Thank You For Your Service…

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Thank You For Your Service

This film tells the story of an amazing soldier and hero named Adam Schumann who bravely served our country. His story, like many others is one of bravery, heart break, sacrifice, loyalty and resilience…which EVERYONE needs to hear and see. TYFYS is based on the best selling book by American Journalist David Finkel who spent countless days with Adam and his family. Writer and director Jason Hall gives us a very real sense of what our soldiers experience while serving our country and the struggles of integrating back into family and civilian life. He does not shy away from the real issues our service members and their families experience. Jason takes you into the intimate moments shared between Adam and the men he served alongside. We get a glimpse into their experiences and memories of war, how they struggle to leave the war behind and the challenges they face as they integrate back into their civilian roles as husband, father, son, and friend. Moments like these are not easily talked about or shared with the general public. Our eyes are opened to PTSD and the very real challenges our service members and their families face in getting the medical assistance they need.

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As a family of story tellers, we were really drawn to this script. We audition for things all of the time but this story was different….special and necessary. Stella began the auditioning process when she was four. I remember her auditions vividly. Of course I was a proud mom but, this opportunity felt different. My husband and I have family who were and are service members and have many friends who’s have walked similar journey’s. I will never forget when our agent called with the exciting news that our little family had prayed for! When I heard the words, “Stella was chosen to play Zoe,” it felt like my heart stopped for a moment. I was overcome with gratitude. Not because Stella had received a big booking….although that is exciting….but, because I knew Adam’s story and this film would change so many lives. We want everyone we know to see this film.

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Thank You For Your Service opened on October 27th and we have already seen first hand the impact it has had on so many. I have received messages from military wives and service members who have shared their heart breaking stories that are very similar to Adam Schumann’s. War has a very real and at times devastating impact on our military and the families who support them. My hope is that you will see this film, your eyes will be opened to the challenges our service members face and that you will feel a call to action. The systems set in place to “care” for our military are flawed. Many service members do not receive the care and help they need. BUT, we can change this….we have to change this. It will take some time for our government to repair this flawed system but, David Finkel, Jason Hall and Adam Schumann have already began that uphill battle by bringing these issues to light.  What you can do in the mean time is show immense, true and heart felt gratitude to the men and women who serve our country.  Offer your friends and family who have served a safe place to land, open the door to conversations and offer them unconditional love and support.

Let the next time you say “Thank you for your service” be different. May it be said with a deeper knowledge of their sacrifices.

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This is Adam Schumann….Hero, Veteran, Husband, Father, Son, and Friend.

Thank You Adam Schumann for your bravery and sacrifice. Thank you for sharing your story in the most meaningful and honest way. Thank you to your wife Saskia and your children. Thank you….it will never seem like enough but, Thank You!

 While this subject matter is very serious, let me tell you that our time spent on set with these amazing people has forever changed us! Stella had the most fun with Jason, “Mr. Miles and Ms. Haley” (Miles Teller and Haley Bennett). We finally met Adam at the movie premiere. I still do not have adequate words to describe him. He is amazing and every synonym that goes along with that word. We also had the pleasure of meeting the men Adam served with. Trust me when I say….their stories are real and true. These people are extraordinary.

Making movies is all sorts of fun! Making a movie that changes lives is the reason we became actors.

A big thank you to TuTu Du Monde for dressing Stella. She felt like a star!

 

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We are beyond proud of this film. Make sure to see it! Click here to view the movie trailer.

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To all of our service men and women…..Thank You For Your Service.

 

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Making time for self care….

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Can I be honest? Fitting in workouts has been the biggest challenge for me! I have a nasty habit of putting my needs on the back burner. Raise your hand if you can relate!! I run around making sure everyone else’s needs are met and allow myself to have the left overs. I recently saw a meme that said, “My kids look like they stepped out of a GAP ad and I look like I stepped out of an episode of the Walking Dead!” It’s funny and it was true!

You guys, I know better! Self care is a must. It’s important to take care of your soul, mind and body. Without getting too deep….I had to really look at how I viewed myself. Why do I insist on the best for my husband and kids but, not for myself? I felt the rumblings of change beginning to happen. You know the feeling, God starts stirring up things he wants to change in you. It hurts but, it’s necessary.  After some much needed time with my Creator and acknowledging deeply rooted “I am not enough” insecurities, I focused my attention on self care and self love.

I came up with 3 things I must do daily to care for myself.

That seems easy enough, right?

  1. Nurture my relationship with God through meditation, reading and prayer.
  2. Center my attention on Thankfulness.
  3. Care for my body through nutrition and exercise.

I have so much to say about all of these areas and I promise I will share more!

But…..

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Let’s chat fitness!

Your body needs to move! When you work out your body produces endorphins. The link between exercise and mood is pretty strong! I start to feel a shift in my mood fairly soon after I begin….it’s getting myself going that is the struggle.

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Never enough time! I am eyelash deep in babies, house cleaning, memorizing scripts and the countless other things that seem to creep in and takeover my day. I often feel like I don’t have time and the time that I do have I want to throw myself into a comfy bed and sleep. And, sometimes you need to indulge and do just that. But, I am in control of my day and if I want to see change I have to chisel out time. The first few days of my self care journey were filled with half attempts at failed workouts. I definitely try to be gentle with myself and extend grace. What I found that keeps me accountable is setting health goals and remembering why I need to be fit and healthy….my family! So, I fit my work outs into the nooks and crannies.

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My babies are always with me so, naturally I came up with ways to include them in my work out!  We make it fun and easy. I love that it introduces fitness to them at a young age. When they understand that I want to keep my body healthy and in shape, it motivates them to be healthy too!

When we work out together I do things that they love like kicking the ball and tag.  I also introduce a few exercises that their little bodies can handle. I am not going to lie, it’s pretty cute watching them attempt burpees. I am sure the added laughter increases the amount of calories burned, right?

Here are a few exercises we like to do together!

  1. Planks
  2. Squats
  3. Push-ups
  4. Lunges
  5. Burpees
  6. Leg raises
  7. High Knees

 

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And…..we run! My favorite Jogging Stroller is the Joovy Zoom 360. It’s lightweight, comfy and easy to maneuver. Seriously, this stroller has the most amazing ability to go over any terrain and make smooth turns. I actually prefer this stroller whenever we are cruising around town running errands! Thank you to Joovy for allowing me the ease of running with a great stroller!

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You can get your Joovy Zoom for under $220 here! Its Properly Stylish and affordable! Definitely a mommy must have!!

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To make sure my body is getting all of the nourishment it needs I follow a healthy diet and take Plexus’ plant based supplements. Don’t worry, I will fill you in on all of the details. I love veggies and Plexus! Both have changed my health game!

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Nothing motivates me more than my babies! If you need inspiration, look at the faces of your loved ones.

I hope my journey with self care will inspire you to take time for yourself. You are worth it! Both you and your family deserves to have the best version of “YOU.”

Be gentle and extend yourself a healthy serving of grace. Workouts don’t have to be perfect and you do not have to have a gym membership to exercise. Work with what you have, love on your family and get that body moving!

XO,

Wendy Wynne