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This weekend was filled with Christmas-related celebrations.   Friday night I spent a short hour dropping in on a Christmas get-together with my old co-workers from the ad agency.  Many of us hadn't seen each other in 3-4 years.  From there I went straight to the Runyans for our Christmas dinner and gift exchange.  Just as with Thanksgiving, I love that a Christmas tradition has been created to celebrate with friends as well as family.   Em and Eric did a good job of creating a cozy atmosph...

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A week ago we went in for our latest ultrasound and got some good glimpses of what Toro looked like at 22 weeks:     This next picture is one that possibly only a mother could find charming (or not):     I think the exact phrase I used when I saw it was "That is such a creepy eye."  And here is the underside of our child, because everyone should have a viewing of that!     Yep, if you were reading closely you read that right.  We're having a boy.  So now we can officially start calling ...

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I'm thankful for 60 degree weekend days and the fact that the snow hasn't yet come falling.     I'm thankful for respite and a Saturday every once in a blue moon when we really can do nothing but exactly what we feel like doing.   Add new comment...

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We had a fantastic baptism at church this past Sunday.  A young guy gave his testimony, which included a past history of emotional and verbal abuse in his relationships with women.  It was just renewing for me to hear his story in juxtaposition to my work where every day I hear stories about men who don’t stop and aren’t remorseful.  This guy’s story was powerful and full of hope because Jesus is central to his transformation.   Truly, every baptism at New Life is fantastic.  I...

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movie is NOT for the faint of heart or easily squeamish.  While I am 98% convinced that I will make the switch to a midwife and birthing center before the end of November, I am not convinced about particular highlights of the movie.  There are two things I am convinced I will not be doing: Pulling the baby out of me with my own two hands (99.9%) Giving birth naked from head to toe (100%) Add new comment...

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Baby Panama will officially not have to go naked now.  Here is her/his first set of clothes, a gift from Eric and Emily.   Add new comment...

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Labor Day weekend was pretty perfect, as far as weekends go. An extra day to get all of the errands and house stuff done. The perfect balance between time spent with friends each day and time to lounge at the house working on projects. The farmer’s market, bocce ball, appetizers with friends, a Labor Day cookout with some delicious food. I made pumpkin crème sandwiches and pumpkin cinnamon rolls just because I could. There is something really satisfying about getting your hands into a yeast...

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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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