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Well, we all have those weeks where things don't go as planned, and this happened to be one of them for our family! A serious health issue happened to be on the menu earlier this week, but God had His hand in it as always and our dear patriarch (hubby, Dad, and principal of our homeschool) is in recovery mode.
However, on the dessert menu to this crazy week has been our new Teen Take Road Trip video which is another perfect example of how things often just don't go as planned. This project has been the most unexpected challenge from start to finish! (And, actually, it's not quite done yet. Well, that's not true. Actually, it was done, but now it isn't….just read on for details!)
So, at first, reserving some time to be able to privately visit the locked Resurrection Chapel at St. John's Cathedral took some effort. However, the office manager there was very kind and did do his best to get permission and schedule an appropriate time to fit our needs.
Then, upon arriving, we found the church under construction. To be fair, we had been warned ahead of time that there might be some activity in the church itself due to new flooring being put in, but we were completely unprepared for the extent of that activity and the incredible noise!
Unsure of how we would be able to film, we decided to move ahead since we had made the trip with the intent of visiting the Resurrection Chapel at the Cathedral which was located on the opposite end of the church where most of the construction was taking place. Besides, our real focus was to gain footage of St. Christina's relics (or St. Christine, as some would say), one of only two full relics given to a diocese in the U.S. by the vatican. I was certain the noise would be decreased in the chapel.
Unfortunately, I made a slight error in judgement. But, that became the least of our worries when we actually arrived at the chapel and the security guard opened the wrought iron gate for us. Upon walking in we almost fell over….literally. There were chairs lined all throughout the small chapel and a giant chord was taped to the floor leading up to a presentation video/audio cart in the very center of the room. I think our mouths were on the floor as we stared up at a huge movie screen that was planted in front of the very thing we were there to see…St. Christina's relics.
Well, what do you do when schedules accidentally get crossed during a crazy week? You take the lemons from your menu and create lemonade!
Assessing the situation, we quickly got to work and moved the chairs as far out of the way as we could and then as carefully as possible moved the screen. (I think I gained a couple of gray hairs with that one!) We had only a short amount of time to film the video and get everything back where it had been before Mass started.
As we worked we realized that many of the beautiful artifacts we had planned on using in the film had been removed. The beautiful catacomb-like experience we had hoped to capture had sadly been replaced by an almost gallery-like feel with the remaining hung artwork. However, St Christina's bones were there, and that was the most important thing!
Trying to film between tile saw screeches is something I would prefer not to repeat, but God did help us to manage to get it in before Mass. And, He even provided a little bonus that we are adding to the end of the video!
Interestingly, our challenges didn't stop there. We ended up having some frustrating resolution issues that we could not figure out how to fix, but began editing the footage anyway. At this point, I was even more determined to complete the video. Well, after working on it on and off the last few days, we finally had gotten it to a point where it was acceptable. So, tonight, we spent the hour finalizing and putting it onto Youtube. All was great until we viewed it on Youtube and realized that it had not only put the video into private mode (and I rechecked it….it was definitely set to be saved as public!), but all of the girls' heads were chopped off!
So, here I am, writing about the great plans of mice and men instead of offering you the new Teen Take video tonight. (Although above is a teaser image to get you looking forward to it..)
But…good news. My very intelligent other half, despite his being in recovery, worked on some things and I think we'll be able to have the video up in the next two days. It'll have to be completely re-edited, but hey, what's a couple of days at this point, right?
So, although I certainly didn't plan on writing about this tonight, I think it was therapeutic. At the very least, I think it may have kept me from needing to immediately find a confessional!!
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