Saturday, April 30, 2011

movie review: soul surfer

So I saw 'soul surfer' last week and figured I'd talk about it. In general it's a great movie about a great story. My only real complaint lies with some of the acting. I love Carrie Underwood and everything she's done, but she's a singer and not much of an actor. Same goes with Anna Robb, who played Bethany Hamilton, she wasn't horrible but beside great actors like Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt there's not much of a comparison.

It was really well done and did a great job addressing the emotional side of the story. There was one scene between Carrie, who plays the youth group leader, and Anna which was amazing. The scene was the two of them addressing the verse that talks about God working for the best of those that love him (Romans 8:28? I can't remember). And you see her story and how everything pretty much seemed unfair, and it really reminds you of situations in your life when you've felt the exact same way. That particular scene really gets to the heart of the audience and is really the emotional core of the movie. Particularly because Carrie's character doesn't pretend to have the answer to why horrible things happen to people, which is a very human response to these kinds of things. I heard at least three people sniffing by the end of that scene.

Another thing I liked about it was that Bethany Hamilton's faith was showed very clearly in the movie. It made me wonder what Dennis and Helen's opinion of a blatant Christian theme was. I appreciated that they didn't downplay it at the expense of certain audience members possibly getting offended.

Lastly some of the shots in the movie were really cool. There were several underwater shots that looked up into the wave/surfer which were amazing. Plus it was set in Hawaii which always makes for a great backdrop. So it's totally worth a watch, because it's a story we all knew about and followed several years ago, and it's cool to see it in movie form. And as a Christian it was extremely surprising to see a mainstream movie have a prominent religious theme.

Monday, April 25, 2011


and this is why I love Carrie Underwood

Monday, April 18, 2011

most b.a. thing of all time

where can I get one?!?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

words of wisdom

today's words of wisdom from surviving the world

Thursday, April 7, 2011

the 13 types you find on trails

I saw this and thought it was hilarious. You'll understand this if you enjoy being outside on trails.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

heartwarming story of the day

I saw this story online and thought it was adorable

Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could, so she dictated these words:

Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.
Love, Meredith.

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.
Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, “To Meredith” in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called,“When a Pet Dies.” Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,
Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away. Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.
I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much.
By the way, I am wherever there is love.
Love, God

Saturday, April 2, 2011

funny thing of the day

the mystery has been solved