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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, November 26, 2009

Our Thanksgiving....

Well, we had quite a day....I'll recap (but you know me, it probably won't be a short post).

Since we've been married, we've actually hosted Thanksgiving each year. Both sides of our families are here -- remember, our families aren't real large. It's nice -- only one big Thanksgiving feast! And, we get to spend time with both sides.

For the past two years now, we've also hosted a couple of international college students. Last year, we had one student from India. This year, we had Vinay and Nagesh -- also both from India. They are both engineering students at Wichita State University.

Marc actually fries our turkey each year.

So, here's a photo of Marc and our two international student guests, preparing the fryer for the turkey.

And, after the oil heats up, the turkey goes in the oil and takes a little over an hour to cook. It's soooo yummy this way! Plus, it doesn't tie up my oven.

Several years back, it became a tradition, mainly with the guys in our family, to "pre-eat" before the actual Thanksgiving meal. My brother, Joel, and Marc actually call it "pre-stretching" (that is -- pre-stretching of the stomach). Marc's mom graciously makes the ol' hamburger dip (you know, with hamburger and Velveeta cheese) for the guys. This year, my mom also made a spinach/artichoke dip for the guys -- though, I'm not totally sure it was up my brother's and Marc's alley. However, our international guests did not eat beef; therefore, my mom's dip was actually a good thing. So, here's the "dip" selection in the garage -- they eat while they fry the turkey and play basketball.

And, here's quite a lovely photo of my brother -- right after his mouth was full of chips and dip.

I just had mentioned basketball. Here's a photo of Marc, Joel, Vinay, and Nagesh playing basketball while the turkey was frying. Yes, my sister-in-law, Amber, and I were both a bit nervous about the basketball flying into the turkey oil....But, it all ended up fine. I just don't want our home to become a statistic of those who have fires as a result of frying turkeys on Thanksgiving.

And, just because I must post a good photo of Luke -- here's one of him rolling a basketball on the driveway -- completely away from the turkey fryer.

When Luke was not outside (which was the majority of the time), he spent some time being entertained by his Grandma Koehn (my mom). If you look closely at this photo, you'll notice he has my mom's watch around his wrist. That entertained him quite a bit.

After awhile, all of the food was ready....It took up our entire kitchen table as well as some additional cabinet space. Wow! We have absolutely NOTHING to complain about and everything to be thankful for. For the past two years, when we've had international students at our home, I have always wondered (and not really wanted to ask) exactly what these students think about the mass quantity of food we have here.

Our two nieces, Grace and Natalie, wanted to eat by themselves at the little table. It actually was quite cute. It's fun to think that Luke will be able to eat at that table with them next year. You can tell in this photo (with all of the toys a mess in the background) that there were indeed three small children playing before the food was ready :)

After eating, but before dessert, the guys all headed outside to play Cornhole. It's a fun game we learned about several years ago. Our friend, Joel S., custom made our game for us -- which is why we have a Texas Longhorn game (that was at Marc's request -- not Joel's).

After playing Cornhole and eating dessert, the guys headed outside to shoot BB guns, of course. They think our international guests seemed to actually enjoy that.

Inside, we cleaned up and played with kids.

Remember how I mentioned several posts back that Luke really enjoys singing. Well, he definitely knows how to get his Grandma Koehn to sing with him. He succeeded in that today.

And, here's a photo of my mom with her three grandkids.

And, one last thing -- and this is more for my brother than anyone.

Joel, my brother, always seems to think that Luke will not come to him -- especially if I'm in the room. But, looking back through some photos, it's amazing how many photos I've found of Luke and Joel together.

Anyways, Luke did spend some time on Joel's lap today. It was cute :) Here's a photo to prove it.

It was a fun day, but all three of us in this household are tired. Tomorrow, we're planning on going to get a Christmas tree....Stay tuned for that adventure.

I want to close with a listing of things I'm thankful for....I wrote these 12 things in my journal last night. I know the listing of "thanks" could go on and on, but here's a start --

1) Jesus Christ -- For dying on the cross for my mess-ups; for my relationship with Him.

2) For our country -- the freedoms we have; the veterans and current soldiers who protect us

3) For my wonderful husband, Marc -- who strives to love me just as Christ loves the church

4) For our first baby -- who is in heaven (the one I miscarried)

5) For Luke, our most wonderful son -- a gift from God

6) Our warm, absolutely more than enough, home

7) Our families

8) Our friends

9) Marc's job

10)Food on the table -- we obviously have more than enough


12)Our Health -- and I pray that we don't take that for granted

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!


Candice said...

Much to be thankful for indeed. Happy Thanksgiving!

Allen and Debby Graber said...

I remember that fryer!

Rich and Carolyn Dewey said...

What a great day you had. I'm sure the students especially were blessed by your waramth and hospitality!

Blessings to you. Thanks for you!


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