In spite of my best efforts, it seems like a monthly blog post is about all I can actually produce. But I’m always hopeful that the next month will be better! Memorial Day is over and to me, that marks the official start of summer. Yes, we’ve already had triple digit temps and I am aware that summer officially doesn’t begin for another 3 weeks or so, but there’s something about Memorial Day that puts me in summer mode!

We’ve had a very eventful month.  At the end of April we traveled to Chicago for Than to take a CCDA  (Christian Community Development Association) immersion course. I tagged along to go into the office for a day, see friends, family and also to attend a wedding (talk about great timing!).  It’s always nice to be back in Chicago, followed by a weekend in Indiana with my parents.

The next weekend we moved to a new apartment just a few blocks away from where we were before. It’s newer, cleaner, bigger, quieter… We are thankful and loving our new place (photos to come later).

The following weekend I found myself back on an airplane, returning to Chicago to attend the funeral of a co-worker and friend. It was one of the most difficult funerals I’ve ever attended. Death as a way of putting life in perspective – especially what really matters.  When it comes down to it, people remember the little things a lot more than the big things.  As Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”   In the midst of the pain of tragedy and many questions, we can rejoice at the impact Rebecca had on so many lives and the hope we have of heaven.

We spent the long weekend relaxing, decorating and doing a bit of shopping for the new place. Our favorite finds include an amazing globe on clearance at Pier 1, as well as chairs and a table for our patio from Ikea.

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Lest I leave the impression that all we care about are the weekends (seeing that’s all I’ve talked about so far), our week days continue on with more of the same.  Than is finishing up his last quarter of Master’s level pre-requisites before his PhD program begins in August and continuing with his job at the church.  He also gets up at the crack of dawn to play basketball on Tuesday mornings. I am loving the fact that we have a 2nd bedroom to be used as an office, though I also like to “office” on our porch (with our new chairs from Ikea) overlooking the pool! I’ve been doing Zumba once a week at the gym instead of my normal elliptical workout (ok, I still do the elliptical MOST of the week).  I’m not the most coordinated person, but moving around at a fast pace for an hour is a good workout whether you’re doing the moves correctly or not!

And that’s been our month! We’re looking forward to some guests and travel this summer, and hopefully some free time to try out our pool!