Milistary Ministry at the Wagner's

Milistary Ministry at the Wagner's
Sunday Dinner at the Wagners!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

"Reminiscing" and Chicken Pot Pies!

Saturday Josh and Andrew were over. We have a closet full of board games we select from each week.

This week Josh saw the game "Reminiscing" and asked what that was. I told him it was a game for people over 30. And that at 18 he was too young to play it!

Well that didn't sit too well. He asked to play it anyway. Technically the instructions say that it's for people over 30 and anyone who they let play it. So I agreed.

I thought to be fair we would play teams and divide up, with an older person on each team. But NO! The guys decided it would be a match between the older folks and the Millennials! So, that's what it was!

The questions cover the decades from the 40s to the 90s. And since Josh and Andrew were both born in the 90s we thought they wouldn't know much about the previous eras.

Boy! Were we right! The first game went really fast. Yvonne and I won quick! The second game, not so much. Josh and Andrew actually won! Not bad for a couple of young "whipper snappers"!

Sunday we celebrated Liam Egbert's birthday.

So Yvonne made Chicken Pot Pies for dinner.

Chocolate Banana Creme birthday pie!

After dinner we watched the movie "Battleship"!

I know, I know, not very spiritual, but it was exciting and FUN!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Never Being Board Game Challenged !

I finally decided that I had better sit down and blog about our weekend activities from LAST weekend,,,,before the guys come over tonight and I have to update our blog from this weekend.

Normally I try to update our activities by Monday afternoon, but this seek I had doctors appointments three days getting ready for my back surgery next week.

We have a hall closet and shelves in our garage filled with board games that we play on Saturday nights. So if anyone spends much time with us on the weekends they will never be able to say they are board game challenged!

Saturday night Yvonne made hot dogs for dinner with chips. She was going to have Popsicles for dessert, but Josh and I went to the store and overrode that decision. I bought Klondike bars!

After dinner we sat down for a rousing game of SKIPBO!

This is my "I am so cool carrot eater look!"

Titus, is this your I am going to win this game look?

So who do you think won the game????

Yup! Not me!!  Josh won .... again!

On Sunday we had a new sailor! Liam Eggbert from the USS Harry S. Truman. We drove over to the base and picked him up. At church we had three sailors all over six feet tall. We dominated our pew!

Afterward everybody came to the house and we had dinner. This week it was spaghetti, home made french bread, salad, and for dessert we had apple crisp and vanilla ice cream!

While we ate dessert we watched the Olympic Games! 

We didn't take any pictures during dinner so I asked Liam to pose as he put on his shoes before leaving for the day. What a good sport!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

White Chicken Chili, Chocolate Chip Pie, and Nick Vujicic!

Great weekend!

Monday we got an email from a young man who introduced himself as a hospital corpsman at Oceana Naval Air Station asking about joining our Saturday evening game night. We wrote back, gave him our phone number,  and now he's a member our extended family!

Tristin's selfie!
Josh, Andrew, Tristin, and Titus Ray joined us!

We had a really complex meal: fish sticks, french fries, and cinnamon rolls

Then we played Settlers of Catan. Titus had never played the game before so we had to teach him. He caught on real quick! Since we had six players we had to use the expansion pack. That made the board a lot bigger! Andrew won the game! Titus said next time we play he will win! Judging from the look on Andrew's face he isn't so sure about that.

Today Josh, Andrew, and Titus joined us for Sunday school and worship at church. Then it was on to our house for dinner. Cristian and Tristin joined us for dinner too!

Yvonne made White Chicken Chili, and home made French bread for dinner.

This is what the soup tureen looked like after five hungry sailors finished with it! 

Josh Ellinor made a Chocolate Chip Pie with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce for dessert.

Looks great doesn't it?
After dinner we watched a video called "Verve!"

The story of Nick Vujicic, a man born with no arms and no legs, but with a wonderful spirit and powerful testimony for Jesus Christ.

After we watched the video everybody Googled his name and wanted to see what his wife looked like! All of the guys agreed she was really good looking!

Finally, we shared prayer requests and prayed together.

I found this story about Nick on YouTube and thought I would share it here too.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

John, Jass, and the Iced Tea Saga!

What happens when your girl friend comes to visit from California, and you bring her to meet your extended Virginia Beach family - John and Yvonne?

You DON'T open the freezer door!

John Ortiz brought his girlfriend Jass to meet Yvonne and me last night. They drove all the way up from the outer banks, so we invited them to stay for supper.

John asked, "Where is the iced tea?"

Busy preparing supper, and forgetting that the ice tea jug was precariously sitting in the freezer leaning against the freezer door,

Yvonne simply said, "In the freezer."

That sounded a little strange to John, but Yvonne often puts drinks in the freezer to get them cold a little quicker before we eat.

John reached up and opened the door to the freezer and out popped the gallon jug of iced tea!

John did a great job of catching the jug as it tumbled out of the freezer, but not before the tiny lid popped off and the jug tipped over enough to splash about a quart of iced tea all over the kitchen!

There was raspberry iced tea that ended up in the refrigerator, on the wall by the refrigerator, all over the kitchen floor all the way to the pantry, and all over John's shirt and socks!

Fortunately, Jass brought a hoodie that John went out to the car to change into.

After some fancy work with a big bath towel we got the tea mopped up, the walls cleaned off, and we sat down to eat.

We now had a new story to add to our collection of funny (though somewhat embarrassing) events at the Wagner house!

Jass was a really good sport about the whole thing. We all laughed and joked about what happened. John even offered to do a reenactment! An offer we quickly declined!!!!

But we did take some pictures and decided to add the story to our blog for you to read!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Saying Goodbye to My Grandmother

Andrew Raffety went home on leave a couple of weeks ago because his grandmother way dying of cancer. His leave ended and he came back to Virginia Beach. She passed away last week. But before she died Andrew sent a letter that he wanted his family to read to her. Andrew's family was gathered around her and she was awake when his aunt read his letter. It was such a touching tribute to his grandmother I wanted to share it here. I asked him and he said it was all right.



Had a great time talking to you this evening, will call again on Wed (got duty tomorrow night).  I was wondering if you could share the following message with Beemer, even if she may be asleep.  I have been wondering how to deliver this message since I started leave, and it just came to me:


I wished I could have communicated this to you sooner, however this message just came to me.  I love you.  You have been the best Grandmother anyone could ask for.  If I  could say one last thing it would be this:  Jesus Loves You!  Trust in Him and receive him into your heart!  This is the path to everlasting life, this is what I have learned since becoming a Christian.  I Love you!!!

Your Loving Grandson,


For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John and Josh Cross Paths at Work

Pretty cool picture of John and Josh. They work at Oceana but in different commands and hangers. But one day recently their paths paths crossed. john took a selfie and sent it to me. I thought it was a cool picture of them and thought I'd post it on here.

Chicken Wings and Apples to Apples!

July 23 and summer has hit with a vengeance! Temperature is hitting triple digits and the humidity isn't far behind. Sure glad we went miniature golfing last weekend and not this weekend. This is when I really thank God for air conditioning! I remember the summer our AC went out and it was this hot. We all sat in front of fans and put cold wash cloths on our necks and faces to stay cool. We said everyone could go home to their nice air conditioned homes if they wanted to. But they all decided to stay and suffer with us! This year our AC is new and works GREAT!!

Todd Williams (our resident reservist), Josh Ellinor, Andrew Raffety, and John Ortiz joined us tonight. Todd suggested that we play "Apples to Apples". John Ortiz won.

We had fun and laughed a lot! Todd suggested a new twist to the game that I had never heard before. After the game is over we all went around the table and read the green cards we won as characteristics of ourselves. That made us laugh even more!

Yvonne made chicken wings (hot and spicy and mild and spicy ) and cole slaw for dinner, followed by popsicles.


Sunday, after church, Andrew Raffety and Josh Ellinor came over. We ate Chicken Broccoli with Bowtie Pasta for dinner with homemade French Bread and Ceasar Salad and Blueberry Pie and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Sorry, no pictures of the pie and ice cream. We dove in and finished it off too fast!

It was a pretty relaxing afternoon. We watched the "Signed, Sealed, and Delivered" marathon on the Hallmark channel. There's a new episode premiering tonight.

Before everyone left we prayed together for our country!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Pot Roast, Giants, and Settlers!

Good morning. Now for Sunday's post!

Josh and Tristin came over Sunday. John Ortiz had to move rooms in his barracks so couldn't join us.

On the menu was pot roast, new potatoes, and green beans. Yvonne tried a new recipe for the green beans that everyone really liked. It had maple syrup in it!

Dessert was strawberry shortcakes with lots of whipped ream!

 Do you notice the pots and the plates are empty? I think they liked it!

We no sooner sat down to eat when the doorbell rang. and who should come in but Andrew Davis! We haven't seen him for years! He watched us eat (he had already eaten) and caught us up on what was going on in his life.

 After dinner we watched a movie - "Facing the Giants"

Then, since it was still early we played Settler of Catan! I wanted to teach Tristin how to play it. He learned really fast!

Yvonne concentrating!

We played two games. Josh won the first one and Yvonne snuck up from behind and won the second game!