We just got home from a week in Chicago! It’s very fitting that Ellie’s first vacation was to her mom and dad’s most favorite city, and the city where we met and fell in love.
Anyway, we were there because Austin was at our denomination’s annual pastoral conference – Midwinter. I love our denomination, the Evangelical Covenant Church, because it is small enough that you are able to easily reconnect with friends at conferences, yet large enough to make a huge impact on the world for Christ. We also have many friends and family that still live in Chicago that we were able to see outside of Midwinter. And even though the weather was bitter cold and the ground was covered in snow, we still had a grand old time!
Here is Ellie just before we left for the airport, all bundled up! We had a dusting in ATX that day, though Chicago had far more snow once we arrived!
Ellie got to meet Matt and Elsa’s daughter, Lucia. She just loves babies. Can’t believe she is almost two!
One night, Ellie and Zeke (Aaron and Janine’s son. We stayed with them for the week.) were both taking baths at the same time, just in different tubs!
Ellie and Auntie Katie, who loves to make faces at Ellie and call her “Doobie”. Funny nickname, we know.
Dads and babies! Our dear friends Mark and Emily had their daughter, Veronica, three weeks before we welcomed Eleanor into the world!
Zeke and Tatum. What a pair!
Ellie and I joined Austin at Midwinter on Tuesday night for worship. We quickly found our good friend Sarah’s mom, who scooped Ellie up in no time!
My little bug napping on a couch in the hotel lobby while Dad was in a session at Midwinter.
Ellie meeting friends from seminary at Midwinter, Rachel and her youngest, Kavan.
A little piece of Round Rock in Chicago! We had brunch with Andrea, a junior at North Park, at Tre Kronor. It was great, once Ellie stopped crying and fell asleep.
She is getting stronger everyday!
We had a sleepover at Aubrey and Matt’s house out in the ‘burbs! They are expecting their little one in March, so Ellie got to test out their crib and other baby stuff.
Chicago, for us, is all about hanging out with people we love.
But all good things must end, when it’s time to fly home…