June Snap Shots

Just a few picture from the month of June.

While on the Taste of the Ville Laura got up on the bar at Tubby’s.

While she was in NYC our children did the same.

I have a friend who is planting a church in Wichita and we had a nice morning meeting in Hillsboro, Kansas. It’s a small town so we had to go get cash from the bank to buy coffee. On the wall was this Kansas flag emblem made from carpet scraps.

This is a Kansas flag emblem  made of carpet scraps. It art on the wall of bank. Bet making the Texas flag from carpet is easier. #kansas #kansasflag #hillsboro

Here is Tom and his Barackoccino. That’s a picture of what their actual menu says.

Soooo this is an actual coffee you can order in Hillsboro, Kansas. #obama #kansas

Becks playing on this crazy Dodgers team and loving it.

If look at the details you'll see these guys are basically the kids from The Sandlot. #mhk #baseball #dodgers

Here are a few of his fans, Emerald and Hat.

Dodgers Baseball (Beckham 2014)

I burn money just for fun. (fake money, real fire)

Laura and I went to watch the Astros plan and Jerome Williams took this picture with me.

This is from the Progressive Dinner Bike Event in Manhattan.

Berkley is barefoot 95% of the time during the summer. We almost never leave a place without saying, “Where are your shoes?”

We’ve been playing bunches of Wiffleball


I took a nice slow paced bike ride and then made this on my phone while recovering, ironically I was rushing and spelled “Life” wrong.

Yep, more Wifleball

Hat drew this of Beckham.

Shirts for ManhattanPres came in.


Varsity Donuts made a Frozen donut this summer.

Frozen Donuts

This is a lamp on the wall of Radinas Bakehouse in Manhattan. I’m intrigued by it.

Radinas Bake House in Manhattan, Kansas. Light over a couple of chairs.

In June I was able to do the first Baptism in MPC History, Baby Camille Sheffield Catudal.

It was also the first baptism I’ve done, so after Andria brought the old Redeemer baptismal I practiced on a baby doll. I had to know how much water to put on the child.


As a sign of what a dork I am, I made a Lego WiffleballLego Wiffleball, it doesn't curve.

I got a call from Damian to come play Puddle Volleyball. What? I had to find out. Was seriously fun.

Puddle volleyball might be my new favorite sport. #mhk

I took this on the drive back from the Shanahan’s House, it’s beautiful drive and the rain made it especially cool looking.

A little water balloon fight we had to cool off a bit.

Crushing his sister proved to be quite satisfying.

Free Ice Cream (thanks to MHKlibrary.org)

Sadie Piper in a Mindcraft Creeper head.

We’ve eaten outside a bunch this summer, Sadie’s waiting for the fajitas to grill.

Beckham with his airsoft gun and tin cans.

Dodgers Baseball (Beckham)

This year Beckham played for the World Famous Mike Bean Dodgers Machine Pitch Team. It was fun to see his confidence grow over last year as he began to relax and just enjoy the game. His teammate were great and they had a great time playing and goofing off when things got slow. We are very thankful that God put us on this team though sure wish Aiden and Jackson could have been on it too. (Manhattan Parks and Rec won’t let you pick anyone to be on your team).

I’m a dork and actually keep his stats. Here they are.

Beckham – Dodgers Game Average AB Hits 2nd 3rd HR RBI Runs K BB
TOTAL 0.824 17 14 11 0 0 8 11 0 0
Athletics 1 1.000 3 3 10 0 0 3 2 0 0
Royals 2 1.000 2 2 1 0 0 2 2 0 0
Rangers 3 1.000 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Giants 4 0.333 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Braves 5 0.750 4 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
Pirates 6 1.000 3 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 0

Dodger 2014 (Beckham)

Dodgers Baseball (Beckham 2014)

Dodgers Baseball (Beckham 2014)

Dodgers Baseball (Beckham 2014)

Dodgers Baseball (Beckham 2014)

Dodgers Baseball (Beckham 2014)

Dodgers Baseball (Beckham 2014)

Dodgers Baseball (Beckham 2014)

Dodgers Baseball (Beckham 2014)

Dodgers Baseball (Beckham 2014)

Dodgers Baseball (Beckham 2014)

Here Beckham is the first batter of the inning, he’s up there ready to bat focused like the ball is on the way, however the ball is still in the glove of Coach Mike who’s nowhere close the machine yet. He stayed that way for about two minutes.

Dodgers Baseball (Beckham 2014)

Dodgers Baseball (Beckham 2014)

Dodgers Baseball (Beckham 2014)

Dodgers Baseball (Beckham 2014)

This guy was 3 for 3 and I felt sick every time I yelled "Go Dodgers"


What the Wheat Fields Really Look Like

Anyone who has ever dreamed of Missions or Church Planting or just living Missionally in their neighborhood has thought about this statement by Jesus found in John 4:35

“Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.”

I’ve done it.

Something like this beautiful field I saw on Zeandale Road outside of Manhattan.

Row after row of perfect golden wheat. How do you pick this wheat? Tons at a time, machines that collects the ripe wheat.


That’s not what missions and church planting or just being a light to your neighbors is like. At least not 99% of the time.

I rode past the field below this morning south of town. As soon as I saw it. I saw it.

This is more like the field we are called to harvest. You’ll need to look closely. There is wheat in their, but there is also weeds, lots of them and all sorts of them.

Harvesting this field is hard work. You wander through weeds, you pick one at a time. I was encouraged to stop looking for the field above and start working in the field below. It’s slow work, but as God makes the wheat ripe, we harvest wherever it is.


City of Manhattan Bicycle Progressive Dinner

May was Bicycle Month and the City of Manhattan had a lot of fun events planned! The last one was a Bike Progressive Dinner that was open to all ages!

Great people on the Bike Progressive Dinner. Plus more than willing to throw their hands up. #mhk #manhattanks #bikemonth


We met in Triangle Park in Aggieville

Manhattan Bike Month Progressive Dinner 2014

Manhattan has a Bike Progressive Dinner. Love this town. #mhk #manhattanks

Manhattan Bike Month Progressive Dinner 2014

Manhattan Bike Month Progressive Dinner 2014

Manhattan Bike Month Progressive Dinner 2014

Our house is up a hill, so although it’s super easy and fast to get places, it’s a harder, slower ride home. But this day Beckham cruised up the hill (he didn’t walk his bike at all…even I have yet to pull that off!) so I tried to keep up with him and Brian stayed with Sadie. They made a fun stop at Kimball Castle



Sadie Piper found a rope swing at Kimble Castle. #mhk #manhattanks

How Carolyn and Laura “Survived” Laura’s Trip to NYC

 So, Carolyn and I “survived” our weekend in New York City pretty well! :)

(By that I mean it could not have been more fun!)

After waving goodbye as I pulled away in the car for the airport, Berkley (still waving) looked at Brian and said, “I miss Mom. She was a good Mom.”

So there’s that.

I went from the Little Apple Manhattan to the Big Apple Manhattan!

Night one we went to an AMAZING sushi restaurant. The last time Carolyn and I ate sushi together we were on the other coast! Few things yummier than sushi by the ocean with a great friend!!

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Carolyn is only in NY for a few months, but she’s settled in like a local! We rode around all weekend on CitiBikes. Brilliant. You check a bike out at any of the MANY racks like this around town, ride, then check it back in at any other bike rack. You can get a yearly unlimited pass, or a daily unlimited pass.

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There’s a great bike/walking/running path right next to the Hudson River.

New York 2014

Saturday morning we went to a fun workout class (a huge treat for me!) and rode bikes and explored.

New York 2014

This is the landing pad for people’s private helicopters. Every single time we rode by there were helicopters landing or taking off. That’s a crazy lifestyle to get my head around!!

New York 2014

The one request Brian had of me was to take pictures…with the Wiffle Ball. Carolyn and I decided it was kind of like our Flat Stanley for the weekend!

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We had to get creative!

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I had no idea the big New Year’s Eve ball stayed up for the entire year. Thinking about it, this makes perfect sense (cause where are you gonna store that?!).

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What’s NYC without the Naked Cowboy?? (and the Wiffle Ball of course)

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A HUGE yoga class in the middle of Times Square

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The real Subway signs and the restaurant Subway signs threw me off. They are eerily similar fonts.

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We stopped by an entire block of food vendors!! It was so stinking hard to decide what we wanted.

We passed on this donut slider the first day…but couldn’t pass on it the next day because we had been thinking about it for an entire 24 hours. It failed to deliver. It was sad. But not that sad cause we decided it’s probably best that we didn’t love something that the bread was a donut. It had a lot of potential…

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These tacos were the best!

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We didn’t eat there, but the Shake Shack is VERY popular. The line was unbelievable.

New York 2014

We went back to Carolyn’s adorable apartment to shower for our next adventure…her apartment is right across the street from the “Friends” building!!

New York 2014

Then, we took the subway to Coney Island!!!

New York 2014

Brian and I recently discovered Nathan’s hot dogs.  (I won’t buy any other kind now!) But I honestly thought it was a small little undiscovered brand. Turns out it’s not. We just live under a rock.

New York 2014

The big hot dog eating contest is on Coney Island every 4th of July!

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So when we got there we both mentioned to each other that we didn’t realize people dressed up to come here. Then we noticed everyone dressed up was a Mermaid. Turns out there was the Mermaid Parade on Coney Island that day!! We were super bummed we missed it…it would have been an experience! But we still saw many of the costumes, very creative ones! :)

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We rode the funnest roller coaster ever, and ate a hot dog of course!

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Then back to Manhattan (the big one) and that night we went to The Comedy Cellar and watched stand up! I’ve never been to stand up before, much less by people I recognized!!

The next morning we rode our CitiBikes to a SoulCycle class.

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It’s only the funnest and hardest thing I’ve ever done! My legs were sore for a week!! Very worth it!!

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Then we saw a little play, Wicked! :)

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It was every thing everyone says it is…and more!! I’m bummed it’s not a movie cause I think our Kansas kids need to know the real story…:)

Two Houston girls on Houston St in NEW YORK!

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It was an unforgettable trip with one of my very  favorite people!

Thanks Carolyn for sharing New York with me!!!

Oh, so even though I drove to the airport (you park for free about 100 yards away at our little airport that I love!) I still walked off the plane to these Crazies

How My Bicycling Has Changed

I’ve struggled to figure out bicycling here. I’ve not rode much in our first year and that’s been sad for me since I have always considered it a bit of a therapy in my life. In KC the trails are amazing, I felt safe on them, but not on the roads.

Here the only trail is 10 miles long, made of crushed limestone and often under a layer of mud in some places. I’ve rode it many times, but it’s tougher. I ride gravel roads some, but that’s tough too.

Then a week or two ago Joe Catudal took me on a ride around Ft Riley. I was about to pass out at the end, but I loved it. It was adventurous and just fun, I needed that.

It also gave me confidence that riding on the roads outside of town here are a very different experience than riding roads in the suburbs of Kansas City. Cars don’t pass often, they have plenty of space to pass and the views are like something found on the Katy Trail.

So recently  feeling safer on the roads after the ride with Joe I went east on Zeandale to 99, south to Wamego and back to Manhattan. I think I’ve finally found a new way to ride. The roads are like trails through the countryside. Plus, since my bike is a cyclocross I can adventure down the gravel roads I pass from time to time.

So if you’re reading this and are in Manhattan let me know if you ever wanna go for a ride. I’m slow, but it sure is fun.

Below are pictures of my bike from that ride. Laura thinks it’s weird that I take pictures of my bike rather than just the scenery. I agree, but don’t think I’ll stop.





This is a brick wall in St George.


I wish they were outside so I could ask about this. This is the front yard of someone in St George. Metal people in bathtub, one on the phone.

This is in “Downtown” Wamego


Bridge on Highway 99 just north of Wamego


In middle of fields growing corn was this huge pond thing that they pull sand out of. Just a crazy pile of sand from a distance.

This is the cemetery where the original members of the Beecher Bible & Riffle Church are buried.

Another interesting mailbox. 


and found some big corn.



How We Survived Laura’s Trip to NYC

Laura’s got a great friend from High School who is spending some time in New York with work and invited her to spend the weekend with here. So that left me in charge of keeping these children alive.

At first I was trying to get work done and watch them, but found myself not doing a good job of either so I decided to head out and do some fun stuff.

After Swim lessons we adventures near the Linear Trail and checked out a few garage sales. Sadie even negotiated a three dollar dog down to $1 cause that’s all she has left after buying something else recently.

I stopped by Lids for a Colt .45s Hat and these guys found Astros hats. Berkley’s smiling, but I don’t think she can see anything.

#astros hats

During Taste of the Ville Laura got up on the bar at Tubby’s. We went back there and got a little crazy. College towns pretty great, not even a hesitation when I asked if they could get on the bar.

We picked up some pizza and went to the Splash Fountain in Blue Earth Plaza. They were draining it for cleaning and the crazies were mesmerized watching the water tornado.

Saturday morning we headed to the June Teenth Parade and Celebration. I swear there is a parade every week in Manhattan.

Along the way we found this very hospitable chairs to take a break in. 

You know, they really weren’t that comfortable.

Got our spots for the parade.

Had some time so we played a little Wiffleball. Riley County Courthouse makes a good centerfield fence.

He connected on this one.

Parade Time.

There was an all drums marching dancing group. Berkley found them too loud.

We passed them again while riding to City Park for the Fair.

This is a model house from the early years of Manhattan.

Inside are all sorts of artifacts.

There was free ice cream from a Schwan’s truck.

Trackless Train rides, also free.

Bounce house.

Then we rode home.

Here is their loot from Parade. K-State t-shirts and candy.

Afternoon Pool with Hat. I admit  I was exhausted at this point in the day. Hat took the kids for Purple Swirl I sat still for first time all weekend. Then we met at the pool where she continued to play with the crazies and I thankfully got caught up on some reading I needed to do. They were so tired they crashed early that night.

Crazies liked jumping off the edge, Berkleys suit ends up Brazilian style for some reason.

So her suit is quite wedgied here. I love the picture though. Hand up, not a care in the world, it’s the image of summer for a four year old.

Early Sunday we read a devotion about treasure hunting (Jesus is the treasure), then we went “treasure” hunting with the metal detectors Uncle Scott and Aunt Laura got us for Christmas. Everytime they went by the metal pipe it went off and they got pretty excited. We didn’t find anything this time.

All summer they’ve been doing the reading program at the library and earned free ice cream cones from Vista Hamburgers. So we had ice cream at 10 AM.

They don’t usually get cones this big, so they were pumped and then took half an hour to eat them.

I thought this was a good sister picture. When they look back on this they’ll think they grew up in the 70s though. 

Sadie Piper was so excited about her ice cream she spend like 45 minutes reading when we got home working towards her next free ice cream cone.


After lunch we had a water balloon fight. Here are the contestants.

Then I gave them their first bath/showers since last Thursday. Boy I miss Shari Felich when Laura’s out of town.

After that a great night at our Parish Group for Bible Study, a meal and USA World Cup match.

Laura gets home on Monday afternoon. We survived.

Rock City Kansas Day Trip

Rock City in Kansas

This summer we decided to take a few day trips. The plan on this day was to go see the World’s Largest Ball of Twine. But then we learned there was a place called Rock City we could go to instead.

Along the way were these huge wheat fields so we stopped for a picture.

Rock City in Kansas

Rock City in Kansas


There are many theories on how these rocks came to be here, glaciers, world flood, Giant Jayhawks who brought them from the great lakes (indian theory). We thought it was another little facet of God’s creativity in creation. Here in the middle of prairies are these rocks that are so distinct and different. There are writing on them that date back to the 1700s.

Rock City in Kansas

It’s a little south of Minneapolis, Kansas. We brought a picnic lunch and ate before we adventured.

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Sadie Piper introduced Simba

Sadie Lion King


What surprised me was they don’t want you to just look, but encourage climbing all over these things.

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Boo found a “Boo Sized” rock for her to climb.

Becks and I got right to it.

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Rock City in Kansas

We played a little wiffleball while up there too.


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I took a picture of Laura jumping, but missed it by a little.

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Take Two

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I’ll admit in my head this was much more graceful.

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Berks and I ate some spinach and then tore this rock apart.

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All these rocks and Sadie Piper climbs a tree.

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One rock had a hole in it.

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That’s her pose

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This one is the rock throne.

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If I ever get anointed King of a nation I’m sending my army to get this as my throne.

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We are very immature and thought this rock looked like a butt.

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Here is another angle.

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On the way home we stopped in Junction City at this weird place with strange decorations.

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This was a fun cheap trip if you’re ever looking for an adventure.

End of school year happenings

I mean really.

It almost looks like one of those trick photos where the feet are someone else’s!

Beckham’s class went on a field trip to the K-State bowling alley on campus. I think it’s super fun that they walked there!!

We got to join Beck's school for field trip bowling today at K-State. #mhk they even let Boo bowl

This is how Berkley bowls…

I asked Sadie to write a thank you letter to her teacher. She asked what it should say. I told her, “Thank you for teaching me.” This is what she wrote. I love that girl!!

Day one of Summer!!

Brian’s playing softball through the city this summer!

When the games are early enough for us to come watch, you can see here the girls are captivated…

…by the “stage”

His team praying with their opponents after the game. Super cool!

Travis and my softball team, Amazing Grace, praying with other team (New Hope) after game. Having a blast, feeling old. #mhk #manhattanks


K-State Open House

 I saw signs around town advertising K-State’s Open House, and I wrote it off an something for incoming freshmen and their parents. But then Christine tipped me off that’s it actually put on for the town to visit and see the cool stuff all the departments do! So good to have tried and true local friends! :)

We visited Rudy in the architecture building. This is what architects do all day I think.

Watching Rudy hard at work in his major is very similar to watching my second grader at play. @rudyprins

These are really impressive!!

Finally he revealed his senior thesis #ksu

Brian drew a little before leaving the architecture school…

Not really.

Made a Call Hall ice cream stop. Best ice cream ever!!

Little call hall for lunch

After the Coke and Mentos explosion demonstration by Call Hall, these crazies asked to finish off the cokes. They ran the rest of the places we went!

It's how they roll

I love Andrew in this picture…eating his ice cream as he poses among a bunch of girls!  Such a good sport!

K-State Open House was super fun. #kstate

The Animal Science (or maybe Vet School?) had a station to make your own dog treats!


They said they were human edible too. So Tim was the first (bravest!) to try one!

Tim eating a fresh baked dog biscuit...and liking it

I’m a little behind, cause this event was in March, but why does Sadie look so much younger than she does now already?!!?


Becks ate almost his whole bag. Cause we give away dogs. So we don’t have one.

We only hit the tip of the iceberg, and can’t wait for next year!