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We arrived home safely and soundly from Chicago last night. For three days we drove through the streets of Chicago and thankfully, lived to tell about it. The morning after we arrived in Chicago we heard the news about the plot on the Sears Tower. Even though we were in the loop when it came to the news I was out. There just wasn’t enough time to worry about the news of the world so I didn’t.

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We were in town for a wedding but had some time to visit the Art Institute, go shopping and have dinner with family and friends at Fogo de Chao.

We stayed at a Benedictine Bed and Breakfast run by the Monastery of the Holy Cross. It was wonderful! We loved the quiet, the ringing bells, and the garden kept by the brothers.

Before long it was time to get in the cars again, and brave Chicago’s crazy traffic to go northwest to a more rural area of Illinois for the wedding of Jamie and Nicolas, at the beautiful Muirhead Farmhouse in Hampshire, Illinois.

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It was a breezy afternoon with enough time to prepare for the early evening wedding. There was plenty of time to mix and mingle before the wedding began at the outside altar.

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The wedding ceremony was charming with a Swedish bidding prayer, an Irish blessing and a reading of the Velveteen Rabbit recited beautifully by a nine year old boy.

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Bell ringers ran up the aisle shouting, “The bride is coming, the bride is coming.”

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The flower girl left flower petals in her wake as she walked down the aisle. The song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow was playing.

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The wedding reception was elegant and relaxing. Rob, the wedding planner made it all happen.

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Just before the ceremony was to end clouds seemed to be threatening. As the pastor prayed for the bride and groom he added a request to the Almighty, asking Him to let the rain pass us by. It did.

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