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Mother’s Day Traditions

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Happy Mother’s Day!

This week, I invited Leah Hastings from Pure Flix to share her family friendly Mother’s Day ideas with us. Please welcome Leah from Pure Flix!

Blessings, Rebecca

Mother’s Day Traditions

Another Mother’s Day is upon us. Much like with other holidays, families often have traditions they do year after year, and many young families are looking for ideas to start traditions to do of their own. For instance, Rebecca enjoys going to the beach with her family to a special beach in Central California they now happily nicknamed “Mom’s Beach.” Most moms feel blessed just to have their loving family by their side 364 other days of the year, but here are a few ideas for Mother’s Day for Dad, the kids, and the whole family to make it an even more special day.

For Dad: Being a parent yourself, you know how much work it is to raise a family, and there’s a good chance mom goes above and beyond on a daily basis. What can you do to show her that her hard work every day doesn’t go unnoticed? That’s simple. Pamper her. Let her sleep in while you make her breakfast in bed to wake up to. Draw a hot bubble bath, light some relaxing candles, and put out a favorite book, and let her relax while you take the kids out of the house and she gets to have some rare time to herself.

For the Kids: Kids have it easy- just hearing a child say “I love you” is the best gift a mother can ever get. But if the kids want to do a little extra for mom themselves, getting crafty is a way for the kids to have fun while doing something to show how much they care. Rather than spending money on a bouquet of flowers for mom, kids can make a variety of Homemade Paper Flowers, often with items already in the house, for a fun and thoughtful spin on a common Mother’s Day tradition. Another gift made much more personal as a crafty project for kids is a homemade Mother’s Day card- much better than store bought. On the outside, they can decorate with a variety of colors and types of paper, and on the inside, they can write a personal message about why they love and appreciate their mom, or a bible verse about mothers.

For the Whole Family: A family outing on Mother’s Day might be the best gift of all, especially if mom doesn’t have to do the planning herself. Prepare some outdoor blankets, chairs, food, and drinks and have a Mother’s Day picnic after Church to let mom enjoy a nice day out of the house with her loving family. If mom has a favorite restaurant and you want to make dinner plans with the family, remember to make reservations as early as you can as Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants!

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Holidays are a good excuse to spend even more time with each other by making future memories through fun traditions. Whatever traditions you decide to start with your own family, just remember that Moms are thankful for having you in their lives every single day. Happy Mother’s Day!

What is your Mother’s Day tradition?

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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

Tumbleweeds

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Christmas 1978 (Me, Mom and my brother Greg)

As Christmas approaches, I’m so excited to participate in the  Christmas Blog Tour hosted by Blogs by Christian Women (BCW). If you’d like to follow along, the next stop on our tour is at Niki Roberts blog on 12/7.

Blessings, Rebecca

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Family traditions were important to my Mother. She was one of nine children who grew up in a family steeped in rituals. She hoped to create her own family traditions which she did despite my parents divorce when I was six-years-old.

At times, she held two jobs or sold catalog products to make ends meet. We had a roof over our heads, food in our bellies and clothes on our backs. For that  I am forever grateful.

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My Mom, Georgia

The first year was especially tough. I remember going to the grocery store to purchase groceries with food stamps. I pondered in my heart why we didn’t use cash like other families.

Next to Easter, my Mom’s favorite holiday was Christmas. She loved the celebration of the birth of our Savior Jesus and wrapping presents.

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We lived in an apartment complex. One day, while walking past my neighbor’s door, their tree lights shimmered and the scent of fresh pine filled the air. I ran home, “When can we get a tree, Mom?”

“Next weekend,” she said.

I was so excited that I could barely contain myself.

That Saturday, we jumped in our Plymouth Belvedere and drove to nearby railroad tracks. We hopped out and started walking, “Where are we going?”

“We’re hunting for a Christmas tree sweetheart.” She grabbed a scraggly bush, “Here’s one. Help me find two more Becky.”

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I asked her, “What’s that in your hand?”

“It’s a tumbleweed,” she replied.

Suddenly, a gust of wind blew several more past me and I ran as fast as I could to catch them.

When we arrived home, she stacked one on top of the other and spray painted them gold. Sparkly!

“There, all done,” she said.

Afterwards, we popped some corn and carefully placed each kernel on a string. Before long, we had our first handmade decoration.

That night, as I laid in bed , I heard her sobbing. I crept into her room, “What’s the matter Mama?”

“Nothing Honey. I’m just a little sad; that’s all. You see, I want to get you and your brother some Christmas gifts this year, but I don’t have a lot of money.”

“It’s okay Mom. We don’t need anything. Please don’t cry.”

Two weeks later, Christmas arrived. To my surprise, there were beautifully wrapped boxes under our tree. “Eeee! Did Santa bring us all these presents,” I squealed.

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“Yes, he did,” she beamed.

I gingerly opened the first one, savoring each tare of the pretty paper,  “I’ve always wanted this record!” Next, came a Shirley Temple color book and sharp new crayons. Then, a pair of rainbow colored socks. Finally, a tin of delicious Almond Roca candy.

I later discovered she worked overtime to purchase our gifts. That Christmas, my Mom taught me a valuable lesson of sacraficial love.

A few years ago, my husband and I found ourselves in a similar situation unable to buy a Christmas tree for our two young children.

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Randy, Rebecca, Austin and Alicia Christmas 2010

Two weeks before Christmas a friend from church, asked, “Did you get your Christmas tree yet?”

Sheepishly, I said, “Not yet. We can’t afford one.”

The following day, Lynda showed up at our home with a brand new six foot artificial tree. “Now, you’ll always have a tree for your kids.”

My voice cracked, “I don’t know what to say. Thank you so much.”

Christmas arrived and our children ran to see our tree just like I did when I was a child. They looked at their presents and were astonished,  “Wow! Did Santa give us all these gifts?”

“Yes, he did,” I said beaming.

Christmas is a very special holiday season. I’d love to hear about your favorite family traditions. Feel free to comment below.

Veteran’s Day

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

I would like to thank all the brave men and women who serve/have served in the Unites States military. I appreciate your courage and sacrifice to keep our country free!

Starting bottom left Dad, Brother Greg, Me, Daughter Alicia, Son Austin, Husband Randy, Sister-in-law Connie, Stepmom Dorene.

Starting bottom left Dad Jim, Brother Greg, Me,  Son Austin, Husband Randy, Daughter Alicia, Sister-in-Law Connie, Step-Mom Dorene.

I’d like to send out a special thanks to my Dad, Jim Mosberger, who served in the US Air Force during the 1950’s. He was stationed in Savannah, Georgia. His passion was  maintaining  military airplanes until he discovered his color blindness. This news crushed him, however, he understood the seriousness of possibly crossing color coded electrical wires. As a result, he retired from the military and moved to California where he met my Mom. The above picture is his 77th birthday celebration…

Thanksgiving Dinner

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As Thanksgiving approaches, I wanted to share a wonderful story I will never forget.

And my God will supply all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

– Phillipians 4:19 NASB

On a crisp Thanksgiving morning in 2012, I awoke to my four-year-old daughter crying.

“Mommy, I don’t feel good.”

“Uh oh, you have a fever. Get some rest sweetheart.”

Now, what will I serve my family for our Thanksgiving dinner? After all, we were invited to eat at my brother and sister-in-law’s house.

I phoned Greg, “Sorry, we can’t make it this year. Alicia has a fever of 101.”

“No problem Sis. I hope she feels better. We’ll get together soon.”

I cuddled up on the couch with my six-year-old son and husband to watch the holiday parades.

A few hours later, there was a knock at our front door. Who could that be?  To my surprise, Greg and Connie stood there with arms brimming with bags.

My jaw dropped, “Hi, what are you two doing here?”

“We thought since you guys couldn’t join us for Thanksgiving, we’d join you.”

That afternoon, we feasted on turkey and all the trimmings and fellowshipped. It amazed me how they drove sixty miles to share a scrumptous meal together.

There is so much to be thankful for this season. What are you thankful for?