Where To Give



There are just a couple of days left to give this year if you’d like contributions to nonprofit organizations to count towards this year’s tax deductions. So here are a few places you can give where I am confident your money will be used well for the Kingdom of God.

I’ve been on both sides of giving and I used to think if I couldn’t give a big gift or give monthly it was worthless or that it was some sort of insult if I could only give $5 a month or a small one time donation. Now that I’m on the other side I can tell you we truly need both. Even $5 is not an insult, it makes us feel loved, encouraged and supported far beyond you could ever imagine. So please consider supporting some of these people, even if it is a very small amount; just seeing your name in our list of contributors is a great encouragement that I know many of us need.

1. Us of course, you can read about Church Plant in Manhattan and how you can help here if you’re intrested

2. Jon Dunning is the RUF Campus Pastor at K-State. He is working right now to establish this new campus ministry with a great emphasis on teaching the Word of God. Jon is a great guy, he loves the Lord and handles well the need to help new believers wade into the Word of God, while also taking those who have walked with Christ longer deep into Word. Jon is in need of support for the coming year. You can give to Jon by going to GiveToRUF.org and typing in his name, “Jon Dunning.” I know he would really appreciate it.

3. Sam Kassing is working with CRU at K-State and a great guy who cares deeply to see Jesus save sinners. He and his wife Leslie are currently raising funds so they can return to campus in the Spring semester. If you desire to support Sam or learn more about the ministry at their CRU page.

4. Jeff & Carmen Schober. They are a great couple who are involved at Manhattan Pres and will be serving out their last semester at CRU at K-State before transitioning to other vocational work here in Manhattan. You can give at their CRU Page as well.

5. Robbie Hotz grew up as a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Overland Park; he was in high school when I began as the Youth Pastor there. Today Robbie is serving with Young Life on their college ministry at Kansas State. If you desire to give to Robbie click here. Then select button that reads, “A Young Life Staff Member’s Ministry” and type in Hotz. I know he would really appreciate any financial support you can give.

6. Ben & Julie Jensen are a couple in our Presbytery who are headed to Japan in 2015 as missionaries. They are so close now to having their full support and so if you’d like to help them get there please consider giving to them here or learn more about them here.

7. David and Katelyn Hardy are also serving with CRU at K-State, learn more about them and give at their ministry page.

There are many more ministries and people worth supporting, I just made this quick list of people I’ve talked to recently and know could use the support and encouragement.

Thank you again for your prayers and support. We don’t take for granted the body of Christ God has graciously given.




5 Things 2014

5 Things 2014

Three years ago we started this tradition. We asked friends (some went to spam this year so check) to name five things they are loving or are thankful for right now. Not over spiritual or huge picture, but what are the little things that are just really fun. Foods, stores, products, people, movies, songs, ideas, games, smells, whatever. After asking people I wait a few days and post the answers of those who respond by blood type followed by cholesterol levels high to low. Actually, it’s completely random. (I used email addresses I have for people and I heard some went to spam folder this year, so you likely were included in this, if you email I’ll still add your answers in). Well, here the answers are.

5 Things 2012 

5 Things 2013

Eric Tippin

  1. Dark, cold, quiet mornings
  2. The assurance of pardon every week at church
  3. Yeast (its function in bread and beer)
  4. Sufjan Stevens’ version of “How Shall I Fitly Meet Thee”
  5. Bing Crosby’s sweet, mellifluous voice.


Berkley Hough

  1. Playing Family (“but no one ever wants to play it with me”)
  2. Mac & Cheese
  3. Lady Bugs
  4. Doc McStuffins
  5. Dillons (cause I can ride on the little carts)


Jennifer Thomas

  1. Visits with Katie
  2. Sonic’s Cranberry Limeades
  3. Watching Kelly & Cole in their sporting endeavors
  4. Playing with little Stevie & Teddy
  5. Sitting on the patio watching storms roll in


Danielle Fisher

  1. A bread machine
  2. The movie- “People Will Talk”
  3. Christmas lights & smells
  4. The post office workers in Manhattan, KS, who all seem really happy, which is unusual.
  5. The new Taylor Swift CD- especially the song “Bad Blood”.


Jenny Preston

  1. My 20 minutes of quiet time at 5:30 am with coffee and complete quiet.
  2. 13 adorable Kindergarteners. They get cuter each day. They make me laugh!
  3. When Mike says, “Let’s go out to dinner.”
  4. When a long run is DONE!
  5. My family!!!


Annie Prins

  1. Ellen
  2. Mary
  3. Bookie
  4. Emily
  5. Cookie butter (It’s from trader joes and it’s amazing!!!)


Kristin Benoit

  1. Double iced coffee with a little bit of Irish Creme syrup and a little bit of whole milk from Radina’s (on the hill).
  2. Getting to talk to my husband almost every day.
  3. The body of Christ at MPC. I am so thankful.
  4. Sally’s Baking Addiction and bonding with my twin sister through baking.
  5. Addressing envelopes.
  6. Clean, well-written TV shows like White Collar (USA) and Newsroom (HBO).
  7. Surprises – text messages, phone calls, visits, and unexpected hugs.


Sadie Piper Hough

  1. Snow
  2. Puzzles
  3. Razor Scooter
  4. Iced Coffee
  5. Christmas Tree
  6. My Family
  7. Chicken Nuggets & Mac & Cheese
  8. Lucy, Daisy & Aidan


Jason Rodriguez

  1. I am thankful for my longest remaining friendship with Hannah in Manhattan.
  2. I am thankful for my renewed friendship with Brandon.
  3. I am thankful for my pen, for where would my ideas flow onto.
  4. I am thankful for my fireplace, for providing a warm blanket for my soul.
  5. I am thankful for youtube, by providing many hours of laughter!


Brookie Reymond

  1. Christmas socks
  2. Cinnamon
  3. Seat warmers
  4. Online shopping
  5. Netflix


Robbie Hotz

  1. My blanket
  2. Saying things at the same time as people (We call this Jinx)
  3. Friends that stand by me
  4. My ability to think and self reflect
  5. Cherry cheesecake concretes


Maggie Dean

  1. Almond champagne (keeping it real)
  2. Yogurt melts. They make Ruby happy, so they make me happy.
  3. GRIT – it’s a crazy exercise class that makes me feel like I am going to vomit. But in a good way.
  4. Lululemon Studio Pants aka my uniform
  5. Boom 92. A new classic hip hop station in Houston. All the songs from college. It’s too legit to quit. Listen Here
  6. Watching JJ Watt play. I know that’s 6, but seriously. Just watch him play.


Tony Felich

  1. Brian telling me in Freddy T’s, “Basically, everything you said, was right”.
  2. 153-inch Buck Harvest with bow, on camera
  3. Andy Mineo/Trip Lee/Hip Hop connection with Boys
  4. Terry Pegula (Owner of Buffalo Sabres & Bills)
  5. Peurto Vallarta with Shari last Spring


Brian Hough

  1. Baseball – I’ve grown to love the ritual of checking how the Astros did each day, the relaxing lack of a clock and the history of this game.
  2. Kindle Voyage – It’s an ebook read that is readable in dark, long battery, no distractions from tablet/phone notifications, can check out digital books from library, it’s great.
  3. Paris Tea – It’s a little girlie, but it’s a great tasting black tea from Harney’s Tea. (also anything from David’s Tea)
  4. ManhattanPres – God has continued to bring amazing people who make up the body of Manhattan Presbyterian Church. We are so incredibly blessed.
  5. Panera Egg & Cheese on Ciabatta. Simple and tasty breakfast item.
  6. ‘47 Brand Knit Hat – I have a Houston Rockets Throwback one, so warm with the cold weather we have here.
  7. NBA – I would say I’m a real fan, but it’s been a great substitute for no baseball in the winter.
  8. Laura’s Gringo Chili – Great cold weather white chili.
  9. Kindle – Love being able to carry so many books and read in the dark without distraction of facebook notifications or email. I’ve loved getting updates a few chapters at a time from Eric Tippin as he writes Sylvan.
  10. After Dinner Mint Call Hall Ice Cream – It’s like an Andes Mint in ice cream form.
  11. Friends – It’s been fun to make some really great friends this past year.
  12. Financial & Prayer Supporters – We couldn’t be doing what we’re doing apart from people who are giving to help get this Church Plant off the ground.


Katie Thomas

  1. Christmas break
  2. RUF
  3. MPC
  4. Panera
  5. Warm coats (specifically carhartts)


Beckham Hough

  1. Friends (Tarik & Aidan & Josh)
  2. Minecraft, Smash Bros & MarioKart 8
  3. Potato Soup
  4. Harry Potter Books
  5. Razor Scooter

Carolyn Conrad

  1. LA weather
  2. Travel budgets
  3. Belly laugh moments
  4. Paint-box nails (nail salon in Soho, NYC)
  5. Jo Malone green tomato leaf candle


Jenny Rackley

  1. My new remodeled kitchen my husband built
  2. Date nights
  3. Watching Good Mythical Morning with my kids
  4. Drinking coffee, but especially with friends
  5. Flowers and candles


Makenna Miller

  1. My sister
  2. My school
  3. My faith
  4. My dog
  5. My freedom


Laura Hough

  1. Hand me downs. Love them. For kids, for me, for anything! We have some very generous people in our lives who bless us in this way. It makes me incredibly happy to get hand me downs!!
  2. The people who are Manhattan Pres: Really, God could not have given us a cooler group of people to be on this adventure with.
  3. Local restaurants and businesses: I have a new appreciation for the relationships and services these provide.
  4. The first few hours of the day when I’m awake…and no one else is!
  5. Felt tip pens.
  6. Gloves: Realized that’s the key to staying warm in Kansas winters.
  7. My Kindle. I got Brian’s hand me down one (again with the hand me down love!) and it makes me read more!
  8. The fun stage our kids are in right now!
  9. White Collar and Suits TV shows. Good clean fun.
  10. The library, and librarians.


Greg Melton

  1. Texas Children’s hospital.
  2. The people of the deaf church we now attend/help lead.
  3. Torchy’s Tacos opening in College Station.
  4. Neighborhood kids our boys can play with.
  5. The time of day that Alissa and I finally lay down in bed together.


George Deines

  1. My wife and kids
  2. Parks with my boys
  3. Twitter
  4. Mediterranean Food
  5. Cooking desserts


Alexia Machina

  1. Quaker oats steel cut 3 min oatmeal
  2. Pandora-celtic woman (holiday) radio
  3. Legos
  4. Leftovers
  5. Chronicles of Narnia audio books
  6. Rich home for Christmas, our new house, Snow, new friends, new church, Christmas time off, and getting the tree set up and decorated amid boxes and chaos.


Heidi Hilton

  1. My family
  2. Our cozy house even though it is “unfinished”
  3. Yummy coffee
  4. The Houghs
  5. Scarves of every color!! I love scarves 🙂


Christina Albrecht

  1. My sweet, precious, darling baby girls & good, strong coffee 😉
  2. Love, love, love Amikole Organic Shea Baby Butter, Lavender Butter & Hair Butter (www.sheabutter.net)
  3. So incredibly grateful beyond words for our new house & neighborhood.
  4. Delicious Indian food recipes and my rice cooker.
  5. Frankly Basic Boutique in KC (The only place I shop. Easy peasy.)
  6. Anne of Green Gables- something I can watch with my girls that actually interests me too!


Emily Wilson

  1. My mom, dad, and three, doofus brothers who can consistently make my life more warm, fun, hysterical, and totally weird no matter how near or far I am.
  2. Laughter. It’s one of the happiest things in the whole world.
  3. Disney princesses. Happy, singing, heroic, lovely Disney princesses! Also Captain America who I wish I could marry.
  4. This is weird….but the way that light shines through the tree at sunset. I truly think it’s the most beautiful time of day. All of the gorgeous, little details we don’t see or take for granted in the things around us are highlighted. It’s just like a fairytale…except it’s 100% real and palpable!
  5. Supernatural, New Girl, and Doctor Who. The three best shows on the globe that take Netflix binge-watching to an intimate and epid level for me. Also, Netflix binge-watching would definitely be my sixth if I could have one. Hooray for fiction and stories and dynamic characters and impeccable plot development and TV! YAY!


Chloe Shearon

  1. MPC
  2. RUF
  3. Mint chocolate chip ice cream
  4. Knitting
  5. White Christmas (the movie, with Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby)


Shannon Johnston

  1. Living in my favorite city in the world
  2. Grub Hub/Seamless
  3. People who let me barrow their dogs, cats or babies for cuddling
  4. Uptown Community Church
  5. Coffee


Sam Basham

  1. The Kansas City Royals
  2. Frisbee Golf
  3. My Family
  4. Baseball
  5. Sporting Kansas City
  6. Parks And Recreation
  7. One Direction
  8. Hunting (editors note: mocking Tony)
  9. Hunting Deer (editors note: mocking Tony)
  10. Hunting Deer with a bow (editors note: mocking Tony)
  11. Iron Maiden
  12. Hot Rod
  13. The Hobbit
  14. Madea movies
  15. Card games


Mich Hotz

  1. Brothers and sisters in Christ
  2. Roommates
  3. Blankets (reeeaaally big ones)
  4. Intertuberwebernets (the information super highway)
  5. Applecider


Matt Wilson

  1. My MPC family & my family family
  2. God’s good and beautiful work of creation/nature and common grace to mankind
  3. All things Android and IKEA
  4. Radina’s Grasshopper Royale (minty, mocha, goodness with a shot of espresso for good measure)
  5. Sticky toffee pudding & vanilla bean ice cream


Scott Creecy

  1. Jesus, my ever faithful, sovereign, long suffering Saviour
  2. Being married to Carmen Creecy
  3. Getting to firsthand, and almost daily experience Jameson’s first year on the planet
  4. Lindor white chocolates
  5. Carmen’s green chile stew


Andrew Campbell

  1. A amazing, supportive, gorgeous wife
  2. The smell and taste of morning coffee
  3. Facetime, Google Chat, and Skype
  4. Books and always having something new to learn
  5. A really smooth red ale


Shari Felich

  1. Quiet moments in my day
  2. My stove…love to bake!
  3. Ability to work out
  4. Sweet things my kids say to me
  5. Going to the movies with my family


Samuel Kassing

  1. Being a newlywed.
  2. Genuine friendships that comfort and challenge me.
  3. My parents raising me in St. Louis.
  4. Cardinals Baseball.
  5. The ability to receive and education.


Christine Durrett

  1. Stitch Fix
  2. fish tacos from Taco Lucha
  3. finally breaking down and getting a snowblower= no shoveling this winter
  4. the gradual return of sleep to our lives after 7 years of baby boys who were terrible sleepers
  5. Laura

Carmen Creecy

  1. Jameson’s maniacal giggle when I forget to our up the gate and he is able to climb the stairs.
  2. Hitting the snooze button to snuggle my husband for a few stolen moments.
  3. Coming down in the morning to find that all the Christmas lights have been turned on.
  4. Fleece leggings.
  5. Heated seats in my car. A warm bottom is a happy bottom.

Lara Cooper

  1. Vanilla brown sugar coffee creamer that makes my coffee taste Fabulous!!!!
  2. Hallmark movies this time of year. They are so cheesy and end almost all the same but I get hooked in two minutes and almost always crying over the story line before the end.
  3. My family- Jared keeps me laughing and makes me always feel pretty, Landry challenges me to look at circumstances different and Sutton is our wildcard. She reminds me not to take life too seriously.
  4. I love me some chips and salsa and not so bad when you throw in queso and a margarita.
  5. Hunting deer season in Texas. Cool mornings, watching the sunrise or sunset, and the adrenaline rush when you see a big buck is like no other.
  6. My BFF Laura Hough- one of the greatest gifts I have is her friendship.
  7. Going swinging and Looking at stars. Not together necessarily but that could be fun too.


Emily Preston

  1. Coffee
  2. Warm, fuzzy blankets
  3. Lilly Pulitzer
  4. Cheerleading
  5. Prayer


Jon Dunning

  1. The chance to see Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors at the Bottleneck in Lawrence. Didn’t know their music beforehand. Now love it, especially this, this, and this.
  2. The short stories of Flannery O’Connor. Fascinating and disturbing to read. Great to discuss.
  3. My wife. Forgive the cliche, but I can’t put into words my gratitude to God for his grace in her to me. Okay this one is before the others.
  4. The tactical fountain pen I just got for Christmas. The package says it can be used as a fountain pen, a ballpoint pen, and for self-defense (Nathan Currey can confirm this).
  5. Several conversations I’ve had in the last few weeks about books and theology. Stop acting like this surprises you.

End of Year Giving

End of Year Giving

As our first full year comes to an end I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported us with finances, with prayer and with presence. We’ve seen God grow this church plant in ways we didn’t expect and it has been such a joy to get to watch the way God works.

We send out updates regularly with updates. Today though I want to ask a simple question.

If you have given to this Gospel work in the past, would you consider doing so again for 2015? And if you haven’t, would you consider doing so this year? We are closer to local sustainability, but not there yet.

We are also exploring a few building purchase possibilities that would give us permeance in town and allow for transition to a Sunday morning worship time.

I know when I give to something I want to know that money is being stewarded well. I’ll tell you this, we’ve been told we have a very small budget for a PCA Church Plant. We are also finishing 2014 nearly $25,000 under budget. We won’t spend needlessly.

We’re are not looking to build a church with marketing strategy, but rather trusting God to build His church through faithfulness to the ordinary means of grace we see in Scripture. That is the proclamation of God’s Word, prayer and the administration of the sacraments (the Lord’s Supper and Baptism).

So while we have grown much faster than we ever dreamed, we still need the support of the saints who may not live in Manhattan, but who believe in the vision to plant a church in this influential city. A vision to see God bring unbelievers into faith. To marriages and families strengthened as they grow closer to their Savior. A vision to build the faith of Kansas State University students whom God will spread across Kansas, the United States and the whole globe after graduation. A vision to give a solid church home for Army families who will spend 3 to 4 years here before moving on in service to our country.

There are so many things to spend your money on and I know at the end of the year our government gives incentives to give to non-profit organizations. Please consider how your giving might be used for the sake of the Kingdom through this church plant in Manhattan, Kansas.

If you believe this would be a good stewardship of your finances please follow the link below. You can support with a single time, monthly, quarterly or yearly gift. Every bit helps and it is a great encouragement to us when we see your names in our list of supporters.

Click Here for our Support Page

If by check, please make payable to Reformed University Fellowship and be sure to put “Brian Hough” on the memo line of the check to be sure it doesn’t go to general fund.

Mail to
Reformed University Fellowship
1700 North Brown Road, Suite 104
Lawrenceville, GA 30043


Every year at this time when we lived in KC we took the youth to the Good Samaritan Retirement Home and sang carols and read the Christmas story to them. So our kids have been going since they can remember. Case in point:

Baby Sadie Piper and Emily and Meredith


A year earlier SP hanging out!


Beckham LOVED this cat. He checked for him every year! (HAT! You were so young!)3105350252_4f7592570b_z

Little Katie too! Don’t mind the Crazies…4178813117_d2eb85d687_z

Even as they grew, they didn’t respect personal piano space…


Baby Berkley was lulled to sleep by our great voices!


They were always captivated with the fish tanks!



Add two more kids and still obsessed.


Becks found a sweet friend


The girls and Harriet!


After the “program” part we would walk the halls singing.


All that to say, when Josiah invited us to come with some of the RUF college kids to the local retirement home to carol and Beckham overheard him, we were in. It’s not Christmas to that kid without caroling at the retirement home.


No surprise, they still stopped at the fish tanks!



One of our “guides” who walked us around held Berkley’s hand as they walked. SP was so bold and asked if she could hold the others’ hand! Girl knows how to make ya feel loved.


They stayed buddies the whole evening





Why yes, that is a monkey on his shoulder.


Great time with great students!! 



Spring in the Fall

One of the things we love about living in the Midwest is the seasons. We get four very distinct ones, and while they aren’t “mild” they also aren’t what I would call “harsh.” They are just real seasons, which we appreciate even more being from Houston where there is one season: hot.

So while Fall is full force, for two days over Thanksgiving break it was in the 60s. Perfect. We went on a hike!

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This pic turned out super arty. But in reality, she was pouting about her legs being tired!

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How quickly she perked back up when she found a “walking stick”

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We just wandered the paths! It was perfect!

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Traded off with the bike too!

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This is where the Blue River and the Kansas River meet and become one. It’s pretty cool!!

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SP wasn’t convinced he was really going to throw her in apparently!

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Berkley’s face however is a different story!

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Boo found a pole and said it looked like a honey stick and pretended to drink it!

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Dads are so cool! 
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Then we went to a Christmas Tree farm to get a tree! The owners had tickets to the K-State- KU football game, so they closed early, can’t blame them!

Sadie picked out this aptly mid-sized one, being our mid-sized one and all…I love Becks’ head peeking out!

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Berkley picked out this tree. Ok, Charlie Brown…

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And Becks picked out weeds…

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Pictures like this make me wish I was 5 years old

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So, we ended up at Home Depot as “those people with a tree on their minivan.”

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Strange Facts: The Peace Sign

Peace Sign

Last week I preached a sermon entitled Advent: Peace. While doing some research I became interested in whether the peace sign was really an upside down cross as I’ve heard so many times before. As you might expect, it’s not.

An English artist named Gerald Holtom designed it in 1958. He was against WWII and made this logo as a sign for that. It’s really the combination of the two hand held flag symbols. The symbol for N for Nuclear and the symbol for D for disarmament. The letter N is made by someone holding two flags in an upside down “v”. The sign for D is made by holding one flag straight over your head.


Ironically, the original plan was for a right side up cross in the circle, but various clergy dissuaded him using that. So there you have it, it’s not an upside down cross, it’s not a pagan symbol or any sort.



Basketball is Interesting?


I played basketball for one season in elementary at the YMCA. There was a giant girl on our team named Sarah who scored all the points and really I was pleased with this because that last thing I wanted to do was take a shot and miss.

During holidays one of my favorite things to do was play my brother Greg in basketball with predictable results of him winning, or me cheating. In late junior high David Waindel and I played every sport, but basketball was one of them. We had teams with people in the neighborhood, kept stats and mimicked Jordan and Hakeem and Vernon Maxwell.

Laura sporting Rockets gear in college

Laura sporting Rockets gear in college

I was also a really big Duke & Bobby Hurley fan. In the mid 90s the Rockets won two championships and I loved how joyfully stressful those games were. The way it brought the whole city together. I tried out for the basketball team in High School on a bet, but was kicked out of tryouts after taking my second half court shot in the scrimmage. I guess if I had made those shots it would be a different story.

I’m terrible at the game. I’ve often mocked it questioning “why they don’t just skip to the last two minutes and save us an hour of boredom?” In 2010 I tried to get into basketball by following the Dallas Mavericks. That didn’t last very long.

In recent years I’ve grown to love baseball, it’s been an adult return to what I believe is the greatest sport ever invented.  After baseball ended this year I found myself missing the ritual of checking the box score to see how the Astros were doing or playing a game in the background in the evening.

I noticed the Rockets would be playing on ESPN3, so I watched some of the game and found it really enjoyable. Watching James Harden and Dwight Howard and really some scrappy guy named Beaverly was intriguing. I remembered the joy of backyard basketball and the Rockets’ golden years. So for two whole weeks now I’ve followed the Rockets. I’d love to get league pass if the price ever drops to an affordable place so I could watch some games.

Anyway, this year I didn’t try to become a fan of basketball, but I think I may be becoming one. I’m excited about watching the Rockets. I can name a few players. There are guys in the league that drive me nuts. Kobe, LeBron, The Miami Heat. There are teams that I like for no reason. Charlotte Hornets and Sacramento Kings. I have an opinion about the Seattle Sonics returning. I feel sorry for Bulls fans who think Derrick Rose may actually play half the games in a season. I actually care if the Rockets win which makes watching a game a totally different experience. I’m annoyed that San Francisco calls themselves Golden State. I keep hoping the Rockets will add the yellow back to their main colors. Kinda like Astros did with orange and navy. Not only that, I want to watch K-State, The Aggies and Duke play basketball as well.

I am aware no one cares about any of this and write it more for my own thinking than anything else. So if you wanna play a little one-on-one or two-on-two, let me know.


Elf on the Shelf (week 1)

We have the stuffed one…cause when I bought it I didn’t know what it was…but it’s worked for us!

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This would have been cuter with green food coloring, but I didn’t have any. The kids INSISTED it tasted like strawberry milk. It didn’t.





Berkley puts the Elf to bed with her baby every day!



We just go for the photo ops…

We ride bikes. But we really go for the photo ops. #katytrail

I can’t believe I never posted this. It’s a throw back, but I think well worth documenting!

The last two Katy Trail trips that Tony and Brian took, Shari and I tagged along on the last two days. (They try to play it off as being super sweet and taking us to a bed and breakfast for a night, but we all know they just need a ride home! But they let us stop at the Gap outlet on the way home, so it’s a win-win!) The guys go to ride bikes. Obviously Shari and I go to take pictures. And for some reason, this year we were super into jumping pictures.

Shari started by claiming her vertical jump wasn’t high.

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After we all laughed that she was right, I demonstrated that if we bend our legs, we would look like we had more air:

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Where Do Children’s Names Come From?

Laura and I both have very common names. Our brothers also have common names. Brad, Greg, Todd, Scott, Matthew. We like the idea of somewhat unique names so that you don’t end up being Brian H in life and can be just your name. We also didn’t want names so unique that no one could pronounce them. Anyway I thought I would write down where our kids’ names came from so that they’ll have record of it.

Beckham Alexander Hough

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We didn’t know if Beckham would be a boy or a girl so we also had a girl name ready, Hannah Piper Hough. Hannah because of a girl we knew from youth ministry who is the sweetest girl we’ve ever met and Piper we did end up using so I’ll explain that later.

But God gave us a wonderful boy and we named him Beckham which is an English last name. Being soccer fans and Manchester United fans we knew the name for some time via English soccer player David Beckham. When Laura was pregnant with Beckham we read through tons of name books. One day I was reading in a soccer magazine listing off crazy names like Kaka or Ronaldo. When I said “Beckham”, Laura stopped me and said, “I actually really like the name Beckham.” During the rest of the pregnancy we got a little nervous that it was too strange a name. But we went with and are glad we did.

6 months after Beckham was born it was announced that David Beckham would be playing in the United States for the L.A. Galaxy. What was a name only known by soccer fans was suddenly known by everyone. It’s only strange now when I’m in a soccer store or yelling “Go Beckham!” when he plays soccer. It makes me look like a soccer freak fan! Side note: Laura worked at the radio station 1310 The Ticket in Dallas at the time of his birth and they announced it on the air as “Sheckham,” then later corrected it. When I told my Dad his name, he told me, “You know it’s not too late to change it to something else.” We love the name still, he’s totally a Beckham.

Alexander isn’t a name we love. But it needed to happen. My middle name is Alexander and I received it because my Grandfather’s name was Alexander (Anderson – Scottish). Laura’s Dad’s name is Alexander, as was his dad’s name. Since it went back two generations in both directions we knew we had to use it.

Sadie Piper Hough

November 2014

We assumed she would be Hannah Piper Hough, but thought Hannah might be a little too common of a name. We knew we were having a girl and at the time we were watching the show The Bachelor. There was a girl on there named Sadie who was sweet and chaste (which was her demise in the contest). We loved the name and went with it.

Piper is because of the influence Pastor John Piper has had on our lives. We never intended to use that as a verbal name, but early on Beckham called her “Baby Sadie Piper” and her full name more or less stuck. So we actually call her Sadie Piper or Sadie Pipers. Turns out there are a lot of cows and horses named Sadie also, which our Sadie thinks is awesome. Going with the soccer theme we (by that I mean “I/Brian”) were very close to adding Mia as in Mia Hamm as a second middle name. I wish we had.

Berkley Anastasia Hough 

November 2014

We again didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl with child number 3. If she had been born a boy he would have been named Berkley Mathis Hough. Mathis after another soccer player who played for the US National team, Clint Mathis, or Cleatus as many call him. This would have cemented the crazy soccer fan to the point that we couldn’t have denied it…

Berkley was from a name book, Laura liked the sound of it and I liked it because my favorite band The Counting Crows was established in Berkeley, California (however, I waited until after the birth certificate was filled out to tell Laura about that one…:) ). It’s a great name and fits her well. She is most often called Berkley Boo, Boo, or Little One. For years she even thought her middle name was “little one”

Anastasia is a Greek word that means “resurrection.” We chose this because that’s what Jesus did and what he will do for us. (That’s the reason the name of the princess in the Russian fairy tale is Anastasia: she disappears and then comes back. It describes the story with her name.) Rarely do we use this name, but I love it. It may take her a while to learn to spell it though!