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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 30, 2009

Some New Things in March

Luke has received some new things during the month of March.

The first thing is somewhat exciting for him. We got rid of the infant tub (long overdue on that one). I was wanting a bath seat or something that would be a little bit more stable for him in the tub since he's only recently become very good at sitting up on his own. So, after a search on the internet, I found and purchased this....

It looks a little like a boat for the bathtub. It does float if there's enough water in the tub. Otherwise, it's just something for which he is able to sit in a stable manner. It is not inflateable. It is filled with little beads. It is supposed to be mold and mildew resistant (we'll see on that one). And, it hangs up on the shower curtain rod to dry -- fairly simple :) He seems to enjoy it.

Here's the serious look in the tub :)

The second thing I think he could actually care less about, at least at this point. He now has the opportunity (without choice) to sleep lower in his crib. After reading about little Julia Ekeland (link to the "The Ekelands" on the side of this blog) falling out of her crib, we decided to go on ahead and lower Luke's mattress even though he's not pulling himself up yet (Julia and Luke are only 9 days apart).

So, here's a photo of Marc lowering Luke's crib mattress.

In the book, "Bringing Up Boys," author James Dobson talks about how infant boys tend to cling to their mothers until about 18 months. Then, at 18 months, little boys will begin to observe and copy their fathers. While Luke does definitely have some "Hypermommyitis," (Mama's Boy), we definitely already see signs of him really watching his Daddy. It's extremely interesting for us to watch. So, here's a photo of Luke intently watching Marc lower his crib mattress (he could've cared less that I was in the room or that there were toys in front of him).

Lastly, before Luke was born, when we were figuring out all of the "stuff" we needed for him, I opted out of registering for or purchasing myself for Luke a bumper for his crib. "What, no bumper," you might say? Nope, no bumper for us. I read numerous articles about recommendations of taking out bumpers to avoid risk of SIDS. I didn't feel that we or anybody else needed to spend the money (they are expensive for what they are). And third, other parents had warned me against them as it's more difficult to change the sheets. So, I do know that MOST of you reading this blog would think that I'm possibly nuts or just against sheer cuteness for not having a bumper (as I know they're popular), but we didn't have one.

It's all been fine up until somewhat recently. Luke's been getting his little feet caught in the crib slats. So, I found a "breathable" netting to work as a bumper (sort of). We finally received it today, and Marc installed it tonight.

Luke didn't even notice. So, here's a photo of his crib now -- complete with a crib sheet with cars on it that my mom made.

This was MUCH cheaper than a normal bumper, but it's not that I'm extremely frugal or anything.

That's all I have for now. I hope all of you locals spent some time outside today. It was nice. Luke and I walked to Kindermusik this evening, and we both enjoyed it.

Until next time....


Aaron and Shannon said...

I never understood the point of the bumper if you just had to take it out! I, on the other hand, never took it out! Just for the same reason that Luke was having! But, Eli was not a mover in his sleep until he was way old enough to not sufficate himself!

Dannon said...

Hi Sarah.....Zach LOVES to watch Donnie doing things. If he hears Donnie's drill the race is on for Zach to bee-line it to where his Daddy is working! We got him his own plastic tools and it does not come close to be like the real thing in his mind. I think it's so funny how they naturally do that. We don't have a bumper either....we don't have issue with his arms/legs through the slats, our issue is with him hitting his head on the slats. He's a mobile sleeper and we have heard a thud on more than one occasion during the night!

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