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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, January 7, 2010

Crafting Weekend....

This post is ALMOST a month late. But, at the end, if should close out our 2009. Then, I'll move this blog into 2010....

Anyways, about a month ago, I spent a weekend with 11 other ladies at Maple Memories -- a craft house not too far from where we live (30 minutes or so).

All of us had different things to work on....And, I'm sorry in advance that I didn't get everybody's picture. I wasn't pursuing a popularity contest -- I just wasn't quick enough with the camera :)

Jess worked on scrapbooking as well as some Christmas presents....Alyssa sewed and also did some Christmas presents.

Meg had several projects -- one of which was getting all her Christmas presents wrapped. Yes, I'm very impressed that she packed up all of her gifts and wrapped them.

Here's a photo of Lindsay, Lori, Jill, and Julie -- they all had different projects going at a time.

And, Amanda -- our fearless organizer of the weekend -- sewing a present for her nephew.

We ate yummy food -- Jess organized the meals, and we all contributed to them....

We had good fellowship....Thanks Jana and Meg for your "been married longer than us" insight. The conversation was encouraging and God-honoring!

And, we stayed up too late....This photo is of Lindsay, saying she's going to bed, but then, I think we stayed up another two hours after that or so :)

Have you ever read the book, "The Outliers: The Story of Success?" We received the book for Christmas from our friends Tammy and Reynold -- up in Manitoba. It talks about individuals or groups who are successful in "outlying" ways. I actually just started reading it. It's kind of interesting so far.

Anyways, I was what I would describe as an outlier on this trip. I don't all mean to put myself down by that description....Read on, please.

For those of you who know me well or have known me for awhile, you know that I'm not a real crafty type person. Heck -- I have a business degree, and I've worked as an accountant. Then, after that, I spent 10 years -- working to improve profitability of restaurants. No where in those positions was the job description of crafty. And, that's O.K....God made me the way I am.

But, despite my lack of craftiness, I'm glad I was invited on this trip. It was fun, nonetheless.

You might be asking, however, "Sarah, what did you do for the weekend?"

Well, way back on November 11, 1996, my grandfather (on his 80th birthday) started a book about his life. He wrote one entry about his life each day for one year. So, by the time he turned 81 on November 11, 1997, he had 365 entries about his life. He asked me to type it up and distribute copies throughout the family. I told him I would.

My grandfather passed away on June 21, 2002. Until this "crafting" weekend, I hadn't yet started it. I most definitely want to keep my word to him.

So, I used the weekend to be in front of my laptop, typing up my grandfather's book. And, you know what? I finished 1/2 of it.

It was all hand-written. My grandfather wasn't a real educated man. Sometimes, the grammar took me a minute or two to decipher. My grandfather wrote quite a bit about World War II. Sometimes, I had to look up the geographics of Europe to determine what he meant in his book. So, it took time.

This is what I saw most of the weekend -- you guessed it -- a laptop screen.

Here's what I learned from rereading his book -- at least the first 1/2 of it...

1) Though Marc and I do try to thank service men and women frequently for what they do for our country -- I CLEARLY do not thank them enough. Reading my Grandpa's trials in World War II gave me a new perspective.

2) We do have it easy here in the 21st century. Just reading about my grandfather's childhood during the depression gave me a new perspective. I hope I don't whine again about something I want or don't have -- or my lack of comfort.

3) He LOVED my grandmother so very much. Though Marc never got to meet my grandfather because my grandfather passed away before Marc and I met, my grandfather was a great example of a Godly husband.

4) He did his best at whatever he did -- something I could definitely take a lesson from.

5) Prayer is most definitely important. I do know that, but it never hurts to read things like that again.

I could go on and on about what I learned from his book. So, even though I wasn't a crafty type person that weekend, I most definitely did accomplish something. I had a great time. I'd love to do it again some year!

Thanks Ladies!


Allen and Debby Graber said...

I was looking at that house and it looks almost like the parsonage I lived in in Pretty Prairie for 3 years! Goodness! Regarding your grandfather's journal, that must be so interesting! Last year I had someone translate my great-grandfather's journal of his travels to Europe (he spoke Swiss-German). So interesting!

Candice said...

I would love to read a book about an older member of my family.. What a treasue. I dont think we take enough advantage of our elderly. With age definitely come wisdom!

Momma H said...

Your typing up your grandfather's life is wonderful. You will learn a lot - you have already - and you will know him in a way you didn't before. I can see this experience will grow you up some and deepen your soul. What a tremendous privilge! I would say you are blessed!

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