2017 has certainly been a year to remember. It started with me enjoying my last trip to the College Conference at Montreat with Ukirk, a few months later I graduated with a degree in Animal Science. I moved home for the summer, and then on to Little Rock to begin what is turning out to be one of the most meaningful years of my life.
And while I am bummed that I won’t be attending the College Conference this year, I certainly have much to be thankful for. I’ll start by going back to something I promised I would elaborate on, our Thanksgiving celebration.
We decided to host our new YAV family for a meal to celebrate each of our family traditions and the new ones we would make together. With much planning we had a Thanksgiving holiday that was delicious, relaxing, and incredibly fun.
Just a few of the things I am thankful for this year:
The food on our table: while there certainly has been a learning curve with our food stipend, we have learned what a privilege it is to have even $60 a month. And believe it or not we were able to SAVE money leading up to our Thanksgiving meal, allowing us to have a true Thanksgiving feast.
Our home at Creekside: It’s hard for me to imagine that our home(which we have now named creekside) was once a maintenance shed. It has become a favorite pastime to shop the network of Little Rock Goodwills and see what kind of household treasures we come away with. There are many great people who have helped us make our house a home.
Our YAV and Ferncliff community: Over the past four months, we have built an incredible community of support and friendship, and I am so thankful for the commitment of my fellow YAVs to our community. Our net of support is wide and I am certain that I would not be experiencing such an amazing time of growth without each and every one of our supporters in Little Rock and each and every one of my supporters in Raleigh. To all of you, thank you.
My fabulous furbabies: I am so thankful that I get to take care of the sweet animals at Ferncliff. I just love them. I love when the goats snuggle up to me wanting a scratch when I am trying to work. I love the rhythm that feeding them puts into my day. I love when one of the pigs has an extra moment of friendliness and lets me pet them. I love that feeding them had to be worked into our Thanksgiving day cooking schedule. They bring me joy everyday, and I dare say they are teaching me new compassion.
Compost: composting is one of the many ways that our household commits to caring for our planet. In our efforts to create less waste in general, we are very conscious about our food waste. Especially with our elaborate Thanksgiving menu, we wanted to make sure nothing went to waste. We ended up with nearly 5 gallons of trimmings from cooking that were taken to compost and will in turn be used to grow our spring vegetables. Composting is new to me, so I am especially thankful that my roommates are helping me create new habits that decrease my carbon footprint.
Reverse charades: Our Site Coordinator, Ann, is to thank for this one. She brought it over as a post-dinner game to work off some calories and man did we have a good time. Sad to say that the Millenials put up a weak fight against the Baby-Boomers at our Thanksgiving.
The Harry Potter Series: *Confession: I have not read the books* We spent our Black Friday #OptingInside and watching the entire series start to finish. Thanks to my roommates, who have read the books, who filled me in on all the small details in the movies I have previously missed. Relaxing holiday, check.
I am so excited for what 2018 has in store, and for my next 8 months as a YAV.
Joy and peace to you this holiday season.
The Highlights: I was able to travel home for the holidays and spend some much needed time with the entire family enjoying each others company and relaxing in front of the fire.
What I’m reading:
- A Prayer for Owen Meany- John Irving
- The Divine Dance- Richard Rohr