Thursday, May 14, 2015


Recently Run In Texas contacted us and asked if we would be interested in providing volunteers for a Ladies 5k-10k Run/Walk to be held at the Wildseed Farm outside of Fredericksburg.  In return for providing 15 volunteers to help by handing out water and checking in runners, they would make a nice donation to the Wounded Warriors at Nebo Ministry.  Needless to say we couldn't pass up the opportunity to get out in the fresh air and be part of the fun and help the ministry!!  What wonderful volunteers!! Twenty showed up!!

 We are grateful to Debbi McCurdy for organizing the volunteers and to everyone who came out to help.  It was a beautiful sight to see!!

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Double Easel Card

When we got to WFSC on Tuesday (5/5) for the card class there was no one signed up.  However, not being discouraged we went ahead and set up the table for class.  All the time smelling the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen.  A special meal of tamales, rice, salad, tortillas, etc. was being prepared in celebration of Cinco De Mayo. I always thought that was celebrating Mexican Independence.  Not So!!  It's Celebrating the Mexican victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  I just love the internet!!

Anyway, back to card making.  We ended up with 8 people joining us for class including 3 men.

 Yes, men, you can come & be creative; we love having you.  Sharon had designed two very different cards for the class.

The first was a "Double Easel" Mother's Day card. It took paying close attention to instructions.  That's hard to do since we really enjoy visiting while being creative.

Participants experience level ranged from "never done this before" to Paul & Paula who could teach the class.  As with most classes, the more experienced helped others.  Stacy & I even got to assist a little.

The second one was a "Landscape" created around the goose with sponges. 
 This photograph doesn't do the card justice.  There is subtle shading that makes up the background.  It's all controlled by the amount of ink on the sponge and the pressure applied when applying the ink to the card. You can really take "Artistic Licence" with this technique.

We bring a light lunch to share after class. Usually there are a few who drop in to join us at lunch.   However, the tamales, etc.won hands down.
 No big surprise there!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Willow Loop
I just love Spring!!  It's like everything is coming to life after a Rip Van Winkle siesta.  I especially look forward to seeing the hills and roadsides covered with wild flowers.  Some of the first to emerge are the famous Texas Blue Bonnets.  Those are shortly joined by Indian Paint Brush.  Before long there is a plethora of color that feeds the soul.  I am blessed to live in an area that had a fabulous riot of color this Spring.  Cars and motorcycles come from all over to tour the country side and enjoy GOD's art work.
Willow Loop Roadside

Willow City Loop
Although the Blue Bonnets are fading, there is still a riot of color, reds, yellows, white, pink and more.  Add to that the many shades of green that the newly leafed out trees exhibit and it's breathtaking to put it mildly.These photos don't capture the real beauty of nature but you get the idea.

If you haven't noticed or live in the city where there is mostly concrete, load your family into the car or fire up the motorcycle and head to the country for an afternoon to remember how beautiful Spring is and be re-energized.

Oh, yes, did I say I LOVE Spring??!!!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Let It Rain or Not

The forecast for the March R&R weekend was rain, rain & more rain (at least it wasn't ice). On Tuesday prior to our guests' Friday arrival there were 48 men, women & children signed up for the weekend.  Thirty seven actually spent a relaxing weekend in Fredericksburg.  They enjoyed the Lenten fish dinner at St. Joseph's Hall, compliments of Knights of Columbus. Then moved to the Methodist church for dessert, orientation and bingo.  It was drizzly/rainy all day but basically stopped during the time the guests were arriving.  Amazingly it didn't start up again until everyone was in for the night.
South Church Members Served Dessert

Cooks & Hosts Saturday Night Dinner
Saturday was overcast with intermittent drizzle.   When everyone gathered at the Catholic Church for Saturday dinner they exchanged stories of how they had spent the day.  Many went to the Nimitz Museum aka The National Museum of the Pacific War.  Most of the children were preteen and older so they really enjoy the museum along with their parents and of course the decant ice cream at Clear River Pecan Co.  Others enjoyed the playground at Market Platz and shops on main street.  After dinner almost everyone headed for the Fritztown Cinema.

Looking back we got some much needed rain with clear periods at just the right times for the visiting wounded warrior families to enjoy their weekend in Fredericksburg.  GOD is good!!

Once again special thanks to the following people and businesses who helped make this weekend successful:

  • Nimitz Museum
  • South Church
  • Knights of Columbus, St Mary's Catholic Church
  • Catholic Daughters, St Mary's Catholic Church
  • Clear River Pecan Co.
  • Fritztown Cinema
  • Sunday House Inn & Suites
  • Mike & Debbie McCurdy
  • John & Peggy Benson
  • Camey Stewart
  • Barbara & Wayne White
  • Sharon & Wayne Massey

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

How Cold Was It??

Friday, 2/27/2015 it was drizzling with temperatures dropping.  That didn't stop three families from traveling to Fredericksburg for the weekend.  They gathered at the Methodist Church where they met some church members who had come out to cook for them and to make them feel welcome.  We enjoyed a Baked Potato & Salad Bar with Ice Cream & Cookies for dessert.

Saturday was a little warmer so we didn't have to deal with ice.  Some of our guests braved the cold to explore main street and sample local ice cream.  Later everyone met at St. Barnabas Episcopal church for a delicious dinner of home made lasagna.  The warmth of the ladies and gentlemen hosting dinner was exceeded only by the laughter of the wounded warrior's children.  After dinner everyone headed for Fritztown Cinema to complete a relaxing day.

 Sunday we were blessed to have two of the families join us for worship.

A special thank you to:
St. Barnabas Episcipal Church,
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church,
Clear River Pecan Company,
Fritztown Cinema,
Sunday House Inn & Suites,

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Spa Day

What a day for the spa!!  It was wet & cold with a little snow thrown into the mix.  However that didn't deter nine (9) women (wives of wounded marines) from leaving Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio and driving to Fredericksburg.

We all met for breakfast at Woerner's Cafe then three of the women went shopping while the other five were pampered with either a manicure, pedicure or massage.

Happy Birthday Hallie
Lunch was complements of the Rathskeller. Everyone was talking at once about shopping, spa experience, places they had been deployed, etc.  We also had the privilege of celebrating Hallie Garza's birthday.  She told us her husband had signed her up to come and told her about it this morning.  Surprise!!

After lunch it was the "shoppers" turn to visit the spa while the others shopped.

Everyone agreed it was a much needed break. As one put it "Everyone Needs a Girl's Day Out!" They headed back home refreshed, ready to resume their care provider role and ready to come back to Fredericksburg with their families.

Of course these events don't happen without the generosity of the Fredericksburg community.  Our thanks to:  Rathskeller who donated lunch
                  The Spa at the Inn on Baron's Creek for special rates
                  Peyton Place Day Spa for discounted rates
                  Woerner's Cafe opened early

Thursday, January 22, 2015

January, 2015, Couple's Retreat

The setting was peaceful, relaxing & inviting as couples checked into the Old Mill Settlement for the weekend.  After getting settled, everyone met at the Cypress Room at Fredericksburg Inn & Suites for a light supper and "Get Acquainted Games" led by Chaplain Ginsburg and his wife Jenelle.

Friday Night Get Together
Some of Saturday Night Hosts
The next morning the chaplain demonstrated how to recognize pitfalls and how to deflect them.  After lunch at Mamacita's, the couples were free to explore Fredericksburg until dinner time.

Memorial Presbyterian Church provided a warm welcome and delicious dinner for everyone.  

Cutting Up
They also presented each couple with a gift bag containing hand made caps for the men and either a cap or scarf for the ladies.  All of the items had been prayed over while being made.  The guys got a kick out of trying on their spouse's gift.

Carlos & Martina Won Quilt
During dinner there were drawings for gifts which included among other things, gift cards, a prayer shawl donated by the Prayer Shawl Ministry at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church and a Quilt donated by the One Quilt Place Quilt Shop.

T.J.'s versionn of Lionel Richie 

T.J. Smith entertained everyone after dinner.  He had people laughing until tears.  Everyone loved him!!  T.J. donated his time and talent to these brave warriors and their spouses.

Angel & John Arroyo

Sunday morning worship started with songs and prayers.  Lt. John Arroyo, a survivor of the April 2nd shooting at Fort Hood, gave his testimony.  He took us through the shooting and the miracles that have occurred since he was shot.  His is an amazing true story of what GOD can do.

Following worship the chaplain covered one more chapter in the "Fearless Marriage".

As with all Wounded Warrior at Nebo events, many volunteers and donations were involved.  We thank you all for your continued support and help!

Old Mill Settlement donated cabins for couples
Clear River Pecan Co. donated box lunches
South Church donated breakfast burritos
Mamacitas donated Saturday lunch
Memorial Presbyterian Church donated Saturday dinner and Caps/Scarves
Alan and Pat Spousta greeted and checked guests into their quarters
Charles Quindry greeted and checked guests into their quarters
Bonnie Grimmer greeted and served couples Friday night
Lee and Nancy Chiles greeted and served couples Friday night
Fbg. United Methodist Church Prayer Shawl Ministry donated payer shawl
One Quilt Place quilt shop donated quilt
Buzz White donated Pecans
Ace Hardware donated Pizza Stone Kit

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