I am first and foremost grateful to the people who read my blog & bought my items this month.
Your purchases raised over $150 that will go directly to John! For those of you who don't have the pleasure of knowing my little brother, you're missing out. John is a kind, sincere, hilarious, incredibly creatively gifted guy. I'm so proud of him for pursuing the development of his skills in film, specifically production. Recently his team at the Center for Creative Media produced two professional music videos for Christian groups Casting Crowns and the Newsboys--and they look awesome!
Ah, the Newsboys. How I used to rock out as a nerdy young teen to albums like Going Public, Step Up to the Microphone and finally, the very strange Love Liberty Disco. I think I sent them fan mail once with terribly rendered portraits of each band member.
Aaanyway, man, John is doing some really good work at CCM. This is a program that is challenging him, working him harder than he's ever had to work before, and preparing him to be a young professional in film and media. And we NEED more people like John in film and media. You know the new Blue Like Jazz movie that's coming out? Yeah. If you ask me, this is the kind of thing I see in John's future.
And what it meant to me personally? Well, let me say that it was so cool to see you guys BUYING. Seriously--to each and every one of you who bought something, you have no idea how my heart leapt when I got that little notification email. And every time I saw the name of the buyer, I was totally surprised and usually taken aback! To each of you: my childhood friends, Shayna and Stevie; a dear high school friend, Caroline; college friends Ashley, Kat and Sophie; and two people I've never met (!), Natalie and Lynn; you don't know how much it meant to me. You truly made my day each and every time! I might have shed a tear once or twice, no joke. It just feels good to know that people care and want to be a part of what I'm doing.
If you didn't get a chance to buy anything, you can still support John directly by making a donation to his student account! Guys, to put it bluntly, he doesn't have enough money to stay in this program. You can donate by going here and searching for his account by name [John Boecker] or by his intern number .
It would mean the world to me. And to this guy:
John, I love you bro! I'm proud of you and the work you're doing. I know you're having a great time, but also learning a ton. God has given you skills and talents that you recognize and use to the best of your ability, and your hard work is going to pay off. Luke and I think about you all the time and pray for the Lord to bless you and provide for you.
Love, your big sister,