Monday, February 16, 2015

Full Day in Chicago

When you only have a few days in one place, you make the most of it!

Such was our day in Chicago today. It started out at Caleb and Haley's apartment where they graciously hosted us for two nights in their darling apartment on Mozart street. This was definitely one of the highlights of our time in the States, getting to stay with both of our married children in their homes.

Dave and I traveled out to the suburbs at noon for a four hour lunch with friends who are considering joining JV, then made it back into the city just in time to pick up Claire.

She wasn't at Moody, but rather at her PCM (practical Christian ministry) where she serves each week. Located in Logan Square, she tutors students for New Life Center with other Moody students.

Assigned to this ministry when she started Moody a year and a half ago, it was so fun to step into the classroom where she spends time with kids, not only tutoring but loving them and reaching out to them with the love of Jesus. It was so great getting to see her world there.

Because it was President's Day, there were only a few students that day, but it was still great to get a feel and picture of where she's making an investment each week.

From there we drove over to the lakefront, near Moody Church, and had dinner with Claire at a favorite restaurant of hers: Elly's This particular location is known for being open 24/7 and serves breakfast at all hours, but we settled for soup and sandwiches and had such a good time being together.

Tyler was closing at Intelligentsia where he works as a barista while he's getting his Master's degree at Trinity, so we stopped by to pick up coffee beans to take home with us. If you've never tried their Black Cat coffee, you need to!

I especially loved seeing Tyler's chalk art in person while at the shop!

With coffee in hand (end of the day so it was free!), we took a couple of pictures and then headed on to our final destination for the day.

Claire organized an event for the girls on her dorm floor and the guys on her brother floor.

How we loved being there with those college students! Dave gave an awesome talk on the "theology of your future" and I filled in with stories. It was a privilege to share, especially because it was in Claire's world, with people she loves and cares about.

By the time we made it back here to Caleb and Haley's at 11, we were tired but happy. If you're going to have a full day, that's the best kind to have!


  1. What a day! Glad we're all in one place so you can have a few days with everyone! :)

  2. Really fun to hear about your day in Chicago. It brought back lots of memories, since I went to Moody way back in the early 90's. Looks like they still have a lot of snow left from the 17" I heard they got. Thanks to FB, it's easier to keep up with what's happening in different parts of the world. Thanks for sharing about yours!