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Families Connecting at the Family Economics Conference

Monday, March 14th, 2011


This weekend saw hundreds of families join together in Raleigh, North Carolina to celebrate and learn about productive family economics at the 2011 Family Economics Conference.  Sponsored by Generations with Vision, the Family Economics Conference covered topics such as Vision for the Family Economy, How to Train Your Sons to be Financially Prepared for Marriage, The College Paradigm and the Family Economy, and Mentoring, Networking, and Contractualization, among others.

FFD families at Family Economics Conference

It was a special event that saw the rendezvous of several Freedom Film Distributor families. Alan Hillman's family represented Freedom Film Distributors in the vendor hall, Randy Winton and his sons had a booth for their new home business promotion venture Christian Home Industry, and I had a booth for a new project I've just launched called True Food Solutions, a community content and networking site focused on finding solutions to the challenges of finding healthy and affordable food in an era of rising food prices. It was a blessing to fellowship together with others from our Freedom Film Distributor family.

 The Wintons singing bluegrass gospel at Family Economics Conference

The Wintons were invited to perform their wonderful bluegrass gospel music for the large crowd, and provided wonderful uplifting entertainment during lunchtime and the evening keynote sessions.

Practical business ideas panel discussion

The Family Economics Conference addressed many issues that are foundational to the existence and vision of Freedom Film Distributors. It was a blessing to meet with and learn alongside many other families that are seeking to be productive in and through their family life.  We encourage you to purchase the Family Economics Conference audio to benefit from the wonderful widom shared by the speakers this past weekend.  Visit the Freedom Film Distributors website if you are interested in pursuing a simple family business opportunity you can do with your children.

Meanwhile, up in Connecticut

Friday, June 11th, 2010

While Steve and family are meeting homeschooling families in Virginia at the HEAV Convention, Alan Hillman and family are on the road again, this time in Connecticut at the CT TEACH homeschooling convention.  Now at their 5th homeschooling convention of the year, our road warrior distributor family is excited about this last convention before they get a chance to rest for the summer.

Hillman Family at CT TEACH

As always, the Hillmans set up a beautiful display of their DVDs from the Freedom Film Distributor catalog and other products that they sell through their Honeysuckle Farms family business.

Hillman booth at CT TEACH

The Hillmans on the Road Again – All the way in PA

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Alan and Shelley Hillman have been busy lately.  Very busy.  After having a productive and busy weekend at the Massachusetts HOPE convention two weeks ago, they traveled last week all the way from Maine to Pennsylvania to attend the CHAP homeschool convention, one of the largest in the nation.  (It seems we don't yet have any distributors in PA willing to go sell lots of our products to eager buyers at a place like CHAP – if you or someone you know in PA might be interested in Joining Us, read more about Becoming a Distributor.)  They had a special treat while there, meeting up with our Director of Distributor Support, Scott Eash, pictured below.

Scott Eash visiting Hillmans booth at CHAP

The Hillmans don't do anything small, it seems.  They have a strong desire to establish an atmosphere, even as a vendor at a large convention, where people can relax and enjoy fellowship while browsing their Honeysuckle Farms product library (and it literally looks like a library).  They have had many wonderful opportunities to talk to and even minister to people by related the stories from the films in the Freedom Film Distributors catalog, as well as from their own journey of faith.

Hillmans booth at CHAP

Of course, to get such a wonderful vendor display set up requires a hefty logistics effort, which Alan deftly handled with his two red monsters.

Hillmans loaded for roadtrip to CHAP

HOPE in Massachusetts with the Hillmans

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

This past weekend was the MassHOPE homeschooling convention in Massachusetts, and was attended by our distributor in Maine, Alan Hillman and family.  They had a wonderful time of working together as a family and talking with convention attendees about the films from the Freedom Film Distributors catalog.

Hillman daughters helping their family business


The Hillman family at their booth at HOPE convention

After a successful convention weekend, the Hillmans are excited about upcoming events they have planned to promote the FFD catalog of films in their area.  We look forward to more great news from the Hillman family and their home-based Honeysuckle Farms business.

A Good Report from the Maine Homeschool Convention

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Alan Hillman provided a report late Saturday of great success at the first homeschool convention of the year – the Homeschoolers of Maine Convention held Friday and Saturday in Rockport, Maine.  While there was success in terms of product sales, even greater was the opportunity realized to fellowship with and minister to homeschool families through the Hillman family’s experience and by offering the life-changing films in the Freedom Film Distributors catalog.  The Hillman family’s vision to do business as a family was on display, as their children helped them work their booth, including writing receipts for customers and making change, in addition to offering the products that their children make at home for their Honeysuckle Farms business.  Their children were able to interact with other children of attendees and exhibitors, and the picture of a family working together proved to be powerful.

Grace Hillman at Maine homeshool convention with Freedom Film Distributors

Alan reports: “Our daughter Abigail had also made some dolls called “His World Dolls” and each one has children that are from a different country.  On our website she puts the family name, nationality, a little about their country, and the favorite family bible verse for that family. She sold three sets of those and thats a double blessing, actually triple:  we are blessed to see other girls happy to play with innocent godly dolls (one little girl paid with her own money), our girls were blessed, and the final blessing comes from the fact that Abigail donates 10% to Operation Nehemiah Missions to the Sudan!”

The Hillmans created a wonderful booth display, including items related to the films they were offering to present a more tangible understanding of the content.  This use of candles made by the West Ladies featured in the Homestead Blessings DVD series is one good example.

HSB Candles at Freedom Film Distributors convention booth

Interest was so great in their booth that they found themselves being flooded with shoppers even after many other vendors had closed their booths.  Alan told us that “Shelley and I were both talking and ministering to separate people and all of a sudden we had 4-5 people looking at DVDs.  The woman in the pink (pictured below) had walked a friend over and was going through each Homestead Blessing DVD and was explaining it to her what each one was about in detail.  The other people there listened intently” and this customer’s sharing of her experience with the films led to her friend making a purchase before leaving.  When your customers make the sale for you, you’re in good shape!

Hillman booth at Maine homeschool convention - customer makes a sale

We are excited to see other distributors engage with the public at upcoming conferences and other events, so be sure to stay tuned for more updates.  If you are inspired by the Hillman family’s example and are interested in getting involved, see the Join Us section of our website.

The sun rises on the 2010 Convention season

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Sunrise in Rockport, Maine

Distributor Alan Hillman and family sent this picture this morning of the sunrise in Rockport, Maine, where they are attending the first homeschool convention of the year – the 2010 Homeschoolers of Maine (HOME) Convention.  In addition to representing Freedom Film Distributors, the Hillman family is exhibiting other resources and their homemade goods produced as a part of their Honeysuckle Farms family business.  Alan shared this picture of their booth with their products displayed and we think they did a great job!

Hillman family Freedom Film Distributors at Maine homeschool convention

The Hillmans are offering a 15% off discount coupon to anyone attending the convention – just go to their event page on EventBrite, click Register and fill out the form to print your coupon.  Be sure to let your friends that are attending know!

We’re looking forward to getting a report on how the convention goes and are eager to hear of the response to the Freedom Film Distributors purpose and product line.  If you are interested in getting involved with us, or know somehow who might, visit the Join Us section of the Freedom Film Distributors website.

The Hillmans – A Founding Distributor Family

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Get pic from Alan, post blog on Hillman family

Alan and Shelley Hillman recently joined Freedom Film Distributors as our first distributors in Maine.  As the owner of a wireless phone retail franchise, Alan is no stranger to entrepreneurship.  Alan defines honor as “Truthfulness, Living with INTEGRITY to Honor God and His Word. Giving of ourselves fully to represent God and His love.”  He brings this high standard of conduct to all his endeavors, and becoming a distributor is just one of many.

Alan Hillman told us, “God is leading our hearts to a family business model. We have been praying for years for an outlet for this. We own a retail franchise now but are excited about the next step.  The back of my business cards reads ‘The primary barometer for the success of a man can be determined by the contentment of his wife and the character of his children.’”

The Hillmans have started a family enterprise called Honeysuckle Farms to promote handcrafted products like dresses and handmade dolls.  The Freedom Film Distributors catalog of films seems to fit nicely with the Honeysuckle business.  The Hillmans are very excited about taking the family business on the road to various homeschool conferences.

Be sure to visit the Honeysuckle Farms website and their Facebook page. Stay tuned for progress reports from the Hillman family!

Our newest Founding Distributor family

Saturday, December 12th, 2009
Jason, Scott, and Steve with Alan and Shelley Hillman

Jason, Scott, and Steve with Alan and Shelley Hillman

Our newest Founding Distributor family, Alan and Shelley Hillman, joined up with the FFD team at the SOS conference.