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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!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First Day of School -- Ultimately for all of us...

Yesterday (Tuesday) was the first day of school.  It was the first day of kindergarten for Luke.  But, it ultimately was the first day of school for all of us, our little Friesen Family!

Luke is ultimately the one who will be traveling out to school each day.  Luke will be the one learning in school.  Luke will be the one who has to do the work to get through school.  But, the rest of us, his parents & sister, also had a first day of school.  You see, if it weren't for his family at home and definitely our One True God above, Luke cannot & will not be fully successful in school.  Yes, in this world, there are exceptions in this world about what I just stated, but we are choosing to not let Luke be that exception.  Therefore....

A) The first day of school (and for the most part, the rest of his school days this year -- with sickness being an exception) required us and will require us all to be up & ready early.

B) The first day of school required us and will require us all to change our breakfast routine and actually eat breakfast together.

C) The first day of school was only the beginning of many complete changes in our household.

I could go on & on, but I'll stop for now & post pics!


As I've already stated multiple times, Luke was NERVOUS about starting school.  Several weeks ago, we added to our regular family prayers to "please help Luke not be nervous about kindergarten".  

He did finally get excited (until the morning of)....

But, the night before, per Luke's request, we all indulged in a "Good a Luck Luke" cake -- chocolate cake per Luke.

The morning school started, Luke woke up relatively easy early; however, we could tell he was at least *slightly* nervous.  Our family morning routine of getting ready on time was 100% successful.  I even made pancakes & sausage for the first morning.  Luke ate approximately 4 bites (first huge sign of nervousness).

Before heading out, I snapped a few awesome pics!!!  (This is where you address Luke as Marc, Jr)....

Routinely, Luke will be riding the bus to school.  But, for the first day, we ALL went to school with him for a bit (in the car -- we didn't all climb onto the bus -- Ha)! Luke was SILENT on the drive to school (2nd clue on the extent of his nervousness)...

Once arriving, we went to the gym where all of the elementary kiddos meet each day (with their respective classes; it's very organized)...

After the bell rang, the elementary principal said a prayer, and the kiddos with their classes filed to their respective classrooms.  The parents and younger siblings all followed (Kate had not yet figured out her brother wasn't coming home with us).

In the classroom, the kindergartners were instructed to hang up their backpacks & find their name by their desks.

Then, Mrs. Burkhart (their teacher) had them get together for a group pic!

THEN, Mrs. Burkhart gave them each a heart sticker -- from the awesome book, "The Kissing Hand"....a delightful book about a raccoon who didn't want to leave the comforts of home to go to school.  The heart sticker represents a kiss.  During Luke's first year of preschool, when he was having a difficult time adjusting to being away from his Mama, his teacher, Ms. Karri, recommended this book.  We read it, seriously, 1-2 times each day he had preschool for 2 years.  Now, we're reading it multiple times for kindergarten.  Secretly, though reading it is one more step in our getting ready process each morning, I don't mind. I'm guessing when I'm old & gray, I won't at all regret reading it so many times.

My friend, Amanda (whose son is in this kindergarten class), unbeknownst to me, snapped these pics.  I'm glad she did!  Thanks, Amanda!

At that point, all of the parents & siblings left.  We gave one last hug and kiss & darted out!  Luke still looked nervous, but we had to do it! Not 5 feet out of the classroom door, Kate asked for her brother.  I just picked her up, & we kept moving.

After coffee & coffee cake with the other parents, we headed back home so Marc could get to work!

Some very awesome friends have asked how I did or if I cried.  Honestly, yesterday morning, I did not cry.  I was close, but I held it together.  Luke was SO unbelievably nervous that it made me nervous (Luke comes by his anxiety naturally).  I was very concerned about how he was doing.  I made plans to run errands with Kate so we would both be distracted.  Luke's only going to kindergarten 1/2 days (thankfully).  SO, the morning actually went by *fairly* quickly.  Admittedly, I was glad when the clock told me it was time for us to go & get him.  We did have him go on ahead & ride the bus back to the bus stop on the first day (in other words, I didn't go & pick him up).

SO, when I saw the bus pull up at the stop & he was smiling & waving, I was RELIEVED!!!!!

He was all smiles.  He told me about his day!!!!  He said he was only a "quarter nervous" about going back!

This morning, there was a 180 degree difference from the first day.  He woke up, not appearing nervous at all!  We did have him ride the bus to school.  He did so completely willingly!!!!  

He had a great 2nd day!!!!

I have a feeling that Luke's school career will bring us all 4 in our little Friesen Family completely to our knees, praying to our gracious Heavenly Father, many times.  This thing called starting kindergarten is only the beginning! And, that in & of itself is a pretty awesome thing!  Honestly, nothing beats it!

Luke's school's theme verse for this year is II Peter 3:18.  After I'm finished with this post, I'm going to print it out & post it on our family bulletin board!  We'll etch it in our memory as a family!  Even Kate, by the end of this school year, will most likely be able to recite at least some of it!

"But grow in the grace & knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To him be glory both now and forever!  Amen".  II Peter 3:18

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