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Gin Schaffer is a former higher education administrator and works part-time at MWHC's Regional Cancer Center as the Coordinator of Integrative Medicine. She lives in downtown Fredericksburg and enjoys walking and biking with her husband and 2 kids (especially if coffee is involved).

Pink Ribbon Journey

Today, Facebook reminded me that it was a year ago today that I attended Miss Caroline's Tree House Open House and thus, my blog post, #LOVEFXBG was born.  There are definitely times that I feel like Facebook's "walk down memory lane" is not helpful, at all, but this was a most welcome reminder.

Last weekend, my daughter and I enjoyed attending a wonderful birthday party at the KD'z Kidz World in Stafford.  If you haven't been there in awhile, they've expanded to include some bouncy activities for older, bigger kids.  It was nice spending time with other parents and seeing the kids enjoy each other's company.  After this, we met up with the rest of the family at University of Mary Washington's Battlefield to check out the men's baseball game.  There are so many Eagles sports that are fun, free, and outdoors!

Since the weather was so nice, we walked over to Kenmore Park to find our new brick (thanks to Fredericksburg Area Service League).  I wonder if we will see any more snow cover those bricks this season?

Then, we headed over to the Olde Towne Butcher because we couldn't pass up the opportunity to have a summer grilling night in February!  It was great seeing everyone out and about downtown; I think every restaurant was full!

A week prior, a bunch of us got together at Miss Caroline's Tree House to enjoy Valentine's weekend (and the tree house's anniversary), but more importantly to make cards for the children who are at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  We will be visiting the hospital during spring break and look forward to hand-delivering the cards.  
This card-making party was my sonsJack's idea.  When we create these moments of doing good for and with one another, we give our children something to build on as they create their own civic identities.  As we were leaving, Jack said, "Well, that was a huge success!"  I couldn't have loved him (and Fredericksburg) more at that moment!  
I thank Miss Caroline for hosting the party and I thank this community for their caring spirit.  #LOVEFXBG #ALWAYS

IMG_20150221_131233.jpgMiss Caroline & Anna, February 2015     IMG_20160213_115336.jpgMiss Caroline & Anna, February 2016     IMG_20160213_120217.jpgHappy Card Makers!





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Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area Splash EventMassadYMCA

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