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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!

Monday, January 25, 2010

House Tour -- Part 2 and Another Luke Update....

If you remember two posts ago, I started a Miniseries -- A Friesen Home Tour.

I ended with the lower level of our Servants' Quarters.

Right behind the door of the entrance to the Servants' Quarters are these....



Yep, stairs -- and no, they're not crooked. I just can't take a straight photo.

After going up these stairs and making a left....



You go up a few more stairs and turn left to....



A LOFT!

In this loft, you'll find....maternity clothes, baby stuff, and baby clothes.



And many of Marc's metals and such from running....





You can also find some stuff we hope to eventually garage sale....Anybody in the Young Family Sunday School Class up for the 5th Annual Garage Sale? Please, tell me "Yes."



When we bought this house, I thought to myself, "This loft would make a great 'hideaway.' Or, it would make a great 'kids' playroom.'"

Or, "If I was an artist, this would be a perfect space." (Don't worry -- I'm not an artist, and I don't have any aspirations).

Now, I think it will make a great office for me someday :) It would make me nervous to have kids playing where I don't see them or hear them (unless some monitoring device was installed).

I'm sure our kids will want to spend the night up there someday with their friends. That can probably be arranged.

But, there is no bathroom in the Servants' Quarters. You have to come inside for that one.

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With all of that storage up there, one might ask, "What about a basement?"

Yes, we do have a basement. But, it's not a full basement. It's basically a yucky one-room, mechanical area/storm shelter.

Remember THIS POST from back in April?

Yes, even though our basement is small and yucky, it does function well as a storm shelter. One wouldn't want to live too long in Kansas without an available shelter.

But, here is a small part of the house tour -- our basement.

That's all the time we're going to spend down there.



Yes, this really is the extent of it. But, we like it this way...Basically, everything is on one level in our home.



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Another update on Luke....

Well, we thought he was getting better. In fact, for most of the day today (Monday), he was pretty good and fever free. So, I did not call the doctor.

Then, he woke up from his nap crying (most unusual). I held him for awhile to let him calm down.

Finally, as 5:00 P.M. neared, he started to feel warm again. I took his temperature. It had once again crept back up to 101 degrees -- hadn't been that high since Friday.

I called Marc (he was on his way home) and told him to just meet me at the Urgent Care. Four days with a fever on an 18-month old was enough -- even though it wasn't a high fever.

We got right in. The pediatrician took one look in both of his ears and said, "Yep, he has an infection in both ears."

Well, that certainly explains a lot.

So, we were sent home with some numbing ear drops and an antibiotic. We've been extremely fortunate that this is Luke's first ear infection.

I never really did notice him pulling and tugging at his ears or anything. Though, when we were at lunch with my friend Helen last Thursday, she did at one point notice him tugging at an ear. Perhaps I should've taken that as a sign?

(Glad you noticed it Helen).

We hope Luke is finally on the mend....

But, just for fun, here's a photo of him from today -- playing at our coffee table with the coasters -- a daily dose of fun for Luke.

6 comments:

The Sieberts said...

i would love having your servant's quarter. I would totally make that into a photography studio :)

Allen and Debby Graber said...

I would also make it my office! What fun! Sweet Luke. Hope he gets to feeling well soon! We'll miss you tomorrow!

Momma H said...

I had forgotten all about noticing Luke pulling an ear. Sure hope the antibiotics will end this seige for you all. Four days of being shut in is enough for you too!! Take care.

Diana said...

Ohhhhh, I would LOVE to have your loft!

But maybe more than that, I would like to have your basement LOL! Because you can easily go down there. We have a cellar and basically have to do a backwards crab crawl to get down in there. Which neither of us can hardly handle doing anymore.

So glad you found out what was going on with Luke, and now he can get better. Both my boys had numerous earaches by the time they were a year old (that was many years ago heh-heh) so I know it can be hard to tell if they are just cranky, teething or worse.

Get well soon, Luke!! :-)

The Rakows said...

oh man! poor Luke! :( i am glad you went and got him checked out, though...that's a good thing! it will be nice when the kids can TELL US what's hurting, won't it? :) K had a virus back in early Dec., with just a high fever, but the pediat. wanted to see us after 3 days of the fever...
they looked her over...found nothing...but they did CATHETERIZE her to check for a UTI... it was dreadful... BUT, you want to be safe... nothing was found...just diagnosed as a virus...

love your house tour :) you're so organized... :) i see all of your neat areas designated for this and that... :) i don't even want to show you what our basement looks like...disaster! we want to have a garage sale, too... :) i wish we lived closer...it would be fun to do that together! :)

thanks for your note about K's eating habits (or lack of - hehe)... we're working on the spoon and fork...she's getting better... :) i hope that she's like Luke in that, with some new found independence, she'll enjoy eating with utensils! :)

off the subject - i am just curious how close/far you are to Wichita, KS... i actually lived there for 2 years or so... my dad was in the air force and we were stationed there... fond memories... i had to giggle with your basement comment - i remember spending lots of time in the basement with my mom during tornados... :) we used to listen to Barry Manilow records... my dad, on the other hand, would sit in the front yard watching the storm/tornado... :O hehehe :)

i hope that Luke is feeling better today and that you are doing well, too... :) thanks for your notes and i'll talk to you soon :)

The Koehns said...

kisses and hugs for our nephew

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