Military Ministry at the Wagner's

Military Ministry at the Wagner's
Thanksgiving Day 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Danielle Joined Us For Hot Dogs and Attack Uno!

July 22, 2017

Josh Ellinor invited one of his coworkers, Danielle Felone, to join us for our weekend activities. Todd Williams was here for his Reserve duty weekend, and Bethany Lokey was here too. We ate hot dogs and chips and Klondike bars for dessert.

Then it was on to a rousing game of Attack Uno!


Danielle pressed the button and got cards shot at her. Then she checked inside to see if there were any more cards that didn't come all the way out. She picked up the game real quick!


Then it was Bethany's turn to shuffle and deal.


Hey Bethany, look over here!


You too Danielle!


In case you're curious whose arms are at the right of the picture - they were Todd's. See him at the right of the picture? It was Danielle's turn to shuffle.


I loved the expression on Danielle's face when I asked her to pose for a picture! If only I could have gotten some cards shooting out at her at the same time.


Yvonne and Bethany...I know Yvonne is glad to have the neck brace off!


After eating and playing we went into the living room to pray. When we shared prayer requests Danielle wanted to know how to get a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I shared Revelation 3:20 and other scriptures with her and then prayed for her. She said she felt really calm and peaceful after we prayed. Sunday morning she came to my Sunday School class where I was able to explain the plan of salvation more fully.

And finally, the weekly mustache photo update.


Check out my intermediate goal...like Oliver Wendall Holmes mustache. It's getting there...slowly.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Alex Joins Us For Watermelon and Jenga!

July 15, 2017

We had another fun night! Josh Ellinor and Alex Crespo joined us for hamburgers and watermelon.




Then we played a couple games of Jenga. That's not a game we play very often, but it was fun!





Look at the pictures and see some of the intensity of the game.

Then we switched to a card game called "Golf".


This is our electric shuffling machine. Way better than trying to do it by hand! Although, it doesn't always do such a great job either.

  

Any idea who won the golf tournament??


This is Alex. He's a soldier stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington. His family lives just up the street from us. We've known him since he was a little boy. He's not so little any more! Really nice young man.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Boggle! It's Like Scrabble Mixed With Crossword Puzzles Mixed With Dice...

Tia bought us a new game for my birthday!It's called Boggle!

This is a game in which you make words in all sorts of directions using letter cubes. They get shaken up in a cage, and then you get three minutes to make as many words as you can. Unfortunately, if someone else gets the same word no one gets credit for it. You can go up or down, diagonally, or in a square or in a zigzag pattern. You just can't use the same letter twice in the same word.



Yvonne, Tia, Bethany, Josh and I played. Fun new game!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Cristian Fabela Promoted to Second Class!

This morning Yvonne, Diane, and I went to Norfolk Naval Station to attend the 'frocking' ceremony on board the USS Kearsarge. Cristian Fabela, along with numerous other shipmates were being promoted. Some to first class, some to second class, and some to third class.


Today Cristian put on Second Class!



Besides her physical therapy appointment and doctor's appointments, this was Yvonne's first 'outing' since her surgery.

Diane, Yvonne's sister, flew in to help her in her recuperating adventure.


Below Cristian is getting 'pinned' by his division officer.



After everyone was promoted the commanding officer made a few remarks and challenged the new petty officers to assume their new responsibilities on Monday.


Then it was time for cake! The ship's culinary specialists made the cake and it was moist and delicious! It took six cakes to actually make the whole thing.





Cristian is up on the stage getting a group picture taken. I'm eating cake!


Then it was time for another picture with us in front of the big flag, and he escorted us out. Cristian had to go back to work.


Congratulations Cristian! We're proud of you!!!

Robert and Christina Kroeger's Wedding - May 13, 2017

Yvonne and I drove up to Leipsic, Ohio to marry Bob and Christina. When we got up there I didn't think it would be much cooler up north than it was in Virginia. So Friday, for the rehearsal it was pretty cool. But Saturday turned out to be beautiful! God really blessed the couple with beautiful blue skies, sunshine, and warm temperatures. So let me share some of the pictures we took with you.


Bob and Christina got married in Gilboa, Ohio on the Blanchard River Bridge. This part of Ohio is some of the most beautiful farm land I have been in in many years! So it made perfect sense for the happy young couple to be married surrounded by family members and decorations from the family farm (with a touch of Bob's stint in the Navy).


This is the Kroeger wedding altar. I captured a picture of the bridal limousine in the background too.


And of course, there is the obligatory picture of the preacher and his wife.

And, as the ceremony starts, here comes the pretty young flower girl and the brides maids.






And after the bridesmaids came in, the bride's father walked her down the aisle and gave her away.


And then the wedding ceremony itself.


And finally, Bob and Christina prepare to symbolically merge their lives in the Colored Sand Ceremony.


And of course, I had the privilege of presenting to the audience, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kroeger!


And then it was on to the reception. Now you get some pictures of the bridal party at the head tables.


The best man giving a toast...(I wonder what kind of bread he used???)



And now for a few miscellaneous pictures from before the wedding...


This is Patty Kroeger, Bob's mom.


The young lady on the left is Bob's brother's girlfriend. In the back is Jim Kroeger, Bob's dad. And the gentleman on the right is Bob's grandfather.


These two wild and woolly ladies were up on chairs putting the finishing touches on the reception hall, and hamming it up for the camera!

I couldn't resist adding the picture during the wedding rehearsal that got baby bombed!



This is obviously the rehearsal of Christina's dad walking her across the bridge. The symbolism of the bridge was really meaningful and I used it during my wedding "homily" as Bob called it.


And of course, Yvonne and I had to get a picture with the young couple to prove we were actually there!


OK, wait! Just in case you're not familiar with the Gilboa mascot...let me introduce you to the Gilboa bull. He is the 20 foot tall figure that stands prominently beside the highway, that everybody uses to give directions. Everything in Gilboa is directed by where you turn when you see the bull!




Don't you make fun of the Gilboa bull!