I hear a little muffled voice “Mommmm! Help!!!”
That’s the little one. In the laundry hamper. Stuck.
I had a rough morning (in the interest of not being too dramatic, it was a first world problem, but since I live in a first world country, I’m a brat like that). I took the kids to school and ran an errand and came home to this: (I’m Elf, Boo is Lambie and Brian is the blue flashlight friend)
Let’s talk donuts. So, while Varsity makes the best donuts ever, Daylight Donuts makes donut holes worth going over our “donut budget” for (we don’t actually have a donut budget. I wish we did…). It started in college when their was a Daylight Donuts attached to the local coffee shop that Brian and I studied at a lot (Sweet Eugenes Aggie friends!). They were $.99 a dozen. I was too broke to be able to “splurge” like that, but if I could dig in Brian’s backpack and find $1.07 I could buy a bag, so I have fond memories of that place.
They started construction on a building this Fall and when we stopped to ask the construction workers what it was going to be (cause we do that a lot), when they said Daylight Donuts, I did a little happy dance!
Just so happens that this rough day coincided with their grand opening. So Brian went out and made my day a LOT better!
Berkley noticed that the donuts have Brian’s “favorite animal” on them too
The music teacher at Lee organizes the cutest music programs!
Although, admittedly, this was an unfortunate pose to catch them in…
I went up closer to take pictures of SP, I look back to see this:
Would this have been ok with me in my younger days?
Did it save me time when we got home and so I was totally cool with it?
Before we even moved to Manhattan, Brian was obsessed with Big Poppi Bicycle Co. He was so excited to support a local bike shop that you could tell had a passion for biking. Then, he learned the owners are our neighbors and was star struck! They are the nicest couple you will meet and we love Big Poppi even more than we thought!
This Christmas, they had pictures with Santa, bicycle-style! You get to pull his sleigh on your bike!
They even had fun hats and noses! Our kids thought that was the coolest! They will take any opportunity to dress up!
Santa looks fake, he was totally real!
She’s coming into her own. And her own is funny!
This is when she said her finger was a girl. She put the dress on it and drew a face on it too.
She says things like “fort out” (a mix between a fort and hide out”) and we don’t correct her.
After we visited some friends and their new kittens, she told me “Mom, some people get pets, and they get to KEEP them.”
I think the youngest spot in birth order is the best one to have. But, on the down side, she does have to play more by herself than the others do. (This is usually easy on Mondays after she’s spent the weekend submitting to what and how her siblings want to play and she’s ready to make some decisions on her own, but later in the week she loves company)
One day she spent the (Monday) morning playing Birthday Party with her stuffed animals. All of that pile of “presents” she wrapped up and then opened
Then they played Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Complete with bandanas to cover their eyes!
Then she taped the “tail” to the doll’s hand
And let them all have a turn!
She told Brian one day “Dad I know why we are both crazy.” Brian: “Yeah?” Boo: “It’s cause were both the littlest.”
She embraces being the little one. Loves being called Boo and anything little, it’s “Boo-sized”
She calls the fries that have some potato skin still on them at Chick-fil-a “potatoe fries” and gives them to Brian, disgusted. I’m guessing she doesn’t know fries are made from potatoes, cause we asked her what the other ones are and she says “Chick-fil-a fries.”
She recently discovered that both Beckham and Sadie Piper have this book:
She wouldn’t have put it together that she is missing…except that they have their pictures in them.
OK, I can fix this. I hop on eBay and $4 and a week later have this:
Her very own book.
Until I realized I have NO printed pictures of her. None.
Sigh. I tried.
The thing I loved most was that they started at the beginning, just like God did! So first stop was Moses. There was a fire and a prophet at each stop who foretold Christ’s birth. So you would walk to a station, stop and listen to them explain how they waited for Christ, and then go to the next one.
They have this whole property decked out for this event. It’s impressive!! Lots of live animals!
When we got to Bethlehem, it too was so realistic!
The people got super loud, selling and begging and talking to us!
Mary pulls up on a real donkey!
This was my favorite part…it was so dark, but then they got to the part about the angels announcing Christ’s birth, this spot lit up and the “angel” choir sang!
If you live in Manhattan, make sure you put it on your bucket list! It was great!!
This room has been our “what if” room. It was added on to our house at some point as a sun room. It was enclosed, but just with storm windows. We could cool it down in the summers with a window unit, but it was no match for the winter. The room became unusable once it got cold. We always thought about sealing it off, but then we realized we don’t know what we are doing. Then we met the Machinas. And our life changed! Rich has helped Brian transform it into a real live room we can use….all year round!
SP chipped in!
I’ll post another pic once it’s done! Yay!! THANKS RICH!!!
These two drew mouse noses and flowers on each other. Why??
Our little nerd! He’s listening to Harry Potter and reading comic books!
Brian braided Boo’s hair, but I guess didn’t have a hair tie. So he improvised. With a stapler.
Oh, you know, just hanging with James Harden…in cardboard.
It’s birthday season around here. How did he get to be 9??
Sometimes there’s something deep. Sometimes funny. Sometimes wise. Never know what we will find written on the fridge. This day it was just weird.
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.
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.
Sadie Piper Hough
THANK YOU & WE NEED YOU
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.
OR TO GIVE BY CHECK
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.
Reformed University Fellowship
1700 North Brown Road, Suite 104
Lawrenceville, GA 30043