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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!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Another Christmas Party....

I'm backtracking just a bit again, but it's all important.

The Sunday before Christmas, our Community Life Group (a.k.a. small group, care group, etc.) got together one last time before the end of the year. It was our annual Christmas party.

To keep it simple, we had a potato bar (prepared by Johannah), had a White Elephant Gift Exchange, and played a brief game. I know that "Ugly Christmas Sweater" parties are quite the thing right now, but we don't have too many second-hand stores in this town. I'm sure all of the ugly Christmas sweaters might have been taken already. We hear and see about quite a few Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties.

Kids were with us, and therefore, we didn't party real late.

Also, Mark and Lisa joined us. Since Lisa had been undergoing a stem cell transplant, they hadn't been able to join us for awhile. It was great to have them with us again -- even if it wasn't for the whole evening.

You know how it mostly goes with kids -- they eat first. So, here's a photo of Sarah preparing potatoes for their kids, and I must say that I was right behind her -- preparing a potato for Luke.

And, here are a couple of photos of Collin and Luke at the dinner table.

And, of course not only do kids generally get their food first, but they're also generally finished first. This dinner was no exception. The kids were immediately back and forth between a play room and the living room.

Here is, however, what I found Collin and Natalie doing at one point (and Luke joined them some)....playing nicely.

Then, on to the White Elephant Gift Exchange....

Our rule is that the gift has to be something from your house that you don't want. In other words, nobody is to go and spend money on something. Collin and Natalie joined our gift exchange this year.

Natalie happened to draw #1, and so, she was first.

She received a necklace -- which was perfect for her to play with. It's too bad it truly was ugly. I don't know if you can see it in this photo, but it's a "present" necklace.

Luckily for Natalie, nobody stole this gift from her :)

Here are a couple of other gifts received....

Johannah received a lunch box with a can of Pepsi.

Next to Natalie's necklace, Marc might have just received the next ugliest gift -- a blue candle. Just for your information, this candle has now been placed on the "white elephant gift" shelf in our kitchen. Beware! Somebody might just get it next year.

However, also ugly -- Sarah did receive a snowman with small candles.

And, Tim received some lovely lotions.

I didn't quite get everybody, but you get the point!

After the gift exchange, we played Catch Phase.

We played men against women, and the guys did ultimately win. We'll play again sometime for the victory (hint hint).

Funny Story -- During this game, the doorbell suddenly rang. Tim said, "I just saw a Santa running across my yard."

So, we all ran to the door. There were carolers on a trailer pulled by a lawn mower (driven by the Santa). None of us had ever been caroled to, and so, that was kind of fun.

Thanks groupies for the party! It was fun. We hope you all had a Merry Christmas! But, I guess our Community Life Group women have already met since Christmas. That's how late I am on this post.


And, for today's dose of thankfulness -- This is all one I'm sure you're thankful for -- #783 -- Deodorant.

(O.K., so now you all know what kind of anti-perspirant/deodorant I use).

But, it's something I'm thankful for...I'm thankful I don't have to smell too much B.O. in the summer heat. I'm also thankful that I don't have to feel sweaty and wet armpits all of the time.


Allen and Debby Graber said...

You are so funny! I guess I've never thought about being thankful for deoderant, but I guess I am! We went to Africa once with 3 men behind us on the plane who were not wearing any deoderant and probably had not had a bath for a week! It was soooo gross! And hey, didn't we give you that wonderful nice lotion that Tim got?? I recall Al putting something like that in last years white elephant. You didn't use it??

Anonymous said...

What a fun party! I love potato buffets! Yum!

How funny on the deoderant! Can you believe -- I can NOT wear any due to allergies and sensitivities, no matter what?!?! *gasp* Don't worry, I don't stink... oh that sounds vain, huh, ROTFL! I just keep extra clean, whatever I can do. LOL!

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