4:27 p.m.
With Alvin pursuing other errands, CeCe’s assistant arrives to take her home. Keith and CeCe plan to meet back at the studio later in the evening for a writing session. Don’t be surprised to see another Winans debut in the album credits: CeCe’s 18-year-old son, Alvin Jr., who is a college freshman with music on his mind, has also been contributing to the writing and sonic ideas.

5:30 p.m.
Back at home, CeCe continues to return calls. She’s trying to track down a teenage girl from her church whose life is coming apart with a series of family problems and bad choices. She doesn’t reach her, but she’ll keep trying. Then a call comes in that makes her day: Another girl from the church phones to report on her encouraging grades from school. CeCe beams as she praises the girl’s success. When she hangs up, she observes, “I’m not sure just what I’m supposed to do, but I feel like the Lord may be moving me toward some kind of ministry to teenage girls. The pressures and dangers are just unreal.” It’s apparent that, at least on an informal basis, the ministry is well underway.

5:48 p.m.
Ashley comes down from her bedroom for a quick mother-and-daughter photo before heading out to church. Describing Ashley’s aspirations for a career in acting, the concerned mom admits with a mischievous look, “I just don’t want to see this one end up on ‘MAD-TV.’” They laugh.

5:55 p.m.
Alvin arrives from his marathon errand-running. Unless he is hungry, CeCe announces that the kitchen is closed. After a little time to repack, it’s back to the studio and that midnight ride to Texas.

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