Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Still Displaced!

Well, we are still displaced!  But, we have made an offer on our new house and hopefully things go smoothly and we will be moving at the end of January.  

Since we've been displaced things just haven't felt the same.  We have a Christmas tree.  It's up in the front room of our rental.  We have gifts under it...  We've watched some Christmas movies too, but the Christmas spirit is elusive this year.  

We haven't taken Christmas pictures.  We have nothing cute to wear in them anyway.  All of our cute clothes are packed and wasting away in storage.  We finally got our Christmas ornaments made but there is no way anyone will get them before Christmas at this rate.  All my good padded mailers are packed so I'll need to pick up some more.  Our Christmas letter is written but I have no envelopes...  Hmmm...  I guess I'll need to go to the store and buy some of those too.  Which is frustrating because we already have envelopes.  Packed of course.

So, keep your expectations low from us this year.  Sorry there will be no Christmas cards, pictures, or ornaments.  There might still be a Christmas letter...sometime.

We are ready to get out of the "transition" phase of moving.  Toys are all packed.  Books are all packed.  We are bored and cold.  The house is dark and drafty.  

We can't wait to finally have a place to call home!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Susie's Hope {FlyBy Review & Giveaway}

Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. 

Thank you so much to FlyBy for giving me a chance to review this movie!  What a pleasant surprise!  If I had seen Susie's Hope on a shelf there is no way I would've picked it up.  No way.  In my heart I knew this movie would be a tragic tear-jerker and I would feel depressed afterward.  Not so!  While this is what I would consider a "1 tissue movie" it was in no way depressing.   Inspiring, uplifting and motivating are much more descriptive!

In this movie Donna and her husband Roy are expecting a child.  With the intent to name this sweet baby Susie they begin plans to decorate a nursery.  It is during this time that Donna, who is very soft hearted, becomes aware of a pit bull who is being neglected.  Trying to be helpful and get the dog some water she ends up being viciously attacked.  Upon waking in the hospital she learns that she lost her baby and nearly her life.  She is told that the complications from the attack are so severe that she will never be able to have a baby again.  (This is the part where I needed the kleenex!)

Not one to be down for long Donna finds a pit bull mix puppy in the park who had been set on fire and left for dead.  Desperate to save this puppy Donna, who names the dog Susie, starts Susie's Miracle Fund to raise money to save the dogs life.  As Susie and Donna begin the healing process together Donna begins to seek justice for Susie and all abused dogs everywhere.  Pushing for better laws to protect innocent animals.

About Susie:
Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and event won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!

I enjoyed this movie!  I think you would enjoy it too!
Thanks to FlyBy Promotions I get to share 1 copy with a Swinging On Small Hinges reader too!  You can enter using the Giveaway Tools below!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

#JohnOnNetflix Lumo Project -Gospel of John {FlyBy Review}

In principio erat Verbum et Verbum erat apud Deum et Deus erat Verbum.  -John 1:1

Have you heard about this yet? 
It's called the Lumo Project it is playing now on Netflix!

What is it?
"The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media... The Lumo Project encompasses four feature-length films – one for each Gospel account – that revolutionize the way we experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived."

"For the first time on screen, the Lumo Project takes the actual four individual Gospel texts as its script, word for word, unedited. We use the very latest historical research to recreate Palestine of the First Century as authentically as possible. We break with the stereotypical tradition of a westernised Jesus and his life story and present it as it really was 2000 years ago. The Lumo Project is a versatile educational resource that can be seen and heard by a truly global audience as it can be dubbed into any version and any language."

I had an opportunity to preview this movie and for the first 5 minutes I thought "This is so weird, they are just reading the Bible to me..." after 10 minutes I thought "This is so amazing! They are reading the bible to me!"  I was so impressed!  You need to check this out!  It is a perfect companion to your scripture reading this holiday season!  You can find it on Netflix. 

It looks like this:  

It's unfortunate that it doesn't have very good reviews so far.  It does move a little slow, but then, the Bible isn't always full of action and drama!  I think you should give it a is definitely different but it is very good and the text comes straight from the Bible.

You can find out more about The Lumo Project by visiting any of the links below! Have fun!

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