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

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

baby jesus

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!

As my gift to you, I’d like to offer my ebook easy readers for free. You will find them on Amazon.

Blessings, Rebecca

 

Tea Time

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It was tea time and I drug my feet getting ready. I just felt blah. Probably because this week we had unexpected car troubles and I was contemplating how we were going to purchase Christmas gifts for family and friends.

Upon arriving, I entered a winter wonderland that was warm and inviting. My girlfriends greeted me with big smiles and hugs.

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The evening unfolded with great conversation, laughter, delicious food and presentation.

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Our speaker was Amy Carol of Proverbs 31 Ministries.  Her message was simple; Center and savor. Center yourself, calendar, etc. Savor your family, God, etc.

It was a perfect reminder for me to focus on Jesus and my family/friends this season. Our time together was what I needed for refreshment.

I went home and asked my family what was most important to them during Christmas, and prayed for the means to provide.

Cast all your anxiety on Him,

because He cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7

How is your Christmas season?

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