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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, September 4, 2010

An Evening Visit to the Zoo....

This past Tuesday evening (August 31), we went to the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita with my parents and my brother and sister-in-law's family (Joel, Amber, Grace, Natalie, and Maddie).

I never actually realized the zoo was open in the evenings...I guess I never paid attention. But, throughout the summer, the zoo is open until 8:30 on Tuesday evenings. This past Tuesday was the last Tuesday for being open late until next year.

First, we all arrived and got situated.

I don't know if you remember THIS POST where I mentioned that Luke really LOVES Marc's hats. Well, he also has taken to really liking his Papa's hats (my dad). So, throughout most of this zoo visit, Luke sat in the wagon and played with hats.

And, before I go on any further...this is basically how he saw our little niece, Maddie (two months old now), for most of the evening.

Since the "petting zoo area" closes even earlier than the rest of the zoo, we went there first.

But, of course, with kids, we all must stop to feed the fish on the way to the petting zoo.

Once at the petting zoo area, Luke did once again manage to get out of the wagon to be with Uncle Joel ("Uh-Joo" in "Luke-Speak") for a bit. You'll notice the hats did not leave Luke's head, though.

Our nieces, Grace and Natalie, feeding goats with my dad....

Marc enjoyed the guinea hog....

For this reason (if you can read the sign and know Marc well, you'll know why)....

Because the guinea hog is used to produce BACON -- one of Marc's favorites.

Our fun fact for the evening involved this animal...the camel...

If you can't read this sign, here's why we were amazed...This camel can drink up to 30 gallons of water in less than 13 minutes...ASTONISHING, I say. Only a genius like our One True God could come up with an animal like that.

We then ate supper at the zoo....This is the only pic I got -- of course, it was our son.

We saw giraffes. Unfortunately, they had already been moved in for the evening.

A cool looking and colorful stork (one I'd never noticed during one of the many visits I've made to this zoo)....

The tiger exhibit....And, just so you know, Luke did manage to put the hats down for just a brief moment at this point. He still had his sunglasses in his hand, though, to pose with his Papa.

And, one of the H.U.G.E. advantages to living in Kansas is the sunsets. This particular evening, there was a great one. Had there not been a few trees in the way at the zoo, ahhhhhh -- it would've been even better.

By this point, it was nearing time to go. We did a stop at the leopard.

And then, the ultimate happened....

We were walking toward the exit of the zoo. Luke was still playing with the hats from the wagon.

At one point, my dad noticed that one hat (his in particular) was no longer with Luke. We all turned around and noticed in the background a hat on the ground. Marc ran back to get the "dropped" hat (and we truly know Luke did not do this on purpose).

Marc gives it back to Luke, and Luke puts it on his head. Soon, one of us (I don't remember who) took it quickly off of Luke's head. For, this poor hat, when Luke dropped it, had been dropped in goose poop.

It was quite lovely, and we're fairly certain none got on Luke.

At the same time of this said "poop on the hat incident," our niece, Natalie, started crying. She had fallen.

Fortunately, she was O.K., but besides the fact that the zoo was closing 5 minutes later, I think these incidents signaled a time to go.

So, we headed out.

Grace and Natalie, along with their Grandma, had to look in the gift shop (fortunately, Luke has yet to figure out the "advantages" of a gift shop -- which is fine by us right now).

So, some of us hung out just by the exit while the girls "shopped."

Even though it was late and truly we were needing to get Luke home, I did manage to snap my new favorite photo of Luke -- which is currently my Facebook profile pic.


More than just okay said...

Love the zoo and we, too, always have to feed the fish first. Those must be the fattest, laziest fish around.

Allen and Debby Graber said...

We are members and I didn't realize they were open late in the summer on Tuesdays! Darn. Wish I'd known. I dreamt that a tiger got loose at the zoo and was chasing me. It was a terrifying dream.

The Rakows said...

love the pics...esp. the one at the end :) he's one happy boy...even if he DID almost get goose pooped! :) hehe :)
(that's so funny :) the boy has good aim, huh!) :)
looks like an awesome time... :) just wait until next year when Luke will be even MORE interested in the zoo :)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

cute, cute pictures and sounds like a fun time..
Loved reading your blog...Have a great holiday weekend.
I have a GREAT HOLIDAY ORNAMENT GIVEAWAY on my blog...drawing on Mon.

Candice said...

What a fun day at the zoo, except the poop incident. ;P

Gorgeous sunset.

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