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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!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Colorado -- Days 0 & 1...

Last night (Wednesday), we returned from a family vacation to beautiful Colorado.

My family and I took Colorado vacations many times growing up.

Marc & I, in the 11 years we've known each other, have driven to Colorado twice -- both times were very quick weekend trips for Marc to run up & down Pikes Peak.  Neither time did we together really get into the mountains.

SO, due to the fact that the state we live in is indeed next to Colorado, our time was overdue to be there for an extended time in the summer.  Though Kate will not remember this vacation, Luke will.  It was definitely time for him to see the sheer awesomeness of the Rocky Mountains.  (And even though Kate won't remember this vacation, the three of us -- Marc, Luke, and me -- have memories with her to share when she's older.  And, for that, I personally am grateful).

Through a good friend AND through Marc's ultra running, we were able to stay in a house in Leadville, CO.  A little fact -- at 10,152 feet above sea level, Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the USA! I have terrible memories of altitude sickness (always with physical exertion while hiking); therefore, admittedly, I committed the sin of worry about our kiddos.  Our friend gave us some awesome suggestions -- including extra proactive hydration and Tylenol -- to combat any potential altitude sickness.

Awhile back, Marc & I made the decision to actually rent a car for this trip.  We drive older cars (with ZERO car payments). But, these older cars have a lot of miles.  A newer rented car, theoretically, should be more reliable (which it was).  Also, because we rented something smaller than what I normally drive, the savings in gas mileage, Marc figured, would pay for 1/2 of the rental cost (which it basically did).  SO, the night before we left, we picked up our "Colorado Car".  While Marc was signing papers, Kate plopped herself down with a snack and was looking cute!

Luke was fascinated by the fact that our rental car had TX license plates.  "That's silly -- people will think we're from Texas"!

The morning we left, Kate, of course, had no clue what was going on -- with all of the in-and-out of the house, packing.  BUT, she was NOT going to be left home.  She's our "Let's go do something away from home" child.  (Yes, she's still sleepy in this pic)....

Our little family of 4 was packed liked sardines into our little rental car!

On the way out, we worked it out time wise to eat lunch at the "DQ" in Quinter, KS -- a small town about 45 minutes west of Hays, KS (you KS readers should know roughly where I'm talking).

If you didn't know, in my previous life (before children), I had worked for 10 years for American Dairy Queen Corporation (the franchisor of DQ restaurants).  The Quinter DQ is one of the restaurants I used to work with.  I hadn't seen the owner since shortly before Luke was born (6 years ago).  So, it was fun to catch up with Joni.  Then, with a little encouragement & coaxing, Luke agreed to make his and his sister's own bowl of ice cream....

I was very grateful for Joni (the owner) to take interest in my family and life now (very different from where I was when I worked with her).

We drove on after lunch toward Denver.  Crossing into Colorado where Luke did *exactly* what I did as a child -- thought that he'd see mountains immediately crossing into Colorado.  Nope -- it takes a bit...

Finally -- close to Denver -- mountains were kind of seen in the clouds!  The Rocky Mountains really are incredible!

I didn't include this in above paragraphs, but for the first night, we stayed in a hotel in Denver.

Of course, like most children, Luke LOVES hotels!  So, when we got there, Luke was excited.  We stayed in a suite (so our kids sleep separately from us).  It was an older property with a very small balcony.  Luke thought the balcony was cool!  To ruin his excitement, this Mama limited his time out there as it was not safe -- especially for Kate.  So, our kids were only out there long enough for a cute pic!  Fortunately, there was a good child-safe lock on the door to the balcony!

Our one evening at a hotel included eating supper, swimming for Marc & Luke, a "Whole Foods" visit for Kate & me, and of course, studying a Colorado map (if you don't know, Luke loves maps)!

Note: this pic was actually taken the next morning, but trust me -- it represented part of our first evening.  Map reading takes place a lot in our home!

More to come in other blog posts....

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