Both girls returned home last night from their Spring Break trips. We all ended up hanging out in the home office upstairs looking at pictures and hearing their stories as they both unpacked, cleaned up and settled back in at home.
Madison went with her choir to New York City. Three busloads of them sang in several venues, went to a couple of Broadway musicals and saw the sites. Her favorite concert was singing at a mission for the homeless. When the choir sang their selection of gospel songs, she said the homeless began to worship passionately and it was the first time many of the kids in the choir realized what they were actually singing. Ground Zero was another moving visit for Madison, though she was surprised at the lack of reaction from some of her peers. We talked last night about 9-11, where we were, what we remember of that day.
Taylor spent the week in the inner-city of St. Louis where they helped a few families clean up and paint their homes. She ended up getting food poisoning (not sure if it was from the Pakistani restaurant or White Castle) and had to make a trip to the hospital for fluids and meds. Other than that little adventure she really enjoyed getting to know the people, especially a couple of folks from Barundi who told her a lot about their home in Africa and their journey to the U.S.
After my travel woes on the road last week, I was happy to spend Spring Break working at home :)
Photo: Taylor (in pink shirt) and kids from church help paint a home in St. Louis. Taylor said it was a small, one bedroom home in which the elderly woman had raised her four sons.