Monday, October 20, 2008

A Day at the Farm!

Residents sitting on hay This past weekend, Nashville residents had a blast during a day-long trip to Tommy and Philis Pardue’s property for Farm Day. Nashville residents have been participating in Farm Day annually, for the past 8 years. Farm Day is always a special opportunity for the girls to get out and enjoy a refreshing time of recreation. Some of the activities they get to participate in include fishing, target-practice, and pumpkin-carving. One of the most popular activities is when Mercy staff member, Robert, takes the girls for rides through the woods on a four-wheeler. This year, the day ended with a huge bonfire where everyone joined together to make smores and sing songs. Here’s what some of the girls had to say about Farm Day:

two girls with fish

“I had never fished in my life. I’m a Jersey girl and I don’t catch my own fish – it was awesome doing something like this for the first time!” – Joyia

“This was the first time I had ever ridden on a four-wheeler –with Robert driving, it was so much fun and we laughed until we cried. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.” – Andrea

Robert with two residents on four-wheeler“I really enjoyed shooting the discs – it was so much fun, and I was excited and shocked when I actually hit one! The guys teaching us were so amazing and patient.” – Amy

“The bonfire was awesome! The sky was so clear and another resident and I sat by the fire and gazed up at the stars. Then all the other girls started singing and it felt awesome to be in God’s presence outdoors.” – Tamara

Four residents in front of bonfire

We would like to thank Tommy and Philis Pardue for their generosity in sharing their beautiful property with us over the years. We would also like to thank the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency for furnishing the equipment and volunteering their time. This is always a memorable experience for the girls!