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)
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!
In true "Sarah" fashion, I'm just now posting about Luke's 4th birthday -- which was way back on July 21. I could use the fact that I have a new baby in the house as an excuse, but that would be just an excuse. After all, I'm certainly not the only blogger with a new baby.
Luke had been saying for quite awhile that he wanted a "plane party." So, after only a short time of searching, I was able to purchase an "airplane party kit" from Celebrate Express. (Some of you may just be CRINGING at the fact that I purchased party supplies instead of making them. BUT, I'm just not the crafty, "Pinterest" type....SO, I purchase things for a party). Included in this kit were invitations. Unfortunately, with being busy with a new baby and all, I didn't realize the invitations were there until the day of the party. But, I filled one out to keep in Luke's scrapbook
I had the fabulous cake decorator, Julie, decorate a cake for Luke -- like the napkins that came in the "kit."
Our wonderful neighbor, V, gave us these VERY CUTE wooden airplanes to use. I used them as table decorations, and then, Luke and his cousins got to keep one each.
Also, to avoid cooking, especially in the heat (it was roughly 108 degrees the day of Luke's birthday), we ordered sub sandwiches for everybody at Wal-Mart.
And, the eating table and decorations....
Some things Luke received included a backpack (with an airplane on it), a water gun (the ultimate prize from his uncle, aunt, and cousins), a "Memory" game, and some snacks.
I keep mentioning kids and people in this post....We kept Luke's party small again. We have intentionally chosen not to have a "friend" party yet. That will come soon enough (probably next year). Luke's SO content with family around. So, Luke's guests were both sets of grandparents, his aunt and uncle, his cousins, and of course, us.
Lastly, since it was so hot, we did the same thing as the previous two birthdays -- went to the sprinkler park. Actually, I can't say "we" because I stayed home with Kate (it was MUCH TOO hot). Marc's parents stayed home with Kate and me since they're elderly and really shouldn't be out in the heat either. It gave Marc's mom a quiet time to sit and hold Kate. Since I wasn't there, I didn't get any pics. But, if you check out my PREVIOUS POST, there is a pic of Luke at the sprinkler park this summer.
Happy 4th Birthday Luke! We LOVE YOU A LOT! We look forward to what this next year brings. While 4 has proven to be a whole lot of fun....4 has also proven to have some challenges. BUT, I guess that's parenting any stage, right?