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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, February 3, 2010

A Minor Frustration....

I actually have several blog posts "on deck," and believe it or not, I was just sitting here at my computer for a bit -- trying to decide which to post.

This post actually happened a few weeks ago. It was a minor frustration, and I'm sure it's happened to most of you.

Luke and I typically do our grocery shopping on Monday mornings -- after I've made out my meal plan for the week (and posted on this blog). From the plan, I have a list.

We had been doing most of our shopping at Wal-Mart, though this month, I'm doing a little experimenting with our food budget. So, a good portion of my shopping will be done elsewhere.

Generally speaking, I grocery shop with reuseable shopping bags. I do not do this because I'm trying to "tout the green movement," because quite frankly, I get sick of hearing about it. I do it because I don't want to be wasteful with plastic/paper shopping bags, and remember, we, the consumers, ultimately pay for grocery bags. I'm just doing my part to help keep prices down. How's that for Economics 101?

But, on occasion, I do use plastic grocery bags because I do REUSE them at home for our small trash cans.

So, a couple of weeks ago, when Luke and I were shopping, was one of those times I needed to "restock" my plastic bag supply at home.

We had our usual cart full, and I was doing my usual wincing at how much my total was. (And, I know we all do that at grocery prices sometimes).

This was when Luke had his double ear infection that was not yet diagnosed. So, I was struggling just a bit to keep him happy during this grocery trip.

Sooooo, admittedly, I wasn't paying real close attention when the cashier was ringing and sacking everything up....

Oh, how I should have been paying attention and should have said something to the cashier on her sacking efforts:

This photo actually doesn't do it justice, but may I just say, "We don't buy groceries for a family of 10."

This particular cashier used SOOOOOOO many sacks for my groceries that day. I realize they're not supposed to put raw meat with other things, and cleaning products should not be with food, BUT....

Butter, Sour Cream, Tomato Paste, and Chili Beans SURELY could've been sacked with something else.


Cereal bars and stuffing mix SURELY could've also been with something else.

In the end, I stuck all of my grocery sacks in one sack....

I didn't count the number of sacks that day, but let's just say that I won't need to replenish my sack supply for quite awhile. Reuseable bags -- here we come for weeks to come!

Does this ever happen to anybody else? Wow!


The Sieberts said...

and then there is the other extreme where they put WAY too much in a bag... :) i do agree though-sometimes there are WAY to many bags-we do use them, but every other week i end up throwing a pile away.

Jessica @ Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget said...

Thank you for your running advise on my blog today. It is so hard for me to try to run when I have no clue what I am doing. :)
I am going to take you up on your advice. I am going to find a specialty store and ask for help. I'm sure we have one around here somewhere. I hope new shoes will make my runs a little easier. Thank you again for your advice!

Anonymous said...

Oh man I have been there with the excess bagger kids at the store! I'm like, you know I worked at Dillons many years ago and we were TAUGHT how to bag (my uncle would freak nowadays, he used to be regional supervisor or whatever that was called, but he retired several years ago) and do it for each person... like little old ladies can't carry much, ASK the poor woman, "is this too much in this bag for you, ma'am?" Or the checkout yackers who pay no attention whatsoEVA to what they're doing and one thing goes in this bag, and one thing goes in that bag...

So yeah... I empathise and commiserate with you! LOL!

Don't get me started on actual customer service, though... or the lack thereof nowadays. ;)

Allen and Debby Graber said...

I usually have the opposite. Way too much in one bag. Once a bag broke open as I was taking it out of the trunk. Spaghetti sauce and broken glass all over the garage floor. Gross! It took forever to clean it up. Target has the best sacks! Some other stores have holes in them to start with. I'm like you - I reuse mine for our garbage liners, but when they have holes I have to use 2 sacks.

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