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ABOUT 23 BLAST
This film is inspired by the true story of Travis Freeman. Travis (played by Mark Hapka) plays high school football in a small town in Kentucky. He is loved by his local community, not just for his skills on the field, but for being an all-around great guy. In 1997, Travis contracts an infection and overnight he becomes blind. He thought his dreams of playing the game was over, but he overcomes many challenges with the help of his parents, physical therapist, coach, and best friend. He was able to get back on the field and help his team get to the state finals.
You all know I love a feel-good movie, and this is definitely one of those. While the events in the film did not happen exactly the way they did in real life, Travis Freeman did in fact have an unshakeable faith after he became blind. Stories like this is always welcomed over what is typically shown on the big screen targeting young people today. You can read about where Travis is today, and his thoughts about the movie HERE. (There is a 30-second ad before you can get to the article.)
One lucky reader will receive a copy of 23 Blast DVD. Giveaway ends Friday, February 6th. (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.)
For your chance to win, leave a comment below with anything related to sports/football or someone who has inspired you despite challenges in their life.
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Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most
Written by Amy Julia Becker
Published by Zondervan
October 28, 2014
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After becoming a mom, did you feel a little lost? People all of a sudden have all this advice to give you about what to feed your baby, what not to feed your baby, what kinds of diapers to use, how to get them to sleep, and on and on, like you didn’t just get that business degree not so long ago. Do all these opinions matter in the grand scheme of things? What really matters? There is no book that teaches you these life skills of being a parent. I mean, sure there are parenting books that have techniques and methods, but if you have ever known more than one person, you know that all people are different and unique, kids included. How will someone else, who is not you, know how to parent your child, who is not their child? How will they know best how to love our children? Our children are always learning and growing, and so in the same way, we are also learning and growing. They come to us with their problems and questions. To be honest, it is sometimes annoying, especially when I don’t have the answer, am I right? :p But when we slow down enough to really hear them and listen to them, we discover more about ourselves and the world around us than they are discovering about themselves and the world around them.
For a long time, I thought my children were a distraction from the work God was doing in my life and in the world around me. I am starting to realize they are the work God is doing in my life. They are the invitation to give, to receive, to be humbled, to grow. They are the vehicles of grace. – p.13
When was the last time you had a conversation with your kids? What did you talk about? From beauty and kindness, tragedy and disability, prayer and miracles, and everything in-between, Amy Julia shares these conversations she has with her kids, and how that deepened her relationships with them. They helped her to understand more deeply what she believes and what God is doing in her own life. She invites us to have these same conversations with our own kids. What are some big questions your little kids are asking? Whether the questions and answers are simple or complex, we are always learning and growing, so why not learn and grow together with our kids.
ABOUT AMY JULIA BECKER
Amy Julia Becker writes about faith, family, and disability for Parents.com, the New York Times Motherlode blog, TheAtlantic.com, The Huffington Post parents page, Christianity Today, The Christian century, and numerous other publications. Her first book, A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny, was named one of the Top Ten Religion Books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly. Amy Julia lives in western Connecticut with her husband and three children.
One lucky reader will win a copy of the book Small Talk. Giveaway ends Sunday, December 7th. (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.)
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I passed by the Seoulful Korean Fried Chicken truck on the way to lunch and decided to try it out today. It’s a sister truck to Hiyaaa! (Vietnamese Food Truck).
The Order: Rice & Slaw Combo (Dark Meat)
Coleslaw had mild vinaigrette with cut-up jalapeno mixed in with shredded cabbage and cilantro. Fried chicken (thigh and drumstick) was nicely breaded/fried and tasted deliciously sweet (ordered with the sweet soy glaze). Sweet, sushi-type, short-grained Calrose rice lined the bottom of the takeout box.
This was a good and basic fried chicken combo platter. I have to go back and try the Seoulful Sandwich and the Garlic Fries for a more comprehensive review.
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Changing Station [n]
Stroller Access [sidewalk]
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Noah: A Wordless Picture Book
by Mark Lundy
Released October 24, 2014!!
Published by Plough Publishing House
Age Range: 2-18 years
Mark’s Website | NOAH website
A hundred years before the Great Flood, a man named Noah came home talking crazy. God wanted him to build the biggest ship the world had ever seen. The future of humanity depended on it. How would his wife respond? What would the neighbors think? Was it even feasible?
This lavish reimagining of one of the greatest stories of all time will fascinate children and adults alike. Nuanced and playful, yet meticulous in following the biblical narrative, Mark Ludy’s world-class art digs deeper than the Sunday-school tale of cuddly animals, exploring Noah’s relationship with his family, the natural world, God – and a formidable engineering challenge.
Immerse yourself in this stunning wordless epic. Whatever your age, you’ll never read this story in the same way again.
ABOUT MARK LUNDY
Mark Ludy has written or illustrated eight children’s books including The Farmer, The Flower Man, The Grump, When I Was a Boy I Dreamed, When I Was a Girl I Dreamed, and Jujo the Youngest Tribesman. When he’s not immersed in his sketchbooks, you’ll find him in schools promoting art and literacy. He lives in Colorado with his wife, daughter, and two sons.
Melody (age 7)
What the book is about: It is about God sending for Noah in a dream and telling him to build the ark because there is going to be a flood.
Like: I like that it describes Noah’s experience in pictures.
Dislike: The part where he had a boy because I don’t understand that part, and the part where he was crying.
Recommend: I recommend this to anyone who has a good eye for details because you will notice things fast in the pictures.
Emily (age 5)
What the book is about: The Noah book is about building an ark!
Like: That God told Noah to build the ark, and the flood.
Dislike: I did not like the people saying, ‘Hey, why are you building an ark? There isn’t a flood!”
Recommend: My friends Becca and Bella will like the book.
Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
Noah is a wordless book about the story of Noah and the ark. It’s not just a cutesy story of animals lining up two-by-two to enter the ark, it has a pretty accurate depiction of the darkness that occurs once the Lord shut the door of the ark. It was not just the sprinkling of rain that we get here in California during the drought. It was a harsh downpour that was a demonstration of God’s anger. I have to admit that the beginning was a little confusing to me. I think there should be a page at the beginning that gives parents an overview of the story and pictures. The pictures are fantastic as well. It will draw any reader into discovering more of Noah’s story in the Word. It definitely piqued my interest to re-read the passage in Genesis about Noah since we are so used to hearing the storybook Bible stories. Although my girls like the book, I would recommend it to kids who are a little older than mine. It would definitely depend on your kids and if they are okay with seeing the destruction that the flood caused, but be prepared to have discussions for kids who want to dig deeper.
One lucky reader will receive a copy of the Noah wordless book. Giveaway ends Saturday, November 22nd. (Giveaway open to US and Canada 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.)
For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing what character you think should have their story in a wordless picture book or your child’s fave Bible story. For extra entries, tweet about the book, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with link to entry if possible.
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