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!

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.

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…

One Key to Parenting Teens

Parenting teens can be difficult.

Teens can be unappreciative and demanding. They can push the limits of our patience and of our wallets. They can be moody, edgy, rebellious and hurting — all in the same afternoon!  Sometimes our heart goes out to them, and sometimes we are counting the days until they leave home.

But parenting teens can also be very rewarding. During the teen years, we can have profound conversations with our almost-adults about ideas, faith, and the meaning of life. We can watch as their efforts pay off, and they achieve in sports, arts or academics. If all goes well, we start to be able to trust their choices, and our respect for them increases.

As we seek to navigate this challenging stage of parenting, one key principle to keep in mind is this:  Focus on internals, not externals.

Raising Kids of Character

God has given us the responsibility to train our kids. We want to help them develop good character qualities in their lives, yet we often feel unprepared to do so. At this parenting seminar, we will discuss foundational truths and practical principles that will guide you as you train your child.

Drop your kids off at Redeemer Presbyterian Church for their fun-filled Kids Night Out, then come to the parenting seminar from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. After the seminar, there’s still time for a date night before picking up your children at 9:00 pm.  For more details, and to register, click on the event link below.


Date: September 25, 2015
Time: 06:00-07:00 p.m.
Event: Raising Kids of Character
Venue: Redeemer Presbyterian Church
760 753-2535
Location: 1831 S. El Camino Real
Encinitas 92024
Public: Public

Very Special, Deeply Fallen, Greatly Loved

When my husband and I were in college, a professor in our Educational Psychology class taught us six words that we’ve never forgotten. We attended Biola University, a Christian school, and I still remember the professor telling our class that he would be teaching us six words — three two-word phrases — that sum up what the Bible teaches about people. Since then, Dave and I have remembered these six words and incorporated them into our teaching, our parenting, and our view of life. The six words are: Very Special, Deeply Fallen and Greatly Loved.