Friday, February 10, 2023

What an experience!

 I wouldn't call us movie stars but.....we did get an opportunity to be involved in a film project.  We learnt so much!  The film crew, cast and production people were great to work with.  We met people from all over the United States, each bringing their expertise to complete the project.  Our part was providing two teams of oxen.  Our big team were the "stars" of the show.  They are in most of the sets with the lead actors.  I (Mark) got the opportunity to "fill in" for the lead and drive the oxen.  Of course, you won't know it is me, since my face is mostly covered with hat and scarf.  It was a lot of fun and we are so grateful to get the opportunity to experience this part of life.  Here are a few photo's!

                         The river crossing scene, wagons going west crossing the Mississippi River.  My                                                              daughter is in the far-left corner in the cape!

                               The filming crew getting the set ready for shooting the river crossing.

Me filling in for the main actor driving!

The scene driving the oxen for the main actor.

Scene setup for one of the shots starting our day.

Monday, February 6, 2023

2023, what will it be like?

 Changes, challenges and choices!

The year has already started out with changes.  Changes in agriculture, finance, culture & faith.  All of these areas effect our personal lives.  We live in a changing world.  Some are good..... many are bad!  Life is full of changes; I like the good a new grand baby to our married son and daughter in law, the weather changing from several days of gloomy weather to sunny and warm, a newborn calf, the abundant harvest.  We need to embrace change, realize it is a reality and be flexible to "keep from getting bent out of shape"! 😊

Challenges, they come our way.  A 5k marathon, growing a new garden, trying to master a skill can all be challenges.  They can be used to strengthen us, grow us, or do we can allow them to defeat us.  I want to choose to learn and grow by them.  I personally don't like when things are to challenging but am learning, it is in the challenge that growth comes, and I want more personal growth.

Choices!  This is what it boils down to.  How am I going to choose to respond to the issues of life.  Do I choose to walk in the truth, to embrace the goodness of God and the blessings HE imparts to me in life.  Do I choose wisdom and virtue?  Do I choose to overcome evil with good?  Do I choose to change the course I am on to adapt to the challenges of life?  

I look forward to 2023!  I hope you do to?