There are many phrases that describe our season in Ohio. Some that express the challenge of things, but mostly ones that express how blessed we are. Saturday night we lived out a handful of those blessings in Jim and Alisa Sandor's backyard.
We had a farewell party potluck where Dan, Rachel, Chris and myself got to personally thank each person for their love and support of us. It was a sweet evening of food, friends and music.
Really, the sweetest.
After bellies were filled and a hundred hugs were given, Rachel & The Holywaters took to the checkered tent and sang through half of our debut CD. It's a project we've been working on since our first music nights began two years ago. Our intention then was to help Rachel grow in her passion for music and performance, and it evolved in to something more. Almost all of the songs are pieces that Chris crafted over the past two decades. I've heard them sung before, but having Rachel's voice on lead added a special something. We ended our set with two worship songs that the crowd sang with us. The weather was perfect, and we soaked in every minute of loving until the sun went down.
At the party, we had a basket where folks could leave a donation for CDs. What I didn't anticipate were all of the thoughtful cards that were also left. Someone added a journal-type book to the table where people could add a personal sentiment, poetry and drawings. It was more than I could have hoped for.
We are going to miss this place. Not the bugs or the humidity, but the people. Definitely the people.
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