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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!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

"No" and A Party....

Kate is almost 2 1/2 years old; therefore, her favorite word is "No"!  Sometimes, when saying "No," she hides her head because she knows she shouldn't be saying it.

Other times, she just tells us "No" and looks at us....

When Luke was two years old, he did tell us "No" at times, but I wouldn't say he did it as often as most 2 year-olds.  I don't think Luke was "normal" in this sense (for lack of a better word).  SO now, with Kate, I feel like Marc & I are in uncharted territory -- Ha!

All of Kate's repeated "No's" have gotten me thinking....

How often do I say "No" to God?  Do I say it as much to God as Kate does to us?  Am I as emphatic with my "No's" to God as Kate is to us?

When I really think about it AND am honest with myself, I would say that "Yes" I am to those questions.  I say "No" to God each time I choose to willfully disobey & sin.  I say "No" to God when I think & know He's asking me to do something and I don't....

Hmmmmm....it's simply amazing to me how God uses our kids to teach me something.

One of my prayers right now involves asking God to show me clearly where I need to be saying "Yes" instead of "No" to our Great God!


Our youngest niece (of 4) turned 2 on Friday.  My brother & sister-in-law had a party for her (Sydney) that evening.  My brother stood in the cold & grilled hot dogs & bratwursts.  The rest of us chipped in with food.

Kate's pretty serious with her applesauce!

Sadly, I didn't get a great pic of Sydney...She's 2....SO, I'm not sure I would've gotten a great still pic anyways -- Ha!  BUT, she's at the far end of the table in this pic (with the curly hair) next to one of her Grandmothers.

Amber (my sister-in-law) came up with a couple of activities for the polka-dot themed party.  One was painting turkeys using "dot" paint.

I was secretly hoping Kate's 2 year-old "busy ADD" would kick in, and she wouldn't be interested.  That did not happen.  I guess, in all reality, that was ok so that all 6 cousins could do the activity together (rarely do all 6 cousins do one activity all together -- other than eating).

The other activity (which Kate really enjoyed) was putting polka dot stickers on a balloon!

After "craft" time, Sydney opened her presents, and I guess here's a better and closer pic of Sydney in her Mama's lap...

And now -- for Amber's (my sister-in-law) "Pinterest" win...a polka dot cake WITH polka dots inside the cake (required making cake balls first to put inside of the cake).  It was really cute!

Since I'm not on "Pinterest," I have to admire others' "Pinterest" wins (and laugh at others' "Pinterest" fails -- Ha)!

I have nothing against "Pinterest" or any of you who use "Pinterest".  I just already spend plenty (way too much) of time on other social media sites ("Facebook," "Instagram") as well as reading blogs AND texting quite a bit that I figure I better stop on the things that take up time (extra things I don't need)....

That's what works for me.  You other people -- Keep on "Pinteresting"!  It doesn't offend me nor will I think anything down on you.

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