Get Away

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It has been 2-3 years since our family took a vacation. So, when our friend called to offer her cabin in Arnold, California, we jumped at the chance to get away.

We drove 3 1/2 hours north of Santa Cruz redwoods/ocean and discovered a whole new world of pine/oak trees and beautiful lakes. The top picture was taken at Lake Alpine in the Stanislaus National Forest. It was absolutely gorgeous! We rented two double kayaks and paddles around the lake. We stopped on a rock island and jumped into the snow melt water. Brrrr…

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Our cabin was a quaint 1950’s A Frame. It was delightfully retro. We enjoyed the community resort which included a golf course, swimming pool, lake, table tennis, basketball, tennis courts, and snack shack. We even won a round of bingo. The middle photo is of our 15 yr-old son Austin and 12 yr-old daughter Alicia sitting on a boulder in the Sierra mountain range.

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We had a blast on our family vacation and hope to play again real soon.

Did your family enjoy a summer vacation this year? If so, I’d love to hear about it. Please share with us.

Summer Camp

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This week our son attended high school camp 4.5 hours south of us in Santa Barbara. It is the first time he has been far away from home for a week.

At the same time, our daughter attended a junior high camp nearby. It is the first time she has attended a two week camp.

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So, lots of firsts for everyone in our family, because it was the first time in 15 years Randy and I were without kiddos.

To add tension to the week, a fire broke out 29 miles east from where our son was set to camp. Hats off to the FRSB staff for for a great job of pulling it off despite the the threat of fire and CHP road closures. There is great summary video of their week on Mission Spring Frontier Ranch Youtube. I tried to insert it for you without success.

In the end, fun was had by all. Thanks be to God for keeping everyone safe.

Have you had any family adventures this summer? If so, feel free to share with us.

Family Resources

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This week a friend of mine approached me and asked, “Rebecca, do you know what kind of paperwork our church benevolence fund requires to help us with our childcare expenses?” After our conversation, I thought to myself I wonder if other families have similar questions/concerns. So, I’ve compiled a short list of family resources I am aware of in Santa Cruz County and am sure similar organization are available in your area as well.

  1. Church benevolence or deacon fund – Many churches have benevolence or deacon funds that help families pay their utility bills, rent, etc.
  2. Food pantries/banks – Community churches or organizations such as Valley Churches United Method offer food assistance to families in need. Also, they help with special projects such as Easter, Thanksgiving and/or Christmas meals.
  3. Organizations such as HUD offer assistance in finding affordable housing for families.

I hope these ideas are helpful. If you know of other resources, please share with our community of families.

Blessings, Rebecca

Family Camp 2017

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How is your summer going? We are enjoying Family Camp this week. So far, we have soaked up some sun during outside recreational activities, ate delicious food prepared by the dining crew and attended inspirational worship/sermon services/classes.

Yesterday, we had a blast at the ranch playing on the slip n slide, listening to blue grass music, testing out the archery range and shooting BB rifle targets.

Today, it’s beach day and the kids are excited to go the Boardwalk with their youth group.

Tomorrow, we will attend their old fashioned carnival games and Fourth of July parade. I can’t wait!

Do you do things together to refresh as a family? I would love to hear about it!

Family Reading Time

 

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Do you read together as a family? We do, and cherish the time spent together. We often start our day reading our Bible. It is a perfect way to connect with God first thing and helps our day go smoother. It has been my experience that if I skip my quiet time, my day tends to be more chaotic than days that I put God first.

This past weekend, we spent quality time both Saturday and Sunday learning God’s word, soaking in worship music and talking through some tough issues our family is facing. The moment drew us closer as a family, helped us resolve problems, opened lines of communication with our teens and was enjoyable. Who knew?

Happy reading! Rebecca

Cancer Diagnosis

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This week, we received some devastating news…my Step-Mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. Twenty-five-years ago she underwent a mastectomy for breast cancer. So, it was especially a difficult pill to swallow again.

Starting in two weeks, she will need to complete six months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

As I try to digest this heavy announcement, I asked myself what can we do to help her along her journey. Here’s a couple ideas that came to mind:

  1. Pray – We’re praying for her healing as well as her strength/endurance during a long, difficult journey.
  2. Serve – We offered to run errands, clean the house, pay the bills, make meals, etc. while she and my dad focus on completing the treatment plan.

Here are more ideas from Cancer.net.

Do you know someone who was diagnosed with cancer? If so, how did you help him/her through his/her journey? I’d love to hear about it. Please share with us.

 

Pop Goes the Question

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As summer approaches, it is a time for weddings. So, I thought this week I would share with you about the time my husband popped the big question.

My then boyfriend Randy’s mom threw us a dual birthday BBQ for our family and friends at the historic Felton Covered Bridge Park. When we arrived, I found a comfy park bench to enjoy my breakfast before our guests arrived.

“Hon, I really need your help moving these picnic tables,” Randy said.

“I’ll be there in a moment, Hon. I’m finishing my bagel and coffee.”

“No, I need your help now,” he exclaimed.

“I’m starving and will be with you in a moment.” Hmmm, that’s strange. He’s usually not so demanding.

Our festive picnic table and colorful balloons were shimmering in the sunlight. The smell of mesquite chips waffled through the air. As we put the finishing touches on our volleyball nets, our guests arrived one-by-one.

Two hours later, Randy grilled marinated skirt steaks which complimented everyone’s  potluck dishes.  During our scrumptious meal, our family and friends started roasting us saying things like.

“I remember the first time Rebecca pulled up to our house on her new motorcycle. I thought to myself my daughter is an official biker. Ha!” My dad chuckled.

I giggled. When I turned around, Randy knelt in front of me, grabbed my left hand and said, “Rebecca Lynn Mosberger, will you marry me?”

Tears filled my eyes. I choked out the words, “Yes, I’ll marry you!”

After i accepted, everyone erupted in cheer followed my hugs.

Later, I discovered only my parents knew of his proposal plans. I asked my dad. “Did you know about this?”

“Randy asked me for your hand in marriage recently and I told him. If she’ll have ya, you have my blessing.” He winked.

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Red circle – Ramdy & Rebecca Blue circles – Austin & Alicia Joining us is our aunt, broither-in-law and nephew

Sixteen years later this month, we are still going strong living in the majestic Santa Cruz Mountains with our fourteen-year-old son and twelve-year-old daughter who keep us on our toes.

Are you planning to get married or already married and have a proposal story you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about it. Feel free to share with us.

 

 

 

 

Adventurous

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Are you adventurous?

Adventurous
1. inclined or willing to engage in adventures; enjoying adventures.

2. full of risk; requiring courage; hazardous: an adventurous undertaking.

I would not fall into either category, because I prefer a well planned, routine lifestyle.  I work best surrounded with comfort and peace. However, lately, the Lord has been  changing my circumstances that definitely stretch me. This past week, I took the week off to do some camping which is stepping out of routine.
Also, I changed jobs recently. I taught pre-school for several years at a tiny mountain school house in our small town. Due to free public transitional kindergarden, I was forced to find alternative work. Fortunately, I was hired at a nearby Christian Conference Center as a Facilities Administrative Assistance.
As I mentioned earlier, I enjoy routine and this was a huge change for me. However, I must admit, I love my new position! It is refreshing change moving to an office environment, meeting new people and working on challenging projects. It has helped me grow tremendously as an individual.
Along the way, I am learning to be flexible and go with the flow. The Bible says:
Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevail
-Proverbs 19:21
And even though I don’t always understand His plans, they always turn out better than mine.
Another verse, I cling to is:
“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.”
-Jeremiah 29:11
How about you? Has the Lord lead you on a new adventure? I would love to hear about it! Feel free to share with us.

Street Children

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We recently rented the movie Lion about the street children of India. In short, it portays one boy’s adventure of getting separated from his family and his struggles living on the streets of India. It weighed heavy on my heart for many days following. I thought to myself, I wonder if there are street children in the United States.

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A few weeks later someone gave us Sometimes God Has a Kid’s Face which where Sister Mary Rose McGeady shares several stories about the street children her ministry, Covenant House, helps. It opened my eyes to the dark world of runaway American children who are abused emotionally and/or physically

After reading it, I asked myself what can we do to help these kids. My thoughts are:

Pray – Ask God to help these children find healthy homes to grow up loved, safe and live fulfilled.

Donate – Give financially to organizations that help children get off the streets and into a safe haven until they are able to take care of themselves.

Serve – Donate time and skills to support organizations that help children thrive.

If you have any suggestions how we can help children around the world be safe, warm and fed, I eagerly await your ideas. Feel free to share with us.