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The Biggest UNTOLD Story in our ‘Viral’ Skype Family Videos

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On November 11, 2013 three (3) videos of my family, The Covins, were released for the entire world  and allows everyone all over the planet the ability to have a look into our private lives.

The videos, which can be viewed on Skype TV or YouTube as part of the “Moving Forward” campaign, introduce you to my homeschooling family who has a beautiful, yoga pant wearing wife, helping the entire community mommy, 4 young aspiring actresses, beautiful, doing each others’ hair daughters, who are all led by a social media husband, but turn the cable TV off dad.

The taping took 5 days and the actual footage that was used was a total of 7 minutes long. So of course the videos don’t have time to allow you into all areas of our lives, because the purpose was to show you a very important aspect of our lives during a 5-6 month timeframe that my family was living apart and how Skype helped us to navigate that process.

The distance between my family and myself was over 500 miles.

Sounds crazy and WAS!!

It was the hardest time of my life and yes SKYPE made it totally doable. I am really grateful to SKYPE and the creators for being available, at this time in our lives.

I almost want to cry thinking of the nights that I experienced anxiety attacks for the first time in my life. I felt like I was having a heart attack, but found it was due to the separation.

And God worked it out through a mentor of mine named James Andrews.

James is the Digital Evangelist and Partner at StudioGood and called me to tell me about the Skype casting for a family in transition and I thank him for making that call and Joyce from my church for calling to tell me while I was on a Skype call with Dan Bell Casting already. (That is how you know it was really your family they were looking for or God really stepped in and said it was time)

But the Biggest UNTOLD Story is where and how I was able to live during this time of separation.

When I really think about it, I was homeless.

But God showed me favor in the form of a family that allowed me to stay in the basement of their nice town home in Woodbridge, Virginia.  THIS is the AMAZING part of the story.  The family was not unfamiliar to me but were not blood relatives or anything.  The family consisted of a husband, wife and 2 children (boy and girl both under the age of 10).

The husband and I were roommates before I was married and God spoke to him and his wonderful wife about them allowing a man to invade their privacy for 5-6 months and be around their children.

WHO DOES THAT?

During this time where we needed community to step up, to experience it actually happening is mind-blowing.

I was able to give them the ability to have a regularly scheduled “Thursday Date Night” where the wife was able to discover the husband had a passion for playing pool that she had never known about.

During this time, I also had an amazing weekend where the couple was able to travel out of town, without the children, and I was able to run the children around to activities like bowling and swimming.  This weekend running totally reminded me of time with my girls.

The question I have is….

WHO DOES THIS?

Who actually trusts God enough to follow His word and do something for ‘the least of these’ in these times of…

IT’S ALL ABOUT ME.

I am so grateful.

There are 3 videos and the first one currently has just under 600k views in only 4 days and don’t worry I’m not famous because 400k of those views came from me.

And I cry then entire time.

I cry because I know the UNTOLD story. I know that if that family doesn’t bless mine by allowing me a place to stay and the ability to use a 3rd car….

WE NEVER MEET ON THE VIDEO.

So THANK YOU!

Thank you to the wife for being flexible!

Thank you to their son for talking to me when you didn’t always want to because you are not a talker and I am and sometimes I just need some boy energy! (And thanks for finally getting me to Saturday morning Flag Football)

Thanks to their hug-a-thon sweety, daughter for hugging me so tight that with Skype I thought I was at home hugging my own daughters.  (I have not forgotten you.  Once we get our truck situation straight you will be my 5th daughter)

And thanks to God for speaking to the husband and asking his family to be open to helping mine.

We are forever grateful, because without your family, mine doesn’t grow and elevate during this time.

We LOVE you guys and are forever grateful.

ODC

p.s. Let us know when you want a ‘Thursday Date Night’ or a weekend off…WE GOT YOU!

4 Questions to a Perfect Marriage!!

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1. What are 3 things your spouse would love to do as a married couple?  Have you made efforts to see that those things happen without them having to ask?

2. What are 3 things your spouse would love to do by themselves or with their friends? Have you made an effort to schedule/surprise them by scheduling those times?

3. Have you sent your spouse a thank you card or shown (not told) gratitude towards them for what they bring to the marriage/relationship? (And this needs to be done without expecting anything to be said to you in return about how freaking great you are)

4. Is your marriage intimate enough for the both of you and if not, would scheduling intimacy time rectify this challenge? (Remember: Better Scheduled than Not to happen at all)

As we all know, marriage takes work!  Remember the rough times come when we stop focusing on what we can do to better the marriage and begin focusing on the areas our spouse may be lacking.

STOP!

And begin to prop your spouse up and show them gratitude and begin or continue to pass the test on the way to a Perfect Marriage.

I Love You for Stopping!

ODC

“Launching first book in 2013!”

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In case you were wondering….

I have not been silenced by the Powers that Be, but I have actually been preparing for a HUGE 2013!  A year that will start with the launch of my first book.  I have met with my writing coach, who you can follow on Twitter at @karenbowlding, and she has given me the green light to as she put it…”Get off my BuTT.”

I kinda hang with people who will keep it real for me.  It’s the only way you are going to get my attention.  So she has gotten it and the writing is coming right along.  I will begin to have time for blogging again so you guys will be seeing post from both my wife and I.  (I did not get that last sentence approved before typing it, but I hope she gets the HINT)

So as it is scheduled currently the release date will be March 2013 and trust me…..IT WILL BE ON!

Thanks for your support,

 

ODC

 

My Adidas meets The Wild Boys

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On Sunday, ODC and I celebrated 12 years of marriage and 28 years of knowing each other. We didn’t have any major plans, so when the opportunity to see Duran Duran at Chastain Park presented itself, we thought “why not”. Two of my closest friends from college had tickets, and 1 specifically came to town for the concert. They are true ‘fans’; this was not their first Duran Duran concert, ODC and I, well, we were a little less familiar with the iconic 80s band. We remembered many of the songs from our high school days, but we definitely didn’t know all the lyrics like my friends, or the rest of the crowd.

The show opened to a crowd of approximately 5000 with the techno sounding MNDR. She had a kinda Madonnaesque vibe, and her clothes were a great accent for the 80s themed night of music. Her song “Feed Me Diamonds” is currently being played on local radio stations in the Atlanta area.

I glanced around the crowd to get an idea of the demographics of the crowd. There were women with big, hair sprayed hair, mini skirts with bright colors, and fishnet stockings (did we really dress like that?). If was a family affair for some. On our row was what looked like a 40 something year old couple and their parents. A few rows in front of us a couple had their 2 young daughters with them. Sitting next to us was a young married couple who had won tickets to the show and the chance to go backstage to meet the band. They took a great picture with them! The wife mentioned that her mom was a big fan and wanted an autograph, yes, her MOM! I didn’t even want to know how old they were.

The crowd was ecstatic when Simon LeBon took the stage and got the party started. What followed was a string of hits with some of the band’s new material as well, including the title track “All You Need Is Now”. My friends were so patient with me. Every other song would start, and I would ask “Is this Rio?”, lol!

I surprised myself when realized that I knew more songs than I thought!

  • Hungry Like The Wolf
  • Notorious
  • Rio
  • The Reflex

I discovered “Save A Prayer”, that was a very nice song, one that I will add to my playlist.

Throughout the show, almost everyone was on their feet for the entire 2 hours! The only exception was people over the age of 65 and me when it got closer to my bedtime (9:30, don’t laugh!).

To see my friends enjoying themselves, singing ALL the lyrics, and making friends with the people next to us because of their musical connection was very inspiring. So often, we only do what we are familiar with, and are seldom motivated to try something new. Although in the 80s our radio dial stayed stuck on the stations that played Run DMC, I wish we would have traveled down the FM dial to broaden our horizons, but I’m glad we are learning how to step ‘outta da box’ and experience the universal language called music.