Now We Are Six

September 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm (Uncategorized)

As a dating couple and as newlyweds, Reece and I used to love spending time together at the Abbotsford library gardens.  So in May when we got the opportunity to do a family photo shoot with Denise Fanning of Sky Blue Pink Photography, we thought it would be fun to come back to a place that held so many memories for us — this time bringing all our girls!  We hope you enjoy these highlights from our shoot.  Click any photo below to view it closer.

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Happiness!

March 22, 2010 at 8:59 pm (Uncategorized)

She’s finally here!

Felicity Kate Friesen entered the world at 9:44 am on March 17, 2010.

Labour was a breeze!

Not.

After three 7-something babies, we somehow managed to produce one who weighed in at 9 pounds, 9 ounces!

It was a frustrating pregnancy and a difficult delivery (at least compared to the other three), but at last we’ve reached the awesome new baby phase that makes it all worthwhile.

Here’s Reece looking proud, tired, and only slightly concerned that his wife seems to have presented him with a miniature Sumo wrestler for a daughter.

The girls were all excited to see their new sister.  Even Cariana kept patting her head and saying, “Hi, baby!”

Laureli wanted to introduce Felicity to the duck we named Mrs. Chelsea Belly in her honour.  (It’s a long story…)

Abby was enchanted and decided to stay at the hospital for an hour and a half after the others went home so that she could spend more time watching her baby sister sleep.

This one definitely came with the most hair of all our girls so far.

And we think she’s super cute!

Here is Cariana suddenly realizing she’s not the baby anymore.

We have a fourth daughter to love!

Felicity Kate Friesen
Born March 17, 2010
9 pounds, 9 ounces
20 inches long

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The Good, the Bad, and the Bugly

March 7, 2010 at 11:26 am (Uncategorized)

I thought I’d post some pictures of camp life as we know it.  Enjoy!

Here’s our family of 5.01 arriving at Winkler Bible Camp in June.

And here are some of the highlights of WBC…

Cross View Hill and the Memorial Gardens

The View from the Hill

Outside the Dining Hall

Inside the Dining Hall

The Playground by the Dining Hall

Reece in His Office

The Treehouse in Our Yard

The Field by Our House

Horses

Abby and Laureli’s Magical Birthday Buggy Ride with Bowen

Acorn, the World’s Cutest Pony

Fun with Friends at the Beach

Me and Cariana Working on Our Freckles

Yummy Sand

Trouble in Paradise

Yes, the camp is beautiful, but not everything about living here has been great so far.

For example…

Manitoba mosquitoes love me.  The feeling is not mutual.

Meet Fritz the Demented Tap Dancing Stove.

Besides warped burners, uneven heat, and loud middle-of-the-night clicking sounds, Fritz has also been providing us with an unusual take on the time.  The other day it was 53:97 for most of the afternoon, and today Fritz has decided to express his bad attitude in a way I find less than sophisticated.  Good thing I’m rubber and he’s glue…

Our Delightful Showerhead with Two Settings: Dribble and Expectorate

The Patented No-More-Bubbles Tub Faucet

Lovely Frosted Glasses, Compliments of the Dishwasher

The Silverware Drawer / Mouse Drop-In Centre

Grow-Your-Own Penicillin

Beautiful Dirt

Back on the positive side, they say that suffering promotes creativity, so I guess we have the challenges of camp life to thank for such inspirational masterpieces as this:

“Laureli Being Brave Against the Bugs”

That’s it for now.  Hopefully we’ll be posting some baby news soon!

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WBC Support Letter

February 23, 2010 at 6:24 am (Uncategorized)

Dear friends and family,

Hello from Winkler Bible Camp! Although we never expected to end up in Manitoba, that’s where we found ourselves moving at the end of June last year, and after a shaky beginning, we’re really coming to love our new life at the camp. Our first couple of months here involved some major adjustments – Reece figuring out his position as director of WBC’s Cross Current discipleship program, us unpacking all our earthly belongings into staff residence (which was still under renovation), and Rachel dealing with sickness and fatigue after discovering (surprise!) that we’re expecting our fourth daughter in March.

The summer was a tricky time for us parents, but the girls loved exploring the camp and spending Saturdays at the WBC beach just outside our door. The dining hall is open to staff and students every weekday, and there’s a playground right next to it, so thanks to Reece’s new job, our family had lots of opportunities for fresh air, exercise, and social time as well as the elusive free lunch. Throw in a petting zoo, horses, kittens under the porch, and a big front yard with a treehouse, and you’ve got a pretty ideal setting for the girls to grow up in – once they conquer their mortal fear of mosquitoes, that is. In our second week here, we caught poor Abby marching out the door with a flyswatter and a look of steely determination. Bless her little city kid heart.

Reece’s Cross Current program kicked off with 25 students in the fall, and the girls quickly discovered how much fun it is to have so many instant uncles and aunties to hang out with, not to mention several camp staff kids around their own ages. And while there have definitely been some challenges this school year, Reece is very happy with how well this job makes use of his gifts and experience. He says it’s the best fit yet.

Manitoba winter has been a bit stretching for us, but the locals offer the comforting reassurance that this is actually a very mild cold spell, which is nice to know what with the four-foot snow drifts and all! Rachel hasn’t been able to go out much lately due to joint problems, fatigue, and no longer having a warm coat that will zip up all the way, and I think we’re all going a little stir crazy these days waiting for spring and the arrival of our new baby.

Here are some specific things we’d value your prayers for:

– That our baby will arrive safely and have a happy, peaceful disposition.
– That we’ll figure out how to deal gracefully with the many “quirks” of country/camp life in Manitoba.
– That we’ll continue to connect with camp staff and our new church family and make some lifelong friends out here.
– That we’ll learn to juggle Cross Current (which could easily be a 24/7 job for Reece) and family time without sacrificing too much of either.
– That the students in Reece’s care will continue to grow and mature in the final months of the program.
– That we’ll be good stewards of our money and always have enough to meet our needs.

If you think you’d like to support our family financially as well as through prayer, we’d really appreciate it! We’re thankful to have our housing and basic necessities covered by Reece’s WBC salary, but we know that the camp expects staff families to supplement their income by raising support, and we’d definitely like to have a little more money to go toward clothes, home furnishings, eye and dental care, homeschooling resources, ballet and swimming lessons, date night outings, and family activities.

To help us out, please contact WBC at www.winklerbiblecamp.com and ask how to make a tax-deductible donation.

We’ve created this blog to keep you in the loop on what we’re up to, and although adjusting to life with four kids will probably be pretty crazy this year, we’ll try to post regular updates, pictures, and prayer requests as we go along.

Thank you for your support!

Love in Christ,

Steven “Reece,” Rachel, Abigail, Laureli, & Cariana Friesen (for now)  = )

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