Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Engaging Pictures 2

For those who have been patiently waiting . . .

I am so grateful to God for His gift of this wonderful man!
I love you, honey. -GJ

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving Times 3

Thanksgiving #1 with the Lainio side of the family.

We celebrated the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Nate's ready to dig in. Grandpa already has!

Matthew: see no evil.
Grandma: hear no evil.
Sharon: speak no evil.
Gregg: ate the evil. . . . . . . . yum!

George the temporary cat watches football.

She is so much fun. Who needs any other entertainment??

Thanksgiving Day with the Sisson side of the family.
It was wonderful to be with Najah.

You should have seen how fast he ate!!!!

The cheerful kitchen team.
There were two girls washing in the sink at the same time. =)

Did you know that this towel can hold twice it's weight in water before it starts to drip?

The soup chefs. They are this cute in real life too.

Matthew loves playing games.

He especially loves any time he can have with his cousin Grant.

I'm not sure how they talked Grandpa into playing, but that's a real treat. It sure looks to me like Grandpa's winning.

Thanksgiving #3!
Gretchen headed down to Oakland on Friday. She and this Bearded Man =) went down to Kyle's parents' home to be with his family. She had a wonderful time meeting more of the Phillips clan. Not to mention spending the time with Kyle.

I will give thanks to the Lord
with all my heart;
I will tell of all Thy wonders.
I will be glad and exult in Thee:
I will sing praise to Thy name,
O Most High.

Psalm 19: 1&2

Young Adult Conference

November 10th we gathered with kids from all over the state. It was so much fun!

John Stonestreet from Summit Ministries was our speaker. WOW--WOW

We had plenty of food for snacks . . . . . . . . .

good music and singing. . . . . . .

great and challenging teaching . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . fantastic fellowship.

After lunch the guys attended a session with John just for men, and we girls had the opportunity to show off our creativity by making bracelets. I'm glad because my brain needed a chance to soak in all that John had told us. WOW -- WOW.

In the last session the kids each introduced themselves, their family and siblings. Then they had to tell 2 truths and one lie about themselves or their family. Our panel of experts had to determine what was the untruth.

This was our illustrious panel of experts! After all the worldview sessions, Gretchen suggested that they determine their own truth. Amy who dislikes cats felt that every animal fact was highly unlikely. Jason, well Jason just guessed based on what he would or wouldn't do. Hum guess who was right more than any of the other two. You got it, Jason!

Lasagna dinner. YUM

After dinner we had about an hour of different games. Every 20 minutes or so everyone changed to a new group and game. Fun.

This is Martha. She and her sister Becca (see the picture above this one) are the best cookie makers that I know. I have put the recipe for my new favorite cookie at the end. Every time we get together with the Johnsons I gain a new favorite. You have got to try it. It's fabulous and I don't even like marshmallows.

After an hour of games the volley ball came out.

Some folks just continued to visit and eat cookies, until we all headed home.

Fudgy Marshmallow Brownies
Brownie layer:
1 c. butter
3 squares (1 oz. each) baking chocolate......I like the semi-sweet, but it tastes good with unsweetened too
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 c. flour + 2 Tbs.
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
Melt butter and choc. in a saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat, add sugar and eggs, beat together well. Mix in flour, baking powder and vanilla. Bake in a greased and floured 9 X 13" pan at 350 for 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Fudgy marshmallow layer:
4 squares baking chocolate
1 c. butter
2 eggs
1 Tbs. vanilla
3 3/4 c. powdered sugar
4 c. mini marshmallows
In saucepan over low heat melt together choc. and butter. Remove from heat. Add eggs, vanilla and powdered sugar beating until smooth. Stir in marshmallows. While topping is still warm spread it over the cooled brownies. Refrigerate/chill several hours or overnight to set topping. Enjoy!