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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!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan AND State Fair -- Part 2....

It's only a couple of days late, but better late than never, right?

Here's the Friesen Family Meal Plan for this week....

Monday, September 26, 2011
Eating Pizza with Friends

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Marc -- Eating at work (had a dinner he needed to attend)

Sarah -- Eating at Mom 2 Mom at church

Luke -- Rummage at Home

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Chili Cheese Dogs

Thursday, September 29, 2011
Chicken Alfredo with Linguine....A Macaroni Grill meal

**This meal was on our plan last week. Last week, Marc had to spend one night out of town, unexpectedly, for work. So, we didn't get this meal eaten.

Friday, September 30, 2011
Beef Stroganoff

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: ???? That evening, the Cloverton concert is at church....my parents are watching Luke....we'll figure out supper at that time.

Sunday, October 2, 2011
Lunch -- Rummage

Supper -- Marc: Will be eating at the "Guys' Fried Night Part" at the Smith's house

Sarah & Luke: Will be eating out with our small group women and kids (location TBD)


And now, if you missed my on our State Fair, visit, go look now. (It's two posts ago)....

For Part 2....I really don't have too many pics.

But, I wanted to share a couple of cool Kansas things.

As in probably other states as well, the prized pumpkin gets displayed. This year's pumpkin didn't weigh near as much as last year's. I'm guessing it's because of the lack of rain.

If you can see in this pic, you'll notice past years' weights.

Also, there's always a butter sculpture. Here it is...completely out of butter. I actually don't really know what it is. If somebody local saw it, please interpret.

AND, the highlight (at least for Luke and Marc)....but first, a little background....

Many of you know that Marc really likes weather. It fascinates him. He also does daily temperature and precipitation readings from our home, and he reports them to the National Weather Service.

Marc's favorite local weather is Channel 12 -- our local CBS affiliate.

Marc has taught Luke to identify, by first name, all of the meteorologists on that station.

Channel 12 ALWAYS has a big spot at the State Fair.

So, we made a visit on our second night there.

Ross, the meteorologist, was there. Many of you locals know that Ross nearly always has his dog, Millie, with him. That evening at the State Fair was no exception.

Soooooo, here's what we saw.

Yep, we saw Ross and Millie.

Luke went right up to Ross...seriously, here's how the conversation went. And, if you know Luke, this will NOT surprise you.

Luke: "Hi Ross. What color's your lawnmower?"
Ross: "What color is my lawnmower?"
(At this point, I stepped in and told Ross that Luke is very obsessed with lawnmowers).
Ross: "My lawnmower is red and silver."
Luke: "How do you start it?"
Ross: "I have to pull it, and I like to mow too."

**This whole conversation made Luke's day as well as this mama's. It was cute to see a local celebrity really get into Luke's conversation about lawnmowers.

The funny thing is that I just checked Channel 12's website (I was going to link it to this post, but my linking is stinking tonight...I'm giving up on that task).

Anyways, on their website, it states that one of Ross' hobbies is mowing.

Check it out for yourself!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Happy 37th,Marc!!!!

Tomorrow (Sunday, September 25) is Marc's big 37th birthday! Let me be the first to publically wish him a Happy Birthday!

In honor of his birthday, I typed out 37 things about Marc.

The first 6 are the most important, listed in order of important.

The remaining 31, though important, aren't as important, and they're NOT listed in any particular order.

Here goes....perhaps you can learn a thing or two about Marc....

1. Marc is a Christian, and he strives to become more Christ-like each day I know him.

2. Marc is not a perfect husband and I am certainly NOT a perfect wife, but I love the fact that on many occasions, it’s been quite clear that God put us together…I feel that, most days, we balance each other out fairly well.

3. Marc is not a perfect father (and I’m not a perfect mother), but I do think that he is the best earthly father FOR Luke. Luke adores Marc, and Marc knows to and does look to our PERFECT Heavenly Father for guidance.

4. Marc is honest in all that he does.

5. Instead of complaining about his job, Marc chooses to see his job as his “mission field.” From what I can personally tell, he works his job like Colossians 3:23 commands. (And, just for the record, Marc does actually enjoy his job; I just really appreciate his attitude toward his job).

6. In previously mentioned job, Marc doesn’t just work to expand his career. He diligently keeps Luke and me in mind when making decisions about this job. Through this job, Marc is an excellent provider (not just in the monetary sense) to his family, thus allowing me to stay home full-time with Luke – a decision we feel is best for our family.

7. Marc runs a lot (it’s not a big secret). While sometimes, admittedly, the hours he spends running frustrate me, I truly appreciate the fact that he takes care of himself through exercise. I also really ADMIRE his dedication to the running sport. Here’s a little secret from my heart: On our first date, we talked a lot about running. Though I certainly didn’t and certainly still don’t understand all of the miles Marc runs, I respected his loyalty to it to the point of realizing (even on our first date) that Marc is a person of commitment.

8. Before Luke (and subsequent my leaving my job at International Dairy Queen), Marc was most supportive of my job and the travel that it required. He had NO problem accompanying me on a business trip to Hawaii. Seriously, though, Marc NEVER complained about my travel (I was the one who complained). He understood it was necessary for my job description.

9. Though Marc was raised by “older” parents (his dad was 50 and his mom was almost 42 when Marc was born) AND he was/is an only child, Marc does not live his life complaining about the life circumstance that wasn’t ideal in the “world” we live in where everything has to appear perfect.

10. Marc shows a tremendous amount of respect to his previously mentioned parents – even when he and I definitely don’t understand their reasoning for some of the things they do.

11. As a child, Marc took organ lessons because his mom wanted him to. We joke about it OFTEN now, and no, I would not deem Marc as musically gifted (he has other gifts instead).

12. During childhood, Marc and his mother were making a decision as to whether Marc should be in Boy Scouts for 4-H. His mother said he needed to be in 4-H because it was less physically demanding (Marc’s mom is not one to get much exercise). This truly is comical now because of Marc’s intense running hobby.

13. Marc knew from a young age he wanted to be an accountant. He’s stuck to that.

14. Marc has earned a Black Belt in Taekwondo.

15. Marc will most likely, within the next year, reach his 100th marathon/ultra-marathon in running. We might have to have a party for that one. You can believe that food and Pepsi will be involved.

16. Marc is a STAUNCH Republican. If you hang around him for any length of time, you’ll know that by his subtle or sometimes not so subtle comments. Because of this fact, he and my dad and my brother nearly ALWAYS have something to talk about at the dinner table. Fortunately, they’re all on the same page. There are no arguments.

17. Marc, I think, is more tender-hearted and more sentimental than I am.

18. Marc really enjoys an ice cold Pepsi. He’s not afraid to ask somebody for one, and he’s been most appreciative when various friends have brought him Pepsi when a) I was in the hospital after surgery in July, 2007, AND b) Luke was born in July, 2008. He shares his love of Pepsi with my dad – also a Pepsi lover – as well as various “Pepsi Friends.”

19. Marc likes it most when I cook simple meals…he needs nothing fancy. He’s very content with Sloppy Joes and Tater Tots.

20. Marc enjoys traveling AS MUCH as I do. Pre-Luke, we did a fair amount of traveling. Though we’re currently on hiatus from BIG trips (because of a small child), we know we will take BIG trips again someday. In fact, we have a world map at our house with “goal” places to visit in our lifetime.

21. Marc does not drink coffee at all (I think it’s a rebellion from his parents’ addiction to coffee), but he really enjoys the smell of coffee. So, he doesn’t mind it when I make coffee each morning.

22. Marc’s not what I would call a big reader. However, he does strive to read in his Bible daily. And, he does read what’s needed for our small group’s Bible studies/Sunday School. And, I’ve witness him reading a political book or two. And, I don’t want to forget that he does read the “Wall Street Journal” most days.

23. Marc is an early morning person (it’s when he runs). It’s hard to have a serious conversation with him at 10:00 P.M. I’m just the opposite. It, at times, has been a problem in our 7 years of marriage. Our communication differences based on our circadian rhythms is something we have worked on, are working on, and probably will continue to work on the rest of our lives.

24. Marc stinks sometimes, and I mean that LOVINGLY. And, I’m not talking about stinking from sweat while running. I’m talking about stink that comes from so many guys…I personally think it’s rude and uncouth. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, message me. But, many of you reading probably have husbands who do similar things. So, you know what I’m talking about.

25. Many know that Luke has an intense LOVE of lawnmowers at this stage of his little life. Marc has been willing, many times, to take Luke outside to get the lawnmower out of the shed and start it. It’s been father/son bonding time. However, I also appreciate that he’s able to sometimes say “No” to Luke, and Luke has had to learn that “No” means “No.” Lawnmowers simply don’t need to run each day.

26. 2 ½ months after Marc and I met, we went on our first trip together – so Marc could run in a race he planned on running before we met. We went to Toronto (Canada). He paid for everything. I didn’t know it at the time, but he put that trip on a credit card that was not fully paid off by the time we got married a year later. Ultimately, I ended up paying for some of that trip when we joined our checking accounts. We LAUGH pretty hard about it now, and we also know now that goes completely against our money management philosophy now (putting things on credit cards -- with the exception of Marc’s business travel -- is against our policy).

27. A couple of months before we got married, Marc handed me his income tax papers and asked me to drop them in the mail. I said, “Sure.” He kept on by saying, “Oh, if you could write a check for that, it would be great.” The income tax owed by Marc that year was $800. He cleverly got that paid before we were married and had joined accounts. This is something we now completely LAUGH about now.

28. Marc wants to get a dog in a couple of years for Luke….we’ll see what this will entail.

29. At least once a month and sometimes more, Marc does the lights for our church services.

30. This year, Marc is head of finance for our Judgement House production at church. I think he’s learned a lot about some of the work that goes on “behind the scenes” for Judgement House.

31. Marc is 1 ½ years older than I am. He graduated from both high school and college one year ahead of me.

32. Before we knew each other, we had been at 2 weddings, one wedding rehearsal dinner, a New Year’s Eve Party, and many running races at the same time. We didn’t know it, and we laugh now at how we missed each other at those events. I remind him that one reason was because at many of those events, he was with his former girlfriend.

33. Marc and I look more alike than my brother and I do. Since we both have Mennonite backgrounds, I’m scared that one day we’ll figure out we’re related.

34. Many people think that Marc must eat healthy because he runs so much. Marc doesn’t really take health into consideration when picking foods or making suggestions for meals I make.

35. Marc is a very neat person….with the exception of his clothes. I often find piles of clothes in our bedroom, and they’re not my clothes.

36. Marc’s favorite sitcom is “Seinfeld.” He can quote nearly any episode and can relate nearly any life event to a “Seinfeld” episode.

37. Marc would someday like to bike across the state of Kansas. I wouldn’t be surprised if he bikes across the USA sometime.

Friday, September 23, 2011

State Fair -- Part 1....

Per our usual "yearly calendar," we attended the Kansas State Fair this year.

A change this year, however, was that we actually we there on two different evenings. We're NOT ones to go and spend the whole day at that fair. Perhaps we will do things like that when Luke's older (we're sticklers for his nap...it ultimately keeps us all more sane).

(It's a long story why we went twice....I won't subject you blog readers to the story).

The first evening we went (Monday, September 12), our little family of 3 went by ourselves. The second evening we went (Friday, September 16), my parents joined our little family of 3.

Honestly, for the most part, we ate supper (both nights), walked through the buildings with exhibits (both nights), and ultimately, spent most of our time looking at tractors, combines, and LAWNMOWERS. (This would be mostly for Luke, though I know Marc didn't mind)....

**Luke saw the rides, and he's been on rides in the past. However, since he doesn't really recall what they're all about and he clearly expressed more interest in seeing tractors and lawnmowers, we were able to escape the fair 2 times WITHOUT spending a dime on rides :) (Yay us)!

Soooooo, for Part 1 of our fair visits, I'm going to post mainly pics of Luke, Luke and Marc, and Luke and Papa Andover (what Luke calls my dad)....

(And, you'll notice two VERY different outfits on Luke -- the first evening we were there, it was HOT -- high in the upper 90s that day....the second evening, it was misty, rainy, and chilly -- NOT highs in the 90s that day)....

Part 2 of our State Fair visit will have fewer pictures, and it will be posted (hopefully) sometime next week....

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Kanopolis State Park -- Part 2....

If you read THIS POST, here is part 1....

And now, continuing on....

So, the race started....Since the finish line was at a different spot than the start line, Luke and I drove down to the finish line to wait for Marc/Daddy.

As soon as I parked our car at the finish line, Luke immediately asked if he could ride his "bike." (a.k.a. his little red tricycle WITH his helmet -- Luke, being the first child rule-follower, always knows to wear his helmet, AND he will tell anybody who needs a helmet that they do indeed need a helmet).

And, before I post any pics, there's one thing I should say: If this weekend at Kanopolis State Park could be summed up, it would be, "Luke rode his bike." (That's all he wanted to do).

Luke rode and rode and rode some more when Marc was running. After Marc completed his race, and I told him how far he rode, Marc estimated that Luke rode nearly a mile -- which is pretty far for a young 3 year-old. Perhaps Luke has inherited Marc's endurance ability?

Anyways, you may or may not be able to tell that while Luke was riding (and I was walking behind him), it took off raining. Yep, it's hardly rained all summer here, and it takes off raining when I'm not near a vehicle and with a young 3 year-old on a tricycle. Fortunately, Luke didn't mind, for the most part (at one point, he said he was done with riding in the rain....I had to carry Luke the rest of the way back to the car while carrying his metal tricycle -- which is rather heavy).

So, at that point, Luke hung out in the back of the TB (Trail Blazer)....

I was cold and wet. So, I hung out there with him, covered in an old towel we had in the back.

Fortunately, soon after the rainy, wet, and cold incident, Marc came "flying" in.

I don't know what Marc's time was exactly, but I do know he earned first in his age group.

Therefore, he received a "trophy"....

in this "makeshift" awards' ceremony -- which works FABULOUS in the Kansas "wilderness."

After Marc received his award, Luke once again wanted to ride his bike. So, Marc followed behind him this time.

Finally, we headed back to the cabin where the remainder of our weekend "away" was spent watching Luke ride his bike some more....

Reading in the cabin....(I think Luke was fairly tired at this point)....

Going on a family walk (I think we walked around 4 miles that Saturday afternoon)....

(Luke looks slightly annoyed in this photo...he actually did just fine, as he always does, in the stroller; however, it was "bright" outside that day, and this Mama forgot to take along his sunglasses....a definite problem in Luke's little world)....

Playing with bubbles outside the cabin (no pic here), eating, and sleeping....

It was a nice little (albeit quick) family weekend away. We'd like to do it again, and Lord willing, we will :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Meal Plan for 09/19/11 - 09/25/11....And a Few Pics....

Here's our meal plan for this week -- two meals which have already been eaten.

Monday, September 19, 2011
Spaghetti & Meatballs

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Grilled Pork Chop Sandwiches
Tater Tots

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Chicken Sandwiches

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Chicken Alfredo with Linguine from Macaroni Grill

Friday, September 23, 2011
Papa Murphy's Pizza

Saturday, September 24, 2011
Lunch: Rummage


Sunday, September 25, 2011
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: Eating with our Community Life Group from church


We were home over Labor Day Weekend....On the actual day (Monday, September 5), Marc did "labor" a bit. He made a repair to our deck.

Way back on Luke's birthday (July 21), he received some "tools" from my parents. Luke put them to use to "help" Marc repair the deck.

When this repair was taking place, I was actually out walking. When I got home, here is what I saw....

Luke had his tools out to "help." As for the earphones (or "e-phones" as Luke calls them) -- apparently, Marc had the drill out, and it got a bit loud for Luke (Luke does NOT like loud noises). So, Luke ran inside and picked up his trusty "e-phones."

ALL WAS GOOD at that point!


And, just for fun...Luke occasionally likes to eat his lunch in the driveway if we've been playing outside.

I captured this pic a couple of weeks ago....he just looks so much like Marc!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Kanopolis State Park -- Part 1....

Last weekend (September 9 - 11), we took a short and quick weekend trip to Kanopolis State Park -- a little over an hour from here. Those of you who either know us well or have been reading this blog for awhile know that this is not our first trip to this park. In fact, I think it's our fourth trip with Luke.

The day we left, I made the mistake of telling Luke we'd be leaving for the "cabin" after Marc got home from work. Sooooo, Luke did not take a nap. What happens when no nap occurs and Luke rides in a car?

The park actually has six cabins to rent.

We stayed in this cabin -- named Wyatt Earp (I know -- rather fancy name)....

Our main purpose for this trip (besides Luke's purpose of visiting the "cabin") was for Marc to run in a race called, "Horsethief Canyon Trail Run." It runs on the "Horsethief Canyon" trail in the park.

This race is an independent race put on by friends, Phil & Stacy. The race is somewhere between 6 and 7 miles (depending on how Phil lays it out). It's almost all on trail...can be sandy, muddy, etc....depending on rainfall amounts. It goes through several water crossings. Needless to say, it's not a clean race.

Despite the lack of rain we've had this year, it's rather comical that we woke up the morning of the race to rain and cloudiness over the lake.

(This is our view from the deck of the cabin).

Fortunately, we did get to see a large and beautiful rainbow from our deck of the cabin. Luke's become interested in rainbows (thanks to books), but because it truly hasn't rained much this summer, he hasn't really had the chance to see one.

He did like seeing the rainbow that morning! (It had to be in two pics).

We made our way to the start of the race....Luke (newly potty-trained -- for another post) got his early introduction to these lovely restroom alternative. (Fortunately, this Mama didn't get completely grossed out as he seemed to have to touch EVERYTHING in this restroom alternative. Let's just say this Mama is EXTREMELY grateful for antibacterial wipes and gels).

Then, because this race is on a trail in the middle of nowhere Kansas, there was a pre-race meeting -- where the race director (Phil) gives some pretty specific instructions about not getting lost :)

During this meeting, Luke spent his time walking around with his little "digger" toys -- attracting attention over his cuteness.

And, just for fun....some new pics of Luke with his parents.

And, I'm going to stop here for now to avoid this post getting too long...I'll continue on in another post!

Thanks for reading!

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