On Sunday after our Tarjay run J went back to his house and after an hour or two, he sent me an email. I clicked the link and instantly became so excited...
Well. The link led to an article about a fundraiser for a Christian school that Willie and Phil from Duck Dynasty would be headlining... That night... In Castle Rock, Colorado.
I suppose I should begin by explaining how I came to be a Duck Dynasty fan and why I love it so much...
J and I were talking one night when I was in L.A. and he told me that his brother in law had gotten him to watch this TV show on A&E. He was watching it while we were on the phone and he convinced me to turn my TV to the same thing.
Two hours later, I was doing laundry and completely transfixed by these Louisiana hillbillies that created this mega-company from the swamps. There was something so refreshing about how genuine and true to themselves they were. Add in the fact that I was born in Iowa and know a thing or two about camo and hunting and you have a Duck Dynasty addict.
Over Thanksgiving break, I introduced my mom and dad to the show... We quote Si all the time and laugh about the episodes with my aunt, uncle, and cousins. It's amazing to find a TV show we all can enjoy together.
When I moved to Colorado, J and I began a tradition of watching the show together. It's not scandalous or sexy or suspenseful... It's just funny and enjoyable, which is nice for a change. We like seeing the hunting and hearing Phil's words of wisdom and seeing a TV family that loves and respects one another.
Needless to say, it didn't take us long to decide that we had to go to this fundraiser.
Throughout the night there was a silent auction going on at the back. A local Christian bookstore also had Phil's book, Happy, Happy, Happy and Willie and Korie's book, The Duck Commander Family, for sale. I bought both and I read Phil's that night when I got home. It's amazing what that man has been through and how he has been able to turn from his hard times and become an upstanding, family man with a successful empire.
The event began with Willie Robertson, who spoke about the growth of their family and their business. Growing up poor with an alcoholic father, Willie remembers accepting God into their lives as the turning point to a more positive future. It took his father's passion for wildlife and hunting, lots of hard work, and blessings from up above to help them develop the family empire they now have.
It was really motivating to hear such a successful person talk about holding onto his personal values and the importance of his family while growing a company. He repeated several times that they prioritized their lives by faith, family, and ducks... In that order.
Then Phil came out and did a duck call demonstration. He is fantastic at presentation, and the passion he holds for his craft really shines through as he speaks.
The main event was a live auction to raise money for The Rock Christian Academy.
After the live auction, Phil came back on the stage and began to speak about his faith. He was such a passionate, moving, knowledgeable speaker... I was floored. I knew he was a smart, successful man but I had no idea he could preach the way he did. Whenever Phil Robertson starts a church, I'm going.
I had such a great time at the event... And it made me so thankful that J is willing to go to things like this with me!! We left very happy, fulfilled, and feeling like we made a difference... Which is all you can really ask from a Sunday night :)
|I even got Willie to sign an autograph for my uncle, who is a fan of the show.|