Sorry I am a little late with this update, but I hope this letter finds you all well anyways.
We are on the road headed towards Quartzite, AZ for another winter
But on to news...
November crept up on us while we were in Oklahoma.We were singing every day and spending the evenings with some of our friends from AZ. A relative of Amanda's got us a booking in Tulsa a half a days drive from where we were at the time so we piled in and said good-by to our host and headed for a life changing experience with the Harris family.
We arrived around 6:00 and were enveloped in a whirl wind of activity. photo shoots, spaghetti, people, campfire, music...and more!We went to bed very late praying we would have enough energy to sing in the morning.We sang after an invigorating praise, worship, and prayer service then packed up to head to another concert we were already late for, but not before being blessed with a Ubass (Ukulele sized bass) and being invited back to do a music video.
We spent a couple more days with our previous host then drove back to Tulsa to join the church their in an Election day 24 hour prayer vigil.Next morning/afternoon James, Amanda, and us girls headed inside armed with vegetables and more to make a stew that would bless our host family. we were enjoying being on the giving end for once; Amanda took down a whole stack of dishes, Charis moped up a spill on the floor and "accidentally" did the whole floor, James and Rose began the soup and Charity and I made a salad. We were not done till about 1:00 but it was worth it!
The next three day we hurried and scurried to get all the video footage for our up and coming music video of Live Like You're Dyin' The first night we began to plan only to begin videoing at 9:00 PM continuing moving furniture, learning lines, re-shooting, and coming up with a new shot until 3:00 AM.On the 8th we did not get much done on the video since James and Amanda wanted to go celebrate their anniversary together. So, babysitting David, us girls played dress up and got photo shoots while relating to the Harris family. In the evening our Hosts left to do a gig and we enjoyed some quite family time while Dad read to us from Secret Believers by Brother Andrew. We met up with our host family at a meeting that night. The next morning we were back to shooting for the video.That night a whole passel of teenagers came to play games, so we drug them all out to show them an airplane allusion and play kick the can far into the evening. Finally they opted to go back inside to play music. Next morning we headed to new parts and said good by to our gracious host family. Singing our way down we arrived in Huston, TX to spend a couple days with Mom's Aunt.
Time to move on. We traveled west to spend the week with our friends, a fast moving, relaxing, enjoyable week. First on our agenda was to finish videoing four our music video. We had so much fun, videoing from a tree, from a moving vehicle and trying to create a dolly out of a old lawn mower! We had quit the week of game playing, clothe mending, good food eating, pecan shelling, pie making, Anniversary celebrating, bon-fire watching, card playing, running, hiding and laughing. Saturday we all dressed up and headed to a nearby town to perform a couple concerts in a social club. Our friends helped us pack up then we celebrated with ice cream.
Cowboy church on Sunday Morning and an evening concert in Yorktown, TX. We were able to stay at the church building there for some practice. We had a wonderful host and enjoyed our time there. We had one more concert before heading to Aunt Amanda's for Thanksgiving.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with Mom's Sister. In the afternoon we each gave a gift to one of our aunts, cousins...etc. Friday morning us ladies all woke up early to add another experience to our list; Super (Black) Friday shopping at the mall. Before we left we celebrated my cousins' birthday, had cookies and coca, and set up their tree and decorated the house for Christmas.Sunday, we had three uniquely different concerts. James ordered Pizza Sunday night and we went through our Christmas set for the first time this year to get ready for our first Christmas concert of the year on the first. We were able to stay at the First Baptist of Smithville the next day to practice some more and to get some things done.
We sang at an assisted living the next day then hit the road to make it to South Dakota by the next evening. James and Amanda went to see their friends and we spent the one and a half days with David and Susanna.
All in all we traveled through OK, TX, KS, NB, and SD singing 17 very difference presentations and seeing lots of friends, family, and faces.
God bless all your acts prompted by faith!
MaryAnna and the Balyeats