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Every year at this time, in the midst of the holiday chaos, gift giving and gift planning, I start hunting through photos and videos. Since my small people were VERY small – let’s call them itty-bitty, one of the gifts I have given my husband is a year-in-review video of each of our small people.
For Delaney, I have always used this Jimmy Buffet song, Delaney talks to Statues, as the soundtrack….it has always fit her so well. And for Cooper – well… anyone who knows him, or who knows my husband, knows that John Fogarty’s Centerfield may have been written for my small dude. Years ago, I slaved over Windows Movie Maker and then switched to iMovie when I made the move to this Mac. But friends, this process, this labor of love for these videos would take HOURS. And not five hours, but probably 10 or more.
But the look on my husband’s face on Christmas morning was always so worth it. The moments, the memories that photos and video from a year in your life can capture – well, it is remarkable.
It is extraordinarily simple.
You upload your chosen photos and video.
You select a theme from nearly a dozen options (you can see a sampling of each before you select one).
You then choose the music…either upload your own or select one fitted for that individual theme.
Then choose a title and Magisto uses ‘artificial intelligence’ – YES, artificial intelligence, to select the most amazing, the most compelling moments and shots from what you have shared to weave a story together….leaving you with what can only be described as movie magic.
That movie magic is just what I created with the highlights of my family from this year – 2013. See the brief, but beautiful video below: (<– click on the link if the video won’t play)
Operation Shower is about Love: Providing a glorious baby shower for military moms-to-be while their spouses are deployed…a shower that leaves them feeling loved. Surround them by so much goodness and light that they can’t help but feel, even though many of them do not have family close by, that they have just experienced a giant hug.
Operation Shower is about Connecting: Connect these moms with other moms who are experiencing the same ups and downs, not only of motherhood (many of them for the first time), but the special circumstances that surround becoming a mom while your spouse is away or will leave soon after your little one enters the world. What a gift it is to see how many of these women find new friendships in each other after attending a shower.
Operation Shower is about saying Thank You: The showers are intended to spoil the moms, to provide them with the baby shower they might not experience any other way, but also, as a way of saying ‘thank you’. Thank you for the sacrifice of your family, for the work here at home while your spouses are away.
Operation Shower is about offering Support: The showers support the families not only emotionally with love and connection, but with many of the items they need as they bring a new baby in to the world….. from blankets to onesies, from strollers to cribs to surprise gifts for mom. What a treasure for a deployed dad to know that his wife, the mother of his baby, is being loved and supported while he is away. So many of the families visit Operation Shower’s Facebook page to share pictures when dad comes home (sometimes seeing his baby for the first time).
For a glimpse into the Love, Connection, Thanks and Support offered at each shower…take a look at this video created just weeks ago at the All Star Baby Shower at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Thank you to my friends at Pounds Media for donating their time to be there and capture it all.