· I learned that one of my elders was a successful Graphic Designer back in her day! She has a very interesting life story, which she shared a bit with me, but it's too much to share right now. But she ran a successful design business with 10 employees and they designed things for McDonalds and Burger King, just to name a few! It's exciting to me to see how God has placed me right where I am and I don't believe that's a coincidence!
· On Friday we did our outreach at the elementary school with the Coalition for the Homeless, passing out flyers and doing surveys and talking to people. As we were almost done, we started talking with some firemen who were sitting in their truck on the street. (The city of Chicago has closed over 50 schools this year, which means that many students have to travel further - and often across gang territory lines - so the "Safe Passage" routes to their new schools are lined with police officers, crossing guards, firemen, and whoever else they can get in the hopes that more bodies will prevent gang violence. So that's why these firemen were hanging out outside the school.) So we started talking to them; they wanted to know what we were doing there, making sure that we were being careful in this "dangerous part of town", and when we explained to them what we were doing and what we were a part of this year, they were pretty excited for us. Long story short, they ended up giving us a ride home in their firetruck and telling us to stop by their firehouse if we ever needed anything! It was pretty exciting!
· Today was the Chicago Marathon and we got to go watch! Something like 45,000 people run in the marathon every year. It's a huge deal, and as you can imagine, parts of the city are pretty much shut down as people are running through it. Buses are shut down, etc. This year one of Clarissa's cousins was running and we got to see her around the halfway point, so that was pretty cool!
· We went to an apple orchard and got to pick some real apples!