Singin’,Sand and Sun!!!

Hey there everybody!  I am very due for a new blog:) and I have lots of exciting stories and pics from our latest tour out on the East Coast!!!  I will give you a quick overview of the trip and then let you see it all in detail below!  Keep an eye out for some..”never before seen pics” in the blog!!!:):)…should be interesting:)   Southern Raised headed out to our first destination in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  We were participating in the Singing in the Sun Convention and showcased on Thursday afternoon.  Southern Raised was tremendously blessed and honored to be chosen to move on to the main stage that night!  This was a gift from our Father in Heaven and we thank Him for such a gift and wonderful time!  Southern Raised stopped off in Charleston, South Carolina for a day of sight seeing before heading to North Carolina.  This was one of the most beautiful and historic places that we all loved visiting so very much!  Sunday morning found us in Gibsonville, North Carolina and in Raleigh that evening.

Southern Raised showcasing at Singing in the Sun

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The crowd in the showcase hall was incredibly enthusiastic and encouraging!

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We were so grateful that Nonny and Pappy were able to come to Myrtle Beach!!!

………………..We showcased Thursday afternoon and were blessed to be chosen to move to Main Stage that night!  We were so grateful to the Lord for this opportunity and blessing!…………………………………………………………………………………………….

Southern Raised behind main stage before we play:)

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Sound man setting us up on main stage

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Are you thinking what I am thinking??:):):)

……………………………..The above pic is one of those moments that a camera catches and almost speaks without words:)………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Greg Cooke introducing Southern Raised to main stage

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Main stage!:)……

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A crowd of aprox 2-3,000 in the main hall

………………………….The Main Hall was an energetic and enthusiastic crowd!  It was a long hike to where this pic was taken!!:)  Thanks Mama!!!:)  She is such an awesome photographer and captures many special moments for us on camera!………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Emmy times four!!!:)

…………………………Ok:)  The below pics are just…well they are just…..how should I say it?:)  One of those moments in life that was altogether awesome, fun, wonderfulness!!!!  We were checking out of the KOA campground in Myrtle Beach.  Mama and Daddy went into the store to check out and Mama casually said, “Y’all can get out and stretch your legs and walk around.”  Well, we get out of the car and discover one of the worlds all time coolest inventions!!!!  A Giant Bounce Pillow!!!!  Woohoo!  Sooo, the below pic is how Mama and Daddy found us when they came out of the store!!!:)….Way too fun!!!………………………………………………………………………………………………….

We even got Daddy on there too!!!!……………

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Woooohoooo!!!!….

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Emmy taking off!!!

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Sarah flying high!!!!

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I want one of these for my birthday!!!
I want one of these for my birthday!!!

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Daddy rolling off the bounce pillow!!!!:):):)

……………………………The above pic is how Daddy decided to exit the bounce pillow!!!:)…I am sure it was on purpose, don’t you think?:):)!!!  He kinda did a roll thing all the way down!!  It was so fun!……………………………………………………………………………………………..

Higher! Higher! Higher!!!!

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Needless to say:)……………this was a highlight of the trip!!!!!

…………………..We have decided that we just may need to look into having one of these installed in our yard!!:)……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Great Fun!

…………………..After the incredible bounce pillow experience Mama snapped some pics by a stream that ran through the camp ground………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Scenic South Carolina

…………………………………When we left the KOA, we headed to the beach to eat at a local seafood restaurant on right on the ocean.  It was simply beautiful and delicious!  After the meal, we walked the beach looking at shells and enjoying the time together!…………………………………………………………………………………………

Southern Raised at a local seafood restaurant right on the Atlantic Ocean!

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We walked out of the restaurant and were basically on the beach!

…………………………………………………….This particular day was a little breezy and cool, but wonderful none the less!…………………………………………………………………………

Daddy and Mama on Myrtle Beach

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Southern Raised ….breezy beach day!

………………………………………………..I love Matt’s reflection in the glassy sand in the below pic…………………………………………………………………………………

Me and my shadow………………………..

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Walking on the beach

…………………………………If you have never been to Charleston, South Carolina you really must go!!!  This was one of our favorite destinations ever!  It was a very quick walk through part of the town and dinner at a famed local restaurant!  Here are many pics of the beautiful, historic city!  If you go, you must eat at Jestine’s Kitchen, real southern cooking!…………………………………………………………………..

Southern Raised in gorgeous Charleston

……………………..Charleston was really a step back in time, historically beautiful!………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Beautiful walkway down on the water in Charleston

………………………………………There were brick roads, pristine courtyards hemmed in and nearly hidden by the mature bushes and greenery, majestic churches with steeples that spiraled almost endlessly into the sky above and lovely historic homes that were beautifully preserved!……………………………………………………………………

Waiting in line at Jestine’s Kitchen……it was sooooo worth the wait!!!

……………………………….The restaurant we ate at was called, Jestine’s Kitchen.  Be prepared for a line and a wait, but no worries…..they have benches built on the sidewalk for this very thing!!!  Apparently, long waits are very normal and quite common at this local restaurant that is quaintly positioned at an intersection in the middle of Charleston.  I realized the wait was common while taking my seat on the bench outside, when I looked into the window of the restaurant only to see a t-shirt that said, “I survived the line at Jestine’s!” Well, I can say the same now and I can also say it is worth the wait!…………………………………………………………………………………………….

Southern Raised with a couple we met and visited with while waiting in line:)

…..We were blessed to meet and visit with this sweet couple that came in line right behind us.  They were tourists as well and gave us tips on how to better enjoy the city………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Ready for some southern food!!!

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You can never have too much lemon for your sweet tea!!!!!

…………………This was amazing southern sweet tea!!  Emmy asked the waitress for lemon to go with her tea.  The hostess overheard her request and brought her the whole lemon!!:)   Emmy believes lemon is essential!:)  I agree!!…………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Daddy and Mama at Jestine’s

………………………….After leaving Charleston, we headed to Raleigh, North Carolina to play at Beacon Baptist Church.  What a blessed time we had there with Pastor Time Rabon and all the congregation!  …………………………………………………………………………………………………

Southern Raised at Beacon Baptist in Raleigh North Carolina

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Acapella ready!

………………Big thank you to Pastor Rabon and all of Beacon Baptist for your love and warmth!….Pastor Rabon’s son, Phillip, preached the evening service.  Wow!  What a power packed, convicting message!  It was titled, “Manasseh is Watching.”  He took us back to the Old Testament and to the life of King Hezekiah.  Reminding us that little eyes are always watching and observing the choices, character and motives that we have and make in life.  He warned of hypocrisy and lack of stability in what you believe and standing firm therein.  Bro Phillip reminded us that although King Hezekiah was a godly man( 2 Kings 18;5-“He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.”), but his son grew up only to become a grief to God and a wicked king.  He pointed out some key times in Hezekiah’s life where wrong decisions were made, stands were not taken and hypocrisy raised it’s head.  All the while…..”Manasseh was Watching.”  I was very convicted that someone is always watching.  Little eyes that are learning and little lives that are being shaped today into what they will be tomorrow.  I can also be reminded  that a lost world is watching.  A lost world is looking.  A lost world is learning what Christianity and salvation are all about……just by watching….just by looking…..they may never ask a single question.  I may answer all they ever wondered by my actions.  That is a sobering thought.  I am convicted to go forward and live daily like…….  ” Manasseh is Watching.”………………………………….Thank you Bro Phillip for this message and for being a tool of God to reach hearts and lives!………………………………………………………………………….

Singin’ with soul

……………………..One thing we truly love is being at the CD table after a concert.  We love to visit with folks and hear their stories, backgrounds and experiences.  We have been blessed to make friends across this country and we treasure each of you so much!……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

CD table in the foyer after service

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Visiting at the CD table

This was a wonderful trip out east!  We were blessed with meeting many sweet friends and seeing the boundless beauty of God’s creation as it is bursting forth!  Keep posted……………………..I will just say that the next blog is something you don’t want to miss!!!:) Very exciting news!! Keep checking in!!!  Lindsay