Written on 05/15/2020
Janene Freerksen

I am so happy to introduce Avery to you.  I am just now learning to know her, but have already found her to be pretty determined and a force to be reckoned with:)  She has such a beautiful heart and wisdom beyond her years.  Read through her responses.  I know you'll find a lot of things in common with her.  Don't forget to drop her a line.  

1. Fill in the blank…My biggest wish is ________. 

To touch a real live starfish in the wild. Ask anyone that truly knows me and they will tell you this. It’s been my dream for years.

2. If you had an entire day free and money was no issue, what would you do and where would you go?

  I would want to go hiking in Yosemite again with friends and family.

3. Fill in the blank…I wish I didn’t struggle to ________. 

Kill spiders. Even thinking about it makes me shiver.

4. What is your career dream?

I really want to be a kindergarten or second grade teacher. Honestly, I’m only doing it for fame and fortune. Just kidding! In reality, I love the fact that no two days will ever be the same, I’ll be a difference maker & I’ll get to see the fruits of my labor as they grow up and have all kinds of cool occupations. 

5. Fill in the blank…How would your closest friend answer this question:  She is ________!


6. What is the thing that bugs you above all else?

Loud chewing!! It drives me crazy!

7. What makes you unique? 

The most unique thing about me is that I am a worm farmer. I got into vermicomposting about a year ago because I was inspired by composting groups in New York and Chicago who make a profit from vermicomposting. By using people’s food scraps that were already being throwing away, they fed the food to red wigglers and collected the “black gold” and compost tea to sell locally. So I just have a bucket of worms in my garage that I feed my food scraps to & use their dirt for my plants. 

8. What is your biggest strength?

I see value in everyone, especially the people viewed as undesirable.

9. What has been the most difficult season in your life?  How did you get through it?

I was diagnosed with a lot of difficult-to-diagnose illnesses when I was a junior in high school and a freshman in college: POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome), slipping rib syndrome, and ulcerative colitis by Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. It was a super long journey to get those diagnoses that cost me a lot of time in excruciating pain, missing school, friendships and traveling around the country looking for a cure. I was in a cycle of being passed around from specialist to specialist and being told they could heal me but left disappointed because it wouldn’t work. I wanted my pain free life back and put all my hope into the hands of doctors. Jesus spoke into my hardened heart at a conference two years ago and told me that I needed to trust Him and his plan. I was given hope that this was going to be the most pain I would ever feel in my entire existence because in Heaven I would be healed. This life is but a second compared to what is in my future. I’m still sick but Jesus has used my life in so many cool ways to use my mess as a part of my message and testimony. My body is the same but my soul has been completely changed since I accepted Christ. 

10. What question do you wish we would ask?  And what is your response? Have you accomplished anything interesting recently?

It’s funny you ask that, I just finished 60 packages of 1.75 oz bags of salted sunflower seeds in exactly 1 month. Not going to lie, i'm pretty proud of this accomplishment. For my health I have to eat A LOT salt and drink a lot of water (2 gallons) a day because my body doesn’t retain water as well as it should.