Well I hope you all had a good laugh over my horrible photo Stuart put up last night. :) I was mortified!! Anyway, that photo was a silly one he took as part of a photo shoot we did yesterday morning, trying to get a nice headshot of me for the audition. This is the one we actually used!
A quick update on today.......... Overall, I'm really happy with how it went. It was an experience beyond my wildest dreams, just getting asked to audition was a buzz! I sang for the Musical Director and the Head Choreographer of Mary Poppins and it was a thrill to meet them and sing for them! They were lovely people which was a relief. :) My song Mister Snow went well, and then I had to do some scales up to the top C - a challenge for me because that's the very top of my register, but thankfully I hit the note clearly. And they were my two prayers - that I would sing Mister Snow well, and hit the C. God didn't let me down! He is so faithful. They then asked about how iconic Mary Poppins is in Maryborough - they wanted to know about our festival here and everything, and I think they found it rather amusing! They seemed happy with my singing and said "Well, that's all we need Saminda, thank you". And that was it. No tap dancing. After all my hard work! Dance is apparently the next round........ and I'm imagining I probably won't go any further. The talent there today was outstanding, and it felt sort-of final when I left the building. I feel privileged to have even been counted among those other girls. And I feel inspired to keep working, keep singing and dancing as much as humanly possible! I honestly haven't kept up my vocal training the way I should be these past few years, even at home, and that's about to change. :)
But do you know what? In spite of all the excitement, and the coffees on the road, and the big city and all the opportunities in that 'other' life........... I am really genuinely happy to be home. I have missed my family so so much this week. I missed William's snuggles, the feel of his hair, his kisses and the way he needs me. I've missed just sitting on my verandah and relaxing! I've missed the busy chatter of my children and the comfort of being near my husband. It's holidays and so far all I've done is prepare for an audition! I have loved coming home today to a family who is proud of me, and who have welcomed me home again to this beautiful place.
I prayed that God would be the decision-maker in this audition process. I didn't want that part, or even to go any further, if it wasn't His will for me.
"...For i know the plans i have for you," declares the lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future". Jeremiah 29:11-14
And I trusted that verse completely. If He wants me home, here, and not in Melbourne - I am more than happy to be here. Today was great. Overwhelming, exciting and brutally challenging, but wonderful. :) Thanks so much everyone for all your support and prayers and encouragement!