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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, November 27, 2014

Our Little Friesen Family's (of 4) Thanksgiving of 2014....

While I wouldn't say our Thanksgivings are ever super-duper exciting, I do enjoy them!  We don't have large families.  We don't Black Friday (or Thursday) shop.

But, it's our Thanksgiving!  It is, of course, worthy of at least documenting for us to remember in the future.

I did do something a *wee* bit different this year -- but certainly not surprising.

Each year, Marc, my dad, and my brother (Joel) fry our turkey.  Usually, my mom, my sister-in-law (Amber), and I are inside, preparing food & entertaining kids.

So....to burn off some energy before our big meal, I decided to bundle up our kiddos & myself and head to the zoo for a brief visit.  And, let's just say I'm glad I did.  Luke, Kate, and I had a good and COLD visit, albeit a fast visit!

After showing our membership card at the entrance, I asked the zoo employee how many had gone through so far (this was only 10 minutes after the zoo opened)....she responded that we "were the 5th, 6th, and 7th people so far".  (We did end up seeing at least a *few* more people during our visit.  But personally, I like being at the zoo with very few people (and so do our introverted kiddos)).

We weren't there even 5 minutes before Kate's crying made an appearance.  In all fairness to Kate, she had fallen.  But still -- it NEVER takes long with her.  (And -- let's be honest....it does indeed try my patience)....

We first stopped at the Penguins because we knew they'd be just fine in the cold air.  Yep -- we were correct in that assumption....

We then went to the "amphibian and reptile" building because we knew we could warm up a bit since it's indoors!

We read that the "King Cobra" snake can be up to 20 feet long.  Luke figured out that this snake was longer (taller) than his Daddy AND longer (taller) than Goliath (from the Biblical story of David & Goliath)....

We then went through the long North American part of the zoo!  The nice thing is that obviously, these animals are completely *natural* to our climate...SO, we saw quite a bit because they were ALL outside; however, I didn't take any pics.

We then headed to the leopards & tigers -- which were also all outside!

Look VERY closely!  A tiger is in the background in this next pic!

We then went quickly to the African section.  The giraffes were the only animals outside in this section. We had to go inside to the wonderfully heated African building to see the elephant, rhinos, and hippos!

Lastly, and skipping over many other zoo parts because of time AND coldness, we quickly went through the Australian and South American sections.  In all reality, these two areas aren't the *best* in the winter because so many animals are off exhibit for the season, BUT I'm so glad Luke wanted to.  I was able to get this AWESOME pic of Luke right next to a wallaby -- the closest we've ever been able to get.  Had Luke gotten any closer, I'm pretty sure the wallaby would've darted.  I could tell he was a *wee* bit nervous about Luke's closeness.  Fortunately, Luke is a gentle boy and was very careful around him.  Luke would be one of the last people on the face of our awesome planet to hurt this wallaby!

We then headed to my parents' for our traditional Thanksgiving dinner!  The turkey was nearly done frying by the time we got there; therefore, I never did get a pic -- Boo :(

Somehow, my brother has gotten the job every year of carving the turkey.  He does a good job.  SO, in my humble opinion, he can permanently have this job until Luke takes over, I guess...

We all then ate too much as we do each year.  After some clean-up, mostly by my mom (thanks, Mom) -- the pies came out!  My personal favorite -- my mom's lemon meringue.  YUM-O!

The cousins played & watched movies together.  Kate, who tends to easily get overstimulated in loud situations, offered to take a nap -- which she did the for around 2 hours!!!!!  (Thanks Kate)!

Around the time for the sun to go down, we headed home, tired but happy and hopefully thankful!

Luke wanted to watch "Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" one last time for the year and before the official switch to "Charlie Brown Christmas"!  Kate sat on her daddy's lap and read books -- which is sheer awesome for this Mama to watch!

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