went for our first walk of the season tonight. It was warm enough to walk but cool enough to dress warmly. They weren't anticipating going for a walk tonight, so no one had mittens with them. I gave Allison a pair of my knit gloves to wear, and the boys wore socks. They weren't too excited about that are first, but they warmed up to the idea (as did their hands). 


We walked to the local gas station for a treat. 





                         

And ended our evening snuggled on the couch watching a little "Finding Nemo". Awww.

As usual, a fun time was had by all. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 02/27/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Tonight we made s'mores.



S'mores in the oven couldn't be easier, and they're just as tasty as the kind made over the campfire. 
First, you line up your graham crackers on a baking sheet. Then distribute mini marshmallows on top of the crackers. 



Then you place the pan in the oven under the broiler for approximately two minutes, just till the marshmallows are brown and toasty.


Then you place the chocolate bars on top of the toasted marshmallows and back into the oven for about 2 seconds (literally only 2 seconds) to get the chocolate a little more melty. 


Then you put the final cracker on top. 



Sometimes you stop to make a puzzle out of your graham crackers (and chocolate bars) along the way, but that is optional. 


And voila! S'mores.

Cookie Baking Night 101. As usual, a fun time was had by all. 



Monday, February 13, 2017

Cookie Baking Night 02/13/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Since it was the day before Valentine's Day, it seemed only right to have a heart-shaped theme to our cookies. We decorated heart-shaped sugar cookies with red and white frosting and pink and red sprinkles.














For our Bible time tonight, we read from God's Names by Sally Michael. Tonight we learned the name Jehovah-Jireh meaning "The LORD will provide". We talked about all the ways that God has provided for us in our lives, and how most importantly he provided us with a way to know Him and be in relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. He is so good!



At the end of the evening, we played a new game called "Hedbanz". The kids loved it! Ethan and Carissa had played it before, so they were able to teach us about the game. The gist of it is: Each player is given a plastic headband to wear (that was great fun for the kids right there). Then everyone is given a card to put on the headband that they can't see but everyone else can see. Then the players take turns asking the other players questions about the object on their card until they guess it. It was a good time!

Another Cookie Baking Night has come and gone and, as usual, a fun time was had by all. 

Cookie Baking Night 06/19/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, and Carissa. Smaller crowd tonight, as Cookie Baking Ni...