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10 years!  It's been 10 years since Nate & I left Ecuador, 10 years since we graduated from high school.  That meant that this summer was reunion time.  Our class reunion was in Costa Mesa, California where the reunion planner lives.  People flew from all over the US, including Maine, Texas, Colorado, etc.  We had people come down from Canada and up from Ecuador for the event.  Just over half of our class was able to make it.  And wish us we brought new spouses and a pile of kids.   ...

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This weekend we did a very mini-getaway to Lake Geneva with Eric and Em.  We really like going out of town with them, getting to do something different, and having quality time together, but it's hard to come by with 4 schedules to coordinate and one 3-year-old to find care for.  But we were determined to make it happen one last time before that number turns into one 3-year-old and 2 newborns between the four of us.   It wasn't a well-planned trip, as I've noticed my decision-making skills an...

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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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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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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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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’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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