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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, May 16, 2009

Zoo and Tree Removal....

Since last September, seven other ladies and I have been meeting on Thursday mornings. You may have already seen this photo on a few other blogs, but here it is again.



Sarah W. and Debby have been leading the six of us "Young Mom" ladies in a Beth Moore study on Daniel. It's been an AWESOME study, and I have personally thoroughly enjoyed getting together with these women each week.

This group reminds me of these verses....

"Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:3-5

Well, you may have already seen Debby's blog (see "The Graber's" link on this blog). But, I'll add a few more photos.

This past Thursday, our group took our children to the zoo. Unfortunately, Jill couldn't make it since Sophia was sick. We had a good time, nonetheless, but we did miss you and Sophia, Jill.

The zoo was SOOOOOO crowded. There were MANY "end of the school year" field trips.

Here's my photo of the entrance. It's not quite up close enough, but you can see the long line of people, waiting to get in.



We did get in with less trouble and time than what I thought. Actually, it was indeed organized chaos at the entrance. I won't complain. The zoo employees did the best that they could.

Since most of the children are fairly young, we all had strollers. Here's a photo of Ollie and Makenzie, looking at what I believe was a peacock right at the entrance.



First, we saw the giraffes. I honestly can say I've never seen giraffes up this close. (I'm sure, Candice, you're getting to see things like this up close a little more often in South Africa).



Little Ellie and her mom, Rachel, (and brother Tripp) also joined us for the day. Here's a photo of Ellie, feeding some ducks or geese of some sort.



Here are some animal photos, just for fun.

The black bear....



The rhinoceros....



And, the lazy gorilla....(not sure who the kid is in the photo -- it's not Ollie).



Here is a good photo of Tami and her little sweet girl, Ella.



Hannah's Nana (Debby) bought her some popcorn. This photo was actually taken by Debby, but it's so cute, I thought I'd share. It's one of Hannah, eating her popcorn with sunglasses. Hannah was the smart one who remembered sunglasses.



Little Lily slept through most of our zoo tour. However, at the end, she did wake up, and she did want a bottle.



And, what about our little Luker? He did very well throughout the entire morning. He never did fall asleep in the stroller. There was too much going on. But, here are a cute couple of shots I took of him -- in the stroller with his toys attached.





Afterwards, a few of us went to McDonald's to eat. Luke still remained awake and in a good mood. Here are some photos of Luke and me. Debby took these photos, and I LOVE them -- as Luke's mom.





Thanks ladies for a great time! We'll have to do it again sometime.

*****

Then today (Saturday), Marc cut down a tree.

We have (or had) this HUGE cedar tree, right at the end of our driveway. I've always disliked that tree there. It blocks the view to back out of our driveway safely (even though we have very little traffic on our little cul-de-sac). In the January, 2005, ice storm, the tree DROOPED SO LOW on a car we had parked there (it was my company vehicle). I could go on and on -- I just didn't like that tree there.

I wasn't able to get a "before" shot as admittedly, I was taking a nap when Marc started this project.

It took about two hours. Two of our fabulous neighbors, Willis and Phil, joined in on the fun. Thanks guys!

But, here's a photo of Marc, revving up the chain saw. And yes, you'll notice in this photo that Marc is wearing safety glasses. I'm so thankful that Marc is safety minded. I don't think you can see them in this photo, but he also wears earplugs. The chain saw is loud, and I would prefer that his hearing is protected when possible.



Here's a photo of Marc using the chain saw.



Some of the tree will be used for firewood next winter (BTW -- it did SMELL WONDERFUL when it was first cut down -- the cedar).



For the rest of the tree -- Marc did already call the city for a "large pick-up." They're supposed to come by and pick up the branches this coming Monday. I sure hope they do because it's a mess in our yard right now. I'll keep you posted on whether or not the city does the pick-up.





What did I do during this time? Well, as I previously mentioned, when this project began, I was taking a much needed nap. Then, I did a bit of kitchen clean-up work. After Luke got up from his nap, he and I made a big grocery store trip. Luke then ate his supper. Lastly, he and I went to Subway to Marc and me some dinner. Marc felt he "deserved" a foot-long sub after his hard day working (He did also run 15 miles this morning with our friend Seth).

2 comments:

PamperingBeki said...

The zoo trip looks so fun!

And I'm glad the tree came down safely.

Right after we moved into this house, my brother in law was cutting down a tree in our backyard and the chainsaw kicked back. It cut a huge gash in his leg, down to the bone, and we had to have an ambulance take him to the E.R.!

Candice said...

As a matter of fact, I have a video of several giraffes enjoying a meal right next to our vehicle when we went on a safari. :)

Glad you guys had a nice time.

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