Wait a minute, what happened to Day 3?
Well, I must say, it was filled with naps, movies, studying, and reading. We also had a new bus driver, Charlie, to take the long drive as we rode from Decatur, Alabama to Raleigh, North Carolina. Of course, we had fun and discovered many random forms of entertainment, but now it is time to tell you all about Day 4, our last performance day for the tour.
Day 4: It's Time to Wrap Up.
Out of all the days on Choir Tour, I have to say this was my favorite. Our day began bright and early doing a service project at North Raleigh Ministries. NRM is a service that takes donations of clothes, bedding, shoes, dishes,...anything you can think of, as well as a food pantry. You can check out the mission of NRM here. NRM has just moved to a new location, and they are currently trying to get their feet on the ground and launch the new location. There were many things for us to do, from sweeping, mopping and sorting, to tagging clothes and labeling shoes. One thing is for sure, I have never mopped such a large area in my life! I've always enjoyed service projects. There's a great feeling that comes from doing a job without pay.
After completing our service project, we headed to lunch before a quick cleanup and change into our performance clothes. Our last High School visit of the trip was Sanderson High School, where we met with the Sandpipers Ensemble. This ensemble has been to Nationals with their music, and shortly after they started singing, I realized why. They were a very impressive group! We learned that in order to be in the Sandpiper Ensemble, the students were required to be able to sight-read music. Their conductor was also very impressive, and kept the students focused on the music at hand.
Next, we headed straight to Trinity Baptist Church for our last concert. It went well, and soon we were off with our last host family. Our family was the Youth Pastor at Trinity and his wife; they were such a sweet and fun couple! After taking our luggage to their house, they took us to get milkshakes, and we had a chance to talk with them a little. They even made us a Breakfast Casserole the next morning!
Story of the Day:
Hanging out with the girls you know and getting to know the ones you don't.
One of the great things about choir tour is the opportunity to get to know fellow choir members. I enjoyed "seat hopping," and since my (Judson) little sister was one of my choir tour roomies, I was also able to spend time with her! After we came back from our milkshake run, our host family just let us hang out. As tired as we were, we stayed up just talking to each other, having a great time.
Day 5: Travel!
As you might guess, we spent Day 5 traveling back to school. The tour turned out to be a lot of fun. I got to know the girls in choir better, and we were able to put the Judson name in several high schools and churches.
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
Until next time,