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!
Last Thursday evening, and you locals obviously know this, but we had a NASTY thunderstorm roll through. It wasn't at all tornadic (YAY!), but oh my -- it was W.I.N.D.Y. I was SO grateful that a) we were home and b) Marc was home with us. We had warning, but if one wasn't paying attention, it could've easily slipped up. We're a family who frequently pays attention to the weather. SO, we were ready! I'm not sure what the wind speed was here, but I'm guessing it was around 80 mph. There was a lot of tree damage and power outages. Amazingly, we only lost power for about 10 seconds -- NOT normal for us. Usually, we're the ones without power. I am grateful. The corn in our garden was SAD after the storm. All of us were sad, quite frankly!
We were convinced our corn was done. But, several people who clearly know more about gardening than we do suggested that it would probably come back up in a few days! These smart people were absolutely correct! Yesterday (Monday), Luke and I went outside to find our corn revived! Hopefully, we'll have yummy corn -- that comes up when it's supposed to. AND, we can eat it in remembrance of that storm -- Ha!
If you remember MY PREVIOUS POST, I mentioned that Luke and my dad (a.k.a. Papa Andover) would be at a steam engine together this past Friday. Well, they were! First Bank, here in town, has their annual "Customer Appreciation Day" on the last Friday each June. One doesn't have to bank there to join in on the fun. They're just generous to the community. We're grateful for their generosity. There are free hot dogs, pop, and chips. Sno cones, a bounce house, etc. for the kiddos. It's always hot -- you know, part of the fun! This year, Luke & I invited my dad to join us. A free hot dog and a chance to see his grandkids easily persuaded my dad to spend WAY MORE in gasoline than the meal was worth to join us! SO, Luke did jump (he's in his "work shirt" -- his plaid shirt).
While jumping, Kate sat with my dad, and I was FINALLY able to capture a decent picture of Kate and my dad! Kate's usually an extreme Mama's Girl if I'm around. Therefore, I've never been able to get a decent pic of the two of them! Go Kate, Go!
AND, drum roll please -- Luke and Papa Andover spent quite a time looking at the steam engine together. Luke may or may not remember this moment, but I know my dad will (my dad has quite a hobby in trains)....
Yesterday (Monday) and forecasted this week was/is VERY nice early July weather. Usually, it's HOT! Nope, it's warm, but it's not hot. It's been such a change from last week's heat! So, yesterday morning, I loaded the kiddos up in the double stroller, and we comfortably walked to and from the park for a play date with friends! Glorious!
We had a lot of fun at the park, and then, for lunch, we were even able to eat lunch outside -- something we just don't do in July!
Last night, Luke & I were happy to see a couple more glimpses of the end of the Kansas 2013 Wheat Harvest....yep, there is still some wheat being cut!
More on our weekend -- the good, bad, and ugly....in a future post!