Today we have the honor and privilege of celebrating the life and times of the incredibly talented Martha Williamson. And what better way to do that than with a post about what we POstables---and every one else---love about this special lady?
Here are just a few of those reasons, in no particular order!
1. Her art imitates life---hers, and that of humanity.
It might seem like a far-reaching statement, but not only does Martha tell stories that capture our imagination, she grips our hearts, too, all the while reminding what it means to be human, embracing life in all its beautiful, messy, complexity---and that's a universal story.
And you don't have to take my word for it, you can take hers...
3. She has an immense amount of love for the people around her (and besides her family, four others in particular)...
4. ...and they absolutely adore her back.
In fact, if it wasn't for one person's excitement about Martha's special day this time last year, I wouldn't have been able to ballpark the week A&D should celebrate during. Really---try Googl-ing it and you'll only get an age, not a day (on second thought how about you not do that and just take my word for it?). Needless to say, Crystal is kind of my hero.
But the love doesn't stop with Crystal, it just emanates outward from her in a ripple effect. Remember those two times James Jandrisch couldn't help but brag about how Martha was his hero over her work on the series theme song and that french song in From Paris With Love? And I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to walk around the set and find other people who shared the same sentiments!
5. She also finds ways to make us fans adore her, too.
Fan interaction is more and more part of the business of running a television show these days, but it's truly an honor and a privilege to say that Martha has used A&D as one of the places she has chosen to do just that---and besides being incredibly flattered, we've certainly learned some things as well!
6. She is a woman running things, and making sure other women are running things, too.
There are few things more important for a young girl than having women to look up to. Not only does Martha exhibit the kind of grace, intelligence and talent most can only hope to achieve in a lifetime, she makes sure to create characters who genuinely exhibit these qualities as well. Also remember that our POstables currently are (Becky), and have been, supervised by females from the very beginning.
Not to mention she is pretty much theShonda Rhimes of quality family television, has her own production company, and surrounds herself with writers, consulting producers and other key positions who are also women. Still hoping to one day see her in action.
If you've read any interviews Martha has done about the show you can tell that one of her missions with SSD is to bring authenticity to the realities of being a person of faith, of not being immune to trouble, but merely having the added benefit of a resource to help us walk through it. I know I've learned how to be better at walking through those tough times, and even used SSD as a way to cope!
8. And perhaps most importantly of all, she created Signed, Sealed, Delivered!
Without her following God's lead, we wouldn't even be here right now, celebrating a birthday on a blog all about the show!
So, Martha, #POstables everywhere hope you had/have the most blessed of birthdays, and thank you for all the numerous ways you have, and continue, to touch our lives.