Family Movie Night: Finding Nemo and Dory!

Anyone who knows me knows I am a diehard Pixar fan. I like all of their movies- yes all of their movies. Some more than others but I don’t think they’ve made a terrible film yet.  Finding Nemo is probably my 6th or 7th favorite Pixar but it is special and incredibly well done. After 13 years Pixar just released the sequel to Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, and it was also a total delight.  For today’s Family Movie Night I thought I would talk about the strengths of both films and why you should watch them both with your family.

Serve WITH Your Children

Less than a week ago, my friend Sophia’s daughter Anita had her entire summer ripped away when a drunk driver slammed into her as she walked across the road. Anita is miraculously home now.  But her journey of healing is only beginning as she has to re-learn how to use her body.  And her mind has to heal from a double-concussion. Her body’s damage will heal more quickly than her mind.  And this is going to be a long, difficult journey for her and her family.

Health Benefits of Honey

**Disclaimer** While the word of wisdom gives us basic guidelines for health, it leaves the interpretation of those guideline up to the individual members. This blog is not intended to replace your medical professional or the divine revelation of the Word of Wisdom, but rather it is practical knowledge that I have accumulated over the years in my own pursuit of a healthier lifestyle which I am passing along in the hopes that it will benefit others.**

In my Grandpa’s Eyes

The creases in his face, and hunch in his back hinted at the frailty of his worn body.  But the distance that his lips stretched to form his wide smile, which he so often radiated, illustrated the vivid spirit that was still so alive in him. His rough, gentle hands told a story of the experiences he’d had.  And his narrow legs reminded you of the thousands of miles he’d walked throughout his life in the service of his fellow man. More stunning than anything were his eyes: my Grandpa’s eyes. When I looked into my Grandpa’s eyes I felt overwhelmed with all the love he’d gathered into his heart over the past 78 years. His eyes told me more about him than anything else ever could.

Family Movie Night- TMNT

It’s kind of a funny world we live in where if you mentioned the names- Donatello, Leonardo, Rafael and Michelangelo people don’t think of famous artists but of mutant turtles who are skilled in ninja. That’s right The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are probably one of the strangest comic book properties but they are massively popular with generations of kids. Recently we saw the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which I didn’t hate.

You Are Part of a Magnificent Masterpiece

I leaned over the railing, awestruck by the gorgeous vista filling every bit of my periphery. I’d heard of Waimea Canyon, aka Hawaii’s Grand Canyon, but it was even more beautiful and vibrant than I had imagined.  And my vantage point was spectacular.

Protecting Ourselves and Our Environment

**Disclaimer** While the word of wisdom gives us basic guidelines for health, it leaves the interpretation of those guideline up to the individual members. This blog is not intended to replace your medical professional or the divine revelation of the Word of Wisdom, but rather it is practical knowledge that I have accumulated over the years in my own pursuit of a healthier lifestyle which I am passing along in the hopes that it will benefit others.**

Opportunity

We got a new car today and at the end of the 4 hours my Down syndrome son and I spent with the salesman he pulled me aside and said that he had enjoyed seeing my son’s personality shine through, attributing it to the way my husband (who came in at the 2 hour mark) and I had treated him.  I don’t know what the salesman might have expected as I don’t suppose he’d spent 4 hours with a Down syndrome person before but there was apparently something he had found worth observing.  The very fact that he did observe and was open to forming an opinion spoke volumes to me.

Finding Happiness

The other night I was looking for a movie to watch before bed with the intention of eventually falling asleep to it. I picked the movie, “The Pursuit Of Happyness.” One AM came rolling around and the thoughts of falling asleep turned into the determination to finish the movie- with not a single concern that I had to be up 4 hours later. When the movie finally ended, I laid there thinking about one of the last scenes.  It was a and truly moving scene with our main character, Chris Gardner, walking through a busy crowd of people.  His eyes are welled up with tears and you can see on his face that it is a moment of real happiness.  He is feeling relief, joy, and victory after getting the amazing news that he had gotten the job he worked so hard for.

Remembering my Dad

Many years ago, my wife and I purchased a video tape recorder. This was a brand new technology at the time, and the particular device we had chosen fit an entire VHS cassette and looked something like a news camera. Though it was massive when compared to the little, hand-held devices of today, but at the time, it was the peak of technology and we were delighted.

Our Need to be Tolerant

It is politically correct to say we are tolerant. Even if it wasn’t “PC” we would look better socially if we claimed to be tolerant. Lately, I have had several instances where differences in thought and behavior have led me to believe that I may not be as tolerant as I once thought I was. In the gospel of Christ it is crucial that we each learn to be patient and tolerant of those who think, feel, and behave in ways that are different from our own habits.

Family Movie Night: Beautician and the Beast

Everyone has those guilty pleasure movies. Films you know aren’t ‘good’ but you still enjoy watching. Today’s suggestion for Family Movie Night is one of my guilty pleasure films, so I suppose it is a bit of a risk to recommend to all of you. I don’t know if you will enjoy it as much as I do. If you hate it I will understand but all of my recommendations can’t be predictable can they! Today we are talking about the 1997 classic- The Beautician and the Beast.

Scars

Last weekend, four of my younger sisters came out for a visit and we spent a day touring New York City. We sang Broadway songs the entire drive up to NYC, and seeing a show on Broadway was an absolute must on our to-do list in NYC! We unanimously chose Phantom of the Opera. It was magical! Despite having almost every song memorized and seeing this performed before, this particular showing was just magical—the cast did a brilliant job of transporting the audience. During one poignant scene, the Phantom is pleading with Christine Daaé to love him. She is repulsed by his hideous face, yet pities him because of the harshness of his life (his own mother refused to touch him because of his looks and he spent most of his childhood in a cage). She sings, “Pitiful creature of darkness … what kind of life have you known … ”

The Law of the Harvest- in Gardening

**Disclaimer** While the word of wisdom gives us basic guidelines for health, it leaves the interpretation of those guideline up to the individual members. This blog is not intended to replace your medical professional or the divine revelation of the Word of Wisdom, but rather it is practical knowledge that I have accumulated over the years in my own pursuit of a healthier lifestyle which I am passing along in the hopes that it will benefit others.**

The Substance of Divinity

My wife and I have five lovely daughters and one fine son. They are our greatest treasures. It’s no secret; our family is clearly our most important endeavor. We receive our greatest joy through them.  And in each of them I see the light of divinity, and I want to help them be the best they can be.

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