Okay, BIG MOVIE RECOMMENDATION! Last night Trish and I went to see Amazing Grace. The rest of the family had already seen it, so it was just the two of us. Oh my...I can't say enough good things about this film. The word "compelling" doesn't even begin to do it justice and yet I don't know how else to describe it. Amazing Grace is the story of William Wilberforce, the British politician and crusader who devoted his life to the abolition of the slave trade. Also pulled in is a part of the story of John Newton, captain of a slave-trading ship and the writer of our beloved hymn "Amazing Grace." That performance by Albert Finney is alone worth seeing this movie for, and yet it's just one of the stellar performances by actors both well-known and less so. This is definitely one that will become part of our personal collection and will be part of the way we teach our children and grandchildren that one person CAN make a difference. If you haven't seen Amazing Grace yet, please go see it. Yes, you can wait for DVD, but this one is just bigger than that, both in the visuals of the cathedrals and the slave ships, and the emotional value of seeing it "larger than life." I give it as many stars as is legally possible :-)
Our pastor is preaching a wonderful series of sermons on the Resurrection from 1 Cor. 15. This, as well as the vivid word picture of one Lenten candle being snuffed out each week as we watch, are powerful reminders of the hopelessness we experience as fallen humans until we are made aware of and personally encounter the truth of Christ's resurrection. Only then can we experience the comfort that no matter what this life holds, we too can be resurrected to an eternal life in Him. Hallelujah!
Hurray...Rudy's BBQ for Sunday dinner!
It's Mother-Biting-Her-Nails weekend here. Nathan and two other (male) late-adolescent friends have DRIVEN to Colorado for a few days. How come moms don't get a say in whether their baby boys can just get in a car and drive across the country, huh? Oh, being a mother was so much easier when I was changing drool bibs and mashing carrots.
I'm thoroughly engrossed in my latest books, one on audio (Back When We Were Grownups, Anne Tyler) and one in hard copy (The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova). I may have mentioned here before that my biggest fear in life is that I will die before I get everything read. So I'm trying to keep myself healthy :-)
This week I need to buckle down and make some carpet choices. If you have any great advice, I'm all ears! We're planning to do the entire downstairs this spring, and oh did I mention, I'm SICK of berber? I want something that feels really cushy and is the color of the dirt right outside our doors!
Time for a long winter's nap. Hey, it's still winter, isn't it?