It has been neat to see how much Mike and I have grown together being out here all on our lonesome. Even though New York and Boston sounded a lot more fun to me at first, I am glad we came here. This ward has been amazing, we have made some great friends, we have had some both fun and interesting experiences that we will remember forever.
I remember coming to Chicago in a Budget truck, parking it in one of the sketchiest parts of town (didn't know that at the time) and trying to find an apartment and a job while living in a hotel. It was frightening. We finally found a place to live (close to the sketchiest place in town-again, didn't know that at the time) and we went to put down a deposit and realized that all of our checks were somewhere in the budget truck. We went to find a credit union and our phones kept sending us to Methodist UNION churches. To be honest, I am not really sure we even really had the money to pay a deposit-we spent all our money on the truck. Somehow, it all came together. We went to our first shopping trip at the nearest grocery store which we then read had a shooting in it just a few days prior. Coming from safe and cheap Provo...this was all baptism by fire.
I got a few jobs, Mike got a few jobs and we made our cute apartment in the ghetto a home. Sure we have heard a few gunshots here and there, but really? How can you leave Chicago without having a few cool stories. Our car got broken into and they stole our temple bags....that white stuff was what we got married in and I was very bitter for a very long time. I learned about people's obsession with the Obamas. This was especially apparent by the Michelle Obama t-shirts at our nearest Walgreens. We learned to give to the homeless and I learned that showing a man your wedding ring when he is hollering at you asking for your number doesn't really do all that much. I also learned that 8 and 9 year olds can have a lot of attitude considering they are 8 and 9 and that teaching in the ghetto is a whole different experience that would take me a few more years to adjust to.
That is all the reminiscing I have for tonight. Come back next month and then the month after that and I am sure there will be more....