Happy First Birthday Avenue Midwest!

Today, Avenue Midwest turns 1! It’s been a year since I sat in the chair nearest the window at The Book Cellar in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood and hit publish on my first post, pushing this little platform into the…

Happy Birthday to My Husband, 2017 Edition

Anyone would agree that within 5 minutes of meeting Andrew, you know he’s just a “good guy.” In fact, you were probably put at ease within 10 seconds of meeting him. He just has this crazy way like that. He…

Why God Gives Us Trials

I wanted to pop in with a post on something that really resonated with me yesterday. As I’ve mentioned, I’m studying the book of Daniel in a bible study. It’s been very enlightening so far and we’re only on chapter…

An Experience That Changed My Life This Week

I have had two distinct experiences in my 26 years wherein I can clearly recall thinking in the midst of them happening, “this experience will change my life.” One I still haven’t fully written about on Avenue Midwest –…

5 Things I Wish for Everyone

Photos from a trip to Old Town Flower Gardens. Hope they make you happy too.    A new week and the month of May. All good things, hello hello. As of late, I often have on my mind what to write about…

Friday Favorites • April 28, 2017

Another week, all. Whew. Fridays are a blessing. This weekend Andrew and I are going to his hometown near Ann Arbor, Michigan, to celebrate his sweet grandma’s 85th birthday. Should be rowdy 😉  It’s been a minute since I…

The Everything (and Everyday) Salad

I make a variation of this salad all. the. time. It has provided me more lunches at work than I can count. I make a big batch on Sunday evening and put it in a large tupperware bowl. Then…

The Little Things

This morning I got to thinking about the little things. I woke up (why is it always so hard for me to wake up?), took a hot shower, put on my fuzziest robe that makes me resemble a happy,…