Saturday, January 12, 2008

Goodbyes, Hellos and Other Stuff

We made it. We are here in Chicagoland, and we are happy. Mark started classes on Wednesday and is really enjoying them. We like our schedule and the friendly atmosphere of the school. I finally opened the box with the camera cord in it last night, so here are a few pictures from the last couple of weeks.

December 16th was our last Sunday at Farmdale Baptist Church. Mark preached in the am and pm services, and then they had a nice reception for us after evening church. The cake was really good :) We will miss our friends there. They are really sweet people.

Hope with one of her favorite Christmas presents. She loves that stoller.

Hope and Aunty Robin. We had a very good visit to So Cal for Christmas. Thank you to my family for making everything so nice and for being so good to us! We got to see some friends too, but not everybody. I am sorry I missed some of you! Obviously I didn't get very many good pictures over Christmas, since I am only posting one!

This is a picture of many of my girlfriends from Louisville. We had a goodbye lunch at Ernestos, and it was a fun time. Whenever you make new friends in the seminary community, you know it will most likely be only for a short time. But this doesn't make goodbyes any easier! From left to right: Lori, Krisiti, Me, Suzie, Julie, and Jaimie. Both Kristi and Suzie are planning on adopting from Ethiopia this year! Very exciting.

Mark's parents came to help us with the move and we are thankful. We had nice warm 50 degree weather to move in with, and it has not gotten too scary cold yet. Hope and I even walked around the campus yesterday. No pictures of the new place yet, but hopefully soon. Hope's contributions to the packing process looked much like this. She has transitioned well - she seems to not notice there is any difference in her life at all - except for that annoying molar that is coming in.

Thanks for reading and for keeping in touch. Happy New Year!


kkbaher said...

Cherish the memories! Thanks for sharing the updates & photos! Can't wait to see how God will use you on this next phase! I hope you enjoy this area as much as we do! Can't wait to see you! Kieran, Kari, & Ethan Baher

Jason P. Franklin said...

Thanks for the pictures and update. Glad you guys got moved well.

Josie said...

Thanks for updating us Steph. We already miss you a lot. So sorry we didn't get to hang out before you left! Keep us posted on your adjustment to life in the Windy City - glad it's been smooth so far! Josie

Kelli said...

Stephanie, I'm so sorry I didn't get to see you again before you left. We're going to miss you so much in Bible study.

Please keep us posted--lots of pictures too. :)

We love y'all!

Kyle said...

Praise God for finding the box with the camera cord. :) Hope is too cute. Glad to hear that Chicagoland is good for you and that Mark is enjoying school.

Brad Hughes said...

I can't believe you are gone. That makes me really sad. I will visit next month. I will be sure to go put flowers on Paul's grave and I will make sure that everything looks good. Tell Mark hello. Love you all.

Phil said...

You sound like you already have your feet under you. You guys are amazing. You will do great wherever you go. I wrote a really long comment in response to your last post, but couldn't figure out how to post it. That's OK. Let's just say I had some tears while writing it. Louisville will never be forgotten.
It was great to see you at Christmas and hope to see you again soon. Group hug the family for us out here in CA.