20 Year Anniversary Trip

I can't believe it has been 20 years since we said our vows. So much life has happened over the past years. We joined the military, had 2 children and have moved 9 times. I am so thankful for our life together. It has not always been easy (moving every year for 3 years with teens is seriously rough)! We decided to save up and go on a big trip for our 20 Year to Jamaica. What a wonderful 7 day vacation for just us! It was relaxing and carefree! So nice to have a week of just us. Looking forward to a really big trip for our 25 year Anniversary.

Anniversary Dinner on the beach!

Third Move in 3 Years

We have moved again. It was a quick 10 months for us in Alabama and then we headed for another adventure. We moved back to Va. We thought this was where we would come after Marks schooling last year but it is the military and so nothing is for certain on how long or where you are going.

I am ready to put down some roots for the next couple of years. We have the kids in good schools and they seem to be enjoying it for the most part. We are busy. Busier then we have ever been before. Jonathan is in marching band and it requires lots of practices, games and competitions. The good news is that he loves it! The bad news is that our weekends are gone and most evenings too. I am so thankful that I get to be apart of the driving and watching my kids excel in there activities.

Anna is doing Cross County and really enjoying that as well. It is less of a time commitment and only has two meets and two practices a week. I am getting to help coach her age group and it is so much fun.
Hopefully I c…

Fall in Alabama

It has been a quick 3 months since our move to Alabama. We are really enjoying living in the South. I was a little worried when we first moved here and I discovered what humidity was like. YIKES! Since the temps have cooled and weather has changed, I am really liking it here. We are stationed with good friends from Montana so it has been so nice getting to spend time with there sweet family. I miss our friends from previous bases but have jumped in and gotten involved with the ACSC spouse's group. It is so much fun! I have been scrap booking, taken cooking classes at Williams Sonoma, learned some international dishes, helped with some outings and have even met some friends to run with. I am so thankful for this year with my family and the adventures we are getting to partake in. I am not saying it has been easy moving with a teen and almost 12 year old but am so glad we have this year as a family. Mark is home and not deployed! He has a great schedule and we are getting to run tog…

Running and Chasing the Dream

Rock N Roll DC last month I love running. When I first started 12 years ago 3 miles was so difficult. I could never imagine doing more then that. I had a sweet friend that would run with me in the evenings after my baby was in bed. She kept encouraging me and I fell in love with the sport. I did my first half marathon and realized that this was a sport I could do! So fast forward 12 years later and I am still training and trying to get a marathon to qualify for Boston. I ran a marathon last month with two of the most amazing ladies. They are awesome! I followed the plan, cross trained, rested when I should have. The pace was easy. I could do this for 26.2 miles. Then race day came! I stayed the pace for 20 miles and then the dreaded wall happened. My legs hurt, my quads hurt and my mind went CRAZY! I carried my music with me for the entire race and never listened to it. My friends stayed with me and pushed me (or at least tried) but all I thought of was my goal getting further out of…


This has been a year of changes for our family. We left Ohio after 4 wonderful years and moved to a small town outside of DC. Mark started a new job, we found a church, the kids got involved in school activities, the kids got a puppy and we all started making friends. Then we found out some news. We are moving again! This SUMMER! To say the least we were shocked. Moving, again, so soon? I am so glad that we have complete trust in our God! For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV Jeremiah 29:11) So the Friesen family is headed to Alabama this summer for 10 months. Mark has the opportunity to go become a student again! Not sure we will have lots of visitors at our new home but it is still always open to all of you. DC has been great and we have had lots of friends and family come see us so far.

A Perfect Evening

We had one of those perfect evenings on Saturday. It was a nice 85 degrees with light breeze. Perfect for grilling and eating outside. Mark loves backyard BBQ's and is always up for using his new grill. It has been so hot and humid in Va this summer.

 We made one of our favorite meals so far on the grill. We grilled fresh Alaskan salmon on cedar planks, wild rice salad (from my favorite Ina Garten), roasted green beans and a tomato, sharp white cheddar cheese bread pudding. It was so good! Our son tried his first piece of salmon ever and he is 12. Then he ate the entire piece. It is starting to cool off in Va. We are hoping for more evenings like this before school starts.

My Busy Spring

I have been having lots of fun staying busy with a million different things. I am happy to say that I have taken advantage of every opportunity to hang with friends, go shopping at my Pottery Barn Outlet, go running with friends and lots of coffee dates esp. Ghost Light. Our moving date is approaching so quickly. I ran my first 30 K trail race in March with a couple of friends. Loved the experience of running in San Francisco but came away with an injured knee. That led me to the next 6 weeks of little running, PT and lots of exercises to get my knee back on track. I had been training for my second Team In Training marathon called the Flying Pig. It came down to the wire and I wasn't sure if I could do the distance with my knee not being normal. After praying about it and talking to my Dr's I decided to forge ahead. I ran the race and finished in a fine time. It was such a different run then my last marathon. Because of my knee I knew that I wouldn't do any personal record…