Originally Posted On 12-03-08
The Christmas Season is upon us (and in Michigan, so too, are mounds of snow!).
It seriously seems like just yesterday that I found myself in flip-flops and tee-shirts, enjoying the rays of sun beaming on my face and hitting the volleyball over the net (or at least making my best attempt at it).
But now - Now I find myself in a button-up light blue long-sleeve shirt with a wrap around sweater secured at the waist-line, boots up to my knees, my jeans then overlapping the boots, ice glazing my windshield and snow still dumping itself from the nimbostratus clouds.
It also seems like just yesterday we were inviting you to commit to start> Becoming a Good Samaritan. But as I reflect on this month's update, I'm blown away with all that been accomplished in such a very little time!
With a lot of hard work and dedication behind us, and a lot more ahead, let's move along with the start> Becoming a Good Samaritan update:
The Present of the Present
Only a few days shy of Thanksgiving we made our way down to Wilmore, Kentucky where we found ourselves welcomed with open arms by author, Matthew Sleeth and his lovely wife, Nancy.
To make the most of the daylight hours we filmed Matthew's outside B-Roll (hanging laundry, filling up his compost pile and gardening - it is to note that carrots are a bit small during this time of year. I found myself quite intrigued by the adorable little orange nuggets that Matthew wrestled out of the ground).
That evening Nancy fixed us an amazing plate of lasagna (the meat from a near-by farm), home-made bread, and carrots (right from their garden!). Matthew instigated the rest of the evening's course by lighting up the fireplace and guiding the record player's arm and needle so as to write Van Morrison across our ears.
I snuggled myself right next to the fire, nearly setting the back of my shirt ablaze. With no electronics to disrupt our fellowship and with the true hospitable nature of both Matthew and Nancy, I found myself in a place I hadn't been in for a while - I was fully in the present - and what a beautiful place to be!
We arose early the next morning and spent our day filming Matthew as he taught on Session 5: The Environment - Stewardship of God's Creation. We filmed most of the session in his living room and then made our way throughout the house showing different ways in which individuals can start> Becoming a Good Samaritan.
A blessing, a joy, a life-changing experience,
Kaylee, Project Manager