Mother of Three Kids Finds Unexpected Purpose

Films / USA

About The Film

Filmed over 4 days in the inland empire, just east of Los Angeles, CA, we went into Dawn’s story with a desire to affirm mothers while learning from a scenario we were still personally unfamiliar with at that point in time – parenthood. Dawn and her family were incredibly gracious with their time and their home. In the end we were thrilled to have captured what a typical day for a mom might look like, and then we intertwined these visuals with the theological lessons we learned from Dawn. Patience. Self control. Exhaustion. Busyness. Sacrifice. Being a parent is such a blessing and a challenge.


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[location: USA, length: 4:50]

A short film on one of the most overlooked jobs in America… motherhood.  [location: USA, length: 4:50]

Filmed over 4 days in the inland empire, just east of Los Angeles, CA, we went into Dawn’s story with a desire to affirm mothers while learning from a scenario we were still personally unfamiliar with at that point in time – parenthood. Dawn and her family were incredibly gracious with their time and their home. In the end we were thrilled to have captured what a typical day for a mom might look like, and then we intertwined these visuals with the theological lessons we learned from Dawn. Patience. Self control. Exhaustion. Busyness. Sacrifice. Being a parent is such a blessing and a challenge.


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Dawn:
I have to be honest, I never wanted kids. I got married. I got into my career and I found a lot of satisfaction in what I did there. I think somewhere deep down inside, I knew there were going to be a lot of work and I didn’t feel like I was prepared to deal with a such a hard job. Guys! I can hear you guys fighting. Can you guys just stay focused please?

Sam:
I'll try.

Dawn:
Emma is my first born. She tends to be very responsible. Sam is my second and he's very smart and creative and then, there's Thomas. He's 6 and he is non-stop boy. My life in the morning is kind of like being a general coming out of a tornado. Sam, that is his corner. Leave him alone. I have to get the troops up. I have to get them dressed and I get them out the door to get them to school on time. Bye guys. Have a good day, Sam. Once I dropped my kids off, I get some much needed personal time. The role of a mom has been hard for me at times. I feel like I'm never doing enough and there's always something more to do. There's this internal image of the perfect mom that I can never really measure up to. Or I fall in to the isolation that comes from being a mom especially when they were really young, I'll go sometimes weeks without seeing friends because my kids were sick or not sleeping and it was very isolating. In all these areas, God has been patiently healing my heart. His grace has shown that I don’t need to be a perfect person and the more I rely on his wisdom and strength, the easier my task becomes. Hey, good to see you, sweetie To go from not wanting kids to actually seeing my role as a mom as a high calling and something valuable has been a gradual process. I realized the God has called all of us to be faithful with what he's given us and in my case, it's my kids.

Sam:
Okay mom, I need you.

Dawn:
I only have one shot at this. I'm going to be the one to stand before God and he's going to say what did you with what I gave you. What did you do with the little humans that I gave you to form? Success is being obedient to what God's given me and if he's placed me as a mom and I do it for him and I'm empowered by his wisdom then that's going to bring him glory. I think one day if I was sitting across from God, I'd like to hear him say, "Dawn, you did it. I know you didn’t go into this with all the equipment that maybe other people went with but didn’t I know better than you did. Wasn’t there a tremendous blessing in taking you down this road? You're obedient to my call and you did a good job of raising these kids. Well done.”

Thomas:
God, please help me to have a good day at the picnic and please let me have a good night sleep. In your name, amen.

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