It was 1:30 a.m., and many of the Maxwells were outside their hotel rooms, coughing and choking. If you were watching, you would have wondered what was happening?! Well, we were waiting for our â€œSani-Guardâ€ to dissolve from the air. Since weâ€™ve thought that some of the colds/flu we catch on the road are possibly from the hotel rooms we stay in, we invested in some â€œSani-Guardâ€ spray bottles to try using on this trip. You place the bottle in the room, press the trigger to set the spray off, and hurry out, leaving it for at least 15 minutes before re-entering the room. So far, weâ€™ve been able to just drop our luggage in the room and go to the church, but this time, we needed to go into the rooms soon because it was bedtime. We waited 15 minutes, but the air smelled quite strongly of, well, something that was hard to describe (chemicals?!!). It was almost 2 a.m. before we finally were settled and going to sleep 🙂 .
The Jonesboro conference went very well. The coordinators had provided a homemade dinner, which was delicious. The children had some time to practice music before the session. Except for occasional practice in the bus, we havenâ€™t been able to do much. Hearts were receptive to the message, and we enjoyed our fellowship time with those who attended. Many people helped us pack up afterward, which was another blessing. We had decided to drive to our hotel in Millington, TN (outside of Memphis) yet that night, and we were all very tired by the time we arrived around 1 a.m., thus the story at the beginning of the post 🙂 .
Set up went smoothly for the Memphis conference. Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary are incredible with their teamwork of the book tables and music set up. We had a few snags in our music session, namely our sound going out in the middle of a song (What happened? We found that one of us had accidentally tripped the cord to the speaker). One mom said she enjoyed watching how we interacted and worked through the issues 🙂 .
Several families drove 4+ hours to come to the conference. Thank you for making such an effort to attend! The group who hosted this weekend graciously provided all of our food. They even sent us away with dinner (pizza). That turned out as a wonderful blessing, because we started out our drive to Huntsville on extremely twisty tree-lined roads, on which some of us can feel not-so-well with empty stomachs (or being tired).
We will be spending a few days with my momâ€™s sister, and then weâ€™ll be doing our next conference near Huntsville, Alabama, Monday evening!
Sarah for all the rest