First Ever Martial Arts Tournament

Saturday we attended our granddaughter’s Taekwondo tournament. This is only the third tournament she has ever participated in, but the first we were able to attend. There is lots of action at these tournaments and with so many different things going on at once we thought it was somewhat loud and confusing. Although she didn’t get a medal, we were very proud of her because she did her best even though she was nervous. She entered two categories: self-defense and forms.

Self Defense
Forms

Yesterday, she tested for her blue belt. Although we were not there, my daughter said she did very well.

Congratulations to our newest blue belt

New Christian Movie Makers

Young people today have so many more opportunities than we did when we were teenagers.  Technology has opened many doors for them that weren’t even on our horizons. Take for instance, my two oldest granddaughters, Clare and Mary.  When they were thirteen and twelve years old, the girls decided that they wanted to make high quality, Christian, family-friendly movies because they felt that there weren’t many available.  So they got together with other like-minded teens and began making movies.

They had a family camera that their Mom had purchased on clearance and used it to start out.  In the beginning, they made short clips of friends and family members. They made a YouTube Channel, JVGPictures, and began posting the clips.  Then they decided to make a longer movie. It was called “Cyber Attack.” The movie was written and “made by a group of homeschoolers all under 16 years of age.”  You can view the full movie at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIeP8TIBbVk. The movie was submitted to various film festivals and received the following:

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As soon as the girls finished their first movie, they began working on the next film.  The title of this movie is “Seek First,” and it is based on the bible verse Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.”  The story is about two teens who live next door to a family that is having problems with their children. The teens were planning on going to camp, but decided to stay home and help the parents next door with their children.  You can see it at the following web address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1ihFK6UN5U.  

The film was also submitted to various festivals and received the following awards:

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Seek First was a very appropriate movie.  Clare and Mary are seeking the kingdom of God first by following what they think God wants them to do, making movies for families.  From the resulting accolades, I would think that He is giving them all these things as He promised.

Another movie is in the works.  I will post about it later— to be continued.

A Week in the Life of Grandparents

Last week we had a wonderful week with two of our younger grandsons. Both of their parents work, and that particular week we decided to keep them. First of all, dealing with younger kids is exhausting but fun! Their parents dropped them off Sunday afternoon. Monday we drove to Houston to take them to the Johnson Space Center. First, we ate at a wonderful restaurant called Joe Lee’s. They have really good seafood. We got one child’s plate of popcorn shrimp. It came with two veggies. There was so much food that we fed both boys, who have healthy appetites, and had food left over. We got butterflied shrimp. It was great, and we had ample food also. Then we decided to go to the Space Center and ride one of the tram rides so that we would have more time the next day. When we arrived the power was off in the main building, but the rest of the buildings had their power. That took about an hour and a half because the boys were amazed by the Saturn V rocket. It was the hit of the trip. By the way, we could go for such a short period of time because we had a membership and didn’t have to pay for each day separately. We have twelve grandchildren and have been able to take all of them at some point during the year with the membership. After that we went back to the motel to swim.

We got up the next morning, and went back to the Space Center. By about 1:30pm. the boys had had enough and were ready to go. They are only first and third graders. We drove back home and put them to bed after supper.

Wednesday they went to “the cousins” house to play with the boys. Thursday, we took them to see other cousins. They normally don’t get to see these relatives because they live in Arkansas, and we live in Texas. Friday we visited the Dallas World Aquarium, which is actually more like an indoor zoo. Air conditioning on hot summer days in Texas is really appreciated. Saturday, we met their parents half way and dropped them off.

Then on Saturday on our way home we picked up three grandsons who spent the night and cut our grass for us. After church, their family came and picked them up and left the two older girls to spend the rest of the day with us. My daughter-in-law picked the girls up at 10pm.

As you can see, we really enjoy our grandchildren. They keep us busy, but we have a great time doing things with them.