Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Forgivness Retreat (June 12-14, 2015)

Couples and families gathered at the Inn on Baron's Creek in Fredericksburg for a weekend of counseling, companionship and relaxation.  Chaplain (CPT) Rob Ginsburg and his assistant SPC Christain Beckett MEDCOM BAMC, WTB, FSH TX had prepared an agenda designed to inspire families to grow in the areas of forgiveness and effective communication. 

After registration Friday evening, families gathered for a nice meal together, door prizes and games.

Saturday morning the children were picked up and taken to Bethany Lutheran Church for activities and snacks while their parents were in session with the chaplain.

Families were reunited at the church for a delicious lunch and were presented with gift bags.

At 4p.m. the children were returned to the church to be cared for by Aloha Sitters, a professional child care business.  This freed parents up for a 6 hour "date night".  They had options to go to the Rock Box, WWII Museum of the Pacific, a movie, explore the town or just relax.

Classes inspired soldiers and their families to understand, communicate and support each other strengthening relationships.  Couples were encouraged to live a life of continual forgiveness. 

The generosity of Bethany Lutheran Church in large part is what made this retreat successful.  They provided child care, allowed Aloha Sitter's to use their facilities, fed everyone, provided beautiful gift bags full of goodies and visited with the families making them feel welcome. Thank You Church!!

Some of Bethany's "Kitchen Help"

Getting Acquainted
Sunday morning Chaplain Ginsburg provided the sermon at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church for both the 9 and 11:10 services.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Artistic Lisence

It's always fun to see what happens when people let their creative side take control.  When the team goes to Fort Sam to teach cards the instructor always has an example of the cards we are going to make.  She always tells us the steps required then adds "But this is your card.  Your's doesn't have to be exactly like the sample.  Make it your own."  And many do just that.  Sometimes the differences are subtle others dramatic. Last Tuesday was a good example.  Jackie was teaching a new technique on a Father's Day card.
Sample Father's Day Card
Inside of Sample

The front of the sample had a ribbon knot on it and "Dad" was inside.  Paul decided not to put the knot on it and instead stamped "Love" across the front.
Paul's Card & Envelope

Inside of Paul's Card

He changed the sentiment inside to "Thanks so Very Much"Adding a stamped design similar to the front embossing. He used the same stamp on the envelope.

Sample with Splash of Color

The second card was a special request.  You could make it all white which would be perfect for a wedding or add a splash of color to the embossed heart. 

Paul's Creation
Paul chose to put color on his card by sponging ink on the edges of the heart and flap of the envelope.

Another student made the basic card but made it an anniversary card and because it was going to be hand delivered chose to put tiny embossed hearts on the envelope.

As you can see, we have fun as well as get to create something pretty.  Anyone can join the fun & it's free!!.  We are at the WFSC the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.  Class begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 11:30 with a light lunch.

Michael, Martina, Jackie, Maria
We had a nice surprise last Tuesday. Michael & Maria Hicks stopped by to say hello.  It was really good seeing them and getting caught up.

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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