That afternoon we settled into our new home away from home and got familiar with Northfield, the cute little town where we are staying. We are meeting so many wonderful, new friends in Christ, like Laurie who lives near our condo, and gave me such encouraging words in our time together on Tuesday. I also got a chance to catch up on all the news back in NC from Brian, who is being such an awesome husband, supporting and praying from home. He had a great week at his new branch and is taking such good care of our puppies, our home, and even keeping our home group up to date.
Thursday was finally a time to relax and start settling in. I started my medicine on Wednesday night, so I wanted to take it easy and take our time this morning. We drove into Chicago and had a great time visiting Hull House, the site of the first "social worker", Jane Addams. My mom totally kept up as her activist daughter pulled her around the museum.
We then drove into downtown for a wonderful lunch and shopping trip at Fox & Obel, a great little marketplace. After eating some fresh brie and pasta, we were good to go. We took a great walk around the Navy Pier, checking out all the fun people and sights to see. We will definitely need to walk around some more when it is not so cold. Speaking of, even though these pictures look sunny, looks can be deceiving! See those silly NC/CA girls in flip flops? All the Chicago people were laughing as they bundled up in the 51 degree, windy weather.
May the God of hope fill you with
all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.