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Good Gifts

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father above with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. 

-James 1:17

During this Christmas season God has been blessing our family. We’ve been puposeful on keeping watch for His hand at work. It’s fun to be surprised and see Him work through His creation.

Cabin

As I mentioned last week, my coworkers blessed our family with a beautiful mountain cabin for Christmas.  Well, the Guest Services Manager surprised us with four additional days. So, we get to enjoy it for a full week. Awesome! 

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We have been blessed with our Facilities team making sure we are stocked with firewood. Also, we woke up to beautiful poinsettias placed on our porch. Wow!

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Tree

I also mentioned we were given a wonderful fresh cut tree by a coworker.  Another friend lent us some lights and a different frient lent us decorations for it and the cabin.

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Presents

Day after day, we have been given Christmas presents from gift cards, basketball trading cards, clothes, money, cocoa mugs, candy, flowers and even bookmarks for which we had none. We are humbled by our community’s generosity.

Jesus

All of these things are nice. However, the best gift God gave us is His son Jesus.

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And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

-Luke 2:1-7

May you have a very Merry Christmas!

Blessings, Rebecca

Bonus

A friend invited us to see a train exhibit they were hosting at a their church. It was a colorful winter wonderland.

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Christmas Season (Part III)

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8 days before Christmas. Wow!

Concert

We attended our second Mount Hermon Christmas concert & buffet. We savoured another delicious prime rib, salmon and ham dinner before listening to these amazing musicians. The King’s Brass played a mixture of traditional and original arrangement Christmas songs.

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Brunch

For the past three years I cherish getting together with girlfriends for brunch. It’s a wonderful time of fun, food and fellowship.

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Christmas Party

Our family attended my husband’s company Christmas dinner party. Everyone brought an appetizer.  Then, the kitchen staff served us ham, turkey, green beans, garlic mash potatoes, salad, yams and rolls.

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Santa came to Mission Springs and shared with us a sermonette about the birth of our savior and then we sang songs together.

All the while we remember Jesus is the reason for the season

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How are you spending your Christmas season?

Blessings,   Rebecca

Bonus

Our friend surprised us by taking up a collection at my work to rent a cabin in the mountains. He said the Lord placed it on his heart and he wanted to bless our family. Amazing!

Our extended family will be joining us for a special time. We cannot wait…

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Christmas Season (Part Deux)

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I can’t believe there is less than three weeks until Christmas.

For a change up, we’ve been trying some old and new things this year.

Concert

We attended our first Mount Hermon Christmas concert & buffet. We savoured a delicious prime rib, salmon and ham dinner before listening to these amazing musicians/singers. This Louisiana trio, The Foto Sisters,  sang/played a mixture of traditional and original Christmas songs. Wow!

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Boutique

My daughter and I enjoy attending the annual Mount Hermon boutique to purchase one of a kind gifts for loved ones. Here’s Alicia in 2013 and 2018

Tree

I have never wrapped ribbon around our tree before. I watched a tutorial from Laura at Garden Answers and thought we’d give it a try. I kinda like it…

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Again, all seasonal preparation is in anticipation of Christmas; the birth of our savior Jesus. My favorite Christmas song is Mary Did You Know written by Mark Lowry. I wonder if she pondered the magnitude of her call.

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How are you spending your Christmas season?

Blessings,   Rebecca

Bonus

A friend of ours gave us two tickets to see our local D League basketball team Santa Cruz Warriors.

We sat mid-court in the second row, and no one sat in from of us. Although they lost by one point to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, it was eletric. Below you will see their mascot Maverick. Also, Austin who is 6’2″ is pictured next to #55 Isaiah Hartenstein the Center for Vipers and Houston Rockets. He stand 7′.

 

Christmas Season

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. – Meredith Wilson

I can’t believe it’s December already. This year seems to be flying by. Even my 14-yr-old daughter said insightfully that it seems as you get older, time goes by faster.

Here are three events that ushered in the season for us this weekend.

Church

I attended our annual church women’s tea.  It was a lovely time spent with friends fellowshipping, eating, watching a musical play and listening to Author Kathi Lipp talk about keeping our peace during the Christmas season.

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Shop

My daughter helped me Christmas shop for family and friends. We picked up gifts, tree decorations and a wreath for our front door.

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Decorate

Alicia and I then decorated our cabin while the boys worked.

We put out various town pieces,  nutcrakers, advent calendar and ornaments; handmade, old and new.

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All this preparation in anticipation of Christmas; the birth of our savior Jesus. It is quite possibly The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. – Edward Pola and George Wyle

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How are you spending your Christmas season?

Blessings,   Rebecca

Merry Christmas

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and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.

She wrapped him in cloths and placed him

in a manger, because there was no guest

room available for them. – Luke 2:7

Then, an angel of the Lord said, “Today, in

the town of David a Savior has been born to

you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. ” – Luke 2:11

Merry Christmas!

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Blessings, Rebecca

 

Tis the Season

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As we wrap up Thanksgiving, our family took some time to rest and enjoy the season. We took a leisurely drive up the coast heading to our extended family’s new place in Foster City.

We marveled at the sunny 70F weather, sparkling pacific ocean, vast farmland and wildlife.

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After a scrumptious lunch at my favorite restaurant The Spaghetti Factory in Redwood City, we braved the Serramonte Mall in Daly City where my son purchased a pair of basketball shoes. It was a special moment witnessing him buy them with his first paycheck.

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Later, my brother suggested we take a walk along Christmas in the Park. So, we jumped in the car and drove south to San Jose. It was nostalgic returning several years later with Uncle Greg and Aunt Connie. The sidewalks were jammed packed, because it was opening weekend.

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We strolled along taking in all the sights and sounds. I even got some new ideidehow to decorate our tree.

After a couple of hours checking everything out, we parted ways.

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The next day we attended church and were reminded that Jesus is the reason for the season. It easy to get distracted during the busyness.  So, I hope to keep focused on Him through it all.

How about you? What do you enjoy doing during the Christmas season?

Blessings, Rebecca

 

Merry Christmas

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An angel of the Lord appeared to them (shepards in the field), and the glory of

the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them,

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause people

great joy. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;

He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will

find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

-Luke 2:9-12

Merry Christmas!

Adopted Family

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As Christmas approaches, I thought I would share with you a short story about a time when our family was adopted for Christmas. I hope you enjoy…

Blessings, Rebecca

Every good and perfect gift is from above. – James 1:17 

Four days before Christmas, we still hadn’t any gifts for our nine-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter. Due to my recent job loss, my stay-at-home husband/dad and I didn’t have money to purchase presents for our children.

Two weeks earlier, I learned about a local outreach program where they placed your name on a list in the hopes a family would adopt you. I sheepishly applied for our kids so they would have presents to open.

A week later, I received a phone call, “Rebecca, our family has adopted your family for Christmas. We got everything on Austin and Alicia’s wish lists. I’d like to drop it off Wednesday.”

Stunned, “Wow, I don’t know what to say. Thank you so much. Yes, we’ll be here.

I meandered into the garage, “Hon, guess what? We’ve been adopted and she’s bringing our gifts next week.”

“That’s fantastic news,” he chimed.

“You’ll never guess who adopted us. It’s the children’s new school principal. It’s such a small world. I taught her daughter at preschool.” We chuckled.

The day arrived to receive our gifts, and I looked at my husband, “How do you feel?

My stomach is little queasy,” he said.

Mine too. I’ve never done this kind of thing before. We’ve always been able to provide gifts for our children. It’s very humbling.

We heard a knock at our door. My heart pounded in my chest. “Good morning. How are you? I’ve got all your gifts in my car,” she beamed.

We slipped on our shoes, “Let us help you bring the gifts in.”

To our surprise, she reached into her minivan and handed us several brightly wrapped boxes. Our arms were brimming with presents. “Wow, thank you very much! We really appreciate it.

“You’re very welcome. It’s my pleasure. I especially like to help my students.” She hugged us and went on her way.

As Randy and I sorted through the bounty of gifts, we found a $100 grocery gift card labeled “For Mom and Dad.” Tears welled up in my eyes, Thank you God for blessing our family this Christmas.

Have you ever been adopted or adopted a family for Christmas? Please share your experience with us. 

Merry Christmas

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And the angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them [shepherds], and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.

And the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which shall be for all people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” -Luke 2:9-10

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Baby Jesus

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“Indeed the very hairs on your head are numbered…” Luke 12:7

As Christmas approaches, I wanted to share a cute story with you.

Baby Jesus

Each Christmas our family places a manger in our yard which include Mary, Joseph and Jesus. My husband and nine-year-old son handcrafted a barn and manger.

At night, our children couldn’t wait for their dad to plug it in to see the charaters glow.

Three days before Christmas, my seven-year-old daughter’s best friend noticed something strange, “Alicia, where is Baby Jesus?”

“Mom, Baby Jesus is missing,” Alicia shouted!

My jaw dropped. “Where could it have gone?”

Saddened, we prayed that Baby Jesus would be returned.

The next day, we searched for Baby Jesus. One neighbor greeted us, “Hi. Whatcha looking for?”

“We’re looking for Jesus,” I mused.

“You’re looking for what,” she chuckled.

We told her the story and she got angry. She fashioned a poster which read, Whoever took Baby Jesus, please return it!

We left our manger up an additional week. Unfortunately, it didn’t show up.

Two months later, on the way to school, Alicia looked out the car window and asked, “Hey Mom, isn’t that our Baby Jesus over there?”

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I glanced and couldn’t believe my eyes. Baby Jesus was propped up in front of our neighborhood liquor store.

I whipped into the parking lot and ran inside. The clerk finished with her customer’s transaction, “Can I help you?”

“Ma’am is that your manger scene out front?”

She looked at me puzzled, “Nope. Someone just left it there.”

“I’d love to have it, because someone took ours a few days before Christmas.”

Her eyes widened, “Wait, someone stole Jesus? That’s not good. Yes, please take it.”

I thanked her, smiled and grabbed Baby Jesus. “Here you go Sweetheart.” She giggled.

When I returned home, my husband and son were resting on our couch. I tapped on the window and pointed to Baby Jesus. Their faces lit up. “Where did you find that,” Randy asked. “Wow, that’s cool,” Austin said.

Strangely, the next year Baby Jesus went missing again. We kept our eyes peeled for several months following without success.

In August that year, we sold our house and rented back until the end of October.  We then moved into a rental property in the same town. One day in November, and our old neighbor, Mabel, called us to say, “Randy, you are not going to believe this! I found Baby Jesus on your old front yard! So, I asked the new neighbor if I could return it to you guys, and they happily agreed.”

We jumped in our car and raced over to gather our Baby Jesus.

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As I write this blog, he sits between Mary and Joseph once more; only he has a little road rash.  Amazing!

Prayer: Thank you God for being involved in the details of our lives.

What are you thankful for this Christmas season?