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!
I am not a real sporty person. I didn't play sports AT ALL growing up -- other than in gym class. I don't really follow sports much. I'm very uncoordinated. In my 20s, I did go through a period where I ran quite a bit, and I did O.K. with that. At this point in life (I'll never say never), I'm content walking (as many of you know). BUT then, back in 2004, I married Marc. He's an AVID runner, and he follows sports. Now, almost 9 years later, I've really learned to like and appreciate college basketball -- you know, the NCAA Division I type. If you've followed the big "March Madness" NCAA men's basketball going on right now, you'll know that a little university called Wichita State University won a HUGE game on Saturday evening. Yep, WSU is headed to the Final 4 in Atlanta next weekend -- something the men's basketball team hasn't done since 1965. Not only is WSU a little over 20 miles away from here, it's also the university with which I graduated. My mom has a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from WSU. My dad has a Master's degree from WSU. My mom is the Associate Dean with the College of Health Professions at WSU. My dad teaches a class at WSU. AND, back on December 16, my brother, Joel, graduated from WSU. There's just a bit of a family connection at WSU. So, as I've posted on Facebook a couple of times recently, I'm GIDDY about WSU and their progression in the NCAA Tournament. I'm going to be positive and say they'll do well this coming weekend. However, if they don't, I'm still pleased with the basketball team breaking the 48 year drought (for lack of a better word) of being in the Final 4! SO, ultimately, this blog post is about my brother's graduation with just a small plug for WSU....His graduation was in Koch Arena on the campus.
Not to long after getting there, some of the faculty and the graduates "marched" in....
Fortunately for us, Joel ended up sitting in the back row of the graduates. That way, we could see him easily -- which was especially good for his kids.
Finally, after the graduation address (which I honestly couldn't tell you much about other than it was the Lieutenant Governor), the graduates were each called by name. Finally, Joel's name was called. Fortunately, for the big screen, we could see him go across the stage. (Sorry that it's blurry -- I was taking the pics with my phone from my seat with Joel and Amber's 2 year-old daughter asleep on me)....
Then, we watched him (from above) get the "post-walk-across-the-stage-professional-pic." (up against the yellow screen)....
Then, we watched him walk back to his seat -- AND, just like that, he was a graduate of WSU!
If you're curious, his degree was in Accounting. He's now working for an accounting firm in Wichita.
Earlier in this post, I referred to holding his sleeping, 2 year-old daughter...it was pretty sweet!
SO, this coming Saturday evening, April 6, even if you ARE a Louisville fan, please cheer for the Shockers of WSU! Ha! (AND, I just might question you if you're a Louisville fan)....