It’s taken me a while to get back up and running with this blog, but I have some really good excuses.
1. Cleveland is amazing, and I have been too busy to write
2. I did not bring my computer with me (I’m writing this at work)
3. Starting my new job has been pretty crazy, in a good but busy way
Regardless of my late start, I am excited to use this blog again to write about the goings on in my life that I think are worth sharing. There have been so many new changes and experiences in the last few weeks, I guess I should start at the very beginning…
On August 4th, I got on the smallest planes I have ever been on and flew to Indianapolis for JVC Midwest Orientation. It was pretty easy to pick us out waiting in the airport for our transportation to Waycross, the camp where our retreat was held, we were the group of twenty-somethings asking each other the same questions over and over “Where are you from? Where are you going? What school did you go to?” By the time we boarded the bus new communities and new friendships were already beginning, and the next six days gave us a chance to strengthen these bonds and prepare for our year’s ahead.
On Friday the 9th my Cleveland community picked up two rental cars and began the 6 hour drive to our new home! When we arrived at 3007 Church Ave we were greeted by our support people and FJVs (Former Jesuit Volunteers). We had heard that the Cleveland community had a lot of support, but we were not prepared for the twenty or so people standing on our stoop excited to meet us. This initial greeting was just the first overwhelming display of support for the JVs.
On Sunday we went to mass at St. Pat’s, one of the Catholic parishes in our neighborhood where I will be attending mass. We picked the right weekend to move to CLE, as St. Pat’s was having their annual outdoor mass and picnic. WE had heard that the parish really supports the JVs, but had no idea just how much. We were asked to introduce ourselves at the beginning of mass, to bring up the gifts, and some of us served as Eucharistic ministers. After mass there was a wonderful picnic where we were able to meet neighbors and other members of our community, eat some hot dogs, and relax after a busy weekend before starting an even busier week!
More to come soon…