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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, March 16, 2016

High School Basketball....

Luke is in the first grade at a smallish, private Christian school.  The school building itself houses all K-12 students.

I'm finding that set-up to be pretty awesome in that's how great community is built.  The elementary kiddos and their families support the high school, and the high school kids are great about helping the young kids when needed as well as "high fivin'" them in the hallways, etc.

Both the boys' and girls' basketball teams did well this year.  Marc, Luke, and I like basketball, and we're striving to train Kate to enjoy it as well.  One must simply keep in mind that she's really indeed only 3 1/2.  Sitting for extended periods of time AND understanding a basketball game simply isn't going to happen yet.  Sometimes -- I have to remind myself of that seemingly obvious statement.

There was recently a 9-Day time period when our family attended 5 high school basketball games.  Luke, the 7 year-old with a strong attention span who indeed likes basketball, did fantastic and was very enthusiastic throughout the process.  Kate is 3 1/2.  Enough said.  In all reality, though, Kate did well considering her age.

Both teams made the final sub-state game.  The girls gave it their all, but they were not able to pull off a win.  We certainly enjoyed watching them, however.

The boys won sub-state, and it was FUN watching them win!

The boys' and girls' sub-state games were one right after the other.  Sooooo....Kate had to get through two back-to-back games -- sitting in a warm high school gym where MANY families had shown up to support our team (as well as supportive families from the other teams)....Kate & I (and her baby) took several walks outside to both cool off and get away from the "sitting like sardines" experience that exciting high school games requires.

After those two final games, both kiddos fell asleep during the over hour-long late night drive home.  I actually only captured a pic of Kate -- which I'm guessing Luke will thank me for later!

The next week -- the boys were off to the state tournament in Manhattan, KS -- not quite two hours away from home.  Luke's school was called off so anybody and their families could attend the state tournament.  Remember -- the whole school is involved?  Trust me -- it's awesome!  (And -- thanks to a mild winter for our area, we had snow days we could use up....)

Marc had to work part of a day.  So -- the kiddos, Miriam (our lovely foreign exchange student who is part of our family; whom we let get out of her own school to come with us), AND I headed to Manhattan.  Mar joined us later that day for the actual game!

We packed our lunches for a BEAUTIFUL day, and once we got to Manhattan, we asked a gentleman at a convenience store for a park recommendation.  He gave us a fabulous recommendation.  We ate lunch, and the kids played for awhile!  (Sorry -- no pics of Luke)!

THEN -- and I'm sorry I didn't capture any pics of the next planned event -- one of our favorite teenagers (who used to baby-sit Luke needs Kate and will hopefully at least *sometimes* will again) gave us a tour of Kansas State University.  It'd probably been over 20 years since I'd been on campus.  Miriam, Luke, and Kate had never been on campus.  To Luke's delight, Jillian (our previously mentioned teenager) even showed us her dorm room!

Miriam LOVED the campus!  Luke has now moved K-State up to his number 2 spot on colleges to attend someday, behind Wichita State University (after all -- Luke's in the first grade...one simply can't wait to make a college decision -- Ha)!  For you University of Kansas folks reading -- Luke has already seen the campus; he likes the K-State campus better.  But -- don't worry.  He's still supporting the KU Jayhawks basketball team!


After the college tour -- we headed to the basketball game!  It was very exciting to watch a small school high school team play in a large college arena!!!!  (And -- more comfortable seats to add)....

Unfortunately, our boys lost up not without a good fight!  But goodness -- it sure was fun to watch!!!

And -- the team that did win (Jackson a Heights) went on to win the state trophy.  Jackson Heights had a great team!

And now -- we're on to cheering on the WSU Shockers AND the KU Jayhawks in the NCAA Tourney!  After all -- it's March, and that's what we do here in the USA. We watch college basketball!

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