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gratitude post!

I’ve got a lot to be grateful for on this humid July night, so I thought I’d fill you in on why.

First, last week I received word from my pastor at home that I have reached my total fundraising amount for my year in the Philippines. I can’t even fathom the amount of love that poured from family, friends and church members over the past four months that allowed me to reach a final figure of $5,807 (the amount needed was $5,000!). Friends who supported me in words of encouragement, advice and listening ears have meant just as much since the application process in January. Words cannot cover grateful I am, but I hope that my blog updates, pictures, and the happiness I share with friends in the Philippines will circle back to touch all of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Secondly, I have received my service placement, and could not be more excited to work with the organization Little Children of the Philippines, located outside Dumaguete City. I have found kids to be my most favorite way to connect with new places and communities, particularly in places with a new language, and I anticipate the children I work with to be a key piece to help me transition to life in the Philippines. I can’t wait to get to know their faces and learn their names. I know they are going to teach me so much.

Third, I have a mere four weeks until I leave for a week of orientation with the 2017-2018 YAV class in Stony Point, New York! I am both nervous and thrilled at how quickly the next month will undeniably fly by. I leave for Stony Point on August 21 and then for the Philippines on August 27, and have much packing, preparing and reading up to do in the meantime. I promise to check in with the blog as I check in to New York in just four short weeks!

If I could list a fourth (not final, but concluding today’s blog list!) reason to be grateful tonight, it’s the rumble of thunder in the distance as I sit on a bench outside the gaga pit (gaga. look it up- important summer camp terminology) at Camp Hanover, Virginia, my summer home throughout my years in college. I am here this summer working as a Unit Director, and feel so absolutely inspired by the humans I get to work alongside. Just wait for my soon-to-come shoutout post, Laura, Chloe and Colleen- it’s going to be wild.

These are all my updates for tonight, but I promise I’m only an email away with answers to any questions you may have! A link to shoot me an email is at the top of this page. Visit the toolbar on the right to receive updates via email for future posts.

Goodnight all, and thank you, thank you, thank you 🙂