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!
Nope, I haven't posted in awhile. I will quit making excuses and making promises about posting. I'm just going to post when I post. I hope people read once in awhile and don't give up on me. ANYWAYS, a year ago last week, our little family of 3 1/2 (I was pregnant with Kate) took a trip to Tennessee. I partially blogged about it, but I never finished it. While I'm certainly not trying to play catch-up, I will do a flashback of something I never blogged about. In a bit, you'll see why this post is appropriate. In case you didn't know, Marc is a Texas Longhorns fan. Don't ask me why. Ask him if you're curious -- Ha! I can't explain it either. The night before we left for our little trip to Tennessee, it was "Selection Sunday." (You know, for the big NCAA basketball tourney). The University of Texas, though seeded at a 16 (I think), was going to play at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville -- when we were to be there anyways. After some brief discussion and quite a bit of online searching for various ticket prices, we made the decision to purchase three tickets for our little family and go to a game -- Marc getting the opportunity to watch Texas, a pregnant Sarah, and a 3 year-old Luke....sounds like good times, doesn't it? (I know how much many of you would want to attend an NCAA basketball game with a 3 year-old)...
Luke was VERY intrigued with the escalator. Basically, we spent quite a bit of money on a ticket for him for the escalators. BUT, what can you expect from a little boy? He very much enjoyed looking down from the nose bleed section that we were in. We DID discover on this trip that, as of right now, Luke has NO fear of heights.
I packed quite a few snacks for Luke, and fortunately, upon inspection of our bags at the entrance, the "Grandpa-Like" security guard didn't mind our bag full of snacks for Luke....
Texas did lose this game....Our tickets were also for another game. We stayed for the first half of the next game (when Luke was D.O.N.E.)....One of the teams playing in the second game was St. Bonaventure -- a small, Catholic school from upstate New York. Despite being from a long ways off, quite a few students and parents showed up to watch. They were VERY lively and had A LOT of school spirit. And, I'm not saying that in a bad way AT ALL! Their spirit was amazing to watch! It was fun to see a smaller school like that make it into the big NCAA tourney. Their loudness, however, did intimidate Luke a bit -- a kid who doesn't like loudness. Between the two games, as the St. Bonaventure students were getting loud and excited, Luke wasn't exactly enjoying himself. SO, we did what any good parents would do and bribed him with ice cream. Yep, it worked, and that's who we made it through the first half of the second game after TX was finished.