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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!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Visit from Luke's Only Aunt, Uncle, and Cousins....

Since Marc is an only child and I only have one sibling, Luke only has one uncle (my brother), one aunt (my brother's wife), and two cousins (their kids). Last night (Wednesday), the four of them came to visit.

We ultimately had one purpose....to play Joel and Amber (uncle and aunt) in this game....

I don't know if we should admit it or not, but we are all Seinfeld buffs. Between Joel, Amber, Marc, and me, we can usually come up with a quote from an episode for many situations in our lives.

But, we'll get to that in a bit.

We started out with Marc grilling bratwursts for supper. We also had my baked beans, potato chips, grapes, and of course, Oriental Salad -- a family favorite. Then, for dessert, I had made a very GOOD chocolate cake that just happened to be Duncan Hines. Since it was soooo nice outside, we ate on the deck.

Luke's cousins, Grace and Natalie, were mostly interested in running around on the deck and on the patio. Fortunately, no accidents....no trips to the ER. You see, we have a good-sized deck, but right below the deck is a brick patio. It makes me fairly nervous ANY time we have kids over. Also, since we now have Luke, I'm even more nervous.

Here's a photo of Natalie running. Natalie's two years old, and she has LOTS of energy.

And, here's a photo of Grace doing the same thing. Grace just turned four years old this past Sunday. It may seem like these photos are of nothing but running, but they CLEARLY illustrate what went on during supper. It's amazing how long kids can run -- the endurance they have.

During this time, since Luke is not yet running, he ate his supper nicely with us. I know, I know -- I better enjoy this time, before he's running all over the place.

Then, after eating, he was content playing with dead leaves on the deck. A few times, he, of course, tried to eat them.

His cousins do like to talk with him, though. A year ago, when Luke was first born, Grace referred to him as "Cousin Loop." We all laughed pretty hard because it was so cute. She doesn't say that now, but we all still bring it up. Luke will probably be "Cousin Loop" for awhile.

We hadn't yet given Grace her birthday present yet, so she to to open her present from Uncle Marc, Aunt Sarah, and Cousin Loop.

Grace LOVES dresses and the color pink. I found this very cute, fall dress at Carter's recently. It's actually courderoy, so she'll be able to wear it on a warm, fall day.

And, just for fun, Amber presented Marc with a gift -- a Hillary Nutcracker. It's a nutcracker. You actually crack nuts with Hillary's thighs. It's pretty funny! Amber's been known to find Marc some pretty good gifts like that -- all in fun.

At that point, we decided to get the three kids in the strollers and walk a bit to the park nearby our home.

All three kids had to swing....look closely at this photo. Luke, on the left, is smiling. That smile didn't last too long, for some reason. Normally, he LOVES to swing at the park. But, for some reason, he decided to be a "cranky pants" that evening.

After swinging, Grace and Natalie went to the slides. Even though Luke was basically screaming at this point, I did snap a few photos before taking him home.

First, here are Grace and Natalie going down the slides.

And, Marc joined in on the fun. Marc chose to go down the "bumpy" slide. I think his face says it all.

At that point, I was tired of holding a crying child, so I went on home with Luke. Shortly thereafter, everybody else joined me there.

Luke went to bed, and then, Joel, Amber, Marc, and I began playing the Seinfeld DVD game. We played the girls against the guys. We actually managed to play three rounds, and unfortunately, the guys did beat us 2 games to 1 game. Perhaps next time, Amber?????

The two cousins did GREAT while waiting for us to play our game. By the end of the evening, they were very tired. It was time for them to go home, and Luke was LONG ASLEEP by that time.

Thanks Joel, Amber, Grace, and Natalie for coming over. Thanks, Amber, for making the obligatory Oriental Salad.


Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What cute pictures...so glad that I stopped by....My blog reading has been so little the last few weeks...but have a few free days to catch up.

The Koehns said...

Thanks for having us over. We'll do it again soon!

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