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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Marriage . . . it's that simple.

I tried my hand at film-making.  Or rather, slide show arranging.  The only thing is, I have two major character flaws that have made this particular venture somewhat brutal.  First, I can't go to bed with a project unfinished.  So last night, I didn't.  I just didn't go to bed.  Not ever.  I spent the night working on my video and transferring nightmare-plagued boys to Mommy and Daddy's bed.  When Dan woke up the next morning to the sweaty discovery that his wife had deposited two little hot potatoes next to him as her place-holders, he just shook his head and told me I was crazy and I'd better not be calling him at 5pm wondering desperately when he'd be on his way home!

Second, I am a perfectionist.  An extreme perfectionist.  I comb through my projects over and over and over again until I pretty well want to throw my hands up (and the project) and walk away.  At this point, having spent a day and a half laboring over this creation.  I now have drums and Yugoslav singing doing a pretty adamant loop through my brain.

Oddly enough, I did fine today.  I must have been functioning on adrenaline.  No narcolepsy, thank goodness.

Anyway, after a bit of tweaking here and a bit of tweaking there, I've had quite enough of tweaking and am ready to just debut the stinkin' thing and get the message out to enough people so that I can no longer fret about making nit-picky changes.

So, without further adieu, I give you . . . Marriage.


Sara said...

I can't believe you didn't sleep all night!! Sounds like a Sara thing to do, not a smart Elizabeth thing. ha. It's awesome!! Way to go. I also commented under Jarem's name on youtube.

Freckles said...

Looks good! I am like that too, such a perfectionist that I've had to learn to let go just a little when editing pictures or I'd never have a life! haha What program did you use?

Daniel said...

Awesome video Lizzie! Make it two or three minutes shorter and it would be even better. That's just my opinion. I think people like short, powerful videos. Or maybe that's just for people who don't pay attention for very long periods of time......like me. :)

Good stuff!

Liz said...

Sara/Jarem . . . :0) Thanks for commenting on the video. I totally pulled a Sara by staying up all night.

Evelyn, I just used my Windows Movie Maker (it came with the computer).

Daniel, I tried to make it shorter, but it wouldn't work with the music. Movie Maker has a fade out, but it's sort of abrupt, so I had to let the song go all the way. Don't worry, I'll try to make a shorter one next time. (and then, I also had a hard time eliminating pictures . . . they were all so good!).

provobaileys said...

Very good. Brought tears to my eyes. Ever thought of the significance of the primary theme this year. "Eternal Families." It is sad that at such an early age we have to drill into our children the importance and significance of this eternal truth. As Lance watch with me I tried to tell him why you made this video, He couldn't quite understand why anyone would think any different. A family is simply what you said. One Man, One Women and their children for always, forever, for eternity. When is comes down to it we can only defend with all our might our very own families. Scripture study, prayer, teaching of good values, of the love their Heavenly Father has for them, and then show them an out pouring of our own love. Thank you again for all that you have done, and continue to do to express the importance of this simple but everlasting truth. Man may think what they choose, but there is only one truth and one judge. I think that today I will try harder to make a better future for my family.

Jeff and Aubree Gittins said...

I think it looks great. I know what you mean about the perfectionist thing, I'm an all or nothing kind of person, it's either perfect, or it goes in the trash. You are very talented.

audlyn said...

Wow Liz! I loved the video! Can't believe that you could function the next day though. You'll do great with teenagers!
The video was simple and direct. Brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for taking the time.

Scott and Karin said...

It's beautiful...Need I say more? If you do want to make it shorter, I think you might be able to find a shorter version of the song somewhere online...though I'm with you, all of those pictures were so good, which ones would you take out? You are inspiring.