The purpose of this ministry is to honor the men and women who have and are giving so much to insure we, the American People continue to have the freedoms we have come to take for granted. We recognize that it’s not just the ones who are physically injured that have sacrificed. Their loved ones whether it’s a spouse, parent, sibling, children or significant other; the care provider and family are significantly impacted. Everyone’s life changes. Our goal is to recognize those involved to the extent possible and do whatever we can to give them a little respite and let them know that GOD and we love them and appreciate what they have done and are going through. Hopefully we expose them to a little ‘normalcy’. And help them integrate back into society in small group settings. All we want is to see that smile or share a hug. So , we are humbled when the Ministry is recognized for its service. And that’s what happened at the March retreat when Chaplain Ginsburg presented the Ministry with a certificate thanking it for its service and a flag that flew over Amman, Jordan. Both the Marines and Army were involved with this recognition. Again, it’s very humbling but also lets us know that perhaps we are doing what GOD wants us to.
The retreat was held at Fredericksburg Inn and Suites, Fredericksburg, TX. This month was a couples only event which provided more ‘class time’ for attendees to share experiences and learn from each other as well as the chaplain.
Friday after enjoying the build your own sandwich and banana split bars everyone settled back to enjoy T.J. Smith entertain “with a little help from his friends”. T.J. is very good at impersonating voices-those are his ‘friends’. He is also very generous to donate his time and talent to entertain and visit with men and women who have given so much for this country.
Around 11:30am Saturday food started arriving for lunch. Those First Baptist’s really know how to eat!! They served some of the best smoked chicken I’ve ever had! On top of being delicious (everyone agreed) it was healthy! Ok, Ok, so healthy doesn’t exactly fit in the same sentence as pecan pie and brownies but DELICIOUS does. Anyway, about 3 pm class was over and couples were free to go on a date and practice some of the things they had been talking about the past two days.
We decided this was an ‘international’ R&R because there were attendees there from: Italy, Germany, Porto Rico, Guam and the U.S.
There are more photos in the Couple’s Retreat – March Album
Chaplain Ginsburg left Fort Sam Houston early Friday morning with six hardy souls (seven if you count the “little guy”) heading for Enchanted Rock State Natural Area for hiking or rock climbing or simply to enjoy the beautiful area. Upon arrival at the Rock, the Chaplain shared a devotional followed by some discussion then everyone headed out on their adventure. Whatever their quest, they were getting a break from their every day activities and enjoying the beauty of GOD’s creation.
At a predetermined time everyone returned to the van and headed into town for lunch at Hondo’s on Main where they exchanged stories about their morning’s adventures and other GOD moments. After lunch several toured the National Museum of the Pacific.
Our thanks to CPT. Brown who sent us the photos to use.
Families came to Fredericksburg last weekend, 2/19-2/21, looking for some respite from their everyday military life.
They were greeted with smiles, hugs and huge welcomes Friday night. Seems they can’t get away from the chow line but this time it was for awesome homemade chili, hot dogs and all the trimmings followed by mountains of chocolate treats!! Then came BINGO!!! Then everyone went to their guest house or hotel for the night.
Saturday after a leisure morning, everyone met at Fredericksburg Brewing Co. for lunch then back to the Methodist Church for some counseling sessions with Chaplain Ginsburg. The kiddos were being cared for by Aloha Sitters while the adults were with the chaplain. During a break Lauren was surprised with a birthday cake complete with candles and singing. The chaplain told everyone to go have a fun ‘date night’ without the children. And they did!!
While here some went to the movie, the gun & knife show, trade days, National Museum of the Pacific, sat on the guest house porch and watched deer, slept – basically relaxed!! No, no one could do all of these things but they had a lot to choose from. Just a few comments from our guests:
“It’s so peaceful.” “Everything is so nice!” “Didn’t Know What to Expect” “Counseling was So Good”
GOD is so good to provide generous people in Fredericksburg willing to support Wounded Warriors at Nebo by donating their guest house, cooking, discounted tickets, volunteering, financially and prayers. Without you all these events would not happen. THANK YOU!!
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Valentine Day is just around the corner and the last two card classes reflect that. We have made some beautiful valentines to send to loved ones. Some simple others more intricate as you can see from the pictures. We are at Warrior Family Support Center, Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month. Classes begin at 10 am and are usually over by 12 followed by a light lunch that allows us to get better acquainted with ‘students’. You usually leave with two cards you have made. If you are experienced, you may even get in a third one. We have fun while being creative then get to share that creativity when we send that card to someone we care about. COME JOIN THE FUN!
Matt and fellow marine with deer at ranch by Willow City.
They were happy to accept the ranchers invitation and come out from San Antonio and help thin the deer population.
The weekend of December 4th-6th was our annual Family Retreat. Everyone arrived and checked in at Inn on Baron’s Creek then gathered in the conference room for orientation and dinner. After dinner it was up to main street for the parade. In case you haven’t guessed, we always schedule the Family Retreat to coincide with the parade. This was the first time in Fredericksburg for some of our guests and others had never seen a lighted parade. Chairs had been set up in front of the Nimitz Museum for the families. If claps and cheers are any indication, everyone really enjoyed the parade. There were several comments about how nice it was to see several nativity scenes on floats.
Saturday all met back in the conference room for an exercise in the 5 Languages of Love. After lunch everyone was free to go ice skate, visit the museum, explore main street or just hang out. During dinner there were drawings for gifts ranging from CDs to Gift Cards to Pray Shawl (every family received an adult gift and one for a child). Then Sunshine the clown arrived to entertain the kids (both big and small).
WWAN thanks Angel Chefs who not only donated all the food but prepared and served it. Also, it was really great to see a couple of families who haven’t been here in a while.
We had good weather, Old Friends, and made some New Friends. What more could you ask for?
All photos from the event can be seen in the “Family Retreat” album.
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I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. I was blessed to have one of my grandsons, his wife and three small children. Yep, GREAT grand children!! It was such a wonderful day. Later I started thinking about all the things I’m thankful for – Family, Friends, Health, it goes on and on.
Then last Tuesday when Jackie and I were at WFSC teaching card making (Jackie teaches-I assist) I realized how thankful and blessed we are that y’all (warriors, spouses, care providers, etc.) continue to come to our classes. It seems there is always someone new dropping in to join a regular or two and then up pops someone we haven’t seen in months! You all are the reason we continue to make the drive from Fredericksburg to San Antonio every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. Love those hugs and catching up and/or getting acquainted.