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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!

Monday, March 2, 2009

A Myriad of Topics....

As the title suggests, here's a post with many different topics...

1) This goes back to my previous post about my birthday. Recently, we gained a wonderful couple to our Sunday evening small group. Rick and Sam recently moved here from Georgia, and they've been a wonderful addition to our group. A couple of weeks ago, they were talking about "cultural" differences between Kansas and the east coast. One of those differences is on the east coast, couples, on average, have kids later in life than here in Kansas (or the midwest). Well, Marc and I laughed at that statement. Many times, Marc and I have talked about how, because of our ages when Luke was born (32 and 33), we would "fit in" on the east coast. Now, in all seriousness, that's about the only way we'd fit in on the east coast because we are definitely midwesterners through and through. But, for all of you who might sometimes comment about us being a bit older than the rest of you when our first child was born, just remember -- this is normal on the east coast :)

2) Most people don't much care for Mondays. I, however, do appreciate Mondays for one thing -- at least in our part of town. It's trash day. I know that sounds strange, but I enjoy it because it's a way of ridding ourselves of trash and recyclables that we don't need sitting around. It's like a fresh start. Is this a bit strange?

Here's a photo of our driveway on Monday mornings...

This photo is one I shouldn't have taken. There are far too many pizza boxes in here. It just so happens that there was a "more than normal" amount of pizza consumed this week at our house. We need exercise now! But, I do like the fact that now, this evening, all of this stuff is no longer cluttering our property at all.

Our recycling bin isn't all that interesting. However, when I looked at this photo, I noticed that I have a few too many "Diet Pepsi" cans in here. Could I possibly be consuming as much of the diet stuff that Marc consumes (only he consumes the real stuff -- "Pepsi")? Do I need to put myself on a "Diet Pepsi" economic diet? I'll leave that explanation up for another blog post at a future time.

3) This evening was the start of a different Monday evening routine -- at least for the next couple of months. Tonight, Luke and I started in a "Kindermusik" class -- taught by none other than Jill (see her blog at the left). Besides Luke, there was Simon, Julia, and Joe in the class (along with their mothers). It was fun, and we both learned some new things. Here are a couple of photos. I didn't take any photos during the class as we were busy. These photos were taken before class. Tonight, the babies, before class, got to play with unbreakable mirrors.

4) Each morning and after each nap, Marc and/or I have a routine with Luke -- that Luke has somehow established. His bedroom is decorated in cars and trucks, complete with a mobile over his crib with cars and trucks. So, after waking up, he LOVES to be held over the mobile to just merely look at and now grab at. I realize this is probably more cute to us, as his parents, but just use your cute imaginations.

5) Here is a photo, taken just this evening, of Luke after a bath. Does this look much more calm than the second photo -- his first bath here at home, way back in July?

6) Finally, my first "Etsy" product came today -- you know, the ones whose proceeds are going directly to help fund the wonderful "Cora Playground." This is a simple pouch -- it's going to be used to put my camera in inside my purse -- rather than what I currently do; that is, letting my camera loose inside my purse, waiting to be scratched. Remember -- click on the pink button on the left side of this blog to browse (and hopefully purchase) items for the "Cora Playground."

I'm waiting on two other items.

My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 63:5-7

**These verses were in my new devotional book for this morning -- a devotional book I purchased the other evening during "Girls' Night Out." I just kind of liked them, and I felt like sharing them with all of you readers.

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