This year, I arrived on a Saturday evening and then had three events on Sunday! I attended concerts instead of singing in them and this was a bit odd, but really nice to just sit and relax while watching friends do the work :-)
I filled my time with reading, seeing friends, and music. I spent lots of time at St. Paul's Episcopal, my sending parish. I helped with the festival of Nine Lessons & Carols and while it was wonderful, it felt a bit odd. I can see congregation growth already. It felt odd not to have my own space there any more, and to be out all day and over there or in coffee shops and libraries between meet-ups, but of course everyone was super welcoming and it still felt like home.
|NOLA Winter Sky by Caroline Carson|
Christmas Day, after a nice morning service at St. Paul's, I picked up some lunch and
TOOK A NAP.
It was heaven! Then, I went to my friends Louise & T's house where they were having family over. The next day the three of us left to fly to Jerusalem to join a choral performance tour which I'll write about in the next post :-) Overall, it was a FANTASTIC few weeks being back home and among friends who are family!!!! It was such a relief and a joy!