Announcing further notice! :) (Stop groaning. I hope you all enjoyed the break. : P )
**Warning** Long, picture heavy, post coming up.
Thanks to all my faithful (and unfaithful) readers for your patience and checking back to see if I was ever going to start again. Lots of things have happened between the 15th of last month and today but I’m not going to recount them here and now. Bonnie and Vincent did a nice job covering all the important happenings, like meeting the Plourd family, Peter and Matthew’s birthdays and the family reunion in NY.
Our singing schedule has been fairly busy and is going to get busier. Every weekend is booked until September. We’re in Maine as I’m typing this, though I won’t post until we’re home on Tuesday. I almost didn’t bring my laptop on this trip but because I planned on taking lots of pictures I knew I’d need a place to dump them. I thought myself very mature not to bounce all around like a Tigger and then glue myself to the laptop when I saw Panaras Bread store this morning. (That bouncing around like a Tigger sure sounds interesting, eh?. : P) I didn’t even take it out to check if the reception was good. :D Aren’t you all proud of me?! : P
We started out on this trip on Thursday at a healthcare center in NH. For all the Bartletts reading, we remember Ed and Ruby B. being ‘groupies’ there a few years ago. They had just met us a week or two before but traveled all the way from Gilmanton IW, NH to hear us again. It’s been so nice to get to know you all better this year and meet the ND part of your family! And, it’s been a pleasure to know Betty and Mart and your other friends through your introduction! See y’all in August, Lord willing!
Friday we stopped and saw Mt. Katadin from a distance. It was beautiful!
Don’t let me go, Mom!
Random pic of Hannah.
Did you see that!!??
When we arrived at Fort Fairfield mom, Bonnie and I took a walk on an ATV trail that ran next to the water.
Kinda pretty, no?
Turns out my feet weren’t use to the shoes I had on and got blisters on the tops of my feet before we were half way through the hour. I took my flip flops off and then the bottoms of my feet blistered from the rocks! I guess I couldn’t win that day. LOL. I don’t know when I was ever so glad to feel pavement again!
When we returned Bonnie and I *hushed whisper* joined the Mafia. Oh. Wait. We PLAYED Mafia. That sounds better. : P
We also passed the time with Bolo. Someone at our first stop of this trip gave it to us.
Oh, and the sunset was beautiful that evening….
My gorgeous sister, Bonnie, washed in light. :) (I used a flash. : P)
We play in the Country Gospel Festival in Fort Fairfield, ME on Saturday. Our turn at the festival didn’t come until the end of the day so we had all day to goof off. Haha. After we set our sound system up we were relatively ‘free’ though Dad ran the sound for half the groups and Bonnie did a good amount of helping dad fix problems. We hung out with the Dennys, LaClaries, and their friends the remainder of the time.
The kids got along well and played Mafia together….
Then they found an empty field to jam in…
Mrs. LaClaire playing a ‘bass?’
There were a lot of groups playing that day and I got shots of all of them except two.
LOOK AT THE SMILES ON THEM!!! :D
I am EXREMELY disappointed with the Fuji. AHHH! I’ve got to double check this but apparently Fuji doesn’t have any image stabilizer and that is soooo not cool. A piece is missing from my tripod or I would have tried some self timer shots to see if the image stabilizer was the problem. Apparently, the Fuji looks impressive because the news reporter wanted photos from me. I hope I’ve got some good ones for her.
So when we were up doing our set my d string totally unwound before we ended Brethren We Have Met. I grabbed my tuner and started blabbing something like ’my d string just unwound, I guess you never know what’s going to come up!’ While I was winding it back a big ole dog ran up on stage and distracted everyone while I got in tune. :D That was nice! I think Mrs. Denny got a picture, with her Rebel (!), but I don’t have it yet.
We hung out with the Denny, Chick, and Barton families after the festival. Mrs. B made us soup and we had ice cream after. :)
Note his nice little sound thrower. :D
Mom! THE ice cream lady.
After supper, while the boys wrestled, us girls had a deep conversation about how Kayla C. looked like someone I knew, but could figure out who. Lol Ok, we talked about other things, too! It was great fun and we’re looking forward to seeing you all again in September, Lord willing!
It would have been fun to get a really big group pic but you know how hard it is to round up everyone.
Our two concerts Sunday went fine. Bonnie’s ‘Mommy’ song continues to be requested in recorded form.
This afternoon at the concert I felt so listless, the humidity must be getting to me. : P
I’ve got a prayer request for dad, who hasn’t been feeling well at all. He’s said things like ‘I feel like I have the flu’ and ‘I feel like I’ve been run over by a semi truck, or two.’ His auto immune problem is flaring up along with digestive problems, which makes him lose weight, about a pound a week. He has sore spots and is ’ambling’ around in pain. Thank you for praying for him if you think of him.
I’ll leave you with a verse that has come up for me a lot recently found in Romans 12:2,
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, His good, pleasing and perfect will.”