Monday, January 31, 2011

Lovers Live In Other Worlds

Dustin and I decided to take a "get-a-way" downtown. It was the perfect escape as we checked into our all suites hotel while the snow started to fall and enjoyed a glass of wine in the lobby. The weekend was filled with laughter, sleep, the discovery channel (we don't have cable) and Ginos East Pizza ordered to our room. 
 We did manage to enjoy The Melting Pot a delicious fondue restaurant downtown Chicago. The indulgence of a four course meal inspired by France included: fondue a' la France (a melted cheese), the fondue feast (an assortment of filet mignon, peppercorn-crusted NY strip, chicken provencal, roasted-garlic shrimp, mapel leaf duck a l'orange, ratatouille & goat cheese ravioli and fresh vegetables) and an oreo chocolate fondue with a million things to dip! 

me beginning to cook the raw meat at our table

dustin enjoying all the different dipping sauces

yummy fondue pot

assorted desserts for dipping (i adored the cheesecake)

On our way back to our place (only 15 min. away) we stopped to enjoy Michigan Avenue

micheal kors coat, urban outfitters bag & betsey johnson sunglasses
feet photo.
what a much needed break and some r & r

make sure to invest in some of your own r & r this month.
you're only as good to others as you are to yourself
grace & peace,

Sunday, January 2, 2011



 "Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to" -John Ed Pearce
flying over the clouds magically links my heart & my head and I find as I'm suspended above earth my deepest longings emerge from my heart to the forefront of my mind.


I hated home for the longest time. I found it dreadfully boring and mediocre on every level imaginable.
I wanted as far from it as possible. I had been hurt, left, and suffered there. In attempts to fill my heart and idea of home I ran. I ran to Africa, college, friends homes, now in a marriage in Chicago. 
After running, I've found. Home is where you make it. And now, I miss it. I miss home since it is such an integral part of who I am and what I will accomplish and become. This year, with my best friend by my side I went back home to find it truly wasn't as bad as I had expected and maybe, just maybe I missed it and longed to go back once on the plane for my new city, chicago.

At the airport leaving home for home.

may this new year bring home to your heart- tm.                

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Buy Art Not People

On Saturday, December 4th we attended an event called Buy Art Not People. The event hosted many local Chicago artists (many which we know personally) and included live music, drinks, and a screening of the film Kavi. We had vowed not to purchase art, but upon seeing the wonderful assortment of talent and passionate outputs of the artists, we bid on a piece. Visiting with friends, listening to good music, and enjoying good art is my kind of fundraiser.

Dustin and I ready for the event.

So many people came out to combat human trafficking.

Dustin & our good friend Adam.

The piece we purchased. I didn't realize it until we purchased it: the photograph was taken by the artist after seeing a women get mugged. It is of her blood on a sidewalk.


Learn more about Human Trafficking & Watch a video of the Event 

grace & peace,