While my goal is to post faithfully to Sweet Journey Home, life has certainly been a joyful whirlwind these past few months with very little time on the computer.
Late May, my firstborn grandchild graduated from high school. As we watched him march into the large auditorium with his class, I realized – once again – that time marches on as well. Early summer, we traveled to Chicago where we had a wonderful time with our sons and their families. In July, we enjoyed having my precious granddaughter Sarah here for ten days and then the three of us traveled to Wyoming where we met my oldest son and his family in the Grand Tetons. (Except for my sixteen-year-old granddaughter Noelle who spent the summer in Peru working in an orphanage and the medical clinic that my son started there!) We all spent some fun time in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where Doug enjoying mountain biking with my son and his family. Unfortunately, he hasn’t had quite as much experience as they have coming down the mountains. Halfway down the trails in the mountain bike park, Doug fell and broke three ribs! Needless to say, that put a damper on our trip and ended his mountain biking career! Early September, we returned to Chicago to celebrate birthdays for my now three and five year old granddaughters.
Our newest adventure??? We have leased an apartment in the neat little neighborhood of Ravenswood in Chicago!!! We will spend at least half-time there and half-time in Iowa until we’re just too old to travel and that should be a long time since the Mega Bus is always an option! We will actually be able to WALK a few short blocks to see these two precious granddaughters in the photos! With two sons and their families in Chicago, we think this is an awesome idea and we are so excited about it! Our new apartment is on a tree-lined street and in what is rated as “a walker’s paradise” – which simply means we will be a short walking distance to the train, Starbucks, many quaint little stores and restaurants. The apartment is in a vintage, gated U-shaped set of buildings that were built in the 1930’s I believe. We’ve purchased a few antiques for the apartment in keeping with the vintage theme. The buildings and lawn are well kept with trees and flowers. It’s just down the street from the mayor’s house so, hopefully, that’s a good thing. There is so much to see and do in Chicago – including a host of museums we’ve yet to visit. Most importantly, there will be more time with our big family in Chicago and we are thrilled about that!
I will be sharing our Chicago adventures and a lot of pictures on a brand new blog (not yet underway) at: http://www.homesweethomechicago.net !