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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!

Friday, June 20, 2014

It's Hot Dog Day -- Woo-Hoo!!!!

Each summer, there's one particular Friday in June where one of our local banks, First Bank, hosts a customer appreciation day -- with the entire community invited.  It's also dubbed "Hot Dog Day" by many, including by our family.

In my constant and ongoing effort to educate others that "there is no such thing as a free lunch," (in other words, nothing is free) the bank and other generous donors (I think -- including our local hospital) make this fun event for all to enjoy by making everything "No Charge" to attendees.  So, before I go any further, "Thank You to First Bank, Newton Medical Center, & other generous donors for this fun family and community event".

This event is held at our local "Military Park" -- or in "Luke-Speak" -- "the park with the steam engine by the library".  My parents joined us this year...so, while we were waiting on them to arrive, I took some obligatory pics of our kiddos next to the steam engine.

I have personally always found this event to be organized. We've never had a problem with the hot dog line moving slow.

After my parents a arrived, Luke wanted to jump in the bounce house.  Personally, I think it's a good idea to let kids jump in a bounce house BEFORE eating!  (In case you missed it, Luke is in the blue & white striped shirt).

Next, we ate -- which I failed to get a pic.  I was too busy contending with a 2 year-old while sweating profusely -- Ha!  Then, we all went to get sno-cones. (And in this pic, you can see Luke's Anerican flag tattoo he received -- but absolutely wouldn't pose with earlier).

Next up, the kiddos wanted balloons...Kate LOVES balloons, BUT she doesn't like to have them tied to her wrist.  The simple solution would be to let a natural consequence happen & have the balloon blow away.  BUT, since Kate only sometimes receives balloons (and since she is a young 2 year-old), I know she will NOT remember the consequence next time she receives a balloon.  So, for now, this Mama insists her balloon be tied to her wrist.  Yep -- this was the first of the "tired & hot 2 year-old meltdowns".

It's a good thing we had her "Nigh Nigh" (favorite blanket) along because nothing else would comfort at this point.

We ended the event with Papa Andover (my dad) teaching Luke a few more facts (trivial knowledge) about steam engines.  If you don't know, my dad is a train enthusiast -- BIG TIME!

Again, thanks First Bank, Newton Medical Center, & other sponsors for this fun and HOT event.  (Kate had to even have a de-dirting and cool down bath before nap).

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