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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!

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Friesen Family of 4's 2014 Christmas Tree -- Part 1....

Today, after Kate's nap, our little Friesen Family of 4 headed to "Pine Creek Farm" (about 20 minutes away) to pick out this year's Christmas tree!

This morning, we weren't so sure it was going to happen today.  Neither of our children seemed to be acting quite right.  Neither one ate breakfast.  They both slept in until almost 9:00.  Kate spent the ENTIRE morning on my lap.  It took a bit to get Luke off of the couch to go outside & help Marc put up the Christmas lights.

Once lunch was eaten, however, things seemed better.  Perhaps they were worn out from Thanksgiving????

Kate was a bit challenging to get up from her nap still...so, at least I was able to capture a good sleeping pic!

Fortunately, once we got her up and she figured out we were going somewhere (her favorite), she was just fine!

At "Pine Creek Farm," Kate had to hold her daddy's hand -- In this pic, Kate is carrying her little "To Go" Baggie of snacks :)

Luke, once again, took along his little toy saw.  I will be SAD, SAD -- I tell you, when Luke quits doing that!

Luke & Kate were both so excited they ran ahead of us to pick out the best tree for our family!

Fortunately, for the sake of the kiddos, we found a great tree relatively quickly.  Luke wanted a picture with his dad (and I wanted one as well)....

At this point, before the guys cut down the tree, we *usually* find a kind soul to take our family pic!  But, all of the other tree customers were in other lots.  I mean to tell you -- nobody was around to take our pic!  So, we did a family "selfie"....

Then, Marc & Luke started to cut down the tree...Kate & I watched!  (In case you're concerned, Luke never used the real saw.  He only used his toy one)!

Once the tree was cut down, we decided Marc should go and get the car instead of us hauling it clear back to the parking area.  While Marc & Kate went to get the car, Luke & I hung out a bit...he's a fun kid to talk to -- at least we think so!

Soon and finally -- another family showed up in our particular tree lot, and one of them gladly took our pics!  The kind woman took quite a few, and let me tell you -- the outtakes are HILARIOUS!  Perhaps I'll post them another time!  In the meantime, here's the best one.  I've never been one for perfected pics.  I "keep it real"!

Getting our tree loaded into Marc's car (we brought 2 cars for this process) was interesting, but it happened with very little damage to the tree (contrary to what this pic shows)...

Once we got home, Marc did some additional trimming on the trunk.  

Our little Friesen Family of 4's tradition is to order in pizza the evening we get our tree.  So, we ate pizza from "Pizza Hut" next.

Then, we went through the process of getting out the decorations.  For our wedding 10 1/2 years ago, we received a ceramic nativity set.  Amazingly, not one piece has been broken.  Before kids, we displayed it fairly low (next to our tree).  NOW, it gets displayed up high, and I wouldn't change that for anything!

We got the tree inside & set up straight....

At this point, it was starting to get a bit late (in Luke's & Kate's world).  Marc & I strive to keep at least *somewhat* regular bedtimes (even during school breaks).  SO, we made the executive decision together to postpone the decorating until tomorrow morning -- which is ok by me.

SO, stay tuned for Part 2!

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