randall1gregory

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Week 10 Prepared hearts for Love that is Coming to Us.

Kelly and I did not adopt a child this quarter, but my heart has been more opened to the possibility than ever before. The obstacles that I thought were too huge don’t seem as big now, and I am deepening my faith that God will continue to provide for our family, no matter what health struggles continue with my miracle wife. Special thanks to my teacher, who encouraged me to stick with the project even though I had no idea how it was going to play out.

We have plans when this school year ends (next week!) to continue our own journey in this regard by gutting out the seemingly impossible “hobby” room and preparing it for guests.

I know that my life has been changed by being able to help another in their adoption journey. The fundraising concert for Jeff Brown who is adopting twin Congalese girls was successful in many ways. A significant chunk of change was secured for their future travel to Africa. Probably longer lasting, was the ability for Jeff’s music and passion to shine through in a wonderful collaboration. Although I did not really use tweets, blogs, and social media to connect people to this project, the old fashioned text message was valuable to network our rehearsal, planning, and idea celebrations. I invited one co-worker who told another co-worker that invited her entire evening class. Social information is definitely an important tool.

If you want to believe in miracles again, just check out Jeff’s blog about how God keeps providing for their every need. http://lovethatcameforus.wordpress.com/

As a performer in the benefit concert, I was most concerned with the actual quality of the performance. I wanted to capture an incredible moment with recorded audio/video, that would be good enough for Jeff to sell. This did not happen due to a top of the line brand new audio recorder being used that we had no time to “try out” before the concert. We would not know until after the concert how the audio came across, which unfortunately was “clipped” or distorted. The audio from my dad’s camera was also distorted with kids talking in the background. The compromise was to edit the audio using audacity, and piece it together with some meaningful images from the concert itself. For this I stumbled upon Windows Movie Maker Live that I didn’t even know was on my computer. While not as effective as the many Mac programs that do this, it got the job done and allowed me to learn another presentation tool (this week’s class topic). I had forgotten to set up the video camera, but making a slide show over the audio allowed me to easily condense an 11 minute intro and song into a more manageable 7min. 50 sec. This is still a bit long for our YouTube culture, but short enough that prepared hearts may benefit from it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYR6BmqU2R0&feature=youtu.be

Hopefully in the near future, Jeff and “the band” will be able to record this song in the studio for him. For now, I am happy that this wonderful concert evening helped to change at least my life, and the lives of two beautiful girls that are waiting to come home soon!

God bless, and please consider if you have a tug on your heart to adopt children in need of a home,

Randall Gregory



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Week 9 Finish getting ready to Rock!

Besides doing more research for evernotes this week, we had our full band rehearsal.

Concert is June 8 at Broadway Coffeehouse in Salem, OR at 7 PM. Music is great, some Ray Montegne and Switchfoot lead singer covers, plus a lot of original music about adoption from Jeff. You are in for a treat if you can make it. I am working with the sound guy to try and obtain the best audio recording possible. My newer idea rather than video is to take the audio from the concert (original songs) and make it available for purchase. I have done some audio mastering on a CD before, and this is something you never quite know if you are able to capture a great sellable moment, or some baby cries through the whole thing (which is probably fine in this case). I will be putting extra time this week helping to set up for the concert itself, keep spreading the word to my rich friends, and be practicing for the very best possible performance. One original song in particular completely captures the essence of my research this quarter, and that’s the song that I would like to turn in for my final project/continued fundraising for this family.

It turns out after another tough week for my wife that she has some evidence of having mono. This is probably why she is constantly worn out, and it is affecting the function of her shunt. I’m glad I turned this quarter’s work into helping someone else fulfill their dreams of getting that love home sooner than later. I still will use all the information I have gathered to turn this thing around and use it for our family as well.



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Week 8 Raise some support

This week is about social hacking, and I had some real life experience this week directly related to the readings. They were not attempts to hack into networks, but people use social hacking skills to deflect suspicion and blame from anything they might be doing that is not kosher. It can be a human flaw to trust, but it is also a way to preserve ourselves from hurt. Once the lying begins from someone we previously have known as trustworthy, it hurts. Of course I can’t write any of the details here, as this is nothing I would ever want published in the newspaper.

The concert is on for June 8, and we now have a full band (drums,bass,guitar,fiddle) and a rehearsal set. I need to generate some sort of publicity for this in the appropriate channels. I will nail down the exact form of final project that I can turn in to my instructor, in case they can not attend the concert. This is likely to be an adoption persuasive movie from the concert and interviews with the family we are helping. I also need to complete this course, so I’m thinking adding some research facts about adoption from all sources to my Evernotes. This will allow me to generate some good content for the concert movie. This would be sort of a pre-interview type technique to insure that I get the clips that I need for the movie, and for this to be a worthwhile pro-adoption concert. Possibly a script for the movie before I make it will help me be able to rock on the violin, and allow someone else to capture the best moments on video to send to the world later. This also puts the family adopting in the spotlight, and me in a supportive role which has been my desire all along. I also need to make sure that this adoption is so far along that a specific movie about the couples heart to decide to adopt would not jeopardize their progress. Since international issues are at stake here, I may need to turn in the movie to my instructor, and publish on the web at a later time.



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