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Last Hoorah

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Today is the first day of school. Austin starts his Senior year and Alicia kicks off her Sophmore year.

As a last hoorah, we attended Mount Hermon Community BBQ where we enjoyed a tasty hamburger with our neighbors.

Afterwards, we shot targets with wrist rockets.

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Then, we hit targets with arrows at the archery station.

The boys played some table tennis while the girls put up their feet.

On Sunday, Randy grabbed us a mocha and we all attended Church on The Beach.

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Later, the kids and I ran some errands getting last minute school supplies.  Austin drove us along West Cliff in Santa Cruz. We parked and walked into Natural Bridges State Beach where explored the tide pools.

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As we wound down our day, we picked up groceries and headed home.

The summer sure seemed to fly by for us.

How was your summer break?

Blessings, Rebecca

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Summer Fun

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How is your summer going?

I cannot believe the kids are returning to school in about 2.5 weeks.

Since the last time I wrote, we have enjoyed some summer fun. How about you?

 

My brother Greg and sister-in-law Connie treated us to her company picnic at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo aka Marine World Africa USA. It had been probably 35 years since I went there. We enjoyed the rollercoaters, BBQ and dolphin show.

 

We stayed overnight in the neighboring town Fairfield and went to the Jelly Belly Factory.  We had wanted to check it out for years.

Have ever heard of their Bean Boozled? Well, my son purchased one their boxes. You think you are eating something nice like butter flavored popcorn jellybean, but it something yucky like dirty socks. So, he and his sister are trying the various flavors in the backseat of our car during the ride home. They give their dad the nastiest flavors and he doesn’t even flinch. Randy looks at me while I am driving and says, “Your turn Hon.” Before I can say,”No way!” he shoves a black jellybean in my mouth. To my chagrin, it turns out to be skunk smell. Gross! We all had a big laugh…

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We rode a diesel train from Roaring Camp Railroad in Felton to Santa Cruz Boardwalk and back.

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We hiked Mount Hermon trails.

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We swam at Mount t Hermon and Mission Springs pools.

 

 

We enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Pancake Ridge.

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We roasted some marshmallows for smores while participating in zumba and fieldhouse activities.

 

 

We attended Church on the Beach in Capitola and hung out at the ocean relaxing. Randy and I enjoyed yummy mochas while the kids ate hot pizza.

 

All in all, we’ve had a blast.

Feel free to share your summer fun with us.

Blessings, Rebecca

Summer Camp

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I trust your Christmas was merry. Ours was! We relaxed by the fire, opened our presents and grazed on delicious food throughout our day. It’s hard to believe 2017 is just around the corner.

As I plan summer camp for our high schooler this week, I’d thought I would share a story with you about a time our son wanted to attend camp. We couldn’t afford it at the time, but the Lord provided a way.

Junior Camp

Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalms 124:8 

I reclined on my friends’ backporch swing and enjoyed a barbequed steak dinner theyd prepared. “Hey Kim, did Logan enjoy junior camp?”

“Yes, he had a blast. You should send Austin.

Hmmm, I wonder how much it costs.

I meandered into their kitchen. “Nathan, how much is summer camp?”

“It was about four hundred dollars for the week which included lodging, food and activities.”

My eyes widened, “FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS! Ooh, unfortunately, we can’t afford that.”

“Do you know if they offer scholarships, I asked.

“I’m not sure. Check their website,” he replied.

That evening, my husband and I prayed, “Lord, we’d sure like Austin to go to camp. We don’t have the money, but you do. If it’s your will, please provide the funds necessary to send him.”

The next day, I called camp to inquire about scholarships and discovered they were all taken. As I hung up the phone, I looked outside and saw Nathan pulling up. I ran outside, He handed Randy an envelope. “Austin’s going to camp. Everything’s taken care of. Just send in his registration form.

“Are you kidding, I choked out the words. “Thank you so much!”

A few weeks later, Austin attended his first solo camping adventure. He swam, hiked, and canoed. He learned to eat whatever camp food was prepared and meet new people. When we picked him up, I noticed a change in him. He’d grown in confidence and independence.

“How was camp, Austin?”

It was fun, Mom. Can I go again next year,” he chimed.

It warmed my heart to see how God moved our friend to fund our child’s trip.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for blessing our son with an awesome experience.

Have you ever sent your child(ren) or another child(ren) to camp? I’d love to hear about it! Please share with us your experience…