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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!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

School Shopping....

Well, we have now entered the world of the need for back-to-school shopping.  I'm guessing I will be tempted to get sick & tired of the process as our children age, but I'm praying & striving to not ever get tired of it.  After all, if I live to be even 80, it'll be a small percentage of my life.  AND, the start of a new school year is a big deal!

I've seen several of you "out there" who have taken their son and/or daughter on dates to buy school supplies.  I liked that idea.  SO, last night, I had a big date -- with our son, Luke.  Luke, in case you didn't know (and weren't able to figure it out based on the first paragraph of this post) is entering kindergarten in less than a month -- Sniff Sniff!

Luke's not one to branch out much with food. My only stipulation was that I wouldn't go to McDonald's.  He picked "Subway".  I was nice & let him have chocolate milk even (that's a treat).

After eating, I *made* him go here....

It wasn't for anything personal.  His 6th birthday party is tomorrow night.  We needed paper supplies.  "Hobby Lobby" has quite a few options.  But again, Luke is relatively low maintenance & ultimately picked out plain blue & green paper products. (The sun was in his eyes big time here, but I made him pose anyways -- Ha)!

Next, we headed to "Target".  We were able to purchase most of his needed supplies.

Luke cracked me up.  When we were standing in line to buy everything, he was too busy looking at flashlights & batteries in the check-out line.  Yep -- that would describe typical Luke.

We had to make one quick trip to Wal-Mart to purchase a couple more supplies.  Then, I treated Luke to a cookie at "Starbucks".

If you ask Luke if he's excited about kindergarten, he'll most likely tell you, "No -- I'm nervous".  Honestly, I think he's being truthful with that statement. Luke doesn't particularly do change very well.  I know he will do fine once the routine is in place, but I think the transition will require some patience on my part.  

Last night, during our date, he & I had a conversation about how Jesus will help him with his nervousness if Luke lets Him.  We talked about praying and asking Jesus to help him.  So, Luke is doing just that.  It's awfully sweet & very awesome to see Luke take his worries & concerns to Jesus!

AND, despite his nervousness, Luke has been pre-enjoying his new kindergarten backpack (which we bought in Colorado for him).  The other day, he even wore it while vacuuming.

Finally, while Luke is praying for his nervousness, I'm praying not only for Luke's nervousness but also for this girl's adjustment to her brother being gone at school.  She simply isn't the same without him (however, I know she will adjust just fine ultimately).

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Colorado -- Days 6 & 7....

The last two days of out trip weren't terribly exciting, thanks to a poor sick boy.

The day before we left, we had *planned* on visiting a local museum on mining, thinking Luke would probably find it interesting.  But, Luke needed to stay home.

In case you don't know it, Kate is a child who regularly needs to get out of the house.  SO, staying in a house which isn't our's for an entire morning was NOT an option for Kate.

So, she & I went to a park & ran a couple small errands.

After lunch, Marc & I started to debate, and debate, and debate some more about whether or not to take Luke to an "urgent care" in Leadville.

Did I mention we really debated?

Finally, mid-afternoon, I called the urgent care & talked with a very nice nurse.  She recommended I bring him in.

We still debated.

Finally, late afternoon, we decided I'd take him in because his fever had gotten higher.  Luke complained of a bad sore throat, and he started to complain his eyes & belly hurt (all signs of strep throat).

Yep -- Mama was right.  It was strep throat.

Luke looks happy in this pic....really, he wasn't feeling well.  He was eating saltine crackers & just generally not feeling well :(

After a terrible night of sleep (Luke complained of throat & belly pain; Marc & I had altitude-induced insomnia, we think), we headed out (this is the day after the urgent care visit)....

Despite not feeling well still -- Luke was sad to leave the mountains.  Marc & I were sad as well....

Our car did not have a DVD player.  We don't own portable DVD players (other than our laptop -- which we didn't take on this trip).  We didn't borrow any DVD players from friends.  So, our kiddos were left to entertain themselves the old-fashioned way -- by watching things outside the window, talking with us, etc.

Guess what?

They both, even the 2 year-old, did fabulous up until the VERY last hour of the trip (the hour in which we all four were DONE)....Luke asked quite a few questions about signs & wind-powered generators.  Luke looked at his maps.  We listened to music.

We made it just fine without too much technology!

Unfortunately, the next day after we got home, Luke still wasn't feeling very well.

Back at the urgent care in Leadville, I questioned OUT LOUD the dosage of the prescribed antibiotic.  I was assured it was fine.  I should've been assertive.

SO, after we returned, I did have to take Luke back to the doctor here.  Sure enough, the first words out of the doctor's mouth (here) were, "Personally, I would've prescribed this strength & dosage.  Let's change it & see what happens".

Guess what?  Luke was 100 times better the next day!

Just for fun...here are the kids at the doctor's office (here at home) in their souvenir Leadville shirts...

Our trip ultimately was wonderful!  With kids, things like sickness & the like will happen!  I pray we made good memories for Luke (Kate won't remember)....

The trip wore us all out!  Two days after we got back, the kiddos & I took a brief nature walk while Marc was working. Kate fell asleep in the stroller. Then, despite the nap in the stroller in the morning, Kate also had to be woken from a nap in the afternoon!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Colorado Break For Some Randomness....

I have a *tiny* bit of Colorado to share yet (you've already seen all of the main positive pics), but I'm in a mood right now to post some different pics.

This heat we're having puts me in a funk!  Combine the heat with the daily life of kiddos (like a daily annoyance of constantly having to look for Kate's sippy cup) and Mama's simply not thrilled.

SO, I shall BREATHE, and I will post happy pics.

When Luke was sick last week, I often would rub his back and/or his head.  Kate saw this & has taken to copying me.

This morning, Luke was upset when he got up.  Who knows why????  It's just him sometimes.

When Luke walked into Kate's room this morning and was upset, Kate saw that and rubbed his back.

This evening, we went to a political event. It was at a local park, and if you're local, you know it's HOT right now.  This evening was no exception.  Because it was at a park, the kids were obviously more interested in playing.  (Luke's in the sand pit in the front of this pic)...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Colorado -- Day 5....

On the morning of Day #5, we took our time.  We had a relaxing morning.  So far, our vacation had kind of been a "Go Go Go" type of trip. Plus, the day before, Marc had run a big race (see previous post).  I know he was tired.

So, we had a nice pancake breakfast, and the kids freely played....

Then, late morning, we ventured out a very short distance to "downtown Leadville" to look around at the shops.  The kiddos were promised a park, assuming good behavior.

We looked around.  Yep -- we were indeed in Colorado -- Ha!

We bought some touristy souvenir t-shirts.  Here are the kids in their's (actually taken after we got home).

AND, we found a backpack for Luke for kindergarten (supply #1 checked off of the list)....

Then, we headed to a park.

Kate had been on a merry-go-round before, but this particular day, she was NOT having it!

After the park, we headed back to the house for lunch and nap/quiet time.

And, here would be where the "went downhill" part of our trip started.  Our trip ultimately was fantastic, and what happened next most certainly could have been worse.  BUT, nevertheless, it happened.

Toward the end of quiet time, Luke nicely came over to me & gave me a hug.  I noticed at that time he felt warmer than normal.  So, I grabbed the thermometer in my packed "pharmacy".  He had a slight fever.

He was acting fine.  SO, we decided to go on ahead & take a short drive to Turquoise Lake.  In my mind, if he did have something, at Turquoise Lake, we wouldn't be around people.  I'm SO thankful we did because nothing touristy happened the next day because Luke was sicker.  (Will be in another post)....

Turquoise Lake was really quite pretty, and we ended up driving clear around it, periodically stopping for sight-seeing, rock-climbing (Luke), and rock-throwing (Luke & Kate).

This boy of our's has turned out to be quite the little rock-climber.  Luke is SO non-risky and not the most coordinated (even for his age)....I personally enjoyed seeing him climb on the rocks with only a healthy fear (as opposed to an irrational fear)....

This girl, on the other hand, made her parents nervous.  She had not enough fear of the rocks -- especially for being a clumsy 2 year-old!  It's a good thing she's cute with a nice smile!

After Turquoise Lake, we headed back to the house for supper.  It had been a nice low-key day!

More to come....though you've now seen all of the main highlighted pics!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Colorado -- Day 4....

Today was a big day for Marc.  Way back on New Year's Day (I think), Marc signed up to run the "Silver Rush 50" -- a 50-mile race out of Leadville -- knowing we'd be in Leadville on the date of the race.

I'm very grateful Jeremy & Nicole were with us so I didn't have to get the kiddos up out of bed to take Marc to the race start at 5:15 AM.  So, Marc & I were up early.  I literally dropped Marc off & went back to the house.  I *sort of* went back to sleep until the kiddos got up.

After they got up & we all had breakfast, the kiddos & I prepared to leave for the day, and Jeremy & Nicole (and their 2 girls) prepared to head back home.  After saying our "Good-bye's" to friends, the kiddos & I headed roughly 30 miles south to the town of Buena Vista.  As a side note, at this point in the day, Marc had already been running for 4 hours....sigh....

The kids & I arrived in Buena Vista & made our way to my parents' cabin.  We all decided we'd head to a small park.

One of the highlights was a group of people taking kayak lessons!

Kate & Luke enjoyed a slide.  Kate enjoyed it approximately 184 times!

Her sheer and utter joy made my day!  (And, the static electricity with her hair was funny -- if you can see it in this pic)!

There were a few rocks to climb on, and there was a bridge with which to watch the kayakers.

After playing for awhile, we went & grabbed lunch & ate on the picnic table at my parents' cabin.

After lunch, my dad (Papa Andover) took Luke into the mountains for a bit for a rock hunt. Luke took his compass, his magnifying glasses, and his safety glasses (for when they hammered a rock).  Unfortunately, the "Afternoon Colorado lightening/thunder/rain Storms" moved in.  They had to keep moving around to avoid them.  They did get some rocks, & Luke does have them at home.  But, my dad said Luke was very interested in climbing the rocks more than anything -- Ha!

During this time, my mom, Kate, and I went to downtown Buena Vista & did sone touristy shopping.  My *plan* was that Kate would fall asleep in the stroller during this time.  That would not be what happened.  So, after shopping, my mom & I drove around town for awhile while Kate took a brief nap in her car seat.

After the guys' rock hunt & our shopping/driving around excursion, we all met bag kip at their cabin.  I requested a picture with my parents & the kids. So, we briefly headed back to the park.  I was able to get a cute pic or two of the kiddos....

THEN, Kate threw a major fit because there wasn't anymore time to play on the slide.

I requested that Luke & Kate stand & pose for a pic.  Luke, the mostly compliant first-born child, posed.  Kate, on the other hand, walked to where she was supposed to in order to pose.  The smart, stubborn 2 year-old girl of our's proceeded to turn around so I couldn't take a picture of her front side. She obeyed -- yes, she did.  But, this is what I ended up with -- Ha!  I seriously do want this memory :)

Now -- back up to the afternoon when my mom, Kate, & I were shopping. We had stopped at a coffee shop to get something to drink.  I was outside with Kate while my mom stood in line inside for our drinks.  During this time, Marc called.  I was NOT expecting a phone call from him at that time because he thought his 50-mile race would take him 10-12 hours.  So, when I saw on the phone that it was him, I answered, thinking the race had not gone well & that he dropped out.  I was WRONG-O!  He had finished the race by completing all 50 miles in roughly 8 1/2 hours.

Awesome!  But, at that time, Luke was still in the mountains with my dad on the rock hunt. We were nowhere ready or able to leave to drive 30 miles north to get him.

So unfortunately, Marc had to wait several hours for us at the finish line of the race with virtually no amenities.  I'm sure that, by the time we got there, Marc was more than ready to get back to the house in Leadville.

Here are a couple pics that were taken during the race...

And, here's Marc on the "red carpet" at the finish line.

And, there will be more to come on another post....