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January 29, 2009 ~ Mercy Hall

Winter & a Mercy Hall Luncheon

The day before a luncheon I head over to the Western Shore to food shop and get ready for the luncheon with the rest of the crew and we knock it all out with enough time to sit back and enjoy catching up with each other.

I’m always leery about planning a luncheon from January through March though, because of flu season and the weather.  In fact, a few weeks before this luncheon we had a “what if” discussion.
And then it happened…

The Day Before–

Check in 21000: “Jane, it’s pretty treacherous here. My road is a sheet of ice.

“It’s not looking too good here either, Robin.”

“You might want to call for a Bridge report.”

“Good idea.”


Check in 21130: “Jane, how’s the roads over there? You don’t like driving in this stuff, do you?”

“Noooooo, not a bit. Deb, BWI’s reporting freezing fog. I don’t think I’m going to make it over there today. Man I hate to cancel…”


The guys at Mercy Hall went out, did their job, and traveled on roads in HMVVs not knowing if they were going to make it back to camp without hitting an IED or being shot by a sniper. Continue reading January 29, 2009 ~ Mercy Hall

November 2008 – 5th Floor: Conversations…

Welcome“I could smell it out in the hallway!”

“Real food!”

“Fill your plate – there’s plenty! Sandwiches there, chili over there, drinks behind you.”


“NO calories in the brownies!”



“Was your son wounded or are you here for something else?”

“My son was wounded – suicide bomber.”

“It’s my husband – IED.”

“Where was he?” Continue reading November 2008 – 5th Floor: Conversations…

October 12, 2008 – 5th Floor: Fall is in the air


It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that Brenda picked daffodils for the table decorations and now here we have pumpkins, gourds and wheat.

Where did the summer go?



Robin suggested doing a potato bar with all the toppings for this month’s luncheon. Deb’s Chili, sour cream, chives, bacon bits, jalapeno slices, butter, cheese sauce and broccoli made for a meal in itself. Continue reading October 12, 2008 – 5th Floor: Fall is in the air

August 23, 2008 – 5th Floor: Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…

at the beach

…except when your son is recovering from a crushed pelvis and other injuries acquired while training Iraqis in house-clearing and half of the house fell on him – third deployment.

Or your son returns home on leave safely after two deployments over there and then is involved in a very serious car accident at home.

Or you’re the girlfriend who flew in from far away Continue reading August 23, 2008 – 5th Floor: Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…

June 28, 2008 – 5th Floor

The Stars at might are big an dbright Deep in the Heart of Texas

And so are their families, at least the one we met at the latest MarineMoms-Bethesda luncheon was.

The men hung out with us Moms for most of the luncheon waiting for their Marine to come out of surgery and the women came in toward the end of the luncheon.

Wonderful family and so supportive of their Marine.

“OUR HERO” t-shirts that the girls had made and were wearing.

All were wearing a button with his picture on it. Continue reading June 28, 2008 – 5th Floor

May 28, 2008 – Mercy Hall

Mercy Hall

A few days after our March luncheon, I asked the Moms what they thought about changing the venue of the luncheons. We had met a Marine who hung out with us that day and learned he lived in Mercy Hall while waiting for his medical discharge.

Mercy Hall“Mercy Hall? Where’s that”

“Over there.”

We peeked out the window.

“How many of you guys are over there?”

“I’m not exactly sure, somewhere around…”

Wheels began spinning in our minds…

It was a unanimous vote – let’s see if they’ll allow us in Mercy Hall for a luncheon.

They did! Continue reading May 28, 2008 – Mercy Hall

January 27, 2008 ~ 5th Floor

Windchimes in the treesJust Hangin’ Out

Running a few minutes late I arrived at Deb’s in time to join her for leftover ziti and a big salad for lunch Saturday.  We started preparing for our Sunday luncheon with the grocery shopping trip that afternoon.  Deb and I grabbed our two carts and headed into Costco with The List, printed on card stock ‘cause I’m out of printer paper.  My printer says I’m out of printer ink, too, but I think it lies… been printing with it for a month now since the lights have been blinking.

The List is divided into sections: Continue reading January 27, 2008 ~ 5th Floor

December 29, 2007 – 5 East Luncheon & Operation Santa at the Hospitals

Have you ever walked into Mom’s kitchen…

Grilled Cheese and had all of your taste buds suddenly attacked by delectable, lip-smacking smells? Mmm hmmm…



That’s exactly how it was Saturday when you walked into the room after the Moms got the soup crockpots set up  and the grilled cheese skillet going. Continue reading December 29, 2007 – 5 East Luncheon & Operation Santa at the Hospitals

September 30, 2007 – 5 East

Busy Day on the 5th Floor at Bethesda Naval Hospital!

But first an FYI:

New Amputee Care Center Opens at Walter Reed on September 13, 2007. (link removed 4/2/2021. It redirects to the DoD website. Copy and paste into your URL bar and check it out. Lots of stuff there!)


I had a late start heading over to Deb’s Saturday. See… there was this pasta salad I wanted to make that morning for the luncheon on Sunday. It turned out to be more of an event than I thought it would be. Took all morning and half of the afternoon…. It was absolutely worth it, though. GOOD stuff.

 Pasta Salad

Oh… Yeah… the yellow card… It says:

“Pasta Salad”

And under that, it says:

“Marines ONLY look inside”

 You had to be there to know what it said.

And you had to be a Marine. Continue reading September 30, 2007 – 5 East