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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, July 28, 2015

South Dakota -– Part 3 of Who Knows....

Continuing on....

After eating a home cooked meal with friends (Yay), we got two tired kiddos ready for bed.  Our kids had the awesome opportunity to do something they don't get to do in our house: sleep in bunk beds!  They knew this before we left for our trip.  Kate, of course, had no clue what a bunk bed was, obviously.  Luke knew what bunk beds were, and he was pretty excited!  (If you can *sort of* see, Kate is on the bottom).

Our kids are pretty good sleepers, and they know to stay in bed.  The vacation was no exception, BUT that first morning, Kate woke up earlier than she has in quite awhile...uugghh!  This waking up early manifested itself later on in a crying bad mood.

BUT -- it was vacation, and there were things to do and see.

That first morning in the Rapid City area -- we went to the famous Mt. Rushmore....

I love all of the states' flags hanging along the walkway.  Luke *had* planned on bringing his state flag book to compare, but he forgot it at home.  (#booknerd)  But -- Luke did well looking at the various state flags without the book.

Honest Moment of Sarah: Probably because of being woken up by his little sister early, Luke exhibited a *wee* bit of an attitude problem at this point.  AND, to top it all off -- this Mama didn't handle it in the most eloquent of manners.

Fortunately, and I have to remind myself of this daily, we serve a God who pours a limitless amount of grace on us; therefore, I must move on and simply not beat myself up on it.

Luke ended up doing quite well and changed his attitude.  It ended up being a nice visit to Mt. Rushmore.

This next pic is obviously of our Kate!  Her "getting up early" really manifested itself at this point (it ultimately first manifested itself at breakfast that morning).  Kate was being stubborn and was crying quite a bit.  This was the best pose I got.

After a snack and a brief nap in the car (after Mt. Rushmore), Kate's mood did improve!

I *think* this was my 4th trip to Mt. Rushmore in my almost 40 years of life.  I KNOW it was my favorite, despite the bad start to it.  I KNOW that is because it's pretty awesome accompanying my husband with our own kids to such an awesome place.  There's just something memorable about watching your kids experience new places and things.

I need to remember to be grateful to our awesome God for our little Friesen Family of 4 as well as our awesome trip experiences.


After Mt. Rushmore, we went and ate lunch at a pizza buffet, "Pizza Ranch," which totally and completely impressed Marc and the kids.  While I didn't think it was too bad, I didn't and still don't feel like it was a life-changing event (insert your laughter here -- that was meant to be funny).


After "Pizza Ranch," we went to a "zoo" called "Bear Country USA"! This "zoo" is a drive-thru zoo, and at the end, we could park and get out of the car and briefly walk around and see a few more animals.

To say that both if our kiddos enjoyed this place would be an understatement.  It ended up being a terrific experience!

An arctic wolf on a rock (took the pic from my car window).....

Luke had his own map of "Bear Country USA". He had a great time following along in the car!

Bighorn sheep (also taken from my car window)....

Finally -- we got to the actual bear section...we saw probably 40-50 bears in a very large enclosed area with which we drove through.  Yes -- we followed the simple directions of keeping our doors locked and car windows shut!

There is a bear on the large log in the next pic!

After finishing our drive-thru adventure (around 1 1/2 - 2 miles taking well over an hour), we parked and went through the "walking" part of "Bear Country USA".  (The animals in this section were all caged -- like a typical zoo)...

Luke was VERY excited to see a live badger in person (badger underneath the log in this next pic).  We visited this badger display, I think, 3 times that day.

We also saw 5-6 bear cubs.  They were most certainly cute!

And -- another fun animal the kiddos saw up close was the beaver....

We splurged on ice cream at this point and went through the gift shop where we managed to only purchase one decent item -- a Christmas ornament!

At that point, our day was fairly done.  We headed back to our friends' house for yet another home cooked meal -- Yay!

That evening, Luke was brave enough to go to our friends' church for their last night of VBS!  Go Luke!

We then spent a bit of time at a park watching some church softball games!  It was so nice to be in warm, DRY (non-humid) weather!

Kate worked really hard at pushing her daddy on the swing!

Another fun day in the books....

Stay tuned for more South Dakota fun!

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