Thursday, September 29, 2011

Q Moments

These are some of my favorite moments with my son the past few weeks.
It's not my fault if he wants to play football when he gets older.

"But dad,  I don't need a rag."  BTW, this had nothing to do with football.

Quinn loves joining me for kids' games.

That night he did not want to leave the field.

This is at our favorite hiking spot - Friedrich Wilderness Park.

Baby Mae

Last Wednesday (9/21) Tammie and I went to the midwife to check her progress.  The midwife said Tammie had at least 3 or 4 more days before Mae would be ready.  About 12 hours later we were back at the San Antonio Birth Center ready to go to work.  While labor kicked in around 2pm, we did not go back until 10:30pm.  Since we went the natural route the only thing we could do to sooth the pains was to get into the large tub.  Once Tammie got in, there was not getting out.  Mae was born at 1:33am on 9/22.  All went very well.  We got home by 8:30am...just in time to get Quinn to school.  
Words cannot describe how excited the Q man is. 

He is a great big brother.

Here is a shot from our room at the Birthing Center.

Here is where Mae was born.

Just minutes after entering the world.

By the way, if you are looking for a place to give birth and you live in the San Anotnio area, you have got to look into the San Antonio Birth Center.  Tammie's midwife was Alisa Voss.  She runs the birth center.  The midwives are amazing and the facilities are top notch.  Our experience going natural was a billion times better than last time.  That's right, a billion times.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Home Brew

About a year ago I tried to roast my own coffee beans.  I failed miserably.  Yesterday I tried my hand at brewing beer.  I have two kits: one that is labor intensive because it uses raw materials and another that is made from some sketchy concentrate (Mr. Beer).  They are both Hefeweizens. I will do a taste test.  I will say, the beer that took me 4 hours to prepare was much more fulfilling than the Mr. Beer kit.  The taste test will happen in 4 weeks when the beer is finished.  Meanwhile, feel free to send me empty beer bottles that do not utilize twist off caps.

a bag of wheat and a gallon jug

heat the water to 170

cook the wheat at 150 for an hour

strain the wheat and pour bowling water over it

bowl the "wort" for an hour, add hops and yeast, and let it sit for a few weeks

Monday, September 26, 2011

Preaching 2 Samuel 23:1-7

Back in August I was given and opportunity to preach at my church. The text was 2 Samuel 23:1-7. I only get to preach about once a year. There are four pastors that are in line a head of me on the preaching rotation because of my position as a director. This particular service was the 8:30 a.m. traditional service. Later I preached the contemporary service.

Here is a picture of the sanctuary. I preached from the elevated pulpit located on the right side of the photo. I'm not going to lie, every time I get up there I feel a bit like Jonathan Edwards.