Friday, January 22, 2010

To Save a Life Opening Weekend!!!

Well, it's after midnight here in Dallas, Texas, and for the past two nights I've only slept about 3 hours each, but oh my goodness, how can I sleep without processing all that's happened in the last 24 hours!?!?!

So, I'm giving myself 5 minutes to spew this out...

wow, Wow, WOW!!!

Thursday night we had an amazing To Save A Life movie premiere at the Regal in Oceanside. That was soooooooooooooo cool! The best part for me was sitting in the theater filled with so many people who had sacrificed so much to make this movie happen. I was overwhelmed with emotion as I looked around and saw how much we are blessed!

Unfortunately, we couldn't stick around in Oside as long as we wanted, because we had to jet up to LAX where we caught a 1am flight to Dallas.

Ooh, fun!

We arrived in Dallas around 5:30 am their time this morning (3:30 our time!), stopped at a Starbucks and whisked through a day full of interviews and visits to local high schools, culminating with a red carpet event at a local theater. My favorite part of all this...OK, there were two:

One: At the first high school, there was a meet and greet during their 4 rotating lunch periods. While all the actors were signing autographs and taking photos, I noticed Jim was missing (several times), and each time I found him somewhere in the cafeteria, hanging out with a student who was eating by himself (he was the only one who got food during this time! :o))...I love this man!!!!

Two: At the meet and greet after the movie, again all the actors were sought after by throngs (mostly teens); but as the set designer, I was able to remain incognito in the back (yea!). Over time though, various adults--usually fellow teachers or youth workers--realized my role of wife-to-Jim or co-author of the novel, and I was able to have some wonderful, encouraging, deep conversations with like-minded souls who are pouring their lives into teenagers. That was so refreshing!

Ahhhhhh.... (that's a sigh of contentment)

My five minutes are long since over, so I'm going to bed. God is SO GOOD!!!!

Here's one picture of Jim and I getting to walk the red carpet tonight. (ha! We felt SO out of place!) Unfortunately, I lost my camera somewhere between Oside and LA (hopefully it's in my car somewhere!), so I'm relying on others' photographic generosity.


  1. I'm so excited for you guys and all this movie is accomplishing. Congrats!

  2. I love you two-enjoy being in God's Sweet Spot! I love watching what God is doing through the two of you. I am honored to call you friends. Enjoy the ride,

    Your sister in Christ,


  3. Yall looked like naturals coming out of the limo!! Haha. As one of those "like-minded souls" who got to meet you, I am so excited for all that is happening with To Save A Life! Can't wait to see what happens in comings days, weeks, months, years... we love you guys for all you're doing! :)

  4. Rachel, I'm so excited for you guys, and so proud of the work you guys did. It makes it a lot easier to promote a movie I *love*! As I said before, you guys did an excellent job. Can't wait to see how the next few weeks go as word spreads about this awesome movie!

  5. Wes Robison (Columbus, MS)January 30, 2010 at 6:50 AM

    We took our youth group for dinner and a movie. It's not just an awesome movie. It was cutting edge ministry that really reached the teens that were watching it. Thanks! Be encouraged and may God continue to bless you!