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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, December 29, 2010

Christmas Eve, Part 2....

If you'd like, you can click HERE to read the first part of our Christmas Eve day.

Continuing on....

After Luke's nap, we headed to church with my parents, brother and sister-in-law, and their three girls.

We went to my parents' church -- which happens to be the church I was a part of through almost all of my 20s, AND it was the church where Marc and I were married :)

The Christmas Eve service was crowded and nice, HOT (from all of the people) and peaceful....

After the service, we all went to my parents' house.

Because NOBODY was really hungry for supper yet (thanks to all of the snacking we ALL did before dinner), we opened presents.

My dad was in his true form (this wouldn't be my parents' house without my dad doing this) -- he had his video camera out.

We have a tradition where the adults in the family draw names for stockings. My mom takes care of the kids' stockings. Marc and I drew each other's names, but we truly kept it from each other until that evening -- kind of funny.

Sooooo, here's a photo of my parents' Christmas tree....It sits in front of their fairly big staircase. If you look closely at this photo, you can see Marc and Luke coming down the stairs. The mantle (which isn't pictured) held all of the kids' stockings. My mom hung the adults' stockings on the stairway....Marc and Luke are getting the stockings down.

In Luke's stocking -- which, if you would have given him nothing else but these, he would've been perfectly happy....sunglasses.

My mom (Luke's grandma) completely hit the J.A.C.K.P.O.T. with these.

Luke also received, from Papa and Grandma, a little "pull" storage case for his cars....A very practical, and fun, gift for Luke.

My brother and sister-in-law have three girls. At one point, during all of the chaotic, but fun, opening of gifts, I looked over at their family.

We may be surrounded by cars, trucks, and other boy things with Luke, but they are completely surrounded by pink.

Our nieces -- Grace, Natalie, and Maddie -- are all very girly. It's pretty cute to see.

After opening gifts, we all ate supper of chili and cinnamon rolls (rarely at my parents' house do we have "traditional" Christmas meals).

In this photo, Luke's back (in the green shirt) is to the camera. Look closely -- you'll see the new sunglasses on his head. Yep, they went to dinner with him.

After supper, quite a bit of interesting discussion (I mean that in a good way), and a few games that my sister-in-law came up with (she's good at that), Luke wanted to, once again, play "Boom Boom" with Marc. Click HERE and read down the post a bit to find out about what exactly "Boom Boom" is.

After awhile, Luke told us he was ready to go -- yep, he has a FUN time at my parents', but when he's tired -- he's ready to go.

It was late; therefore, we headed home. Nearly always, when we go to my parents' house in the evenings, we take Luke's pajamas with us. He's quit falling asleep on the way home (even if it's late), but at least he's ready for bed when we get home.

Several times, on the way home, I peaked back at Luke. He wore his sunglasses the ENTIRE way home in the dark, all the while, sucking his thumb and smelling his blanket (and of course, wearing one of Marc's hats).

Ah, Luke....You make us smile so much.

And, stay tuned for my post on our Christmas Day....


The Rakows said...

adorable pic at the end with him in his sunglasses, his hat, and his blanket... :) hehehe :) def. a keeper for him to take out in years to come :) a cool memory :)

The Koehns said...

Ha ha... yes, we are constantly surrounded by pink - NOT a favorite color of mine, but I'm learning to like it (slowly)... great pics! :-)

Allen and Debby Graber said...

That picture makes me laugh! Will his sunglasses be coming to Sunday School with his blankie and hat now? Chili and cinnamon rolls used to be our Christmas dinner when the kids were growing up!

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