Today started off very early. Last night we arrived in Wichita, Kansas, and got to sleep around 3 A.M. We had to wake up less than three hours later, just before 6 A.M., to get to the venue to set up for a 9 A.M. show. The good news is that from what I can see, we shouldn't have to do that again, as there are no early A.M. shows left on the schedule.
We arrived at Word of Life church in Wichita. Our assistant from the church, Dave, was a gigantic help in getting everything inside. Now, as early as this was, it was sort of a blessing in disguise- the heat today was forecasted to reach more than 100 degrees!
The stage at Word of Life was HUGE! We can totally make the show work in just about any space, but it's always nice to have lots of space and to be able to decide what goes where. As a result, our backstage area also ended up being larger than usual. That's a good thing!
So, the show began to a fun crowd. Word of Life has multiple campuses and what they did today was to bus folks in to this location for the show. We really had fun and the response was great. Afterwards, Dave helped again and we were able to load up without much difficulty. At this point, the heat was beginning to increase outside! We really hope we can come back soon for a return visit because these folks were awesome.
So- it was now still before lunch time and we had the rest of the day to relax! We're staying a second night in Wichita because tomorrow's show in Oklahoma isn't a crazy drive. So, we actually got to take it easy! Lunch was at our favorite place- Chipotle! Faith is still keeping her accurate records of where we eat. Chipotle is now up to three for the trip.
The only other thing that HAD to happen today was laundry. We've needed to get some laundry done for a while and that can be a challenge on the road while running from state to state, so usually we do it overnight at the hotel's coin laundry while we're sleeping. The problem is, the last three hotels haven't had guest laundry facilities! So, these last couple of days, we've been doing the road traveler thing and trying to be very creative as to what clean clothes we had remaining (and it probably has looked like our sense of fashion was a bit off). Today, Paula and the two older kids took all of our laundry to "The Lost Sock"- is that not the greatest name ever for a laundromat?
While they were gone, I took Silas, Lydia, and Eli down to the hotel pool. It was awesome to just sit by the pool and not have to be concerned with the time! We honestly haven't had many opportunities like this- we have usually been heading to a show, or seeing a local landmark- and even then, we have to watch the time because we still have to make it to a show or get on the road to the next state. Today was just what we needed!
Dinner consisted of Knolla's pizza, a Wichita favorite. It's really good- I would highly recommend it if you're out this way. No driving tonight- we're staying right here in Wichita (YES!). Lydia's already snoring away, and everyone else isn't far behind: