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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!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sixteen Months....

Today, Luke is sixteen months old....Wow! Time sure flies.

One HUGE change about this month's "photo in the chair" is that Luke was very unwilling to sit still...That's actually the biggest change I personally notice in him from the last month.

Other than when he's tired or if he doesn't feel well (which did happen this last month), he pretty much wants to be on the move.

With that in mind, here are the two best photos we were able to get of him this evening -- and these were taken with two things in Luke's lap to distract him a bit.

Luke is not quite yet walking fully on his own. HOWEVER, we think he has made major strides in the area of walking in the last month. He's a lot more sturdy while standing on his own. And, he seems to be proud of himself for trying.

Two weeks ago, he did take a couple of steps for some friends of our's. We weren't at home to witness it. We were out for "date night." Our friends were baby-sitting. I didn't even really mind that I didn't see it. I just want him to W.A.L.K. A.L.R.E.A.D.Y.

Since then, he's taken a few steps here and there on his own.

This evening, he actually was on his way to taking about 5 steps -- with us loudly cheering him on. BUT, unfortunately, the pants he had on today were a bit long and the cuffs had come undone. So, he tripped on his own pants :)

I know, I know -- he'll get there. But, for all of you parents who DID NOT wait on their toddlers to walk this late, believe me, it's frustrating -- especially when we know he could do it.

My prayer for Luke's walking right now has changed -- it used to be praying for walking. Now, I'm praying for Luke's confidence to walk.

Other things about Luke right now -- just in case you're interested.

1) He really likes to be sung to right now. In fact, we sing quite a bit throughout the day. He signs "more" for me (or Marc) to keep singing.

2) His manipulative side came out this month. He took to throwing his blanket out of his crib. Then, he's cry for me to come and get it. But, he'd just keep throwing it out. I finally let him cry for awhile....He stopped doing it for me. Then, this past Tuesday night, my parents were here. I hadn't told them about the blanket throwing. Apparently, he did it to them to get them to come into his room. Silly guy....

3) He's never been much for eating sweets -- that is, until this past month. He now likes to eat sweets, and we have to watch his intake to avoid him NOT eating anything else.

4) He has started to throw some mini-fits. Perhaps they're precursors to the 2-year old fits. Who knows? It gets interesting sometimes around here.

5) As I mentioned previously, he's always on the move -- even if it's not by walking. He'll crawl anywhere and obviously doesn't mind getting dirty (he's a boy, afterall). Case in point -- this evening, we were all three in Wal-Mart. He was a bit grouchy in the cart. He reached him arms up to me for him to pick him up. Just to get him to quit crying and fussing, I picked him up. As soon as I picked him up, he immediately wanted down to crawl. Uhhh...I don't think so. So, Luke went right back in the cart and cried for a bit. At least we've ALL heard crying kids in Wal-Mart before -- no big deal, right????

That's the "scoop" on Luke right now. We LOVE him a lot, but he does challenge us. But, parenthood isn't supposed to be easy. Don't we live in a sin-filled world? I have to remind myself that sometimes when I think it gets tough.

And, just for fun -- here's a photo of Luke from one year ago today. It was at this point last year when Luke became the chunky baby. Everybody was always asking us how much he ate....Hey -- we just fed him on demand!


Allen and Debby Graber said...

Missed him this morning. Are you feeling under the weather? I will let his Sunday School teachers know that he enjoys singing. I know they play music a lot, but I'll point that out to them.

The Sieberts said...

awww.i miss Luke as a baby-he grew too fast! horray on taking some steps!

Candice said...

How often is Luke around other kids? After Graham was able to walk, but still wasn't, being around others kids helped him turn the corner. Also, it was at least 8 weeks between Graham's first steps an when he decided to walk instead of crawl. I was like, "COME ON!!"

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