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This Saturday I finally checked out the Lincoln Park Farmer's Market with my friend Stephanie.  I've been wanting to try it for years, but then always end up at the Oak Park Farmer's Market instead.  Big mistake.  I loved the LP one, despite the fact that it did not carry the same disastrously delicious homemade doughnuts that the OP one does.   We got there in time to see a chef's demo, which they do every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the season.  We watched a well-known Chicago cater...

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Nate has been waiting to do some of the classic, Chicago tourist attractions that we’ve just never made it to as residents.  For his birthday I gave him a coupon book filled with these types of activities.  This past Saturday he cashed in his first two coupons.  We started with beignets at the Grand Lux Café, simply because they are our favorite and the restaurant was three blocks away from the next stop.   Next we went on a Chicago River Architecture Tour by Wendella Boats.  It was a fa...

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I had a really refreshing Sunday morning.  We had a guest speaker from one of the other New Life locations who gave the most motivating and personally convicting message I’ve heard in a long time.  Possibly one of the most refreshing aspects of his talk?  He brought with him a non-Christian friend to speak.  It truly made me wonder why we don’t invite that perspective up front more often.   He interviewed this friend about his background with religion and Christianity and why that l...

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  Being able to have a little impromptu vase of zinnias in many of the rooms of my house.  I get such delight from taking my scissors out back and clipping a few flowers,  or sprigs or rosemary or basil leaves for fresh dinner herbs.  I'd say my minimal garden investment as a first-timer was well worth the final products! Add new comment...

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This weekend we helped celebrate my friend Mel’s birthday by heading out to the world’s largest corn maze. Only in the Midwest do we pay to go lose ourselves in a giant field of corn. Besides the maze, this farm boasted a 50 foot slide and a 700 foot zipline that some of our group tried out. Me? I was pretty exited to feed the goats! It was a little anti-climactic when they gobbled half of what was in my hand and pushed the other half onto the ground within ten seconds. We had a nice bonfire...

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Nate had his 27th birthday last week.  He's a low key guy, so we had some low-key celebrating.   Sunday night we went over to our friends' backyard to celebrate.  We had individual berry shortcakes & wine and just spent time talking together in the low-lit yard.   Monday night all of Nate's siblings came over for a quick Mexican dinner and Strawberry Cake Roll for birthday cake.  We stuffed our faces and Nate opened his gifts.  Then we went off to the bowling alley to play one game tog...

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This weekend took me to Kalamazoo, MI for a hitching. It was also a mini grad school reunion, as Sandy is a friend from Wheaton and people were flying in from Missouri and Korea to be there for her. It was a fun two-day reunion involving lots of girl time, laughter, road tripping, wedding dancing and not much sleep. Sandy looked beautiful, beautiful enough to make her groom cry on at least four separate occasions:) We ended our mini reunion with a final night in Chicago at Honah’s apartm...

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I was waiting to fall asleep a few nights ago and started reflecting on things Nate and I have really prayed for recently.  I realized that in the past few months we have had two major prayers answered in a really positive way.  Of course it's easy to claim the answers that turn out positively as opposed to the times that he did answer and I didn't notice or think about it because it wasn't what I wanted.  When each of these two recent things came through I was very thankful to God for them, ...

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I’m really glad for the great friendships we’ve formed in Chicago. I’m glad our friends have us over all the time, too. I’m glad that they like to garden and I’m glad that they work on their yard and I’m glad that it’s summer and warm out and jobs just don’t seem as important. Because sitting in our friends’ yard in their new lawn furniture on a mellow summer night is one of the most relaxing things I’ve found to do.   Add new comment...

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She came to town last weekend after a few scheduling changes and much anticipation on my part!  Jeanine is one of my very best friends from college.  The first thing I liked about Jeanine was the fact that she agreed to sing in the public dorm bathroom with me on the very first day we met just because the acoustics were good.  She tells me she is shy and other people might say so but it’s a lie.  I have plenty of stories to prove otherwise.  The other first thing I noticed about Je...

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