We started this morning by visiting Richmond Primary school one more time, dancing one last dancing and inviting them one last time to the last night of Holiday Bible Club. After that we went on a little road trip...
To the coast! Portrush! Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge! One of my favorite places in all of Ireland! It's a very very very old rope bridge going across to an island that is so beautiful. You can see for miles across the water and in the distance the land of Scotland is visible.
It's kind of a tradition for the ballet girls to take pictures at Carrick-a-Rede, but last year we didn't get the opportunity. So this year, of course, we absolutely had to take as many pictures as possible.
I love the rope bridge. It was a perfect day for it too, even though the sunshine made it difficult to smile properly for all the pictures.
Unfortunately, we didn't get to stay long. We had to head back for tea with various people. Katie, Brianna and I had a very delicious meal with a lady named June, who had some fabulous cheesecake that we enjoyed a little too much. Elise, Mrs. Susan, and Libby had tea with Donna.
And then it was time for the last night of Holiday Bible Club. It went like normal at first, but at the very end parents came and the ballet girls performed a few pieces. Honestly, not very many people were paying much attention, but some people were, and that was all we needed. Even if just one person is touched, it's enough.
After most of the festivities had ended, Mr. Paul had us Americans sing as well. None of us know why -- only Elise and Mrs. Susan have real singing talent. But we got up there and sang Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, and everyone was polite enough to applaud and tell us it was pretty even though it wasn't.
It was kind of rough, because we all knew it was the last night and we all had to say goodbye. More than a few tears were shed, and many, many photographs were taken. But as Katie, Nils, and I said...
"Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting." -- Peter Pan.
Tomorrow we'll have a bit of a rest before heading over to Kilmore to do another week of Holiday Clubs. It's sad to leave old friends, but it'll but fun to make new ones. And this isn't the end at all...
PS. It was my birthday today. It was awesome.
What you can pray for: Pray for all the people here in Ballygawley. They're all very dear to us. Pray also for continued health: Libby might be coming down with something and the rest of us are bound to follow in her footsteps. And pray for the coming week and the people we'll be meeting and working with. Thank you for all your prayers!