The boaz way
Some folks have family reunions, forced family fun, or "family time"....at Boaz, we have traditions! A Boaz tradition happens every year, is open to the entire Boaz family, and is something we all look forward to! Check out just a few of our many, many family traditions below.
sonday night snacks
Sonday Night Snacks (SNS) happens every Sunday night in the Boaz living room when David and Heidi set up a table filled with a special treat or two (often made by Heidi, but sometimes Geoffrey will help or Boazies will come by and join the baking world in Heidi's kitchen). Everyone hangs out in the lobby to enjoy the snack and catch up with friends. Even Boazies that have moved out come back for this sweet tradition! There's a big debate on the best snack, but some favorites include sopapilla cheesecake, fruit dip, and lemon cake! If you want to strike up a conversation with a Boazie, just ask them their favorite Sonday Night Snack!
Wake Up Wednesday
Every Wake Up Wednesday (WUW), Madison and Jonathan whip up a homemade meal and serve it in the lobby as everyone heads to early morning classes. Some favorite breakfast items from Wake Up Wednesday are green chili egg casserole, cinnamon coffee cake, biscuits and gravy, waffle bar, pancakes and bacon, and, of course, COFFEE! You can swing by and grab a to-go container or stay and chat with Madison and Jonathan about your upcoming tests and weekend plans--whatever you need for the week!
weekly dinners at the sons'
Every week the Son family invite about six students will step into their home for a home-cooked meal until every single single boaz resident has had the chance to share a meal at the Sons' dinner table over the course of the year. The dinners often happen on Wednesday nights, but the Sons work to make sure everyone has the opportunity to join in on dinner--even if that means dinner happens earlier, later, or a different night of the week!
Living room celebrations
On the first Monday of the month, we gather around the Boaz living room and sing a round of "Happy Birthday" to all of the Boazies celebrating a birthday that month. Then we slice into a giant cake and take a moment to celebrate each Boazie! We also gather in the living room to celebrate a variety of other events--the oscars, the super bowl, the NCAA tournament, the beginning of the year, the end of the year, and so much more! It's not unusual to walk through the lobby and see a celebration of Boazies happening in the Boaz living room.
soup night at the ferris'
Once or twice a semester, the Ferris family pulls out every single pot and pan in their kitchen to make LOTS of giant pots of soup (something for everyone) and TONS of bread loaves. Then they open their home to all of the Boazies and their friends for a night of good food and good stories. Students pile around the kitchen table and squeeze onto the couch to share a meal together. Sometimes a game of Catch Phrase breaks out and sometimes somebody will mix a few different types of soup together. One thing is for certain, no matter how many soup pots they fill, they ALWAYS run out of soup by the end of the night.
Korean BBQ Night
Every year Boaz students count down the days until the annual Boaz Korean BBQ--an event that involves delicious food and the entire Boaz family coming together! David and Heidi share a bit of their Korean culture by serving up delicious Korean food to current Boaz residents, Boaz Affiliates, and even Boaz Alumni! Everyone lines up from the classroom to the lobby to grab a delicious plate filled to the brim. It's an opportunity for some Boazies to try something new, for David and Heidi to share some of their favorite Korean food, and for everyone to hang out and enjoy a meal together as one big Boaz family!
The holidays in Boaz
As the different holidays sweep through Boaz, you'll see fall decorations and holiday decorations welcoming you home. As soon as November hits, a group of students join Heidi to "Deck the Halls with Heidi" and make sure Boaz looks festive for the end of the semester. We have cookie parties, ornament decorating, hot chocolate nights, and anything else that helps with the push to the end of the semester!