September is a big deal right now. For one, it means we left ARI almost one month ago. I dream about it often. Just last night I had a dream that Doug was going back to Japan for business purposes or something and my sister also had business in Japan. So I said, well I need to go too! And the next moment I was walking around dream ARI (which was nothing like real ARI, except all the people that I miss were there). I hugged people like I hadn't seen them in years.
September is also now synonymous with wedding anniversary. In 23 days, Doug and I will have been a legal entity for 2 years. While statuses have their advantages, we know what's more important is all the love: from above and around and within all things. I know we say "thank you" in probably every blog post, but here it is again, because one can never say it enough.
THANK YOU for everything. For raising Doug and I, for introducing us to each other, inquiring about our relationship developments, challenging us, supporting us, being 2nd/3rd/4th mamas and daddies to us, for FEEDING us literally and spiritually, thank you for marrying us, camping with us, for hiring or not hiring us, working with us, for farming and eating and living it all with us. We are truly in love and in life together and we couldn't be here and be this happy without all your love and your life.
In addition to celebrating our 2nd cotton-filled anniversary, Doug and I will also be traveling to New York for the YASC re-entry retreat. This will be an event for all the YASC missionaries who finished their missionary service this year to reunite and discuss and debrief their experiences together. We are very much looking forward to seeing all of our friends with whom we started this journey over a year and a half ago. All of their blog posts have been listed on the right hand side of our blog page all year, maybe you've been reading what they've been up to. If you're interested in learning about other kinds of work in the YASC program, check them out!
Ok, so now for some updates: We're famous! Doug and I were walking around the University of Central Arkansas (our alma mater) putting up these flyers for St. Peter's college ministries, and then we found ourselves on the tv!
In other news, we've been doing some research for the big farming project. We've visited a couple of different stores and farm co-ops to do some pricing and planning. We have also already picked up some seeds from the new Faulkner County Seed Library! It was so simple. The seeds are sorted by plant and variety in a file cabinet. We just collected a few seeds from each that we wanted, recorded them, and went on our way! The seed library is operating with the expectation that users will try their best to save seeds to bring back and replace what they took!
Since our last post, we have shared our experiences at ARI with St. Peter's Episcopal Church and also with the Episcopal Collegiate Lower School during their chapel time. Coming up, we will be talking with Jane Harris' Religion and Food class (September 11) and visiting St. Mark's, Jonesboro (September 15). We head to New York the end of September. Oh! We have also been invited to the Faith, Farm, and Food Event in Sewanee the end of October. We are really excited about this opportunity to meet with other folks involved in this kind of ministry!
We will continue to update you guys via this blog. Once we officially get going at Camp Mitchell we may also provide farm specific updates via their website. Until then, stayed tuned in here!
Love from Arkansas,
Doug and Jenny