Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"The Father's Love" DVD Review

*Disclosure:  I was provided with the following DVD in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.  I have not been compensated in any way.

About the movie:
Sarah, an aspiring filmmaker meets the man of her dreams. Charming, handsome, and wealthy, Reece becomes her world. As their story unfolds, Sarah is taken on a journey of heartbreak and forgiveness, exploring the meaning of her relationships both past and present.

Take a look at the trailer:

My Review:
"The Father's Love" was a very pleasant movie to watch.  I thought it was fairly nicely made and had good acting.  It was easy to see how the main character, Sarah, got caught up in the charms of Reece.  It made those of us watching want to see how the story played out.  It's not the typical romantic love story, but it's still neat to see how God works through Sarah to learn to forgive and move forward.

Buy It!
"The Father's Love" DVD is available for purchase from amazon.com.  It is currently only $9.79!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Old Fashioned Novelization and "The Old Fashioned Way" Companion Book Review and GIVEAWAY! (7/8) #OLDFASHIONEDMOVIE #FLYBY

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About the Old Fashioned Novelization:
Turning his back on his reckless lifestyle, former frat boy Clay Walsh has settled down to turn an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town....and to purse lofty and outdated theories on love and romance.  But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can't help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life.  Amber also finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay, but his ideas about relationships are unusual to say the least, and they bring to light her own deep wounds and fears about love.  They say opposites attract, but can Clay and Amber move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an "old fashioned" courtship?

My Review:
After seeing the movie Old Fashioned, reading the novelization of the movie has been quite neat!  I always thought I'd prefer reading the book first, but it's interesting to be able to read what the characters are feeling and actually get details that I didn't necessarily pick up on while watching the movie.

The story is the same as in the movie, of course, and there is definitely something refreshingly sweet about the idea of the 'old-fashioned' dating style that Clay and Amber have. :-)

Buy it!
Old Fashioned, the novelization, can be purchased here for $11.99.

About The Old Fashioned Way: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance:
Contrary to popular opinion, being "old fashioned" doesn't mean you're dull or unromantic.  In fact, a true old fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you've ever experienced!  So what does it mean to do things the old fashioned way?  Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow.  But a true old fashioned romance goes much, much deeper than that.  Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it.  Regardless of your past mistakes, where you've been, what you've done, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime!  As you work your way through this forty-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you'll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old fashioned way.  And before you know it, you'll be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.   

My Review:
This companion book to Old Fashioned would be a great guide to use before starting to date.  It goes over things like the benefits of online dating, building your character, treating each other with respect and a bunch more!  I wish I had read something like this before I jumped into dating...although I'm super happy with who God has blessed me with, so I must have done okay! ;-)  I just appreciate the topics discussed in The Old Fashioned Way and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is thinking of dating!

Buy it!
The Old Fashioned Way companion book can be purchased here for $10.99. 

Check out the official website here: http://www.oldfashionedmovie.com

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One lucky reader is going to win a copy of both books, the novelization of Old Fashioned and The Old Fashioned Way, PLUS a copy of the Old Fashioned DVD!  What a great prize!! :-)

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Some pictures I've been able to capture around our home recently reminded me of an old hymn, "All Things Bright and Beautiful"...

All Things Bright...
(A young cherry tree that blossomed bright blossoms for the first time.)

and Beautiful,
(A young apple tree that blossomed beautiful blossoms for the first time.)

All Creatures Great...
(New calves that came that will grow to a great size.)

and Small,
(A small Bluebird seen on our fence post.)

All Things Wise and Wonderful,
(Pic from Wikipedia, although we did have a wise and wonderfully handsome owl as a 'guest' recently.)

The Lord God Made Them All

In seeing these things, I can't help but stop in awe of the beauty and wonder of God's creation.  A welcome pause in the busyness of life. :-)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Volunteering at School

I had a couple opportunities to volunteer in the school this year.  Blake's teacher asked for moms to help during centers on Tuesdays, so I'd go for an hour or more every other Tuesday (or so).  I thought it was a fun opportunity to see Blake in school and meet, and get to know, some of his classmates.  I had a great time with them!  (Kids are just so cute!)  Well, the last week of school, Blake's teacher came and found me in the other place I volunteered, which I'll tell you about in a minute, and gave me this sweet gift!

The idea for the gift is so neat!  It's a pitcher with a spoon and Country Time Lemonade mix along with a thank you from all the kids in the class and the teacher.  I'm totally keeping these and rereading them.  They say things like "you are my favorite in centers", "you must be a great mom" and one was signed "your little friend".  Blake even wrote that he wished I could come more.  They all just melted my heart!

The other volunteering I had the opportunity to do was in the school library.  The librarian asked for help in the the parents that worked the scholastic book fair so I offered.  I had no idea how much work goes into keeping a school library going!  I'm sure that the school librarian isn't paid enough for all she does, but it's a neat job for sure. I really enjoy working in their, shelving books, checking books in and out, and doing whatever is needed.  I'm definitely planning on going back again in the fall.  The librarian also gave me a thank you gift of this cute bird feeder and seed.

Rich hung it out front for me in the Mountain Ash tree so we can watch the birds through the front window.  It's going to be fun watching the birds year round!  Morgan spotted this little guy today:

The kids have a great school and I'm happy I've had a chance, in a small way, to be part of it!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Dance Season 2014-2015

This was Morgan's 4th year of dance.  She enjoys is just as much as ever, but has decided to take a break this next year and do art with Blake.  There were so many changes this year in the way things were run that I was getting a negative attitude about dance and am personally happy to have a little break.  I know I'll miss the conversations with the other moms though and Morgan will miss the time dancing with friends.

With all that said, the dance teacher surprised us a couple times with recognizing Morgan!  The teacher doesn't know yet that Morgan plans to take the year off, but she still unknowingly made me feel guilty!  Morgan was the 'Student of the Month' for May and she brought home this sign to display the honor.

She was also recognized in the dance studio's newsletter.

The dance recital(s) took place a couple weeks ago.  Morgan did another lyrical this year to "Let it Go".  I actually made sure to watch and only tried snapping a couple pictures.  I thoroughly enjoyed the routine and Morgan has really made progress!  It was truly awesome to see!

Posing for a picture.

Another pose with her dance friends.  (Thank you Karen for the picture!)  I didn't ask permission to post their pictures, so I've hidden their sweet faces.  :-)

Another surprise!  Morgan received an award for "Most Improved Dancer" and all the girls/dancers received trophies this year!  Both were very exciting for Morgan. :-)