Thursday, September 29, 2011

We don't know what we don't know - Part I and am I glad!

I am so glad that I had no idea what this project would entail when we first had the idea in early June. I confess if I had known then all I know now, I'm certain I would have been too scared to try it. I wouldn't recommend going in with your eyes wide shut, but I think that's often how things end up. We plan, we organize, and we imagine how it will be, and then everything turns out differently. That's what happened with this project.

When we first had the idea, we spent several weeks praying about it, so we didn't contact anyone until end of June. At the time, we thought the due date was November 30. Silly us. Our first interviews were the first weekend in July.  We found out a month later that our due was October 31, or so we thought. Then last week, we realized our true due date is tomorrow. 

We didn't even get our editing software until late July. Our frugal children wanted to spend their money on the newest edition of Final Cut Pro, and we heard FCP X would soon be out, so we waited. FCP X is a dud and a giant step back in editing software, which is an unusual event for Apple. By that time, Apple had stopped making FCP 7, the previous version. You could find it used, but the resale community now had a much desired commodity, so the price of a used FCP 7 doubled over original retail price. Through some patient searching, we were able to find a used version of FCP 7 for its original new retail price. Finally, we're going to have editing software! We can begin post production. Everything's going to be smooth sailing now...

Then, on my 50th birthday, we got that looonnngg awaited phone call. We have tried to sell our house every year for the last 3 years. We'd had over 70 showings, and nary an offer. But on my 50th birthday, we got an offer on our home. We were thrilled to be able to sell, but... so much for smooth sailing. Our buyers wanted to close in a month, so now we had to divide and conquer. Randy always handles the paperwork aspect of the move. I'm usually the packer and organizer. Caleb and Lisa are usually my helpers, but this time, they had their own To Do list: begin cataloging about 30 hours of interview clips and B-roll film. 

Tomorrow... the rest of the story.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Can we talk?

 OK. I confess, there's so much I've wanted to write about, but no time because of trying to finish Grafted. This day started miserably: I was physically tired, staying up late, getting up early, not sleeping well in between. In our recent wildfire adventure, a dear friend asked how I was sleeping. "Like a baby," I replied and I really was. Now I go to sleep thinking about Grafted and wake up right where I left off, usually at dark:30 in the morning. Waking up sleepy usually makes this girl grumpy, and today was no exception. After sharing my grumpies for breakfast, Lisa and I started working, while Randy and Caleb went to the Apple store for a One-to-One appointment, hoping to solve a particular film issue we're having.

When we went to church yesterday morning, we thought we had just one more section and some B-roll (the footage that overlays the speaker and adds visual interest to the film). People asked us if we thought we could finish; to which we replied, "If the Lord allows us to keep up this pace." We watched the film last night; I think we were all assuming we'd all be pleased. Not so much.

Today, we awoke with a LONG list of repairs, as well as the plan to completely rework at least 1-3 sections. ACK! That's why today started so miserably. But wait! There's more! Nothing was working; creative juices were not flowing, one computer went on strike and our film software stopped importing pictures properly. All this after a quiet time! What's a girl to do? We stopped to pray again (and again later), about the software issue, and it finally finished importing the photo, but only by the long way. So we got back to work, but still those creative juices were flowing like syrup in January-- in Alaska, because it will probably still be summer here in Texas next January.

Would you like a little whine with your dinner? It's probably a good thing you can't hear my voice. This has been much harder than we anticipated, more involved than we could imagine, more technically demanding, and more draining on the brain.

I confess, I debated over writing this post. My attitude today has not been honoring to God, and I don't want to glorify sin in any fashion. But the sin is not the end of the story. It never is, when you're a child of God.
But, God ...  Pastor Voddie says that's one of his favorite phrases in the Bible, and I'm inclined to agree with him. So here's the way we finished that sentence today: But God always provides, and today is no exception.

The highlight of today was listening to one of Pastor David's clips, one that was completely new to me. How I didn't hear it when I was sitting in that study interviewing him, I will never know. But tonight, I heard that clip for the first time. It was exactly the encouragement we all needed. He was talking to prospective adoptive parents in the clip, but tonight, he was talking to a family who needed the encouragement. I wish I was technically capable of figuring out how to upload clips to this blog, but I haven't figured it out yet, and I won't have time until next week. So I'm afraid you'll have to wait, but we plan to post some of the clips that have kept us going through this project. You don't have to be an adoptive parent to be encouraged by his words.

Honestly, it has been an amazing privilege to travel with these families on their adoption journeys; we have learned so much. We have laughed and cried and everything in between. We have learned deep lessons about the love and faithfulness of God and the sufficiency of Scripture.  Our primary goal has always been to glorify God, but in doing that, we desire to be honoring to these families: to tell their stories faithfully, to share their triumphs and their cloudy days, and ultimately their victory in Christ. We pray that we will accomplish these goals with Grafted.

Thank you for your prayers.

Friday, September 23, 2011

God is good... still

Just wanted to share what was my morning reading this morning from my Bible reading plan:

2"Behold, God is my salvation;
   I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song,
   and he has become my salvation."

 3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4 And you will say in that day:

    "Give thanks to the LORD,
   call upon his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples,
   proclaim that his name is exalted.

 5 "Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously;
   let this be made known in all the earth.
6Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
   for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel."

He comforts us with His Word and with His people. Thank you to all who have told us you are praying, as well as those who are helping at the last minute. We really appreciate your prayers, your encouraging words, and your help. 

Things are progressing, faster than before, so we continue to press forward.

God is good, all the time. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

September 30...

Yes, our film is due September 30. That's 8 days. It is only His grace that allowed us to find out so we could try to finish Grafted on time.

We desperately need your prayers:
1) To edit in a timely fashion.
2) To be able to add the music. It wasn't bad enough that all our issues put us 2 weeks behind; now we're WAY behind. Please pray for Richard Rector; he has been working so hard on this score and his music is beautiful. But, it's not finished. So this would be God working for this to be completed.
3) To work more efficiently than we currently have been.
4) To be able to work on less sleep and still maintain our Christian character (none of us does really well on little sleep).
5) That this film glorify God. If it doesn't do that, it's not worth doing.
6) To do all those little things that need to be done that we haven't even thought of yet.

We'll try to keep you updated, but the posts will be short. Thank you in advance for your prayers.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gulp! When exactly is our film due?

When I started this post, we wanted to ask you to pray for us to finish by the 10/31 deadline for entering this film into the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival (SAICFF). In the process of writing the post, I added the link to the film festival site. While I was checking that the link worked, I also re-read the entry rules, which state feature films are due 10/31, but ALL other films are due 9/30. Since Grafted, a documentary, will be longer than the required 80 minutes, we assumed it would meet the criteria for "feature film". However, now we're not sure if we've misunderstood the rule. Hence the GULP! Then the need to change the post to say we need prayer even more than we knew.

SO... at least one (or more) of us is a little freaked out that our deadline may have just moved up by 31 days, a deadline we do not see any way we can meet. We have called and sent an e-mail to SAICFF and we're waiting for an answer to when our film is actually due.

During the making of this film, there have been so many hindrances beyond our control: our house sold, after being on the market for 3 years in a row, with never an offer, our house sold. As we got ready to move to a rental house for 6-12 months, we found that there weren't any available as soon as we needed one. So we bought a house in less time than we could rent one; go figure. After we moved here, our power has gone out not once, not twice, but three times, if you don't count the time the power was turned off because of the wildfires. Then that would be four times. Did I mention we were out of our home for 9 days because of those wildfires? We were, however, able to get some work done during the evacuation, because of the generosity of our friends. I confess, I was more at peace waiting to find out if I still had a home than I am waiting to find out this deadline. Why is it that I have trouble remembering that the same God who controlled the wildfires and the safety of our home controls the destiny of Grafted?

We have believed that this is a project worthy of making, and we still do. Adoption is a godly endeavor and we would like to encourage others to be part of adoption whether through being an adoptive family, or praying, giving to or encouraging an adoptive family. We also hope that as believers, we will be encouraged by better understanding our own adoption in Christ. We have known all along that without His enabling us to complete Grafted, we would not be able to do it on our own. We don't have the skills or the expertise; we've been learning everything as we go.

Throughout this project, we have been praying for God's wisdom and grace. God is sovereign over all things and may have plans other than the ones we have made. Please pray for our peace as we work hard to find ways to speed up the process while trying to keep the quality consistent. And pray that we want God's will more than our own.

Now, we get to see if we really believe that it is God who is in control of this film's destiny and if we will be content with His choice.

Thank you for your prayers.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Introducing: The Loyds

Our fourth family is a wonderful young family who also has a mix of biological and adopted children. They are the Loyds: Dr. Josh and Janiece, Aiden, Isaac, Rishona, Nathan, Malachi, and Michaela. Josh is an ER physician and works at various local hospitals, while Janiece has a more than full-time job being a wife, mother and home school mom to 6 young children. In addition to their their own family, Josh's sister-in-law, Becky, and her three children are staying with them while Josh's brother, Jacob, is deployed in Afghanistan. Did I mention that Becky will soon give birth to their fourth child?

Josh and Janiece have quite a story of God's providence in their adoption. I don't want to give away all the details, but I will say they had to fly to Vietnam from Dallas instead of Houston, because their scheduled travel date happened to coincide with Hurricane Ike. When they adopted Nathan, they already had three biological children. Aiden and Isaac went with Dad and Mom to bring Nathan home, while Rishona stayed with family.

Another facet of their story is that, even before they were married, Josh and Janiece had discussed and decided they wanted to adopt children. They always knew that there is no difference between children who come into the home through the womb, and children who come into the home through adoption. Since their adoption of Nathan, their family has grown again twice through birth: first with Malachi, and then with Michaela.

Here are some pictures of the Loyds, shortly after their adoption:

Janiece and Nathan in the airplane home.
The whole family (then) reunited back in the States.

Here are some photos of their family now:

Josh and Janiece tell their story.

Family game time.

More family time.
 We spent the day filming at their home, including family worship time. It looks a little different in every home as the fathers tailor the worship time to the ages and capabilities of their growing families. We also filmed at a local Chick-Fil-A®, courtesy of the manager, which was a lot of fun. Thank you, Loyd family for hosting us in your home for the day!

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Beach Life:

The third family we were blessed to interview is the Beaches: Chris, Amy, Ethan, Hannah, Ben, and Ellie. While the Fryes had the shortest adoption, the Beaches had the longest: four years. Their faithfulness throughout the journey, despite the various hardships (and they had several along the way), was an inspiration to those around them. Usually around Chris and Amy, you will spend most of the time in laughter; their family is very funny. However, their interview is a different story. It is so touching and emotional as they share the ups and downs, culminating in the homecoming of sweet Ellie in May of 2010. It is so precious to hear how the whole family, especially the children, was willing to make personal sacrifices to prepare a place for their then unknown sister from China.

We were blessed to be at the airport when they arrived, and it was a beautiful sight to see the whole Beach family united for the first time, as the three American-born Beach children met their Chinese born sister and welcomed their parents back home. If you've never been to a homecoming of a child, I highly recommend it. You will bless and encourage the family, and you will share in an unforgettable memory.

The Beach family together at last (plus a little boy with a yellow sign)
The Beaches have a family blog at The Beach Life. In the mean time, here are some behind the scenes photos:

 Hannah, Ben and Ethan being interviewed.

 Ellie, the big girl, getting her own water.

Amy and Chris during the interview.

Ellie has a variety of faces she can demonstrate for you.

Ethan Beach is also interested in film making, so you'll usually find him behind the camera instead of in front of it. His brother and sisters are his usual film crew and actors, but he's also been known to invite others to join their productions. 

Here is Ellie in costume:

And Ellie in Ben's costume

While we were at the Beaches, we were also in the middle of selling our home. We got a phone call at 5 pm for a showing at 6:30. I (Pat) left to prepare the house while the rest of the family and John Urback stayed to finish B-roll filming. Amy also insisted on feeding us. Since I wasn't there for dinner, she actually sent dinner for me home with my family. We invade their home for a day and completely disrupt their schedule and they feed us. We really do have a very hospitable church. Thank you Beaches, for a great day at your home!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Finally, Meet the Fryes:

They are: Erin (yes, that's the correct spelling of the father's name), Emily, Lizzie, Mary, Charlotte (aka "Charlie"), Tom, Henry, Alice Faith, and baby on the way. Erin is one of our deacons, and he and his whole family are such a blessing to our church. They are one of the most hospitable families you will ever meet. If you drop by their home near dinner time, you might get an invitation; not recommending it, just saying it's been known to happen. 

They have one of the fastest adoptions I've ever heard of-- five months from start to finish. They brought sweet Alice Faith home from Ukraine January, 2011. They demonstrated their love for Alice by taking not one but TWO trips to Ukraine in the middle of winter. Who goes to the Ukraine in the dead of winter? People who passionately love their Ukrainian-born daughter who is waiting there for her parents. 

Shortly after Erin and Emily arrived home with Alice, Emily began to feel really tired. At first, she put it down to having a baby in the house again. Then, with some other tell-tale signs, Emily knew that they would soon be blessed with another child. The baby is due around Thanksgiving time. Can't wait to meet Baby Frye. Don't know if it's a boy or girl; Erin and Emily want to wait to find out, so we wait too. 

You'll want to catch up with their whole story here. Here are some pictures:

Dinner time at the Fryes

Family worship

Before I close, I have to include a story about Tom. Yesterday, we stopped by the Fryes to pick something up and visited for a short while. Caleb went with Tom to build with Legos. As they were building, Tom showed Caleb a cross he had created out of Legos. He then put the cross on the airplane he was flying, telling Caleb, "I like to put the cross on my plane, because it reminds me of God while I'm playing." That's Tom. But Tom is also the one who wanted to make sure he made it to our "blooper" reel. Don't worry, Tom, you made it. 

P.S. This was the post that was 90% written prior to our temporary relocation, but I just had to let you know that the Fryes called within minutes of our evacuation to offer a place to stay. Keep in mind that their house is wonderfully full now with the blessings that God has given them and they were still willing to find room for 4 more. I told you they were hospitable. 

Friday, September 16, 2011


Praise God! Our home and our land are completely intact. We are so thankful for all He has done since this began on Sept. 5. He has given us perfect peace as we waited for news. We were blessed by the generosity of our friends; our children said they did not even feel displaced because they felt so comfortable in our friends' homes.We also had  friends and family who prayed for us, checked on us, and provided meals for us. We cannot begin to thank you enough. 

We also need to say thank you to all the local firefighters, police officers, local officials, and all the volunteers who worked so hard during this time, often with very little sleep (i.e. 2-3 hrs/ night). According to county officials, 98% of the fire fighters were volunteers. 

Driving around our area, the devastation is beyond description. Homes that were busy with activity 2 weeks ago were melted by the fire, while another house stands next door as if nothing had happened. We cannot understand why one house was saved, but another lost in the fire. Brick homes and mobile homes alike were destroyed. Trees were charred and the ground blackened with soot. Some trees were completely stripped of branches and bark and only the trunk was left, but others were brown from the drought. Still other trees were completely untouched.

Here are some photos:

Burned tree right next to living trees.

Devastation from the fire

An interesting casualty... (It's a mailbox)
Here's another:

Green... right next to charred trees.

Brick home...

Mobile home...
God alone is our security. (Not that brick isn't smart, just not fireproof.)
We are praying for the families who were affected by the fires.

This may seem like a depressing post, but it is not meant to be. At times like this, our family takes comfort in the sovereignty, loving kindness, and providence of God. This time, in God's providence, our home was untouched; however, even when we did not know the outcome, He gave us the grace to trust that He knew best. If we had not gone through this experience, we would not have the blessing of this peace that passes all understanding. There is so much for which to be grateful: our family was safe and together from the very beginning, we always had food and clothing, and we were surrounded by beloved friends and family. Most importantly, God gave us the grace to trust Him throughout this time.

Friday, September 9, 2011

God is good... all the time

Yesterday, I caught you up on why we hadn’t been blogging much. Today, I wanted to add a little more of the story. People have been checking on us and offering help throughout this time, and we are grateful. We have been so blessed by God’s provision through our church, but even more through the things we are learning through this experience. 
Just for the record, some things that were easily accessible that I wish I had taken when we evacuated: Social Security cards, and our paper work from the recent home closing since we had no other proof that we owned our home. 
Every week, our church prays for the different families in our local body. We pray for 5 families a week, going through our membership roll alphabetically. Guess who's on the prayer list this week? Not too hard to guess. Sad thing is I wasn’t even thinking about that until we had 2 families come to bring lunch yesterday. After they left, I found a church bulletin, presumably from one of the cars, on the grass. No wonder there has been a peace that's passed all understanding. Praise God for His providential hand in our lives that guides every step we take. 
Wednesday, as my husband and I were driving for the second time trying to get back home, I was reading out loud from Ecclesiastes 7:14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him. Even this apparent day of adversity was made and ordained by Him; another demonstration of His everlasting loving kindness. 
One last lesson for us: one of the reasons we moved to the country was for safety reasons. In our heads, we knew that our security and provision is in God alone; now we are getting to experience these truths in real life. What an awesome God we serve.
P.S. Still no news on our home, and we will be out for at least another 48 hours . 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

We interrupt this blog to bring you Breaking News:

WARNING: This is a long post, written by a woman apparently in need of talking even more about the events of the last few days....
Well, on Monday, September 5, you should have been reading about our dear friends, the Fryes. In fact, I had the post 90% written, when my husband asked me to go with him on an errand. As we left the house, we noticed some dark clouds, which we soon realized were actually plumes of smoke from some kind of fire. Being newly transplanted city folk, we assumed it was a house fire, which would soon be taken care of by our local fire department. The fire looked at least 10 miles away, so we assumed everything was okay for us to go. 
As we went into the grocery store, our last stop, we  looked over our shoulder and saw huge billows of smoke, northeast of the store, but far south east of our home. It certainly looked bad, but it still didn't look like anything that would affect our land. We called our children to let them know we would be later than expected, since the road to our home was now closed because of the fire. They had been at home, blissfully unaware of the growing inferno a few miles away. 
As I finished cooking dinner, my husband, who had been watching the growing cloud of smoke, said we should get ready to evacuate. I confess, the smoke looked so far away, I couldn't imagine us needing to leave. He said there was enough time to eat dinner, then we needed to pack. I actually washed my dishes, put them in the dishwasher, then started it, so the dishes would be clean when I got home in a couple of hours. What was I thinking?
We began to pack, asking, “What do you take when you're leaving your home, possibly for the last time?” Honestly, I continued to think we were completely safe, and this was just a precaution; nevertheless, I tried to gather those things which were irreplaceable, necessary, or had great personal value: Bibles, some clothes, toiletries, medications, computers & hard drives (the info on them was irreplaceable, because Grafted, family photos, AND all my husband's work files are on them), and a few other things. 
Randy was wondering how we would know if there was an official evacuation and we soon found out. Soon, a sheriff pulled up with lights flashing and sirens blaring; apparently, that's how it happens in our small town. We continued to pack our car, and within 10 minutes another sheriff's car came up our driveway to let us know about the evacuation. We left just a few minutes later, not even bothering to look over our shoulder at our home. 
The Urbacks graciously opened their home, put us up, and fed us. We assumed we'd return home in the morning, as soon as we got the all-clear. Tuesday morning, growing fires and extended evacuations were reported, but some people were allowed to return home. There were no fires in our immediate area, so we attempted to drive home. Very polite police officers and sheriff's deputies stopped us at every road. So, back to our friends home for another day of their kind hospitality. 
On Wednesday, the news got even worse. By Wednesday, thousands of acres had been burned. Structures had been lost, and worse, there had been loss of life. Also, the fire was moving even northwest, so we still couldn’t get home. However, God, in His wonderful providence had already provided for us. A vacationing family offered us the use of their home while they were away. Thank you for your hospitality!

We haven't yet answered your question yet, have we? Well, believe me, I would if I could. The truth is, we don't know if our house has been touched by the fire or not. As of Wednesday morning, we have a report that everything was fine, but that was shortly before the fires began to get worse in that area. We'll let you know as soon as we do. In the mean time, we would definitely appreciate your prayers for the protection of our home, but more importantly, that we will glorify Him, whatever the outcome. 
Tomorrow, Lord willing, I’ll update our situation, and share some of the many blessings we’ve had as well as the lessons we’ve learned and are learning through this.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Home From Russia with Love...

Have you ever heard of Archangel'sk, Russia? Well, neither had we until we met 2 beautiful children who were living there when their parents, sister, and brother came to bring them home.

Meet the Shiflets: Pastor David, Gina, Emily, J. Michael, Andrew, Kathlena, Calvin, and baby Isabella. Pastor David helped plant and now is one of the pastors at what has now become our "sister church." He and Gina were blessed with Emily and J. Michael. Then, they wanted to grow their family through adoption. So Andrew and Kathlena came home in 2008. A few months after they came home, David and Gina found out they were expecting another blessing. Calvin was born in 2009, and then Isabella was born just a few weeks ago. Gina was such a trooper during filming! She was 37 weeks pregnant in the heat one of of the hottest Texas summers on record. Thank you, Gina, for your patience. They kept an adoption blog if you want to find out more about them: Shiflet Family Adoption blog.

This past May marked a very important moment in Kathlens's life. She was 3 yrs. old when she came to her family, and this May she turned 6. This means she has now spent more time with her family than before she knew them. To commemorate the occasion, Emily, a gifted writer, wrote and printed a very special book for Kathlena:

Emily reading the book to Andrew, Kathlena, and Calvin:

They are very passionate about adoption, but more importantly God and His Word, especially how the Word is relevant to everything in life. This will be evident when you see their clips in the film. Here are some sneak peeks at the filming at the Shiflets:

Emily and J. Michael ready for their interview:

In the shop with Dad:

We finished the interview with the family with family worship (Andrew and Calvin are off to your left, facing their parents):

Thanks, Shiflets for a great day of filming at your home.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Our Wonderful and Talented Friends!

Instead of introducing everyone, we decided to introduce you to the other people working on the film today, then over the next few days, you'll meet our experts (the pastors), and all the families that are sharing their stories. Keep in mind, our experts are not just experts, they are also adoptive parents. They know what they're talking about, not only from biblical knowledge, but knowledge tested in and proven out in real life. Can't wait to share some of what we've learned, just from interviewing them!

Now to the introductions:

First, there is Richard Rector. He leads the congregation in music worship at our church. But he does so much more than that! He is married to his beautiful wife, Laura, and they have four adorable children: Ethan, Emma, Noah, and Luke. He also has a full time non-musical job AND he is a great piano teacher (we know this from experience). In addition to all this, he has agreed to compose the music for this documentary! He has an interest in composing music for movies, and is willing to let Grafted be his first film credit. We are blessed to know this family personally as well as to have him on our team. Thank you, Richard! And thank you, Laura and your children for sharing some of your husband's / father's time with us. 

Next is John Urback: aspiring film maker/ composer, blog writer, and best friend. As part of our moving crew (see yesterday's post), he is affectionately called "the camel." John has been on generous loan from his parents, Mark and Lynn Urback, to help with many aspects of the film. Caleb, Lisa, and John have been the film crew, the sound crew, the lighting crew, the make-up crew, behind the scenes crew, and whatever other crew I can't remember. 

John's most important assignment was sound: making sure the men were miked properly and listening for random house noises that would disturb the film's sound quality. It sure gets hot with all those lights and no fans; we had to turn off the fans during filming, because you can hear the whir of the fans on film. This truly has been a young film makers' effort! 

Thank you to our dear friends, the Urbacks for sharing John with us, and thank you, John, for your hard work.

As we introduce the families, we'll meet them in the order we filmed. Tomorrow, you'll meet the Shiflets: David, Gina, Emily, J. Michael, Andrew, Kathlena, Calvin, and baby Isabella (she'll be 6 weeks old tomorrow).

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Welcome to Grafted! We are the Scott family: Randy (Dad), Pat (Mom), Caleb (16) and Lisa (15--well, almost). For several months, we have been praying about, planning, and beginning the process of filming our full length documentary, GraftedAs the name implies, the film is about adoption, but more than just physical adoption. This earthly adoption mirrors what God has done for us through salvation and His adoption of us as His children. 

We started this blog to get the word out about Grafted for many reasons. Most importantly, we desire that God be glorified in all that we do, and this extends to film making. In particular, because of God’s adoption of us and His love for orphans, we believe a film about adoption can bring Him glory. So we began this journey; and named our production company Journey Pictures
We are WAY behind in getting our blog started, but a funny thing happened on our way to the filming and editing. In May, we decided to put our very suburban home on the market, hoping to move to the country where we can have a little more land, and a lot more freedom. But that process is a story for another post, and I’m getting ahead of myself. 

Well, we are now moved in (mostly) and have gotten back on the editing train. Now that we’ve finally written our first post, we hope to be more regular in our posts. First, we’ll have to catch you up on what’s been happening since we started the actual work of the film, then keep you up to date as we work to finish the project in time to enter it into the San Antonio Independent Christian Film FestivalI say “we”, but that will mostly mean “me”, Pat. Caleb and Lisa are our editors, our own personal “Mac” geniuses, or is that “creatives”? Randy, of course, has a full time job, in addition to supervising the ongoing work on the film. SO...I was unanimously nominated to be the blogger. 

In the future, we'll include stories of adoption, of our filming and editing, behind the scenes footage, and some sneak peeks at the film. Tomorrow, we'll introduce you to the other people working on the film as well as the families who'll be sharing their adoption journeys. So, follow our blog, watch the stories unfold,  and share this blog with your friends.