January 31, 2007

What an interesting few days we’ve had here in Florida so far!

Picking up again on Sunday; the concert in the morning went fine. We had some folks who heard about us from a family member who heard us last December in Palmer, MA. They went to our website, found out where we were going to be, and came. They also said they had heard us one other time up north at a church my grandfather used to oversee. (We would go with my grandfather, he’d preach and we’d sing.) They said we were all little then. ;-)

We had just a few hours to cross the state and make to it Bradenton for the evening service. The roads weren’t too congested and it was nice weather to be traveling in. Oh and we hit a WiFi.

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This is what we might look like trying to stay in communication with the outside world. :-)

Arriving at the church in plenty of time, our hosts had not yet arrived to let us in the church. The boys thought, let’s try the door. Brilliant, just brilliant. They did and, wouldn’t you know, it was open! Unfortunately, they also set off the bugler alarm at the same time. :-/ They weren’t laughing at the time but it sure was funny in retrospect! : D Betty M. arrived (before the police had a chance to come :-P) and knew how to turn the siren off. Phew! And, thus started our tour of Bradenton. ;-)

They concert was PACKED out. They had to set up extra chairs thanks to Mrs. M’s promoting skills!

Mr. Ed took pictures for us so you all will have a chance to ‘see’ some of the concert.

I though the concert when really well.

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We stayed at the church that night which had a WiFi too. Two connections in one day!? I’m going to get spoiled.

We went over to the park where our host’s live and got settled in. No sooner did we do that we headed over to Hungry Howie’s for PIZZA!

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The kids got to explore the ‘island’ in the park a bit and some nice person here offered to let them use their golf cart and bikes. And, someone brought us over some chocolate covered peanut cookies. Seriously good stuff. People have been so kind!

The concert Monday went ok, not great. The piano started to noticeably sound like a zither during this concert. Ouch. Our synth is going!

The place was packed again, a couple chairs empty but we had 200+ people. Thanks to Mr. Ed again for the pictures!

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Hannah is quite the social butterfly...

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Tuesday, January 30th

After the kids worked on school in the morning we had lunch and headed over to the B’s trailer. How many people can you fit in a trailer? :-)

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Mom headed out to Wal-Mart and the kids spent time roaming the park on their loaned wheels. The park has WiFi but we have to be close to the main office which is a walk from our spot. The bugs were kind of thick for January I thought. I guess they never die here….

My family is becoming skilled at lip reading and reading my scribbles. :-) My voice felt so worn out after Monday night I thought I needed some total vocal rest. ( I was really not happy with how I sang Monday. Blahness.) I said about 4-5 words in the morning and didn’t say hardly anything until late in the afternoon. I thought perhaps I was getting the cold a lot of us have and started the apple cider vinegar regiment.

My voice felt better last night but still wasn’t exactly like I wanted it. I can’t really ’fix’ congestion, but hopefully staying away from dairy for a little while will solve that problem.

I had this silly headache on Tuesday night, too. Have you ever tried to smile when you’re head’s splitting open? :-/

Enough about my petty problems!

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you are faced with trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” James 1:2&3 NIV

Here are a few more pictures courtesy of Mr. Ed!

Tuesday night’s full house.

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To close out I do have a few specific prayer request for the family and concerts….

Dad’s health - he has an awful paralyzing like pain in his neck and has some other issues going on. He’s having a hard time sleeping, too. It’s draining on him.
All our colds - Mom and few others are suffering from a mild cold that feels like an allergy
The sound system - that it works properly, we had a horrible bout of ‘popping’ in the middle of the concert Tuesday and it was very disruptive. We need wisdom to fix that permanently!
Keyboard - that we find out what’s wrong with it or whatever it is that’s causing it to malfunction

This was in my reading this morning.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV

“Therefore we do not loose heart . Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

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