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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!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

It's a Party....

Yesterday, we had Luke's first birthday party. Technically, his birthday is Tuesday, the 21st of July, but weekends work better for parties.

We decided to keep this birthday party small -- just family. And since our families are small, SMALL it was.

Both sets of Luke's grandparents made the party. Luke's one and only great-grandparent was able to come, thanks to my dad picking her up and taking her home. Luke's only two cousins made it. Unfortunately, Luke's only aunt and uncle, Joel and Amber, weren't able to make it. They both had to work.

Luke decided (really Marc decided) that he wanted to have a "brunch" for his party. So, we had egg casserole, fruit, coffee cake, and juice. Then, to shy away a bit from the brunch, I did make a chocolate cake for Luke's first cake.

Thanks to Lori J., I made the chocolate cake in the shape of a "1."

Here's the cake....In case you can't read my writing on the cake, it says, "Let's Celebrate! Luke's 1."

I stored the cake in none other than a "DQ" cake box. So, I had a few fooled when they first arrived. Some thought that we might just be having a "DQ" cake. Nope! We had that the night before for a "Community Life" Group gathering.

I didn't want to spend bunches of money on a party that he wouldn't remember or even remotely realize what's going on. However, I didn't want a non-festive party either. SOOOO, I managed to find some 1 year decorations on sale at Target. May I just say that Target NEVER lets me down?

Here is the basic theme of the decorations? See -- nothing special. BUT, it does let everybody know what the party is for.

Here's our table set before everybody arrived. See what I mean -- a small party!

I did go on ahead and buy Luke a "Birthday Boy" t-shirt. Here he is in the shirt. He has another birthday shirt coming for his actual birthday -- yep, there will be photos then as well.

After eating, Luke had some play time with his cousins. Then, Marc helped Luke open some gifts.

One thing that Luke got was a book about "Trains." He seemed to like looking at the photos and of course, putting the book in his mouth. If any of you know my dad, you know that my dad has a train hobby. So, this book is perfect for Luke's grandfather really.

Besides the book, Luke received a new outfit, a bib, and very importantly, some money to add to his savings account (you know, the one Marc and I desperately need to get started). Luke most enjoyed, however, playing with the gift bags. What 1 year-old wouldn't enjoy that?

Shortly after presents were opened, Luke started getting a bit tired. This next photo is so "Luke." In the last couple of months or so, Luke has gotten VERY attached to a blanket that my mom made him. He likes to suck his thumb and put the old smelly blanket up to his nose. I've seen other kids do this before, but when it's your own child doing it, it's really quite funny. So, I had to capture this photo at his own birthday party -- the one of him getting tired. This was taken close to 1:00 P.M. -- you know, naptime.

By that time, we knew we were on borrowed time with Luke. So, we pulled the cake out, lit a candle, and sang "Happy Birthday." He definitely liked the singing -- as he always does.

We put him in his high chair on a mat (since this was all on carpet).

Then, we put the hat on -- which he actually didn't mind.

Then, I put the piece of cake on his tray. No, he's never had cake before.

He looked at it funny. Then, he tried to move the piece away from him -- he just didn't know what it was. Luke's not extremely outgoing, and so it probably didn't help that grandparents were snapping photos of him during this process.

Finally, I crumbled it up for him.

He still looked at it funny. FINALLY, I took a bit of it to show him. Then, he took about two bites before telling us (in his own language, of course) that he was done. That was IT. It wasn't too exciting probably for most, but for us, it was! It was our little guy's first birthday party.

Then, it was naptime. ALL DONE!

Marc is on furlough the next two weeks. So, he'll get to be home all day with us for Luke's birthday. We'll probably do something fun that day with him -- not sure what that is just yet, though.

**On a side note, this past Saturday, the 18th, (the day of Luke's party) it was Marc's dad's 85th birthday -- yep 85th! So, we did also have to wish Alvin a Happy Birthday! I think that in the last year, Marc's dad's been slightly disappointed that his first grandchild wasn't born on his birthday (he's mentioned several times that Luke's birth missed his birthday by 3 days). But, we hope at least he's happy that their birthdays are close. So, Happy Birthday Dad Friesen!


Kelly said...

Happy Birthday (on Tuesday)! You are one lucky boy that your dad can be at home to play on your big day! Have a great day!

The Sieberts said...

great job on the cake! Looks like you guys had fun, but i can't believe he didn't eat much of his cake!!!! we'll have to work on that whole chocolate thing... ;)

Allen and Debby Graber said...

Happy Birthday on Tuesday, sweet Lukey! We love you!!!!!!!!!!!!

PamperingBeki said...

Awwww, happy birthday to Lukey!

Candice said...

Happy Birthday Luke!! Many, many more big guy!

Graham wasn't into the cake smash either. I also had to cut it up and he still only ate 1 bite. I swear our boys are so similiar. LOL

Matt, Rachel, Ellie Renee, and Tripp said...

Happy Birthday Luke! I hope you had a fun day today! What a cute little party! It's probably good that he didn't like his cake. Ellie LOVED hers and hasn't loved anything as much as chocolate ever since! Oops! Hey-I was also wondering if you knew anything about jogging strollers. I was thinking about getting a double one so I can actually go with both the kids! I have a single Jeep one, but didn't know if there was a somewhat cheap brand that works well. Thanks!

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