When a bride and groom stands before their loved ones to exchange vows and say, “I do,” they usually have some kind of picture of what their life would be like after that moment. “You may kiss the bride.”
But then, reality hits. There are bills to pay, work stresses, and then kids come into the picture. These aren’t necessarily bad things. The bills mean you have water coming out of your faucets in your home. The work stresses mean you have a job!…to pay those bills. And kids? Well…they are a joy, right? They truly are, but it just means you have to work that much more on being intentional in making time for your spouse.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, trusted counselor, relationship expert, and author of dozens of books Dr. Gary Chapman shares how we can strive toward “happily ever after” with true oneness. Dr. Chapman presents the wisdom he has gained through his experience of successes and failures in his marriage.
- Are you trying to change your spouse?
- Do you know what it means to really love someone?
- Do you feel ignored or even alone in your effort to improve your marriage?
Dr. Chapman has answers and action steps on topics from expressing your emotions to managing your money, all in a format that will have you and your spouse talking and learning with every page. At the end of each chapter, there is a Your Turn section which allow you to go deeper into how you can move forward to a better marriage wherever you are at.
My favorite chapter is What Love Really Means. You’ll have to get your own copy and read more about what happened when Dr. Chapman’s wife kept leaving the drawers in their home opened, but it was a big lesson for him. He realized that if his options from this minor irritation were: (1) I could leave her! (2) I could be miserable every time I looked at an open drawer from now until the time I die or she dies, or (3) I could accept her as a “drawer opener” and take on myself the task of closing drawers, it wasn’t her who needed to change, he needed to change.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Gary Chapman
You may have heard of The Five Love Languages. Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of those books. With 45+ years of marriage behind him, Dr. Chapman knows about how we can improve or heal our most important relationships. His first book, The Five Love Language: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, is a New York Times bestseller, and has helped millions of readers save their marriages. He speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, A Love Language Minute, and a Saturday morning program, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, both airing on more than 400 stations. Dr. Chapman and his wife have two grown children and currently live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he serves as senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church.
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One of my co-workers recommended a new Vietnamese sandwich place that just opened up on Market close to our workplace. It’s actually a second restaurant to the already popular Fillmore location. Bun Mee mainly serves up traditional Vietnamese street-food sandwiches known as Banh Mis. They also serve appetizers, rice/noodle bowls, salads, sides, and desserts. Also, the skinny/narrow interior is nicely designed and esthetically pleasing. The diagonal red support beam in the 2nd picture above says, “All sandwiches come with hot jalapeno peppers unless you’re sissy”.
I had the Grilled Five-Spice Chicken Banh Mi. This came with caramel mayo, shaved onion, pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers and cilantro (I was wussy and asked to take out the jalapenos). I also added a Fried Egg for $1 and Pate (spread) for $1 more. I’m not sure why pate is an add-on since that’s what Banh Mis traditionally come with as the spread for the sandwich. The Banh Mi was a bit expensive compared to usual Banh Mis, but was extremely filling. The chicken tasted marvelous and the Banh Mi was amply filled with pickled carrots and daikon. Somehow the fried egg ended up on the outside of the sandwich, so the yolk ended up messily running onto the paper wrapping. I love fried egg anyways so that didn’t matter.
The Lemongrass Pork Banh Mi. This came with grilled lemongrass Kurobuta pork, garlic mayo, shaved onion, pickled carrot & daikon, cucumber, and cilantro. I added a Fried Egg for an additional $1. There was lots of tender grilled lemongrass pork on the inside of the sandwich, but was seasoned with a bit too much pepper. Shredded carrots and daikon abounded on top with some cilantro. This time the Fried Egg was cooked a bit longer and wasn’t as runny as the Grilled Five-Spice Chicken Banh Mi above.
The next time I go, I’m going to try the Catfish Banh Mi. I heard good things about it.
Children’s Menu [y]
Changing Station [?]
Stroller Access [decent]
Today at the TruckStopSF alley, my Jewish co-worker’s favorite food truck happened to be there. I haven’t tasted their food yet, so I decided to tag along. The Old World Food Truck serves East European and Jewish Soul Food as the picture above states.
I ordered the Old World Food Plate which was a tasting (sampler) plate of chicken schnitzel with caraway honey and pepper relish, Yukon Potato & Farmer’s Cheese pierogi with condiments, and apple-cabbage slaw.
You can taste the sweetness of the caraway honey in the Chicken Schnitzel and also the crunchiness of the breading. It’s basically like eating sweet fried chicken. Yummy!
The Pierogi was like eating a potsticker (or Gyoza) and was decent. Sour Cream and Fried Onion pieces were the condiments that topped the pierogis.
The apple-cabbage slaw didn’t stand out much.
All in all, a decent sampler plate. I have to try the rest of their menu for a more comprehensive review.
Children’s Menu [n]
Changing Station [n]
Stroller Access [sidewalk or parking lot]
ABOUT THE PROMISE
You have probably already heard the story of Mary and Joseph, their journey to Bethlehem, and the birth of Jesus. This DVD, The Promise: The Birth of the Messiah, is something a little different. It is an animated musical. At first, I didn’t know what to expect. Would it be a little cheesy? Animated characters singing and dancing about the Savior’s birth? But I LOVED it!
We received the DVD on Friday, after Thanksgiving, when my in-laws were all over helping us do Christmas decorating, so we ended our day with a movie night. It has not been a week yet, and we have watched it a second time already. This account of Jesus’ birth is from the Gospel of Luke.
Melody (age 6)
What the DVD is about: The Promise was about before Jesus was born, and when he was born. Mary and Joseph got engaged and married, and they had Jesus. The shepherds came.
Like: I like the music and the animations. I like how it talks about Jesus.
Dislike: I didn’t like that they did have closed captioning, so I didn’t know what was going on in the parts where I couldn’t hear what they were saying.
Recommend: Older kids
Emily (age 4)
What the DVD is about: The DVD is about when God/Jesus was born on Earth.
Like: I like when the baby was born. I like the “Jooooohhhhhhnnnnnn” part. (Zechariah got his voice back and was saying he wanted his son to be named John.)
Dislike: I liked all the stuff.
Recommend: My friends Ashlyn and Jadyn should watch this. Those are my best buddies. And Becca, my best friend.
Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
The beginning was a little confusing because it started out with the priest in the temple singing. There were a few other parts in the musical that was a little confusing to the girls, like who the characters were, but that was a good thing because we got to take a look in the Bible to really read about the story in its details. My favorite part is Mary’s song, I Will Magnify. (You can listen to the song, and others on the website HERE.)
I think the musical is a pretty accurate account of everything surrounding The Promise of God sending the Messiah. I really liked that we really see the emotions of Mary and Joseph. I feel like we usually focus only on the baby Jesus, but throughout the musical, you get a peek at the love that the young couple had for one another. Melody even commented, “I think they are in love.” And maybe it is just me, but whenever I hear the story, I just see them as Mary, mother of Jesus, riding on the donkey, and Joseph, father of Jesus, pulling the donkey along and knocking on doors to see where there was room for them. In this musical, you really see them as they probably would have been after the appearance of the angel, kind of struggling to grasp the truth of what is happening, and then, the tender moments before the birth and after as they were in the stable together, a family of three for the first time.
The animation was incredible, and while it felt like the ballet did not quite fit in during some parts of the story, the performance of actual ballet dancers and dramatic stage actors blended with traditional animation techniques using optical motion technology was impressive. When my dad caught a glimpse of the movie when we were watching it, he asked if they were real people or animation.
Glorious Films will be releasing their second film, The Prodigal, in Spring 2014. It should be a good one too.
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Congrats to our winner, Janna!
One lucky reader will receive a copy of The Promise DVD. Giveaway ends Wednesday, December 11th. (Giveaway open to US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.) We’re trying out a different way to do our giveaways, and keeping all review products, etc. on this site. Let us know if you have any questions.
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The Nativity Story takes the readers of this book app through the journey of Joseph and Mary as they look for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Kids will meet all the different kinds of people and animals that Joseph and Mary would have met along the way. The sights and sounds of this app is fun for little ones to explore and discover a little bit of what it would have been like for the couple as they were waiting to meet baby Jesus.
Melody (age 6)
Like: You can click and drag things. There are voices and a narrator speaking. If you don’t want the narrator, you can read it yourself.
Dislike: It is kind of confusing when I clicked English (languages at the bottom) and nothing happened. I didn’t know I had to click on the book to open it at first.
Recommend: My friends.
Emily (age 4)
Like: I like the music and the sounds. I like that the characters say stuff.
Dislike: I don’t like the thing you can’t open…the curtains.
Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
My favorite part of this app is the end when the angels come out with their instruments to proclaim the good news of Jesus’ birth. They each play an instrument with their own parts, and without one of the instruments, the song would not be complete. This app is another way for kiddos to be reminded of what the Christmas season is all about.