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!
Snow: Pretty, Fun, & Laborious -- Yet, God Ultimately Created It....
Many of you reading know that we live in Kansas, specifically South Central Kansas. Where we live, we typically only get around 15 inches of snow per winter -- assuming I'm remembering correctly what my weather-minded husband has said. Last year, we hardly received ANY snow at all -- maybe 2 inches if I remember correctly. Our winter this year started out as having very little snow. In December, close to Christmas, we received just enough for Luke to be outside and THOROUGHLY enjoy it, despite Marc being at work and my need to be inside with a baby.
At the VERY end of December, BEGINNING of January, we received a little bit more. This time, Marc was home for the holidays...they went sledding in another part of town where there is sort of a hill (relative to Kansas)....(Marc said that Luke did LOVE sledding -- he's just not showing it in this pic...I was home with Kate)...
THEN, at the end of February, we got the "Mother of all Snowstorms." Actually, we got two of them in less than a week. It was "deemed" by the weather guys that Kansas hasn't seen snow like this in 50 years. According to Marc's measurements in our yard (which is reported to the National Weather Service), we had 19" in those two storms. School was cancelled quite a few days -- which means Luke didn't have preschool for quite awhile. It was pretty, fun, and laborious (henceforth, the title of this post). AND, we're grateful for it -- after all, God did create it!
Marc was home from work for a total of 1 1/2 days...we were grateful he stayed home -- both for safety reasons and for the "need to shovel" reasons. Not too many people own snowblowers here in this state. However, a couple of our neighbors actually do. One neighbor cleaned a good portion of our little street -- which NEVER gets plowed. Another neighbor loaned us his snowblower or our driveway when Marc & Luke spent several hours on it and never made a dent. Marc later told me that if we ever moved ANYWHERE NORTH of here, he'd want to purchase a snowblower. I didn't disagree!
One thing I learned during these snowstorms is that Luke knows how to GET AFTER IT with the shovel. He did awesome, and he didn't complain at all!