A Wonderful Evening

Thank you to all who came

We at Restore & Rebuild want to thank all of you who came to our Concert at the Ranch. What a festive, fun-filled night for people of all ages!

During the night, everyone got to hear what we do at Restore & Rebuild, and the impact we’re having on the greater Encinitas community. I was deeply moved by what Kevin and Jane Woo and G’Joe Joseph shared. Kevin and Jane described the impact Restore & Rebuild is having in their lives and in the lives of people they know. G’Joe Joseph told about a call he recently received from a professor at San Diego State. He said the professor thanked him for the counseling students have been receiving, because he’s seeing the difference it makes in their lives.

Concert at the Ranch

Come join our team at Restore and Rebuild Ministries for a joyful summer night of music, food, and friends! The family-friendly fun begins at 6:00 pm. There will be games and swimming available for kids of all ages, plenty of delicious food, and the night will end with a concert by the talented Caitelen Schneeberger. Guests will also learn more about Restore and Rebuild, and have an opportunity to support the ministry.


  • Dinner – Taco Guy
  • Games for All Ages – water balloons, cake walk, corn hole and more!
  • Dessert – from Yogurtland
  • Swimming
  • Concert by Caitelen and Band


Rocking Horse Acres (home of Steve & Susie Loomis)
3130 El Camino Del Norte, Encinitas, CA 92024

As of August 11th, we are no longer selling tickets for this event online. You are welcome to come to the event and purchase tickets at the door. Please continue reading for important event information.


Rocking Horse Acres is located at 3130 El Camino Del Norte, Encinitas, CA.  But please don’t use the driveway.  From El Camino Del Norte, turn on Val Sereno (it only goes one direction), and then turn right on Circa de Tierra.  Look for the big blue barn on the right, and signs for the event.  Please park anywhere on Circa de Tierra and walk to the event through the barn area.  This will avoid traffic jams in the driveway.


Bring your own blankets or lawn chairs for the concert; it will be outdoors on the lawn.  Also, the pool will be open for swimming, and there will be lifeguards on duty.  If you plan on swimming, please bring your own towels.


Tickets are still available!  $100 gives you a chance to win a week’s stay at this lovely ranch yourself!  Rocking Horse Acres, including the beautiful 4-bedroom, 5-bath home, can be yours for one week. Tickets can be purchased at the event. The drawing will be held at the end of the evening.  What would you use it for?
  • fun family reunion
  • fabulous graduation party
  • one-of-a-kind birthday gift
  • unforgettable place for out-of-town guests to stay when visiting the area
  • relaxing vacation with friends

The proceeds for the evening will go to Restore and Rebuild Ministries to fund scholarships for ministry leaders and others who can’t afford counseling.

Restore and Rebuild Ministries

focuses on three areas:

  1. Affordable Christian counseling
  2. Seminars and resources for marriages and families
  3. Providing counseling and mentoring for ministry leaders and their families


Looking back on 2016 — and ahead to 2017!

As we reflect on 2016 and look forward to 2017, Dave and I overflow with gratitude and hope. We feel so very grateful to God for allowing us to use our gifts and pursue work we love, while having a positive impact on people’s lives. We are also grateful to all of you who support us through your prayers and gifts. We could not do this work without you!

October Update

Fall is in the air; we can see it in the colors. In Encinitas, that means beautiful red and orange sunsets. It reminds us that the holidays are just around the corner. While for many this brings the joy of good food and good times with family, for others it is a reminder of how broken their world is and it brings about feelings of loneliness and hurt.  At Restore and Rebuild Ministries we strive to help individuals and families thrive. We recognize the need to come alongside people during difficult seasons.

For Parents with Young Adult Children Living at Home

Sometimes it’s the unexpected things that are the hardest to handle.

Most parents expect that once their children have been raised and are young adults, the family will smoothly transition into the “empty nest” stage. The kids will be living on their own — away at college, working, living with roommates, eventually getting married and starting families of their own — and the parents will enjoy some well-earned freedom, and everyone will live happily ever after.

Reality can come as a bit of a surprise.

The truth is that most families don’t move seamlessly from their youngest child’s graduation from high school straight into the empty nest. A recent analysis by the Pew Research Center found that in 2014, 32% of adults aged 18-32 were living in their parents’ home.

I Matter, You Matter

This week one of my friends buried her dad. Our friendship group, lovingly called the beach house girls, decided to take that dear one out for tea so she could tell us all about the service, her memories of her dad, and how she felt about the whole life transition. Since most of us could not make the out-of-town service, that was our way of saying to her, “You matter to us.”

An Open Letter to Young Adults Who Are Living at Home with their Parents

Dear Young Adult,

So there you are. Living in your parents’ home. Maybe you recently moved back in after graduating from college, or after a difficult divorce or job loss. Maybe you’re trying to save money or going through a transition and need a place to stay temporarily.  Or perhaps you graduated from high school and never moved out, and you’re working or taking classes while still living with your parents.

However you got there, you’ve probably already noticed that living in your parents’ home has some challenges.

Now part of making this a positive experience depends on your parents. My next blog post will be tips for parents. But what can you do on your end to make the situation as positive as possible? Here are a few ideas…