Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter / Soul Surfer


Hallelujah!  He is risen! 

I hope everyone a great Easter Sunday!

We did not go to sunrise service (the medication I take on Saturday nights makes it difficult for me to wake up in time for regular service, let alone sunrise!), but we did go to main service--which was a full house with ushers setting up more chairs!  There's just something about starting the week off with worship!

We did get a brief Easter egg hunt the pouring down rain. LOL.  Oh well, finding candy, shirts, towels, and other goodies was worth it!

We also finished up the final chapter of Amon's Adventures, which has been our Lent read-aloud.  Arnold Ytreeide has pulled it off again.....another great story that keeps us on the edge of our seat, yet teaches and challenges us.   Just as we have incorporated his Jotham series into our Christmases each year, we will be using Amon's Adventures each Lent.

After lunch, I started supper in the crockpot and around 3:00, I opened a two-day old e-mail from the Old Schoolhouse Magazine entitled "A Weekend for Families."   It talked about the movie Soul Surfer, which is based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton, the young surfer who lost her arm to a shark.

AnnaSophia Robb, 
who portrays Bethany Hamilton
in the movie Soul Surfer

So I went to the website of a nearby movie theatre to see if it was playing, and, sure enough, it less than an hour!  Which wouldn't be so bad, but the theatre is a 35 minute drive--on a good day...and it was raining (again!).

We don't go to the movies often, but whenever there's a family-friendly or Christian-value- portraying movie, I try to go.  So, we rounded up the girls and my mom, and made a bee-line to the movies.    We got seated as the previews were starting.  Whew!

All I can is WOW......and.....GO!  What an amazing story and even more amazing is that they showed the family as a REAL family.....playing, worshipping, teasing, loving, crying...always together, supporting one another.  The father (Dennis Quaid) was even shown reading the Bible.  A Christian youth leader (country singer Carried Underwood) encourages the youth to look at things with a different perspective and takes the kids on mission trips.  I suppose the only negative I could talk about is that there are lots of girls in bikinis....but I suppose that's to be when you've got a movie that takes place in Hawaii and is about surfing. 

Oh, I almost forgot......I absolutely loved it when the girls were complaining about a English assignment they were being given and Mrs. Hamilton said that they could be riding on a bus for 45 minutes and sitting in school for 8 hours instead of being able to go surfing and  get their work done in less time.  Yep, both girls agreed that being homeschooled was much better!  

I am so glad we went before it left our area.  I think this is one I'm going to have to own on DVD!   I wish more God-honoring movies were made!


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