Tears Of Joy

Since we arrived home 3 months ago, I have been meaning to organize our pictures and put together a video about our family. Somehow, this project kept getting pushed to the bottom of my to-do list. I can’t imagine what else has been occupying my time!

Well, last week it finally happened. The video is done! But only because we were asked to share our story at Redding Rotary this past Thursday. This meant that either….

A) We would have to speak for 20 minutes.

B) We could show a 5 minute video and only have to speak for 15 minutes.

We chose option B.

It’s a good thing, too, because as most of you know….I tend to be a crier. In fact, the night before our presentation my husband warned me not to cry too much! He knew he was asking the impossible. But I promised him to do my best to be stoney-faced, emotionless and robotic.

(Actually, my sweet hubby was just worried that I would get so choked up that I wouldn’t be able to squeeze the words past the lump in my throat. He has had many years of exposure to my emotions.)

When I stood up to face the room of nearly 200 business leaders in our community, I was praying desperately that God would use my words to touch someone’s heart. That He would shine forth so brightly from our story that people would sit up and take notice. And that He would dam up my tears.

After only a few pauses, deep breaths, and sobs into the microphone (yes, seriously), I made it through!

Scott balanced me perfectly (as he does every day of my life) and wrapped up our presentation without shedding a single tear.

And then we shared this video. I so enjoyed putting it together and reminding myself of the powerful miracles God performed to make us a family of 8. Enjoy!

P.S. Let me know if you would like me to come and cry in front of you and your friends. It can be arranged.

Blessings!

Natalie

9 thoughts on “Tears Of Joy

  1. Aunt Bunny

    Beautiful presentation! I would love a copy of your last family photo. Just post it on Facebook and I can save it.

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