Chicago adventures From my journal

About A City.

July 23, 2016

About A City 700

July 22, 2016

Sometimes you have to leave a place – like for a good while – and then come back to it – for a short while – to notice things about it you never ever realized in the 7+ years you lived there. And I did, notice some things about a city I called home for a few different chapters of my life. But I think more so I realized some things about myself…

I experienced some of the absolute worst chapters of my life in this city… and also some of the best. And that tells me I lived hard in those years. I grew stronger in those years, like a LOT stronger – a strength that filled the core of who I am.

It’s okay to change. Because the truth is people do in fact change. Or, at least they can if they want to, if they allow themselves to be refined by the fire.

I was a different person walking around Chicago this week, one who walked slower, smiled at strangers, and allowed the adventure to find me, instead of desperately chasing after it.

Thank God for the refining fire that is life as we know it.


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  • Amen friend. Cheers to the cities who make us who we are!

  • Love this! This is exactly how I feel when I go home to Milwaukee. I cherish now more than I ever did growing up there.

  • “And that tells me I lived hard in those years.” Yes, yes, yes. Exactly how I feel about our last city.

    • It makes me excited about future adventures and how they shape chapters… funny how sometimes you have to go back to remember the hope for the future, you know?!

  • I need to look at Atlanta with open eyes. I feel more aware of my surroundings now that we have moved to a neighborhood, but I could do even more.

    • For me I think the key was taking my time. I had no where to be this particular afternoon and seriously just roamed… I walked into a mall to walk all the way through it and out again, and then through gardens, etc. I just took my time!

  • Jae

    This is wonderful, Em. I wonder how I’d feel if I go home in Manila again after living here in the US. Just the thought of it makes me feel a lot of emotions at once!

    • oh I can only imagine girl! Do you think you’ll go back someday soon?

      • Jae

        We were hoping to come home this Christmas, but that’s uncertain at this point. We’re trying to convince them to apply for US visa, so they visit us here instead! Dad may have a business trip here in the US (Chicago/Salt Lake City) in October, so we’re very much looking forward to that at the moment.

  • I am like that in the city that I live in- London! Lovely post x

  • I think London will be the same for me when I go back now – some of the hardest and best times of my life in that place! XO

  • That is so true and beautifully stated. I felt something like this when I lived an hour away from home when we first got married. The new place felt empty and cold to me. There were no memories or feelings attached to that city. The minute we returned home though I felt at peace and truly “home”.

  • chall1018

    Oh how I love this! And I am praising God right along with you.