May Tour - Part Two
We covered a lot of ground this tour which included five states totaling 2,346 miles. The first week of our May tour found us playing at three different events in two states in just three days. Then it was off to Silver Dollar City for the KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Competition. The top youth in bluegrass bands, ages 21 and under came from all over the US to compete.
At the beginning of our tour we stopped at Hobby Lobby and Mitchell found the Styrofoam sword and shield. Mom & Dad decided it would be good for him to have. Harmless right? Wrong. The whole bus became a battlefield to Mitchell as he would literally jump from one person to the other fighting them. Here it seems he was a casualty of a fierce battle.
We spent a couple of hours with Pastor Steve, wife Hillary and their children before going to their church. The funny thing is that both Bethany and Mitchell ended up taking an evening nap, which they have not done in a while. They were tuckered out from all the playing with their new found friends.
Our first stop on this tour found us in the middle of southern WI farmland. It was such a beautiful setting and we are looking forward to play here at this church again.
Next, we did a concert in Memphis, MO one evening in the park. This was a community event put on by the local churches in the area. It was exciting to see a group of local churches get together to do something like this.
The bus couldn't take the roads that lead to the park, so we borrowed the churches van for instruments and ourselves. Then the pastor loaded his truck with all our sound equipment and off we went. Thee is always a way right?
Back to Paris, MO where we feel at home. Nothing is better than homemade ice cream made by Pastor Steve and our little Mitchell.
Bethany taste testing the sweet cream before they freeze it.
Turns out that Austin thought it would be funny if he took out a screw on Daltin's microphone stand. Well, as you can see this became a little wrestling match between brothers.
Just taking a moment to take a picture with Pastor Steve. Love this guy!
It has been so much fun having Mitchell join us on stage singing harmony with Bethany.
New dobro player?
Finally we arrived in Branson. The playground at the campground is a huge highlight for Bethany and Mitchell. We stayed again at Branson Tree House Resort.
Adding to the excitement of this tour was having grandparents joining us again! Of course, its always way more fun on the teeter totter, when you get Grandpa to go with you!
We remembered seeing this white squirrel last year!
Funny seeing it again!
Morning smiles in the bus!
These two are so close and its hard to ever find one without the other.
Funnel cakes with Grandpa are just the best.
All of the 18 bands on stage together!!
A Few Pics From The KSMU Single Mic Competition
Talks around the table are always the best.
We loved getting the chance to talk with Evangeline from Resonating Grace on the night of the competition.
Taking a water ride couldn't have been nicer on a hot day!
Even if Austin did jokingly complain a little with how wet denim wasn't his favorite thing.
Giving Dad a big wet hug!
A little competition with squirt guns that the operator has to aim at bullseye to make a horse run down the track. Bethany won with Grandma a very close in second.
We love our camp site at Branson Tree house Adventures! Our Bus (named Sophronie Belle) looks right at home here!
So many laughs with this group!! Congratts to The Russell Clan for a well deserved win at the competition! Mitchell is a little less enthusiastic in this pic.
Bethany loves her stories!
Love getting to see old friends while out on the road.
Such a pleasure to play at The Bar None Cowboy Church!
It was great to see Pastor Dave Rex again! He surprised us down in Branson.
To neat not to take a pic!
Like Bethany says, "We live in a hallway in a Walmart parking lot."
We returned home to find 14 chicks running about
and Bethany and Mitchell couldn't be more excited!
"But the mercy of the LORD is from
everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him,
and his righteousness unto children's children;
To such as keep his covenant,
and to those that remember his commandments to do them."