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My Sister’s Keeper.. a review

My daughter has been driving me nuts to see this movie. Now, I’m just as much a sucker for a chick flick as the next gal, but I really had no My sisterinterest in seeing this movie. No reason. Just no interest.

Last night, family night rolled through. My daughter was determined to see it while my boys were as determined not to. I folded like any good mom would do (lol) and sent the boys off to watch G-Force while the girl child and I ran off to see “My Sister’s Keeper”.  I figured I’d get a good two hour nap in and all would be right with the world.

Boy was I wrong. I didn’t close my eyes at all…and the movie didn’t even start until 10:30pm.

It’s an amazing story of one girl’s battle against cancer and her sister’s battle for the rights to her own body. Now, the younger daughter was born out of necessity in order to save the older daughter’s life. Imagine growing up with that knowledge. Sure beats the old saying, “you were an accident”.

I found myself very angry with the mom in the story. She was fighting with every ounce of mom power in her to save her daughter, all at the expense of the other. I thought to myself, “how used the younger one must feel”. I cheered the younger daughter on as she took her mother to court and sued for medical emancipation. She was refusing to give her kidney to save her sister.

I won’t spoil the ending but it is an amazing story of strength from all characters involved. It’s a passionate story of a family unit and the love that ties them together. If you haven’t seen it, do! Now!

There were several curse words so I would not recommend it for younger children, plus they probably wouldn’t get it or appreciate it anyway. My daughter is eleven…the same age of the younger daughter fighting for her medical freedom. In the end, it allowed us to discuss the bond of siblings and how a parent will do anything to protect their child. I am no exception. I doubt many of you are.

I definitely give this a two thumbs up.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and I look forward to your reviews.  (If you’ve seen it already, I’d love to hear your thoughts.)

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2009 in encouragement

 

Having a Party

That’s right… we are having a party. A Launch Party that is.

August 29 at 11am EST, we will be launching Godly Mom Link, a Christian Mom Resource site.

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Get your party hats on!!  We will be featuring Christian authors, homeschooling moms and business owners. We need you to participate.

If you have a business you’d like featured, join our Swap Shop. Send samples, fliers, business cards, coupons, etc by August 15 to be included in goody bags given away as prizes. Email me for the shipping address.

Do you know a Christian mom, a business owner, or extraordinary home schooler that deserves to be featured, send their information by August 15th.

There will be contests and prizes during our hour long Launch Party on Godly Mom Link Chat Podcast.

I look forward to hearing from you. I invite you to join our podcast and sign up for notifications.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2009 in encouragement

 

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My deepest apologies

My heart is very heavy at this moment and I am struggling for words to express my deepest regret to all my readers.

As you know, Kaylen’s Write to Heal is very dear to my heart as we focus on assisting families that have lost a child. Kaylen’s Write to Heal was born when one of my very best friend’s daughter passed away at just four months old from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).  Together, Kaylen Leigh Phillip’s mom (Christi) and I created Kaylen’s Write to Heal as a way to send cards and letters to hurting families.

It has come to my attention that one of the families we reached out to created the death of their child as a hoax. While I can not comprehend the thought process that went behind such an act, I do understand this person must be in a very dark place to have created such a fictitious event. I will continue to pray for her. While it is not my attention to draw attention to her, it is my attention to apologize on the behalf of Kaylen’s Write to Heal for all of you that believed with us in this mother’s grief.  We can assure you, we did as much as we possibly could to verify her story before posting her information and asking you all to reach out to her.

In the future, we will be doing a much more intensive search of families we are sent to assure our readers and participants are not falsly notified. We would also remind you to never send money directly to the families in the event we notify you of a child’s passing.

Again, you have my deepest apology and we ask that you continue to support Kaylen’s Write to Healby word of mouth and certainly your prayers. While this one event is very painful to deal with, there are still many more legitimate families in pain at this very moment.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2009 in encouragement

 

Raising Royalty in the Pits of Hell

I just returned from a walk with my daughter. She’s going on twelve now and really growing up fast. There are still so many things I need to teach her. So many things I need her to know before life gets in the way and she’s gone.

I look back at my own childhood. Life was so different then. Perhaps money was so tight that there weren’t time for walks or life lessons. My parents left a lot to be desired in the way of parenting, even for the standards of the 80’s when abuse wasn’t really considered abuse.   My mother never talked to me about finances, boys, or a relationship with God. She never told me that God had a plan for my life. Perhaps she didn’t believe it herself.

My oldest son just turned 13. My youngest is 10. There are moments when it feels like I’m running out of time. In September, my oldest son will start a program I’m writing concerning finances. He will be responsible for 1/4th of the bills and will be taught to manage his money in a way to avoid debt and bankruptcy. Things my mother never taught me.

We will also be homeschooling this year. That’s a decision that took a lot of prayer. Why am I homeschooling? Well, that’s a whole other blog post. (Watch for it). But while we are homeschooling, I will be incorporating things they still need to get like living with the Fruit of the Spirit, carrying the full Armor of God, and living a life that shows the love of Christ.  Not an easy task in today’s age and the area we live in but a necessary one.

I am writing several books now:

  • “Raising Royalty in the Pits of Hell” (about raising Godly kids in the midst of an unGodly world).
  • (Untitled).. raising financially secure children in a bankrupt world.

Watch for these and updates along with way with our homeschooling. In the meantime, take a walk with your kids. Tell them how much God loves them and that He has created them with a purpose. More importantly…pray with them and for them. Don’t leave your parenting to chance. You are not alone in this battle. Don’t do it alone.

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2009 in encouragement

 

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