Browsing the blog archives for January, 2014.

Merry Holidays!


A shout-out to last year:

I love that there are 3, very worth celebrating, holidays back-to-back.  This year, the holidays were actually pretty low-key for us.  At the beginning of December, I had made a list of fun things to do throughout the month, but somehow the list got lost and the items on the list lost importance.  We like our schedule to rate rather low on the “busyness scale” and though our life is not always perfectly balanced, it mostly is un-busy. So in order for this holiday season to be un-busy, the list had to go.

I love how the city quiets when it snows.

I love how the city quiets when it snows.

We kept it rather simple around here this year.  Not making a trip to Texas this year (first since Duane & I happened) definitely made for a more relaxed schedule.

It started with Thanksgiving evening with my family.  Just the evening, because we all like having a bit of cushion in our schedule – free time to de-clutter our lives.  It included a wonderful cookie exchange – the first of many (TOO many) sweets to come through our front door – puzzle assembling, a football game, and yummy soup.

There were book clubs to wrap up (such lovely times spent with dear friends), cookie exchanges, Christmas parties, and more.



Much merry-ing went on that day.

The Sunday before Christmas was spent with my family leaving Christmas Eve and Christmas Day completely wide open.  Fun fact:  Did you know that “every” restaurant – chain, family owned, hole-in-the-wall –  within a 2 mile radius of us closes before 6:00pm on Christmas Eve, with the exception of Popeyes?  Yes, we celebrated Christmas Eve with Popeyes.  It was the sixth place Duane tried.  She thought she was gonna have to head to the kitchen and magically rustle some grub together at the 11th hour.  But thankfully we were able to spend a cozy evening over chicken, rice & beans, mashed potatoes, biscuits, a movie, and gifts.



And Christmas Day, because we were so “un-busy and bored”, we headed out to my parents and hung out just us, the parents, and the baby brother.  Once again we did some puzzle assembling, ate yummy homemade pizza, and warmed by the fire.

And despite the fact that we did not go to Texas over the holidays, we did get to have a little Friesen family Christmas as the new year pushed out the old.  Our Friesen family Christmas dinner consisted of Briskett (thanks Omar & Irene) potato wedges, BBQ’d green beans, pecan pie, and ice-cream.  No it’s not the traditional Friesen Christmas meal, but it was good.



Eugene unfortunately (or possible fortunately) arrived late to the dinner, due to the train not being able to traverse the tracks and him and his goodwill bringing a car full of strangers back to the city with him.  Such a fun story that would make one of those perfect “feel good Christmas” movies.  Ahh, yes, all the goodwill and happiness that flies around during the holidays.

Rachel made New Years cookies which we devoured over games.

Rachel made New Years cookies which we devoured over games.




And New Years Eve was spent playing games with friends.




So glad this darling munchkin came to visit us. Super glad he brought his mommy & daddy, also.

And the Friesens went back to their homes, and we are left here in the city, in a new year to be discovered, enjoyed, lived, and celebrated.



Wanting God More


What does it look like to desire God more then anything else. To want Him more then the blessed life. To want Him more then safety. To want Him more then any of my dreams and hopes. To want Him more then a good health report. To want Him more then happiness. What does it look like for me to want Him, more then I want Him to make my life perfect.

I wonder what it is like for You, to love us so much that You sacrificed Your life to be with us, and we could be with You. To love us, and we could love You. Enjoy us and we could enjoy You. But being with You, loving You, and enjoying You was not what we wanted most. What we wanted most was for You to cooperate with us in getting whatever else it is – family – health – career – enough money – all kinds of hapy-blessing-things – that we want so much more. That must be intensely painful for You. You are well acquainted with relational pain, aren’t You? (Shema of a Soul -Kimberlye Berg,

An incredibly good book that drew my heart to God.  I’d highly recommend it.



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