Snapshots of the Christian Worldview Film Festival


Here are snapshots of our broken journey at the Christian Worldview Film Festival. To read the powerful story behind the pictures, click here.  To view just a glimpse of what happened and a few of the many people who blessed us tremendously, keep scrolling.

Brett and I waiting for our flight to San Antonio.

Listening to phenomenal speakers.

Brett in his workshop on Directing Through Camera Angles.

Director’s Panel: Rich Christiano, George Escobar, Brett Varvel, Dallas Jenkins, Ken Carpenter

Love these actresses: Stacey Bradshaw, Leona Worcester, Heather Ricks, and Kari Fabian.

Brett had the privilege of praying over Stephen Kendrick‘s son on his 13th birthday.

 I had the opportunity to be on a panel about family and filmmaking and give my viewpoint as a filmmaker’s wife who isn’t in the film industry, but supports Brett in his passion.

Brett giving his speech on “What is Your Identity?” Click here to watch a quick video.

Brett was the MC for the awards ceremony. He totally surprised me by bringing me up on stage to film a fun video to put on social media to promote the CWVFF. Enjoy the video here.

With the girls and David Helling

Must give credit to these wonderful people from the Midwest Christian Filmmakers Academy for taking many of the pics above and throughout the festival.

Kher’s Story 3


Kherington has fallen in love with Toy Story this past year. Brett and I haven’t complained since we are Toy Story fans ourselves!  (And we definitely are excited about the recent news of Toy Story 4 coming in 2017!)   We asked Kherington if she wanted a Toy Story party or a Brave or Rapunzel party (since these have been her recent favorites).  Well, guess which she picked…

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Jumping for joy! So excited about her party!

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3 years old!






Notice how we have the same facial expression!


And here again! LOL


I was so excited about this gift from Aunt Ashley, Uncle Daron, Liam and Lily! Ashley found a classic working Woody and Jessie from Goodwill!


Great Grandma Varvel bought her the What’s in the Bible? episode about David and Goliath –

Kherington’s current favorite Bible story because Daddy does an evil laugh and voice when imitating Goliath!

She’s running to show it to Daddy!






Showing Lily her Minnie necklace.

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Daddy and Damon match!


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On Kherington’s actual birthday, it’s tradition (starting last year!) to have Dunkin Donuts – one of Kherington’s favorite “junk food”!


Mimi made her a #3 out of leftover pie dough.


And we celebrated her special day with her first haircut!!!!






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Even though this past year Kherington has tested Mommy and Daddy’s patience with her strong-will and stubbornness, we love her more and more!  She is such a smart little girl and we are excited for this 3rd year of her life and all the new memories we will make.

To watch a recap of Kherington’s 2nd year of life, click here to see the video Daddy made.

{From Where I Stand} A Favorite Fall Recipe


On Monday night, I had a Jamberry Nails party.  If you haven’t heard of it before, you need to check them out!  Better yet, go to my friend Roxanne’s website here and I can get hostess credit if you make an order through Friday, October 3rd! 🙂

So I needed something quick and delicious for a party snack. I tried this pumpkin dip last year and we loved it!!!  Dip apple slices and graham crackers.  I have to admit we even eat it by the spoonful!

There are only four ingredients:

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Pouring the 4-serving Vanilla JELL-O pudding packet with the can of pumpkin.


Kherington loves to smell everything. She’s smelling the 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice.


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Scooping in the 1 tub of Cool Whip. Oops..missed the bowl!


She had to stop and take a lick of the Cool Whip!!!



Once mixed, of course we had to taste test!!


Mmmm. Kherington and Mommy approved!


When finished, don’t forget to lick the spoon! No raw eggs here!



For another Fall favorite recipe, see what Stephanie is cookin’ up here!

Summer Fun 2014


Here is a quick peek at our summer so far!  Enjoy!

Damon’s first fastpitch softball game!


Aunt Ashley and cousin Liam lovin’ on Damon.


Cousin Jen lovin’ on the babe! Can’t wait to meet her little girl in September!




4th of July parade and symphony at the park



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Tried to get a good pic of the 3 cousins…




Roasting marshmallows with Carter and Caden


The end result…



Snuggles in bed with Aunt Lollie


My mom always did my hair like this when I was little for gymnastics! So excited to do it to Kher’s hair!


Kher’s first day of Happy Village Sunday School! No more nursery!


Kherington loved the water from the fire hose…even though it was 60 degrees out. The bottom pic was after they had left. She didn’t want to leave even though she was blue and her teeth were chattering. She told me, “more water!”


Kherington also loved the county fair!


She wanted to feed Damon, so she got her baby doll instead!


My Uncle Daryll visited from Florida. Got to ride on his nice bike!


My dad has worked in the garage door business for over 30 years. Yet, this was the first time I toured the plant where they make the doors! So cool to see it in action!

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This pretty much sums up Kherington’s summer! Water, pools, and more water! I think she’s a fish and she is fearless too!


Picking and eating raspberries with best bud, Nora.

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“Mommy, would you like some ‘special’ tea?”  (meaning Our SpecialTEA)

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Love these three. My heart is full and thankful.

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To check out what my friend Stephanie has been up to this summer, go here!