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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

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

Stormy Weather

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I apologize for not blogging last Monday. As you can see from the photo above of Highway 17 Northbound, the weather has been extreme here in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Several storms have swept through our community causing havoc (i.e. mud slides, fallen trees/limbs, loss of power, flooding, etc.); even our children’s schools were closed for a few days.

All this to say, sometimes in life, we encounter stormy weather. This week, I would like to encourage those going through tough times to remember it’s only a season and it won’t last forever.  The good news is that Jesus is with us through the storm of life.

“…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

– Matthew 28:20b

Merry Christmas

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An angel of the Lord appeared to them (shepards in the field), and the glory of

the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them,

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause people

great joy. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;

He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will

find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

-Luke 2:9-12

Merry Christmas!

Easter Traditions/Stories Blog Hop #1

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Welcome to my first blog hop where we will share with you an Easter tradition or story. Please stop by and comment on Brooke’s site to encourage her.

As for me, I just wanted to share with you one of my favorite Easter traditions is attending church with my family and singing worship songs. The moment leaves me emotionally charged; especially when I remember Christ is seated in Heaven. I’ve included an amaxing song whose lyrics are spot on for this special season. It’s called We Sing Halleluah The Lamb has Overcome by Kari Jobe. Enjoy and have a Happy Easter!

Blessings, Rebecca

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Please welcome Brooke Fedigan with Be Fed Again sharing her story I Want Candy.

Do you have any favorite Easter traditions or stories you’d like to share? Feel free to chime in.

 

Good Friday

 

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As we celebrate Good Friday, I wanted to pass along the story behind Stations of the Cross in remembrance of what Jesus did for us. I’ve walked the stations at my church before and it’s a solemn moment to realize that He died for mankind….but remember Sunday is coming! Thank you Jesus!

Guest Blog Soraya Diase Coffelt, Review & Giveaway

As winter is winding down, I wanted to share with you a delightful series of children’s books I read from a native of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Her name is Soraya Diase Coffelt. She has a diverse background. Her delightful children’s books share both historical and biblical truth about our traditions.

Soraya graduated from Cornell Law School and returned home, where she established her private law office and, with her late husband Gordon Coffelt, developed a variety of commercial businesses and properties, including One Stop, the island’s first gas stations and convenience stores. She was  appointed as a judge of the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands in 1993 and she was the first female and Hispanic from St. Thomas to serve as a judge.  While she served as a judge, Soraya developed and then oversaw the V. I.   Moot Court Competition, an annual interscholastic competition for high school seniors that was sponsored by the Court and the V. I. Bar Association in commemoration of Law Day.  The competition celebrated its 21st year of success in 2015 and hundreds of students have competed with many winning college scholarships.

In 2012, Soraya established a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation –  As the Stars of the Sky Foundation, Inc. – to assist with the physical and spiritual needs of children, and especially promoting literacy.  All the proceeds from the sale of her books go to the Foundation.

In 2014, Soraya became a published children’s author and now has three books in her “Love Letters” book series: It’s Not About You Mr. Santa Claus – A Love Letter About the True Meaning of Christmas; It’s Not About You Mr. Pumpkin – A Love Letter About the True Meaning of Halloween; and It’s Not About You Mrs. Turkey – A Love Letter About the True Meaning of Thanksgiving.  She has also been a lay children’s minister for over 15 years.

Soraya has two sons who were born and raised on St. Thomas: Zachary, who followed his mother’s footsteps and is a lawyer; and James, who will be attending medical school. 

She has also participated on mission trips providing food, medicine, clothing and other necessary items to people in need in Honduras and the Amazon River Region of Peru. She frequently helps feed homeless and hungry people in the U. S. Virgin Islands and whenever she travels.

Disclaimer: No compensation was received for the review of her books. Just passing along good reads.

Please welcome Soraya. ..

Blessings, Rebecca

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One of the Most Important Ways to Show a Child Love

Many parents believe that showering their children with gifts is an important way to show their love.  In other words, buy them something.  We buy all sorts of electronic devices to entertain them, many of which drain our pocket books.  We buy expensive shoes and clothing as well.  While it is true that physical gifts are one way to show our love, I believe that a more wonderful way is spending time with our children.  Our time is free as it does not cost us anything, is irreplaceable, and is of unlimited value.

If you haven’t noticed, our children are constantly seeking our attention.  With our two sons, my late husband and I had special times just for them – primarily early in the morning and at night as we were putting them to bed.  Both those times were dedicated to reading to them.  Often, our sons would pick out their favorite books to read (or have read to them).  Other times, we had a new one to read.  It may have been a book about dinosaurs, or Star Wars, or taking baths – it didn’t matter what the subject was.  What was important was that we made this reading time very special for each of them.  Notice how I used the word “made” the time, because unless you purposefully set aside the time to do this, something else will usually steal this time away from you and them.

We made reading time enjoyable too.  We laughed, we changed our voices, we tickled – whatever we could do as adults to help our sons feel special and want to read, we did.  In fact, I still have some of their favorite books as keepsakes and fondly remember those days!  My sons are now in their 20s.  When they get married and have children, I’ll be reading those same books to my grandchildren.

Speaking about grandchildren – grandparents have such important roles in their grandchildren’s lives and can have life-long influences on them.   As a grandparent, showing your grandchildren love also involves your time.  And what better way to spend your time with them than in activities that involve reading.  What do you know about your family tree and the countries from where family members came, including you?  Help your grandchildren learn about their roots.  One way is to visit the public library with them and research books about the different countries.  Perhaps you have old letters from family members laying around.  Read these to them and help them to understand what it was like when you were growing up.  They will soon develop an appreciation of where they came from and who they are related to.

With the internet, there is a plethora of information available of activities that involve reading.  The goal should be to spend the time and develop the love of reading in your children and grandchildren that will be with them their entire lives.

Giveaway!

Now it’s your turn to read It’s Not About You Mr. Pumpkin, It’s Not About You Mr. Turkey and It’s Not about You Mr. Santa as we’re giving away one FREE copy of each. We’d love to hear from other Moms and Dads seeking to raise their sons and daughters with godly character. Simply tell us about how share God’s truth with your little ones. Your name will then be placed in our drawing.

On April 4, 2016, 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 April 11, 2016. One Free copy of each will then be shipped directly to the winner’s address provided.