Quarantine

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New York Times 3/28/2020

The State of California issued a Stay At Home Order for it’s residents due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The kids’ school is closed until May 6th and they are doing online distant learning from home. It is like a scene from George Jetson cartoon from the future where their teachers and classmates are on a screen.

My husband and I work for two different camps which host events that center around gathering people. The Center for Disease Control has implemented meetings of less than 10 people and both camps have closed until approximately May 10. As a result of these changes, I am not working at the moment. We are thankful my husband is able to work a reduced schedule, because their Maintenance team is working on necessary projects during this shutdown.

It is challenging to stay home for an extended period of time and the kids’ teachers frequently remind their students to get some fresh air and sunshine. We are blessed to live in the majestic Santa Cruz mountains where we can hike in the serenity of God’s nature. Sometimes, we will throw a frisbee at our local meadow, ride a bike, play basketball, etc..

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It is a blessing to be at home as well in that we have purposely slowed down and made intentional family time by reading our Bibles/books, watching movies and playing board games together.

Is your area mandated to stay at home? If so, I’d love to hear what creative ways you are handling it.

Blessings, Rebecca

Comfort & Confidence

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Capitola Beach

Sunday we took a drive to the Capiola Beach to grab a mocha and slice of pizza with the kids.

It was good to take a break, get outside and breathe some fresh ocean air.

Afterwards, we went to the mall to get a few essentials. I had never seen empty shelves at a grocery store. Wow!

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Target 3/15/2020

During these uncertain times, it is easy to let fear creep in.

Our friend, Kathy, sent us a text encouraging us to read Psalm 91 together as a family. It has given us comfort and confidence. I’d like to share it with you.

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the LORD, My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust! 3 For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. 5 You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day; 6 Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. 7 A thousand may fall at your side And ten thousand at your right hand, But it shall not approach you. 8 You will only look on with your eyes And see the recompense of the wicked. 9 For you have made the LORD, my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place. 10 No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent. 11 For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. 12 They will bear you up in their hands, That you do not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread upon the lion and cobra, The young lion and the serpent you will trample down. 14 Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. 15 He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. 16 With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation. – Psalm 91

I hope this Bible passage also comforts your family and builds your confindence in God.

If you have never invited Jesus into your life and would like to, just know that He loves you and His arms are open wide. Simply confess your sins and ask Him to be the Lord of your life. Here’s a link to help walk you through the process.

Blessings, Rebecca

Mothers & Daughters

20200208_102906For the past four years I’ve enjoyed taking my daughter to Moms & Daughters camp.

In 2019 we had fun making bath bombs, hiking and doing archery.

In 2018 we enjoyed a petting zoo, knife throwing and shooting bb guns.

This year, Alicia asked if we could do moms and daughter’s a little differently.  She suggested we hang out for the day with her best friend Heather and her mom Yvette.

So, we kicked off our adventure at their house for brunch.

We spontaneously decided to do a little shopping.  We went to a local garage sale and picked up a couple household items.

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Next, we drove  to the coast, parked a few blocks away and walked along the Boardwalk.  It was a gorgeous sunny  day.  A bit chilly, but beautiful. We grabbed some delicious garlic fries, Marini’s taffy/chocolate and headed back.

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Later that evening, we met up for dinner at one of our favorite local Mexican restaurants. It was a night of good food and great company.

Afterwards, we parted ways.

It is a new season for my girl and me. She  is growing up. I am proud of her for asking to do age appropriate activities while spending time together.

Are you in a new season with your child? 

Blessings, Rebecca

 

We’re Moving

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Hi Friends! I wanted to apologize for not posting Monday. It has been a bit hectic this week, because we’re moving.

We’ve been praying for nearly three years to rent a bigger staff cabin and the Lord has opened a place for us. We are thrilled!

I hope to return to writing in a couple of weeks.

Has God opened some special doors in your life?

Blessings, Rebecca

Love is in the Air

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As we approach Valentine’s Day, it feels like love is in the air. As I stroll down the grocery aisles, I see red, pink and white stuffed animals, candy and greeting cards.

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Years ago, our church small group studied a very good book about love. It is called The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. In it, details the ways in which people enjoy receiving love: Quality Time, Touch, Giving, Serving and Affirmation.  I thought I would share with you simple things I do to love my family.

Quality Time

I enjoy spending time with my family. We go on hikes, play games or just hangout together.  Here’s a photo of Austin and I at a Santa Cruz Warriors basketball game.

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Touch

I didn’t grow up with affectionate parents. So, I decided to be intentional  with my family; hugs all around.

Giving

I like to surprise my family with what my stepmom calls “Little S” aka “Litle Something.” When I am out and about I may pick up a treat such Girl Scout cookies. It just so happened there was a local troop outside the store this past weekend.

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Serving

This is my natural love language.  I am very comfortable with a todo list. It’s not a chore to support my family by doing the laundry or shopping for groceries.

Affirmation

Words of affirmation are important in building someone’s confidence.  I make it a point to tell my loved ones “Congratulations, good job or I am proud of you.” It’s amazing how easy it is to encourage one another with a simple gesture such as kind words.

Dr. Chapman wrote another book called Love is a Verb which I was blessed to share one of my stories.  The book showcases love in action.

In the Bible, there are many verses that talk about love. I’d like to share a few with you.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting love. – John 3:16

My beloved friends let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. – 1 John 4:7

By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. – John 13:35

What’s one way your share love with your family?

Blessings, Rebecca

Believe in Miracles

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Miracles are just waiting to happen to all of us. Read my personal story in the new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles. http://bit.ly/2sJgBjU

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About a year ago, I attended a class with BJ Taylor at Mt Hermon’s Christian Writers Conference and she encouraged us to submit our personal stories to Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Today, I received my author’s  copy and I  am thrilled to share my story with you. I hope you enjoy your read…

Blessings, Rebecca

PS Have you ever experienced a miracle? I’d love to hear about it.

Happy New Year 2020

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Lake Tahoe, Ca

Happy New Year! It’s the start of a new decade. It seems surreal that the 2010s are over.

We enjoyed the Christmas season with family eating a savory ham dinner with all the trimmings, watching Hallmark movies and putting together a puzzle.

Below is a picture of us at Eastridge Mall where we watched the final episode of Star Wars.  My brother, Greg, reminded me we watched the first episode as kids in 1977. Wow! Here we are forty-two years later wrapping up the saga.

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Connie, Greg, Austin, Alicia, Randy & me San Jose, Ca

I didn’t grow up in a family that made new year’s resolutions.  Although, I don’t have any resolutions for 2020, I am looking forward to our son graduating high school and our daughter learning  to drive.

I pray you and yours have a happy and healthy year.

Did you make a resolution? I’d love to hear about it.

Blessings, Rebecca

Merry Christmas

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For unto us a Child is born,
unto us a Son is given;
and the government will be upon His shoulder.
and His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6-9

From our family to yours we wish a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Blessings, Rebecca

What are your holiday plans? I’d love to hear about it.

Humble for the Holidays

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Trees at my work

This past weekend my car gave me trouble enaging in the drive position. I sighed and said, “Really Lord? It’s Christmas.”

Thankfully we have a friend who is a mechanic and he is checking out the transmission for us.

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Fireplace at my work

As a result, I’ve told family and friends it’s going to be a light Christmas for gifts since we are down one vehicle. Talk about humbling.

My daughter reminded me that Christmas is about baby Jesus’ birth and spending time with family and friends.

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She is right. I need not worry about circumstances that are out of my control and concentrate on the joy of Christmas.

Have you ever had to scale back during the holidays? I’d love to hear about it.

Blessings, Rebecca

Thankful

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I would like to wish you and your a very Happy Thanksgiving.

As we prepare for our annual Thanksgiving meal, I’ve been contemplating about the things I am thankful for in my life. The list grew longer as I thought about, because we have so much to be grateful for.  However, I’d like to share with you just a few of them this day.

1. God

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. -Psalm 100:4

2. Family & Friends

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy… Philippians 1:3

3. Health

4. Shelter, warmth & security

5. Food & clean water

6. Clothing & shoes

7. Workplace & community

8. Hot showers

9. Chocolate & mochas

10. And for our readers like you…

What are you thankful for? I’d love to know.

Blessings, Rebecca