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"Letters from Lydia": March in Michigan

What Spring SHOULD look like!

**This post was STARTED on April 1, 2013, but I didn’t get a chance to finish it until April 2, 2013.  Don’t worry, I haven’t lost count of days or gone back in time…or lost my mind.**

Happy April Fools Day, everyone!

It seems Michigan weather has been misinformed as to the start date of Spring.  According to astronomers and calendar manufacturers, the spring equinox (for those who do not know, that means the point when the Earth is neither tilted toward or away from the sun) occurred on March 20, 2013 (the event which is normally used to denote the start of Spring).  Alas, throughout the month of March, it seems that temperatures refused to rise beyond the upper 30s, bringing a steady stream of snow flurries at least once a week.

This past weekend (EASTER WEEKEND!), Michigan weather made it seem it had FINALLY caught on that temperatures should start climbing back up (was in the 50s on Saturday and Sunday…with RAIN, not snow!).  Alas, the conniving cheat decided to laugh in the face of Michiganders all ready to bring forth their lighter apparel and throw in a couple more days of frigid temperatures (complete with light snow flurries).

Have to say, that was a well played April Fools joke if I ever saw one.

Besides the battle with Michigan March (really?  March?) weather, there were definitely events to be happy about this past month.

Lexington Meets East Lansing: Jon Chae Comes to Town!

Look who we found in Auburn Hills, MI!!

Just when you think all hope is lost…that you will never see someone ever again (well, until the day Jesus returns, anyway)…you are shocked when they call you up (well, call your husband up), asking to spend the weekend with you.  Needless to say, we were more than excited when this guy called and said he would be in Detroit for a fellowship interview…and asked to stay with us in East Lansing for the weekend (before flying down to Texas for another interview).

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!  *commenced happy dance*

This guy is one of the sweetest, quirkiest, passionate, and honest people we know.  He’s one of my husband’s best friends from college.  While my husband may be easygoing and can get along with most people (you REALLY have to work at becoming his enemy…he has almost none), it takes a special connection like these two have (along with the other half of the “T.MID” foursome) to really bring my husband out of his shell.  Without a doubt, outside of family, this guy is the one who defined what a “best friend” is to my husband.  And to think there is a (slight) chance he will be coming to Michigan (Detroit…just over an hour away) for his fellowship is enough reason to make us that much more excited about staying here a few years longer.

*reprise of happy dance*

He is always and forever welcome in our home and family…anytime, anywhere, no matter what!

Sweet Home, Atlanta!
It was a strange feeling when I received that email from Delta Airlines on Thursday evening, telling me it was “time to check-in” for my flight to Atlanta, GA.  My heart skipped a beat, my facial muscles seemed to take on a life of their own as it forced the corners of my mouth upwards, and I couldn’t help but bounce up and down in my office chair.  Apparently, the prospect of visiting my hometown was something my subconscious had been anticipating more than my conscious self could comprehend.

While we would be there only a short while, I wanted to make the most of my trip – seeing as many people as possible, catching up with friends (some of who’s lives were going to change forever before we would be able to see them again…*ahem* FANS! *ahem*), and spending time with family (and being the dutiful eldest sister, making sure my “baby” brothers were taken care of…with the help of my always wonderful “No. 2”).

Here’s a quick rundown of the weekend’s escapades…

Victory Hoopla: Post-Conquering of Premium Outlets

Despite the fact we were short one Chung sibling (the one right, smack in the middle), spending time together with my sister and brothers was quite fun.  We went outlet shopping because the boys needed some new clothes and shoes (giving my sister – “No. 2” – and me an excuse to shop…just one of the obligatory burdens of being the eldest sibling of five I guess *sigh*).  I guess the boys are used to shopping with the females in our family, because they did not complain nor looked exasperated as we dragged them into nearly 70% of all stores at the North Georgia Premium Outlets (and that’s quite a few).  But in the end, most of the items (save one $12 cardigan for me) was purchased for the boys.  We declared it a victorious trip, as we all got exactly what we needed…and everything that we needed!

Cuteness that is Pottery Barn…can’t help…PURCHASING!
The lovely birthday girl (for whom above doll was for!)
Note: The above cutie was actually the reason (and our excuse) 
for visiting Atlanta…and we thank her for it.  
Thanks for turning 1 year old, Abby!  😀
Other good friends “we ran into”…hehehe…
The After-Party: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
The “Asian Rico Suave” looking character in the bottom right-hand of the above photo is the wonderful friend (another one in the “best friend” category…to BOTH of us) who housed us the entire weekend.  Without a doubt, made our stay oh-so-awesome!  Thank you, “JoeY Kim” (not typo)!  We’ll see you in Chicago this coming weekend!
Words cannot express how much I love this Lady Cat!  =^.^=
I just want to take a moment to introduce you to this person (because I believe just about EVERYONE needs to at least know of this amazing human being).  This is my friend Stephanie (shameless plug on her behalf – go here).  She is so very very talented…and just an amazing person and friend besides.  I don’t think there is anyone else in the world (aside from God and family) who quite “gets me” (in all of my quirkiness and eccentricities) like this lady.  Bonding over childhood praise albums, Ramona Quimby, our shared love of cats and music…not to mention she inspires me to draw closer to God with every single interaction.  One really can’t be more blessed through a person than I am through her.  And she has this effect on just about EVERY PERSON she encounters.  I’m so honored and fortunate to call her my friend. 
And I’m so glad we FINALLY got to take a picture together!  YAY!
Awesome BBQ (w/ DY Son)…how we have missed thee!!
How we felt heading back to Michigan…
Ok, so perhaps the above photo is a BIT of an exaggeration (or maybe not?)…but we were sad to be leaving the nice weather (which actually didn’t stick around after we left, apparently) and all of our dear friends.  I actually had a moment in the plane where I was ready to chuck it all and move back to Atlanta.  But then, of course, the more rational, cool-headed Lydia (can you believe she actually exists now?  Michigan may have done me some good after all!) knew that would mean leaving the husband behind, living 12 hours apart for the next 1.5 to 4.5 years.  Not a good trade-off…definitely not…

So here we are back in Michigan…where the weather loves to tease us (see first paragraph) and life returns to normal (or at least back to the routine of things).  While this displaced Georgia girl (not associated in any way with the university that goes by that name) may feel the pangs of homesickness, she will continue to remain in the Midwest…where, apparently, there is some sort of God plan at work here.

So, until He calls us to move…we miss all of our family and friends back in the South.  We are thinking of and praying for you constantly.  Hopefully, He will lead us back to you…eventually.

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