Encouraging Brothers and Sisters–Meeting Report


As the title suggests, our meeting was about our relationships with our siblings. Specifically, we talked about how important it is to purposefully encourage them–not merely “get along” with them. The assignment for the next two weeks is to pick one relationship (with a sibling if you have one: if not, with a friend that you feel like you need to work on being a better friend to.) and make effort to improve that relationship. (Read your lessons for ideas on how to do that! :))

Our activity for this meeting was skits! It’s been a while since we did skits… it was fun doing them again. 🙂

Sydney and Cady making cards in their skit (in this scene Sydney told Cady about a surprise she had planned for their mom, and in the next scene Cady told her mother. There was also another instance a year later when Cady was annoying Sydney while they were (once again) making cards.)

Now it’s years later, and the girls are helping their mom prepare Thanksgiving meal… (Emily=Cady, Callihan=Sydney… I think they did this to show that they had grown) and something small escalates into an argument.

Here we have a girl and her conscience… reminding her of the things she had done in the past to hurt her sister which had never been resolved.

And she apologizes and is forgiven… peace is restored. This skit reminds us that sometimes when hurt and anger have been allowed to stay unresolved, a very little thing on top of the other hurts can trigger an explosion: we need to work hard to make sure we resolve issues as they come up.

Callihan, Sydney, Cady, Emily and Nicole at the end of their skit.

And here’s the second skit:

Cierra was our narrator… she did a great job! 🙂

Scene one: Elisa reading Do Hard Things. She gets very thirsty and goes to get a drink.

Meanwhile, Cheryl comes along and begins reading the book Elisa left.

Elisa comes back, finds Cheryl reading her book, spills water on her head, and a (rather violent…) argument begins. A page gets torn out of the book by Elisa and Cheryl runs away with the rest of the book triumphantly. (And yes, this is the bad example. 😀

Scene two finds Rachel reading a book of Bible stories… she also gets very thirsty and leaves to get a drink.

Upon returning, she finds Shelby reading her book!! Here we go again… they have a (relatively) polite little argument, finishing with Shelby reluctantly letting Rachel read the book and walking away in a huff. (This would be the “okay” example)

Scene three starts with Carissa (aka me) reading “Restoring Broken Things” (haha). Once more, I was very thirsty and went to get a drink. (the pulpit was the water fountain, in case you’re wondering.)

And, what do you know? I return to find that Audrey had started reading my book… “ahem, Audrey, I was reading that book.” She claimed that since there was no bookmark, I obviously was done… we had a short little argument, and I decided to let her go ahead and read it, apologizing for getting upset. Audrey declines my offer, saying she’ll read “The Way of Peace” instead. (haha, we had fun picking books for this. :D)

Following the skits, we had a lovely Autumn “tea”..

Shelby with the apple pie and ginger crinkles. 🙂

And afterwards the Mann and Clarke girls posed for a group picture with the babies. 😀


About Carissa

I am a follower of Jesus Christ and a wife to my wonderful husband. I enjoy knitting, photography, writing, baking, basketball, children, sword fighting, archery and more. I enjoy thinking and sharing about deep things, but I also delight in seeing the funny side of life. I have 7 younger siblings, am homeschooled (even though I technically graduated several years ago, I still consider myself homeschooled... it never really ends.), and go to Grace Bible Church. I blog at carissaserrell.com

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