It’s ironic that I write this family “travel (b)log” from the stationary comforts of my desk. I know—I have no excuse, other than it’s more convenient to publish a blog entry when I’m at home, with the ease of our own internet.
The other day, Caleb raced in to announce that it was nearly 60 degrees outside: “Feel it out there—it’s like T-shirt weather!” (Well Caleb, maybe it’s not quite that warm yet!) When Sam, Jayme, and Caleb were done with their school studies for the day, they dashed outside to take advantage of the spring thawing in our ditches and culverts. They rigged up a small boat with kite string and, with Jayme operating the boat, the boys attack it with stones to see how long it will stay afloat. It’s amazing how entertaining a boat and some kite string can be to imaginative young minds.
We are singing in Medford, Wisconsin this Saturday and Sunday—the first concerts in two weeks since our tour to Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Missouri. (NOTE: Our concert on Saturday with the Medford Performing Arts is a CLOSED event—sorry for any inconveniences; we just got the news.) After having a delightful time with so many new friends (and old ones too!), and after experiencing a nasty virus that attacked our voices this past week, we are eager to restart singing.
Recording our fifth album has been admittedly rather slow, but we continue to learn our plans aren’t always the Lord’s! We find that we often have to be flexible when we have home-time—it gets quickly disrupted by unexpected, but necessary activities. (Anyone else experience that?) We are nearly done with all the instruments tracks—Ben has been supervising our progress—and can hopefully start recording vocals soon, once our voices are back up to speed. (That virus really drained our energy and vocal ability!)
Our Nautilus continues to be a blessing—a mixed one, at times, but overall, we are incredibly grateful for it. After spending a third of our time last year in hotel rooms, we are thankful to pack our outfits, school and books, food, and other items in ONE spot—no more unloading the bus for an hour at 12 o’clock in the morning! The aspect of having a home away from home has been likewise enjoyable. We continue to establish routines in the motorhome to make life smoother (it’s always funny at mealtimes to “dance around” each around in a small space!). Dad has been busy maintaining the upkeep on the Nautilus. It had some interesting quirks on our recent trip (everything from furnaces not working on the way out to replacing a mysteriously damaged tire on the way home), and Dad, being the mechanic he is, is constantly trying insure a safe ride to each concert.
Can’t wait to see you all soon!
Joy in the Journey,
Taylor for TGF
P.S. Less than 24 hours after we returned home from our February tour, we got in the van and spent an afternoon in Eau Claire, WI. Legacy Five was in the area and, since we missed seeing them last year in Minnesota, we made sure we saw them at least once this year. It was refreshing to sit in the audience for an hour and half and be blessed. Well, I should restate that—most of us got to be “normal” audience members. People recognized Caleb and asked Legacy Five to let him sing with them. So, during the first half, Scott Fowler called Caleb up on “I’m Feeling Fine”. Here’s the video if you’d like to see what happened for yourself: