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Hello! Here at FBCW, we are all privileged to live in Northern Virginia and, if you are too, here are some of the staff’s favorite things to do in the area! Try them out!

Favorite Restaurants

Joy Egee - East Moon Asian Bistro

Located in Woodbridge, East Asian Moon Bistro is mainly a traditional Chinese dining outlet available for delivery and takeout. Their sushi comes highly recommended!

Joy Egee - Paisano's Pizza

Paisano’s is available for delivery or carry out and is an easy way to get authentic, delicious pizza for an affordable price.

Stephanie Baderman - Foster’s Grille

Located in Old Town Manassas, Foster’s Grille is a great place to grab lunch. With outdoor seating and various activities to do downtown, this burger joint has a great location and food!

Katy McCleland - The Secret Garden Cafe

This cafe is located in Occoquan, which is a great location for shopping, dining, and crafting. This café has a variety of sandwiches and salads and is a fun outing for a quality lunch.

Tabitha Rogers - Landini Brothers Restaurant

If you are looking for a traditional Tuscan meal, Landini’s is located in Old Town Alexandria and has a variety of authentic meals for lunch or dinner. The location is ideal, with shopping nearby and outdoor seating available.

Sherry Price - Cock and Bowl

Cock and Bowl is located in Occoquan, Virginia and serves a variety of meals all prepared with a country kitchen feel. For authentic and homemade Belgian food, this is the place to go!

Favorite Local Coffee Shops

Stephanie Baderman - Jirani

This coffee shop, located in Old Town Manassas, serves great coffee and has a very homey feel, but they also have a bookshelf of board games that you can take out and play with your friends while you drink your coffee. They also have books that you can take off of the shelf and read if you are visiting by yourself.

Priscila Reggiardo - Beto's Cafe Smoothies & More

Beto’s Cafe Smoothies & More is located on Old Bridge Road in Woodbridge. This Peruvian cafe is a local gem with fresh baked goodies, breakfast specials, and more. The environment is warm, friendly, and a real favorite.

Favorite Ice Cream Shops/Bakeries

Katy McClelland - Frostie Moose

Frostie Moose is a soft serve ice cream shop that features an abundance of flavors for an affordable price. They have outdoor seating available, milkshakes, and more!

Katy McClelland - Confections Cupcakery

Quality, homemade cupcakes located in Manassas. Come by for fun and festive cupcakes year-round!

Tabitha Rogers - Carl’s

Located in Fredericksburg, Carl’s has been selling ice cream since 1947. They have delicious shakes, soft serve, and sundaes.

Sherry Price - Moo Thru

For farm-fresh ice cream and delicious flavor, the Moo Thru is proud to make their ice cream with fresh cream from dairy farmers. It is located on Route 29 and a great stop before & after road trips.

Favorite things to do in Northern Virginia

Joy Egee - Fountainhead Regional Park

This park has trails available for mountain biking. They have beautiful scenery and this is a great way to get exercise and enjoy nature.

Stephanie Baderman - Washington D.C.

If you are looking for a fun way to have fun for free, there are so many fun museums and Smithsonian’s to see. To avoid buying a pricey lunch, pack a lunch and pick a patch of grass to enjoy.  

Priscila Reggiardo - Accotink Park

Located in Fairfax, admission into the park is free and they have a 4 mile trail for biking or hiking, a lake, concession stand, and Carousel.   

Tabitha Rodgers - Mount Vernon

If you love history, this is a great way to see our first president’s estate and farm. There are tours and exhibits on display to take a look at. This is a great way to have fun and learn something new.

in His grace

Stephanie Baderman


Fun in the Sun

Summer is a great time to plan events with the family! Here at FBCW, we encourage families to spend time together. Below are some events and ideas to help you to plan adventures with your family all summer long.

Movies Under The Stars

Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, located in Woodbridge, Virginia hosts weekly movie nights. They play a movie on the big screen and families are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to watch the movies from. This is a free, family-friendly event. More info can be found below:

Science Museum of Virginia

This museum is located in Richmond, Virginia. It is kid-friendly and a great experience for the whole family. With hands-on, interactive activities, families can have fun and learn about the world around them for an affordable price. Click the link to find out more:

Autobahn Indoor Speedway

Love race cars? Located in Manassas, Virginia, this indoor speedway is family-friendly and a blast for kids and parents of all ages. Built inside of Manassas Mall, this is an indoor race track with cars speeding around every turn. Click here for more information:

Splash Down Waterpark

This waterpark is located in Manassas, Virginia. It is a great place for families to cool down and spend time together on a hot day without breaking the bank. There are slides, pools, and dining locations on site. You can find more information here:

Kings Dominion

If you and your family are thrill-seekers, Kings Dominion is an amusement park located in Doswell, Virginia. With shows, roller coasters, food and fun, this is a great way to spend a nice, summer day. For more info, click here:

Nature Hike

Prince William Forest Park is home to 37 miles of hiking trails of various lengths. This is a great activity to see trees, waterfalls, and wildlife. Pack a lunch, put your sneakers on, and go for an adventure with your family. To find out more, click here:

The National Museum of the Marine Corps

If you are looking to combine education and fun, the Marine Corps Museum is located in Triangle, Virginia and is free to the public. This museum hosts events all summer long and has a variety of incredible exhibits to enjoy. For more information, click the link below:

Locust Shade Park

This park is located in Triangle, Virginia and contains a miniature golf course, batting cages, playgrounds, a golf range and more. For an affordable price, there is a bundle deal where families can play a round of golf, receive balls for the batting cage, and golf balls for the driving range. For more information, check here:

Lake Ridge Marina

If your family loves the water, this is the place to be. Located in Woodbridge, Virginia, the marina allows families to rent boats, kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards for an affordable price. There are also boat ramps available for people to launch their own canoes. This is a fun way to spend some time outside under the sun. To learn more, click here:

Potomac Nationals Game

Take them out to the ball game! The Potomac Nationals are a minor league baseball team located in Woodbridge, Virginia. With games all summer long and affordable tickets, this is a great way to spend a nice summer night. For information, click here:

With Grace,

Stephanie Baderman








Dear Graduates

Dear graduates,

You made it. Four years of high school are finally coming to a close and you are done. If you are anything like I was, you are extremely ready, waiting, and anxious to get away to college. I think that too often we rush to get somewhere and then, before we know it, it is over.

I am now graduating college and would like to share eleven tips that helped me to have a memorable college experience.

1.     Say “yes” to everything. You are going to be thankful for midnight Target runs and waking up at 4:30 a.m. to go on a sunrise hike. The best memories are made at the strangest times.

2.     Talk to everyone. You will be surprised by who ends up becoming your best friend in college. Friendships can begin in the drive thru of a restaurant if you take the opportunity.

3.     Explore. Explore. Explore. The little, ice cream food truck in the parking lot of the mall can become your favorite late-night adventure. Go thrift shopping, swim in a lake, and take every opportunity to make a memory.

4.     Don’t push your schoolwork to the side, but take care of yourself. Sometimes you just really need to take a nap in the middle of writing a paper.

5.     Stay up late on the weekends binge watching shows on Netflix. This one might seem a little strange, but this is something that you will not be able to do for long. I am now balancing two jobs, planning a wedding, and graduating college. And surprisingly, I do not have time to watch shows any more.  

6.     Eat healthy, y’all. You’re going to hate it and it is going to be hard, but just wait until you are sick and your mom isn’t there to bring you soup and medicine. It is a miserable experience and I would highly advise against it.

7.     Don’t try to impress everyone. I have done the walk of shame to the library to print papers multiple times in socks and sandals. Oversized shirts and sweaters are your best friends.

8.     Fall in love. Or don’t. College is a weird time where half of your friends are getting married and the other half are still enjoying being as single as it gets. Don’t feel pressured to fit into a certain mold of what “everyone else is doing”.

9.     You don’t have to know what you are doing. Some people go into college with a plan for the next ten years of their life and they stick to it. Don’t stress yourself out because you don’t know what you want to do yet or what you want to major in. You will figure it out.

10.  Find a home church and get involved. With all of the crazy, spontaneous occurrences that take place in college, it is so important to have some consistency in your weekly schedule. Don’t be afraid to bounce around until you find the right fit.

11.  Have fun. College is a unique experience and it will fly by faster than you can imagine. Soak in every minute of it.  

With Grace,

Stephanie Baderman

Divine Appointments

I arrived 15 minutes early and was walking through the parking lot when I noticed another lady just ahead of me. She looked like she was going to the same luncheon I was so I picked up my pace slightly to catch up with her. We both said our polite hellos and then she took a second look at me and said, “Aren’t you the chaplain’s wife?” She caught me a bit off guard but I replied with a “yes” and then was quite surprised at her next words.

She became rather excited as she began explaining that she had specifically prayed she would run into me that day. Specifically, me!

Being in the middle of editing a Bible study she has written for military wives, she thought of me and wanted to talk with me about connecting with other wives.

We chatted until we got into the building and then decided we should sit together for the luncheon so we could continue our conversation.

Several years ago, I was on my way out the door with my keys in hand, when the phone rang. Only because we were moving, and selling some things on craigslist, did I stop to answer it. 45 minutes later, I hung up the phone, having just listened to a hurting young lady whose family was going through a very difficult church split. Realizing she needed a “friend” to listen at that moment, I went back in and put down the keys. As I spoke comforting words and prayed for her, I knew this was certainly a Divine Appointment that trumped my workout class that day. The most amazing fact was that I’d never met her. She lived in another town and was calling to inquire about the bookcase I was selling on craigslist!

Every morning I pray for Divine Appointments. Many times I’m ready for them. However, sometimes they come at inopportune times and my initial response is that I don’t have time to be interrupted at that moment.

I was at a conference this past weekend and we talked about the strategy in planning our calendars. I’m all about calendars; I like to have one (especially a cute one) and I like to know what my day/week looks like.

But I don’t want to be ruled by my calendar. My prayer is that every day, people would take priority over programs on my to-do list. That when God brings an unexpected appointment in my day, I would not be irritated, rather I would be grateful that He’s chosen me to be a vessel of light and hope and encouragement to someone else in need.
Remembering that I’ve prayed for the Lord to oversee my day, I want to live with margin and hold my plans loosely, knowing that His ways are, indeed, the best ways.

We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Proverbs 16.9

In His grace,

Michele Husfelt

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