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!
1) An Event: If you read THIS PREVIOUS POST about Wichita State University, you know that we, in this household, we're slightly pumped up about this weekend's game. And, (I'm talking to you locals here) unless you're living underneath a tree, you know that WSU did lose their game this weekend in the Final 4. I was sad about the loss; however, I'm not going to let it get me down. This year's WSU men's basketball team did something for the city of Wichita and the state of Kansas. As my friend Amanda put it on Facebook, (and I'm not quoting exactly) "for once, we're not divided among the University of Kansas and Kansas State University...everybody's come together to cheer for the Shockers. This was so very true....it was SO MUCH FUN over the last week to see everybody all over the area cheer for the same team! Marc & I (and Luke & Kate) invited my parents over Saturday evening to watch the game. We ordered pizza, and this Mama SPLURGED big time on some "Shocker" plates & napkins (they were expensive as paper goes). Then, I really splurged. Our local grocery store had cupcake cakes....yep, it was 7 cupcakes with A LOT of frosting to make it look like a cake!
2) A Happening: Right before my parents came over on Saturday to watch the game, we SUDDENLY and RANDOMLY noticed that Luke was very warm (despite the fact he was acting fine). I went on ahead and took his temperature, and he had a fever. I dosed him up with Ibruprofen, and we kept going with our evening. I could start to tell (once I knew he had a fever) that he was indeed acting a little bit different. But, once the Ibuprofen kicked in, he was BOUNCING off of the walls. I'm thinking it had something to do with Papa & Grandma being here -- Ha! After the game, my parents left. It had been 4 hours since the last Ibuprofen. It was then that we could tell he wasn't feeling well again. I walked into Luke's room to check on him as he was getting his pajamas on. He was crying. I felt him. He was warm again. He asked us if he could sleep on the couch, and he asked his Daddy if he would sleep on the recliner beside him. Marc did :) After Luke finally fell asleep, this is the pic I captured. Poor guy! And, that meant he couldn't be in Sunday School the next day. I ended up going to church by myself. Marc graciously said he would stay home with both kiddos. (And, if you're curious, Luke spent Sunday recovering with no fever. Today (Monday), he seems fine)!
3) A Minor Milestone: On Saturday (the 6th), Kate turned 10 months old. 10 months is a milestone (just like every other month the first couple of years of life), but I will call it a minor milestone. I think it's a milestone to me because I remember REALLY enjoying 9-12 months (or so) with Luke. AND, I'm finding this same feeling with Kate. I love our kiddos with all of my being no matter what age/stage they're at or in. BUT, for some reason, this time on the baby stage -- I really have enjoyed and am grateful to be enjoying again.