I had a real hard time finding wireless this week so this update is VERY late. :-P
Singing, horses, symphony hall and new friends…
Psalm 63:7b …I will sing in the shadow of Your wings.
2 weeks and counting until we go home! I love traveling but I start thinking about home after a while…. we’ve been very busy this past week. Stressful at times though. Romans 8:28 is so true. Trials are not pleasant at the time but they make you grow so much. Doesn’t the first chapter of James talk about persevering through trials?
On this trip I’m learning to trust God with my life more and more. Giving myself to Him fully and listening to the still small voice so when I have to make life changing (and even not so life changing!) decisions I will be able to hear His voice and respond. I want to be sensitive the Holy Spirit and His leading always.
The colds are winding down for most of the people who got them at the beginning of the week. Papa is doing ok, still not very good but better than before. I’m still dealing with the cold I came down with on Wednesday. I stopped talking for a few hours because my throat hurt so bad. Ugh. Things can only get better from here, right?! ;-)
Before I jump into what happened from Wednesday on…here are a few more pictures from earlier this week.
Sunday morning. (Thank you Mr. Van Horn for taking pictures.)
A human pyramid.
We enjoyed the generous hospitality of the Overholt family Monday and Tuesday. We visited the Randolph’s farm on Tuesday night. We had a nice time visiting and seeing all their unique animals, including miniature ponies and one very very large black pig. : D
They played the ’ugliest creature in the world’ joke on Bonnie.
Bonnie and Jonny shared a roasted worm with Matthew looking on. ICK! LOL : D Bonnie said it was gritty and Jonny said it was cold in the middle. *gag*
Playing with sparklers at the Randolphs.
Jordan set off a whole bunch of fireworks….it was like the 4th of July. : D
Wednesday afternoon we traveled over to the Van Horn’s house and dropped off the trailer. They started teaching us to ride horses before we and headed over to set up for our concert that night in Franklin, KY.
We had several people, who had heard us in different locations, come and hear us again that night! Some of them brought new people with them. I nearly poked Bonnie’s eye out with my fiddle bow that night and Bonnie dropped her pick in the middle of a song. Both incidents were captured on a video recording which we do not have at this time but hope to obtain soon. : D
We went over to the Van Horns after and ate ice cream and played Dutch Blitz. : D
We went riding again on Thursday even though the weather looked threatening. :-P We did go in after it started raining. I wasn’t really interested in horses or riding before, probably due to previous experience with riding bareback, but, this time it was really fun! Vicky and Becca made it seem so easy and do-able. If any of y’all need riding lessons and you’re in Franklin, KY ask us for their number.
Thursday afternoon one of the Van Horns invited Mom and I to attend the Nashville Symphony Orchestra concert with them that evening at their new concert hall in Nashville.
The view of the “Batman” building across the way.
The concert was INCREDIABLE! They don’t allow pictures taken in the concert hall or else I would have taken lots. The closest I’d previously come to hearing a orchestra was at Bonnie’s district meet - high school level - but this was a REAL concert, as classical as they come. :-) They did one new classical dance piece which was ok. The atmosphere was just so neat! They could have been playing Mary Had a Little Lamb and it would have been great. (For some reason I can’t quite imagine them doing that in tuxedos …possible I suppose….lol) The second piece was Mozart’s violin Concerto No. 5 in A, very nice, just a little repetitive. At intermission. we walked around the brand new building and took pictures. Before and after the concert started we looked at the plaques listing the people who have made one million dollar donations….quite interesting! We counted 36 one million dollar donors. :-o
Mom got a tickle in her throat right as we got back to our seats and she ran out to find some water. We didn’t think she’d make it back in time but she did! (They don’t let you in during the middle of a piece.) The last piece was by Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 43. Oh wow. It was so pretty! (He wrote “Be Still My Soul” BTW.) There was one lady in the front row playing second violin and the expressions and emotion you could see on her face were so interesting. You could tell this piece meant a lot to her. She was practically crying for some of it. I started wondering, what do people think while they are playing? The lady next to her seemed totally unaffected. Are they totally engrossed in the technical side that they forget everything else or do they think about everyday normal things? How much emotion is involved when you‘re a ‘professional?’ Is it just a job? Does your mind have to ‘be there’ all the time to play well?
Anyway, we sat third row from the very front in the center aisle on the right. Sweetness. :-)
We made it home in one piece through the rainy mess in Nashville to find everyone had waited up for us! It was quite late by then, something like 11:30 pm. :-P :-) They wanted to see the few pictures we got and the scoop about the frustrating parking lot fee machine that kept eating money and how debit cards can save the day, or evening as it twas. :-P
We went riding again on Thursday. :-) Bonnie told you about the bucking that happen to her. Bonnie was so calm, it was amazing! My horse for the day, Lightning, kept wanting to stop and eat on the trail ride but he was sweet and easy to get along with for the most part. It’s amazing how horses have such personalities. Kinda like people. :-p
We taught the Van Horns how to play cups Friday night. :-) It got VERY noisy!
I did a photo shoot with Joshua’s new nameless, as of Saturday, puppy. This is of my favorite shots.
J.B. and Hannah
Rebecca did some tricks for us on Alfalfa before we said goodbye.
We sang Sunday morning and night in Jasper, AL. Poor Vincent woke up with a raging headache and threw up about 5 minutes before the concert. :-( He felt better by the middle of the concert, thankfully! The morning church had such a big spread for lunch. They had a whole separate room from desserts!! The night service went well except for when I got a tickle in my throat and I couldn’t sing or talk for about 30 seconds. :-P That was embarrassing! Lol The tickle feeling didn’t last for but for two songs, thankfully!
The Overholts traveled all the way down from KY and brought a friend from AL with them for Sunday night. We said goodbye to them after a late supper out at Wendy's. :-) We’re so grateful the Lord directed us to Kentucky. We’ve had so many growing experiences here and have been able to get to know our new friends. (Of course we are sad we had to miss seeing all our friends in CA, OK, MT, and TX!) The Lord knows all things and we’re trusting the Lord to direct our steps in the future.
Monday, the 23rd, we traveled down through Alabama to Lanett. We visited with the guitar player of Three Pines, his wife and the pastor over hamburgers and ribs. After we headed over to the church and met the Godins! We haven’t seen them in AGES! Ok, well, a year and a half. It was nice to see them again! We did our concert, did a few numbers with them and sat back and listened to them play. It’s really a treat to sit back and listen to others minister! J We jammed for a bit and packed up and THEN we taught them how to play Dutch Blitz. : D God bless you guys and keep on singing for Him. :-)
The Godin Family in concert at Three Pines…
Kim, Kris and Mrs. G.
Wow..this is a long update….:-)
If you’ve read all this you should get a medal!