Just recently I took a trip to Chicago and Kankakee Illinois for a reunion of sorts. In the late 1980s my Grandfather and his brothers set up the Maggie Sloan Crawford award in honor of their mother to then honor female recipients whose life exemplifies Christian ideals and whose faith is evident in their life’s work. They also set up a scholarship fund in honor of their mother. My Great Grandmother was the first graduate of Olivet Nazarene College. She was a teacher and later a minister. About every ten years Olivet Nazarene University sets up this award and also invites the Crawford family to participate in the ceremony. I attended this award when I was eighteen but to be there as an adult with more life experiences, it was just so humbling. This year they awarded Mary Lou Carney, a Christian author for children and young adults. She was a fabulous speaker and well deserving. We attended a couple dinners and walked around the campus. I learned some fun things about my Grandfather and his influence on the college and spent some time with family members I had only met a few times in my life. Most importantly I spent time with my sister, my mom and my aunt and uncles in Kankakee and then later in Chicago. We had a marvelous time (kid-free) and it was a treat, though I always miss my family. Here are some photos I was able to grab while in awe of the experience and the wonderment of downtown Chicago. Of course it wouldn’t be a proper post without mentioning the weather. In case you are wondering, it was cold and windy. So, so cold and windy.