December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas, everyone!!!  It's been a hectic holiday season, but I hope you know that my friends and family are always on my heart and in my mind.  Just because I didn't send traditional Christmas cards this year, doesn't mean I'm not thinking of you!  

While the recession has hit closer to home this year, I'm confident there's a bright future in store for 2010 and have much to be thankful for this year:
  • I've enjoyed quite a few trips to Indiana and Ohio to celebrate holidays, birthdays and my parent's 30th wedding anniversary.  (We pulled off a surprise - and for that I'm so proud!!!)  
  • I left the West Loop and my roommate Jaci to venture out to Ukrainian Village, a neighborhood west of downtown.  In addition to an unobstructed view of the Chicago skyline from the shared rooftop and four times the space I had the last time I lived alone, I'm just one bus away from the office, which is about 2 miles to the east.   This place feels like home, and if you follow this blog much, you know I've always got a home decorating project in process to make this vintage apartment be a true reflection of me! 
  • I'm also much closer to Covenant Presbyterian Church, which I joined this spring.   It's a PCA church with a smaller, but young, vibrant church family  and I've met a lot of great friends there over the past year and have enjoyed getting together weekly with my small group.  
  • I survived - and really enjoyed helping to plan - my first high school reunion.  I still can't believe it's been 10 years!!!  
  • As you'll see from my blog, I'm still enjoying photography and sewing, and do both whenever I get the chance!
  • And while I may not have found "the one" yet, I'm constantly surrounded by the best friends and family a girl could ask for. 
Well, that's an update from Chicago (via Indiana).  I hope you're all having a wonderful Christmas!  I hope to hear from you soon and now that I have a guest room, you're welcome to come for a visit any time!!!!  

I've selected a few highlights of the past year in photos - please view the electronic holiday card below and enjoy! 

Love,

Emily 
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