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The verses that have REALLY spoken to me (Sarah) lately....

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." Matthew 7:24-25

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. I Peter 5:8-9

From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' Acts 17:26-28

May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:32-33

God, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It's up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this Revelation. Deuteronomy 29:29 (The Message)

About the Friesen's....

We are Marc, Sarah, Luke, and Kate Friesen. We were married June 5, 2004. We have one son, born July 21, 2008, named Luke Andrew -- now 4 years old. We also have a daughter named Kate Christine -- born June 6, 2012. Marc is working at Cessna as a Senior Accountant, and Sarah stays home full-time with Luke. Sarah also gets to work very part-time at home for Graber Backhoe -- an excavation company AND VERY part-time at our church. We LOVE being a part of Grace Community Church here in Newton, KS. We lead a Community Life Group of other wonderful couples. Marc thoroughly enjoys long-distance running and Taekwondo. Sarah thoroughly enjoys walking -- especially when the weather is nice to take Luke and/or out in the stroller. Thanks for reading our blog!

Friday, August 29, 2008

A Whole Lot of Food....

It seems to me that little Luke has been consuming a lot of food lately. Now, I realize he's in his sixth week of life and he's probably in a bit of a growth spurt, but my goodness. I, Sarah, the mother, am constantly wondering if I'm doing the right thing (such as feeding him too much). Marc, the father, simply says, "Sarah, he's a Friesen. He's going to eat a bunch."

So, in the middle of the night last night (as I was feeding Luke), I was pondering Marc's statement. If Luke takes after his father, he will be eating quite a bit.

Case in Point #1 --

Marc and I met on a blind date. Our first date was February 22, 2003. On that date, we went to eat at "Olive Garden." Upon looking at the menu, I decided on a normal entree. Marc decided on the "Tour of Italy." When his plate arrived at the table, I was astounded at how much food there was. Sure enough, though, he cleaned up the ENTIRE plate.

Case in Point #2 --

About a month or so after our first date, we were at my parents for a meal. I don't remember exactly what my mom made that evening, but I do remember several days later my mom saying, "Gosh, he can sure eat a lot." (or something to that extent)

Case in Point #3 --

3-4 months after we met, Marc had accepted a bet from some coworkers that he could not eat 30 pieces of pizza off of the "Pizza Hut" buffet. The ultimate challenge was that this was to be done in roughly 45 minutes during their lunch hour. For several month, Marc "trained" by slowly increasing the amount of pizza he ate for lunch. Sure enough, by one Friday in June, the challenge was on. I even went to witness this. Marc did indeed consume 30 pieces of pizza in just under 45 minutes. Then, that evening, we were once again at my parents' house. My dad had grilled some burgers, and my mom had made a bunch of other stuff. Marc continued eating that evening. I do remember, however, the next day him not eating much.

Here's a photo of that event.

So, should I be at all surprised at Luke's eating -- even at a mere 5 weeks of age? I'm scared for the future. What will my shopping cart look like? How will we pay for this? I will need several jobs -- or so my mom says.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

New Things....

For Luke, we have one of those nice space-saver high chairs (recommended by some friends). The chair has a nice feature of being able to be tilted back for infant use. It's a great chair for Luke to be in while I (Sarah) am cooking. At first, he didn't like it, but the other day, he was really very content in it.

Also, this week, we started some walking with Luke. I (still Sarah) decided I needed to get walking to build up some walking mileage (get ready Andrea). In time, I will definitely start running again (but I'm in no shape to do so yet). So far, I'm up to a mile at a time. Next week, I have my six-week check-up. Hopefully, I'll get the "go ahead" to go further.

This last photo is just too cute and serious to not put on this blog. Luke's just hanging out on the changing table after a diaper change.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

One Month....

Today, little Luke is one month old. Yep, at 11:02 P.M. on July 21, Luke was born. I hope you don't mind Kendall and Joel, but we're going to use your wonderful idea of taking a picture each month of Luke in the same chair. We're going to be using our big chair in our living room. Here's a photo. You'll all notice it's a bit big right now for a one month old baby.

Grandparents, Continued....

I must be spacey or something (this is Sarah talking), but I just realized I left off a photo of Luke and his Great-Grandmother Koehn (Sarah's grandmother). His great-grandfather has not yet met him, but perhaps we'll have that photo fairly soon.


It's been quite awhile since we've made a post. Perhaps we have some catching up to do.

Luke is very blessed to have all four grandparents. He also has one set of great-grandparents. Here are some photos to share.

First, Luke and Grandma Koehn (Sarah's mom)

Second, Luke and Grandma Friesen (Marc's mom)

Third, Luke and Grandpa Koehn (Sarah's dad)

Fourth, Luke and Grandpa Friesen (Marc's dad)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Luke Stuff and Updated Photos....

At the end of June, we had made a post about a baby shower that some of Sarah's Dairy Queen owners with whom she works with threw her. During this shower, everybody participated in a craft as opposed to playing games. The final product is finally on Luke's wall, above his bed. The letters for his name turned out extremely cute. If you look closely on his bed, you'll see a really nice blue blanket with his name on it as well. It was made by our friend Lori.

Here is a photo of a really cool blanket that our friend Jonna made for Luke. Luke really is very blessed to have such great friends to make him so many things with his name on it.

Here is an updated photo of Luke with his eyes open.

We already mentioned that one of Luke's favorite things is to nap on the couch with his Daddy. Well, this napping photo was taken on a Sunday -- you know, starting those Sunday afternoon naps early in life.

Friday, August 1, 2008

More Luke Photos....

One of our first posts to this blog was about Marc's "Pepsi" purchases for Luke. Well, the day Luke was born, Marc wore a "Pepsi" t-shirt. We also had Luke's "Pepsi" rattle packed in the bag for the hospital. So, here's a photo of Marc with the "Pepsi" stuff just a couple of hours after Luke was born.

One of Luke's favorite things to do is sleep on the couch with his Daddy.

Marc is an only child, and Sarah only has one sibling. So, Luke's not going to have a large amount of cousins. He does, however, have two cousins already -- both girls. His cousin, Grace, really likes to hold him (she gets assistance, though). His other cousin, Natalie, just watches for now. Grace just turned 3, and Natalie is now almost 14 months. Luke's Aunt Amber is providing assistance with his cousins.

Here's a photo of Luke's first bath at home. You can be the judge about what he thought of it.

This is a photo opportunity I couldn't resist. He's sleeping nicely on our bed. Too cute...

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