>The beginning of the goodbyes

>Tonight, my amazing [and tall] friend Megan hosted a little get-together after practice for the worship band.. kind of a going-away party. Megan made this ammmmaaazing ice cream pie with Oreos, ice cream, homemade fudge sauce, Spanish peanuts and Cool Whip (Oreo Orgy, anyone? Haha). She also made the first guacamole I ever liked. Leigh Ann, Pastor Rick’s wife, made this lovely strawberry pie with whole strawberries and real whipped cream. Kim, one of the vocalists, made hummus and brought rice crackers… I want the recipe!

I seriously love the members of the worship band… and I give a huge shout-out to them for all their hard work. We’ve really gelled as a band in the past few years, and I have been amazed at my own progress as a musician and vocalist. It’s so fun, too, when you are actually friends with people you play with… it makes it all worth it.

This Sunday was going to be my last on stage, but because of Aaron’s delay, next weekend (the 19th) will be my last. We then will be around for two more Sundays before heading to Texas.

I cried a little tonight.. I realized how much I mean to many people, and I know they’ll miss me. Sometimes I feel guilty because I’m not all that sad. And I don’t think I should be. At the same time, I have no idea of what it feels like to move more than 15 miles away from my hometown, and all my friends and family. It will be an interesting journey.

I’m looking forward to the dinners, movies, hanging out, runs, and bike rides before I leave. Late night talks, ice cream outings, lazing around the pool. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a great set of friends. Thanks, Faith, for being so amazing! I will miss all of you, but I know God has great plans for wherever we will go.

Leigh Ann told me that after Aaron’s out of the Army, we should come back and raise our family here and the church will be our home base for world missions. Tempting offer….

Amelia, Steve, Leigh Ann, Megan, myself, Terry, Joe, Andrew, Kim, Aaron, Patrick