|So happy I got to lean on these folks this year|
It was a sweet and special last week together as we closed out the second year of the Winston-Salem Fellows Program.
ROUND TABLE - for our last Round Table we celebrated two birthdays! Kate's and Sarah's - both born on the same day - not in the same place.
Kate Donahoo on her favorite instrument
Sarah Wilkins on her new favorite instrument
We ate leftovers from the graduation. Understandably, we were all a little bit mellow from such a big weekend. We also had our final "Advance" to anticipate - not to mention that Fellows have lots of other life items to sort out. Nevertheless, we had balloons and a cookie cake, and a sweet time of sharing.
END WELL ADVANCE
Day 1 - The goal of our final week together is to help all of us gain perspective on what the year has meant for us. It is also a time to end well with each other. This includes: time for reflection, time for having that conversation you need to have, time for memory-making, time for laughter, and time for tears - all this happened.
Salem was a hit...
|Salem's first rainbow|
I have an "exit interview" with each Fellow, so where as the Fellows get a lot of free time - I do not (although there is little I love more than to spend time one on one with these guys).
|The view from where Sarah and I had our exit interview|
|Morgan and I swang during our exit interview|
Tuesday night, we went to one of my favorite places in the world: the Alleghany Jubilee.
|I think Ashley was out there the entire time|
Agnes, the former owner, let me borrow her crockpot. I had forgotten to bring mine from home and I needed it for chicken taco night on Wednesday. THANK YOU AGNES!
|Tate demonstrates the correct posture for banjo playing - according to the picture|
Day 2 - The weather as you know was up and down all week. For the most part, we were super fortunate. On Day 2, we spent a lot of time on the water.
|Getting lathered up|
|Then went tubing.|
What a hoot!
|Salem's first kayak ride|
What a great line up: David Mounts, Sharon Joyner-Payne, Rob Zomok, and Fred Jorgenson. We left inspired. As one of our Fellows put it: "This whole year we have been talking about what it looks like to really integrate our faith in our work - Inmar actually does it."
Thank you guys!
Afterward, we jumped in cars and headed to Lake Norman for our final twenty-four hours together.
|Thank you Todd and Becca!|
|an amazing night of worship and lifting up the way we see Jesus in each other|
|One of the very best moments of the year|
|Starting with quiet times|
We watched Natalie's Year In Review One Second Video - So fun
Then, it was good-byes...really just see ya laters.
|several of the gals went to the beach|
|Grace, Sarah and Natalie hitting the town|
|The Williams Family|
OUR FIRST FELLOWS WEDDING!
|Will and Mary Page tied the know Saturday evening|
|Rahel, Camille and Jessica road tripped|
|Sean, Campbell and Dakota (not pictured) were there too|
|We danced like crazy|
|Rob even made me wear this ridiculous unicorn mask!|
What a night!
I ended up camping out on the property before driving back to meet up with my family the next day.
|We went hiking at Stone Mountain|
|The kids had no fun - ha!|
|We had a memorial service for Winnie|
We celebrated my dad's birthday yesterday.
- My neighbor and I are trapping the raccoons who are getting after our chickens!
- Tuesday. Getting my head on straight. I went to the doctor this morning because I've been having these weird nerve symptoms in my right arm - he called my nerves (a good thing) but some further testing will need to be done - to be continued.
- Wednesday. Meetings and NO LEADER LUNCH! Ha! BUT!!! A lunch with Jessica Kok who will be moving to Norwich England at the end of the summer and his leaving Winston Friday. (next to Lia - couldn't have a better lunch date)
- Thursday. Meetings all day with the National Center for Teacher Residencies...more on that later
- Friday. Hopefully sunshine and lots of friends...
|So proud of you Jessica|
|Ashley with her host fam at a trampoline park|
|Rahel just graduated from Duke and will be going into medical consulting (fall back - med school)|
|The kids made my fishing an adventure|
|Tate is convinced that he is Salem's favorite|
|The record so far on the paddle board is 4|