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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!

There is not an ECONOMY issue…Our issue is lack of COMMUNITY!

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I am so tired of the blame game.  One minute our economy is the fault of BIG BANKS, who structured mortgages where a job & income was not a requirement to purchase a home or 10.  Next, there are entire organizations being formed to blame a President who has been in office all of 3 years in a country who has a pretty long history.

I really don’t blame any one entity and don’t like to even play the NAME GAME of what or who is at fault for the challenges in this country today.

Let’s talk solutions and how our issue can be fixed with an empowered community.  Over the next 2 months I will present solutions to rebuilding our community but I will not make suggestions about how I will run for President of the United States.  (That would be the other guy with the bad hair…not me)

Community solution number 1:

When someone in the community has a baby they should be registered for the items they need and the community around them should pitch in and purchase ALL the items.  Once you have one child the list should not be as long. There should also be a list put together to ensure the family has dinner for the first 3 months so the mom can rest and take care of the baby and dad can do whatever it is that we do. This just means they receive a $20-25 gift card at least 4 times a week for 3 months.   So just decide who is going to put the calendar together so people in the church, school group, little league community are going to sign up.  There really should be only one day for each family to buy a meal.  You don’t have to be best friends with someone to buy their family a meal to say congratulations for having a baby.  All you have to do is remember when you had a child,  needed help and did not care where it came from.  A natural disaster is not the only reason to show compassion for your fellow man and I believe this concept works wonders when our children are able to see how giving makes an impact on the community.

My family actually has been on both ends of this baby(meal) list and we have lifelong friends that we love who we met when they came to our home to deliver a meal.

Shout out to the Blake Family!!

Let’s all stop using the phrase…”Let me know if you need anything.” and “Just Do something.”

ODC