A few of my favorite things

As I head home in just 30 hours, (I’m sorry, but where’d this entire semester run off to without me?) I’ve been reflecting on what I’ll be leaving behind. I wrote these memories to share my experience with you, and in hopes of keeping them alive just a little bit longer.

Some things I’ll miss forever<3

 

Hearing a native Boston accent – and still being surprised by it, since it wasn’t as common as I first expected.

Being able to say I’m a Harvard student. Maybe it was just the extension school – but I have a Harvard email so… that’s pretty legit.

Yep. That just about sums up the first two. | Shirt Designed by AFH

Yep. That just about sums up the first two. | Shirt Designed by AFH | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

The way everyone knows the righthand side of the escalator is to enjoy the free ride, and the lefthand side of the escalator is for doubling your speed. Maybe this happens everywhere, but I just noticed it here – and it’s like passing on the highway.

Walking into my room and finding Cristin resting on the floor – her usual choice for a quick rest. And about 3 weeks in, realizing how much I would rather lie on the floor than climb into my raised bed.

Cristin in her naturally comfy resting spot | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Cristin in her naturally comfy resting spot | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com


Our tuition going to things we really enjoy
 – like monthly Charlie Cards and a final dinner at The Melting Pot:) Yes. No more college food please.

Being just 20 minutes from Fenway Park – and having family that loves me enough (or maybe loves the Red Sox enough…) to drive up and take me to a game! And yes we won the game… and the World Series 🙂

Love These Two | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Love These Two | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Red Sox Game | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Red Sox Game | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

The unique stores, the delicious food, and the never-ending options. I could wander this city for years and never get bored.

One of Many Outdoor Markets | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

One of Many Outdoor Markets | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Love This Restaurant | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Love This Restaurant | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Endless Possibilities Include Trampoline Parks and Foam Pits | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Endless Possibilities Include Trampoline Parks and Foam Pits | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

The Best Spanish Food | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

The Best Spanish Food | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com


Music in the city.
While waiting for the train underground. And especially listening to music from the pianos that move around the city, left out for the community to play.

The balancing act of riding public transportation. Except while eating a lettuce wrap on the way to see Hillsong — then it’s preferable to sit down.

Emerging from underground and trying desperately to figure out where I was — um… for anyone who knows me and my absolute lack of direction… I think I did pretty good! I mean… I can get to class alone now – and that’s halfway across the city. Just… don’t ask me to take the silver line buses.

Early Morning in Boston | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Early Morning in Boston | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Speaking of silver line buses – I’ll kind of miss those crazy transportation moments – like when the bus got stuck on the sidewalk trying to let an ambulance through. But you know what I loved in that moment? Even though some passersby were annoyed, the community came together to help. People were quick to step into the road, direct traffic and guide the bus off the sidewalk.

The Infamous Trolley | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

The Infamous Trolley | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Every time I remembered I hadn’t exercised all semester… someone would remind me – “but you’re walking all over Boston.” Why, yes, yes I am. I’ll miss that natural exercise.

The forever-on-repeat Oceans, and a free Hillsong concert with my Gordon-in-Boston girls.

Hillsong

Hillsong Concert | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Interning with Prosperity Candle! I prefer hands-on experience to a classroom any day. And I love, love, love Prosperity Candle and their mission of empowering women – so I knew my work mattered. Plus it was a lot of fun to write blogs all semester for the job. (Yeah, that might explain my absence of blog writing here.)

Special house moments – like carving pumpkins and decorating the best-looking house on the street. (I can’t take credit for the decorations but… I do love them!)

The Beautiful Place We Call Home | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

The Beautiful Place We Call Home | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Danielle Decorating, Even Outside | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Danielle Decorating, Even Outside | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Danielle, Being the Den Mother We So Love | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Danielle, Being the Den Mother We So Love | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Pumpkin Carving | Photo by Danielle Merdin

Pumpkin Carving | Photo by Danielle Merdin

Being less than 5 miles from my best friend:) Now that I think about it, this is the closest we’ve ever lived to each other!

The biggest, sweetest, fluffiest, dog (commonly mistaken as a bear or lioness) I have ever seen. Meet Beacon.

Danielle was Making Curtains and Beacon was Too Comfy to Move | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Danielle was Making Curtains and Beacon was Too Comfy to Move | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Stealing — no rescuing — yes, rescuing Katniss Everdeen from the movie theater dumpster.

Riding Home from the Movie, with Katniss above My Head | Poster Design Property of Lionsgate | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Riding Home from the Movie, with Katniss above My Head | Poster Design Property of Lionsgate | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Katniss Made it Home | Poster Design Property of Lionsgate | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Katniss Made it Home | Poster Design Property of Lionsgate | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Christmas festivities and lights – especially the tree lighting at Faneuil Hall. Completely crowded but an experience to remember! When you’re shoulder-to-shoulder and backpack-to-shoppingbag with eight people at a time, you make many immediate friends…or enemies. But I loved the shared joy and laughter. And on our walk to the T, the pure magic as the snow began to fall. There was a connected excitement even as everyone had left for home. The crowded city brings people together. And I love it.

Waiting for the Tree Lighting | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Waiting for the Tree Lighting | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Tree Lighting | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Tree Lighting | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Park Street Church. Per usual, I was often home on the weekends. But when I was here, I loved spending Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights at Park Street. The people I met in this place will be forever in my heart.

A home filled of our 50 Richview family, cooking together, praying together, laughing together, and just sharing life.

Amy and Cristin Serving Community Dinner | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Amy and Cristin Serving Community Dinner | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

A Joy-Filled Home, Even When the Heat Broke | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

A Joy-Filled Home, Even When the Heat Broke | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Our View from the Prudential |Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

Our View from the Prudential |Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

The City Lights Our First Night in Boston | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

The City Lights Our First Night in Boston | Photo by jackiespaige.wordpress.com

These are the memories.joy.community| I will miss

But if I have any say in the matter: Don’t worry Boston – I’ll be back.

This post was written as part of the Weekly Writing Challenge: Multimedia Storytelling.

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