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We Are So Blessed

June 30, 2021

Leadership Notes

- Food, Frogs, and Fear -

Lori and I spent last week with our granddaughters in Chicago. It has been at least 20 years since we were last there. God blessed us with a wonderful week. The weather, for the most part, was typically nice for late June. Illinois is like Michigan as far as Covid protocols go, so no masks or crowd restrictions. That was a beautiful thing.

One of my favorite parts of the trip was Shedd Aquarium. I had no idea there were so many poisonous frogs in the world. God's creative diversity is an amazing and, at times, frightening, thing. Seeing all those different frogs brought new meaning to the plague of frogs from Exodus. Some frogs are really beautiful. One of the most poisonous frogs was no bigger than your thumbnail.

Lori and I are blessed to have two granddaughters who are kind, patient, and appreciative travelers. They're fun to go places with. They are absolutely delightful in restaurants. No brag…just fact! For me, eating a variety of foods from a variety of places is one of the best things about vacationing in a big city. Oh, the food you will eat. And because we walked

just about everywhere, the weight gain was kept at a minimum.

But we didn't walk everywhere. We took a taxi to the aquarium, and because of heavy rain, took a taxi back to our hotel from Navy Pier. Our driver from the pier was a Nigerian immigrant, who came to this country about 20 years ago. He has a fascinating story, filled with hard work, determination, and continuing to support family back in Nigeria. The American dream lives on.

Our second day home from vacation, Lori and I were craving Jimmy John's Sandwiches. Wherever we travel, it's always good to get back to the comfort foods of home. For my money, Jimmy John's Salt and Vinegar are the best potato chips money can buy. Change my mind. We are truly blessed with an abundance of food in this country. It's a good thing to thank God daily for the farmers, suppliers, producers, and purveyors of t