Friday, April 13, 2018

Princess Cut Movie REVIEW

Princess Cut The Movie

Our family always enjoys a good movie, especially for our weekly Friday night movie night.  I was excited to have a chance to review the DVD of Princess Cut (True Love is Worth the Wait) by Watchman Pictures.  My husband and I always enjoy a good Christian film and with a growing teen in the house, this movie was just perfect.  This romantic drama is Dove approved for ages 12+.  There is no profanity or nudity.

My son doesn't really like to think or talk too much about subjects of relationships right now and that is ok with me.  He is just now 14 years old and he has time to grow and mature.  He knows how we feel as a family and what our goal is.  I have had good curriculum over the past couple years that I have covered with him and has opened up a lot of good discussions (albeit generally short sessions).

The general plot of the movie covers dating relationships and how a father and mother can lead and guide their child into a Godly union for marriage.  The common term of courtship is not mentioned in the movie.  Rather the movie uses and demonstrates a Godly union in a practical way.

The main character, Grace, longs for the day her knight in shining armor will woo her and place that princess cut ring on her finger.  She has been having a long distance relationship with Stewart and has an upcoming date with him where she thinks he is going to pop the question.  Instead, Stewart announces his engagement to someone else.  Grace is devasted and certain she will never find Mr. Right.

At a local coffee shop, she runs into the guy who worked at the jewelry store where she was looking at rings.  He pursues her and at first, she puts him off.  He is persistent and they pursue a relationship that she thinks is wonderful because he seems to respect her and treats her special.  The problem enters when he becomes more forceful to become much more romantically involved.  I absolutely love this part where it becomes so evident that Grace has been raised with strong convictions and her inner-self knows that somehow this relationship is just not right.  She struggles with it and ends up breaking the relationship off.

In her despair, she ends up seeking the advice of her father who had recently been convicted to be a better father to her and take up his responsibility of guarding her heart until the time that he gives her away in marriage.  Grace agrees to trust her father in helping her and guiding her in pursuing the right person for her future.  

A young doctor, Clint, moves in next door and you can imagine that the rest is history.  But of course, the story doesn't have a simple ending.  Do they pursue a relationship together?  What happens when the doctors ex-fiance shows up?  What happens when Grace's ex-boyfriend shows up?  What happens to cause the doctor to leave?  What does it mean to truly love someone?

I absolutely LOVED the way this movie demonstrated how a Godly union can happen and what it might look like.  By beginning the movie with Grace making some wrong choices it brought a lot of reality to the story.  It showed how making wrong choices that seemed right at the time will generally not have a happy ending.  The movie demonstrated to young people how waiting for that true love can indeed be worth the wait.  When we choose to follow God's design in relationships it can be a wonderful and magical story.  Grace didn't have to go looking for her Mr. Right.  God brought him to her.  Clint also had a past where he had made some wrong decisions and not allowed God to lead in his pursuit of relationships.  He was able to demonstrate how much more God had for him when he pursued Grace with quiet patience and a deep friendship first before pursuing anything romantic.  Clint also honored Grace's parents by asking for their permission to pursue a relationship with Grace.

I highly recommend Princess Cut by Watchman Pictures to any parent of a preteen or teenager.  This movie can help open up discussions of what your family might like to see how your child might pursue future relationships and ultimately marriage.

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Please also take the time to look at the other review on this movie to get other opinions on it.

Princess Cut {Watchman Pictures Reviews}
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Live in Peace

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live 
peaceably with all men. Rom 12:18 NKJV

Do you have peace? Do you desire peace?  God calls us to live peaceably with one another.  He doesn't desire that we live in or cause strife with others.  A good rooster is worth his weight in gold. One of his jobs is to keep the peace in the flock.  When then hens get to bickering it is his job to break it up and restore the peace.

I just love our head rooster Cedric.  I am so sad that he is just so crippled due to previous injuries.  His newest injury is that he somehow lost a toe!!  Yes, he lost a toe and we have no idea what happened.  It is still fairly recent so I continue to pray he will not get an infection or suffer any complications.  We had to bring him in the house again for a few days of doctoring but he is back out with his flock and seems to be doing pretty good.

He is pictured above with one of his sons that he has managed to keep the peace with.  We have had previous experiences where we tried to keep multiple roosters and one decided to buck the plan and caused chaos for all involved.  Currently, we have Cedric with two of his sons and a little silkie rooster with all the hens and everyone seems to be keeping the peace fairly well.

It will be a sad day when we no longer have Cedric.  I have come to rely on him so heavily to keep the flock in order.  My hope is that his son that is second in command right now, Kristoff, will be able to pick up the torch of his father.  He has big feet to fill!

Remember to live in peace as much as you can. It is God's desire for you.

Peace I leave with youMy peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  John 14:27 NKJV

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Homeschool Diploma REVIEW

Homeschool Diploma

Names are blurred out but you can see the nice quality and lettering.

Sometimes when you homeschool you wonder if your kids might be missing out on some "traditional" options that their public or private school counterparts might have access to.  I was excited to be able to participate in this review for an 8th Grade Diploma from Homeschool Diploma.  Sam is getting ready to graduate from the 8th grade and the timing was just perfect on this.

We are not going to have any big special celebration, but we wanted to at least acknowledge his graduation to the next level in his homeschool life.  We might go out to eat at a place of his choosing and then present it to him afterward.  I suppose the big celebration will come when he graduates high school!

I chose the 8th Grade Diploma and had lots of options to choose from.  I was able to choose some really nice upgrades for no additional charge (the extras do normally cost extra).  The diploma we received looked just like my high school diploma!  It came with a really nice padded, hard backed cover with very nice lettering that I had chosen and upgraded to include our homeschool name and his name on the front.  You can even have your own customized logo or crest printed on the front!  The diploma paper is a very nice heavy cardstock quality paper.

The seal I choose was "Soli Deo Gloria," to God alone be the glory.  Some other options I was able to choose were the selection of a bible verse and parchment instead of plain cream paper.  I could have also chosen to have an honors seal if he had earned that.  There are some wording choices you can make along the way.  For example, I chose "from the Eighth grade level" instead of "from the Junior High School department."

I like that it came with the following notice that let me know if we were to mess this one up somehow while preparing signatures, we could order a replacement.

The ordering process for the diploma was easy and there were a lot of nice upgrade options to choose from.  If you are in need of a High School diploma, you have the option to choose a Standard, Personalized, Gilded, or Vintage diploma.  The Gilded option has 23-karat gold illumination to decorate the seal and first letter of the school name.  Additional letters can be illuminated for an additional charge.  The Vintage style diploma option is printed in raised ink.With the Standard Diploma, you can still choose from 3 different embossed seals.  For our 8th Grade Diploma I was able to add the scripture that I wanted.  It also allowed me to choose either embossed or engraved seals (I chose embossed).  The signature lines on my option were customizable.  I chose "Principal" and "Instructor."  

If you have an upcoming high school graduate you should check out their Standard Diploma. It is not too late, shipping is fast and if you are in a real hurry they can also rush it to you overnight for an additional fee.

High School Diploma with 7

Homeschool Diploma can be your one stop shop for all things graduation.  If you just need diploma covers they have that. You can also order caps and gowns, graduation announcements, and class rings from them.  They have options for Kindergarten, 8th grade , and High School graduations.  As I stated before, the ordering process is very easy and they walk you through each step and allow you to choose your options and upgrades available at each step.

Eighth Grade or Junior High School Diploma with 7

You can connect with them on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and PINTEREST.

I was very pleased with the 8th Grade Diploma we received and definitely plan to use their services when high school graduation comes around.  I would recommend Homeschool Diploma if you plan to celebrate your child's academic accomplishments.

Be sure to check out the other reviews that will include more information on the Kindergarten, 8th grade, and High School diplomas.

Kindergarten Graduation and Junior High Diploma for your Homeschool  {Homeschool Diploma Reviews}
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