My girls and I went and saw The Last Song this past weekend. We had all read the book and knew that we wanted to see it together. This is a great movie about family reconciliation more than it is a love story. There are parts of the movie that are different than the book but that did not take away from the good message that the movie sends. However, I would strongly reccomend the book as it goes into so much more detail of the lives of this family and how the father has had a heart change and renewing his relationship with God and wanting to make things right with his family. This book ranks right up there with my all time favorites. The story just affirms that when we let God make a difference in us it can't help but spill out on those around us.
You would think that with our youngest child being 18 years old that our family would be past the Disney channel. Now that is just not the case. When they ran the Hannah Montana concert in 3D on the Disney channel this weekend, the girls ran out to Wal-mart for their free 3D glasses so that they could get the full effect. Looks like the girls are not they only ones that enjoyed the 3D viewing.
Over the holidays we went to see "P.S. I Love You". This has got to be one of the best chick flicks I have seen in a long time. The opening scene is a real picture of one of the stupid arguments all married couples have that are really about nothing but seem to go on and on. This film will make you laugh and cry. And I really do like the way it ends. However, Anna says the book is a whole lot better and quite a bit different than the movie. She was the only one of our group (Grandma, Aunts and girl cousins) that was disappointed as we walked out.
Our family Thanksgiving tradition is to go to a movie in the evening. After our tummies are full and the optimum fun potential has been met, we head out to a theater, no matter where we are, or who we have spent the holiday with. We Sturmans having been doing this since the kids were little. It is getting more difficult to pick a movie we all will attend together, but that just adds to the fun. Some years there is no question like, "The Toy Story", "The Santa Clause", and "Harry Potter". This year we picked "August Rush". This is a great family show and has a great message too. The tag line is "The music is everywhere all you have to do is listen." Just like our God.
Two weekends in a row I have gone to the movies. Before that I had not been to the movies in months. I usually wait until movies come out in DVD so I can watch them curled up on the sofa with a blanket. Theaters are always so cold and I have threatened my family numerous times that I will carry a blanket in with me. We went to Hairspray last night. Okay, can I just say that it has to officially be my favorite musical. I know it must be a big surprise that I am a huge musical fan to start with. This movie along with a great cast and a story that has such a good message, there is no other option but to like. I found myself wanting to sing and dance along. I know, I cannot dance but I came out that show really feeling like if they can do it, I can too. I am so glad we live in a time that does not have to have a "Negro day". Although, I am not sure we are totally accepting of all people that are different, I do really try to see those around me as loved by God just as much as he loves me and my family.
Okay, I am one of those closet Harry Potter fans. I know about the whole controversy around whether or not Christians should entertain themselves with books and movies that have to do with magic. When I read the first book before the the whole Christian community debate began, I was already hooked. This whole series has do with the a young boy's choices of good and evil. So far Harry has always chosen to be on the side of good even when it has gotten tough.
We went the to newest movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix this past weekend and again Harry chose to fight against the evil. One of the lines from the film was said by Harry's god father, "We all have good and evil in us, what makes the difference is which one we choose to act upon." I daily have to make the choice to follow Christ and ask for His guidance in my life. Sometimes that choice is harder than at other times, but I know there is no magic in the love, power and strength of my God.