I’d Like you to Meet: The Service House

Through the course of the semester and the blog posts so far, I have mentioned living in the cozy little house with 5 other girls who also committed to serve, grow and love each other and our community! So, it’s only fair that I let them share with you about themselves and their experiences in our house so far. It is my pleasure to introduce you to my roomies!

Pictured above from left to right is Anna Rose, Breanna, Kate, Savannah, myself and Ashton.


Anna Rose

    My name is Anna Rose and I live in the Service House. This semester, I have had the opportunity to work with an organization on campus called Enactus. It is a social entrepreneurship-based organization that helps various non profits come up with the necessary items for a successful business, such as writing a business plan, marketing plan, finding good quality and affordable raw materials, and so on. It has been a great experience and I have been able to work with wonderful people who truly care about investing in the community around them, as well as learning important lessons in the business world.

This house has been such a blessing, and I cannot say that I have one favorite part of it. I think I just love the community the most. I love that it’s comfortable enough for us to just be together doing homework at night, watching a movie, going to lunch, doing crafts, baking or anything else. We share stories, we laugh together, we cry together, and overall it is just a treat to live with such amazing women. Something that I do really love is that I work at the same restaurant as one other roommate, Breanna, which has been an awesome bonding experience, and something that I have come to value a lot.

For fall break this semester, we went to Asheville, North Carolina, and camped on an organic farm. This was probably one of my favorite memories with these girls because it was such an incredible time together to get to know one another and just be together. We got to explore, cook, freeze, run around, learn about the farming life and drive many hours together. It was a trip I will never forget!

Overall, the year in this house so far has been an absolute blast, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.



    I’m Ashton,  and I’m a senior psychology major, interested in studying occupational therapy. My internship is at Renewal House, which is a recovery center for women who have struggled with drug abuse and their children. I am mainly working with the children in both groups in childcare. Every time I go in, there is a new quote on the bulletin board about self-love and forgiveness, and I have learned so much from hearing the women’s stories and their healing journey. I love that Renewal House is so empowering toward women, and I love watching the ways their self-esteem, self-love and self- acceptance are growing– and also watching them be such great moms to their babies.

     My favorite part of the house is that it brought together 5 other girls I probably wouldn’t have lived with–or known, otherwise. It is overwhelming to live with so many people at times, BUT I love being able to walk into someone’s room and lie in their pile of clothes and talk and laugh about nonsense, or walk into the kitchen and see someone baking and bringing our little community together in such a tangible (and yummy) way, or hearing different perspectives and learning more about the world and the way others see it.

    Service and community is important at me because I’m learning that it is such a good base for any relationship. You can serve people in so many ways (you don’t have to make it an internship!) and this breeds community. I do think that service is the basis of community, and I love that this house was founded on both.


    My name is Breanna, I am a junior social work student living in the service house this year. My internship is with the YWCA at the domestic violence shelter as the children’s program intern. My favorite part about my internship is growing close with each of the children during their stay and getting to be a place of stability for them.

Editor’s Note: Since it is finals week and everyone is super busy and stressed, it wasn’t really fair for me to ask my roommates to do my blog post for me. So since Breanna is out of time, I want to add a bit about her myself! Breanna is super passionate about helping victims of human trafficking. As the president of our chapter on campus of the International Justice Mission, Breanna leads students to talk about this issue and host events to raise awareness. She has a heart of gold, and she is even wearing a dress every day this month to spark even more conversation!

Breanna is one of the hardest-working girls I know; she has beautiful hair; she puts up with our morning-person personalities with a smile on her face; and she always has a story to tell. I am so lucky to have gotten to meet her this year and call her my friend!



    Hello! I’m Kate Patterson, a junior social work student. My internship is at the Nashville Food Project and I have loved every minute of it!! My role there is the garden intern, but my tasks change daily, from driving to pick up a new queen bee to planting garden beds to teaching kindergarten-fourth graders about healthy eating and gardening.

    My favorite part of the house experience is the rich community. I love doing all sorts of things with these ladies. Some of my favorites have been surprising roomates at work, weekly breakfasts and camping at an organic farm in Asheville, NC. Also, sharing life with these ladies is pretty great. I get so inspired hearing about their internships and dreams and goals for the future.
    My best memory from the house so far is having Julie Hunt and her family over for dinner. We spent the day preparing the house and food together as a community, and then we shared stories and laughs with her family. We topped dinner of with an apple cake that Julie baked and brought! Yumm! It is so fun to invite others into our little community- even if it is just for dinner.

    Service is important to me because it is so enriching to see others needs be provided for. There are so many cool organizations and initiatives that are service-oriented here in Nashville. These places are doing amazing creative work, and it is a pleasure to be able to join in to a tiny part of the work they are doing. Community is important to me because we are called by God to live in community and to love our neighbors. It is so easy in this world, and in my own life, to get caught up in my dreams and what I am doing and forget to think about others. This house has provided the perfect place to be constantly reminded to be intentional about relationships and to be nourished by and to nourish others in the relationship. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of ladies to share this journey with!!



    My name is Savannah Halliday and I am a junior math major currently living in the service house. This year, I’ve been interning with University Ministries as the student coordinator of the into.nashville freshman service program. So far, this role has taught me how much administrative effort it takes to put together such awesome events, and has given me a greater sense of gratitude for all volunteers that work behind-the-scenes to make everyone’s experience enjoyable.

My favorite part of living in the service house community is being surrounded by a diverse group of girls who all share the common goal of serving and improving the world. Service is a great way to follow in Christ’s footsteps and show God’s love to others. Community is important to me because life was not meant to be lived alone, but to be shared and experienced together. I greatly enjoy our weekly breakfasts together, as it combines both of these aspects.




What We Served: Spiced Hot Cocoa

    Now that it’s getting colder (finally!), we can start to shift our brains from school/work/busy mode to Christmas/family/baking/shopping/lights-seeing/jolly mode. And that, my friends, is the best kind of mode to be in!
    After a chilly day being out-and-about, don’t you just love to come home, snuggle under a blanket and drink some hot cocoa? Of course you do, you’re only human. Well, rather than pop in a packet of Swiss Miss and water you heated up in the microwave, use this fabulous recipe to have yourself some quality hot cocoa. You deserve it.
    I think this year we should focus on intention. Intention is not necessarily “trying harder,” but simply trying to avoid the shortcuts that are only making life quicker, not better.
This is just one place to start 😉 Let me know if you try it out!
The Goods:
Serves 2
  • 2 cups (organic) whole milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar (add more if you have a sweet tooth!)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • pinch of cayenne
For the whipped cream: 
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
The Process:
  1. Combine the milk, cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, and spices into a medium saucepan. Warm to a simmer.
  2. While the hot cocoa is warming, pour the cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla into the bowl of an electric mixer and whip on high speed until stiff peaks are achieved.
  3. Once the cocoa is hot, pour into mug of choice and top with the whipped cream. Enjoy!

Recipe by Megan Forbes of Goldmine