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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!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

All for sick kids and their families....

Most of you who know me well know that a good chunk of my life has been spent in one way or another with Dairy Queen. You know, I started working at one in high school -- worked there for awhile. Then, I went to college and graduated with a business degree. About two months after my college graduation, I landed a job with the big DQ corporation and worked there for 10 years. After Luke was born, we decided the travel involved with my corporate job wouldn't be good for our family, so I left. Now, for almost the past year, I've worked at a DQ store in Wichita -- very part-time. I've been working as a training and marketing manager.

So, I figure I better make some sort of blog post, talking a bit about my job.

Many of you ask what a DQ Grill and Chill is....I like to describe it as a "Panera Bread meets Fuddrucker's." Basically, it's DQ's new image. It's a remodeled DQ. It's an upscale DQ of sorts. It's a nice, modern looking restaurant that serves wonderful DQ burgers and of course, wonderful DQ soft serve products. The particular location I'm working at is in northeast Wichita. It is officially a DQ Grill and Chill. Here's the actual sign.

Anyways, on to the real important part of this post....

DQ, as a system, has supported an organization called Children's Miracle Network (CMN) since 1984. In that time, the system has raised over $77 Million for CMN. The money that each location raises actually stays in the community. In other words, where I work, the money raised at that location actually stays in Wichita to help Wichita and surrounding area sick kids and their families.

For this area, Via-Christi is our Children's Miracle Network hospital. If you're reading this and not in the Wichita area, there are 169 other Children's Miracle Network hospitals in the USA and Canada.

Here are some other important CMN facts:

**CMN hospitals treat 98% of all children needing heart or lung transplants.
**They treat 88% of all children with cancer.
**They treat 76% of all children with cystic fibrosis.
**They treat 90% of all children with sickle cell anemia.
**They treat 72% of all children with pediatric AIDS.

I could go on and on and on and on about the importance of CMN.

For quite a few years now, participating DQs throughout North America, during the summertime, sell "Miracle Balloons." Here's what they look like this year -- very similar to years past.

Each balloon cost $1, and 100% of that $1 goes to CMN. Then, in return, you receive some coupons to DQ. This year's a great deal. You donate $1 to CMN, and you receive $2 in coupons to DQ.

The DQ I am working at is VERY MUCH participating in this event. We started selling them the other day. We will be selling them through early August. The top three employee sellers will receive some prizes.

Here are four employees, displaying the balloons.

We're finding places in the store to display all of the balloons. Right now, we're hanging them underneath the menuboard...

And, we're hanging them in the drive-thru window. Here are two employees (Kathy and Kyle) hanging their head out of the drive-thru window with the balloons above them.

AND, the biggest day of the year will be August 13. That's a Thursday this year. We've been doing this for several years, and this year's no different. On that one day, 100% of the proceeds from each Blizzard sold will be donated to CMN. **Of course, what I just said applies to participating DQs. And, once again, the store I'm working at does participate 100%. Yeah!

So, if you're in the area on August 13, swing by for a Blizzard. Sick kids and their families may just benefit from your donation.

We already put the banner up the other day (it's the bottom banner in this photo).


Kelly said...

Sign me up for a Blizzard! I am glad you mentioned it. I got last one last year and I was beginning to wonder when the Blizzard day was this year.

Allen and Debby Graber said...

I'll go to DQ on the 13th. I wrote it on my calendar!

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