This has been a very busy and fun week! Last Sunday we spent the night with my aunt in Mishawaka, IN. The next day we drove to the Indiana Dunes along the shore of Lake Michigan. It was an absolutely gorgeous day. I always thought of Lake Michigan as grey and dreary (sorry to anybody from there!) but I don't know if I've ever seen water that looked any bluer than it did that day. We hiked up some dunes. One trail we climbed was marked "challenging". It was pretty hard...the challenge being sand on the hills rather than the hills themselves. Although I told John that "challenging" was a bit of an exageration...people like me shouldn't be able to do "challenging"! I'll have to admit my legs were pretty sore the next day!
We have been staying with friends in the Chicago area all this week. The first day we drove to Wheaton and met with Ben Stam, who had taught at Sahel and then with Bryce Brown who is an m.k. from Niger. He told us where his parents are staying until they return to Niger in early November, so we got to visit them, too.
The next day we went downtown Chicago to MBI and met up with Jeremy Slager and his fiancee, Juliannaand then with Daniel Meade and his fiancee, Victoria. We plan on attending both Jeremy's and Daniel's weddings in 2010! Can't wait!
On Thursday, we took the train into Chicago and spent the day sight-seeing.
We walked the Magnificent Mile down Michigan Avenue, ending up in Millenium Park. We enjoyed taking pictures of our reflection in "The Bean".
From there we went to the Sears Tower, now called the Willis tower. We went up into the skywalk, where you are in a glass box, over 100 stories up, hanging over the street. I thought it would really freak me out, but because it is totally in a box and there is not an open-air feeling it didn't really scare me.
On Friday we ate lunch with Tim and Katie Barker whom we had met in a church in VA. We had a great time with them as they share a love for books, history, theology, and languages. They told us about a bookstore around the corner from them and gave us a 15% off coupon. We went there and found some great books!
Saturday we had lunch with Ryan Einfelt and his wife Rachel. It was great to see them again. Then in the evening we went to have supper with some friends, Wayne and Lynne LaForge. This morning we went to church with Lloyd and Sue. Tomorrow we head off to Minnesota and on through more of the midwest.