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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, August 28, 2010

Our Vacation -- Day 2....

If you read THIS POST, you'll know that we recently returned from our vacation to Minnesota.

If you read THIS POST, you'll know about the first day of our vacation.

The second day of our vacation wasn't too much more exciting than our first day (mainly driving); however, it ENDED on a GREAT NOTE -- getting to see our friends face to face.

So, we took off in the morning from Kansas City....In that city, we crossed into the state of Missouri.

You'll have to take my word for it....I didn't have the camera ready in time for the official cross-over.

We drove and drove some more....

Then, we ended up in Iowa.

Finally, in Des Moines, IA, we saw signs to MINNEAPOLIS! YAY!

Iowa has a few too many casinos, in our opinion....But actually, in our opinion, one casino is one too many (but, I digress)....

This one, however, is absolutely worthy of making fun of....Terrible's Casino.

Oh my -- it's quite an eye-sore for the interstate. It's located very near the Iowa/Minnesota line.

I hope you appreciate the bug juice on the windshield as much as we did.

And voila -- the Minnesota state line!

We started out in Kansas City that morning a little after 9:00 A.M. We arrived in the Twin Cities right around 5:00 P.M. (on a weekday) -- just in time for the 5:00 traffic. So, once we were in the cities, it took us a bit longer than expected to actually get to our hotel.

So, it ended up being a little after 6:00 when we arrived at the hotel. Yep, it was a long day with a 2 year-old in the car; however, Luke did O.K. -- all things considered. We were quite proud of him for being such a trooper.

Our friends, Tammy and Reynold, and their two boys, Caleb and Jesse, hadn't quite arrived yet, at that point. So, we walked next door from the hotel to a Chili's.

Yes, I realize we do have a Chili's in Wichita, and yes, Marc and I typically like to try new restaurants when we visit places.

But, here were our thoughts at the time -- 1) We don't visit Chili's often AT ALL in Wichita. So, it was sort of a new experience for us. 2) We were traveling with a fairly tired 2 year-old. We knew they'd have some yummy chicken strips for him.

It worked well! I'm glad we ate there.

Can you see the "weary traveler" look in Luke's eyes? Yes, food made it all better.

After eating, we went back to the hotel, and our friends had arrived at this point. So, after a quick "Hello" and some quick hugs, we discussed our game plan for the next two days....Then, the boys all went to bed.

Tammy and I then went to a local grocery store to pick up some staples.

Then -- to bed....More on the next fews days in later posts.

But, very quickly....

Many of you know that I worked for International Dairy Queen (the headquarters for Dairy Queen restaurants) for a whopping 10 years of my life -- right after graduating from college until right after having Luke.

I'm reasonably certain I've mentioned this before on this blog, but the home office for Dairy Queen is located in Minneapolis. So, in that ten years, I spent a fair amount of time in Minneapolis. I figured I've spent, all together, probably 4 months of my life in Minneapolis. I've visited the cities in all four seasons, and I can honestly say that the spring, summer, and fall beat the winter.

I will also say that it was more fun to visit these cities without work commitments.

BUT, even though I wouldn't trade my position in life right now for anything (being a stay-at-home mom to Luke), there is a part of me that is sentimental.

So admittedly, I was somewhat excited when our GPS took us right by the home office building to get to our hotel. Yep, I took a photo.

If you've ever wondered what the big ol' DQ headquarters looks like, here it is....Notice the DQ logo on the upper right hand side of the building.

And, the "official" entrance on the other side of the building....

Marc first saw this building when he visited me up there almost 2 1/2 years ago. Marc wasn't that impressed because it isn't that exciting.

While I would agree that the outside of the building isn't that exciting, the inside is a bit more....I mean, after all, the inside of that building is where burgers and treats are created. It's where commercials are decided on. It's where ideas are formed.

It was a company that treated me well for 10 years. It was the company where I met some great people -- some of whom I still keep in contact with. It was a job which shaped me quite a bit over 10 years.

So yes, I am sentimental -- even to a building in Minneapolis.

But, I'm even more sentimental to this little guy....

And, of course, I'm sentimental toward my husband/Luke's Dad as well!

Thanks for reading....Stay tuned for more of the Friesen Vacation to Minnesota! Whoo-Hoo!


The Rakows said...

yay for arriving at your destination! :) isn't it a glorious feeling to get your 2 year old out of the car...? :)
i also love your new pics at the "header" area of your blog... :) and the picts of your vacay, too... :)
i am looking forward to the next few days of the big vacation :)
MN looks nice... something about the midwest... :)
TTYS :) <3

Melissa Jensen said...

You were 10 miles from our home here in Iowa! Those Iowa signs are very familiar to us now:)

Glad you made it home safely!!

Diana said...

I like the bug splatters more than the casino sign. LOL! Yep, I'm with you... one casino is one too many. Just one more thing the world could do without. *sigh*

But ANYWAY... what a fun road trip! So many other things to see and do... and then your friends!

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