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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, March 29, 2010

Some New Toys....

Last night, we went to our friend, Oliver's, birthday party. He's getting ready to turn the big 3 this week.

I actually didn't take any photos at the party...Hopefully, one of Oliver's parents will post some photos (Hint Hint).

But, to the brilliance of Oliver's mother and/or father, they requested no gifts. Instead, each child was to bring a wrapped used toy for a toy exchange amongst all of the kids. WONDERFUL IDEA!


This morning, Oliver and Lily were here.

Oliver showed up with his "new" toy from the exchange.

I'm actually not sure what it's called, but there's a magical little switch inside the ball. When it's turned on, the ball moves uncontrollably. The little animal is attached to the ball. So, it spins as well....

Oliver & Lily think it's funny. Luke was scared of it :(

So, I picked it up for a bit to avoid crying. I put it on the table.

After awhile, Luke saw it. He pointed at it and said, "a ba."

Since he wanted to play with a "ball" so badly, I took it down. He promptly threw it down on the tile floor in our kitchen -- probably not the best for it.

So, I picked it up again and distracted him with one of his balls.

Lily then managed to find this toy. She too promptly threw it on the floor -- again, the tile floor.

So, I hid it.

I hope it still works, Oliver....


A very sweet little girl named Ellie brought another toy for the exchange.

Luke got this toy from Ellie. It's a battery-powered steering wheel that has a horn, a gear shift, and a bunch of buttons that make noise.

This morning, A.L.L. 3 children were amazed with this toy.

While this photo is sweet and cute, it really didn't last long. Shortly after taking this photo, a fight ensued.

So, the toy ended up being taken away for the morning.

Ahhhhh.....the fun of "new" toys!


Being the 20-month old that Luke is, we frequently have a mess of toys in our home. You parents know EXACTLY what I'm talking about.

But, when there are two extra children here (as there are here 1-2 mornings/week, it gets especially messy.

Many times, it's worse, but you get the point. Fortunately, Oliver's pretty good about helping me pick up toys if I sing one of two "clean-up" songs with him. Luke's getting the hang of picking up toys -- especially if he sees Oliver cleaning up toys.

Lily's not so much there yet, but she'll get here -- especially with two older boys showing her "the ropes."

And, just for fun -- Luke has been really into playing with these plastic cookie cutters lately. He makes a nice mess. You certainly don't want to step on them with bare feet. But, he does do a good job of picking them up when he's finished.

I'm not sure what the thrill is, but they do keep him busy for a bit.


On a completely different note -- Do you ever have those stages in your life where you feel God is really trying to teach you something? God is always teaching us all things. It's just whether or not we choose to listen to Him and learn.

But, over the last five months or so, I feel God has been teaching me sooooo many things. I almost don't know where to begin. It's one of those things in life I really can't full describe. I'm not sure you can fully understand until it's happened.

So, periodically, I may start posting a few things...I certainly don't want to promise a certain number of times a week or anything, but you know -- when I feel like sharing.


So, here goes....

Like all of us, I periodically do get angry over something -- usually something later to be deemed stupid.

I've been going through The One Year Book of Hope by Nancy Guthrie. Our friend Jess has mentioned it a couple of times on her blog, and I know several people around here are also going through it.

Anyways, I've been on the chapter titled "Joy Robbers." One of the joy robbers mentioned is anger.

In the book, Nancy (the author) talks about how feeling a flash of anger isn't necessarily a sin. But, anger does become a sin as we entertain it -- as we stir it up and allow it to drive our emotions and steer our actions. (page 278)

I've thought about some times in my life I've been angry. I've thought about those times that the anger expressed caused other sins. Yes, the devil did win in those cases.

The Bible C.L.E.A.R.L.Y. states that anger can cause other emotions or can cause us to sin in other ways.

Whoa -- that's something I need to work on....

Just my "learning" for the day.

In your anger, do not sin; Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and DO NOT give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:26-27

Nothing too deep there -- just something to pray about, think about, study about, and remember.

Bye for now!


Candice said...

I should totally post a pic of our toy messy living room on the blog. Maybe for next week's Not Me Monday...

DeMo said...

I used to have one of those weasel ball things! It was my favorite. I think because I'm fond of inanimate objects that act like they're alive. :)

Anonymous said...

I can totally top you in the toy mess area... six grandkids all over at the same time. Tiny house. Mid-winter. At least two of them don't know how to share yet. Yeah. Just picture it. LOL!

I know what you mean about God teaching... He's sure been showing me new vantage points in patience!

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