I am thankful for the day one of Chip’s colleagues, Amy Smith, walked into his office and pitched this hairbrained idea she had to help him shoot this video. A professional video to capture his voice, his mannerisms and his personality for the kids to have one day. It was her “specific thing” she was really good at and knew how to do well.
I am thankful the idea of this video really resonated with Chip as he and I had already been trying to think of different ways he could remain a voice in the kids’ lives that wasn’t totally flat and creepy, like filling out birthday, graduation, and wedding cards in advance.
I am thankful one of Amy’s professional contacts led her to the amazingly talented cinematographer Roy Heisler, who after reading our blog, decided he was on board and agreed to share his talents with us.
I am thankful for a successful collaboration of ideas at our house one night where we successfully defined the objective of the video–to not only capture Chip’s actual voice but also to capture his voice in this fight.
I am thankful Amy came back to us a couple of days later and said we had to put me in front of the camera with Chip to capture our marriage, our collective voice, our back and forths and interactions with each other as part of Chip’s legacy for the kids.
I am thankful for the professional, compassionate and fun-natured makeup artist and lighting crew who showed up at our house that day.
I am thankful Roy then had the idea to come back and shoot some B-roll of us one Sunday afternoon around the house.
I am thankful Amy and Roy were so inspired by the success of our video project that they decided to take it to an entirely new level and founded a nonprofit organization called The Legacy Mission, and that I get to share their website for the first time on the Team Kennett blog:
I am thankful they have asked me to serve on the board and I can help pay it forward to other families.
I am thankful we all agreed, if we are able, to meet back up in ten years to shoot another video using the exact same format and questions.
Today, I am most thankful Chip, Joe, Crosby and I are all well enough to get on a plane and fly to Mississippi to spend Thanksgiving with my family.
All life is thanksgiving. Remember to give thanks for yours.