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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, May 20, 2015

Park Visit #1....

I completely took (read: stole) an idea from a good friend of mine.  I suggested to Luke & Kate that one of our summer goals should be to visit ALL 18 parks that our fine little town has to offer -- ALL 18 that are listed on the city's website.

Luke thought it would be fun.  Kate, being only almost 3, has no other choice to go with us, AND Kate absolutely loves to do things (especially outside).  Part of the visits are to include Luke taking a few pics of his own (with this Mama's constant taking of pics).  Then, we'll print out a couple of pics that Luke (or Mama) takes, and we'll make a poster.

We're currently having the "anti-summer" weather, but seeing how today is the first day officially of our summer break, we decided to "take the plunge" and do a park visit.

Since we knew quite a few of our parks would be muddy and/or wet AND the fact that it's cold (we wouldn't want to spend hours at a park playing today), we decided to go to "Railroad Park".  This park isn't a true "park" by most of our standards in that it's just a concrete area on the bike path with a few benches.  Nevertheless, it's a "park" funded by taxpayer dollars and maintained by the city.  It's on the list.  We went.

If one was a railroad enthusiast (likes to watch trains), this would be the park for you!  We just ate our lunch in the cold on a blanket, and the kids ran around for a bit.

As I posted on "Facebook," NO park visit would be complete without Kate crying, with or without a valid reason.  Today, the reason was valid.  For unexplainable reasons, she fell on the concrete.  Fortunately, she was ok, but snuggles with Mama were a must.  (I must admit truthfully that I probably will someday miss this.  Right now, though, the seemingly constant crying gets annoying).

You locals know how it seems like there are ALWAYS trains to stop traffic.  Today, we wanted to see a train while we were at the park, and not one came until we were loading up into the car.  Luke asked if he could get back out, and I said, "Of course -- this is what we've been waiting on".

After we left (and I told Luke we'd do this after each park visit), Luke & I talked about the good things and not-so-good things about the park.  He was great about coming up with lists with me.


**Can watch trains easily
**Concrete area when there's a lot of mud
**Nice benches to sit on
**Trashcans available
**Plenty of parking


**No playground equipment
**No restrooms
**No trees -- will be hot when summer finally does appear

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