Yes, it’s been a while since the last blog, thus the title. Last week a friend came to the table at the Jubilee concert, you know who you are, and nicely reminded me that I had not posted a blog in forever! He was right. It has been a while.
Rest assured it’s not because it wasn’t in my thoughts. I just simply had nothing I felt was important enough to put onto the page. Call it bloggers block or whatever, but each time I would try to write something it was a struggle so I simply did not force it. But this week is different.
I love what I am blessed to do for a living. The travel is not really hard for me because we are blessed with a wonderful driver, Chuck Ryer, who does a fantastic job of making sure that we get from place to place safely and on time. We get on the bus each night, grab some food, relax, and go to bed while he navigates the highways thru the darkness. So we wake each morning in a new town that looks a lot like the one the day before and start our daily routine.
Loading in the gear is never easy. There is sound equipment and product that has to be carried from place to place. It is set up and taken down every day. You wouldn’t believe the amount of stuff it takes to make an L5 concert happen. I definitely could do without the pulling, pushing, lifting, and winding that is involved in our set up time. But that still is not the toughest thing about our job.
Without exception, the most difficult thing for any of us in the group is the amount of time we spend away from our families and home. This is by far the most difficult thing we face on a daily basis, and sometimes we don’t get to be home even when we are home.
For example, a couple weeks ago we returned home late Sunday night, or early Monday morning depending how you look at it. We then were in the studio Monday and Tuesday for Christmas Jubilee vocals with our good friends The Booth Brothers and Greater Vision. While it was fun, it still meant two days that we didn’t spend with our families. We then left out on Wednesday to head to our next concert. So many times those “open dates” on our calendar are not truly open.
Why did I share all this? Because I wanted to tell you about an incredible group of people that very few of you know about. Our families. Behind each of us in L5 is an incredible support team, without which none of this would happen. They work so hard in our absence to make what we do easier.
Last week my beautiful wife Tamra had a birthday, and what a day it was. Normally, when I’m home, I will fix her breakfast while she is getting ready for work. We then get to have a few wonderful minutes together before she leaves for the day. But on her birthday I was joined in the kitchen by our two children who helped me surprise her with her favorite breakfast. We then picked her up at her office and took her for a wonderful lunch. The day finished with a surprise dinner with family and a few close friends, one of which owns a beauty salon. So after dinner all the ladies headed over for a couple of hours of whatever it is a group of ladies does at a beauty salon!
My wife does so much for me that no one ever sees or knows about, and her efforts keep me doing what I do. I am so glad that I was home to get to share in her special day. This is just one of the wonderful people that each of us in L5 have at home supporting what we do.
So the next time you say a prayer for us, remember each of our “support teams” in you prayers. I know there are many of you who pray on a daily basis for Legacy Five and our families. And I want each of you to know just how much we appreciate your efforts!