On Friday, Brooke and I drove to Columbus Ohio. We had a nice dinner at Applebee’s, then crashed out in our cheap motel. Saturday brought a temperature of 24 with a wind chill of 13. It was cold… and we stood outside the Schottenstein for 2 1/2 hours, waiting in line for good seats to see the Winter Jam artists. It was a bonding experience as we were huddled together under a blanket, but it was soooo worth it! We ended up with 10th row seats, so we had an awesome view. We saw Stephanie Smith, Pure NRG, Francesca Battistelli, NewSong, Barlow Girls, Brandon Heath and TobyMac. It was an amazing time, and over 2000 people dedicated their lives to Christ. Brooke and I are sponsoring a little boy from Korea, through Holt International. We were on our feet dancing the whole time, it was so much fun!!
When it was over, we made our way around the concourse, and Brooke got Francesca and Stephanies’ autograph, and we even took a pic with Stephanie. We also bought Francesca’s CD, and it plays continuously in the car now.
We needed to be back by 3 am, as we had signed up for an hour of prayer at the church, so I took it slow coming home. Brooke was able to sleep a little bit too. We still got to church about an hour early, so we just went in and waited for our turn.
It was our first time in the Prayer Room, and it was amazing. There’s a large wooden cross on the end wall, and pillows on the floor in front of it. There are chairs and benches too, but I sat on the floor, right in front of the cross. Brooke sat in the corner to my left.
The hour flew by. It really seemed like it had been 10 minutes, but I could tell because my voice was hoarse from talking. It was a wonderful experience, and it was just richer to share it with Brooke. I can hardly wait to do it again.