Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Tonight was Ethan's Birthday choice and his actual birthday (14 years old today, and measuring in at 6 feet 2 inches tall, he looks like he's 19 or so). Ethan's choice for supper tonight was pizza ("any kind"--he wanted me to choose--we went with cheese and sausage and mushroom). For his cookie, he made the choice to go with a classic "Chocolate Chip Cookies".
For our Bible lesson tonight, I took a cue from the conversation happening around me. There was a lot of discussion about the picture hanging above the mantel in the living room--the picture of the 10 Commandments. The older kids and I have had many discussions about the 10 commandments over the years, but not so much with the little ones. Rylar showed a keen interest in knowing what "the words on the picture meant", so tonight we read the lesson out of Leading Little Ones to God titled "How God Gave Us His Law". We read through each commandment and talked about what they mean. We also read it from the Bible (Exodus 20). It was a fun discussion, as there was a lot of interest in it. At the end of our lesson, Emily said, "That was a nice organic lesson. The discussion grew naturally out of what we were talking about." Hmm .... the teenagers these days.
I'm very grateful to have our nieces and nephews in our home for Cookie Baking Nights and that the tradition has continued these many years. I'm also grateful for God's Word and how it reaches the 3 year olds to the 16 year olds and everyone in between. God is brilliant!
Another Cookie Baking Night has come and again. Another birthday choice has been made (Happy Birthday, Ethan!) And .... as usual... a fun time was had by all.