I am much-belated in posting this---it has been in the "drafts" folder for almost two months now! But finally here is our March tour in review! We arrived home April 4th so I also included those first few days of April, on the road, with this post as well.
Our month started out with a concert in one of our favorite churches in the south, a spirit-filled non-denominational church in Alabama. The pastor and his family + church family have all become dear friends of ours over the years and we just love being there with them and hearing every year of the new ways God is working through their ministry!
It is always a treat to get to spend a day or two in their guest houses that they have for evangelists and music groups to use. Laundry facilities, wifi, showers, kitchens...the best of all worlds. =)
Family hang out party in the church fellowship hall, watching the voting results on our various forms of media. =)
Allison + I enjoyed lunch + a lovely time with one of our friends + her sweet little baby boy.
Our one stop at the beach happened in Alabama with the parents + the four youngest. We love the beach but it does seem to always be cold whenever it works in our schedule to go! Contrary to what some people think, we do NOT spend our winters in the south laying out next to the ocean. We try to go once every southern tour, but I can honestly only remember ONE TIME I have been to the beach that it was actually truly warm. Most of the time...we freeze. =()
The toothbrushing phenomenon. I think this moment could fit into the "most people squeezed into the smallest space brushing teeth at the same time" book of records. If there was such a thing, that is. I'm thinking about authoring a book called "The Book of Bus Records" where families that travel in buses could compete for various records held for various things. Only problem is, half of the records probably wouldn't even be appropriate enough to put in a book. Whoops. So never mind on that. =)
Family devotions on the bus.
Study in the sun for Denver.
Push-ups anywhere and everywhere. EVERYWHERE.
This was after the crowds had left, obviously.
More of the same...
In Fredricksburg, we did a concert at this amazing store. Not really sure how to describe it (antique?vintage?unique?chic?awesome!!) It was definitely one of the most unique venues we've ever sung in and we loved it! There was a great mixture of church + community people in attendance.
We were so privileged to get to know + hang out with these sweet souls who helped with coordinating + hosting the concert. They also opened up for us and we just loved their toe tapping music, their heart for Jesus, and their beautiful stage smiles. =)
Little girlies with friends.
Meeting the newest blessing of some friends of ours in Texas...
They also have a great selection of classy/dressy clothing for men + women as well.
Fun putting new colors together...
Whilest on the weekly Costco expedition, Rebs + I browsed the fun section while Mom + Liz located the necessities.
We found this very fun dress and texted a picture to dad that said this, "Found this dress for Rebs. We're thinking she can wear it for the new concert outfit. Thoughts? Too much poof or not enough?"
Two minutes later dad texted back,
"Not enough poooooooofffffff"!
We left the dress there. =)
And then put them to bed. =)
Amongst other things, one of our first priorities upon entering back into the USA after Mexico was to find a laundromat. The laundry situation had become slightly desperate!
Sometimes the menfolk come in to help finish and carry things out.
Unfortunately, this day Iowa was playing, and the game was on, so...yeah, my help was somewhat distracted. =)
All set up and ready to do it all again!
Smiles with the girls!
Oh my. =)
Being together is the best place to be!
Hanging out at Barnes + Noble. An abundance of books and nearby coffee. (Starbucks) What more does one need? =)
Colorado is one of the most beautiful states ever.
I'm telling you, these push-ups happen everywhere. EVERYWHERE.
Taylor + Liz
When your cousin works at Coldstone Creamery and she delivers fresh smoothies for your band...well, you just feel very loved and you sing extra well that night. =)
And that's March for you! It was an amazing month with so many God moments, including our little family vacation and Mexico ministry. So many people poured out so much love and generosity to our family. There is no way to fully express our gratitude. But if you are one of those who blessed us along the way, whether it was through meals, gifts, encouragement, prayers, love, smiles, or just coming to one of our concerts...we thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and say, as we always do, "may God bless you richly as you have blessed us".
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ."