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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!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Veterans' Day Parade....

This past Saturday, November 7, Marc, Luke, and I met my parents and Luke's cousins for the Wichita Veterans Day Parade.

We'd never been to a Veterans' Day Parade before. But, we know it's E.X.T.R.E.M.E.L.Y. important to honor veterans, and we really want to teach Luke just that.

I know that wars and military action in general can sometimes be controversial, BUT the bottom line is that our military men and women MUST be honored. They have sacrificed A LOT for the freedoms we have in this country.

I know that Marc and I are extremely grateful for our veterans and their service to our country. We pray Luke sees that in us and that he grows up to thank veterans as well.

Marc, Luke, and I arrived at the parade early. It was a gorgeous November day -- definitely above average here in Kansas. It was soooo nice that Luke was able to wear his flag t-shirt that he originally had on the 4th of July. Fortunately, last summer, it was big on him. Therefore, he was still able to wear it. Our friend, Jess, and her mom, Kathy, made this shirt for Cora's Shop.

Here's a pic of Luke -- we only had a few minutes of him in the stroller before he wanted OUT.

After a bit, but before the parade started, my parents and Luke's cousins (Grace & Natalie) arrived. Grace and Natalie's parents (my brother and sister-in-law) had to work, and so, unfortunately, they were unable to join us...Perhaps next year, Joel and Amber????

Luke entertained himself a bit with his Grandpa K. His grandfather typically has a pen in his pocket. Luke ALWAYS wants to play with that pen.

Soon, the parade started....

The "Kansas Patriot Guard" (motorcycles) were in full force in this parade. There were A LOT of motorcycles. Fortunately, Luke (who tends to scare easily) did not at all mind the motorcycle noise or any other normal parade noise, for that matter. No crying from our boy on this day....

One of the neatest things to see was the air force personnel from our Wichita Air Force Base -- McConnell Air Force Base.

It was at this point in the parade where a female air force member (who was in the parade) commented on Luke's shirt. She said, "Oh -- look at that little boy's shirt." What a great compliment to have for Jess and her mom as well as Luke in the American flag shirt!

Next, many of the JROTC students from Wichita were shown marching in the parade. It was neat to see these students!

This parade had an emphasis this year on honoring D-Day veterans since D-Day was 65 years ago this past June. There were some D-Day vets riding on the float.

The Korean War Vets had a float as well! Marc's dad is a Korean War vet, and so we definitely want to honor those guys.

Even the Coast Guard had a bit of a presence -- though obviously the Coast Guard doesn't have a huge presence in our land-locked state. But, I'm glad they were represented. We'll honor them as well.

Luke had not been to a parade since he was about 2 months old. So, even though he's not running after candy yet (which is not all bad), it was SOOOO neat for Marc and me to see Luke really concentrating on the parade -- especially for a parade as important as this.

Eventually, somebody came by with mini flags. He gave Luke a flag. Oh Boy!!! Jackpot!!! He LOVED the flag. We can't wait to teach him more about our flag someday. In the meantime, I did catch a great pic.

After the parade was over, my dad snapped a family shot of us...it's now on the top of this blog as well.

Afterwards, we all went out for pizza. On the way to eating pizza, Luke fell asleep in the carseat. He was all tuckered out.

Specific veterans that we would like to thank and honor for their service publically on this blog are...

1) Marc's Dad, Alvin Friesen -- served in Korea

2) Mel G. -- Soldier we supported when he served in Iraq; we now keep in contact with him since he's returned.

3) Jeremy R. -- Husband of a former co-workers of mine; Served in Iraq

4) Jerry S. -- Former coworker of Marc's who served in Vietnam

We know our veterans list could go on and on....So, we'll thank ALL veterans for your sacrifice and service to this country!

Please don't think of this Wednesday, the 11th, as just another day. I realize banks, the post office, and other government offices are closed. It's not just another day. Take time to honor veterans!


Candice said...

You are so right. The armed forces do so much for us. We should be thankful EVERY day!!

The Koehns said...

LOVE the flag-waiving picture! :-)

Great post!

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