Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Patches of Pumpkin

Hannah and I made a trip this past weekend out to a pumpkin patch in Monee, Illinois. We enjoyed getting out of "the city" for a little while, and Hannah was able to find the perfect pumpkin. Hannah, in particular, enjoyed the patch with a hay ride, petting zoo and corn

That's all for now. The semester is in full swing. Upcoming are sermons, an endorsement interview, and of course the Luther Bowl. We'll keep you updated.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Clemson trip

Hey ya'll! We just got back from a wonderful trip to Clemson this past weekend. We caught a flight out of Chicago at 6 a.m. (thanks to our amazing friend Adam, for dropping us off at 4 a.m.!), and then we saw my dad, Zach's grandparents, and Zach's mama and mamaw before heading down to Clemson. I was happy to get to visit some folks at the library where I worked for 3 years in undergrad. We also enjoyed attending several events put on for LSM alumni. It was the LCM Centennial celebration, and there was a pig-pickin', along with time for alumni to share stories about our Clemson LSM experiences, and a big tailgate before the game on Saturday.

Even though the game was painful to watch, we had an awesome time catching up with old friends, tailgating, getting burritos and sweet tea from Ancheaux's, shopping for some new Clemson gear downtown, walking around campus, and going back to worship at University Lutheran. Thanks to Stuart, Kyle, Cliff, PC & Laura for giving us places to stay, and to LCM (& alumni) and Thomas (& family) for tailgating hospitality.

We also loved getting to see my parents, Zach's parents, and Josh and Arden at my parent's house before we flew back to Chicago late Sunday (thanks to Becky for picking us up even though her game was on). I was sad to leave the Carolinas, but we were happy to be back in our little apartment with our sweet Mr. Wilson (thanks to Elisabeth for hanging out with him while we were gone).

Meanwhile, here in Chicago, Zach's classes continue to go well at seminary. He is preaching his first sermon this week in class. We are also getting know the congregation and community at Zach's MIC site in Evanston. The church and Pastor Sheri have been very welcoming, and we look forward to the coming year with them. Zach's taking banjo classes, and he's really getting good! I'm still working at the law library, but when I'm not at work, I've been spending time with our friends Erin and JT, with their 3 year old Nora, and 3 week old Sullivan (Sully). We like taking the kids to the park when Zach and JT are out playing flag football for the newly-formed LSTC team. They are getting ready to go to Gettysburg in November to participate in the Luther Bowl for the first time. I'm also starting to work on grad school applications for next year, so I am excited for that! We are so grateful to have such wonderful friends and family, and for all of you that support us in so many ways.