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


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Our Family in Weekly Photos (2014) – 41 of 52

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1. Micah’s game was indoors because of rain.  He (#1) seems more interested in just jumping up and down and having fun than playing, but he is adorable and even got to play goalie at one point, which he seemed to have fun trying out.  He was all sweaty afterwards so he definitely had a good time running about.
2. Rob’s band (he plays bass) called Vowels played their first live show during the week (we all went).  They did SO SO SO amazing.  I got a video clip played at the bottom of this, but wish I recorded through their whole set and entire songs.  There were so many people there to support them and cheer them on.  They already have more shows coming up!
3. Leto has been being more helpful when we go to the laundromat.  He carries my basket for me willingly and tries to help me with the clothes.  Here he is helping me out while we were going in to switch the laundry from the washer into the dryer.  He’ll hate it in no time, I’m sure.
4.  Here I am working on my last quilting block for my first quilt.  This is an applique.  I put a lot of work into this one and think it was one of my best blocks too.  I can’t wait to piece them all together and finalize the quilt too!  


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Movie Suggestion Post #97

Movie Ratings are on a scale of 1-5.  Anything rated over 3 stars and is in bold, is usually a pretty good rating (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). I usually rate based on content, plot, photography/direction, and acting.]

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure 1989 (w/ Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin) – 3.5 stars – Yes, this movie is good. I really do like it and hadn’t seen it since maybe 1992. I think I could re-watch it every year now because it is funny and actually well done.  I like 80’s movies (for the most part).  The story is about two kids who have a band (though they don’t know how to play their instruments yet).  When one of them is threatened to be sent to military school and the other doesn’t seem to really know much of anything school related at all, they decide to study hard so they can have their band in the future.  Because their future seems to not have that outlook, a man from the future comes to help them go back in history to learn firsthand about what their teacher is trying to get across their heads.  It leads to some strange situations but is fun.
content:  teen boys look at a woman’s cleavage, teen boys call women “babes”, some innuendos, deceit, guy’s midriff shown, boxers shown sticking out of pants, kissing (including a known barbarian who kisses a servant without asking or her seeming to be interested), someone is kicked out of a bedroom because they may have walked into a room where sex was happening (nothing at all shown, but you figure that is the case), sword fighting, shooting, people drinking in a bar and smoking, disobedience, stealing, language: (someone is called a “fag”, and “dickweed”), the “s” word said once in English and several times in French, misuse of the word “hell”billandted2bill and ted 3

Coyote Ugly 2000 (w/ Piper Perabo, Adam Garcia, Tyra Banks, John Goodman) – 2.5 stars – This is about a girl who has dreams of having her songs being used by big singing sensations.  She decides to move from Perth Amboy, NJ (I’ve been there myself for shows during the time that this movie came out) into NYC where she thinks she’ll get her break.  While there she meets a guy who works as a burger flipper and she ends up landing a job at a place called Coyote Ugly where girls are dancing bar tenders.  The place is chaotic.  LeAnn Rimes makes a cameo appearance.  This movie had a pretty good plot and at least they sorta showed how you can’t easily get known by just trying to bring your songs into places (she uses cassette tapes which made me laugh).  I think I would have liked this more if I didn’t hate the objectification of women throughout it (you’ll have to check the content for that).  I fast forwarded through a couple scenes too.  The music wasn’t that great in the film by the way. haha.
content: immodesty throughout (women shown in bras, underwear, taking off tops where some are shown naked from the back, women’s midriffs shown throughout and cleavage is shown too), a man shown naked in bed with a sheet just covering his man-part, kissing (and passionately), women and men dancing very seductively and stripping a bit (such as men taking their shirts off and women rubbing their bodies), talk about virginity, lots of drinking and alcohol throughout the movie (no drunkenness shown), dangerous driving shown, women being cat-called and objectified throughout, pre-marital sex (not shown but you know it happens), a woman shown wearing just a sheet, language: (“s” word used a few times, short “b” word used a few times, “hell” used incorrectly, “d” word, God’s name used in vain)

It Happened at the World Fair 1963 (w/ Elvis Presley, Gary Lockewood, Vicki Tiu, Diane Warren) – 2.5 stars – So many strange things about this movie.  First off a man leaves his tiny niece with strange men he just met for the first time to take care of.  It was really strange, Also just the womanizing done by Elvis’ character is really annoying.  The plot is basically a guy who is going to the World’s Fair hoping to make some moolah.  Because the little girl who he had already met before and took care of at another point gets pretty much abandoned, he starts to care for her.  The whole time he comes across a nurse that he wants to swoop off her feet.  It had good music, but not much else.  It was nice that one of the lead roles was Asian who didn’t have to speak “Engrish” but talked with a normal English accent is something rare for a 60’s movie.  That part made me happy.  There is also a smuggling incident included in the story.
content: abandonment, a guy lusts in front of a little girl and gives double meanings to the things he says, lots of objectification of women, kissing, fist fights, immodesty, people threaten to shoot someone,  someone bites someone’s finger, smoking, talk about drinking

What Women Want 2000 (w/ Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Ada) – 2.75 stars – This is about a man who pretty much has a way with women and knows how to get them where he wants them.  He is a charmer, though very selfish.  He suddenly has to take care of his daughter for a while and is pushed aside at his job.  He decides to try out products at his job that are geared towards women and an accident happens that now causes him to be able to hear women’s thoughts.  Although it frustrates him, he uses it sometimes for good and sometimes for his own desires.  In the end he realizes that he hasn’t been the best guy in the world.  It is a good lesson learning movie.  The content threw this film off though.  It could have been better.  The concept was good and Mel Gibson was great.
content: a whole burlesque scene at the beginning of the film of a little boy surrounded by half naked women with pasties and lingerie on, a teenage girl talks about how she wants to lose her virginity, a woman states what she wants sexually as she is in bed with a man – he is wearing no shirt and she is in a bra (I fast forwarded through most of this so I don’t really know what went on otherwise), a man shown naked on a toilet covering his man part (you see the entire profile of him being nude), a man shown often without a shirt on and wearing just a towel, kissing, marijuana shown, smoking, a man drinking with intent of becoming drunk, deceit, sexual innuendos, a girl talks about her boyfriend going up her shirt and noted that she is not wearing a bra,  a teen girl making out with her boyfriend, a few near death situations, language: (a lot of the “s” word, “hell” used incorrectly, God’s name used blasphemously, the “d” word)

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box   2013/2014 (w/ Aneurin Barnard, Michael Sheen, Sam Neill, Ioan Gruffudd, Keeley Hawes, Xavier Atkins, Lena Headey, Mella Carron) – 3.75 stars –  I have not read the G.P. Taylor’s steam-punk tale that this is based off of, but goodness this story was really well developed!  This is an adventure/mystery/thriller tale about a teen boy named Mariah Mundi who lives in the Victorian age of England.  His parents suddenly say goodbye to him and his brother, leaving them with something in which many are in search for.  Mariah and his brother get separated and they work their ways to find one another and to solve the mystery of what they were given.  I thought this was a kiddie cheesy movie when I saw the title and the picture that went with it, but as I watched it, it was certainly nothing like that at all.  It was very good and I don’t think it would be good for a kid under 11 to see this, because of some scary imagery.
content: gun shooting, a gun that vaporizes people, a man falls to his death, slavery is shown (children chained doing labor), a man hits other people with his cane’s club handle, a teen girl falls on top of a teen boy and they kiss gently very briefly after gazing at one another’s eyes, name calling, social drinking (no drunkenness shown), a man shown smoking, scary imagery (such as cards flying up and spinning around people and some monsters), cleavage shown, a teen asks for some spirit’s help at one point, Mariah mundi2

Gothika 2003 (w/ Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Penelope Cruz, Charles S. Dutton, John Carroll Lynch) – 3. stars – I used to have this rated higher but because of the content I had to lower it.  I saw this about a year after it came out and haven’t seen it since.  A woman works as a psychologist in a mental facility that her husband runs.  Suddenly she finds herself as a patient there and she is blanked out about her memories of what happened to cause her to be there.  Bits and pieces come to her at a time and there is only one person who worked with her who seems to believe her and have faith in her.  It is an excellent story and will definitely cause you to wonder what is going on throughout it.  I love psychological thrillers.  The outcome of thestory is surprising and unexpected!
content:  women are shown naked in this in an open shower at a mental facility, a woman is shown tied to a bed without a top on seen from a distance, immodesty, kissing, a woman is attacked and sliced with a razor on her arm, scary imagery, talk about murder, talk about rape (a woman in the institution talks a bit graphically about her abuse), alcohol shown (not being consumed), smoking shown, flashbacks that show blood, language: (God’s name in vain, the “s” word used a few times, “f” word 1x, “hell” used incorrectly)

Meant to Be 2012 (w/ Bradley Dorsey,Erika Eleniak, Erin Sossamon, Della Reese, Dean Cain) – 2.5 stars – Another Christian movie that slacks a lot and almost did a good job if it didn’t have such a dragging story.  It had a bit of a sci-fi twist to it though that was neat.  It is basically about a guy who is in search of his birth mother and wants to just see what she is like.  It also follows the pain of a teen girl who is pregnant and thinking about possibly ending her child’s life.  It wasn’t a bad movie, it was just boring.  The message was good though.
content: talk about abortions, talk about death

Sins of My Father 2009 (documentary) – 3 stars- This follows the son of Pablo Escobar who reigned as a drug lord of Colombia in the 1970s-early 1990’s.  It follows what he went through as a son and how he has overcome becoming just like his dad as many thought would happen in search for peace with those whom his father harmed.  It was good but a bit slow at times.
content:: gruesome scenes of dead bodies shown or assassinations shown, some bad language every so often

From Here to Eternity 1953 (w/ Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Philip Ober) – 3 stars – This was a very sad movie that focuses on three men who are soldiers stationed in Hawaii right before the Pearl Harbor bombing.  They all know one another in some way and each of them have various problems.  One man just seems to be mocked by someone who calls him, “Wop” constantly and he pretty much takes out his problems on alcohol and girls to feel better.  Another man is a bugle boy who doesn’t give himself much credit and who is falling for a girl while wanting to be appreciated more as a soldier.  The last one is a sergeant who is falling for a higher officer’s wife.  The stories were all very sad, sincerely.  I again have a hard time with movies that make it seem like affairs are okay.  The actors in this movie did such an amazing job portraying their characters.
content: kissing, men shown with their shirts off, women dressed modestly but are most likely call girls or prostitutes to “entertain” men at a bar, lots of smoking and drinking (and drunkenness), a man gets tangled with a married woman and they are shown making out on a beach and we know they are doing other things though it is never shown, murders (you know it happens but it is not actually shown on screen), war violence, fist fights (including one that is pretty long), racial slurs

The Munsters 1964-1965 (TV show) – 3.25 stars – This show is so much fun.  I used to watch it when I was a little girl as well as the films for it too.  It had great make-up and is a wholesome family who are. . . .weird.  You have a Count vampire who loves experimenting and his daughter Lilly who is married to Frankenstein’s monster named Herman Munster.  They have a son too who is a little werewolf boy who has a pet dragon.  They have their normal niece living with them too who can never hook a husband because of her family, but she loves her family so much!.  I am surprised this was only a two-season show (70 eps).  Fred Gwynne’s laugh is hilarious to me and I love Yvonne De Carlo’s sweetness and outfit and long hair.  haha.  Al Lewis is funny.  I allowed my son to watch a bunch of episodes with me.  A lot of people compare it with the Addams Family, but I’ve always been more of a Munsters fan.
content: Th grandpa says the other term used for donkey several times in the episodes, there is talk of spirits (rarely though), smoking, drinking, people breaking into other people’s houses, hitting, calling people ugly (who aren’t ugly at all), talk about death in a good way, people thinking a nice guy is scary because of his appearance, spouses assuming the other is unfaithful (they never are)themunsters


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“What Happened to Your Outfit Posts?”

I used to post an outfit post either every week to every month depending on various factors: We used to have more money so I could afford to buy more clothes (Rob never complained about me doing so since he likes how I dress) or companies would send me free clothes at times or people would give me vintage clothes that belonged to family members who either died or had no use for them any longer (mainly vintage or handmade items).

I had hoped to mix up some of my older clothing a bit for newer posts and I did post maybe two outfit posts early on in the year.  Now that the end of the year is nearing, I realized I failed in this goal, but at the same time, I am glad about this.

I used to make it a priority to buy clothes and it was for the purpose of showing how modesty can be beautiful in a culture filled with sexualized fashions.  I did it as a sort of way to promote beauty through modesty without being frumpy, and it was swell for the time I did so.  I still hold true to my thoughts on the importance of modesty.  It is odd to me at times how I can get hit on by men or cat-called wearing modest clothing even.  If I were dressed immodestly, how much worse would that be?  I recently went somewhere with my children and parents, but my husband was working.  I was wearing jeans, Converse All-Stars, and a muscle tank that covered me (so no cleavage, a 3″ shoulder coverage, and slightly baggy rather than fitted even and high in the pit area).  A guy who worked at the place we went to asked me for a date in front of all, giving me a meeting place and time on the spot, and thought I was my sons’ sister!  I appeal to men I meet without trying to draw any of their attention.  If I were dressed immodestly, I am sure it would be much worse.  I value my relationship with my husband and leave my immodesty for our times alone.

At the same time my lack of clothing posts is because before I even did these outfit posts, I had all my clothes in a box in our closet that I lived out of and I had absolutely no problem doing so.  I wore the same things pretty much every week or daily.  I had one pair of jeans and a few skirts (most that ended up ripping because I wore them so often) and a few shirts and maybe two dresses.  To me that was enough and even maybe too much.  I like living simply.  I like trusting in God with this scripture: Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[  And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,  yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” -Matthew 6:25-33inthebluethumbThe truth? I have a hard time seeing people post pictures of the loads of clothes they buy from places and how expensive some of them are.  I see people who photograph their closets filled with clothes and I see they can wear one dress per day for a few months and it boggles my mind because it is excess!  You don’t NEED all those clothes.  Why do people need to have 7 pairs of jeans? I will gladly live in a pair of jeans every day for three weeks before even washing them (yeah, maybe that makes me a bit of a dirt bag, but I don’t wash them so often because I want them to last since I wear them so much and washing them also wears them out faster).  I recently looked through my clothes and noticed that I seriously stain things so badly.  I wear things until they get ripped, torn (and I try to fix them if possible).  I wear a t-shirt that has paint all over it that never washed out, but because it matches a color on the shirt, people don’t notice and still compliment the shirt, even though I’ve owned it for 7 years.  I now have a dresser (hand-me-down that is also falling apart haha) and sometimes it pains me how full it has become even if they are mainly over-worn clothes. . .I want to live out of a box again.  As a follower of Christ, I shouldn’t want clothes at all.  I shouldn’t worry about those things.  I stopped following loads of fashion blogs because it just made me want more and I’ve felt discontented in what I had. I don’t want to want, but be thankful and content with what the LORD has given me and be blessed that I have something to wear each day at all.

This outfit pictured is a dress I bought two years ago on sale at some store at the mall because I wanted to wear something “modern” and not vintage to my high school reunions (I went to two schools in high school and was invited to both reunions even though one I only attended in 9th grade).  I also wore this dress to my friend’s wedding in that same season.  It pretty much is my “wear-to-events” dress.  These photos are from early June (to explain the tan).  Sorry for the delayed outfit post. I never posted an official outfit post until now for this dress.

I may or may not post outfits in the future….depends on if more and more clothes keep ripping where I can’t fix them any more.  I’ll probably end up thrifting whatever I do get for extra cheap though. I’m cool with wearing what I have for another year or two if they last that long though.  Another reason why I don’t buy so much is because of all the slave-made clothing too…..oh but that is a whole other story in itself!!

If you read this post, don’t feel guilty at all about what I’ve said as this is a personal thought being revealed and doesn’t mean you should do what I do.  This has been a deep conviction of mine for 8 years and although I had fun doing outfit posts over the years, it made me vain and ruined me in various ways.  I feel pretty free lately as God lifts these burdens from me.  God has been re-prioritizing my life and I am thankful to Him in so many ways.
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Our Family in Weekly Photos (2014) – 40 of 52

chillyoutsidethumbringaroundthemicahthumb grilledcheesesuccessthumbhorseshoingitthumb1. The more that I age, the more I become simple in so many ways.
2. Micah tells me he gets sad when people don’t find him to be cute.  I haven’t heard one person yet who doesn’t find him cute!
3, This man can really only cook grilled cheese and mac & cheese.  He has become so fond of making grilled cheese while grilling it in ketchup for flavor. It tastes really good.  We ate lunch outside together this weekend because of how beautiful it was outside.
4. Leto playing with plastic horseshoes with friends (who aren’t pictured).


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Our Family in Weekly Photos (2014) – 39 of 52

cheeringonhisbrothumbhangingoutwithmybigboythumb gocutiepiegothumb fixingthewindowthumb1. and 2. Leto and I were hanging out together watching Micah’s soccer game.  It was such a gorgeous day. We didn’t really do much different than last week.  Leto has been hoping people will donate money through his fundraiser to build a church in Asia where there may only be one pastor for dozens of villages but no place to meet together to worship.  He will bake cookies for all those who donate $25 or more (read the info on the link about that).

3. Micah got to play goalie for a portion of his second soccer game.  He doesn’t really seem interested in soccer as much as I think he thought he would, but he has been having a nice time regardless.  I’m just glad he fit in Leto’s old soccer clothes and cleats!  He seems more interested in sitting with the “girls that are beautiful” as he says (there is a girl on each team) and being silly on the field than actually playing. . but hey, he’s 5.

4. Rob fixing an issue with one of our windows.  He saw something out of place hanging out and was irritated by its sight and had to fix it.  After I took this he said, “Did you just take my photo?”  . . .I like seeing him and capturing each moment, what can I say? He’s so cute.


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Movie Suggestion Post #96

Eddie and the Cruisers  1983 (w/ David Wilson, Michael Paré, Helen Schneider, Ellen Barkin) – 3.25 stars – I remember seeing this movie when I was a kid and thinking it was based on a true story, but it is fictional.  I remembered scenes from it so clearly.  I finally decided to see it as an adult and I still enjoyed it.  The main character is a pianist who was in a band called Eddie and the Cruisers in the early 1960’s playing rock ‘n roll.  Eddie’s car was found on a bridge and there seemed to be a suicide but his body was never found.  Years later people are starting to talk about it and his music is becoming known and his band members reflect on memories, especially the pianist and Eddie’s girlfriend he left behind who was a back-up singer/tambourine player.  There are missing tapes that people are trying to find as well. I think this was a well developed story.  The music is good too. I really loved the scene where Eddie tweaks a song that the pianist had written and he makes it rock.
content:: kissing, talk of suicide, immodesty, smoking, drinking, heroin paraphernalia shown,  language: (“d” word, “s” word several times, “hell” used incorrectly)Eddieandthecruisers

Minutemen 2008 (w/ Jason Dolley, Luke Benward, Nicholas Braun, Chelsea Kane, Kara Crane, Steven R. McQueen) – 3 stars – This is an interesting movie about a pair of friends who separate when they get to high school.  One of them becomes popular and the other one pretty much becomes a laughing stock and ends up hanging out with two other kids that get mocked.  It is one of those typical high school scenario movies.  These 3 friends decide to make a time machine so they can help prevent embarrassing moments to occur to other kids in the school.  They want to help people out.  I think I would have liked this movie if I were a pre-teen or early aged teen. It was a bit cheesy (some of the acting at times) but it was cute.
content: kissing, talks about a girl cheating on her boyfriend, name calling,  stereotypes

Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives  1989 (w/ Michael Paré, Marina Orsini) – 2 stars – This is the sequel to the first movie.  Joe West is tired of construction work.  He misses playing in a band.  There has been talk of Eddie and the Cruisers’ band coming back and taking auditions for a “new Eddie.”  Unfortunately I can’t really explain this movie too well because it gives away some of the first movie’s plot away.  Therefore I will just state that this sequel wasn’t that good at all probably because the main character from the first one (the pianist) is not in the movie.  Just stick to seeing the first movie.  The plot isn’t even that great.
content: kissing, two people are in bed together making out and some skin of arms and legs shown (implied sex), smoking, drinking, language: (“hell” used incorrectly, God’s name used blasphemously, “d” word, “s” word several times)

G.I Joe: Retaliation
2014 (w/ Dwayne Johnson, Jonathan Pryce, Bruce Willis, Byung-hun Lee, Channing Tatum) – 2 stars – Wait. . .what? I still don’t understand the true plot of this.  fighting, fighting, fighting, shooting, . . . . .that’s all I seem to remember, that and lots of ninja running along a mountain.  . . oh this is the sequel to the first movie and pretty much has the same story line. There you have it.
content: immodesty (outfits and a scene of a woman wearing a sports bra), A woman’s bum is nearly completely exposed from the back in a thong seen through a muddled reflection, sexual innuendos, loads of violence but no blood other than small cuts shown that I can recall (lots of sword fighting, ninja battles, shooting throughout, punching, kicking), a city gets destroyed, language: (“d” word, small “a” word, “hell” used incorrectly, a middle finger shown to another)

My Girl   1991 (w/ Anna Chlumsky, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis) – 3.25 stars – This movie takes me back to 2nd grade which I was in when it came out.  Ah, the days of telling people I was Macaulay Culkin’s girlfriend (ew).  Glad that phase ended.  This story is really sweet about a young girl who has had a hard time accepting her mother’s death when her own father barely even pays attention to her as he is so consumed in his job running a funeral home.  He hires a make-up artist who tries to help out the young girl and the father.  I always thought that Anna Chlumsky did an amazing job in acting and I continue to think she really was very talented in this film.  She was cool.  Girls wanted to be like her.  I first learned about what a menstrual cycle was because of this movie and it made me nervous of growing up but excited. It is  very sad story too so you might cry.
content: kissing, making a prank saying a woman is dead when she isn’t, name calling, smoking, immodesty, talk about a sexual revolution (with innuendos), talk about a girl getting her period, talk about death, a young girl is infatuated with her adult teacher, punching, talk about drugs,  language: (“d” word, “s” word, God’s name used blasphemously, small “a” word)MyGirl

Bed of Roses 1996 (w/ Christian Slater, Mary Stuart Masterson, Pamela Adlon) – .2.5 stars – This is about a woman who receives some flowers from a secret admirer.  She hopes to figure out who it is.  This is a romantic film and it was a bit boring.  I have always loved many of Mary Stuart Masterson’s films.  Christian Slater on the other hand I never “understood” and don’t really know if he is a good actor or not. He did okay in this.  I guess I just never understood how women found him attractive and honestly his acting isn’t that attractive either. He seems to lack emotion.  I don’t think there was good chemistry between the two lead characters in this movie.  I say, skip it.  There are much better romantic films out there.  There is a lack of a connection that you gain when trying to learn who the lead characters are. I got confused as to why certain characters were acting certain ways because it wasn’t explained well until later without warning honestly.
content: people who are unmarried are shown in bed together (shoulders shown), kissing, drinking shown (no drunkenness), some language (d word, name calling)

5 Broken Cameras 2011 (documentary) – 3 stars – This film is so sad and definitely something to see considering recent news of things going on between Gaza and Israel.  This is about a man who goes through several cameras just filming daily life in the West Bank.  It shows the struggles and lack of freedom that is taken away by the Israeli government.  It was also eye opening so i suggest you all see it.
content: shooting and daily violence shown, people murdered, blood shown, people attacking others, stones are thrown at people

Ella Enchanted 2004 (w/ Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes, Minnie Driver, Vivica A. Fox, Eric Idle) – 2 stars – This movie was so cheesy and bad.  Ella is given a gift of obedience when she is born by her “fairy God-mother” and grows up hoping to break the spell on her.  There is a prince that everyone seems obsessed with other than Ella.  There is a king who is the prince’s uncle who seems to have a serpent as a friend to do his bidding for him.  This story is strange.  It was a nice romantic tale, but was just done poorly.  After seeing the movie I was told by my sister-in-law to read the book which is very different and better.  Read that instead of seeing this. :: nods ::
content: immodesty (cleavage and midriffs shown mainly), kissing, drinking (drunkenness), sword fighting, language: (“d” word, small “b” word intended at one point but made “witches” instead)

The Gabby Douglas Story 2014 (w/ Regina King, Imani Hakim, Sydney Mikayla, special guest Gabrielle Douglas) – 3.25 stars – I am an Olympic junkie, as I like to call it, and I did watch the last summer Olympics when Gabrielle Douglas won  all around and the US gold for the team too and was the first African American to do so.  I was in awe of watching her with her big smile and loved that I was watching it live on BBC before the rest of the US got to see it.  Therefore, of course I wasnted to watch this because it was shot and I was curious as to her upbringing.  It was cute and family friendly.  I cried and I don’t know why. haha.  It wasn’t AMAZING and was a made for TV film even!
content: someone makes fun of another’s height, a married woman separates from her husband, families pray in this or talk about God but it is not a Christian film, immodestythegabbydouglasstory

Heaven & Earth   1993 (w/ Hiep Thi Le, Haing S. Ngor, Tommy Lee Jones, Joan Chen, Debbie Reynolds) – 1.75 stars – Le Ly grew up in Vietnam and endured being around fights in two wars, including Vietnam War when the US went in to destroy the Viet Cong.  Le Ly was in the middle of it all.  It is based on a true story.  This was based off of two of her books that she wrote, which I have read the first book of.  They didn’t get everything right according to the book, but they got quite a bit right.  I don’t know much about her time in the US which must be what the second book is about.  This movie was very long and a bit boring at times just like the book was!  The things that happened to Le Ly are quite sad and I have a really hard time appreciating soldiers during the Vietnam War for the same reasons that the movie shows (my own dad was a soldier and fought in that war even).  This shows the struggle of survival that a woman endured. There was a lot of nasty content throughout it and I fast forwarded through a lot of the movie because of how boring it was (but I knew the story so it wasn’t as if I was missing much).  I do think this is a very realistic portrayal!  For that I give it some credit! The content of course cuts this movie down a lot.  Also, since Oliver Stone himself fought in the war and filmed this, I don’t think he’d depict something that would seem untrue to him for how life in the war is portrayed by the way.  By the way, the lead actress was born in Vietnam during the war and was a survivor of the war as a child herself, so I am sure this was difficult for her to play this role.  You know what angers me though? Since she completed this movie as a lead role, her current roles are so very small.  Why can’t Asians be lead roles more often and in films not stereotypical of them?  It actually makes me really upset.  Less white people in lead roles and more Asian and African people, please!
content::  kissing, bar girls dancing naked briefly seen, a girl getting raped and her breast is shown being handled (ugh, they didn’t need to go that far), a decapitated head of a prostitute is shown, a couple of sex scenes (showing passion and movement but no nudity), a woman’s breasts are partially exposed as she gives birth to a baby, immodesty, talk about “boom boom” in regards to going to prostitutes for sex, a woman is coerced for sex even after many times attempting to refuse (sex not shown but you know it happens), torture is shown (which is depicted as is from the book too), men punching and kicking and beating a woman,  war violence shown (shooting, bombing), language: (The Lord’s named used blasphemously several times throughout the movie, “s” word several times, “d” word, small “b” word, long “b” word, small “a” word, “f” word used a couple times), a man threatens to shoot his own wife, talk of suicide, drinking (drunkenness), smoking

Cloud 9 2014 (w/ Luke Benward, Dove Cameron, Mike C. Manning, Kiersey Clemons,  Amy Farrington) – 2.5 stars – This is a movie about a girl who pretty much is determined to be a snowboarder even though she is looked down upon by those she knows.  One person believes in her and is trying to train her.  There is a new snowboard move that has never been successfully landed and she wants to land it called Cloud 9.  I like watching snowboarding (never tried it myself) so it was fun to watch.  The story line on the other hand was not that wonderful.  Also you have the whole girl loses boy, girl mopes over boy, girl has another boy in her life but still mopes, girl likes that guy but still mopes over the other guy. .  . .well you can only imagine how you can figure out the whole plot in the first 10 minutes of the film.  It is a cute movie for kids though who are maybe 9 and up.
content:  kissing, immodesty, people get hurt in snowboarding a few times, a party with kids drinking from red Solo cups (might be alcohol, might be soda)

The Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (w/ Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, The Muppets crew) – 3.25 stars –  If you saw my review of the last Muppet film, you’ll know my biggest problem with it was that Rizzo the Rat hadn’t been in it. Thank you for fixing that this time, though he only really had one line and was in the background the rest of the film. I am thankful though that he was in it.  This takes us from where we ended off in the last movie.  The Muppets don’t really know what to do now that they have a career again.  They set out to find a manager who could help them go on a tour.  The problem however, is that there is a devious criminal behind the whole tour.  Kermit gets switched with the criminal.  It was a good movie, but I would say it is possibly the worst out of the main Muppet features (as I have been a big fan of them my whole life and would even put The Great Muppet Caper on my top ten list of best movies from my childhood. . .maybe on the top 5 even).  There is a bit of a homage throughout the film towards things shown in former films as well.  It was a bit of a re-run to see for me though.  If I want to watch those films, I will.  I think Sam the Eagle and his French detective friend stole the movie and made it funny and grand.  My sons liked it a lot.  We definitely watched it as a full family and think it is family friendly.  The only strange thing really is that a human has a crush on a Muppet. . . not sure how I feel about the idea that it is an animal puppet that they seemed fascinated in.   Tina Fey was very funny in this film too.  There were many special cameos throughout the movie, which is common for Muppet movies.  It seemed a little more violent than normal too (sure we are used to Miss Piggy’s karate chops, but there was more than that in this)
content:: some immodesty, hitting/karate chops, head butting, escape from prison, a building blown up with people still inside, deceit, stealing, name calling, slapping, a woman has a crush on an animal puppet, forcing babies to do crimes, an animal  throws another animal aroundmuppetsmostwanted

 

 

 


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Our Family in Weekly Photos (2014) – 38 of 52

RobtestimonythumbRobwasbaptizedthumbwatchingdigimonthumblearningtoquiltthumbMicahtryinggoaliethumb1. Since Rob wasn’t included in a recent one of these posts, he gets two shots included for this one.  Rob made the decision to share his testimony with our church of how God miraculously freed him from sin and has been guiding him to truth and a deeper relationship as he reads the Word and works to live in obedience of it.  He was baptized with the other three pictured here.  It was a blessing to watch these people make this step of faith.  We all went outside and watched them get baptized.

2. Leto is a happy guy.  He gets really excited over simple things.  Also, since they really only watch things maybe twice a week, he loves catching up on Digimon episodes on Netflix which he was doing here on the tablet.

3. A sister in Christ from church started up a quilting class.  She has done it before and was taught by an Old Order Mennonite woman how to do it and has been passing on the skill to others.  I was the only one who signed up this time around so she came over to give me personal lessons.  Quilting has been something I’ve longed to learn for a few years now (I even have a quilting book I bought a while back)!  I am enjoying it so much.  I can’t wait to learn more and grow more skilled.  I finished my first block that night.  She gave me homework and I’ve since made a few more.  It is so fun.

4.  Micah got to experience his first time playing soccer.  It was cool that the coach (pictured) is actually someone I went to summer camp with (and fellow groom aide scooping up horse manure).  Micah was learning how to be a goalie here before they started their first game.  He was adorable to watch and did well.

 

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