Day 1 - Guest arrive.  We have 11 military families 9 from Fort Hood and 2 from National Guard.  The families had no idea what to expect other than what I had told them on the phone; and at this point I am just another voice on the other end of the phone line promising something that most are skeptical of, something that is too good to be true, something that is sure to disappoint.  Some are hesitant to be here, others are excited.  Some are here by choice, some not so much.  As the families drove off the beaten path to get here I am sure they had a few mixed emotions -  I can only imagine what was going through their minds: way out in the boonies, everything is pretty run down, what is up with all these shacks and piles of junk all over the place - some of them were probably cursing that perky voice on the other end of the phone line. Once the guest arrived I think their fears were put to rest a little as they realized they were in for a treat and the person on the other end of that phone like just got a little more credible.  Here are a few (OK, a BUNCH!)  photos of Moon River Ranch:
As our guest checked in we took them to their rooms.  Some were a little locks on the doors?  What is up with that?  But most were impressed!  The rooms were beautiful and a gift basket awaited them.  We had a welcome dinner and a brief orientation where we gave them their daily schedules.  After dinner the kids went on a hay ride and the adults headed to the back porch for a little ‘get to know you’ time.  Day 1 was a success.  
8/28/2011 09:34:22 am

Trish this is beautiful! I got an application from our FRSA but not until Micah left. I would LOVE to go on one of these retreats when he comes home. Do you need any volunteers?


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