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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!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Seven Years Ago....

This post actually should have been done February 22...but, I'm just now getting around to it.

It was seven years ago on February 22, 2003, when Marc and I met.

In case you don't know the story, here goes....

Marc and I actually went to the same college for one year (my freshman year and his sophomore year). No, our paths didn't cross that year. We didn't know each other -- which is somewhat odd since this college is small.

After that, I transferred to WSU (and ultimately finished there).

But, my freshman year was not wasted....I met many great people there -- a few of them are my closest friends to this day.

Almost five years after graduating from college (six years for Marc), my really good friend Alissa mentioned to me that she had given my name and phone number to a guy -- a guy she sort of knew from college; a guy with whom she was serving on the Young Alumni Committee at the small college. She told me his name was Marc Friesen. He was an accountant, and he ran A LOT (I had a business degree and did run some then -- she thought we might hit it off; she also mentioned she thought he'd get along with my dad well).

Before I could even say, "Alissa -- why did you do that?" she had already e-mailed him a photo of me. Then, Marc e-mailed a photo of himself to her -- which was forwarded on to me.

Are you getting all of this?

I thought to myself, "We'll see if he calls." (I had been on a blind date before, and NOTHING ever transpired of it, and so, I wasn't real hopeful on this one).

Well, less than a week later, Marc did call. Unfortunately, he called when I was traveling on business. He left a message that he'd call another time. Again, I wondered if he really would.

Two days later (on a Saturday evening), Marc did call me. I guess neither of us had anything going on for a Saturday night :(

We ended up chatting for around 1 1/2 hours -- mainly about "light" stuff -- nothing too heavy.

He asked me out for the following week -- I accepted.

So, a week later, February 22, 2003, we went out.

**As a side note, when he showed up at my apartment door, he did have a rose with him. That was an immediate sweetness I noticed.

It was the most wonderful date I'd had. We merely went to Olive Garden. We tried to get to a movie (I know, I know -- not the best first date thing to do), but we weren't able to find one we liked at the time we wanted.

So, we headed back to my apartment. We ended up watching a movie I owned, and then, we TALKED non-stop until 3:00 A.M. -- yep, 3:00 A.M.

At that point, he did leave. He asked if we could go out again -- of which I said, "Yes, of course."

I went to bed with a smile on my face....I got up early the next morning to go to church. Because it was such a GOOD date and I had an ENORMOUS smile on my face, I wasn't even tired in church and throughout the 3rd grade Sunday School class I was teaching at the time -- despite my late bedtime.

Nope -- I didn't tell a SOUL about the date -- not even my parents.

I was afraid that if didn't work out, I'd be all let down and let others down as well (I was 27 years old at the time, and I think some were wondering if I'd ever meet and marry somebody. After all, we live in the midwest, and the tendency is to get married and have kids way younger than on the west and east coasts).

*****

We did go out again two weeks later, and I would honestly say that it was during that date that I KNEW I'd marry this guy.

*****

Fast forward 6-7 weeks from then -- I hadn't yet met Marc's parents (he had already met my parents)....

Marc mentioned to me that there was this family reunion he needed to go to. He wanted me to go as well -- his parents would be there.

I wasn't sure I really wanted to meet his parents for the first time at a family reunion, but I guess I knew this was the one I'd marry (and actually, by then, we had already talked about marriage).

So, I went...Meeting his parents was fine and not too awkward, despite it being at a family reunion.

We hung out at the family reunion for a bit (neither of us are huge family reunion people). Then, since it was a nice spring day, we headed over to Dyck Arboretum and took some photos of ourselves.

Here they are....seven years ago.





And, just for fun....





We were engaged one day short of 4 months after eating each other...Then, Marc gave me this....



Not quite 16 months after first meeting, we were married...And, it's been a wonderful almost 6 years being married to Marc.

And, as a result, we have this little guy....



A couple of fun facts about us....

**I mentioned that I used to run. After Marc and I met, we did quite a bit of talking about running. It turns out that we've run MANY of the same races (we had some "like" t-shirts to prove it). I did tell Marc that he could've spared me the extra time of waiting and asked me out at some race.

**We have figured out that one year, we were at the same New Year's Eve gathering (several years before we met). The ULTIMATE funny thing is that this New Year's Eve gathering was VERY SMALL. We think there might have only been 5 or 6 people there, TOTAL! But, neither of us remember each other. And, Marc was there with a girlfriend at the time. Perhaps that's why I didn't pay attention to him.

6 comments:

susy said...

I clicked on your link from the Macs page. That is a great story. Destiny...it was in God's plan for you to meet the day you did and not before. I met my husband at a karoke bar and we had been at the same event the night before and had gone to every Miami Dolphin game for the past 7 years and sat 1row apart in the same section. Your son is so cute. God Bless you all. We live in Miami.

The Sieberts said...

i love those pictures of you guys at the arboretum!!!! so cute :)

Momma H said...

Lee and I had our first date on Feb 23rd, a LOOONG time ago. Like 44 years. That makes me sound so old, but it seems like about 10 years ago. I was walking around after our first date telling the Lord that this guy might be fun to fall in love with. A week later it was, "Oh Lord, I think I'm falling in love with him!" A week after that I was saying, "If he's not the one, Lord, please change my heart." He was and is THE one!! Fun memories, huh.

Allen and Debby Graber said...

Al and I just "knew" too, after our 3rd date and we were only 16 years old! Married 4 years later and now we've been married 35 years this summer!

Diana said...

Wow! Happy Meeting Anniversary! Yeaaaaaaaa!

{somewhat belated, hehe}

Awwwwwww, those are such cute photos of you guys.

What a great story to remember, too! You guys sure had a lot of run-ins before actually getting together, huh! Makes you realize what a truly small world it is.

DeMo said...

Ahhh such a fun story of how you met! Makes me hopeful that I will have something like that happen too. :) Definitely crazy that you didn't know each other while you were at Bethel!

I like Momma H's story. Totally fits her & Lee.

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