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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 1, 2010

Our 2010 Christmas Tree....

If you once again want to reminisce....

Click HERE for our 2008 Christmas tree.

Click HERE for our 2009 Christmas tree.


Each year since we've been married, we've gone to Nativity Pines to get our fresh Christmas tree.

Initially, back in 2004 (our first Christmas "married"), we found this place by simply looking in the phone book and going there blindly.

It turned out that we really enjoyed it!

We went there each year -- adding Luke in 2008!

This year was no exception.

It was fun this year -- watching Luke for the third year -- this time, having at least somewhat of a clue what was going on (he knew we were there to get a tree).

First, we rode the hayrack together....Luke, of course, wanted to sit by his Daddy.

(And yes, Luke looks very SERIOUS. For some reason, that's the only face I could get).

We then walked along a long row of trees, looking for the "perfect" one for our house.

We soon found one that we liked for our home.

Marc began to saw.

Luke most certainly watched his Daddy. (And Debby -- during this process, Luke imitated the "sawing" motion -- thanks to the song he learned in Sunday School. Thanks!)

(Can you tell we were most definitely facing the sun?)

We then, along with our tree, rode the hayrack back to the entrance. They wonderful guys of Nativity Pines prepared our tree to go home. We then had it loaded onto our vehicle -- with Luke and Marc supervising :)

Finally -- our "routine" family photo in front of the tree -- taken by a very nice teenage guy who helped us with our tree (and yes, obviously, the sun was not in a good position to use with this camera). But, we don't care....it's the family memories that count.

(And yes, this photo will be our family Christmas card photo -- so, many of you are just seeing this early).

And, the final photo of our decorated tree will have to come in another post....Stay tuned!

A year or two ago -- Marc and I were talking about how each tree we've had since we've been married (and they've all been "real") always has some "quirk" or "imperfection." We were talking about the parallels of our "imperfect" trees or our lives -- about how each one of us truly is imperfect.

That "imperfection" requires us a Savior -- if we choose. This world is oh so very broken (see Genesis 3). We're all broken. None are perfect.

Christmas is when we celebrate our Savior's birth....That way, our "brokeness" is fixed :)

Oh -- how I'm so very thankful for that! I can't imagine living this "imperfect" life without a Savior!


One last note....

When I was paying for this Christmas tree this year, I noticed a small sign on the countertop with the cash register. It mentioned that this was the last year Nativity Pines was selling Christmas trees.

It would be an understatement to say that Marc and I are very sad by this news. We don't the reason for this decision -- I'm hoping it's a business decision and not a decision demanded by change in health or anything.

But, publically, we want to say "Thank You" to Nativity Pines for making our first 7 Christmas seasons together very memorable (the last 3 with Luke)!

I guess we'll have to find another tree farm to make future memories!

Thankfully, we have photos!


Diana said...

Awww, those are such cute photos... Luke looks like he's showing Marc how to get the job done. LOL! What a lovely time.

I agree... having Jesus in your heart sure makes this life easier to handle. Amen! ♥

The Rakows said...

aww :) this is so cool... :) we've never cut our own tree (i'm not sure my hubby would enjoy laying on the ground like your brave hubby :))... i would imagine it's really neat to do this, though... someday...i want to do it too... :)
i can't wait to see your tree all decorated... :)
and i bet your house smells devine... :) hehe :) us, we do the yankee candle thing to "simulate" a nice evergreen scent... cheesy, i know... :)

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