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This one was a little unclear. Don and I discussed whether or not this challenge meant our favorite comic book character, favorite comic/comedian, or that we had to make one up ourselves. I needed a good laugh, so I chose door #3. To honor the release of The Hunger Games on DVD this week, here’s a bit of bad drawing and even worse poetry. You’re welcome. (Click on the pic to enlarge.)

I think my kids have dropped out of the challenge.

Go give some blog love to my friends over at:

Expatriatism,  Free To Be Too Much, and GirlyGeeky

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I LOVED this movie! Back in October I blogged about it and I never posted the follow up piece after my son Max and I went to see it together. We both loved it. I have to say it’s one of my top 5 movies of 2007. I liked the actors and the storyline, but I LOVED the music. Heather gave me the soundtrack for Christmas and it is still the most listened to CD at our house. The genius behind the guitar playing? An AMAZING woman! Here she is, Kaki King Playing with Pink Noise:

Why did I connect with this movie so much? All my life I’ve been getting into trouble for tapping my fingers, pencils, whatever on the desk, table, you name it. I don’t think Benny likes holding my hand because I can’t hold my fingers still for very long. I don’t think it’s OCD. 🙂 He has perfected “the look” to let me know my fidgeting is bugging him.  I practice piano scales, tap out random rhythms, and practice typing – o.k., that last one isn’t exactly musical unless you’re a writer. The clicking of the keyboard is musical in it’s own way. I hear music everywhere. When I saw the preview for this movie and saw how the boy was feeling the rhythm of the world around him, I could totally relate. Someone was finally able to show on film what I’d felt and been unable to express clearly. Music is my language. I was hooked.

The movie is a feel good story about holding out hope, pressing on against all odds, reaching for your dreams, and believing in love. My heart went out to Evan (later named August Rush) as he was targeted for bullying by some of the older boys at the Boy’s home he was living in. That really bothered my tenderhearted son as well. There were two scenes like this in the movie that Max was uncomfortable with, otherwise he really liked the movie. We were able to have some really good discussion regarding how people should be treated. Like me, my son lives musically. Within minutes of arriving home, he was strumming away on his guitar and putting on a mini concert for his siblings, copying some of the slap style playing from the movie. He’s a creative kid that moves through life adding music and color from his own bold palette. You’ll know what I mean in my next post. 🙂

If you have not seen this movie yet, go rent it this weekend. It suspends reality a bit, but it’s so sweet and I love the positive attitude this kid has. We could all use an attitude like that, right?

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I’ve been without the internet for a few days while our service was being switched. 😦 It’s really sad how anxious not checking my email and not blogging has made me. I know there have been times I didn’t do those things on purpose and I was fine. It’s a different story when the decision is not my own.

Last Sunday night was my friend Kim’s episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. My excitement for them has kept me talking about it a lot. It was a great show! There were some things that got edited out that I wished had been in the show, but what can you do when you’re trying to cram a week’s worth of footage in a less than an hour time slot? I was very surprised they didn’t mention her brain surgery last year. Kim has received a ton of hits on her blogs and website since the show. There are a lot of people who want to send her well wishes. You can do so by clicking this link, www.kimberleywrites.blogspot.com. For those of you who have emailed or left comments here on previous posts already, I thank you for loving on them. I’ve passed along everything I’ve received so far.

I drove to the Springs yesterday for a short visit and I loved the house, but not as much as I love the family that lives there. They are kind, generous people and I look forward to deepening the friendship we have. I am thrilled that they have the opportunity to share their story through so many different venues. They are being pursued to do radio and T.V. interviews as well as the possibility of invitations to appear on talk shows. They’ve even had someone contact them because their children have HSAN and face some of the same struggles as Kayla. Kim’s heart is that she wants to help people if she can and above all she wants to glorify God. Please continue to pray for the Woodhouse family, for peace, strength, and a miraculous healing for Kayla.

One last thing. Kim blogged about what a great son Josh is. He is such a polite kid and a great brother to Kayla. He’s genuine and friendly and so respectful. When Petey and I drove down there this week, Josh entertained him and played with him while Kim and I talked. My kids want to move into Josh’s room. It turned out great! His dragon reading chair is awesome! He finds inspiration from The DragonKeeper Chronicles by local author Donita K. Paul. You can check out her books at her website www.dragonkeeper.us. I had lunch with her and some other new friends several months ago. She’s a neat lady.

Thanks again to ABC, FORD, and all of the other companies involved with this build/makeover. Their generosity and support of the Woodhouse family is a blessing to all involved and those who are looking on. People need and crave something bigger and special to be involved in. Just ask any of the thousands of people who have volunteered on builds all over the country since Extreme Makeover: Home Edition began.

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