We Are Pattys Three

Guess what?! Tyler and I are expecting a new little addition to our family in November 2015!!

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We could not be more excited! Prayers appreciated for my cravings, moods, and nausea that Tyler has to put up  with; and prayers for him too!! At least he’s getting a lot of school work done at night since I’m going to bed at 7pm every day:)

We will update as we go, but we are SO excited to share this news and to have this adventure!!

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Day Trip to Milwaukee

This past week has been the busiest we have had in a while. Lara has been working hard as the Desk Manager at Gordon Salon, I had to work an extra shift at Intelligentsia, and my school work at TEDS was especially time consuming. This meant we didn’t see each other much (and when we did, I was probably working on homework). We knew that we needed something to look forward to in order to make it through this stretch.

Milwaukee, WI is only an hour drive north from Highland Park, and since we both have Sundays off, we decided to plan a little day trip! It was so nice to get away and go on a little adventure.

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Our first stop was for coffee at Anodyne Coffee Roasters. Working in coffee, I am always curious to taste what other specialty coffee shops are doing. With Anodyne, I was not disappointed! The coffee was fantastic, as was the atmosphere of the whole shop. Their large space was incredibly warm and inviting.

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We then ventured further into the city for lunch. Based on some online recommendations, we settled on the Bel Air Cantina, and were instantly transported from the frozen northwest to a warm beach! The tacos were some of the best we have had.

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After lunch we wanted to find a nice neighborhood with shops to walk around in. Sadly, after much wandering, we found nothing. It’s always a bit of a learning curve when exploring a new city! We eventually parked and made our way to the Milwaukee Art Museum, which is right on Lake Michigan. The architecture of the building was stunning, especially with its backdrop of the water.

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And of course, a trip to Wisconsin wouldn’t be complete without cheese. We had some tonight when we returned home, and it was to die for.

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I know we only just began to scratch the surface of what Milwaukee has to offer! But it was just the day that Lara and I needed. We are thankful for these kinds of opportunities for rest and refreshment. Adventures with this lovely lady are my favorite!

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Tuesdays at Trinity

Tuesdays are my favorite day of the week. This is mostly the case because of the focused attention I am able to give to my studies. Most of the other week-days I am split between school and work, so it is really wonderful to have a whole day to spend at Trinity.

My day begins with a routine that happens most mornings — making coffee! Lara and I have time on Tuesday mornings to sit together, eat breakfast and drink coffee, and sometimes read together. This Tuesday we brewed up Intelligentsia’s February blend — a tasty mix of Bolivian and Rwandan coffees.

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While Lara gets ready in the morning, I usually study my Hebrew vocabulary, especially if we are having a quiz that day.

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Then Lara drops me off at Trinity before heading to work herself. It’s a quick walk through the cold to the chapel building, where my first class is.

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My Hebrew professor is a Ph.D. student here at Trinity. I was somewhat discouraged at first to have to take Hebrew grammar from the beginning again, but it has been such a benefit for me to sit under professor Pohl. He has given me a solid foundation for my future study, and I feel so much more comfortable with the language. He’s a gifted teacher and a kind man! Now all the grammar work is paying off as we are starting textual work on the book of Ruth.

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After Hebrew it’s off to the library. This Tuesday I finished some reading on Old Testament theology, and then moved on to an assignment for my class on the literature of the ancient Near East. Below I am reading English translations of ancient Hittite treaties that have many parallels with the material in Deuteronomy.

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After a quick lunch I head to my class on Old Testament Theology. My professor, Dr. Hoffmeier, is actually a leading Egyptologist and an active archeologist. Because of this background, he has really honed in on the importance of history for understanding the nature of God. God is not an a-historical God of abstraction, but rather a God who has made himself known through his acts and word in history. Dr. Hoffmeier is a brilliant man, but also so down to earth. He has me on the edge of my seat for the entirety of the 5-hour class!

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After Old Testament Theology, Lara drives back to pick me up. This Tuesday we had the privilege of going out with our dear friends John and Jenna Perrine for dinner. I’ve been friends with John ever since our first days at Moody, we have been involved in variety of ministries together, we both got married the same summer, and now we are both studying at Trinity (and Jenna just started as well!). We are so blessed to walk through life with them — John and Jenna are truly the best kind of friends.

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And that concludes a day in the life of a graduate student — Tuesday, my favorite day!