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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, July 19, 2014

Colorado -- Day 3....

After getting settled in the house in Leadville in the evening, by the next morning, I'm pretty sure we were all ready to do something.

Our friends, Jeremy & Nicole, who have spent a fair amount of time in Leadville, suggested we all go to the "Leadville National Fish Hatchery".  It would be a great place for the kiddos to feed some fish.

The hatchery was relatively close.  As we approached it, Luke said, "This looks like a fish farm".  "Yep Luke -- That's exactly what it is".  Ha!

Luke "buying" the fish food....

Luke and Kate are feeding the fish.  Jeremy is in the yellow shirt -- helping Mady & Abby feed the fish.  (And, as a side note -- the dry air of CO allowed for some near perfect curls on the back of Kate's head).

Kate and Abby are close in age.  They have similar personalities in that they're both *always* on the go.  Neither would pose for a picture.

After feeding the fish, Jeremy & Nicole suggested a short hike.  Jeremy & Nicole had two hiking kid backpacks (Kelty Kid carriers).  They were very willing to loan us one for Kate, but alas (and not really surprising to me), Kate didn't want to be in it.  She'd never been in one before, and quite frankly, I think she was scared.  Unfortunately, we couldn't persuade her by having her see Abby or Mady in one.  Miss Independent Kate wanted to hike herself.  So, she hiked a bit -- all the while nearly coming close multiple times to tripping on rocks.  Honestly, it was exhausting having her hike because we had to constantly watch her clumsy self with the rocks and constantly try to get her to slow down.  She probably hiked roughly 1/2 mile, and that was plenty for us with her -- Ha !

Luke, on the other hand, did fairly well.  When he was finished, there were a few tears because he had fallen on a rock or two.  He wasn't hurt; just rattled (which goes right along with his non-risky, very tender-hearted personality).

I only hiked for a bit until I needed to take Kate back AND meet my parents (they came to eat lunch with us).  Marc snapped this pic of Luke at the "end" of this short trail with Mt. Elbert (one of Colorado's 14ers) in the background.

After meeting my parents for lunch, Kate, Mady, & Abby went down for naps.  Jeremy & Marc stayed at the house with the sleeping kids.  My mom, Nicole, and I did some touristy-type shopping in downtown Leadville.  AND, my dad (aka Papa Andover) took Luke on a 2 1/2 hour train ride.

My dad apparently took some pics on the ride, but he has yet to send them to me.  SO, you loyal readers (Ha) will have to be satisfied with the pictures I took at the end of the train ride when my mom, Marc, Kate, & I went to pick them up.

Naturally, Kate wanted to simply run around while waiting.  (My mom and my parents' dog, Anna, are in the background).

Soon, we saw the train approaching.

There were quite a few people on the train.  My dad & Luke were toward the back.  It took a bit to see them.

In this pic, my dad is in the blue shirt & greenish hat. Luke is in front of him & is too short to be seen -- Ha!

Luke's in the red hat.  My dad is right behind him.  Luke says he had a good time.  He actually said the best part was being able to see the highway we drove to Leadville??? Whatever thrills him, I guess...My dad said he actually fell asleep for a bit at the end.

On the way back to the house, we noticed this pretty scene of a church steeple against the mountains....

Colorado is full of awesome scenery...

More to come....

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