During the 2016 summer, Ian and I were heading to travel the world and film our documentary project while our four kiddos were spending their summer with my family in Estonia. During the break in the filming schedule, we packed our camera gear into our backpacks and took a flight to see them.
Since I have been able to take my family to visit my homeland I have been gifted with the amazing opportunity to rediscover my history all over again. To see the things I took for granted in a new light and to revisit the people and places I have missed with a newfound appreciation.
On this particular trip, my mom took us to visit the place where our pre-crusade king fought his last fight to protect our nation from a German takeover. As he lost his life our nation lost its freedom. The following 700 years Estonians lived in slavery.
As we planned our trip to the hidden hills in the heart of Estonia, our son who had discovered his love for archery, proposed an idea. He desired to make a short film of him and his grandma’s black wolf dog “Peetrike” in the Estonian forest with his bow and arrows.
As we arrived at the forest, fresh with rain, we freed the kids and the dog, the later had no interest in taking any directions. So we let our crew run wild and discover every rock and frog there was.
As it’s not every day our kiddos take a full interest in our passions, we did set out to film our son’s exploring of the historic site and testing out the new Estonian handmade bow he was gifted with.
The star of our picture working with his would be co-star “Peetrike”, the wolf dog. Unfortunately, our dog costar was not ready for his debut and refused to cooperate.
The beautiful majestic land of Estonia, once filled with struggle, now is filled with an atmosphere of reverence and hope.