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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!

Friday, November 21, 2014

The 569th Zoo Post...

I seriously doubt it's been 569 posts about the zoo, but you probably (and hopefully) get the point.  We like the zoo in our little Friesen Family of 4.

Since it's been so cold, we've been cooped up a wee bit too much.  So yesterday, I surprised the kiddos by getting us all bundled up, packed our lunches (with the intent of eating inside), and drove to the zoo.

I'm SO glad we did because we ended up "having a good animal day," according to Luke.

First, we saw this baby orangutan playing with this bed sheet!  It was hilarious to watch him play!

In the Australia/South America section, there were quite a few birds & animals "off exhibit for the winter".  BUT, we got the best few of the wallabies that we've ever had (they're right behind Luke in this pic).

Then, we saw the emus up close with the 3 wallaroos behind.

Then, we went into the Africa building and saw zookeepers up close working with the elephant (sorry -- no pics here).

The hippos were inside AND out of the water, eating.  So, we watched them up close for awhile.  Luke took a pic of Kate & me.  Unfortunately, his 6 year-old photography skills prevented the hippos from being in the pic -- Ha!

We were going to eat at the "restaurant" next (with our packed lunches).  Luke suggested we eat on the benches outside so we could watch the giraffes.  I agreed -- so, we ate outside in the chilly air.  It ended up not being too bad.

We went next to look at the lions, but they weren't outside -- which did disappoint Luke.  So, we had to take time to discuss Luke's attitude and time to discuss focusing on all we did see instead of what we didn't see...sigh...

The one tiger we saw was ACTIVE, and the tiger was simply AWESOME to watch.  This tiger was so active I had a hard time getting a decent pic.  So, you'll have to take our word for it with these pics I did get.

The last decent pic I took was Luke in front of the 2 Cougars (up in the tree)...

We lastly saw the bears, the otters (who were doing some awesome "dives"), the deer, the wolves, and the penguins.

At that point, we'd been there our normal 2 - 2 1/2 hours -- which is when Kate typically lets us know she's simply done.  Also, I was starting to get chilly.

We decided it well worth the bundling up for a fun outing!

Until next time when I blog for the 570th time about a zoo visit!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Winter Arrived With a Vengeance....

Last week, winter arrived!  It arrived with a vengeance -- especially considering the rather warm October we had.

The other day, we started off our day with a record low -- breaking a record from 1903.

I'm not complaining, though.  It's not much fun being cold, BUT personally, I'd take this cold stuff any day over the Kansas 105 degrees we sometimes get in the summer.

So, here we are in November, and snow is covering the crowd (though I think it's going to melt today)....

We haven't been very fun parents with the numbers of snow boots either of our kids have had.

Last weekend, knowing the snow was coming, I did actually take the kids to get snow boots.  I purchased Kate some AWESOME "Hello Kitty" boots!  Unfortunately, we couldn't find Luke any good boots.  Hopefully, that situation can be remedied within the next week!

Kate looked sad at first all bundled up!

Another pic -- just for the hat and boots....

Kate & I did some shopping in the larger city near us yesterday!  Again, she *had* to wear the boots!

And then, I did something I simply *might* regret...for the first time, I let her sit in the back of the cart instead of the front seat...I lost track of how many times I said, "Kate -- sit on your bottom"!  Sigh...As I often say, though..."at least she's cute"!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

"No" and A Party....

Kate is almost 2 1/2 years old; therefore, her favorite word is "No"!  Sometimes, when saying "No," she hides her head because she knows she shouldn't be saying it.

Other times, she just tells us "No" and looks at us....

When Luke was two years old, he did tell us "No" at times, but I wouldn't say he did it as often as most 2 year-olds.  I don't think Luke was "normal" in this sense (for lack of a better word).  SO now, with Kate, I feel like Marc & I are in uncharted territory -- Ha!

All of Kate's repeated "No's" have gotten me thinking....

How often do I say "No" to God?  Do I say it as much to God as Kate does to us?  Am I as emphatic with my "No's" to God as Kate is to us?

When I really think about it AND am honest with myself, I would say that "Yes" I am to those questions.  I say "No" to God each time I choose to willfully disobey & sin.  I say "No" to God when I think & know He's asking me to do something and I don't....

Hmmmmm....it's simply amazing to me how God uses our kids to teach me something.

One of my prayers right now involves asking God to show me clearly where I need to be saying "Yes" instead of "No" to our Great God!


Our youngest niece (of 4) turned 2 on Friday.  My brother & sister-in-law had a party for her (Sydney) that evening.  My brother stood in the cold & grilled hot dogs & bratwursts.  The rest of us chipped in with food.

Kate's pretty serious with her applesauce!

Sadly, I didn't get a great pic of Sydney...She's 2....SO, I'm not sure I would've gotten a great still pic anyways -- Ha!  BUT, she's at the far end of the table in this pic (with the curly hair) next to one of her Grandmothers.

Amber (my sister-in-law) came up with a couple of activities for the polka-dot themed party.  One was painting turkeys using "dot" paint.

I was secretly hoping Kate's 2 year-old "busy ADD" would kick in, and she wouldn't be interested.  That did not happen.  I guess, in all reality, that was ok so that all 6 cousins could do the activity together (rarely do all 6 cousins do one activity all together -- other than eating).

The other activity (which Kate really enjoyed) was putting polka dot stickers on a balloon!

After "craft" time, Sydney opened her presents, and I guess here's a better and closer pic of Sydney in her Mama's lap...

And now -- for Amber's (my sister-in-law) "Pinterest" win...a polka dot cake WITH polka dots inside the cake (required making cake balls first to put inside of the cake).  It was really cute!

Since I'm not on "Pinterest," I have to admire others' "Pinterest" wins (and laugh at others' "Pinterest" fails -- Ha)!

I have nothing against "Pinterest" or any of you who use "Pinterest".  I just already spend plenty (way too much) of time on other social media sites ("Facebook," "Instagram") as well as reading blogs AND texting quite a bit that I figure I better stop on the things that take up time (extra things I don't need)....

That's what works for me.  You other people -- Keep on "Pinteresting"!  It doesn't offend me nor will I think anything down on you.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

And, just a bit about our week...

And, as I stated in my last post -- winter suddenly (and rather rudely) arrived this week.  But, I'm striving to not complain because as I stated on Facebook awhile back (repeating from a FB friend), "complaining about the weather is complaining about the One (God) who created it".

So, we'll just go with it and still find joy!

Since it got cold, Kate got to debut her "new to her" pink coat.  If I do say so myself, I think she's cute in it....

On Tuesday, after picking up Luke from school, I needed to make a quick run into Wal-Mart.  Kate insisted that her brother hold her hand in the parking lot.  I managed to capture a pic!

Changing subjects -- Since Luke's in kindergarten, he's learning to read.  Watching our oldest child learn to read has seriously, in my mind, been one of the most rewarding things to watch -- as in one of the most rewarding in my life.

Last night, *just* as we were getting the kiddos ready for bed, Kate gave into temptation by thinking it would be just sheer awesomeness to touch the hot fireplace.  There were MANY tears.  We soaked her little hand in cool (not cold) water, and our little girl actually ended up sitting with her hand in water for over 2 hours.  Wowsers!

Because of the burn, I did not get accomplished last night some things I had intended on accomplishing.  And, despite Kate usually being awesome with going to bed and sleeping through the night in her own bed, the only way we could get her to lie down and *eventually* go to sleep was for Marc to make her a little bed in the living room.  She & I slept on the floor in the living room.  Though it was a late bedtime, Kate did sleep all night, despite her injury.  We won't discuss how I slept.  Needless to say, I napped today.

And Kate -- well, I just went to check on her, and this is what I found (sorry it's slightly blurry)...

Her extended nap allowed for the writing of this post.  And, how is her little burnt hand?  There are a couple of big blisters, but she seems to be fine!

Hopefully, this evening's bedtime routine goes a bit more smoothly!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Today -- Seemingly the End of Fall....

I'm About 1 1/2 weeks ago, Luke checked out a nonfiction book from his school's library about airplanes & such.  That evening he checked it out, my parents just so happened to be here.  My dad is a science teacher.  In fact, for over 30 years, he taught high school chemistry & physics.  SO, this nonfiction book thrilled both Luke and my dad (aka "Papa Andover").

After looking through the book, my dad mentioned to me that there were a few experiments in this book AND that he had some other experiments Luke would like.  My dad suggested that before the book was due, the kiddos & I should come over one day after picking up Luke from the bus stop (just one more reason I love 1/2 day kindergarten).  Well, today was that day!

So, after the bus arrived with some cute kindergartners, the kiddos & I headed to my parents' house.  The day, up until about 4:00 this afternoon, was windy but decently warm. Around 4:00ish or so, a cold front moved in, and the temperature went south in a hurry.  The wind also picked up even more.  SO, knowing the forecast, we picked up lunch at "Subway".  We went & ate at a park, and then, the kiddos had time to play one last time outside (at least for this week).

And, true to Kate's personality, she was telling us "No" very loudly.  "Why," you might ask?  Who knows!  It's just Kate, and though we love her immensely, sometimes, her antics are annoying -- Ha!

Kate took a bit to get brave enough to go down this slide.  I'm not sure why it scared her so much, but it did.  She ended up liking it!

After we got back to my parents' house, Kate went down for a nap, and Luke & his Papa Andover started experimenting.  I could most definitely not explain to you everything they did, but I know Luke had some smiles.  Overall, I'd say it was a good day and worth our time!

And then, to top it all off, the electricity went out at Marc's office.  So, he got to leave work early!  Since my parents live a lot closer to the city Marc works than we do, Marc & I decided to make an impromptu supper trip to "Red Robin" as a family!  Woo-Hoo!!!!

And then, because it's now SO much colder than earlier today, my two favorite guys (Marc & Luke) brought in firewood and started a fire in our fireplace once we got home!

(And, you can tell that we have a little girl living here based on the fact that a pink doll stroller is in the center of our family room.  BUT, I wouldn't have it any other way)!

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