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wife, homeschooling mom of 2 sons, photographer, abolitionist to end modern-day slavery/human trafficking, aspiring missionary, vintage fashion wearer


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Movie Suggestion Post #102

Movie Ratings are on a scale of 1-5. I tend to start at a 5 star rating and deduct things based on content, plot, photography/direction, and acting.  Anything rated over 3 stars and is in bold, which means I enjoyed it and would probably recommend it or watch it again.  (5 star ratings are very rare with me)! – Content is listed for those who are careful about what they or their children view (or what to be aware of)]

Big Hero 6 ,  2014 (animated w/ voices of Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk) – 3.5 stars -Hiro gets himself in trouble and his big brother Tadashi always comes to help him out. He looks up to Tadashi so much and finds out he is a big of a science geek like him with working on “science projects” of sorts that might be able to help people out a lot. Tadashi also has friends who are similar. Hiro decides he wants to go to the same special academy school as his big bro, and that he is of age where he could possibly do it if he invents something amazing. Microbots is what he creates, but in the wrong hands it can be pretty dangerous. In the process of everything, Tadashi’s invention becomes a bit of a helper to Hiro named Baymax. Baymax looks like a big vinyl marshmallow. How in the world could he really help out? This was a very heartwarming story with lots of action and typical “coming of age” type of situations. Parts of this film reminded me of Bladerunner, Half Life, and Portal (the games). My sons both cried while watching this movie which surprised me a lot. They also laughed loads too. Definitely cute. I am not too into the violence in it though. The animation is amazing in this by the way.
content: talk about puberty (nothing sexual that I picked up on, mainly emotional talk and body hair), a character acts drunk but is not one bit, there is some wine showed at a ceremony, a death, some characters longing for revenge to where they are willing to kill people (and mentioned that this is wrong), someone cries out to God (could be both appropriate in calling out for help or blaspheming depending on how you look at this one in the scene), fight scenes happen where people get attacked and fight with weapons, possible scary imagerybighero6

Moonstruck, 1987 (w/ Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello) – 3 stars – I so wanted to make this more stars, but I just couldn’t (content is the reason).  This is about a woman who is ready to settle down and marry after being a widow for several years, even though the guy she has been seeing isn’t really a guy she loves, is excited and knows he will take care of her and is a good man. When he goes away to visit his dying mother, she has to try to make amends with his brother for him so that he’ll attend their wedding. However, this guy is crazy and irritating and somehow is interesting to her. This movie was funny but there were definitely some “Oh no!” instances that make you concerned. Cher and Olympia Dukakis were wonderful in this and shone the most (no wonder why they won awards for their roles). Nicolas Cage’s acting was so bad to me though.
content: kissing, a man and woman kiss passionately in a bed (clothed) and you only see their heads but they moan and you know more is happening, a woman’s body is dark with an outline but you know she is naked even though you can’t see anything but she puts a sheet around her body, affairs are talked about as well as cheating on people in general, calling people prostitutes, immodesty (a woman is even powdering her cleavage at one point), drinking alcohol throughout (no drunkenness), a woman slaps a man a couple of times, a man threatens to cut his own throat, a woman holds up lingerie (she is fully dressed), language: (“s” word several times, “d” word, “Hell” used improperly, God’s name used blasphemously)

From Up on Poppy Hill, 2011 (anime) – 2.5 stars – This was a little boring. I didn’t realize it was newer and thought it was from the early 90s honestly. Umi raises flags constantly at her home where she cooks food for those who live there (there are boarders that live there too).  She is only a teenager but has the most responsibility in the home. This is set in the early 60s around the time that the Olympics were in Japan. Regardless, being post Korean War, Umi hopes to find her father who went missing but raising these flags. She meets a charming young man in her school named Shun. He is smitten with her. However, there may be a circumstance that will tear them away from one another in one way and possibly bring them together in another.  I will say once that situation became known I got a little weirded out but thankfully it had a happy ending. It was a sad story, and was sadly a little boring. I was hoping I’d like it more.
content: talk about death, flirting, rebellious talk, daring activity, some name calling

The Judge, 2014 (w/ Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall, Leighton Meester, Dax Shepard, Billy Bob Thornton, Vera Farmiga) -3 stars – This is one of those court movies, but the courtroom isn’t really the important part of the film. Hank (played by RDJ – which makes this my 72nd film I’ve seen with him in it) has been a big shot lawyer who seems to always defend the criminals. He’s been in the city for a while, but when his mother dies he returns to the farm town that he grew up in and the judge, who is his father (Robert Duvall) also is someone he hopes to not spend too much time around. They always had a bad relationship. His two brothers have always stayed near their home. Hank is also going through a divorce and his life seems to be falling apart around him. This is one of those bonding with family stories. I think it was filmed beautifully and the story was captivating, but it was a bit slow at times. If there wasn’t so much language in this especially that was unnecessary I would have rated it much higher.
content: A man makes out with a much younger (but legal) girl and finds out later something about her – he also gropes her bum while kissing her in public (they are dressed and she is immodest with a short skirt and cleavage hanging out), talk about murder, people trying to have a fist fight, some intense scenes of a man going through cancer problems of nausea, an old man shown without his shirt on, a man talks about how he is erect while making out intensely (clothes on), drinking (one character could be drunk), some talk about sexual things (maybe twice – once about how someone got pregnant – though not graphically talked about), smoking, language: (About 20-30 F words, God’s name used blasphemously a few times, short “b” word, “s” word, small “a” word, “hell” used incorrectly

The Egg and I,  1947 (w/ Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long, Louise Allbritton) – 3.25 stars – This movie felt really long but it was entertaining to the point where my sons watched most of it with me (they missed the beginning) and they cracked up in laughter at times. This was the second film of the double feature dvd with No Time for Love in which Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray return for a film. Newlyweds set out to buy a house on a farm together but there is a lot of work to be done and Betty is not so sure she likes the idea but her husband Bob is determined to make it work. A lot of mishaps happen and there are many neighbors that they meet including Ma and Pa Kettle (before the series was out, which I loved watching and got a kick out of as a kid watching reruns). Bob wants to have a great chicken farm. Betty just wants to be a good wife to him and goes along with him at times but she won’t give in to him as long as another chicken farmer who is a single woman keeps coming around to flirt with him (and he is such an airhead about it). This was based off of a book that I never read and was an autobiography of humor supposedly too.
content: kissing, immodesty, a woman set out for a married man regularly, smoking, drinking (no drunkenness that I recall but there is talk about a moonshine still)The Egg and I

Picture Bride, 1994 (w/ Youki Kudoh, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tamlyn Tomita, Akira Takayama, Yoko Sugi) – 2.75 stars – This film honestly is so beautifully directed that I thought it was much newer than a 1994 film. It looked like it could have been 2004. The quality is gorgeous. This is based off of stories of many of the women shipped from Japan to Hawaii as brides to men who wanted wives from their homeland by sending pictures to them and receiving one in return. They worked in the sugarcane fields and over time the men were very lonely. This story is about a very young girl who is only about 16 or so and is sent to a man who is in his 40s. She saw a picture of him looking much younger and was appalled to find out that he was so much older than she. Therefore, she keeps her distance from him even though they are wed but he is a very kind man who respects her and realizes that he did wrong in deceiving her in the first place. She wants to escape her past which is why she went in the first place. She makes a friend who teaches her how to survive Hawaii while she starts to learn about her kind husband. This was very interesting but as much as I liked it there were parts that I had to skip or I would have rated it a long higher. In case you are wondering, this is in both Japanese and English here and there throughout it.
content: there is death (though not physically shown), a woman peeks by accident on a married couple making out as their bodies are semi clothed on one another, a man goes to grab his wife’s breast, a woman is undressing and we see her bare back including her lower back as her husband peeks, people shown in a bathtub, a couple shown in bed as the woman’s bare shoulders and back (including lower back and hips) from behind, a couple shown in bed together making out (sex implied), a woman talks about domestic abuse, a man threatens to whip his workers, deceit, men’s bare chests seen

Paris When it Sizzles, 1964 (w/ Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Tony Curtis) – 2.5 stars – This is a story about a screenwriter who can’t figure out what to write for a movie. He hires a woman to type it out for him while he tells her the story, but he only has two days to do it. While preparing and telling the story, the two are shown acting it out (like a movie within a movie) and sometimes the plot has to change and other times not. The typist and the screenwriter begin to bond in the process. It was so strange to me and I don’t think the two actors meshed well with one another. I was pretty disappointed with the content too. I watched this while folding laundry and am glad I used my time semi-productively. The ending was nice though at least.
content: women shown in bikinis being objectified by an older man without issue, a woman later on is shown being carried on a fishing net by two men at a party with pasties on her nipples, lots of drinking (drunkenness), lots of smoking, a few kissing scenes (passionate), couples shown on beds kissing with suggestive ideas behind it, women dancing nearly naked for an older man in a party scene, a woman shown in a bathtub, a man shown in a bathtub (different scene from when the woman was in the bath), men punching other men, a woman smacks a man with her purse, ice cream is thrown at a woman’s cleavage and she giggles, the “d” word used once

Promised Land, 2012 (w/ Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt) – 3 stars – A man who is very dedicated to his work with natural gas and who longs to help people out by finding rich land is ready to get pushed up in his business. He has an assignment with his fellow employee to go to a farm area where there are many poor people living. These people are pretty dedicated to their land and work and families. Steve comes across an older man who is concerned for the community who is going to make it harder on him. On top of everything, soon an environmentalist comes in to make matters worse. Steve wants to let us know that he really isn’t a bad guy even though his company may seem to have some shady business. This had a lot of talking throughout the film so you have to listen carefully and pay attention. There were funny parts throughout it. I am actually surprised it was rated R instead of PG-13 (check out content why though). My husband seemed to like this more than I, but it definitely made you think about companies and how things work in the country.
content: a woman mentions being kissed, there is a lot of drinking at a bar mainly in this movie including some drunkenness, pictures shown of dead cows, punching, a man has a bloody nose, language (25 “f” words, God’s named used blasphemously 3x, “s” word used about 8x, long “a” word used, “hell” used incorrectly a few times)

Rape For Profit, 2012 (documentary) – 4 stars – This is one of the best anti-human trafficking movies I’ve seen. I’d go so far as to say it is in my top 5, and I’ve seen dozens of films and documentaries on the subject. It was produced partially by Jada Pinkett Smith who has become an advocate for a few years on human trafficking for Don’t Sell Bodies in which this had much to do with (without mentioning them other than in credits).  Basically this documentary covers an area in Seattle where a police force works primarily in arresting pimps and “Johns” and try to help out the prostitutes who are caught in the act.  What I truly loved about this film compared to most I’ve seen, is they attach the issues of pornography with both being “Johns” and prostitutes. It also showed how many young women are devalued from an early age by their own fathers and needing a good role model in their lives who is a man that they get abused so often and at such a young age, that they feel there is nothing more for them.  A former prostitute who is no well into her adulthood, but was put into it during the 1970s and is overweight now said, “Ugly is so safe. I’m not afraid to be raped now because I’m ugly.” Hearing that broke my heart so much. Her story really was very heartbreaking.  There was a lot of footage of talking to pimps and Johns and prostitutes in this and it all tied into the safehouse and work of Genesis Project which as of 2012 when this film was made had helped work with 43 girls who were prostitutes.  I cried while viewing this movie and truly recommend it to those who want to know more about sexual exploitation in the US.
content: immodesty shown of girls walking streets not wearing much as well as photos shown at times with very blurred out parts if they were nude at all (they would show underwear photos but all girls had blurred faces) – some of these were backpage ads, talk about sexual abuse including as children, Little girls shown wearing bikinis from Vogue magazine, guys shown pulling pants up when caught in cars with prostitutes (blurred out as they would be doing so), language: God’s named used blasphemously, “f” word said several times, big “b” word, small “b” word, “hell” used incorrectly, “s” wordrapeforprofit


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Women Illiteracy

Every day I am reading or writing down something.  I read a book and a half per week or so. I write or type daily.  Can you believe that more than one of every four people in India can’t even read? Rates are higher among women. Over 250 million women in Asia are illiterate. When a person is able to read or write, the opportunities for their life expand.  They can develop and learn so many things simply by having such a privilege!

Gospel For Asia will take $1 and be able to teach a woman how to read!
These women they interact with face many difficulties, such as failing to keep their children safe because they can’t read warning labels, debt piling up because they can’t understand the bad contracts they sign and being cheated in the market place because they can’t do basic math. While I have the ability to read the Bible, there is no way they can read even simple words of love. gfailliteracy


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“You Should Have Been Born A Boy”

RuthGFAIn many parts of the world, girls are unwanted and unloved.  Boys are the favored ones that father’s long to have. Being a girl is sometimes considered a curse.

Ruth’s father treated her very poorly. She had no idea why he would treat her the way he did when she did everything she could to make him proud.  After so long of being treated in such a way, she finally asked him why he hated her so. His response was, “You should have been a boy!” Afterward, he stopped speaking to her altogether. When I first watched this video about Ruth (which is in the intro before the GFA: Veil of Tears movie) I cried a lot.  It really was a touching and incredible story.  Ruth had found love through the Father when women missionaries reached out to her. God eventually brought restoration in her relationship with her father! Ruth now shares the hope she found in Jesus with other women, just like a GFA women missionary team first reached out to her.

I want to encourage you to sponsor a woman missionary today who will be able to connect with other women who feel pain and torment from their families or who may have been abandoned. These missionaries have restored much hope to many women by showing love to them they may have never received; love that comes from God.


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The Springer Thing

Stitch Fix sent me a dress in February that I was saving for when the weather got warmer. Here it is. Sorry the quality of these photos are not good, but you get to see the dress at least. Outfit posts are rare for me these days since I have all my clothes in a single drawer!Inmydressydress5thumbI hope everyone had a grand Resurrection Sunday. Our family celebrates Passover tied in with Yeshua/Jesus being the sacrificial lamb to atone for our sin so that death passes over us and cleanses us from our sin. We really love how God put it together like that with how Yeshua had the last supper (Seder meal) with his disciples, was arrested, killed, and resurrected all in the week of Passover. Pretty neat, in my opinion. We spend our week eating a lot of matzoh (no leavened bread at all for us and I love bread).  I already made matzoh ball soup (so good), matzoh covered chicken, latkes (potato pancakes), and the amazing matzoh chocolate caramel crunch. This is easily our favorite holiday. It isn’t easy, but it is worth it to remember the fact that God freed us from slavery of sin by sending His son to save us.inmydressydressthumber Inmydressydress4thumb


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Micah’s Diamond Quilt

The third quilt I decided to work on was for Micah. I used Moda Flats Charm Pack fabric for the entire top of the quilt (minus the border). I wasn’t sure how many I’d need, so I took longer in making this quilt than I desired, simply because I ran out of packs of fabric a few times. Micah picked out the fabric after I showed him several ideas for colors he said he had wanted. He wanted a lot of colors, so it wasn’t that easy to configure.Micahcutequilt1thumb

Next I looked through Craftsy once again as I had done for Leto’s quilt to see about a free pattern Micah might like. He really liked the design for the Susanna pattern. Only problem here is that the pattern stated to make only 16 of these blocks. I didn’t understand why until I went to the actual blog to see they were corner pieces of a border using these blocks, 8 on one side and 8 on the other. I wasn’t too fond of the overall pattern they had for the Susanna quilt though. Therefore I decided to make a load of them and a load of simple diamond blocks to put as alternating blocks to make Micah’s quilt. He liked what I was doing as I would show him blocks.

The result is as shown! This is my favorite quilt so far, simply because I didn’t really follow a specific pattern and could let my semi-creative juices flow. I went with a simple loopy quilting pattern on top of the entire thing. For the backing I pieced together the pieces from the charm packs that I had left across red fabric that matched the border I put on. I honestly stare at this quilt while it sits on Micah’s bed because I think it is so pretty. He loves it!IMG_1092Micahcutequilt8thumbMicahcutequilt9thumbMicahcutequilt10Micahcutequilt11Micahcutequilt3thumbMicahcutequilt2thumbMicahcutequilt4thumbMicahcutequilt5thumbProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset


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World Water Day on the 22nd!

gfawater1750,000,000 people do not have access to clean water! That’s insane, my friends! That is about 1 of every 9 people! Almost half of that number are people living in South Asia alone!  Africa suffers the most with 367,000,000 people not having access to clean water!

Things to learn:
1. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, or approximately 2,300 people per day.
2. Globally, women spend 200 million hours collecting water for their families.
3. Open defecation and the lack of sanitation only worsen the water crisis. About 65% of people living in rural India do not have access to a toilet.
4. Every minute, a child dies from a water-related disease!!!!!
5. Moms have little choice but to give their children dirty water to drink.gfawater2

All around the world people suffer because the wrong things are entering their bodies when they drink. A lot of people live in slums where everyone bathes in the same water, drinks from the same water, and dumps in the same water. This is a great problem in our world. We need to be willing to care for those who don’t have access like we do and help them. I can access clean water too easily and it is extremely sad that most people have to travel distances to find water and the water they find is not clean!  How spoiled I am. I grew up with a polluted river running through my backyard. I can only imagine having to go there each day and drinking from it. My mom constantly warned me to not even step in that water let alone have to drink it. Could you imagine your mother saying you had to drink it because it was the only water you could find?

Gospel For Asia digs “Jesus Wells” and provides “Biosand Filters” to many communities around South Asia. You can donate to help! Jesus teaches that HE is living water to quench our soul’s thirst. He reached a woman who went to get water at a well. She did not have access to water from her own home. He cared for the woman. Many people have been going to GFA’s Jesus Wells and learn about His love for them and why He was sent by the Father to save them! He also wants us to help those who are poor and destitute and in need so that there is no one who has a need! We need to help them! Let’s make this World Water Day change the world!gfawater3


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Thursday’s Thoughts & Links #17

1. I own 4 Garlands of Grace head coverings though I don’t wear head coverings as often or daily as I once did for various reasons, I definitely wore them daily for three years of my life and find them to be beautiful. I was thrilled to have my photos posted on the blog for the site. :) They also make pretty leg warmers there.

2. I came across this nearly year-old article on the Hutterites (who wear head coverings). These photographs are GORGEOUS and were taken by a now 22 year old man who grew up as a Hutterite in Canada and was kicked out because of the photography he indulged in so often (they were against people being photographed in that colony). The images are amazing. I would love to be a Hutterite myself (they do use modern technology and are Anabaptists like me) but alas, I also photograph people (though hey, if I find a colony that allows it, no worries).Hutterites

3. Easter is coming up (chocolate lovers be prepared as you read this), though I celebrate Passover tied into Jesus’ last supper and his death and resurrection instead – I still eat chocolate (slave-free). I wrote an article for Justice Network (which I am a part of as the current events adviser) about chocolate back in February to prepare for Valentine’s Day, but now I share it with you as Holy Week and Easter approaches. Find out the links between slavery and chocolate that you might be eating.

4. Record Store Day is coming!! I’ve been collecting and listening to records since I was 7, starting with the 45 of The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm” and The Beatles’ “Please Please Me” and Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There” which were my top played 45s I played on repeat which probably bothered my family so much. I always prefered the sound quality of records and enjoyed collecting them over CDs and cassettes and over MP3s too. I expanded my collection a lot when I was a teenager and then I stopped for about a decade other than some here and there (very seldom). I’ve been getting more lately now that we have better storage for our records and some extra income (we had them tightly kept in cardboard boxes for ages which were hard to get out and put back in). It doesn’t help that I live 2 minutes from a store that sells records. I am looking forward to Record Store Day and will definitely get one or two records. If you follow my instagram you have probably seen my “Turntable Tuesday” and “Saturday Serenade” record features.

5. It is no secret that I am fond of Robert Downey Jr’s films. He has created with his personal production company with his wife 9 short films for commercials for a phone. I enjoyed watching all 9 of these shorts here.

6. I used to create my own necklaces from things around my home as a teen and such, but to make them out of nature is so adorable. I came across this DIY acorn necklace tutorial and it made me smile. I can’t do it though because my 8 year old got poison oak from simply touching acorns once. >.<happyacornnecklaces7. I really enjoy Steve McCurry’s photography as he just photographs people around the world everywhere just living. He has even photographed slavery which of course is something that needs to be seen so it can be stopped (there was a photograph I saw of a woman with crazy scars all over her back from being beaten). Some of his photography does include tribal nudity so I won’t be posting a link, but I love how each photograph really captures life and how people live. Here are a few of my favorites. Photographs from Vietnam, Philippines, Uganda, India, and US (in that order).VietnamSteveMcCurry PhilippinesSteveMcCurry UgandaSteveMcCurryIndiastevemccurryUSSteveMcCurry8. This blue flycatcher feeding its baby! So pretty! So sweet1
blueflycatcher9. I’ve been wanting to do a Youtube channel or a podcast or something where I answer questions about life, the Bible or my views on things or answer questions about my own life or try to help those who have questions too. If I did this, would you subscribe or ask me some questions here or by clicking my email link on the right top side of my blog to let me know something that you are interested in knowing more about or need some advice for something you are going through? Thanks.

10. I started to watch this Teen Vogue’s Strictly Ballet short show on YouTube to prepare myself for if my sons stick with ballet as they get older. They’ve been doing it for nearly two years now and seem really dedicated and interested and I want to see what hard work may be ahead of them as a mom of ballet boys.

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