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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!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Luke's First Big Race....

This post should've been completed almost 3 weeks ago, but you know how it goes :)

Back on Saturday, June 4, our little family of 3 participated in the River Run as part of the Wichita River Festival.

The River Run is no stranger to Marc and me as we've both run it before we met as well as after we met and got married :)

But, this was Luke's first official River Run.

It was a nice HOT morning for....

a) Marc to run the 10 km race (which he did place in his age group....Go Marc)!

b) For myself and Marc to walk the 2-mile race (with Luke in the jogging stroller)

c) Luke to RUN his first official race -- the Tot Trot

So......(I don't have any photos of the 10 km race)....the 2-mile start....

And, Luke wanted Marc to push him. Because of that, I was able to catch some sporadic photos during the race (both of Marc and Luke as well as complete strangers)....

And, 2 miles isn't really that far, but when it's as hot as it was that day....the finish line looked pretty good!

And, now what you've all been waiting for....Luke's RACE DEBUT!!!!

The Tot Trot was for kids ages 2 - 7....So, Luke, still being 2, was barely able to be in the race.

The kids were lined up according to age. Each age group ran a separate race (which I was very glad so that Luke didn't get pummelled by a 7 year-old).

The 2 year-olds probably ran a total of 40-50 feet....perfect distance for their size.

First, Marc pinned on Luke's number....

Then, Marc went with Luke (and the other two year-olds and their parents) to line up.

This was the hard part for ALL of the children -- the waiting.

(Luke is #7743)....

(In these next two photos, there are yellow arrows pointing to Marc and Luke)....

FINALLY, the kids were told when to GO!

Marc had given Luke some very careful instructions about what to do and where to run.

Luke TOOK OFF quickly with Marc right behind him.

He knew EXACTLY what to do....he ran straight to the finish line without looking back. Marc did NOT have to help him at all!

AND GUESS WHAT? Luke WON his little age division. Marc and I like to say that he pretty much dominated the race!

(The white arrow is pointing to Luke winning the race).

You know how, before you're a parent, you roll your eyes at other parents who get a bit too excited about their kids (I know I did that).

Well, I was, at that moment, one of those parents.

I realize Luke's only 2 (almost 3), but oh my -- I was excited for this race.

The funny thing is -- these kids are young. Luke had not a clue he was supposed to win. He didn't even know he did win.

AND, I wouldn't have cared if he wouldn't have won. It was just a little race.

BUT, I did yell and scream for him.

Luke did get a medal -- ALL of the kids got a medal.

Luke has LOVED this medal. He's worn it quite a bit. He showed the nursery workers at church his medal. He showed two Subway employees his medal. He's shown his grandparents his medal.

**And, most of you reading this probably already know this, but my husband, Marc, is a HUGE runner. He's run nearly 100 marathons and ultra-marathons. He runs most mornings of the week. Running is a BIG part of this household.

So, since Luke, at this point in his life, pretty much wants to do everything "like Daddy," it was major for Luke to run a race "just like Daddy."

And, those are special moments for this Mama to remember!


Momma H said...

You go, Luke! And my goodness he is handsome with that medal!! What fun.

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Allen and Debby Graber said...

Marc is a great role model for Luke! No wonder he wants to be like his daddy! Loved that he shared his medal with us!

More than just okay said...

Yay! Luke. I would have been excited as well. Looks like it was a fun day!

Amy said...

So sweet!

Rich and Carolyn Dewey said...

Marc looks pretty proud! Like father, like son. You'll have many great years enjoying running together! Very fun!

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flower power momma said...

I really enjoyed these pics and story. You are both good role models and good parents. thanks for sharing

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