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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!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan and Luke Pics....

Here's what we're eating this week....

Monday, August 29, 2011
Chicken Fajitas

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Spicy Tomato Pork Chops
Mashed Potatoes
Corn on the Cob

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Sloppy Pizza Joes

Thursday, September 1, 2011
Chicken Tacos

Friday, September 2, 2011
Grilled Hot Dogs
Pasta Salad
Baked Beans

Saturday, September 3, 2011
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: ????

Sunday, September 4, 2011
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: Spaghetti & Meatballs, Breadsticks, Salad


Marc was out of town last week; henceforth, the "weird" meal plan....In case you're wondering, he was in Columbus, Georgia.

So, Luke and I hung out here all week....We managed to fill out time despite these few weeks (right now) are kind of in "limbo." (Our summer activites have ended. Our fall activities have yet to begin).

We went out for ice cream one night....to this LOCAL CHAIN. Luke stuck to his old stand-by of chocolate ice cream. I stuck to my old stand-by of Cookies and Cream ice cream -- a flavor which NEVER lets me down.

On the morning that Marc came flew in, Luke and I went and met him at the airport. To entertain himself while waiting, Luke flew his own little airplane around (you can't see it in the "motion" shot). The ironic thing is that I took this photo right in front of the Cessna display at the airport -- the company Marc works for.

The next part of this "story," if you know Marc, will NOT surprise you.

After Marc's plane arrived (ON TIME -- YAY!), we wanted to go eat somewhere. Marc decided that he wanted to eat at Sbarro Pizza -- at THIS MALL (which is the only place it's located here in Wichita).

Sooooo, we actually went to the mall -- just to eat.

Upon walking through the parking lot into the mall, Luke quickly noticed many lawnmowers displayed outside of Sears.

For the ENTIRE time we were eating, Luke was asking and asking and asking some more to go and see the lawnmowers. Poor guy -- he REALLY had to learn patience during this meal.

But, we did take him out to see the lawnmowers after we were done eating....

Luke then wanted Marc to climb on a lawnmower too. Fortunately for me, I was able to get a good shot of my two guys!

After the lawnmowers, Marc called his boss to see if he could have the rest of the afternoon off. His gracious boss agreed; therefore, Marc was home in the afternoon with us (which ended up with ALL 3 of us taking LONG naps)....

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan and a FEW Pics....

Just so that none of you think I've given up on weekly meal plans, here's this week....(and in case you are one who might have just thought that I gave them up -- I actually have been doing them; they just haven't made it to this blog)....

**Note: This week's plan is a bit "sketchy." We're not all around for every meal; therefore, there's just plain and simply going to have to be some "rummaging" going on....it'll be different next week!

Monday, August 22, 2011
BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Pasta Salad (probably purchased from our local grocery store)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wednesdsay, August 24, 2011
Will be eating with my parents

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011
**Will be eating lunch in Wichita with Marc (not sure of location yet)

Supper: Popcorn and Orange Julius drinks (made here at home in blender)

Saturday, August 27, 2011
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: DATE NIGHT (not sure where we're eating yet)

Sunday, August 28, 2011
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: Will be eating with small group -- will be taking THESE COOKIES and cream cheese tortilla roll-ups


And now, a few pics (since it's been awhile)....and yep, they're ALL of Luke (of course)....WARNING: They were all taken on my phone, and I saved them to a lower file; therefore, they're not the greatest of quality.

BUT, we love them anyways!

For those of you who don't live here (as in the state of Kansas), it would be an understatement to say that it's been a HOT summer (and most of you are probably tired of hearing us whine about that).

Today, Wichita hit its 45th day this summer of ABOVE 100 degrees....one more day, and we'll tie a record. Two more days, obviously, and we'll break said record.

Several weeks ago, Marc was at a meeting at church. I needed to run some errands. Despite the heat, Luke wanted to wear a stocking cap. I opted to not stop him from it. I figure -- he can learn on this one. But, that particular time, he didn't learn as demonstrated by this smiling photo.

When I was young, my grandparents (specifically, my mom's parents) had this wooden marble game at their house. My grandfather didn't make it, but he bought it from somebody who had made it (so, it's homemade).

Almost 11 years ago, when my grandparents downsized from their home of probably over 50 years to a small apartment, I snagged that game.

Last week, it suddenly dawned on me that I had that game in our spare bedroom. I pulled it out for Luke as he's excellent about not putting things in his mouth (with supervision, of course).

Luke loved it and has continued to love throughout this past week....the mere sound of the marbles traveling down this "house" takes me back to my grandparents' house as a child.

First, the marbles are dropped into the top of the house.

Then, if you're Luke, you stand back and watch and really observe the marbles coming down.

And finally, after a good 45 minutes of playing with this same game (seriously), if you're Luke, you sit down and enjoy the stinky smell of your blanket.

This past Saturday, we spent the morning in McPherson (a town about 30 minutes north of us)....

Marc participated in a small triathlon. Luke and I went up there to hopefully watch Marc, but we actually missed him because a certain little 3 year-old was difficult to get out of bed and get going. (And, it didn't help that this triathlon was SHORT and very easy to miss)....

But, Luke and I went up anyways because two of our favorite McPherson people, Roger and Karen, invited us over to their house for the morning. (Roger and Karen own the McPherson Dairy Queen, and even though I don't work for International Dairy Queen anymore, I consider them friends).

Our invitation to their home was 3-fold....a) The cycling part of the triathlon went right behind their house...we could've seen Marc ride past there had we been on time. b) Karen offered to make Mickey Mouse waffles for breakfast -- having Luke in mind. c) Roger offered to give Luke a ride on his riding lawnmower; therefore, this ended up being the true highlight of Luke's morning.

Sadly, I took a whopping ZERO pics of the morning (too busy talking and catching up, I guess). Fortunately, Roger took a photo of Luke on his lawnmower.

Yep, Luke has his "e-phones" on -- Luke doesn't particularly care for loud noises.

Too cute....

Thanks Roger and Karen for a fun morning! And, like you mentioned, Karen, we'll have to make this an annual event with the triathlon!