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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, December 28, 2014

Christmas Day....

This year, for Christmas Day, our little Friesen Family of 4 was home all day.  Just the four of us.  It was absolutely wonderful!  I don't want to make it sound like I have bad days & I dislike my life, BUT I told Marc that Christmas Day was the best day I've had in a long time -- very little responsibilities (other than the normal feeding my family & all) and no place to go.

The kids slept in until well after 8:00 AM.  Marc & I were up before them & waiting.  When they got up, however, they were ready to open gifts.  And, to be honest, I was ready to give our gifts to them.

I made the comment to Marc that it's been very obvious that Kate is a 2nd child.  She opens gifts so much easier than Luke did at age 2 since she has an older sibling to imitate.

We gave Kate a cute little pink "IKEA" table.  Kate really wanted (and still does want) her big brother to sit with her.

We gave both kiddos WSU "Shocker" shirts.  I may be biased about these kids as well as the university, but I think this pic is CUTE!

We gave Luke a desk.  The desk had to be assembled; therefore, Luke & Marc spent time doing just that!

The goal is that this desk will last Luke through high school!  In the meantime, Luke has started his "work" at his new desk -- which entails counting money and reading books (today, Luke was caught reading at his desk -- reading his Bible about Moses & Noah)....Marc's parents, the day after Christmas, gave Luke a chair to go with his new desk!

Kate spent a good part of her day playing with the new "Melissa and Doug" toy my parents gave her, and Luke played with his "money machine" (aka coin sorter) that his Uncle Joel and Aunt Amber (and cousins) gave him.

Luke gave his sister a new baby doll.  This baby makes crying sounds when squeezed.  Kate's an awesome little Mama and comforts the crying baby when she cries.  Awesome.

Luke promised his sister he would have a tea party with her, and he stuck to his promise.  It was pretty cute even though, to keep it real, crying always ensues...sigh...The crying ensues over Luke taking part of Kate's tea party set away from her.  I can't figure out if this action is a result of jealousy or of just being a mean big brother (which, fortunately, 95% of the time, Luke is not mean to her)....

This Christmas of 2014 is one I hope I remember.  By "worldly" standards, it was absolutely nothing special.  But, by my "Sarah Friesen" standards, it was simply awesome to celebrate Christ's birth, at home, as our Little Friesen Family of 4.  Simple.  Simple just like Christ's birth.

The next day, we were once again home, but Marc's parents came over in the evening.  It was a nice, simple evening.  Marc's parents gave Kate a cute little rocking chair.  Unfortunately, Kate did not want her pic taken in the rocking chair.  SO, in this next pic, you must simply use your imagination that you can actually tell Kate is in her new rocking chair -- Ha!  (If you're curious, Marc's dad is in the background)!

Also from Marc's parents, Luke received a train set.  Oh. my. word.  Luke has spent quite a lot of time since Friday evening with this train set.

And, just for fun -- here's a pic of Luke with his new watch Marc & I gave him.  He asked me to take a pic of him with the watch :)

Lastly, one of Marc's & Luke's "projects" has been for Luke to learn how to tie his shoes.  Luke can now tie his own shoes, BUT it takes him a bit.  SO, the task needs to be perfected, but the project has been completed!  It's exciting to me as his Mama to see his accomplishment. And, Marc's parenting has a lot more patience than mine.  So, it worked out that Marc has been home to teach him (Marc's off work for this entire break)!

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