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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!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

What all is the Friesen Family Eating This Week?

In case you're curious....

Monday, October 24, 2011
Spaghetti & Meat Sauce
Vegetable or Salad

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Chicken Parmigiana

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tender Pork Chops (in crock pot)
Au Gratin Potatoes

(Also -- taking a family from our church a meal -- they have a new baby at home)!

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Marc & Luke: Guys' Night (Will be eating Little Caesar's Pizza)

Sarah: ???? (Will be getting some things done on my own that evening)

Friday, October 28, 2011
Sloppy Joes
Chips & Dip

Saturday, October 29, 2011
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: Bread Basket with Marc's parents (a belated birthday celebration for Marc's birthday)

Sunday, October 30, 2011
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: Will be eating with Community Life Group from church (I will be taking a birthday cake for a certain group member's birthday)....

Sunday, October 16, 2011

What will the Friesen Family Be Eating This Week?

Here's the answer -- or at least what's planned for this week....

Monday, October 17, 2011
Chili Fundraiser Supper -- In Support of State Representative Marc Rhoades

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Chicken Enchiladas

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Chicken and Biscuits (recipe from a friend)

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Tracey's Italian Meatloaf (new recipe out of one of my favorite recipe books)
Caesar Salad

Friday, October 21, 2011
Taco Soup

Saturday, October 22, 2011
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: Grilled Burgers and Fries

Sunday, October 23, 2011
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: Rummage

Have a great week!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Another Mower Ride....

If you know Luke (either in person or through reading this blog), it is NO secret that Luke REALLY likes (loves) lawnmowers. It doesn't matter whether they're push mowers or riding mowers, big mowers or little mowers, mowers with pull starts or electric starts, Luke LOVES lawnmowers.

Our friend, Joel (a.k.a. "Regular Joel" to Luke), works for our city's park and recreation department. In Luke's world, it means that "Regular Joel" drives a lawnmower.

(And, many of you know this, but Joel and Kendall's little girl, Lily, hangs out with us here on Wednesday mornings).

SO, a few weeks ago, Joel let me know that he'd be mowing at the park near our house that next day. Lily was scheduled to be at our house, and so, I could bring both kids via the wagon to the park for a ride.

To say that Luke was excited would be an understatement.

When we got there, Joel was already mowing. I forced Luke to show some kindness and "gentlemanness" and let Lily go first. Fortunately, Luke did this without any sort of tears or fit.

SO, Lily rode first.

THEN, after much anticipation and very patient waiting (relative to a 3 year-old), Luke got his ride with "Regular Joel" on the big red mower.

(And yes, Luke has his "e-phones" on...remember, he doesn't like loud noises)....

It was at this point that Lily was most definitely ready to be done with lawnmower rides. She wasn't scared riding with her daddy, but I could tell she just wasn't NEARLY as interested in it as Luke. In fact, Lily said to me on the sidelines, "Let's go play now at the park."

Oooohhhh...how kids, how boys and girls are different -- VERY INTERESTING!

BUT, Joel came back with Luke, and he said he'd go out one more time with both kids on his lap. Lily did agree to that.

Joel took them down by a nearby creek. Apparently, they saw a rather large snake. Thankfully, I missed that :)

Thanks Joel for giving Luke and Lily rides! Luke still talks about it!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekly Meal Plan and a Pic....

Here's our meal plan for the Friesen Family for this week....

Monday, October 10, 2011
Pigs in a Blanket
Tater Tots

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Navajo Soup

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
"Pizza in a Pot" over pasta (a NEW crock pot recipe for us -- we'll see how it goes)

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Savory Chicken Squares

Friday, October 14, 2011
Marc's campout with our small group's guys...Marc is to take pop, chips, and Strawberry Whip

Sarah & Luke: Pizza Hut with small group women and kids

Saturday, October 15, 2011
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: Will be eating at Sarah's parents' house...we're to take Buffalo Chicken Dip as an appetizer for family

Sunday, October 16, 2011
Lunch: Rummage

Supper: Chicken Alfredo with Linguine (a Macaroni Grill meal)


Late last week, we actually made a quick decision to cut out Luke's naps. He was still taking them nearly 98% of the time. BUT, when he did take a nap, he was staying up way too late. We'd put him to bed around 10:00....many times, I'd hear him still talking in his bedroom until after 11:00....NOT a good cycle to get into.

ALSO, because he was going to bed SO late, Marc and I had virtually ZERO time together in the evenings. It was becoming very evident in the communication department.

SO, Luke's done fairly well without his nap. He's been going to bed around 8:00 in the evening. I've been hearing him talk for a whopping 5 minutes, and he's very quiet until morning.

I have instituted a "quiet time" in the afternoon. He doesn't have to be in bed, but he does have to be in and stay in his room for at least an hour.

He has stayed in his room and with the exception one little "poop" incident (where Luke threw poop out of his room into the hallway -- GROSS), it's gone O.K.

TODAY, however, after his quiet time, I was baking cookies in the kitchen while he was watching a tractor video. It suddenly was VERY quiet.

I walked into the family room to see this....

Yep, he had fallen asleep on the couch -- which I don't think he's ever done.

SO, Luke's still adjusting his little body and brain to a new sleep schedule, but he'll get there!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Greater Andover Days....

I feel like I haven't blogged much lately. And, it's not because we haven't been busy nor has it because I don't have anything blog worthy.

Sooooo, in an effort to sort of catch up, I'm going to make some random posts with some random pics. Here's one of them :)


If you know me in person, you might possibly know that I grew up in Andover, KS -- just east and outside of Wichita.

Truth be told, the town is quite different from when I lived there. I don't mean that in a bad way...it's just experienced phenomenal growth. It's a very different town than what I remember. And, though I only live roughly 35 minutes away now, Andover is COMPLETELY different than Newton (where we currently reside). It actually amazes me the two towns are both in Kansas.

Because I believe I'm a different person now (and I mean that in a good way), another truth be told, I don't have that much of an emotional attachment to Andover. In fact, the ONLY thing that truly takes me there is the fact that my parents still live there, and I do enjoy going to visit with and spend time with them.

Blah, Blah, Blah....

BUT, each year, I do make an effort to go to the parade during Greater Andover Days -- the town's "fall festival."

This year was no exception as Luke and I were able to make it to the parade with our nieces and my parents (Marc, my brother, and my sister-in-law were all working).

(And remember at the beginning of this post, I said I had random pics....here they go)....

I was a "band geek." I played clarinet from 6th grade through 10th grade....in concert band. I played bassoon for the 11th and 12th grades in concert band as well as in the Wichita Youth Symphony. I also played basson for three years in college. (PLEASE don't ask me to play as I don't own a bassoon, and my clarinet needs some work)....

Soooooo, I have quite a few years of marching band experience.

Going to the Greater Andover Days Parade does bring back those memories. I truly do enjoy seeing the marching band. AND, I LOVE the fact that Luke enjoys watching the band -- mainly the drums :)

(And, this pic would be the ONLY pic of the actual parade I took -- see what I mean by randomness)....

BUT, I did take some shots of Luke at the parade. So, if you don't mind seeing our kid, here goes:

During this parade, a TREMENDOUS amount of candy is thrown out (in fact, it's too much, in my opinion). My mom brought plastic bags for each of her grandkids to collect candy.

ALSO, Luke absolutely doesn't like loud noises. He occasionally wears "e-phones" (as he calls them) when he thinks something will be loud. I remembered to take his "e-phones" along. Needless to say, they were worn. It's pretty cute, but I know I'm biased :)

In this pic, Luke has his "ah-dah" (his beloved blanket). You might also notice that his face is a bit red. This would be because he bumped his head rather hard on the corner of a mailbox. He cried for a bit...AND, he even has a gash on his head from this incident. So, though I am really working on not letting him have his blanket all of the time, I did let him have it at this point for comfort.

It apparently got loud again because the "e-phones" went back on with the blanket still in tow.

AND finally, I believe this pic epitomizes a parade with a little kid like Luke....he has a sucker in his mouth (one collected from the parade)....It apparently had gotten loud for his ears again, but Luke didn't want to put down the sucker to get his "e-phones." So, Luke resorted to this....

That's all for this post....stay tuned for more randomness :)

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