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Date

While our kids attendend high school camp at Lake Hume, my husband Randy and I decided to go on a date.

On Saturday, we got to sleept in. Ahhh, what a trea!

We then walked over to one of our local coffee shops, grabbed a couple of mochas and muffins.

As we savored our delicious drinks by the cozy fire, we thought of fun things to do for the day. We decided to head to Carmel.

We drove one hour south to explore the Monterey Bay Peninsula.

First stop was Pacific Grove. We drove along the scenic coast and noticed no cars parked along the cliffs. We later learned Warner Brothers was filming a movie and had reserved spaces. Pretty cool!

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Lovers Point

We decided to stop for lunch. So, we Googled restaurants near us only to discover a little hole in the wall clam chowder house that was delicious.

Afterwards, we walked down the street and popped in an antique shop.

We hopped back in the car and headed further south to Carmel.

We stopped at the main beach entrance and peered over the cliffs for a bit. I love the smell of fresh ocean air and watching the waves crash on the shore.

We wanted to see some new sights and  found a street called Scenic Road, parked and walked for about a mile along a coastal path. It was a gorgeous day.

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A peek at Pebble Beach Golf Course

We stopped half way, sat on a quaint park bench and soaked in the sun and surf.

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At the end of the day, we jumped back into our car and Randy noticed his phone was missing.  I called our phone carrier to find out how to locate his phone and possibly report a lost phone. After I hung up, we prayed and asked God to help us find it, because it has his chaplaincy contact info and personal photos.  We then called his phone and a gentleman named Alex answered and said he found it on the trail. A few minutes later, we met up with the European tourist and he returned Randy’s phone. We thanked him for his honesty and treated him to a coffee.

On the ride home, we reflected on how nice it was to hang out together, sight seeing and agreed we need to do it more often.

How about you? What dating ideas do you have? I’d love to hear about them.

Blessings, Rebecca

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Dating

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At what age did you start dating? That has been the question in my household for my teenagers.

For me, it was 16. I went to the junior prom with my date and some friends.

Our son will be 16 in a mere 3 months and he asked us if he and his friend could “hang out” with couple of girls. I talked it over with Austin’s friend’s mom and she agreed to it as well. The rules being a group in a public setting.

Since Austin’s foot is fractured, they had to find a simple activity. Bowling – nope. Put put golf – nope. Hang out at a coffee shop – yep.

Friday afternoon arrived and his friend’s mom dropped the pair off. At pick up, we asked how it went. He said it was fun talking all four of them.

Phew, that went well. Thank you Lord!

Do you have children dating? How is your family navigating these unchartered waters?

Blessings, Rebecca

Girl’s Time

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Five months ago, we planned a girl’s weekend for Mom and Daughter at Mount Hermon.

It was a perfect cabin to bake muffins, make pizza, rest and finish “The Talk.”

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Have you ever shared one on one time with your family member whether it is date night with your spouse or hanging out with you son or daughter? It is a special time for sure, and I encourage you to take the time to do so.

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Blessings, Rebecca

Mano-a-Mano

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Do you ever date your children? In other words, do you take your kids out one on one aka mano-a-mono? This week, while my husband  and daughter attended a Dads-Daughter retreat, our son and I spent quality time together. We explored our neighboring community; San Jose, California. While, we were together, I realized there are three things we can do “date” our children.

  1. Be Purposeful – Our busy schedules challenge us to take time to play. We love to do things as a family such as camping, walking, hiking, etc.! So, for me, I must be purposeful in planning time alone time with each of my children. 20160422_182514-1
  2. Let them Pick – As a parent, it’s easy for me to plan my children’s events. This time, I asked Austin, “What would you like to do?” In my mind, I had a specific restaurant I like to frequent. However, I let him choose where we ate. Guess what? He picked the very one I love! Here we are pictured at Kianti’s Italian Restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz, California. The next day, I was thinking of taking Austin fishing at our local lake that opened up after three years of drought. However, he chose to explore my old stomping grounds in San Jose. Unlike me who grew up on a PC, he grew up on Apple products at school and owns an Iphone. He asked is we could tour the Apple campus. Here he is in front of the beautiful building located in Cupertino, California. Although, the offices were closed, to our surprise, their store out front was open. We window shopped and saw their watches, mac books, beats headphones, tv, and souvenirs. 20160423_114812_resized
  3. Be Present – Often, we can get sidetracked by phone calls, e-mails, texts, etc. Austin wanted to play put put golf. While we played, I noticed another mom working on her Ipad the entire time. The saying, “They are only little for a short time” is so true. So, I personally savored every minute with my teenager, because I know in in 5 short years he’ll be off to college! Enjoy your children, because they are a gift from God. – Psalm 127:320160423_131604_resizedDo you take your son or daughter out one on one? If so, I’d love to hear about it! Feel free to share…