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!
It's Sunday morning, and I'm composing a blog post. We should (and would prefer to) be at church. However, our little guy, Luke, had a fever Friday evening and for a good portion of the day on Saturday. It was low grade. It came out of nowhere. And, for the most part, he didn't act too bad. But, we know the rules -- fever within the last 24 hours, keep them at home. Marc did run a 1/2 marathon this morning....he accomplished his goal by about 4 seconds. Go Marc! I'm home with the kids. Now, Kate is taking her morning nap. Luke is looking at pics on my phone (as he likes to do). AND, I'm typing away at the computer. BUT, this post is not about sickness or church. It's the first part of hopefully a bunch of posts about our newest endeavor -- the Friesen Family Garden. I know, I know -- many of you reading this post have had many gardens and have done quite well. But, for us, it's a first. I'm going to guess that gardening is quite a bit like many other tasks in life -- many people will have all sorts of advice. It will be our job to sort through the advice and through quite a bit of trial and error, figure out what ultimately works for us in the long run.
We decided we're first going to try a garden right beside our shed...based on where sunshine hits our backyard. SO, the other evening, Marc did some tilling. Luke used a "pick" to help. Of course, in true Luke fashion, the "e-phones" and safety glasses were on.
We've actually been composting (sporadically) for the almost 9 years we've been married. Finally, we're putting it to use. (I LOVE this pic...it appears as if Luke is doing all of the work, and Marc is delivering "marching orders." In all seriousness, Luke did help (for a 4 year-old), but Marc definitely has done most of the work. I've been on "Kate duty.")
We do welcome advice; however, please be gentle. Don't give us any environmental advice. We'll roll our eyes -- Ha! Remember -- we haven't done a garden like many of you, but Marc's run A LOT of miles. So, this is as big of a deal to us as running is to some of you -- like running a race for the first time (of any distance). And now, as I've now finished this post, Luke has gone outside. Yep, he's fine....BUT, we stay home :(