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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, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day & Weekly Meal Plan....

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope that today was not just a) the kick-off to summer or b) merely a long weekend, BUT that it was a weekend to truly remember those who have died in serving and protecting our country!

Though I've always known what Memorial Day was all about, I know that I certainly haven't, throughout most of my life, truly appreciated the day!

However, the older I get -- the MORE I truly am thankful for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country!

Our weekend has been spent together as a family. Marc took this past Friday off, and he also took tomorrow (Tuesday, 05/31) off. It's been wonderful to spend time together.

We were also able to spend time with my parents and brother and sister-in-law (and their three kids) last night.

I'm NOT at all crafty and creative, but for supper at my parents' last night, I managed to "throw together" this flag cake....it's not the greatest, but for me, it's pretty spectacular.

It's short on two "stars" and three "stripes," but you get the point!

Here in our little town of Newton, KS, at the city cemetery, they do a nice job (we think) for Memorial Day. There are MANY flags up, and all of the veterans' graves have flags.

After lunch, the three of us went to the cemetery to see the flags. Neither Marc nor I know of any relatives buried there, but it's nice to drive through. This time, at the request of Luke, we parked the car and got out to see the flags up close. Luke had a HARD time not touching them.

I have some other thoughts on Memorial Day, but I'll save them for another post....this post will already be too long :)


In the meantime, I haven't posted a meal plan in two weeks, and it's NOT because we haven't had one. I just haven't gotten it posted.

So -- here is this week's....

Monday, May 30, 2011
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: Grilled Burgers, Baked Beans, Chips

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Lunch: Pizza Hut Buffet

Supper: Rummage

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Crescent Chicken

Thursday, June 2, 2011
Lemon Dill Salmon
Mashed Potatoes

Friday, June 3, 2011
Grilled Pork Chop Sandwiches

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: Will be eating at friend's birthday party

Sunday, June 5, 2011 (our 7th anniversary)
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: Red Robin (Luke will be with us; Marc & I will celebrate with a date later this month)

**Make brownies for investment club (which is meeting at our home this month)

**Make lemon bars for Marc's work (will be taking to work on Monday, June 6)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan and a Song....

Here's our meal plan for this week....

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Beef Enchiladas

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Pork Chops with Apples & Stuffing
Mixed Fruit

Thursday, May 19, 2011
Chicken Tacos

Friday, May 20, 2011
Grilled Burgers

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Lunch: Pizza Hut, Cookies


Sunday, May 22, 2011
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: Crescent Chicken


I'm committing ultimate "faux pas" in the blogging world (at least according to some -- I truly don't think there's any law on this one)....

I'm going to finish this post off with NO pics.

But, this morning, in church, we sang a new song (new at least to our congregation).

Last month, all of our pastors went to the Gospel Coalition conference in Chicago. Apparently, they sang this song there. One of our pastors, Steve, really liked it and has wanted to sing it in our church since then.

So, Adam (our worship pastor) led us in it this morning. I'm pretty much hooked right now.

It's called "By Faith" by Keith & Kristyn Getty. Click HERE to listen, AND read the words.

(Robin -- this is the song I sent you).

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Miscellaneous Luke....

I have a couple of non-Luke related posts in mind, but I don't have them formulated yet.

So, for now....how about a few more shots of our kid?

Lately, we've been just kind of "living life...."

Here are a few shots of our little guy who, each day, is becoming more and more like a little boy.


For four Thursdays (in April and May), Luke was once again enrolled in a Toddler Gym Class at our local recreation center. Click HERE for some photos from this same class back in January.

First....and this is totally random....here's a cute photo of Luke I took while we were stopped waiting on a train here in town -- on the way to this very gym class. Fortunately, we weren't late :)

(The reason I'm posting this photo is because Marc and I both think he looks SO grown up in this photo for only being almost 3).

On the last day of this gym class, it was nice. So, the instructor gave each child some bubbles, and we spent time outside with bubbles....

If you look closely at these photos, you'll notice droplets of liquid on the concrete behind Luke. Yep, that would be Luke's spilled bubbles -- a very common thing, I know, for small children who haven't yet grasped the concept of properly holding the bottle to avoid this very phenomenon.

And NO -- Mr. Independent Luke does NOT allow either of us to help him. (Hmmmm....I wonder where he got this sense of independence? Could it be from his father and mother?)


And, yesterday (Tuesday, the 10th), Luke's friend, C, invited him over to play with his sprinkler ball. It was nice and warm as if you're a reader of this blog NOT in Kansas, let me tell you -- it's been HOT for May over the last several days.

The nice thing about Luke's friend, C, is that I enjoy talking with his mom, J.....nice way to spend part of an afternoon.

(Luke's in the blue Hawaiian swim trunks -- with the very white skin. Hmmmm....could he be a descendent of the Germans?)


And, just for fun -- here's a photo of Luke from today -- going down a slide at a local playground. His legs just look so long in this photo!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan and My Two Favorite Guys....

Here's what the Friesen Family will be dining on this week --

Monday, May 9, 2011
Papa Murphy's Pizza

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Spaghetti & Meat Sauce

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Egg Casserole
Coffee Cake

Thursday, May 12, 2011
Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake w/ Vegetables

Friday, May 13, 2011
Marc -- Camping with guys from Community Life Group (a.k.a. small group)

Sarah/Luke -- Eating at Arby's and having dessert at Twisted Cow with small group girls

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: Grilled Hot Dogs, Potato Salad, Baked Beans

Sunday, May 15, 2011
Lunch: Luncheon at church (Marc & Sarah); Eating with Papa (Luke)

Supper: Rummage


I mentioned in my LAST POST that Luke most definitely identifies with Marc -- his Daddy.

I haven't done a post about Mother's Day and I only have one photo, but I will say that I personally had a wonderful Mother's Day.

We spent time with both of our mothers, and I got to spend time with my two favorite guys -- Marc and Luke.

I feel incredibly honored that God has entrusted Luke to be our son and for me to be Luke's Mama.

The one photo I did get this weekend was of Marc and Luke where Luke is completely imitating Marc.

Marc often leans up against a door jam or a countertop to talk with me.

Marc did just that, and Luke imitated....This photo may not seem like a big deal to the rest of the world, but it's a BIG DEAL to me.

This might just be my current favorite photo of my two favorite guys....

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mowing Like Daddy....

If you've followed this blog for any length of time or you know our family personally, you might know that Luke R.E.A.L.L.Y. likes lawnmowers. This fascination has continued for quite some time now, and if this fascination keeps up even a few more months, there will be a 3 year-old having a lawnmower party in July (stay tuned)....

This past weekend, Marc mowed our yard for the first time this season. Let's just say that this Mama spent some time outside during this mowing for two reasons: A) To watch Luke so that Marc could mow safely since Luke is so fascinated with lawnmowers and B) To give this Mama some opportunity to take some very cute photos.

We, in this household, are BIG fans of Dr. James Dobson....Christian author, psychologist, and founder of Focus on the Family.

If you've ever read Dr. Dobson's book, Bringing Up Boys, you might recall a little fact Dr. Dobson talks about.

The fact is that around the age of 18 months, boys tend to start identifying with their fathers or perhaps another male role model (if the father isn't around).

Marc and I both agree that with Luke, that probably did truly start around the age of 18 months. But now, at almost 3 years, we REALLY see it....Everything Marc does, Luke does as well from lawnmowing, to running, to copying the way Marc stands in the kitchen and talks to me (we'll often see Luke leaning up against a cabinet with his hands in his pockets -- just the way Marc stands there).

This past weekend, with the lawnmowing, this phenomenon was again proved out. And honestly, for this Mama, at this point in my life, life doesn't get much sweeter than seeing our son mimic my wonderful husband!


First, one must put oil and gasoline in the lawnmower....complete with safety goggles on the eyes for protection :)

(Notice Luke imitating Marc in this one).

Then, once the lawnmowers are ready, mowing can begin.

And then, just like Daddy, Luke has to stop and pick up loose sticks in the yard -- you know, to get them out of the way :)

(We have quite a few trees in our yard (this is all "relative" to KS -- I don't want any of my "northern USA/Canada" readers making fun of the lack of trees in our yard)...And, we've had a BUNCH of wind lately...yep, a lot of branches blown off of trees).

And then, you keep on going....

Last night, Luke wanted "to go and see Daddy's lawnmower" outside. Marc was gracious enough to spend some time outside in our backyard with Luke -- just to look at the lawnmower (and I believe Marc even started it for Luke very briefly -- didn't want to use too much expensive gas up).

Then, because we have an electric start lawnmower, the battery needed to be charged -- it charges for 24 hours.

So, after dark, Luke was inside with his little lawnmower. He wanted to charge it as well. Marc and I had to be creative and come up with a way for him to charge his lawnmower. I don't have a photo, but our creativity for indoor lawnmower charging involved using an old dog leash as a charger....It worked for Luke!

This morning, the lawnmower is still charging behind our house. Luke spent some time this morning, looking out our back door -- at the lawnmower charging :)

Good times had by all!

If Luke's ever visiting your home and he needs entertainment, just get out your lawnmower. A few of you have done this for him (i.e. Smith Family), and that MAKES Luke's day.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Our Easter....A Week Late....

Our Easter was very low-key this year -- which was a good thing. Marc and I were actually talking that weekend about how when our "holidays" are low-key, we REALLY do focus on what the "holiday" is about instead of just merely rushing around to various events.

Part of being low-key, however, is that I really didn't take too many photos at all. But, here are a few.

The Thursday before Easter, Luke and I went out to lunch at Pizza Hut -- to the buffet, which Luke really enjoys (he gets that from his Dad).

I'm one of those people who doesn't mind eating out alone. I think it comes from all of those years traveling for business on my own. But, I will admit that eating with our 2 year-old, almost 3 year-old, son is quite pleasant.

Saturday morning of Easter weekend, Marc took one of our vehicles in to have the oil changed, general maintenance, etc.

It was a chilly morning, and I wanted a walk. So, I bundled up Luke, and we went out.

Fortunately for Luke, he got to see not one, but two trains downtown. You'll notice in this pic that Luke has on his sunglasses. He also has, if you look closely, Marc's "work glasses" (i.e. safety goggles for when/if Marc is in the plant) on his head. Luke has his obligatory blanket with him, and his legs are wrapped in a blanket for warmth. AND, if you look closely at his right wrist, he has an ID bracelet of Marc's on....the bracelet Marc wears while running so somebody can identify him if something should happen. Click HERE if you're interested in purchasing one yourself.

That evening, Marc and I had our DATE NIGHT for the month of April.

While we were out, Luke stayed with one of his Papas and Grandmas (my parents). He gets VERY excited when we tell him we're going there. But, he's always super in the car. He just "hangs out" with his blanket for the 40-minute drive to their house.

On Easter morning, Marc was scheduled to work in the "tech booth" at our church, specifically, to work the "lights." That meant that he was at church for three services.

Luke and I went to the first (earliest) service. Then, during the second service, Luke and I hung out with Marc in the tech booth for the first part of the service.

Luke didn't mind AT ALL....Luke has really started to WANT and ASK us to stay in church and "pwap and sing." (TRANSLATION: Sing with the music)

After staying through part of the second service (because Marc was still at church), Luke and I went to a local park. Nobody was there. It was chilly, but it was nice. Luke enjoyed playing. I enjoyed watching him in the peace and quiet.

After a simple lunch with just the 3 of us, Luke went down for a nap (actually, we all did).

After several hours, Luke was still really quiet. I walked into his room, and I found him still sound asleep, reversed from the way he had layed down.

Obviously, Luke was pooped out from an exciting evening the night before with Papa and Grandma, complete with an early morning for the earliest service at church.

In the evening, Marc's parents came over. They stayed for awhile and were certainly entertained by Luke.

Marc's parents are older and physically can't do as much with Luke. But, we can certainly tell that they enjoy watching him play, and Luke can certainly show off if he wants to (and he clearly wanted to that evening).

We didn't have a "traditional" Easter meal....I made beef stroganoff, a Greek salad, and rolls. Marc's mom made a yummy cherry cheesecake for dessert. Yep, we were well fed.


Having grown up going to church, I have certainly always known what Easter was all about -- I have always recognized that Easter was not just about the Easter bunny, Easter eggs, Easter baskets, and candy....

If you'd asked me in my younger years, I would've simply told you that Easter was the day that Jesus rose from the dead.

I accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior when I was 13 years old at a state Church of God youth convention. It happened to be in Hutchinson, KS, that year....It was November, 1989.

At that time, I recognized I was a sinner....I knew I did things "wrong."

HOWEVER, it hasn't been until the last 5 years or so where I have recognized just truly how broken of a person I am.

I grew up in a fairly judgmental household. I'm by no means "bashing" my parents. I love my parents, and I believe they did the best they could with my brother and me. But, I think that though I knew I was a sinner, I always thought I didn't sin as bad as others -- you know, not as bad as people in prison, people who were "partying" a lot, etc. etc.

But now, I do realize I'm no less "guilty" than anybody else on this planet. We really are all very broken, and we really are ALL in need of a Savior.

God sent His Son for that very reason....to save us (see John 3:16).

The older I get and the more broken I realize I am, the more I realize the need for a Savior for ALL OF US -- not just the people who sin more than I do (because there really is no such person).

The group Casting Crowns has a new song out called Glorious Day. Click HERE to listen to it.

We sang it in church on Easter Sunday. Because Luke and I stayed for part of the second service, we got to sing it and hear it twice. YAY!

I've since heard it on the radio MANY TIMES, and it's pleased me so much that when Luke hears it, he mentions to us that it's from church (in other words, he remembers it from Easter morning).

Since I've been hearing it MANY TIMES, I've really been focusing on the lyrics. They're pretty spectacular.

Here they are....

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He
Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now is ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my Beloved One bringing
My Savior Jesus is mine

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan and Luke (of course)....

I realize it's Sunday evening, but here's a treat -- our meal plan for this week about 18 hours early!

And, if you follow my plan closely, you might notice a few repeats from last week. That would be because we ended up having quite a few leftovers last week (I made big meals, apparently). So, I merely moved some planned meals to the plan this week :)

Monday, May 2, 2011
Grilled Burgers
Baked Beans
Tater Tots

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Pasta Salad

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
BBQ Pork and Penne Skillet

**Take family from church (who just had a baby) a meal of Chicken Enchiladas, Fruit, Chips/Salsa, and No-Bake Cookies)

Thursday, May 5, 2011
Fish and Fries (a.k.a. Fish and Chips)

Friday, May 6, 2011
Pizza Hut

Saturday, May 7, 2011
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: Savory Chicken Squares, Broccoli Salad, Lemonade Stand Pie

Sunday, May 8, 2011
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: Will be eating at my parents' house for Mother's Day -- Marc will be making creme brulee' for us all!


This past Friday, Luke and I went to the zoo with Luke's friend, B, and his mom, D.

Admittedly, I didn't take too many photos....

But, if you're around Luke, you'll notice that he frequently wears sunglasses. He gets MANY compliments and cute looks with them.

This zoo trip was no exception....You'll notice the sunglasses on his head during this much-needed water break.

Afterwards, Luke and I went to visit his Uncle Joel at Dairy Queen (the one Joel manages)....Yep, the sunglasses remained on his head while eating the ice cream!

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