Sorry, I totally forgot to take pictures on this night, but it was fun. We met over at Erin Stubbing's house. It was Mandy, Erin Stubbing, Kristy, Sulayne and Erin Cryer. I'll tell you how to do a casserole exchange incase we want to do again and we forget. :) Basically, each person makes 4 casseroles/easy to put together meals (could be sloppy joes, hearty soup, bbq chicken, etc..). Everyone brings the 4 casseroles with them to the exchange and you leave with 4 different ones. You could make 5 and keep one for yourself. They need to be in disposable tins—enough for the biggest family to eat. So in a 9x13 or 8x8. Print out recipe and instructions (whether it’s ok to freeze or not). At the exchange, each casserole is assigned a number, and you write that number down 4 times. Everyone will draw 4 numbers and take those casseroles home. This eliminates everyone picking one and leaving one so no one’s feelings are hurt—unless there are allergies.
An interesting topic we talked about though was when our kids begin to mature and change. Our Life Group watched the Mary Flow video addressing the issues of how important it is to not make the topic of sex taboo or body changes shameful. Talk about it openly and honestly. Some good books that were suggested are the American Girl books, Ready, Set, Grow!: A What's Happening to My Body? Book for Young Girls by Lynda Madaras and Linda Davick, The Care and Keeping of You by Valorie Schaefer, The Care and Keeping Collection (American Girl) by Dr. Lynda Madison, Is This Normal?:Girls Questions, Answered by the Editors of the Care and Keeping of Your (American Girl).
It was a fun and enlightening discussion and it's nice to not be alone while we figure out how to help our kids as they grow and change into the tweens and teens God wants them to be. We are able to help each other as our role as parents shift and change from less of a nurturer to more of a guider and helper.