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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!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

May 28....A Sad Day....

I think most of you, my few loyal readers, know that during the 2013-2014 school year, we hosted a foreign exchange student here in our home.  Her name is Emma.  She is French.  We decided to host a student for a whole variety of reasons....Yes, hosting a student was a great experience, and if you have room in your hearts and home, please talk to us.  We'd love to hook you up with a coordinator.

Anyways, May was tough in a way because we, including Luke, knew Emma would have to leave and return to France and her family.  As her departure date approached, Luke really became more sad.  So, one day, upon the advice of Marc, Luke decorated an envelope to start saving his money for our family to travel to France.

May 28 was Emma's departure date.  It truly was a bittersweet day.  We know Emma needed to return to her family, but we would've preferred she would've been able to stay.

My parents went with us to eat lunch one last time together & take Emma to the airport.

At Emma's request, we ate lunch at Freddy's!!!!

Then, we went to the airport to say, "Hope to see you again soon"!

Our last family pic with Emma....

And -- a pic with my parents....

And, this is a pic of Emma & Pia....Pia was a German exchange student.  Pia's host family lives fairly close to our house.  Emma & Pia got to be great friends over the course of the school year.  We enjoyed getting to know Pia as well!  Pia left about 5 days after Emma....So, she was able to come to the airport with our coordinator to say "Goodbye".  (Really -- Pia was able to see "See you soon" to Emma as Pia & Emma will be together for a couple of weeks in France in July).

Luke sometimes is a child who can be very hard to read.  Up until the last month of Emma living here, I wouldn't have told you he'd be that sad when she left.  But, he grew SAD in the weeks leading to her departure.  At the airport, the day Emma left, Luke bawled. It was SO hard for me to see, but at the same time, I was happy.  I was happy because of how worth it I realized it was for us to have Emma be a lasting part of our family.

In this pic, you can see Luke's sadness for Emma's leaving....

I debated about posting the previous pic as I don't ever want to embarrass Luke intentionally.  BUT, I want it to be a "plug" for at least praying about & considering being a host family.

Thanks to some of the lovely media in our country as well as my listening to negative talk about the USA, I had the idea that many people outside of the USA dislike us.  I couldn't understand why a teenage student would want to come here.

I'm by no means implying we're perfect in this country, BUT by having a foreign exchange student in our home, I have learned a lot.  I have learned about how open these students are to learning more about our world.  I have learned that family is important and needed in ALL cultures.  I have learned that none of us are perfect (kind of a "duh" statement).  I have learned to let go of some of my selfishness by taking on another "kid" in my home (though Emma obviously is in a different age range from our kids)....I could go on & on....Just know we miss Emma!

Since Emma has returned to her country, we're re-establishing ourselves as a family of 4. Fortunately, the kids & I have been able to FaceTime with Emma 3 times already.  Unfortunately, because of the tine difference & schedules, Marc hasn't been able to yet :(

And, Lord willing, we'll go visit Emma in France someday.  I just want Kate a little bit older first.  I know people do it everyday, but traveling across the "Big Pond" (Atlantic Ocean) with Kate right now would be daunting & possibly unbearable.

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