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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!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

South Dakota -- Part 1 of Who Knows....

For our little Friesen Family 2015 Vacation, Marc and I made the decision to go up to South Dakota, specifically the Black Hills and Rapid City.

Marc and I actually took a trip up there 10 years ago. I had been up there as a child a couple of times. We figured the kiddos (especially Luke) would enjoy it.  We knew Kate, being only 3 years old, would merely be along for the ride but could certainly benefit from travel and learning to adapt to new and different situations.

To really make this trip hopefully awesome, we asked some high school friends of mine (who now live up there) if we could stay with them in Rapid City.  They most graciously offered their hospitality.  Admittedly, I was *slightly* nervous about staying with a couple whom I hadn't talked with in years (other than on "Facebook").  My biggest prayer was that their kiddos and our kiddos would do ok together.  Now, as I look back at our week, I can honestly say it all worked out -- Yay!

Anyways -- we left home last Tuesday morning.  Our family vacationing tradition is to stop at "Druber's," our little awesome donut shop, on the way out of town.

A little side note -- Last summer, we started a little thing called "renting a car for vacation to avoid extra wear and tear on our own vehicles and our big car has too many miles". (I hope that intensive run-on sentence makes sense).  It's as fun and exciting for the kiddos as it is for Marc and me to drive a newer car.  We ended up with a "Kia Sorento" -- a mid-sized SUV -- for this trip.

Rather than taking ALL of the 10-12 hour trip in one day, we decided to break it up into two days (both going and coming home)...we *slightly* veered out of our way and stayed in Sioux Falls, SD, the first and last nights.

Back to basic travel...

Luke lost another tooth in the car as we were approaching our hotel.

After arriving at/checking in the hotel and going to grab supper, Kate and I dropped Marc and Luke off back at the hotel to watch the baseball All-Star game.  Kate and I then headed down by the river in Sioux Falls so Kate could walk with her baby.  The baby's stroller actually was permitted to come along on the trip, but Kate thought her baby needed to be carried this particular evening on the bike path.

Kate had to show her baby the water....

And, as babies seem to like to do, Kate's baby had to have a diaper change RIGHT on the bike path....

Ohhhh, Kate and her #littlemama abilities and pretend play....  (Oh -- how I love watching this in her personality)....

AND -- more "normal" vacant pics are coming...I just want to document, for our family, even the seemingly mundane (though not mundane to me) aspects of our trip!

Stay tuned...South Dakota in the Black Hills really does have a lot to offer!

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