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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

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Good Old Fashion Fun & Giveaway

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This weekend,  my brother Greg and my sister in law Connie joined us in Felton to celebrate my birthday by riding a steam train.

 

 

We rode 30 minutes up to Bear Mountain which we learned has the steepest grade in northern America.

The sun was shining through the majestic redwood forest.

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We heard bands playing in the background during the Sol Festival celebrating the first day of Fall.

Afterwards, we ate at a local bbq restaurant.  The flavors made our mouths water.

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Then, we returned to Mount Hermon to grab an expresso and ice cream. Simply delightful.

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Once Greg and Connie headed home to the north bay, we jumped in the car and attended the Saturday night service at Twin Lakes church. We studied Galatians 5:22 The Fruit of the Spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience,  kindness,  goodness,  faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. The one take away I learned is to avoid a killjoy of negative thoughts, because they affect your mood.

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As we rode through the redwoods, I thought to myself, This is good old fashion fun. Just hanging out with family on a beautiful day enjoying nature. I love it!

Blessings, Rebecca

Giveaway!

Now it’s your turn to win a free 8X12″ floral decopauge wood cross hancraftedread by my husband Randy. Simply comment telling us how you enjoy good old fashion fun. Your name will then be placed in our drawing.

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On September 27, 2018, we will randomly select a winner. The winner must live in the continental US and supply his/her mailing address to us no later than September 30, 2018. One Free 8X12″ floral decopauge cross will then be shipped directly to the winner’s address provided.

 

Hodgepodge

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This weekend we enjoyed a mixture of activities. On Saturday, Alicia and I decided to mix up our grocery shopping routine and tried a different local grocer. We were introduced to some wonderful new foods.

Then, I dropped her off at her friend Heather’s house to go swimming. After Austin worked as a landscape assistant, he went for a mountain bike ride.

Randy and I spent a big chunk of the day organizing and cleaning. We came across some family photos on DVD and that night all four of us cherished some special memories.

On Sunday, we attended Church on the Beach which is hosted in August at Capitola Beach.

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It is very cool to attend church outdoors at the ocean with the sun shining, cool breeze blowing, seals swimming, birds flying and waves crashing.

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Afterwards, I grabbed two mochas at a Mr Toot’s coffee shop that I had never been to. Delish!

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We then grabbed lunch nearby and shopped at the mall for some school, work and home supplies.

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Austin purchased his first hammock,  climbed inside and completed his homework in the comfort of our front yard.

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We also planted a succulent pot for the first time after watching Garden Answers on YouTube.

All in all, we had a very nice weekend mixing it up…

Have ever had a hodgepodge time? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

Blessings,  Rebecca

Youth Group

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Where do your kids go that is safe and positive?

One place our children go is youth group. On Sundays, our son enjoys hanging out with his friends at our home church Twin Lakes. Their high school program includes a positive message, worship and games such as dodge ball.

On Monday nights, Young Life offers teenagers a fun hang out complete with food, games and encouraging message.

On Wednesday evening,  Vintage Faith hosts a youth group where they hold small group discussions and play games.

This past February, Austin attended a winter getaway to Hume Lake where multiple youth group joined together for a weekend of camp. I am sure it is the first of many to come.

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I am grateful for our community leaders who dedicate their time and resources to mentor our kids. I appreciate them investing in our future.

Blessings,  Rebecca

Easter Sunday

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For the past 19 years, we have traditionally attended our home church Easter Sunday service. It is filled with the lights of the sanctuary, sound of 3,500 members singing and a wonderful sermon.

This year, we elected to try something new. I work for Mt Hermon Christian Conference Center and they celebrate Easter by hiking to a twelve foot wood cross at 6:30am during sunrise.

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So, I set our alarm clock for o dark thirty and off we trounced. It was a mystical foggy morning. Fortunately my husband brought our flashlight to light our path. As we climbed the windy hill, the smell on ponderosa pines filled the air and the sound of pine needles crunched beneath our shoes.

When we made it to the top, the mist began to lift as the sun peaked out. I rolled out a blanket and plopped down next to our friend Bob. “Good morning and Happy Easter,” I said while hugging him.

There were approximately 100 people gathered outside. I could see my breath as we sang worship songs together. As we lifted our voices, I heard the birds join the choir with their own melodious song.

Then, a local pastor who has served our community for more than 20 years shared the good news with us that Jesus died for our sins on a cross, rose in three days and is seated in Heaven. As he spoke, drops of dew dripped on my sleeve. Thankfully, I was bundled up with a wool cap, scarf and gloves.

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Immediately afterwards, we hiked back down the trail and a fresh, hot meal awaited us in the lodge. The smell of eggs, potatoes, sausage and coffee permeated the air.

When we parted ways, I returned home and settled back in for a long winter’s nap. Delightful!

How do you and your family celebrate Easter Sunday?

Blessings, Rebecca

6 Ways to Grow Closer to God (and each other)

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Through our life journey, there are some things my family and I have learned along the way. This week, I’d like to share with you six ways our family draws closer to the Lord and (as a result) each other.

Blessings, Rebecca

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Worship

In addition to worshipping together at church, we carve out special time where we gather to choose favorite worship song and sing together; usually before we study God’s word or journal. I hope you do or try this with your own family.

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Pray

We pray throughout our day such as before meals, at bedtime and when we need His help. If you struggle with what to pray, you can use a simple formula PRAY (Praise, Repent, Ask and Yield). For instance, you could pray something like, “Praise you God for you are worthy to be praised. I ask to forgive me for ____. I ask that you help me in this area and I submit to your will. Amen.”

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Twin Lakes Church Aptos

Attend Church (Regularly)

We go to church together every week. It gives us an opportunity to worship corporately, learn God’s word, fellowship with Christians, and serve others. In addition, we often join small group Bible studies, family camps, mission trips, etc. I hope you attend or find a Bible based church where your family grows as well.

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Read the Bible

We read the Bible every day. It’s a great way to get to know God, gain wisdom and learn to live like Christ. One way to do it is to read one proverb each day as there are 31 of them, or one Psalm. Another way, is to get a study book on a particular topic and answer the questions together, or look up the topic in the concordance and read all the passages that pertain to it. If you find reading the Bible difficult, there are many translations available to help you understand such as the New Living Translation Study Bible, New American Standard, Amplified Bible and The Message. Also, I recommend Bible Gateway app if you prefer using your device. I hope you find one that works best for you and yours.

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Serve

We enjoy serving the Lord and others. Our family traveled to Mexico to build houses for brick layers. We went to Foster, Oregon to help families with disabled children enjoy camping activies. We’ve hosted Kidz Korner clothing exchange for thirteen years which helps familes in need. We hosted Project Warmth for twleve years which helped supply homeless men and women with winter supplies such as sleeping bags, coats, tarps, socks, beanies, etc. I say all this not to brag, but share some of the things we enjoy doing to serve God and our community. I hope you find something your family can do in your neighborhood.

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Journal

We find a quiet place such as our living room or a park to journal. Each of us bring our journals and pens/pencils, and simply ask the Lord to share with us whatever He would like to. It is a great time of quality time with God, and it’s fun to share afterwards what we learned. Sometimes, it is an encouraging word. Other times, He may give us direction or answers to our questions. I hope you and your family enjoy your time spent with the Lord.

Another way we journal is to capture answered payer throughout the year, and read it together at Thanksgiving. It’s a perfect time to give thanks to God for all he has done!

These are some things we do together to grow closer to God and each other. I’d love to hear what you and your family do. Please comment below.