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Noble Meats

noble meatsThese last few months I have become more conscientious of the need for good stewardship in the treatment of our livestock and the quality of the meats we consume. My quest for traditionally raised meats did not take me far from home. Noble Meats is just down the street at the intersection of Manchester and Lillington in Spring Lake. Not only have I found them to be great butchers, but they also sell some outstanding barbeque!

Before I adopted Noble Meats as my family butcher, I had no idea what I was missing! There is something special about having somebody who knows me, who knows exactly where their meat is from, and can cut my meat just the way I request it. There is a kind of sense of community.

Whether you are concerned about the quality of meat you feed your family or you would just like to be able to know your butcher by name, Noble Meats is well worth a try!

For more info, visit: https://www.facebook.com/NobleMeats/?fref=ts




Bragg ‘n Barn

So, I thought I knew all there was to know about Bragg ‘n Barn… it’s a thrift shop for soldiers, what else is there to know? Well, as I was doing some research for this article I discovered that there is much more to Bragg ‘n Barn than meets the eye and it’s benefits to our military community are far reaching.

Located in an old mule barn from Ft. Bragg’s early days, the Bragg ‘n Barn is  just off the intersection of Reilly Road and Woodruff street. The intersection is easy to spot, as there are rows upon rows of long, brick mule barns on the north side of Reilly. The shop is stocked full of clothing, jewelry, baby items, kids toys, furniture, housewares, etc, all either donated or consigned. The benefit to the consumer is easy to see, reasonable prices for gently used items, but what most people do not know is where the profits go. Staffed mostly by volunteers, the profits are high. In 2011, Bragg ‘n Barn raised $39,541, all of which went to support organizations that benefit military families. Besides monetary donations, the shop distributed pet supplies to the animal shelter, children’s books and stuffed animals to the Red Cross, baby items and clothing to Save the Babies House of Refuge and much much more. They even used donated suitcases to help train the MP K-9 Unit drug and bomb sniffing dogs.

While the thrift store junkie in me has always enjoyed shopping at the Bragg ‘n Barn, I now feel a sense of pride in my patronage. This organization opens up many opportunities for us to give back to our community. Whether by volunteering as a clerk, donating our used items, or simply by doing some shopping, we can make a positive impact.


Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC)

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One of the most vital necessities to thriving as a military wife is a solid group of friends.  When I was a new Army wife I had heard horror stories about wives clubs and the petty bickering/back stabbing that went on there.  Needless to say I was very cautious in my search for support.  Because of my timidity, it was a good year before I was aware of the vast array of good, wholesome women’s groups on Ft. Bragg.  Of these groups, the most vastly accessible is PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel), an organization sponsored by chaplains to offer Bible studies and spiritual growth to the women of Ft. Bragg.  I have met some of the most truly beautiful women there and I admire and aspire to their sincerity in loving God and loving those around them.

PWOC offers a spring and a fall semester, sometimes with a mini summer semester in between.  At the beginning of each semester there is a big kickoff where you can meet all of the teachers and review the classes that are available.  There are currently three chapels that offer classes: All American, Pope, and Linden Oaks.  All American Chapel also has night Bible studies to accommodate women who work.  If you are interested in more information, visit FortBraggPWOC on Facebook.