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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!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


I haven't done a "random" post in awhile...so, here's one today...

Last week, Luke came home from school with a project they did.  I was told ahead of time (by both Luke and a preceding note from his teacher) that it was breakable.  My curiosity was piqued, admittedly.  I don't know if it was the Christmas season or simply being a mommy, but I honestly teared up when I saw it.  It is a plate with his handprint made into a simple "Jesus in a manger" scene. To say, "I love it," would be a serious understatement!

Yesterday, I surprised our little family with a cake -- a tradition I started a year ago (and I know many of you do this as well).  I'm *relatively* certain all had forgotten about this in our household -- which actually made it a true surprise again -- Ha!  Anyways, it was a birthday cake to celebrate Jesus' birthday...

Today, Marc is putting in a few extra hours at the running store (his little side job)...the kiddos & I were supposed to go to my parents' to make Christmas cookies with my mom.  My dad called this morning, saying we needed to postpone the cookie making because my mom wasn't feeling well!  So, the kids & I are hanging out here at home while Marc is working.

I needed to run a few errands (read: get out of the house).  I ended up surprising the kids with lunch at "Subway".  Kate had brought along her little purse with a tiny little doll blanket stuffed inside.  I was smiling my way inside because I thought it was so stinkin' cute that our little girl was carrying a purse (read: imitating her mommy).  After I took the following pic, I realized she not only had a doll blanket but also puzzle pieces that may or may not have spilled out everywhere at "Subway".  Pure awesomeness.

I learned something from this next *honest,* *this is life* photo.

While I think we have pretty good kids, I'm well aware they're not perfect.  (If you think I'm being proud and lacking humility, ask me personally to share our "keepin' it real" moments).

But, today in "Subway," a fellow Mama (whom I didn't know) came over to me and said, "Your children are really being cute & sweet to each other .  Awesome.  Talk about encouragement from a fellow Mama!

Parenting is hard.  That's no secret.  Encouragement to fellow Mamas is pretty terrific.  So, what I learned from that moment is that I need to be more of an encourager like that to other Mamas -- whether I know them or not.  In my little world, not too many days go by where I don't come into contact with a fellow Mama!

Late last week, I was discouraged as a mother over one little incident in which, about 24 hours later, realized I was foolish for being so discouraged.  We're all human, and our kids are also human.  None of us is perfect.  And, that lack of perfection is *exactly* why God has given us the greatest gift: His Son, Jesus, whose birth we are celebrating in 2 days!

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