Monday, October 26, 2015

Hubby Love...

My husband loves me!

Not a big news flash, I know, but it is one worth repeating and I don't really brag about him often enough so today I’m going to go ahead and brag!  He went grocery shopping alone yesterday and as most of you wives know, that can be quite an adventure in and of itself.  You never know what may find its way home with him, am I right?

So, he went shopping to pick up a few things we need, went without a list and the only thing I asked for specifically was two Fuji apples to assuage my peanut butter ‘n apple snack craving I’ve had lately.  We usually go shopping together, in fact, we do almost everything together, but I was feeling a little ‘off’ and he went alone.
Thyme was on his side!

I wasn’t expecting anything more than my two apples and our needed things, so when he came in with multiple plastic bags hanging off his arms I was surprised.  We didn’t really need that much stuff, but I was pleasantly surprised by his choices.  He bought various sugary snacks for himself, my two Fuji apples, our regular grocery items, a rotisserie chicken, cottage cheese, potato salad without mustard, a mini cherry pie, green grapes and two bananas.

While I’m sure you are not impressed with our grocery list, I am!  You see, without my asking, he chose food that I love, that he doesn’t care for, because he knew that I would enjoy them.  He chose the chicken and the cottage cheese because I love them, he remembered that I detest mustard so chose the potato salad accordingly, he thought of me as he chose my favorite type of pie, and he knew that I can’t go a week with only two measly little apples in my usually fruit heavy diet.

After twenty-one years of marriage he knows me, he knows my likes and preferences, he thinks about me when I’m not with him, and makes an effort to make me happy.  Of course, our relationship is not perfect and there are days where we both are a bit crunchy, but I gotta tell you, I am so incredibly blessed by this man God has given me!

So no matter where you are in your relationships, whether you are just getting started or been together for decades, take some time out to let your significant other know just how much you love them, appreciate them and want the best for them.  Do something unexpected, something that is uniquely suited to your spouse, something that shows them that you are thinking of them.

Take it from me, you will love the results!

Monday, October 12, 2015

PAN: My Movie Review

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Have you seen the movie Pan yet?  If you have, please feel free to comment and share your opinion, I'd love to hear it!  If not, please go see it and then come back and let me know what you thought!

Warning!  The following review does contain general information regarding the movie. Not outright spoilers, but limited opinions regarding characters, etc...If you still want to know read on! 

I have to say that I enjoyed this movie tremendously. There were a few items that were a bit out of place, such as the song that heralded Blackbeard’s appearance (Really?  A song by Nirvana instead of a traditional pirate chanty??) and the actor that played Hook seemed a bit fake and overly emotional, but generally it was a nice adaptation of a classic book.

What I really enjoyed was the theme of Peter trying to come to terms, and grow into, the person he was born to be. I think this echoes what I taught my son, that you don’t have to be someone else to be important, that you just need to accept yourself and work with who are, not who others want you to be. I realize that others might be put off by his lack of fighting, but I think it works. He’s an inexperienced little boy who knows nothing about fighting with a knife, or even his fists, so it should be expected that he would leave that type of fighting to those more experienced while he struggles to learn how to fly.

While the head nun was depicted in a bad light, I didn’t think it was too offensive or meant to reflect on the Catholic church as a whole. She was simply an end to a means, to show that the boys were living in a horrible situation, and I’m sure in those days the majority of orphanages were run by the church. Of course, as usual, there will be people who read way too much into her depiction, but it fit into the storyline and nicely set up the reason for the ending.

Tiger Lily was also a good fit. In the original movies, and book, her role was basically there for a love triangle with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, which I always felt shortchanged her abilities. As a warrior princess, she should be trained to fight and take care of herself. Her fighting was neither offensive nor a big feminist flag, it was a woman who was fighting to preserve her way of life and save the lives of those she loved. With Hook otherwise engaged (needfully) and Peter naturally not experienced enough, she was the natural choice for the fight scenes.

I think that this movie gives both boys and girls the opportunity to realize how they are unique, each person is gifted with abilities and talents that don’t measure up to the world’s rules or standards regarding their gender. Both boys and girls can be strong, and that’s okay. What a great message to impart to our children!

In closing, I have to say that the colored smoke instead of bullets was genius! It gave it the much needed respite from the usual bloody gun battles so rampant in today’s movies. I also appreciated the lack of foul language and nudity to be a welcome change from the usual junk foisted upon our kids today.

Of course, this is not a Christian movie, so I did not expect it to be without the fairytale aspects. But I didn’t find it overtly magical or steeped in witchcraft as quite a few other children’s movies are. It was clearly fantasy, and as such, handled those magical moments perfectly.

In today's world it is getting increasingly difficult to find a movie that Christian families can attend, and I would say that if you are looking for a good, clean movie that Pan is one you bring the entire family to.

Rating:  PG
Length: 1 hour 51 minutes

I give it 4 out of 5 Happys!

For families with small children:  Please be aware that the pirates can look a little scary, although in my opinion they were dressed to be more realistic rather than comical, which made the story a bit more believable.  Also, there are the crocodiles, but they are only in the movie briefly.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Day After the World Ended

Welcome to the day after the world ended!
I am so glad to see that you made the transition smoothly, without any problems or hiccups along the way.

If you’re scratching your head right about now you might be wondering if I’m off my rocker.  Well, yes and no.  You see, according to THESE PEOPLE, the world was supposed to end yesterday, October 7, 2015.  Since you and I are both here (among the other billions of inhabitants of this planet we call Earth) reading this blog I would have to assume that their prediction failed.  At least, I sure hope that’s the case because this is most definitely NOT the afterlife I would’ve imagined finding myself in.

Throughout the centuries there have been numerous predictions concerning the end of the world, and while these bold statements have prompted people, I’m sure, into either terrified little balls of fluff hiding in the corner or wild party goers who want to live life in full to the end, none of them have ever come true.

In all truth, no one really knows the day the world will end, except for God, and even He is not spilling the beans.  And to be honest, I don’t want to know when it will end.  I just want to live my life, enjoy the many blessings God has given me, and be the kind of person who Jesus would want to hang out with.

Everything else is just icing on the top.

So as we wait for the next prediction to roll around (And you know that it is coming, right?) let’s all agree to live peacefully, love rightly and always carry a bag of chocolate.

Blessings and Love, 

Kathy Wereb