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Community

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Crrraaaack, snap…boom! My son and I looked at each other on the couch, because we knew a tree had just fallen.

I jumped up, put my rain boots and ran outside. I walked up and down our street, but didn’t see anything.

A few minutes later, we heard sirens. So, Austin threw on his sneakers to see what all the commotion was about. He discovered our neighbor two blocks away had a 100′ douglas fir tree fall on it.

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I turned on Fire Dispatch scanner and heard the local fire department requesting dispatch to notify American Red Cross the house is uninhabitable due to a large hole in it.

I turned on my work radio and heard coworkers helping the family evacuate to a safe place, because they were also downed high voltage lines sparking nearby. Thank the Lord no one was hurt.

We later learned that the family was offered a Mount Hermon cabin, another neighbor’s house across the street or lodging through American Red Cross.

I love our community! It’s awesome to see folks come together to help one another during tough times and celebrate life together.

Last year, I wrote about a fire behind our house. So many folks have helped the three families who lost their homes by offering them places to stay, meals and support through rebuilding.

Earlier this week, a co-worker went around collecting money to help two struggling families with rent and food.

Another co-worker picks up food donations every Thursday from a local church and places it on a bench outside an office the anyone to take from.

Also, a resident emailed me a Meal Train calendar to share with our community for a couple who just had a baby.

In December, I shared how how we were blessed by friends and co-workers with a mountain cabin for a week at Christmas.

In the past couple of months, we’ve hosted baby showers for expectant parents blessing them with necessary items for their little ones.

In April, we will celebrate a co-worker’s wedding.

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Again, I absolutely love our community! I feel blessed to be a part of it. We care for one another, reach out and get involved.

And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27

Do you live in an amazing community as well? If so, I would love to hear about. Please share with us.

Blessings, Rebecca

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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. 

Rest & Relaxation

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As I reflect on another year on planet Earth, I realized I had been remise in spending quality time with girlfriends.

So, when my friend, Annette, invited me to a local women’s church retreat, I jumped on it.

Below, we are pictured next to a grove of gorgeous redwood trees located in the majestic Santa Cruz mountains.

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We had a blast talking for hours around a firepit, eating food we didn’t have to prepare, worshipping God, and listening to our guest speakers share their life experiences.

One bit of wisdom I walked away with is being a part of a purposeful community where we allow others to minister to us and where can minister to them.

Man, I needed to hear that, because I tend to go at life independently much of the time. However, it is wearisome and as women, daughters, sisters, wives and mothers we need each other’s support.

Let us consider how we may spur one

another on toward love and good deeds,

not giving up meeting together, as some

are in the habit of doing, but encouraging

one another… – Hebrew’s 10:24-25

What is one way you findR&R?