Hannah's fist ever band tour has come and gone. During the week before she left to travel to Michigan, I found myself getting a bit pressured and snappy. I asked the Lord to show me why. The answer? I knew Hannah was going to be getting on a bus and heading even further away from us. Silly huh? My husband said that he knew I wished I could go to Michigan and hear them. Wrong. I wanted to go to Tennessee and get on the bus and go with them! But the Lord is so merciful and he gave me a different answer. I can access my daughter's SAU web mail site. She knows this and allows me that freedom. Usually I only give it a look every week or two - but just as I was feeling so anxious about her traveling, I also was looking at her webmail. There was her itinerary for the Michigan tour. I printed it out (remember my stalking post?) and immediately felt such a peace. I could now "travel" with her and pray for her along the way. Our college students don't always realize that it is these little things that give us joy - they are so busy in the whirl of their new and exciting life - so I don't blame her for not thinking about forwarding it to me - and I praise God that He led me to it.
I was very excited to see that they would be in two academies and at Andrews University. She called me several times during the trip and we talked through a number of situations she was unsure about, plus a lot of fun stories. My favorite was from one of the Academies. Right in Hannah's line of sight were two little girls in the student assembly. She said they were about second or third grade. They took their programs, rolled them up, and then "played' the flute throughout the entire performance. Hannah, my flute playing daughter, could not stop watching them they were so adorable - a very bad situation for keeping count while really playing. She lost her place several times during that particular program. (Sorry Mr. Parsons!)
The final blessing of the tour (for me) was that the 11:30 Sabbath service at the Pioneer Memorial Church is broadcast live on the radio. I got to hear the entire program. It was such a blessing and so unexpected. I got to be with them in Michigan after all! From Hannah's viewpoint I think the most fun for her was the snowfall that Friday evening in Berrien Springs. (A Florida girl, Hannah had only seen snow one other time.)There in Michigan she had so much fun with many of the other band members throwing snowballs and making snow angels. The Lord gives us so many delights. (The picture is of the Andrews Univ. campus during the snowfall.)