I feel like I am really getting into this interviewing thing. I love everything that goes with it. From the artistic aspect of lighting and back drops, to hearing all of these wonderful stories. My latest interview was with my mom Miriam Ecker Harper. She is an incredible woman. In her life she has raised 5 children, traveled the earth, served in her church and even devoted four years of her life to missionary work in Nigeria. She would say her greatest accomplishments are her children and grand children or even her 43 year marriage to my dad. But for this interview I wanted to hear about her most unique accomplishment of her four year LDS Church mission. What a story it is. She has had experiences that most people through out the world will never have. It was my pleasure to get to learn more and better understand this great experience. I have a different view and new respect for Africans and Missionaries. I love my mom so much and am excited to share just a portion of her goodness and testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ with you.
Friday, May 18, 2012
This wonderful woman that was my third interview is my grandmother Beverly Jean Snyder Ecker. I have a hard time using words to describe how I feel about her. She is and always has been an incredible example to me in every aspect of life. She has been able to overcome almost every hardship imaginable. From intense pain everyday most of her adult life, to verbal and physical abuse as a child. Her story is one of those that gives hope to overcome all, and gratitude for our own trials. Her testimony of the Savior is as beautiful and strong as she is. At almost 83 years of age she still has a great sense of humor and a drive to do and live as our Savior did. I love you Mor Mor. (Norwegian for grandmother)
|Beverly and my Mom|
|Beverly and husband Harold|
|The Ecker Family|
|Beverly and her Dad, Brother and Sister|
|Beverly her Senior year|
Thursday, May 10, 2012
When 1000 Women of Destiny was formulating in my mind, the lady in my second interview was one of the first people I thought of. I haven't known her very long, just about a year, but she has touched me immensely. I love her smile, positive attitude and ability to make everyone around her happy! Imagine how shocked I was when I found out she has a life threatening, and ultimately life ending disease. How could a woman with five children still at home and a husband be so happy? Her story is truly amazing, and her love for her Savior Jesus Christ emanates in all she does and says. It was such a joy to get to know you better. Thank you Cristina!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
YEA!!! I just completed my first interview. A little nerve wracking, but over all a great experience. I had the pleasure to interview my sister Sarah Robinson and hear her experience of having a daughter with cancer. Sarah has always been very well put together. Everything she does is done 110% with every little detail planned and carried out to perfection. From her clothes to her house, she knows how to get it done! I always admired her ability to be so good at everything, and often wondered how it would be to have such a perfect life. Of course her life hasn't been without little bumps, but it seemed that most everything went well for her. Then we got the phone call from her at the hospital. "It's malignant." Emptiness hit me. What do you say to someone you love who gives you news like that? Tears were shed, prayers were heard and ultimately the will of the Lord prevailed. What a strong and wonderful woman Sarah is. I am excited to share this life changing story with everyone and tell what her greatest fears, scariest moments and ultimately the prevailing force that got her and her family through this time of challenge in her life! I am posting a picture of her, and also of her daughter during the heart of chemo.
|A painting done for free for the Robinson Family|
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Talked with Cristina tonight, and had the re-confirmation that I need to write this book. So many women have been through so much, and I know we can help each other. Most importantly, we can help each other 'Come unto Christ'. Life is hard. We all have challenges, but knowing who we are and why we are here makes this journey worth every second of joy and pain. I am praying that even though I am only human, I will be supported in this endeavor and will be able to finish it.
Monday, April 16, 2012
I have two appointments set up, but I am worried about two things. 1. How in the world am I going to interview one thousand women in a decent amount of time? 2. What questions should I ask? I will need a lot of faith and prayers to get these two things done right. My short term goal is two hundred women by the end of the year :/ my even shorter goal is to figure out questions and a good camera to film it all with. Or rather, how to pay for a good camera to film it all with. Oh yea, I need to figure out legal documents for all of this. Not getting discouraged though. I have to "just keep swimming"! Loves
Sunday, April 15, 2012
I officially have my first interview! From the first moment I met this lady I loved her and knew she was special! I had no clue how special she was! I know we will all benefit from her amazing story! I am, however, a bit nervous. What questions do I ask? How long should the interview go? Will she be scared too? Well, we have to start somewhere. Here starts the long journey.