This city has become home over the past three and a half years, and now in just two days, I will be leaving it. I will move out of the Little Byt, leave all my belongings in a friend's basement in the suburbs, and get on an airplane to Europe for the holidays and the month of January.
To remember this unique season of living in Chicago, Hayley and I strolled around Wacker drive and the Riverwalk and soaked in the downtown sights. Hayley will stay here in the city at Moody, after finishing out her first semester here. For me though, this is the end of a chapter.
Thank you, Lord, for using Chicago to teach me to love your people more, for showing me the beauty of creation found in the faces of strangers, for instructing me in building friendships, stepping out of my comfort zones, exploring with curiosity, asking questions, and appreciating the unexpected beauty of city moments.
Chicago, you will always hold a piece of my heart. I will return to visit many a time in the years to come and always remember when I called your streets my first American "home".