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)
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!
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, then you know quite a bit of what has been going on in our little Friesen Family of 4. BUT, once again, I've really "stunk" (if that's really a word) on getting posts on here.
Well.....I'll try this again. I'll make a whopping ZERO promises on how often I'll post this summer, BUT I'd really truly like to do better.
But, here goes....
Today was Luke's last day of kindergarten -- his last day. May I be permitted to let out a HUGE "Sniff Sniff?"
I'm not kidding. I did not realize I'd be more sad on the last day than on the first day. As I stated on Facebook awhile back, there's just something so cute and innocent and sweet about kindergarten. Nearly everybody remembers at least something about kindergarten, and hopefully, those are all good memories for most people.
This year of kindergarten for Luke has had mostly all good points. There have been a couple of challenges (insert clearing of throat here) OR learning incidents for Luke. My ultimate prayer is that through ALL of these kindergarten happenings (both positive and challenging), God ultimately is glorified.
First, and please do NOT ask me my secret to this, Luke did not miss a day of school this year. Not a day. It was a terrible year for sickness for many, and somehow, our family missed it. (Don't freak out -- we're GREAT at getting sick in the summer here in our home). SO, almost everyday except for maybe 3 days, Marc drove Luke to the bus stop. This morning, after getting to work after dropping Luke off at the bus stop, Marc texted me some pretty sweet pics.
It's so cute to watch young kids walk to the big bus....
He only was at school a couple of hours this morning before parents arrived for their final assembly (kindergarten through 6th grade). At this assembly, the kindergartners were promoted to 1st grade, and the 6th graders were promoted to Jr. High. I like this pic that was posted on the school'sFacebook page of all of the parents and students.
After pledges and prayer, the whole group (parents and students) sang a couple of songs. Awesome.
Then, the kindergarteners all lined up and were called up individually to receive their certificates. Cute. Simply Cute.
When Luke's name was called, I could tell he was nervous, as usual. But, he walked over to this teacher, Mrs. Burkhart, with a bit of confidence; confidence which I've seen increase this year. Then, as several of the boys did, Luke gave her a "high five" after receiving his certificate.
All of his class....
After the assembly ended, the chaos began with all of the elementary kids leaving at the same time with their parents. There was no bus transportation available so nearly every student had somebody with them to take them home. Yep -- quite a few people + wound up kiddos = chaos.
Luke, who's not one to hug other people other than his parents and sister did pose with his teacher (whom he's already said he's missing).
And -- to not forget Kate -- well.....she did fairly well through the short assembly. BUT, toward the end, she needed to simply sit on her dad's lap and then her mom's....She's doing better than she used to. I can't complain. She is only almost 3.
I KNOW Kate will enjoy having Luke home this summer; however, it's obvious it hasn't "sunk in" with her yet that he'll be home with her more. This evening, as she always does, she asked if I'd hold her tomorrow morning after her Daddy and brother leave. I *think* she'll be happy in the morning when at least her brother is home with her.
She certainly was a happy camper this afternoon when her brother let her in his room for awhile to play. She takes advantage of that opportunity whenever it presents itself. And today, she simply crawled under his covers for awhile.
AND now, summer can begin, despite the weather acting like fall. Seriously, fall....(I fully realize you know about this weather phenomenon if you're local to us).
I will close this post with the school's "theme verse" for this year. We've had it up on our kitchen bulletin board this year. It's a goody.
"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 3:18