I have been away from the message board for a while (busy with work). I just found your beautiful message and prayer for us. You know something, you really are amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing! Look at all the lives you have touched this year and all the hearts that have softened because you set such a wonderful example on AI and the people who have grown closer to God because of your closeness to him. This time last year, I had no idea you existed. I never even watched AI before this season. I accidentally tuned in the night of your audition and I knew when I heard your voice and watched your demeanor that I HAD to watch this season. I had to see and hear more of you. With each week that passed, you no longer seemed like a stranger but more like an old friend who was competing in the singing contest. It was a phenomenon (the Melinda Phenomenon) I simply cannot explain. You had total strangers all over the world pulling for you and voting like mad to keep you in the competition each week.
I somehow stumbled on the AI Message Forum and the rest is history. I've made all sorts of wonderful new friends thanks to you! Melinda, you are truly one in a million. God surely must have broken the mold when he created you. Thank you for all that you did and all the lessons you taught us and for coming into our lives and giving us the pleasure of knowing someone as wonderful, sweet, polite, genuine and God-fearing as you are!
I wish you MUCH SUCCESS in your career and MUCH HAPPINESS in your life!
P.S. Someday, we are going to go for that ride in my '66 Eldorado. Hey, I DREAM BIG too!