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"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....
- Marc, Sarah, Luke, and Kate
- 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!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
1) CORA (See "The Macs" blog on the left side of this blog if you don't already know about the intense need for prayer for little Cora).
2) Job Losses: So many people right now in the country have lost their jobs due to the economy. It's starting to hit Wichita now. "Cessna" (where Marc works) is in the process of announcing layoffs. Not only do Cessna layoffs potentially affect Marc but also one other guy from our small group as well as several other guys we know from Sunday School.
3) On a much lesser note, I've been having a bit of a time lately getting myself organized and adjusted to everything I need to get accomplished despite staying home part-time. At this point in time, I'm almost feeling more stressed than when I was working full-time.
Today, I was rocking Luke before his nap. All of a sudden, a wonderful song popped into my head that I learned as a child in Sunday School. I know many of you know it. Doesn't it just speak the truth? So Simple, Yet So Powerful....Here it is....
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty.
There's nothing my God cannot do (Clap Clap)
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty.
There's nothing my God cannot do (Clap Clap)
The mountains are His.
The valleys are His.
The stars in the sky are His too (Clap Clap).
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty.
There's nothing my God cannot do (Clap Clap).
When I sang it to Luke, he just looked at me and grinned. Someday, he'll probably do the motions with me. Oh, how cute that will be.....
On a completely other note -- today in the mail was a "Happy Mail Day" for me. I received my second necklace with a photo of Luke.
I recently met a woman at work who makes these necklaces. She takes photos from you of your child (or children) and puts them in glass for a pendant. I ordered one back in November. I just ordered another one.
This photo doesn't do them any justice, but they are wonderful to wear around -- especially if you're not with your child. It's a great reminder to always pray for your child or children as well as a simple way to show them off :)
She also does glass magnets. One of these magnets is Luke. The other is a magnet for the upcoming holiday of Valentine's Day.
If you'd like one, give me a call or shoot me an e-mail. I'll let you know how to get a hold of Dana -- the woman who does these.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Yesterday, I took Luke in for his six-month well-baby check. Here are the latest stats....
Height: 27 1/2" (84th percentile)
Weight: 19 lb. 10 oz. (81st percentile)
Head Circumference: 18" (92nd percentile)
So, there you go...
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Anyways, here are some photos that she took the other day -- some six month photos. Andrea said he wasn't in the most cooperative mood; however, she still was able to get some excellent photos. I would've never known that he wasn't being cooperative -- that little stinker!
First, Marc's favorite....
I actually have several favorites, and this one below is one of them.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
1) My grandfather, Havey Koehn, passed away on Monday (see earlier post).
2) Marc's uncle, Ted Friesen, passed away the same day.
3) A man whom Marc and I don't feel should be running this country was inaugurated into office on Tuesday -- and then reinaugurated on Wednesday :) On Friday, this new President of our's signed an executive order to allow federal funding to go towards abortions abroad. It makes me sick to my stomach that our tax dollars are going towards abortions.
4) Our good friends from church, Joel and Jess, have a little girl named Cora (10 months old) who was diagnosed with cancer. This started on Thursday. By Friday afternoon, she was in surgery.
Here's a photo of little Miss Cora....PLEASE PRAY for her and her family.
The good news....
**I never knew where my grandfather was spiritually. According to his obituary, he did confess his faith in Jesus Christ on February 5, 1938. That means I'll see him again in heaven someday.
**Marc's Uncle Ted had been suffering for quite some time. His suffering is over, and he is now enjoying heaven.
**Even though we don't think we have a qualified person as President of the USA, we are thankful that we live in a country where we do get to vote for our leaders. We don't live under a dictator. We also know that Mr. Obama does have an extremely difficult job. We will definitely be praying for him as our leader.
**Little Miss Cora came out of surgery safely. Chemo will begin on Monday. We're thankful that we have a healthcare system that allows for "things" to move this quickly. I'm sure her cancer is fast growing. The sooner the chemo gets inside her little body, the sooner the cancer can hopefully go away.
Please pray with us for all of these things.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:16-17
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Just a recap...
At one month (in August)....
At three months (in October)....
Monday, January 19, 2009
He had been in the hospital during the Christmas season for an infection. From there, it was discovered that he had probably suffered from a stroke. At 90 years old, one just doesn't recover from a stroke well.
He's been home for a couple of weeks under Hospice care until he passed this morning.
The funeral will be this Thursday morning at 10:30.
His wife, Liz, is now my only surviving grandparent. Harvey & Liz had been married for 67 years. WOW!
This photo of my grandfather was from Christmas, 2005. I took the photo from my sister-in-law's blog (I hope you don't mind, Amber).
Also, today, Marc's uncle Ted Friesen passed away. He was 88 years old. He too had a stroke and had not been well for quite awhile. We're not yet sure when that funeral will take place.
We are wondering if the visitations will be on the same evening. If they are, it will take some creative scheduling on our part -- especially with Luke because Luke LOVES to be on his schedule (doesn't like to veer off of it).
Sunday, January 18, 2009
If you've ever been in our house, you know that it's an early 1970s ranch-style house. In other words, it's not really that open, and the windows are small.
We've had these older blinds on our three small windows in our family room since we've lived here. Well, over time, they've started to break. It's taken a "trick" to get them opened to let light in. In fact, one time, my mom was over here watching Luke. She tried to open one, and she had a bit of a problem. She thought she had broken one when in fact, she had not. It was just the bad blinds.
Here's a photo of one of the old blinds. They don't necessarily look bad and you can't tell from the photo, but they are broken.
And Voila -- the new blinds (actually on all three windows)....Oh, they're certainly nice. PLUS, they open easily. So Mom -- next time you're over here, you'll be able to control the blinds yourself.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
You know, full of plastic grocery bags?
Well, I got tired of it. Even though both Wal-Mart and our local grocery store recycle them, we still had too many.
So, I purchased a bunch of these. Yep, the reuseable bags.
Then, I had my drawer looking like this....Much better! We still need a few bags to use for small trash can liners in our home, but we certainly didn't need as many as we had.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Finally, yesterday, after about five more tries, I was able to snap a great photo of his teeth :)
Many times since then, we've noticed him rubbing his tongue across them. Ah...the feeling of teeth.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Those verses are from Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount." They represent a bit of the last three weeks at our home. Marc and decided we have way too much stuff. But, here are the kickers.
-- We've only been married 4 1/2 years.
-- Since being married, we've participated in three, yep three, garage sales. So, we've already gotten rid of some stuff.
-- Since being married, we've also taken two different, and full, carloads to the Etc. shop.
So, why did we get on a real kick to get rid of "stuff?" Is it because we've doing a financial study in our Community Life Group, and in all of our discussions with other couples, realized that we have to much stuff? Or, is it because in my Thursday morning young moms' Bible Study, we're studying the book of Daniel, and we're all learning about our current "Babylonian" culture -- again, too many choices and things? OR, is it because we have Luke now and we don't want to someday subject him to have to clean out "stuff" from our home once we're old and can't do it ourselves.
I believe it's simply, "We don't need to store up our treasures here on earth" -- just as Jesus preached about. Now, do we still have treasures in our house? Yes, we do. But at least we're striving to be more Christ-like, each and every day.
So, here's a photo of our pile of stuff....Ladies -- do we want to have a garage sale again this summer (the fourth one)? I've talked to a few of you, and the answer so far has been a resounding YES! So, sometime in June, we'll be having one.On a Luke note....Luke frequently, especially in the mornings after a bath the night before, has what we deem "Messy Boy Hair." You know, you see those little boys running around with messy hair. You know that their mothers have tried their best to get it down, but it just won't stay down. Well, that's our little boy.
Luke will be the little boy at the church Christmas program, standing on the back row, with messy boy hair. Know that his mother has tried to get it combed down, but it just won't happen.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
January, in my opinion, is always a difficult month -- the holidays are over so we're back to the ol' routine, it's cold outside generally, it gets dark early, etc.
This past week was very memorable and somewhat difficult for us as we were thinking back to a year ago and three years ago.
As most of you know, we REALLY enjoy traveling. We've been very fortunate in the almost six years we've known each other to travel quite a bit.
One year ago this past week, we were down in the Florida Keys with our good friends Tammy, Reynold, and their son, Caleb. It was such a relaxing trip. It was one of those trips where we didn't do too much. We hung out in our condo, visited some local shops, touristy areas, etc. We hardly showered the entire week because we were in the pool each day (the pool was our bath). Plus, the real treat was getting to catch up with friends while we fixed meals in the condo, played games in the evening, etc.
Here's a photo of the five of us -- technically, Luke was with us (in utero). I was around 11 weeks pregnant during that trip.
Though we didn't stay in Key West, we did drive down there one day. I'm not sure what the real attraction was with this photo, but we can say we did go to the southernmost point of the 48 states. Woo Hoo!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Here's a last photo of the old one.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Yep, it's "Ultimate Martial Arts" -- in the outlet mall here in town. I was there not for Taekwondo, but for cardio kickboxing. Almost two years ago, my good friend Abby and I started doing kickboxing several mornings a week. Abby eventually started working at "Curves," and so, she decided not to come to early morning kickboxing anymore.
Well, I kept going with it -- that is until I got pregnant with Luke.
Luke's nearly six months old now, and so, with new year, I decided it was definitely past time for me to be going again. I'm not going to the morning class, however, because Marc runs in the morning. Therefore, I'm home with Luke (we're both in bed when Marc's running, though). So, I will be going Mondays and Thursdays, in the evening.
It's an extremely difficult class --especially this week since I've gotten SO VERY OUT OF SHAPE! Oh my -- a pregnancy combined with not exercising will do that to you.
I thought for sure that, on Tuesday, I'd be sore, sore, and more sore. Nope, I was wrong. Tuesday was fine. Today (Wednesday), however, was another story.
It'll get better. I need the exercise. Did I mention that one of my goals for 2009 is to complete a marathon (yep, the entire 26.2 miles). Marc, Luke, and I are planning on going to Washington, D.C. in late October for Marc and me to run the "Marine Corps" Marathon. My parents are planning to go along. They will watch Luke while we run. Keep me in your prayers. I'm a little nervous about it.
So, in addition to kickboxing, I will be doing some running.
And, speaking of taekwondo, Marc has had me recently sew some patches on his uniform -- not just one, but two. Here they are.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Here's a photo of our empty tree just before Marc hauled if off.
Marc and I had a discussion the other night that is definitely "food for thought." Perhaps you've thought of this as well.
We have so much build-up to Christmas -- the parties, the food, the buying, the wrapping, the excitement, the caroling, etc.....You get my point.
Then, it's all done in one day. It's funny because when Jesus was born, the celebrating began -- it didn't end. Biblical scholars think that the Wisemen didn't get to the Baby Jesus until He was two years old -- a toddler at that point. That's when they celebrated, most likely.
We hopefully do celebrate the birth (and ultimately his resurrection after death) each and every day.
Here's another discussion that Marc and I have had recently -- especially since we have an infant in our house.
Jesus would've have been the perfect baby, right? No fussing, no needed disciplining, etc. Mary and Joseph had other children after Jesus. Would Mary and Joseph have been shocked parents when their other children didn't behave and act as perfect as Jesus? Wouldn't that have been difficult?
Friday, January 2, 2009
The DQ I work at in Wichita had a Customer Appreciation Day. This day has taken place in the past at this restaurant, but this was the first time it's been on New Year's Day (that part was my idea). I figured it would be an excellent way to get customers in the door on an otherwise slow day.
Customer Appreciation Day means that everything (and I mean everything) is 50% off. So, cakes were 50% off, Dilly Bars were 50% off, hamburgers were 50% off....Get my drift?
We'd been promoting it for several weeks -- notice the readerboard underneath the sign.
We opened at 10:30 in the morning. A few people trickled in within a few minutes -- mostly to stock up on DQ cakes -- several at a time.
After noon, however, folks must have climbed out of bed. Then, we became a little busier. Here's one photo of a crowd.
Lewis is an employee at this DQ. He did an EXCELLENT job greeting customers, restocking the cake freezer all of the time, and keeping the dining room clean. He also was very good at answering customer questions.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
There was no formal New Year's Eve party with our Sunday School class this year (this sunday school class is very fertile). We did get invited over to Collin, Andrea, and Ava's house for a small gathering. However, Luke's been in a bit of a "funk" over the last week or so (teething). Between a little bit of crabbiness, diarrhea, and sporadic, unexplained vomiting, we decided to just hang out at home.
However, since I was in Wichita during the day on New Year's Eve, Marc suggested I stop at this place and pick up dinner for us....Are you jealous Joel McClenahan?
I arrived home with the food. I was hungry as I really hadn't eaten much lunch. Marc initially claimed he was full and was going to wait to eat. Then, I made the spread across our counter. Marc, all of a sudden, showed up in the kitchen and grabbed a plate. I guess he was hungry after all.
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