Tuesday, July 25, 2017

In Remembrance of Goldie

This must be the summer of loss.  We have been doing chickens for about 3 1/2 years now and have had two losses over that time until recently.  Last month we lost one of our California Whites to an unknown cause.  Earlier this year we lost one of our production layers, Speckles, then the baby chick, and now our dear Goldie.  She was one of our earlier crew of chickens.

Goldie's baby picture

We have had excessive heat and indexes in excess of 105 degrees and the heat proved to be just too much for her I think.  I wonder if she wasn't hiding an illness though because she was fine the day before.  She had not been showing any signs of stress compared to many of the other chickens.  I was planning on processing her this fall, but it was still a sad loss of life. I hope there are no more for a long while.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Trust Fund by Mapelle Films REVIEW

Trust Fund Movie

We really enjoyed watching the movie Trust Fund by Mapelle Films recently.  It's a modern day Prodigal Son (Daughter) story. I really like that the cinematographer/producer, Isaac Alongi, was an early homeschooler back in 1982.  He and his wife, Sandra Martin (who wrote the story) shot the film in 2014 and were only able to get it into the Kansas City market in 2016 due to lack of funds.  It is now being released to the home entertainment market.  Learn more about the Trust Fund producer, Isaac Alongi.

The main character, Reese Donahue (Jessica Rothe), is a typical spoiled child with money.  Thus far she has been able to live a carefree life while spending daddy's (Kevin Kilner) money (and her book advance) on things she wants and trips to distant lands.  She is a writer by nature and actually has a book pending to be published.  She has already exhausted her advance monies on her book and has come home to request more funds from her dad.  He informs her she needs to get a job now because she just keeps wasting her money away.  He offers her a position with the firm but she is not interested.  When that fails she tries to get another advance from her publisher but that also fails.

Reese does have an older sister, Audrey (Louise Dylan) who works for her dad's publishing company.  She is the responsible one in the family.  She loves her sister but is tired of her irresponsibility.  While waiting on her dad in his office Reese finds out that her deceased mother has apparently left her and her sister some money in a trust fund.  When she queries her dad about a possible trust fund he eludes the answer and she ultimately decides to "steal" the money ($5,000,000!!) and take off back to Italy and her newly found beau, Milo (Sean Wing).  

You'll need to see the movie to see what decisions she makes.  Why did she need so much money?  What has she gotten herself into?  Is her new beau all she thinks he is?  Why does he need so much money?

When decisions are made, are the consequences always final?  Is there room for forgiveness and starting over?  Reese finds out that her mother had good intentions on withholding the money until her and her sister had matured a little more and found their way in life a little better.  She also learns about unconditional love and forgiveness.  Will Reese find true love?

Reese does end up coming back home and working for her dad's company.  The movie doesn't end there and you need to see it to see how the story turns around for her.  

We definitely recommend this movie.  There are so many lessons to be learned and ultimately, true love and true repentance can go a long way to healing.  A job well done and the rewards that follow can be priceless.  Reese learns what it is like to become responsible and accountable for her actions and choices.  She is ultimately rewarded with wonderful consequences.  You won't be disappointed in this movie.  Good, wholesome, family movie with lots of life lessons.  There's plenty of drama and suspense to keep you interested and intrigued.  It's rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking.  It is Dove approved for ages 12+ or for younger children when watched together as a family.  Get it, you won't regret it!

BONUS: There is a FREE downloadable study guide to go with this movie.

There is also a book that Sandra wrote, Love Was Near.  It is the background story to the movie.  Definitely worth checking out and you can read more reviews about the book below by selecting the "read more reviews" banner.

Mapelle Films

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Trust Fund Movie {Mapelle Films Reviews}

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Loss Happens

I always say farm life isn't for the faint of heart.  We've had losses over the years and we recently experienced another.  We had just gotten 6 more baby chicks.  I had wanted more Easter Eggers so bad and they just happened to get some in at our local farm store.  We picked up 4 plus 2 buffs.  I put them with our new momma who already had 3 we gave her.  All was well until the next day, late afternoon.  I went out to check on them to find one had been apparently trampled or possibly crushed somehow?  She was still alive but not well.  As I was setting up emergency care for her in the house, she expired.  We were so sad.  I had never lost a live baby chick before except for the one that didn't seem to have a successful hatch last year.

I immediately set up an inside brooder and brought the rest of the babies inside to grow a little.  Apparently mom was used to her 2 1/2 week old chicks and did not want to nurture the little bitties.  They were chilled and needed some heat and nourishment.  She is already at stir crazy stage and wants OUT of her pen.  I will brood the littles inside for a couple of weeks while they get bigger and hope that mom will take them back.  I REALLY don't want to finish them out inside.  We will set something else up outside before I do that again.

To replace the loss hubby and son went out and got 2 more, LOL.  We have 7 bitties in our brooder right now.  They are all doing just fine. Excited to watch them grow out!
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