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)
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!
Way back in March, we took a family trip to Tennessee.
"Why Tennessee," you may ask?
Well, Marc and I have a goal of visiting all 50 states and all Canadian provinces by the end of our lifetimes. I had been in Tennessee. Marc had not. We wanted a location that we could drive to with at least somewhat ease. And, we wanted to go south as to avoid any potential major March blizzard.
Also, at this point in March, I knew I'd be at a good point to travel in my pregnancy -- if I remember correctly, I was around 24 weeks at this point....NOT at all uncomfortable yet (though we made many more restroom stops for me than we did for our 3 year-old).
So, on the first day, we drove all day to arrive in Memphis.
After a good night's sleep, we went to Graceland.
I MUST say that neither of us are Elvis fans. However, a number of trusted individuals told us to visit if we were in Memphis as it is quite interesting.
And, before I post any pics, I will say that these individuals were correct -- both Marc and I did find it interesting.
Because we knew Luke would not care about much of it (until he spotted Elvis' airplanes), we actually bought more than just the "cheapest" package of a tour JUST so that Luke would be able to see the airplanes.
It's interesting because in Elvis' mansion, it's all been left decorated from the 70s....
They have his MANY music awards for all to see....
And, Elvis himself, his mother and father, twin brother (who died at birth), and his grandmother are all buried on the property.
And....a VERY BORED (but reasonably behaved) Luke....what a trooper! AND, I'm personally VERY grateful we did hassle with the stroller. It saved A LOT of extra whining and complaining.
Fortunately, at age 3, little things fascinate. Luke, as a case in point, was very fascinated by the fountains beside the tombstones.
And finally, after MUCH anticipation, Luke got to see Elvis' airplanes....the true HIGHLIGHT
for him (though he doesn't have a clue about whose airplanes they were)....
The funny thing is that Luke was SO excited to see those airplanes that day. But, now that we're home and over a month out from this vacation, he never mentions them. Luke only likes to talk about the "Tennessee Hotels."
Because Luke did well (and we were getting hungry), we all stopped for expensive ice cream at Graceland.
After a cool, air-conditioned rest at the hotel (it was hot in Tennessee that week), we asked an employee at the hotel for a good "Memphis BBQ" establishment to eat...we did NOT want a chain.
She recommended a place not too far from the hotel called "Germantown Commissary."
YES....a "shack" type place....
I failed to take any pics of our food, but it was quite tasty. AND, we would most definitely recommend the establishment to anybody visiting Memphis.
After eating that evening, we actually took a 20-mile drive (roughly) into the state of Mississippi.
Neither of us had been there....we wanted another state to check off of our list :)
And, for Luke....
Yep, he slept through the whole drive. Graceland must've worn him out. But, when he's older and understands a bit more, we can honestly tell him that he has indeed been in the state of Mississippi.
Stay tuned for more adventures!