In just over two weeks, Lara and I will be moving out of Chicago. I’ll soon share the amazing God-story of how we found our new place, but for now, let’s just soak in these last days in the city.
Neither of us ever thought we could become “city people,” but we have definitely adapted. It’s been five years (three years as singles on Moody’s campus, two years married in two different apartments), which is a long time considering our age (that’s a fourth of our life!) and our frequent childhood moves.
Since we both had Sunday and Monday off from work this week, we wanted to do something special and commemorate this important season of our life.
After a fantastic church service Sunday morning, we spent the day resting at home. I made us coffee, and then we both became engrossed in our own books. Lara is reading a book that I picked up at a used bookstore a couple weeks ago called Cafe Europa: Life After Communism by Slavenka Drakulić. Written by a Croatian author after the fall of communism, it catalogues some of the author’s experiences of transitioning to living in a post-communist world. Some things are quirky cultural observations, others much more somber stories about burdens left over from years of oppression.
I spent the afternoon continuing to read through Exodus, along with some books on Hebrew grammar and syntax. It has been absolutely fantastic sitting with Exodus in the original language and getting to know God even closer through the process. In less than a month I will have to take a Hebrew proficiency exam at Trinity before being able to register for any language classes, so I’m trying to make the most of the time I have now and prepare. Just simply reading is the most helpful for refreshing vocabulary, and the supplementary textbooks are helpful for solidifying my grasp of the technical side of the language.
After resting up on Sunday (and cleaning the house!), I took Lara downtown to revisit some of our favorite spots. When we were engaged one of our favorite things to do was to walk the city. We covered so much ground by foot in a wide variety of weather conditions! But by far Lara’s favorite place to go is Millennium Park, right in the heart of downtown.
It just so happened that the Chicago Cultural Center was hosting a free piano-violin-flute concert that day, so how could we pass up the opportunity? We were likely the youngest couple in attendance, and were thoroughly charmed. Beautiful music in a beautiful building (look at the mosaics on the wall!).
We got coffee after the concert, and walked our tried-and-true paths, remembering the many dates and excursions we spent in the city. Chicago has become a kind of home to us, and will always be a place we will return to with fondness. It is in this city that God taught us so much, shaping us through our years at Moody, bringing Lara and I together, and walking with us as we learned to be married.
After a weekend of rest and remembrance, we were so refreshed!