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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, November 18, 2009

Kanopolis State Park -- Days Two and Three....

After our first night of Luke sleeping VERY WELL at Kanopolis State Park, we had a nice big breakfast -- at the request of Marc.

For those of you who know Marc well, it will not surprise you that he wanted bacon. Since we were on "vacation," I graciously made bacon, eggs, and toast -- both mornings even.

When first planning this trip, we had originally planned on doing some hiking as there are quite a few really scenic trails in this park. The plan was to somehow obtain a hiking backpack to carry Luke.

We didn't want to buy one because we don't hike that much. We couldn't justify the expense.

We tried E-Bay and Craig's List. We came very close on E-Bay to getting one until somebody out-bidded us the last two minutes of bidding.

We knew somebody who had one, but they were needing it as they have a little girl about a month younger than Luke. They're HEAVY users of the backpack.

I called around to a couple of "outdoors" type places in Wichita to see if we could rent one....Nope -- you can't rent one in Wichita anymore (that's what some helpful person told me).

So, we resorted to hauling along the jogging stroller -- one more big thing to pack in the Trail Blazer.

While we didn't take the jogging stroller on any rugged trails, we did do quite a bit of walking around the park. It was chilly outside, but don't worry -- we kept Luke plenty warm.

Because it was obviously "off-season," there was really nothing going on in the park -- a little bit depressing in a way but also at the same time, very quiet and peaceful. See -- nobody camping....

Kanopolis Lake is a small lake by you "lake people" standards. Plus, Kansas does have lakes, but they're nothing compared to other states.

Just for fun....here's a photo of the small marina at the park -- obviously, closed for the season.

After a really nice walk, we were getting chilly. So, we headed back inside.

Luke found things to play with -- in this photo, he's playing with my shoes.

After a good lunch and naps (which Luke didn't take a great one)....we hopped into the Trail Blazer and went about 15 minutes away to another very SMALL state park -- Mushroom Rock State Park.

This park originally had a trail go through it many years ago (horses and wagons). It was donated to the state of Kansas by Ellsworth County. It does have some cool rock formations as well as small picnic areas -- like I said, very small but kind of neat.

Here are the neat rock formations. I think you all will understand how the park got its name.

After that little visit, we headed back to our cabin. We had supper and played some more games -- with which Marc beat me again.

The next morning, as we were preparing to leave, the sun came out (of course). It really is indeed a pretty view from the porch of the cabin -- especially when the sun is shining.

After we got packed up, we actually headed just a bit out of our way (15 miles or so) to visit a Dairy Queen I used to work with -- sorry, but the owners of this location are very nice people and they run a GREAT Dairy Queen. I guess I just can't fully get away from the business :)

We had lunch there (Luke LOVES his ice cream cones). Then, we drove home.

Overall, it was a nice, quick, and close-by vacation. We both agree we would go again, but we'd like to maybe go when it's hot so we could get in the lake.

It would be REALLY fun to have another family to go with us. However, the cabins would be much too small for two families. You'd have to get one cabin per family.

Also, now that they're building more cabins -- it would make a GREAT Community Life Group trip -- for all of you Grace Community Church Young Family readers.

If you're interested, you can talk with Marc or me about the details of making reservations and paying the park for cabin use.


Allen and Debby Graber said...

Our community life group went several years ago. Camped under trees; it was lightening out! It was July but COLD! We had to wear jackets! What a great bonding experience!

The Sieberts said...

cool rock formations!

Candice said...

It's always more fun with friends. Joel and I think the same thing when we go some places, "We should come back here with friends."

Rich and Carolyn Dewey said...

It looks like a wonderful park. There's something really amazing about feeling like you have the whole place to yourself! Thanks for the journey!

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