Showing posts from November, 2015

"The 33" giveaway!

Think back to 2010 when the world was entranced by the tragedy of "The 33," the Chilean miners trapped below ground for 69 days. They were buried 200 stories below the surface in suffocating heat, waiting for rescue. While rescuers desperately attempted to get them out, the new film "The 33" based upon this reveals the psyches of the men trapped in the mine, depicting the courage of the miners and their families. The international cast is led by Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”), James Brolin, and Lou Diamond Phillips, with Bob Gunton and Gabriel Byrne. The cast also includes Mario Casas, Jacob Vargas, Juan Pablo Raba, Oscar Nuñez, Tenoch Huerta, Marco Treviño, Adriana Barraza, Kate Del Castillo, Cote de Pablo, Elizabeth De Razzo and Naomi Scott.  Patricia Riggen directed “The 33” from a screenplay by Mikko Alanne, Oscar nominee Craig Borten (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Michael Thomas, based on the scr

MRI update

Moose had another seizure over the weekend so we started a new dosage on a medicine of his. I talked to his neurologist today. He said the MRI showed the thing in his brain has not grown (at least not that they can see so if it has it's been very slight). This makes the doctor think it's a malformation, a "birthmark." The doctor said he is not 100% that this is causing Moose's seizures. He said from our description and videos of his seizures, he expected this to show in a different part of the brain than it does. So perhaps this MRI didn't answer 100% of our questions, but he didn't feel it necessary for the time being to do further testing immediately. We will have a follow-up with him in a few months and another MRI in a year. We appreciate your continued prayers for him. Thanks, Anthony & Randi This is the update I sent to our prayer chain and on Facebook and to his school. I wish I had more concrete answers. I thought we would, so it'

The Time Garden by Daria Song (a coloring book review)

I loved to color as a child. I think most kids do at some point in time (most, not all). Even my oldest son, Moose, colored at one point. Now when he colors, it's all one color (red) and scribbled across the sheet (he's 8). My 6-year-old son will color but usually he likes to draw his own comics (very endearing). I'm reading for my Princess to be old enough to color (not that I want her to grow up faster than she will nor am I assuming she'll love to color...but I'm hoping she will). I got "The Time Garden" by Daria Song, an adult coloring book, after seeing adult coloring books all over the place online. Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook are all aflutter with adults coloring. Right up my alley, people. Although, I would prefer a Christian-based coloring book, I really love the pictures in "The Time Garden." image from Blogging for Books What I disliked about the book: The details in this picture are small, so you must have colored pencils

The Story of God's Love For You by Sally Lloyd-Jones (book review)

Our family really like "The Jesus Storybook Bible" by Sally Lloyd-Jones. I was really excited to review "The Story of God's Love For You" by her. What I didn't know is that the text from each is exactly the same. Exactly the same.  I was reading a very critical review on Amazon for "The Jesus Storybook Bible" (and by default "The Story of God's Love for You") and I thought the reviewer brought up one point I really hadn't thought of before.  In this text, the author really takes some liberties from the Bible. The story of Leah and Rachel from Genesis 29-30. Lloyd-Jones says that Leah "wasn't beautiful at all (some though her quite ugly). The Bible says "Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance" (Genesis 29:17 ESV). Not exactly the same, but perhaps that's me being nit-picky.  Then in this text, "The Terrible Lie" about the Garden of Eden, it says: "'

October - we love this time of the year + a prayer request

I feel like we're finally getting into somewhat of a groove - an ever-changing, very flexible groove. Life with three kids is good. Life is good. God is good. All the time, right? Especially when you're listening to Christmas program music being sung at 6:22am from a just awoken sweet boy. I love it. Moose: We had been borrowing a soccer goal from a friend and when they took it home, we purchased 2 for our boys. Even Moose was asking to go out to play soccer (not so much this week but it's been wet). Once Squirt said, "maybe later, I'm reading" or something and I was like "GO OUTSIDE! Our sloth wants to play something, GO!" It's been good for them. They are really working on good sportsmanship. Moose does really well with this because his brother beats him most of the time. But he's a fairly good defender, just not aggressive enough to be a forward. Only one seizure this month! We had a cub scout event later that same night so we made th

Woodlawn Giveaway WINNER!

I used to generate a number for my Woodlawn giveaway . From the 4 comments on the blog (seriously, more people should enter, you have a great chance of winning stuff), chose #4 which is chickie717. I will contact you through email and you will have 48 hours to reply or I'll have to chose another winner. Thanks for the two of you who entered and my apologies for taking me a few extra days to pick a winner. EDIT: Well, chickie717 said she'd won this on another blog so Jennifer, you are the winner winner chicken dinner! I will contact you via email to let you know you won! Yay, now everyone gets to read these awesome books!