Saturday, December 27, 2014
and on our kid table where they quickly got destroyed and devoured. : - ) I imagine there is a much better tutorial on Pinterest and You Tube.
We wish you all a joyous Jesus' birthday! and I wish I could give you all a plate of chocolate covered cherries!
I could blog a whole story about my 3 attempts to make such a simple thing, and my 3 different failures. The last failure was my failure to deliver some of them to the people they were intended for, but I had no complaints at our house about that one.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
But we did it! We cooked sausages and marshmallows over the fire Josh made, we played lots of games of Concentration/The Memory Game in the tent, and we went to the playground. We read 6 new picture books--Daniel liked the one about inventions the best--and we even slept a little! My air mattress went pancake flat, so I crawled onto Connie's foam mattress. Daniel started on a mattress and ended up on the ground. I loved the way Connie woke in the morning--with a huge smile, delighted to still be in the tent.
Another thing on the to-do list was cousin pictures and we did it! Gloria had the 3 Yarmouth Youngs dressed in orange, so our 3 big kids got into some shade of orange too and ...
He's next to Josh, Connie, Evangel, Daniel, and the inTIMidating Tim.
Friday, November 7, 2014
With great excitement and mounds of relief, we are announcing that Star of Light, the movie, is finished and available for viewing! We had a discouraging family premiere where the male part of the audience all fell asleep as it was at the end of a hectic day, and then a premiere for some of the actors which went much better, and NOW, on Saturday, the 15th of November, 2014, we're having a premiere where we're inviting the entire home-school community to a church to see the movie.
Evangel has been working on Star of Light for more than two years. She's been making movies since she was 11 and they keep getting better as she gets older and more skilled, as well as getting access to better equipment.
In watching Evangel, I've sure learned a lot about what goes into the making of a movie--blood, sweat, and tears, for sure, emphasis on the tears!
She had to write a script that's nearly as long as the book itself, and that took some time. By the time she was finished with that, she had clear ideas on what she wanted.
She had to find more than 40 actors and some animals and the right scenery. She shot scenes from Cape Town to Trompsburg, as well as one in America. There's even a shot from Zimbabwe. She had us driving all over Cape Town for an illusive fountain that never quite suited her.
Her filming days were interrupted by ministry trips with her Dad, leading to some hair problems. Hamid's hair was shiny dyed black, chalked black, German shepherd black-and-brown combo, and light brown hidden by a hood in the course of the stretched out filming.
She was thrilled with getting some of her costumes as "manna from Heaven" as she called some discarded clothes she found in the grass. Don't worry, we washed it thoroughly before it touched anyone. She also considered her little "gutter kitten" as "manna from Heaven". He came to us through the bathroom fan in a place we stayed in Riversdale. The kitten fell right out of the ceiling,
and Evangel caught it in the fan cover.
Editing has been the thing to do on trips. For months she has been editing. Clipping, choosing music that does not have copyright issues and making decisions 'til she was ready to scream. She did scream a few times, if I remember right.
It is so satisfying to see it completed!
My parents read Star of Light to me when I was a little girl, and it was probably my favourite of all the books they read us. I snagged that same battered paperback to read to our kids and of course, they loved it too. But Joshua is younger by 3 1/2 years than Timothy, so he didn't remember anything about that first reading so I decided to read it to him as a bedtime story. He was about 10, and had a little cousin Connie who was just a baby. Connie and Josh adored each other, and as we read the story, I could just picture them acting it out. I mentioned it to Evangel who took a while to get used to the idea. If you see the movie, you'll see she really caught on to the idea.
As she is saying, "TO GOD BE THE GLORY."
All are welcome to come Saturday, the 15th of November, 2014 to Medway Community Church in Plumstead, at 6:30 for a prompt 6:45 start to Star of Light, the movie.
To see the advertisisement, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1Nbbu7n5No
Friday, October 3, 2014
This is some good merry-heart medicine for anyone who needs it.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
11 Years ago today Cherish Faith Young arrived to delight her whole family, and all the friends of the family. She was most beloved little person. I hope everyone enjoys just seeing her sweet face again.
|Not too happy about something, but still adorable.|
|A little person in a crowd of bigger people-at Josh's 5th birthday.|
|CD hair ornaments, Cherish made us all laugh. Her cousin Gloria loved her.|
We're thankful for our little cutie. She's having a great day in Heaven. We're missing her, but love the happy memories.
It's amazing to me how great of an influence her short life had.
She, being dead, yet speaketh!
Thursday, September 25, 2014
- Adaptability--making do with what we've got.
And those 3 principles are along with the usual concerns for healthy and delicious.
Occasionally we have to eat a cat fresh from the fridge. They are best when very fresh. :-) OK, I'm just kidding. We made friends with this cutie who we nicknamed Ricebowl because he was a like a rice Christian, just friends for the food he could get out of us. But we enjoyed his curiosity. He had to know what was in the little fridge. "So...
"So whether therefore ye eat or drink, do all to the glory of God."
1 Corinthians 10:31
"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?"Matthew 6:25.
I don't know too many people who travel as much as we do, but I'd love to hear others' ideas for eating on the trot around the globe.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
You can see it at
http://youtu.be/mhjlfVAP8Bw and it's less than a
minute long, but has a very earth-friendly message. We'd love to hear what you think, unless it's not nice, then you can just keep it to yourself.