Monthly Archives: June 2007

The Movie We Shall Not Speak Of

Last night Mark & I had passes to be a part of a free screening of an upcoming theatrical release. They were handing them out earlier in the week when we went to see “Evan Almighty”, with the promise that not only would we get to see last night’s movie for free, but we would each get 2 free AMC Theater passes. We read the synopsis and projected rating of the film, and thought it looked interesting enough, so we went.

Unfortunately, we had to sign waivers saying that we wouldn’t post or publish anything about the movie that we saw. So I can’t tell you anything about it, other than that it was a very sweet and endearing story (in spite of some questionable political overtones), a VERY well made movie, pretty much completely clean, and in my opinion, Oscar material (but what do I know :)).

So we enjoyed the movie (which is still an unfinished product), filled out a survey afterwards, got our free passes, and went on our merry way.

We have seen three movies this week – all free – and I will say that this was far better than the other two (Evan Almighty & Ocean’s 13), as entertaining as they were.



Did That Just Happen?

Have you ever had a “Did that just happen?” moment? I had one yesterday morning. I was in my car on my way to work. I had just turned on to the quiet little stretch of France Avenue near our house, when suddenly, out of nowhere, a giant bird – unmistakably a bald eagle, followed by two, black crows – swooped down directly in front of (and dangerously close to) my car, dropped a dead squirrel in the ground before me, and flew away. I gasped, looked around, and said to myself “Did that just happen?!”.

(The next thing I thought was “What would have happened to me if I would have hit the bald eagle with my car? What does one do in a situation like that? Would I have gone to jail?”. )

2 Years

On April 4, 2003, a guy came up to me and shook my hand.

On August 24, 2003, he shook my hand again, told me his name was Mark, and my heart went all aflutter.

On October 26, 2003 we had our first conversation, and he sent me his very first email.

On November 7, 2003, we went on our very first date.

On December 20, 2004 he asked me to be his wife.

On June 25, 2005, I became just that.

On June 25, 2007,  I’m thinking that was the best day of my life and the best earthly decision I’ve ever made! I’m so glad to be married to my very best friend. 🙂


Say a Prayer

If you have chance, say a prayer today for the Morrison sextuplets, born on Sunday to a local couple from Bethany Church. Unfortunately, the babies were born at a mere 22 weeks, which means that they’ve got a very steep, uphill battle ahead of them. 😦 Pray for strength for their parents, as they made the courageous decision to go against the doctor’s recommendation to “selectively reduce” (i.e. abort) — a decision which they are probably going to take some flack for (if the tone of this Star Tribune article is any indication). God is a God of miracles, but above all He is sovereign and has a purpose for all of this, no matter the outcome.

Update: Here’s a much better article on the situation. Good for WCCO.

Modesty is Hottesty

On th GirlTalk blog today there is a link to this website – an online clothing store dedicated to modesty. I’ve seen a couple of other such sites before, but they usually seem to be of the opinion that dressing modestly = dressing like Laura Ingalls Wilder (not that there’s anything wrong with that :)). Many of the clothes on this site, however, are actually quite trendy and cute…I especially like the skirts and the outfit the girl on the main page is wearing. Some of the tops are pretty adorable, too. Not so keen on the swimsuit – that may be a little much, in my opinion – but other than that it seems like a pretty neat site. The only problem is that now it’s tempting me to covet.  What to do, what to do….kidding, of course (I wouldn’t really fit into any of these clothes right now, anyway…).

Lunchtime Thoughts on “Amazing Grace”

Last Saturday, Mark & I finally made it out to see the film “Amazing Grace” (now playing at the cheap theater in Hopkins :)). Powerful movie, and quite well done. The only complaint we really had about it was that it was ALL dialogue, ALL the time…but that’s OK, and probably fitting for this type of film.

Some of my other reflections on it:

-It made me want to really DO something with my life. Make it count. Not waste it. It’s kind of a “kick in the tail” sort of movie.

– There is a scene where a gentleman states before the parliament that he is personally opposed to the atrocities of slavery, but that for the sake of the country as a whole, he cannot vote with the abolitionists. Hmmm…sound familiar? The absurdity of this type of reasoning was so evident in the movie. In fact, I found myself often comparing the cause of the abolitionists to the cause of modern day pro-lifers.

-It made me want to learn more about William Wilberforce.

-The most powerful scene to me was when Wilberforce visited an old, blind John Newton, who, for the sake of the abolition movement, is busy tearfully rehashing the painful account of his experiences as a slave ship captain.  While he  is obviously filled with regret and “haunted” by the “20,000 ghosts” of those he killed/let die on the ships from Africa, he is absolutely overcome by the grace of God. Best quote? “My memory may be fading, but one thing I remember: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great savior.”

All in all, good movie. Probably not the kind you’d watch over and over…but perhaps the kind you’d want to watch once in awhile, if you’re in need of some inspiration in life or a kick in the tail. I found myself crying at the end. (Granted,  the pregnancy hormones caused me to cry a bit more than necessary as the credits rolled :), but I do think I would have choked up anyway :)).

OK, lunchtime is over…back to work!