Chicago: Pictures & Words (but mostly pictures. a lot of pictures)

Dear Blog, I have failed you.

It turns out that traveling and blogging don’t always mix. But fear not! I am back…for now.

Last week I was able to visit my family in Illinois. When I lived there, my family lived within 5 minutes of each other, went to the same church, and had frequent family dinners at my grandparents’ house. When I moved to Upstate New York with my parents and Sophie, everyone sort of scattered throughout the state of Illinois. My Aunt Mariela (Auntie Lala) and Uncle Brent live in Skokie, Aunt Cindy and Uncle Lee live in Belvidere, and Uncle Sam and Aunt Sara live in Naperville.

My week in Illinois was spent visiting the city, spending time with my sweet cousins, and taking lots and lots of pictures. Some of these were taken at Millennium Park/Maggie Daly Park, at the Museum of Science & Industry, the Chicago Botanic Gardens, Midway Village in Belvidere, and the Morton Arboretum in Naperville.

It was such a great week spent with my family, and I’ve missed them so much since I’ve been home.

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Sister Day

Today Sophie and I had a Sister Day. We slept in, went out to lunch, bought fruit at this adorable produce stand, and hiked one of our favorite trails in Ithaca. I’m so glad that I was able to spend this day with my sweet sister. 🙂 IMG_7457 IMG_7460 IMG_7464 IMG_7465
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Emma, Lilly, & Landon

Today was a day I’ve been looking forward to for a really long time. I had asked my friend Jennifer if she’d be willing to let me take pictures of her beautiful children for extra practice. We met at one of my favorite State parks, and somehow avoided the rain. We hiked up the trail, jumped over puddles, and walked through beautiful woods.

Emma, Lilly, and Landon are so well-behaved, hilarious, and were naturals in front of the camera! I had so much fun taking these pictures, and I’m so excited to share them with you here. 🙂

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As a Flower

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I am as a flower fading fast,
trying to blossom while I last.
I am as a wave tossed and lost in the sea,
but still God makes notice of me.
He listens to my every need
and takes heed of every plea.
Who am I but a girl who’s searching and poor?
Still He lifts me up and makes me more.
Though sometimes I feel low and next to nothing,
in Him, I become something.
I am as a flower fading fast,
and I will serve Him while I last.”

(I’ve been trying to find who wrote this beautiful poem, but to no avail. Please let me know if you know who wrote this.)

The Bethadilly Challenge: May 1 – 10

May 1: fruit {a v o c a d o}

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May 2: seasonal {flowers and spring}

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May 3: i bought this {i haven’t made any purchases lately besides gas, groceries, and a few restaurant meals. we’ve been going on a lot of walks lately, and have put Caleb’s binoculars and my camera to good use}

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May 4: sweet {sweet, sweet flowers}

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May 5: little {shoes that make my feet feel little}

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May 6: five {five different pictures of flowers}

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May 7: my walls {the walls of this old greenhouse are amazing}

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May 8: thank gosh it’s friday {and I GRADUATED. I have been waiting for this day for a long, long time}




May 9: colorful {this tulip in my parents’ backyard}


May 10: makes me happy {spending Mother’s Day with my mom makes me happy}