It's been almost a month since our last post. Sorry about that. I'd like to say we've been incredibly busy and haven't had time, but that would be a lie. We have had time, we just haven't felt like writing, I guess. I'll try to catch you up as quickly as possible.
We've gotten more settled in and are feeling more and more comfortable up here every day. Road names and landmarks are becoming more familiar. We're meeting people (slowly) and making some connections. We changed banks last week and talked with two different guys -- from Regions and Wachovia -- who are active in their churches and were very supportive of us. It's nothing big, but it's a connection.
Things are coming together with the church. We officially have a meeting place and a launch date. On August 21, we will begin meeting at East Millbrook Middle School. The official launch is September 11, but we are getting in there a few weeks early to try to get things going smoothly. We are all very excited to get everything kicked off.
The IDC core team is going on a field trip next weekend. We are going up to Stafford, VA, to Kimberly's home church, Mt. Ararat. Tony is going to speak Sunday morning and Donnie, Kimberly, and I will team up with some of their players to lead the music. I think we're going to drive up to DC Saturday sometime, too. Neither of us has been there, so we can't wait.
Donnie and I had our first couple of gigs. We played last Saturday at a pizza place and had a blast. They seemed to like us and said they want to bring us back. We also had a "tryout" for another place downtown. We basically had to go in on a Tuesday night, play for about 45 minutes, and see if they liked us. It went well and the guy said he wants to try and bring us in sometime. Hopefully we can get some more things booked.
Job search: CaryAnne has had a couple interviews that looked promising. One didn't pay well -- at all -- and we're still waiting to hear back from the other. I've filled out several applications to various places, but haven't had much luck. I'm waiting to hear from a few places I spoke with last week.
Mrs. Cathy and Kelly came up last week. It was great to have some familiar faces up here with us. We really enjoyed having them around. They got here Tuesday afternoon. We ate a late lunch (Crazy Fire Mongolian Grill), went to the mall down the street, ate supper at Panera, then they came and saw Donnie and me play for 45 minutes. Wednesday we got up and ate breakfast, went back to sleep -- well, some of us did -- then got cleaned up and went to another mall. We spent a few hours there and had a good time. From there, we went to the Natural Science Museum, which was really cool. That night we went downtown to The Pit and had supper with Michael and Alex. It was delicious. They left Thursday around 2 and drove all the way home. It was great to get to see them.
I almost forgot, we had a get-together last night with a lot of the people from the core team. We ate taco soup and white chicken chili, then played an intense game of kickball. The game went into extra innings. It ended with our team scoring the winning run with 2 outs in the bottom of the 11th. Yeah, it was intense. We had so much fun, though. It was also Donnie's birthday, so we had some cake afterward.
If you get time, check out the church's website and keep up with what's going on through it, too. www.idcraleigh.com
We'll try not to go so long next time without a post. Come visit.
Really, come visit.