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Unexpected Company


From left Aunty Randi, Austin, Uncle Mike, Nephew Christian, Randy, Rebecca and Alicia

Unexpected Company

Have you ever had something unexpected happen in your life? Sometimes surprises can be unwanted such as a loved one saying, “I want a divorce.” Other times, the unexpected can bring us joy. For instance, when your spouse tells you, “I’m pregnant.”

Well, this week I want to share with you about my pleasant surprise I received. My sister-in-law text me saying, “Did you know your brother-in-law and nephew are coming down in a few days?” What? No!

Unbeknownst to us, they were coming down for a visit with family and friends. So, I asked my boss if I could take the day off and we headed to San Francisco which is about one hour and a half north of us. Another surprise awaited us, my husband’s aunt, who we haven’t seen in 12 years, joined us.


We tried to catch a ferry to Alcatraz, however, it was already sold out by 10am. Instead, we took one of the nostalgic cable cars and toured the city. We walked around Nob Hill, China Town, Market Street and Pier 39. Along the way, we feasted on a variety of foods and drinks. We walked for miles looking at all the beautiful architecture of the buildings. Towards the end of the day, we drove over to Coit tower and looked at the City from a 19 story advantage point. Spectacular!

The next day, we road rides at Santa Cruz Boardwalk, ate seafood on the wharf and boogie boarded at Capitola Beach. We had a blast!


I love the wisdom of Proverbs. It says in 16:9 that:

The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

This tells me that I may plan my day. Yet, God may direct me in a different direction filled with delightful unexpected company.

Has life ever caught you off guard and, if so, how did you handle it? I’d like to hear. Feel free to share with us.

Personal Life Goals Check-In


Lord, our Lord how majestic is your name in all the Earth.  –  Psalm 8:1

Happy Leap Day! A Leap Year is recognized every four years wherein one extra day is added to keep the calendar year sychronized with the astronomical or seasonal year.

I am thankful for an additional day as it gives me more time to reach my goals. I read recently according to Statistic Brain Research Institute 45% of people usually accomplish their personal goals. I then reviewed our 2016 family goals, and was pleased to find we are excelling at one; exploring our “backyard.”

A few weeks ago, we drove our kids to Davenport Beach which is a 30 minute drive north of us on Highway 1. We stopped at a local bakery, grabbed some cookies and strolled along its cliffs. On our walk, we came across UCSC students filming a movie.


A couple weeks ago, we visited Half Moon Bay which is about 60 minutes north of us off Highway 1. We walked along the world renowned surfer’s paradise, Maverick’s Beach. Afterwards, we ate at a coastal restaurant where our son feasted on a mound of mouth-watering French toast


A week ago, we took a ride an hour south to the world famous Carmel 17 Mile Drive. I hadn’t been there since the 90’s and my husband since the 70’s. We enjoyed discovering its breathtaking views with our children. We wound our way through its s-curve highway and stopped along the 21 points of interests.


On our first stop, I jumped out of the car, and felt the warm California sun splash on my face. I inhaled the fresh salty air, and listened to the crashing waves hit the rocky coast. It’s quite a different sound than I am familiar with along the Santa Cruz coast. The rolling sets have a tremendous energy; almost electric. As I panned 180 degrees, I saw deep blue and turquoise water.


As our tour wound down, we stopped at the infamous Monterey Bay Cypress Tree which is pictured as the Pebble Beach Golf Course logo. Just the day before, thousands of people gathered to watch Vaughn Taylor win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tour.





At the end of our day, we were blessed to stumble across seals basking in the sun. I turned to my right and gasped. My daughter said, “What’s the matter Mom? Are you ok?”


“Look, there is a romp of sea otters,” I exclaimed.


“They are so cute,” my son chimed.

I had never seen more than one or two at a time. So, it was spectacular! What a perfect way to end our day of discovery.

Enough about me! How are you doing with your personal goals and/or New Year’s resolutions? I’d love to hear about it. Please share with us below.
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