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Watsonopolis is a place where the Watson family posts their writing, reflections, images and videos.

Most of the stuff we post are our own thoughts, wonderings, and stories that emerge from our lives, our living, the world around us and the world within us.

You'll find us reflecting on our travels, our faith, justice, and what it means for us to live well in 21st century America. 

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2007 (or 14 months later)

We have some friends in Oakland (that's a city in California for our Tennessee friends who always, for some reason, think I'm referring to the rural community just outside of Memphis that bears the same name) who each year send out an end of the year family video.  A couple of years ago, when we were just a clan of 3 and going through so much transition, we thought, "hey, that's a great idea".  

I began working on the project when we were living in Marin County and, well, the transition bug hit again and the project got put on the back burner, time passed and it seemed a little silly to finish it.  

While cleaning off the macbook recently we rediscovered the nearly finished video, and decided, despite the time and miles, to go ahead and finish it.  

Frankly, the process was humorous and theraputic.  There is something profoundly healthy and helpful about looking back at a season, a season or two removed.  Often, there's perspective and hopefully some measure of maturity that a distant backways glance can afford.  

So, if you've been wondering what the Watsons were doing in 2007, here's a 7 minute look into that 12 month adventure.  

2007 Year In Review from Matthew Watson on Vimeo.

Reader Comments (9)

That's great. The voice over is calm and beautiful, and I love the image of being "stranded in America." I'm glad you shared it.

February 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrian in AK

What a beautiful testimony!! I had tears rolling down my cheeks!! I love you guys!

February 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Graham

wow. beautiful picture of God's unexpected twists and turns in your life. great reflection. so honest. i've known your story, but it really comes to life with the pictures and videos. how awesome to always have this "year in review" to reflect on.

very encouraging to me, as i tend to fear the twists and turns of life. makes makes me excited as i anticipate the unexpected changes to come.


February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna

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February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarc Marmolejo

Beautiful video. I'm so thankful you eventually found your way to Memphis. Your ministry and influence at Living Hope has turned my view of missions upside a good way!

February 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky Kelly

Fantastic! That will be a treasure for the boys when they are older. It was a roller coaster of a year, but filled with abundant blessings as well.
Love you guys!

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