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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!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Friesen Family of 4's 2014 Christmas Tree -- Part 2....

So, if you read my previous post, you will know that we decided to wait until this morning (Saturday) to decorate our Christmas tree.  So -- that's just what we did this morning.

Kate was pretty cute watching her daddy stand on a chair to put the big bow on top of the tree...

Luke, at this point in time, spends pretty much every spare waking moment working with his erector set.  This morning was no exception.  So, while Marc & I were putting lights on the tree (something he *really* can't help with), he kept on working with the erector set.

Fortunately, once we said, "ornament time," Luke came running in with the rest of his family!

I already put this pic on Facebook, but I really enjoyed watching the excitement of our 6 year-old and 2 year-old as we opened the first tub of ornaments.  Honestly, THIS will be what I miss someday when our kids are older -- the pure and honest excitement!

Poor Kate did spend of her time on the floor -- not because she was tired -- because I think we were telling her "No" a few too many times.  Poor Girl!

Thankfully, I recognized this in Kate, loosened myself up a bit, and got her to participate.  And now, FORTUNATELY, we have quite a few ornaments toward the bottom of the tree.  And no -- I have not and will not move them!

Luke did a great job!!!!

Marc & I both grew up with real Christmas trees.  In college, I purchased a fake tree & used it up until the time Marc & I got married!

When we got married, Marc insisted and still does insist on getting a real tree.  It's a *wee* bit of a hassle, but admittedly, I'm glad we do.

Here's my main reason why....

We live in a completely backwards, imperfect, screwed up, wretched world.  Roughly 2,000 years ago, a tiny baby boy was born in an extremely humble way.  This tiny baby boy, named Jesus, was/is the Son of God -- God Himself as a human!   He came to this backwards, imperfect, screwed up, wretched world to save us all by living a sinless life and then taking the punishment for all of our sins by eventually dying on a cross and rising again after 3 days!

Real Christmas trees ALWAYS have some sort of imperfection -- crooked, branches going different directions, needles falling off, etc.  Real Christmas trees and their imperfections remind me of our messed up world and our need for a Savior!

Weird?  I don't know....but, the older I get, the more I realize how imperfect & broken our world really is AND just how all of humanity needs the saving grace found only in Jesus Christ!

If you remember, last school year (2013-2014), our family hosted a French high school-aged foreign exchange student named Emma!  Emma left 6 months ago to return to her family in France.  We miss her a lot, and both kiddos seriously mention her everyday even 6 months later (which says a lot about Emma being a part of our family for almost 10 months).

This morning, literally 5 minutes after finishing the decorating of our tree, Marc went outside to get the mail.  He came back in, excited, with a package from France!  Our little Friesen Family of 4 immediately and excitedly opened the package.  Emma had sent us 3 Christmas ornaments (from France), and they arrived just as we were decorating the tree!  Talk about great timing!!!!

Lastly, if you didn't know, Marc is a pretty big TX Longhorns fan (University of Texas).  We recently returned from a trip to TX!  We made a stop in Austin, specifically at the university.  We picked up a "Longhorns" ornament as well as *somewhat* matching shirts for Marc & Luke.  Luke insisted on taking a picture with Marc, with TX shirts, in front of the "Longhorns" ornament!

In this pic, the diamond-shaped ornament is right next to Luke's right shoulder!

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