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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!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Park Visit #3....

I better post about #3 since visits 4 and 5 have already happened, AND quite bit of other things have happened since that time.

Park visit #3 actually happened the same day (immediately following) park visit #2.  If you missed #2, scroll back about 4 posts.  (So -- this visit was *almost* two weeks ago.….insert clearing of throat here).

Moving on -- park visit #3 was "Roosevelt Park". If you're local, this park is basically at Broadway & Magnolia -- east of the railroad tracks.  I personally had never been to this park, but Luke had several years ago when he visited with a friend.  Amazingly, he vaguely remembered the visit.

For our visit this day, we packed our lunch from home. But, when we first arrived, the kiddos had no interest in lunch as they wanted to check out the equipment.  

Look closely in the pic to see Luke & Kate.  It was a rather chilly day in late May, relative to Kansas; therefore, both kids were actually wearing pants.

This park has a small shelter for eating -- would be great on a warmer day than that particular day.

After eating but before playtime continued, I *made* Luke & Kate take the obligatory park picture.

Then, they returned to play!

Aanndd -- no blog post or park visit (or any other happening in our life) would be complete without Kate crying...I think, in this pic, she had just fallen or something.  Who knows???  So many exhausting tears with this girl...(And -- the smile I seem to have with her in these crying pictures, in all truthfulness, may possibly be somewhat fake.  Sometimes, I'm completely compassionate with her tears.  Other times, I'm annoyed.  Just being honest here....BUT, when I'm old and more gray than I already am, I'll want to remember.  Hopefully, I can chuckle at that point).

And, as Luke & I have been attempting to do at the end of each park visit...the "good" and the "not so good" about each park...

The Good:

***Fun equipment for kids probably 5-6 and up
***Sheltered eating area, albeit small
***Large area for playing soccer or football with friends
***Tennis courts
***A little ways off from Broadway (a *busier* street for our little fair city; a huge LIKE for Mamas of kids like Kate who like to run off quickly)

The Not-So-Good:

***Not great equipment for younger kids like Kate
***No noticeable restrooms
***Not a huge amount of shade (but more than in some other areas)

My only other *beef* (remember -- I'm from Kansas), and I'm WELL aware this can happen anywhere, was that some older kids showed up unsupervised and obviously bored seeing how, at this point, school had been out for a whopping two days (Ha!).  I had to ask two of them to please quit throwing the "chips" that were the protective ground cover underneath the equipment. (One piece had hit Luke, and I'm not sure they even realized it).  I also witnessed a 5 year-old make a foul gesture at another kid.  (Use your imaginations here, folks).  Fortunately, both Luke and Kate are young and sheltered enough at this point in their lives that they didn't even notice.  In all reality, besides being annoyed, I was honestly sad that the 5 year-old was there with NO adult supervision and was making gestures like he did.

These two incidents were enough to make me not want to visit this particular park too often even though Luke liked it.  I also must remember that, perhaps when Kate is a wee bit older, this park would provide awesome opportunities for our family to be Lights for Christ -- to kids who might not otherwise hear the Good News of Christ.

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