Final Band Tour Ends

It’s over…

We got back Thursday night at 6:30 pm. Now, let me tell the story…

After that last Xanga entry, the tour REALLY began for me. I went with Janet and Megan to Walmart that was just across the street from the hotel. We ran into Andy, who was on his way out of the store… and asked him to come with us. We had SUCH a fun time!!! The kind of fun that you are supposed to have on tour. Andy found a Spiderman® that said different phrases. Two phrases that struck us as really funny were: “I shoot web” and ” Even super heroes need hugs” We used those phrases more times than I can count for the rest of tour.

Megan and I had a homestay that night with the cutest couple ever! They have been married for 50+ years and had been missionaries on a Navajo reservation for 33 some years. They had so many stories.. and I found it very interesting that when they met, they JUST KNEW the other person was “the one” for them. So awesome.

We ate really well on this tour… usually we are provided with spaghetti or lasagna dinners, most churches did a pot-luck type of thing with huge amounts of desserts and carbs 🙂 It made sticking to my diet non-existent.

We spent almost three days in Albuquerque, including our free day. It was great, it was not  Chicago my sophomore year, but it was still pretty awesome. I got to hang out with Hannah, Ben and Trim, (and Arianna and Chris)… more than half of the Japan mission team that went last summer. We played 6 person Spades ♠ for 3 hours! Dinner was cool though… we ate at some Mexican restaurant, and that was the first time I spoke with Jared. Jared and I ended up hanging out a lot on tour, which was really cool. He’s not a person I thought I would ever get to know. He’s pretty hilarious.

From there we drove to El Paso, where Megan and I stayed with Sarah and her family! It was so cool! We played this video game where you sing and the goal is to stay on beat and pitch.. pretty fun! Sarah’s brother Caleb came home… he was pretty cool too. We talked till 2:30 AM… he’s so extroverted with so much energy.

Our day in Juarez Mexico was AMAZING!! It started out kind of slow. Megan, Andy, Chelsea and I all walked around passing out candy to kids in the neighborhood that surrounded the church. After lunch, I helped teach Go Fish to two girls and their mom, with Matt, Sarah and Pat. The two little girls hung out with Sarah and me for the rest of the day.. It was so cool. The concert that we held that night… could have been a disaster. The wind was harsh, it was cold and dusty… but we had our best performance, despite conditions… that we had all tour.
It was hard to leave those little girls… they were so fun! And left more of an impact on me than I ever could have had on them.:) It was pretty amazing that I was able to remember any of the high school/college Spanish I’d learned. God is good. 🙂

The next few days were pretty laid back. We did a lot of driving and only three more performances. Before I knew it, we were driving home. I have never felt the reality of the end before. Mr. Dorn read through the names of the seniors that would probably not be with the band next year. 8 of us total. Most of us seniors cried for at least an hour! Even Daniel!

As we pulled into Denver, and unloaded the bus for the last time, and as I drove home… the minutes increasing between when band tour had finished and the present time… I took a deep breath and thanked God for bringing me to this place. It is a sad thing for good and happy times to be over… but, a good thing to remember that I got to live those times. How blessed I am.

My theme song for my present state of mind…

It’s been a long road
Getting from there to here
It’s been a long time
But my time is finally near
But I can feel a change in the wind right now
Nothing’s in my way
And they’re not going to hold me down no more
No they’re not gonna hold me down

Cause I’ve got faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got faith to believe
I can do anything
I’ve got strength of the soul
And no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith
I’ve got faith
Faith of the heart

It’s been a long night
Of trying to find my way
And through the darkness
Now I’ve finally had my way
I will see my dream come alive at last
I will touch the sky
And they’re not gonna hold me down no more
No they’re not gonna change my mind

I know the wind’s so cold
And seem the darkest days
But now the winds I feel
Are oly winds of change
I’ve been through the fire
I’ve been through the rain
But I’ll be fine

I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got strength of the soul
And no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith
I’ve got faith
Faith of the heart

It’s been a long road

-Rod Stewart
“Faith Of the Heart”

2 thoughts on “Final Band Tour Ends

  1. thanks aris. your’e pretty cool too if i do say so myself.  the bubble should be up to at least close to its beginning size when i return tomorrow.  the time home has been great.  my neice is the cutest kid ever.


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