Sr. Laura, our newest Chicago community member!
Sr. Laura hails from Minneapolis, and she entered the Daughters of St. Paul the year after I did. She met the sisters in Alaska, where she was finishing her studies to be a veterinary technician. Later, as a sister, she was stationed in Anchorage for a total of eight years, and made many trips into the bush country, toting boxes of books on tiny bush planes and learning to appreciate the native cuisine. She still has native friends who send her the occasional supply of "tundra tea" and other specialties you can't find in the lower 48. Sr. Laura is also an artist, even though she was only able to study art for the past few years. When we picked up her things on Monday, we had to fit a drafting table into the van, along with her boxes of pastels and special paper! She's hoping to catch a few more classes here in the Chicago area, and to do some projects for the publishing house while focusing locally on outreach.
Which we will be doing this weekend in St. Charles, IL at the "Here I Am" conference. Set-up is tomorrow, and the event lasts through Sunday. Pray for us! And if you don't hear from me until then, you'll know why. 3,000 teens clamoring for attention.