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I’m back! Well, sort of. Laudate Mennonite Ensemble 2016 is finished (*sniff*), so I have relocated from Lancaster, PA to an island off the coast of New Jersey (visiting some relatives for a week). There are just so many interesting places to go in this world, and I’m discovering that I enjoy traveling…and even navigating!
So I have internet now, and I’m trying to get caught up on everything that’s been going on while I was singing my little heart out last week. And…drumroll…I’m editing a hard copy of my cookbook!! Now don’t get too excited just yet. This copy has no pictures (well, only a few for example purposes), no forward, no extra baking tips sections (’cause they’re not written yet…), no pretty cover, and the wrong binding. What it does have is 400ish recipes for me to proofread. So that’s what I’ve been doing and will continue to do until I drive over to Holmes County next week to meet with my designer in person. I’m just a teensy bit excited about that. 😉
Sometime within the next few weeks I intend to give you a window into what Laudate Mennonite Ensemble was like, but for now, suffice it to say that I had an incredible time, learned so much, was very blessed, and made some great new friends. If you want to see videos from some of our concerts, check out the LME Facebook page here. Our last program was livestreamed, but the video is going to be taken down soon so if you want to watch it, do hurry (and wear headphones – the video is kind of quiet). If you’d like to preorder our CD that will be released sometime this fall/winter, email Cliff and Trina Stoltzfus at [email protected]. Click here to check out the website, see previous recordings, and read our bio sections.
Other news: the video from the Rivertree and Friends choral festival I participated in earlier this summer is now available on YouTube! Click here to check it out. We were the southeast premiere of Dan Forrest’s new setting of “Jubilate Deo”, done in 7 different languages with unique instrumentation for each culture to represent the whole earth praising God. It was some amazing music and an amazing experience to participate in!
In case you were wondering, my cookbook is going to be hardcover with a metal twin-loop spiral binding. That’s the plan at this point, anyway. Could be subject to change due to my inexperience in such matters. 😛 I want this book to be durable, easy to use, and good-looking.
I’m hoping to have the book proofread by the time I talk with my designer next Wednesday. She can work on the complete design then, and hopefully the book will be available for preorder on my website sometime next month!
Au revoir…I’d love to chat more about so many things, but duty calls. There will be time for pontificating later. After the proofreading is done.