On December 15, 1998, Erica and I recorded a video for our future kids.
I had proposed two weeks earlier, and with a wedding eight months off in the distance we thought it would be fun to dream about who they might become and what life might be like.
We then proceeded to forget about that video for 14 years, until Erica’s mom found the DVD last month among a pile she had made from old camcorder tapes.
Our jaws dropped as we watched it with our kids. Not only did we correctly guess one of their names, but we also predicted that we’d watch the video in 2012 when our kids were around ten years old! Totally freaky. Totally awesome.
I spliced together some of the best clips from 1998 with a few clips we recorded last week in the same room on the same exact couch. The sound isn’t the best quality, but I think you’ll enjoy it (especially if you’re into cargo pants and sideburns.)
Here’s the 4:56 Supercut Version:
Here’s the 11-minute Extended Cut:
14 years later and in some ways it still feels like it was yesterday.
Wow does time fly by.
Let’s be intentional about making the most of every day we have with the ones we love.
(And let’s all agree to not bring cargo pants back for at least another 14 years.)
The video in this post has been ten years in the making. I say that because asking you to watch a 9-minute video is the 1992 equivalent of asking you to read Anna Karenina. Yes, it’s long, but still, you’ve got to watch it.
The alternative would have been writing this all out. Recapping the last decade and highlighting the crazy ride that has been the last six months of my life. That post might have rivaled Tolstoy in terms of length, which is why video was the best option.
This was recorded four days ago, when my good friend (and pastor) Sam Masteller gave me ten minutes at the end of his message on The Circle Maker (based on Mark Batterson’s book) to share my story. If you’ve read this blog even once over the last decade, you’ve had a role in my journey. Thanks for being a part, hope you enjoy!
Thanks again for your support through the years, excited to keep taking this journey with you, wherever it leads!
Literally, the first 5 things at the top of my brain…
1. I lost almost 15 pounds last summer doing a version of the slow carb diet from The 4-Hour Body(affiliate link).
This summer? It’s been the opposite. I think I’m up about 8 pounds, mostly because I’ve been eating like Tom Hanks preparing for the opening half hour of Castaway. It’s terrible, and in September I’m going to make some changes to turn it around. I’ll be inviting some of you to join me too. More on that next week.
2. Speaking of next week, Semi-Big Announcement coming on the blog. Probably on Wednesday. Stay Tuned.
Bryan Allain has written for RELEVANT, Stuff Christians Like, COLLIDE Magazine, and The Daily Beast. A blogger for over 10 years, he helps bloggers, artists, & small businesses build their tribes at Killer Tribes.
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Bryan Allain is a blog coach & a humor writer. He lives with his wife, Erica, and their two children (Kylie & Parker) in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.