We are Isaac, Heidi, and James Botkin, and we live in middle Tennessee. We got married in May of 2014, and our son was born September 2015. Isaac is a designer and filmmaker who has worked in a variety of media in several countries, and now runs his own design firm. He has been writing about culture and ideas sporadically for several years. Heidi is a helpmeet, mother, homemaker, chef, advisor, and she provides the order and structure needed to implement a small number of the crazy ideas Isaac generates. She is learning to enjoy writing, even when the sink is full of dishes. James is a baby. He doesn’t write much yet, since he is only one month old.
We are attempting to create a very simple family-portfolio-commentary-diy-review-design-homemaking-news-theology-art-sewing-debate-photo-security-crafts-guns-cooking-political-technology blog. The reason for such a scattered and diverse set of topics is that we are going to write about the things that we talk to each other about, and the things that we are interested in. It won’t always cover what we are doing, or the most important international news of the day, but it will be based on conversations that we are having with one another, with our friends, and the conversations and lessons that we would like James to be part of or learn from… if he were older.
So if we can’t narrow down the topics that this blog will cover, we can narrow down its purpose. We are trying to accomplish 5 things:
Document Ideas for our Children
As parents who desire to obey the command of Deuteronomy 6, we plan to teach our children as we walk in the way, lie down, and rise up. If, for some reason, either of us won’t be around for our children in the future, this will be a record of some of the conversations and ideas that we would have shared with older children.
We are bad at journaling. We know this from our feeble attempts to journal the first year of our marriage. But we do want a record of what we were thinking and doing as our children grew up; the lessons that we learned when our children were too young to grasp them.
As Christians who serve a Sovereign God, we are encouraged about the future. We are enjoying our life and where God has placed us, and we hope to communicate that in our conversations and our blog posts. Even when commenting on the evil that is in the world, and confronting tyranny, sin and death, we have hope. And we hope that the optimistic reliance on God that we profess is something we can live out and write about.
Honor our Parents
In this day and age it’s cool to push the limits, question everything, and throw off tradition to find your own way in the world. In contrast to this prevalent rebellious attitude, we want to make a point to go out of our way to honor our parents, and the way they did things, even when it wasn’t perfect. Proverbs 1:8 reminds us, “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction And do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” In our day to day choices, we want to love our parents, be thankful for their sacrifice and investment in our lives, and model honor and respect for our children who will be watching. Through this blog, we want to remind readers that this is important.
Expand our Business
Since Isaac is self-employed, and we’re always looking for new clients, we’ll be posting some of his work projects here. What he values more than clients, however, is being able to work with like-minded folks, challenges that force him to learn new skills, and helping people to complete their own projects. We hope that readers of this blog can help us build relationships that result in work, consulting, or teaching in any areas of design, film, or manufacturing.
Practice our Writing
We are called to preach the Word in season and out, and to take every thought captive. Christians are commanded to be communicators, and to be able to communicate clearly and effectively requires diligent work and practice. If you’ve read this far, you know that we need all the practice we can get.
You’ll also notice that there are several blog posts that predate this one; we’ve tried to write for the past few months to make sure that there’s a bit of content to get started with. Also, all the previous (and ancient) posts from Isaac’s earlier blog Outside Hollywood have been archived here, partly for those people that are looking for a specific article, and partly to make this new blog look a little more established than it already is.
So, have a look around, and let us know in the comments what you think of things so far, and what you’d like to see more of. Thanks for reading!