I cried and I laughed and at the end I had this warm feeling in my heart. Our purpose for writing it down was to show that you can walk through grief without backsliding into despair. I still miss my friend and always will. That faith lives on because he was so incredibly faithful in those closing days. All these people got work because of this story. Over time, the widow er duo finds support among each-other and grows ever closes, as the kids instantly bond to inseparable playmates. As Gina and Michael realize their newfound friendship is so much more, they struggle against some surprising resistance from their families and community to unite their two grieving families as one and eventually learn to open their hearts to love again.
That dialogue happened in real life. Michael: I got a little taste of it with The Color of Rain, and once that gets in your blood it is hard to shake. I know where I am going. We always started at night with our bad thing and ended with our good thing followed by prayer. Gina: In the beginning the book was an idea — it was just this thought between Michael and I that we should record this stuff for our kids — and then that became clear to us after talking to different people. It brought tremendous peace to me and to many people. Michael: It was years later.
It was quite an adventure. As Gina and Michael realize their newfound friendship is so much more, they struggle against some surprising resistance from their families and community to unite their two grieving families as one and eventually learn to open their hearts to love again. He actually sought me out and asked me what I thought, and we ended up talking for about 20 minutes about the state of mind of the character of Michael in his journey and how this is a tipping point for him. Gina Spehn: One of the producers was on a treadmill at the gym and talking about the story, and right there on the treadmill he ordered the book. On Christmas Day 2005, 35-year-old Matt Kell lost his three-year battle with a rare form of cancer, leaving behind his wife Gina and their two small sons.
A drama about two different families who have something in common. One thing we really wanted to stress is when you have young kids, they really have to come first. About three months before he died, he began the diaries, and when I saw them for the first time, I was incredibly emotional and also grateful he had given me permission to live again. You read that Michael is a funny person and he is likable and that naturally connects you to someone, and I watched him with his kids and then with my kids. Gina: That was critically important to us, because we are handing over our story to someone else and allowing them to interpret it. In the Kell family the husband passes away and in the Spehn family the mother dies. While they did take some liberties and changed a few things, I believe they did a good job of remaining true to it.
In a gut-wrenching coincidence, just weeks after Matt's death, the Spehn's mom, Cathy, also suddenly succumbs to cancer, leaving her distraught husband, Michael, to care for their three kids on his own. One gentleman we refer to often came to one of the nonprofit events we have for The New Day Foundation and his wife was very ill at the time and they had young children. I am interested in writing about people of faith in movies that are real. We called our sessions good thing bad thing. For instance, I hear from men all over the country and world — the book is in 12 different countries — about their relationships with their fathers and how the story I told about mine really resonated with them. I am a widow myself and was touched by the Spehn family.
Both families have lost one of the parents to cancer. They allowed us to read the script and edit things. We speak all over the country — that keeps us very busy — and we have five kids. How important was it to you to keep them at the forefront? We had written the book — those are the true words, so now what are they going to do with it? But despair becomes something different. Michael: Warren looks just like me! God woke me up, moved on.
Over the year that follows, their lives become intertwined as they learn to lean on each other during the at-times insurmountable obstacles, tears and adversity and begin to heal with laughter, compassion and faith. The families support each other in their times of need and a meaningful and ever deepening relationship develops that some non immediate family members disapprove of. I loved this movie , gives me hope that there is in Gods timing someone who wants to spend the rest of there life with me. I love the song at the end have not been able to locate it. Sensing the hopelessness in Michael she so recently saw in herself, Gina reaches out to Michael and his kids and the two families begin to forge an unlikely friendship and close bond.
The very first time they came over for dinner, there was an instant comfort level — an instant normal. I knew it was a special story and feel lucky that it came my way. It was beautifully written and acted by Lacey Chabert and Warren Christie. Michael: They were incredibly generous to us, always asking us our opinion. But Michael crafted it beautifully and worked closely with Nancy Silver, the writer, to make it more authentic.