Sledding today!

Today, for the first time this year, it snowed enough to sled. Crazy, cause we usually get a lot (a lot for Texans at least!). We’ve been waiting on this snow cause we knew this year Becks would “get” sledding. We’ve taken him before…but it was in our front yard on a slope and it was on a cookie sheet. After that post (for last year’s video, click here), we were given sleds by people who felt sorry for him having to use a cookie sheet. So this year, he got to use a sled when him and Brian met some youth at a real hill! More pictures, follow “keep reading” link.

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Then they all went to Starbucks to warm up and had hot chocolate. Yum. Becks even got his own kid-sized one!

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Sadie Piper the novelty

This post is a little late while I catch up.

The Felich boys came over to give SP a doll for her birthday (which she LOVES), and it’s so funny to see all the boys fascinated with her! They are so sweet to her and are all going to make great big brothers to whomever God brings into their home next!

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Tomi's Bench

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Tomi Ardiles is one of the guys taking the Katy Trail 225 mile bike trip this summer with me. He hates bike seats however and recently installed this park bench in the place of a real seat. It complies to the 3:1 ratio rule, though I’ll spare you the evidence. Another photo after the link.

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Hippies!

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Brian bought a muffin recipe book about 6 months ago and came home telling me he was going to become a muffin-maker. Keep in mind, that while he is a great “helper” (just like I tell Beckham too!: ) ) and has a few meals he can pull off, well even, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten something that he baked!! So the plan changed to him writing down the ones he wanted! Here’s the first of three, I’ll post more later.

When Brian tried these he told me they were “earthy” which I thought was his way of telling me that I now have 4 dozen “earthy” muffins I need to figure out what to do with. But apparently he likes earthy! Whew! So they aren’t yummy in the same way the pumpkin ones are, but a healthy option! We named them Hippies.

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The Lord's Supper

This Sunday I got to serve our congregation the Lord’s Supper for the second week in a row, but third time over all. It has been a difficult experience so far. First time I called the elements “Juice” gaining the nickname “Juice Hough” from some of the elders, last time I spilled an entire cup of the “juice” when my sleeve snagged on one of the little cups (only the elders were able to see this). This week I hoped for there to be nothing worth noting. Just a simple run of the mill serving of the Lord’s Supper. Once I get to that point I feel I can move to adding thought-provoking variation to it. Until then though I simply wish to serve it without issue.

In my Baptist past I used to have fear come over me every time we partook of the Lord’s Supper. We were warned to not take in an unworthy manner and then explained that this unworthy manner was to be understood as sin during the week or unconfessed sin. I would rake my brain for any sin that I had not repented of, I would consider how holy I had been or failed to be during the week. If I felt I was worthy I would partake, if I felt I was not worthy I would pass. The Lord’s Supper became a time to think of myself and my own attempts to make myself worthy, but I never took the supper in remembrance of Christ.

One of the amazing things I’ve experienced in serving the Lord’s Supper since my ordination is that I feel so incredibly unworthy to serve it. I feel that someone more holy or more passionate or simply better ought to serve the supper. Yet I always stop to think that I not only serve the Lord’s Supper, but I am served the Lord’s supper and as such I do not come to the table with merit, I do not come with my own righteousness, but only that imputed to me and found in Christ alone. The truth is I am not worthy to serve it or to feast on it and this reminder is one way that I am nourished by the elements each week seeing my unworthiness and knowing I can come only because of the faith I have been given in Christ for the forgiveness of sin. Yes I am unworthy, but Christ is worthy and he has loved me and redeemed me according to own good pleasure. For that I am eternally thankful.