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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) – 28 of 52

Letoisanartist1thumbpaperbackingitagainthumbSummerProgramweek3_19thumbRobteachingtheboysaboutcomputersthumb1. Leto at the summer program at our church with a new friend he made recently.  They were working on charcoal drawings.
2. I read a lot. I get my books for free through paperbackswap.com.  Here I am taping up a book I recently finished that I was to mail out to someone else who wants to read it.  I wrap it in saran wrap and then use a used paper bag from the supermarket to wrap it up in.  I then tape it up good after putting the label on it (covering it)!  I have received 339 books through this exchange (so far – I mail them all back out after I read them).
3. I love this photo. At the summer program there was “pajama day” where all the kids could arrive in pajamas.  Micah is often seen with the pastor’s daughter who treats him so kindly.  He considers her his best friend (she is a little less than five years older than him).  He is very attached to her.
4. Rob has always had a love/hate relationship with computers that it sometimes drives me crazy because instead of actually doing things on a computer, he just likes to redo computers all the time as a hobby (while he gets easily frustrated doing it and is never really satisfied with the outcome and does it over again and again and again).  He was fixing up two computers for a co-worker of his.  He had both of the boys help him for a couple of hours because they want to learn about the computer as well.  They had a male bonding experience together (all three of them. . .Leto was helping Rob too even though he is not in this photo).

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Movie Suggestion #93

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.]

Star Trek Into Darkness 2013 (w/ Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Cho, Karl Urban) – 3.5 stars - This sequel was very well done.  Spock and Captain Kirk have been getting involved with what seems to be more than the usual exploration.  There is someone who is causing problems and has been attacking people everywhere.  They seek him out so that they might destroy him and save everyone.  I must say that all the actors played their parts amazingly!!  You truly understood every character in some way or another because of how they were portrayed in this.  The graphics were so well done!! I was so impressed by it.  I think I would have liked it even more though if it weren’t for the content .   There were a lot of homages to the original Star Trek in this as well.  My husband has seen a lot more of the show than I have, but I’ve had my share and understand things here and there.   You can enjoy this regardless.
content: :aliens throw spears at people in attack (no one gets hurt), women in tight outfits and some immodest outfits, two girls are in bed with a man (one woman is shown in underwear and has a tail and the other is shown with a sheet on her body. . .this scene is literally 3 seconds), a man is willing to have a building blow up with himself in it, drinking/drunkenness, people shot at repetitiously, space shuttles destroyed (space fighting), people killed (shown being shot w/ blood seen), stabbings and shootings  (a lot of it), fighting (like hitting someone’s head on the grown, kicking people and elbowing people in the gut, lots of punching), a singed decapitation shown, a woman gets changed at one point and tells a man to turn the other way but he peeks and she is standing in her underwear (bra and panties), people burning out of a space vehicle, a man crushes a man’s skull with his hands (not shown but you hear it), a ship hits many buildings in a crash landing, language: (“d” word 8x, small “a” word 3x, long “b” word 3x, short “b” word 2x, “hell” used incorrectly 5x, “s” word 3x (and one where it is censored saying “holy ss” – and cut scene)startrekintodarkness[screen cap from here]

The Talented Mr. Ripley  1999 (w/ Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gweneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman) – 2 stars - This is such a strange movie!  It was intense (as in strange/bad intense).  Basically Tom plays piano at an event in place of someone else and a man thinks he is a fellow classmate of his son’s who has been in Italy.  The father offers Tom money to go travelling to Italy for him so that he can get the son back home.  He agrees and is excited about the idea of going to Europe.  When he gets there, he takes on a friendship but some things turn ugly.  This ends up turning into a horrific ordeal and just gets so weird when Tom just is very obsessive with how his personality works and how he handles relationships with people.  The way it was filmed was beautiful.  The plot was strange and the violence I couldn’t handle.  I don’t recommend it.  I am surprised it was up for oscars, honestly, because of how slow it is especially.  I’m still trying to figure out the point of the ending too.
content:: kissing, women in bikinis, sexual innuendos, men’s nude backsides shown,  people are beaten to death with objects (you see blood and hear noise and see the first hits), pieces of brains are shown on an object used to kill someone, fighting, slapping, choking, wounds are shown on a man’s face, you hear a couple fighting and throwing things, a floating dead body shown in water, 2 men are shown in a bath together, noise of sex, deceit, smoking, drinking, name calling, someone who is dead is said to have been pregnant, talk about a man sleeping around with various women, bikini bottoms shown on a woman’s ankles to indicate sex took place, bi-sexuality interests shown, language: (“d “word, “f” word 4x,  “s” word,

Joe Versus the Volcano 1990 (w/ Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack) – 2.75 stars - This was such a strange movie. Joe works a boring job and doesn’t really do much outside of his own comfort zone at all.  He is told by his doctor that he has barely any time left before he is to die.  He decides that he is going to do something crazy.  Apparently some natives on an island need to make a human sacrifice to their god who lives in a volcano, so Joe is very ready to give himself to these natives since he is going to die anyway.  Joe meets some women who are interested in him along the way (they are all Meg Ryan in different costumes as different people).  He is starting to fall for one big time which causes a dilemma.  Although the love story is really sweet in this, the movie doesn’t have enough meat to hold it together and make it amazing.  I did like the way it was filmed though.
content: smoking, kissing, drinking (no drunkenness), talk about death/suicide, people die in a storm, talk about sleeping with a woman, talk about a place being like a used condom, talk about lusting over someone, a man is nearly naked (seen from the side), slapping, immodesty, language (“s” word 3x)

The LEGO Movie 2014 (animated w/ voices of Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Will Farrell, Craig Berry, Liam Neeson, Chris Pratt) – 3.5 stars - I had to think about what I thought about this movie for two weeks after I saw it.  My husband took our sons out to see it in theatres, and we all saw it together when it was released on DVD.  My sons had to make sure to not tell me much about the movie to ruin it for me but they constantly talked about how much they had loved it.  In seeing it, I thought it was so strange!  It is basically about a worker LEGO man who is “normal” and “boring” unlike those special characters that get released like “Batman” or “Gandalf” and such.  He enjoys his life, so it seems, but there is something that gets him caught up with a prophesy where he is a special builder who can come up with amazing ideas for things rather than following the instructions.  The only problem is he doesn’t really know how to come up with anything and the LEGO world is in danger of being ruined and controlled.  My husband likens it to the world of computers of those who want to control the operating systems and those who are open source users. Haha.  I think it was a very well done movie with a surprise that I did not expect to happen at all that took me for a loop, and I am sure took many for a loop.  I liked that.  It really pulled everything together.  My sons would probably give this a 5 star rating. :)
content:: some violence (threatening people and using ways of controlling them), we see a naked LEGO man, a LEGO head gets cut off (they have changeable heads, remember), fighting/punching/kicking, walls falling on LEGO characters, shooting with laser guns, name calling, a “melting chamber”, drinking characters in a saloon, some saloon girl LEGOs shownthelegomovie

The Flowers of War/Jin Ling Shi San Chai 2011 (w/ Christian Bale, Xinyl Zhang, Ni Ni) – 2.75 stars - This movie was so sad (depressing sad, not “bad” sad) in so many ways.  It was mainly in subtitles (except for Mr. Bale’s character).  This story is about when Japan came into Nanking, China in 1937 and pretty much wiped everyone out who was there.  The main characters of this movie are school girls and prostitutes and Christian Bale – the American who plays up being a priest of a cathedral (he is not though) in order to keep them protected from harm in the best way he can.  In the movie you basically have the pure virgins and the used up ladies who are nothing like them, and how despite their crazy differences, they form a bond of friendship between them through their time at the cathedral.  The greatest problem with this movie is that it is such a realistic portrayal that it makes me cry and deeply hurt that people went through this and continue to do so through the many wars that go on today.  What a path of destruction and death and brutality!  This movie was a little long.  The costumes are amazing and the acting was well done!  Way too much was shown though so the rating went down because of it or it would have been rated much higher.
content:: much shooting is shown including shots at the head and pieces of brain coming out of these people’s heads, There is blood throughout this movie from people being bayoneted to being cut up or punched, dead bodies are shown everywhere (and many times the bodies are not in one piece), women are shown in immodest outfits (bras and even groping one another while in bras and laughing about it), name calling, language (“s” word, hell used improperly, God’s name used in vain/blasphemously, “f” word about 2x), explosions shown, girls are dragged around and raped or nearly raped (one girl shows bloody underwear to her father), a couple women are gang raped and you see the bodies left after the acts are done including nudity (the rapes are not actually shown other than a woman shown fighting as a man is on her though we don’t see that he is physically raping her, though there is no doubt that he is doing so – she bites him hard), making out/kissing (and a woman moans) between a couple, women are shown bare backed as they wrap each other with tape on their bosoms (breasts not shown bare), perverse talk, lots and lots and lots and lots of shooting and kicking and punching and terrorizing and gore and violence and bodies exploding,  we see signs of torture, a man and woman are shown deathly ill (they look blue), wine/alcohol/whiskey shown being consumed, cigarette smoking

Arthur Christmas 2011 (animated w/ voices of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton) – 3 stars - This is a Christmas movie about Santa’s family and how they prepare for Christmas every year and what goes on during the day of Christmas.  It was funny when you view it in a pretend/fantasy story, but otherwise if you were to tell your kids this is really what goes on, I feel sorry for the child(ren) big time.  Arthur is the youngest son of Santa and he loves Christmas big time.  His older brother is ahead of operations while Arthur works with the letters to Santa and is a bit of a clutz.  He is proud of his family but when it comes to a little girl not being able to receive a present she asked for, he goes all out to help her before Christmas morning. It was cute.
content:: talk of whiskey being given to a child to get them to fall asleep, “hell” used incorrectly, violence is mentioned to finish someone off by hitting someone on their head, some mean things said to family members, some scary imagery for children (scary threatening lions), talk about giving an elf something to drink to forget about something, alcohol is shown

Veil of Tears 2014 (documentary) –  3.5 stars – This is about life in India for women and girls and how they deal with suffering or are treated because of the caste system and culture that they are in.  I am officially a volunteer for Gospel For Asia which this documentary went through and supports.  I hope to be able to show the film to many people.  It was so informative and interesting.  Despite the problems that so many women face, this film talks about missionary women who are reaching out to the rejected and oppressed women in India.  They are sharing with them about Jesus and helping educate them and teaching them skills so they can thrive.  I would love to connect with you and tell you the many transforming stories of how national missionaries are touching the lives of many and how so many oppressed people are seeing their lives transformed because of the love they have found through Christ.  I would love to share with you about the schools (Bridge of Hope) that are being built to give Dalits hope for a future instead of thinking they will have no way out of their heartache and poverty.  My only issue with this film is that I think some of the frame work with the text was not timed correctly, so it jumped back and forth a few times at the end, which was strange, but the message and everything else about it was grand.
content: acid throwing victim shown, leprosy shown on a few people (that might scare people), half naked children and men shown, violence and rape often talked about, suicide talked about, Jesus mentioned often, human trafficking mentioned, prostitution talked about,   They talk about the work of Gospel For Asia in general as well with how they are helping the Dalits (untouchables – lowest caste system in India).veiloftears

47 Ronin 2013 (w/ Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki) – 3 stars - This film was beautiful in many ways.  While there was violence, there was no blood or intensity that you may see in a lot of samurai films.  This is based on a true story though definitely fictionalized too.  A group of men (mainly samurai) are so devoted to their “master” that they are willing to go against the “big man in charge” to avenge him.  The costumes in this were really wonderful as were the sets.  The computer graphics in it were very well done and realistic and not fake looking.  Although the characters were very interesting, I actually thought there was going to be subtitles in this, but it is in English.  Keanu Reeves did a good job though his lack of emotion often shows which he is good at (so it is a little annoying).  There is a background of romance but not much affection was shown  to have you drawn to the characters who are in love.  The fighting and the plot are the best parts of this movie but the attachment to the people in it doesn’t seem to really happen too well.  I liked this movie though!
content:: a kiss on a cheek, a boy called a demon, horses get injured and killed, scary imagery of beasts and such, a man’s bare chest is shown, talk about concubines, witchcraft (spells stated with a blood ritual), a man shown on top of a woman (both have much on but you can see that someone is being raped but it is actually an illusion), samurai sword fighting, an “honorable suicide” as part of a very sad old tradition of the samurai – was not actually shown, a decapitated disfigured giant’s head being held up,  cleavage shown, gun violence shown, a man’s head gets kicked on (they shown the foot going down but not the head), spirit world talked of (a “ghost” shown), a couple statues of Buddha shown, people set on fire, immodesty (low-cut robe and legs shown at the thigh while wearing robe on a woman), a decapitated samurai head shown, a kiss (not passionate)

25 Hill 2011 (w/ Corbin Bernsen, Nathan Gamble, Maureen Flannigan, Ralph Waite) – 2.75 stars - This is a movie that is one kids would like, especially if they like NASCAR.  A boy loses his father to war and his dad had promised to work on a soapbox derby car with him.  He meets a man who has an alcohol problem but was a derby winner in 1970.  This man also is suffering from a loss.  The two of them form a bond together through their work on the soapbox derby car.  It was cute but often I felt the main boy’s acting was pretty bad.  It was nice to see Ralph Waite make an appearance in this (he died recently).  This definitely is one of those “For God and Country” type of films to teach kids to have pride in both things (sometimes it seemed a little preachy honestly). Sometimes this movie was a bit boring but it wasn’t bad.
content:: beer shown being consumed by a recovering alcoholic, blood shown, death talked about, talk about belief in God and prayer,  an accident happens because of drunk driving

2007 (w/ Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr.) – 3.25 stars - This is an intriguing story about a cartoonist for a newspaper who became obsessed with the Zodiac killer’s cases and codes, etc.  I saw this movie after it came out on DVD and wanted to refresh my memory about it after some guy wrote a book saying that he is the son of the killer.  This movie does point out a lot of interesting pieces but the whole thing remains a mystery.  I probably would rate this higher, but they actually show some of the killings graphically which is rough to imagine they would recreate them at all.  Killing people for fame and enjoyment certainly is a terrible thing to ponder, and I am sure life during this time in the areas where these killings occurred was scary. This movie is more focused on the investigations mainly by the cartoonist and also about a few other people who worked on the case or who were being sent the letters themselves.  The violence is very deep when shown though, so please know that when I re-watched this I was actually shaken to tears that people would desire to even want to do such things to a person. I think often people are desensitized. . .it is intensified for me and I have a hard time with it.
content: brutal stabbings shown with much blood, brutal shootings shown with much blood, talk about killing children, threats made, smoking (a lot of it), drinking and drunkenness shown, cocaine is shown, people shown tied up, a magazine is looked at for a second with immodesty (it is most likely pornography), a couple is on a secret date and the woman mentions her husband not being able to find out, marijuana shown, a man is said to have been arrested for molesting a boy, language: (“hell” used incorrectly, God’s name used blasphemously, “s” word, a few “f” words, “d” word, name calling)zodiac2 zodiac1[screen caps from here]

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Our Family in Weekly Photos (2014) – 27 of 52

myhotdate'ssmirkthumb Letoatthebarrewornoutwomanthumb someonelosttheirfirsttooth!!thumb1. After a 2.5 hour long ride to PA, and another 2.5 hour long ride home from our friend’s wedding (and about 6 hours spent at the wedding – it was a morning wedding which was so lovely), we came back to pick up the boys who also had a very long action-packed day.  I had fun being with my hot date. He gave me a cute smirk for this shot too.  I like when he dresses up, as it reminds me of when I first saw him (he used to wear suits to high school sometimes with his best friend).
2. (phone shot – ugh) Leto moved up in ballet and is now at the barre for warm-up stretches!  I asked him what he thought of it and he loves it.
3. I could barely move without feeling faint on Sunday.  I pretty much crashed as soon as we got home from church; taking about an hour nap (I hate naps).  We also don’t use our air conditioning, so who wants to move when all you feel is heat and dizzy spells?
4. Micah lost his first tooth on Saturday morning!  He asked me to help him, but all I did was touch his tooth and it just dropped out (it was very loose for days).  He is smiling with his freshly bloodied wound!  He already has another loose tooth.

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Our Family in Weekly Photos (2014) – 26 of 52

SummerProgramweek1_1thumb natureboyagainthumbSummerProgramweek1_5thumb lauracametoseeme!thumb1. Micah with a friend from church.  Last week (I meant to post this on Monday) we started a six week program at our church for children to learn about Jesus through the arts.  We had a very small first week (which expanded quite a bit this past week) so they had small crafts here and there.  The child wreath here says, “Jesus loves the little children.”  These two boys made it together including arranging the hair and clothes.

2. Rob has been a bit camera shy lately. I barely get any shots of him.  Boo!

3. Leto’s first time on a bouncy jumping ball.  He actually looks so thrilled here because it was a new experience, but he quickly grew tired of it.  Leto laughs so easily so I love this capture.  Micah actually could spend hours per day bouncing on one of these things.

4.  One of my very best friends ever (Laura) is currently living in NYC doing training for a couple years (and she just finished becoming a certified CELTA and is a graduate of Nyack) before she becomes a full time Christian missionary.  I don’t often get to see my dearest friends because they all live so far away now (she lives the closest though).  On Saturday she sent me a text saying she was going to be in the area (which is very seldom) and she stopped by to spend a few hours with me.  It was so wonderful!!

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Our Family in Weekly Photos (2014) – 25 of 52

naturegirlatherbestthumbmicahnaturecenterthumb robbeingcoolatthepoolthumb Letoisbowlingwellthumb1. I was looking for frogs! No success though. I saw one’s head popped up briefly, but wanted to see one closer and better (or catch one for a while).  Maybe next time!
2. We visited a free nature center that my mom often took me to when I was a child.  Micah is looking at birds and thinks they are so cool (and Rob had to lift him higher than the little stand would reach).
3. Rob had a week of vacation spent with us all week long. It was glorious. Here he is watching our boys wade in a pool (I eventually coxed him into getting in the water with me).
4. The bowling program we do each year allows free bowling for 5 months for a one time cheap fee.  Bowling season is on (this was not the first time we’ve gone this year as a family, but I finally took some photos)! Leto has improved a lot in how he bowls (and he doesn’t hit the bumpers too often anymore).


10 Years of Married Life!

AnniversaryTenYearsthumbAnniversaryTenYears_1thumb2Last night Rob said to me, “You know what’s cool? On this night 10 years ago I couldn’t wait to marry you in the morning!” While some people may have pre-wedding jitters or cold feet, Rob and I both were very excited to get married (at 20 and 21 years of age).  Rob was up early, got ready while pacing and anticipating getting to the church to become my husband.  I was all dressed and ready pretty much three hours before the ceremony.  I could not wait to become Rob’s bride! Now that we have been married for 10 years, we find we are far more in love and more crazy about each other than we were on our wedding day (or any day for that matter).  It is actually weird to think that it has already been a decade!  We took these photos with a tripod, remote, and our sons running around us.  We are always growing and changing together while keeping our focus on Jesus and often discussing the Bible with one another.  This really pulls us closer together and actually is a big turn-on (I’m serious). Dancing together in the kitchen regularly while I cook, singing songs together, reading and discussing books, playing video games, and lots and lots of cuddling does help too.    While we know several couples who have been married over a decade without Christ as the stronghold of their relationship, I don’t really know how they do it successfully, but I do know that from issues we had in the early portions of our marriage, facing those things down together with God helping us through was the best!AnniversaryTenYears_40thumb AnniversaryTenYears_22thumbAnniversaryTenYears_37thumb While some people say a cliche, “I married my best friend,” I literally married my best friend.  The friends I had around the time we met came and went while he stuck around (willingly and happily).  I do think that relationships (marriages especially) are far easier if you have been friends for a while before becoming a couple in general, and that is what we did.  The difference is that we had a thing (attraction/longing to be a couple) for one another before we became friends.  We just took out nine months to a year to get to know one another through deep conversations about everything before officiating “us.”  We continue to learn and experience new and wonderful things together as we age.  I am very thankful that we have made it this far.  I look forward to all our decade anniversaries to come!  AnniversaryTenYears_20thumbAnniversaryTenYears_23thumbAnniversaryTenYears_5thumbAnniversaryTenYears_102thumb

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Our Family in Weekly Photos (2014) – 24 of 52

outforabikeridethumbrollerblading3thumb bikeridingthumbMicahwithhisPapathumb bikeriding4thumb1. Leto on his bike. He is ready to get those training wheels off (though he may not admit to it because he is a bit timid about certain “adventurous” things). One of the training wheels got so loose from him riding on the trails with friends that he didn’t even notice he was probably not really even using them too much.
2. A friend of mine was over last week for dinner and talked about how she was wanting to rollerblade.  I have been longing to do so for years (every summer I tell Rob I want to go rollerblading). When I was a pre-teen, I roller skated constantly.  I got my first pair of roller blades in 1994 and even had a “roller skating party” for my 11th birthday. Although I hadn’t been on skates since I was 18, I gave them a whirl.  It was hard to get used to them again, but I went off on a trail with a 9 and 8 year old (not my kids) and kept up with them as they were speeding on their bikes (we were hanging out with people from church).  I was on them for two hours and it felt great!  Rob made me wear a helmet since I was out of practice and he knows I am a bit daring sometimes.
3. Micah loves riding his bike. This is his second year riding and he has been doing so well!  He even speeds up from time to time.  I think next year he’ll ask us to take off his training wheels.  He is daring like his mama!
4. We are a cuddling family and the boys always crawl all over us all the time.  I thought this was a good photo to share since Sunday was Father’s Day.  Rob is really a very good papa!  Our sons get sad when he is not home (and it gives me a nice break since they are his shadows).
EXTRA Photo of the boys with one of their church friends.  Micah wants to marry her (yes, she is nearly 5 years older than him).


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