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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, December 3, 2014

San Antonio -- Part 1....

A little bit less than a week before Thanksgiving, Marc & I traveled down to San Antonio, TX.  We took this trip without our kids.  It was a getaway to celebrate our 10th anniversary -- which was back on June 5.

I've been thinking about how to approach posting about this trip.  Part of me wants to explain a few things about why we haven't been the world's *greatest* couple when it comes to traveling without our kids, about why we went to San Antonio, TX, instead of some lovely Mexican resort or Caribbean island (and my feelings about the sense of entitlement regarding those places), Blah, Blah, Blah....

BUT, if I were to talk about any of those items, I would most likely come across as a) lecturing b) bitter c) an expert.  My desire is NOT any of those things.  Instead, I will merely post about our trip with a *few* pics.  I honestly didn't take a huge number of pics.

SO -- here goes Part 1.

The one thing I will say is that ONE reason we chose San Antonio was because it's a city with which we have both visited; HOWEVER, we hadn't ever visited the city together.  Keep in mind that we're both fairly independent people who were very close to 30 years old when we got married.  We had both lived on our own AND had both traveled a fair amount before we were married.  Honestly, if we want to revisit a bunch of previously traveled places + visit new places in our lifetime, we better travel more than we do.  Ha!  (I hope that makes sense)....

Because we own 2 vehicles which are older AND have quite a few miles, we, once again (like we did this past summer), rented a vehicle for this trip.  We left on the Friday which, if you're local, was FOGGY. We left after picking up Luke from the bus stop (noonish), having lunch, and dropping off the kids at my parents'.

We took a foggy and somewhat drizzly drive all the way to Dallas, TX, for the first night.  Our main goal that first night, besides arriving safely at our hotel in Dallas, was to eat here...

Yep -- In-N-Out Burger.  We'd eaten at a couple of these fine establishments in California awhile back. It was thrilling to us when Marc figured out they were in Texas as well.

ONE thing I LOVE about In-N-Out Burger is their simple menu...Yep -- I'm a bit of a QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) nerd.  Before kids, I spent many years of my teenage & adult working years in the industry.  Though I've been "out" of that world for nearly 6 1/2 years, I still find myself comparing and watching trends.

Finally, we arrived at our hotel rather late in the evening.  We enjoy staying at "Embassy Suites" -- mainly for their big breakfasts -- Ha!  I took this pic for Luke.  He too likes Embassy Suites because of the see-through elevators and the ability to look down at the breakfast area.  We were on the 10th floor.  I texted this pic to my mom to show Luke.  It is my understanding that Luke enjoyed the picture.

Marc (and let's be honest -- and I) enjoy the breakfasts!  This would be Marc's...and, I think he had a bowl of cereal for dessert after this breakfast was eaten.

After sleeping in, not rushing, and eating breakfast, we checked out of our hotel to keep driving south.

When traveling by car, Marc & I have learned that, in big cities with a lot of traffic with which we're not familiar, it's much better if I drive and he navigates....SO, as we were leaving the hotel in Dallas (with me driving), the "low tire pressure" light came on in the rental car.  We found a lovely Quik-Trip (awesome convenience store if you're not familiar), and Marc aired up the tires.

We kept going south.

Before getting out of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area (thankfully), the light came on again.  This time, I pulled over, and Marc called "Avis".  The very nice woman at "Avis" directed us back into Ft. Worth (20 miles away) to an "Avis" location to swap cars.

While it certainly put us behind our schedule, we're grateful that a) this happened while we were kid-free b) none of the tires went completely flat while flying down a TX freeway c) it happened while we were still in a major city with plenty of "Avis" locations d) "Avis" was awesome and had another car available to us e) it didn't cost us any extra money.

The silver car was our first car.  The black one was our new one.  Notice the water on the cars.  Yep -- fog and RAIN were the themes for our trip for 2 days while traveling from the Wichita area to San Antonio.

AND -- Part 2 on another post!

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