". . . our stories are what make the difference, and if we can tell them honestly we can hope to help each other. In the end, we have nothing to offer each other but our stories." ~ Emma Lou Thayne

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Writer's Workshop: INSPIRED

I chose writing for prompt #2: 
Write about a child you find inspiring. 
I am inspired by so many!! Especially from our own little clan! ALL of them are inspirational in their own ways and leave their positive marks in the world. Even though most of them are no longer children, they are "OUR" children... Here's a run down from our combined children in order. 
(L to R #s  5, 3, 4, 6, 2, 1)
#1) Teaches high school Math and German and is a great father and religious leader.  
#2) Works hard, great money sense, super sense of humor, mischievous, athletic, dramatic, great husband and father.  Supportive...
#3) A peacemaker, free spirit, sensitive to feelings of others. 
#4) A great artist and mother, dramatic with a fun personality. 
#5) Happy-go-lucky, responsible, hard worker, great husband and father with a great sense of humor. Supportive...
#6) Sweet spirit with a talent of bringing people together, resilient and optimistic in spite of MANY hardships she has and does endure, the best little mom I've ever known, supportive, sensitive to the feelings and needs of others,   beautiful voice and dancer.  She formed a special bond with #9 that is remarkable and a great asset to his well being.
(OLD 2004? pic... 
Hubs and I are back center... 
Kids L to R #s 8, 9, 10, 7)
#7) Independent, strong spirit, loving, talented dancer and nail tech. Gives AWESOME pedicures!! Intuitive! Sense of humor, true to herself.
#8) Featured below... Most intuitive where I am concerned. Talented throughout his being... Sensitive heart, independent, resourceful, sense of humor, true to himself... He WILL make an incredible husband and father! 
#9) Strong willed (which CAN be a positive thing...), soft heart in spite of tough facade he tries to project... leader in youth group, desires to serve his country.
#10) The most like his dad in looks and personality. Funny, patient, loving, talented, smart, good worker, intuitive, sensitive, resilient.
Now I could go into the 17 grandchildren, 
but that would take several posts. LOL!
 I wish to feature #8
In all fairness, he is no longer a CHILD... 
but he'll ALWAYS be MY CHILD! ;p 
Ben (aka "college boy" in many of my posts... and 2nd biological child to me...) is quite an inspiration to me. Here is a YOUNG MAN that dealt with a lot in his young life; moving multiple times, divorces, remarriages, integrating families on two sides, having to change/transition friends/schools multiple times due to all the moving. He was great in choir, plays, musicals... 
 He was AWESOME as Pippin! 
He experienced love and heart break. He was accepted into UofU and film studies program. He suffered a  dorm and crummy roommate, Job at KFC, changing to better job at the city library, then adding another job at the campus library archives... He found an apartment/new roommate, paying his own way for living expenses and school expenses; being wise enough to pay off as much as possible as he goes so he doesn't have a big debt over his head afterwards. He is entering his Junior year and thoroughly enjoying his major. He shows great imagination, promise and creativity. He is pursuing his dreams in a responsible, intelligent manner... Something I never had the guts or means to do... 

He has a couple of his small projects posted on his YouTube Channel

He is currently working his biggest project yet. He has a production team. They are making a short film called "War Is..." One wrote the screenplay, one will do the main part of directing, and one will be the editor. They will all help each other as needed, but they each have their main area of focus. 

War is... Description: Set in 1972 Salt Lake City, students at the University of Utah discuss contrasting views on war, including Vietnam, the seemingly endless conflict dividing the nation as they speak. As it frequently does, the blunt and opinionated discussion of war leads to hostility as the Professor encourages them to evaluate what war really is.

Tomorrow, July 1, they are having a casting call. They have set up a casting call page on facebook with all the information needed. So if you are in the area and would like to participate, go check it out!! 

ALSO, they would love to make this as good and authentic as possible; which requires more funds than they have on hand. They have also set up a fundraising page on facebook with a donation link set up through PayPal. Anything you'd be willing to contribute, small or large, would be greatly appreciated! 
   

 Sweet Air Productions - War Is... 

(A Short Film)

by Sweet Air Productions

Please help Sweet Air Productions fund their short film 

War Is... Our goal is to make a great polished short film 

that can be sent around in the film festival circuit. 

We cannot do that without your help. 

Please donate as much or as little 

as you can and we will be very grateful.


Mama’s Losin’ It
1.) Describe a memorable first date. 
2.) Write about a child you find inspiring.
3.) What do you find most challenging about blogging? 
4.) Name a pet peeve you have about how other parents raise their kids. Go on…stir the pot. 
5.) We often spend time and energy talking about people in our lives we don’t see enough of. Describe a person in your life you are in contact with often. What does he/she mean to you?
6.) If you could thank your mom for anything, what would it be? Create a video thanking her for something.
Choose one of this week's prompts and click the picture link to add your entry.



12 comments:

Avalon Cat Cartoons said...

Hi! Found you through the Follow Friday 40 and Over blog hop and am now following you on GFC. I hope you can follow back also; I'd appreciate it so much ;-) Have a lucky Friday! http://avalon-lion.blogspot.com

Garden of Egan said...

That was a great post!!!!!
You have beautiful kids! It looks like your life has been full and adventursome because of them.

Thanks for sharing.

Have a great 4th!

shah wharton said...

Fabulous post Holly. And what wonderful children (adults). If only my body could bless me so. I always thought the parenting was and is the most difficult but fulfilling job done properly, for which none of us are trained. It always baffled me why it isn't studied in school. Its okay to guess and trial and error. You have to do NVQ's to turn on a kettle in this country, yet raising a child is a given? Strange. You are clearly a mother-earth type - the fact that you are so involved with your sons life speaks volumes. Good for you!!

I'll take a look at this link you suggest too.

Shah. X

For a short story (horror/humour)http://wordsinsync.blogspot.com/2011/07/weekend-creation-blog-hop-dead-party.html

Lori said...

Wow, what great children you have and each of them has such special unique qualities. You're an awesome Mom, Holly, to have raised such an incredible family. I love reading your post!

Paula said...

Darling Girl, that is quite a handful!

Emily said...

I really liked what you did with the prompt. It just shows that if given love, respect and attention, all children can grow up to be special, aspire to greatness and turn out to be adults ready to pass on the positive cycle. Nice job!

ImSoVintage said...

Isn't it wonderful to be so blessed with unique and special children?

I found you through the Friday blog hop. I would love for you to visit me.

http://www.imsovintage.blogspot.com/

Cheeseboy said...

I had no idea you had so many honorable and talented kids. Well, I figured they'd be awesome.

They must all come from a teacher father. Let's face it, teacher dads are the best.

Valerie said...

Has your son tried http://www.kickstarter.com/ before? I have a few friends who got funding for movie projects through the site. One (my next door neighbor) raised so much money through it that it exceeded his goal. Best of luck to him with all his goals. Hope you're having a good summer.

About A Mom said...

Hi! I am a new follower from Follow Friday hop! So glad I found your blog! It appears you have many reasons to be a proud mom! Please stop by http://aboutamom.com to say hi & return follow! :)

GSS said...

Hi, love your blog, it's amazing. I am a new follower from the Hop, I hope you will have a chance to check my blog back and follow too.
http://granitestatesavers.blogpost.com

Annie (Lady M) x said...

Hello Dahlink, what a fabulous blog you have here. I found you through the 'Just Winging It' Blog Hop.

Are those children all yours? Wow if they are, you have my utmost respect! I struggle bringing up one, he he!

Anyway, I am now following you.

Hope you can stop by and vist me too ;-)

http://www.thedayafteryesterday.co.uk/

P.S. I have been diagnosed as Bi-Polar too, so we can be mentalists together!

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