I want to second what Charmion said about family. I explained to my girls when we arrived that it would be JUST like a family reunion (for better or worse!), only you haven't met 'em yet. Long-lost family you've only seen pictures and heard stories about! And, they certainly felt that way.
I also want to second Ranger1's thoughts on singing. Tammy, a few short years ago, I was in your boots. And, at one point so was Janie. Now they can't shut us up. It don't mean I'm all that good, just that the joy of making music cannot be held in, and I know that it's beautiful when done with the right spirit no matter what.
To people who've been brave enough to find our voices, it's the Getaway that give us the courage to keep it up. El Greko, you will never what a gift you gave by opening the door to the Byzantine hymn sing, and allowing a musical novice like me to stretch my brain and my voice. I'm not sure I want to see or hear a recording of that performance, but it felt so good to TRY to do it well, and to sing with you. You are a gifted teacher and an inspiration. Thank you.