We had fun today watching the eclipse. We live where it was 94.8% covered so we stayed home to watch. Here are some of our pictures.
I love seeing the shadows through the trees.
Did you go anywhere for the eclipse? If you did what did you think?
Mapelle Films let us review their new movie, Trust Fund. We also received a pdf copy of the book; Love Was Near. Love Was Near is intended for girls ages 12+ to read after viewing the movie. I had planned to watch this with both Jahnna and Riley, but life happened as usual. Jahnna watched this on her own and then I watched it on my own. Riley has not seen it yet, but after watching it, I think I’m going to wait another year before she gets her turn. I’ll explain why in a little bit. First the details.
During Reese’s time away from her family, she makes some crazy choices with some interesting consequences. The mishaps don’t end once she gets home either. It’s just like real life. You might repent or change things in your life, but you still have to deal with the consequences. I don’t want to give away too much more so you’ll have to watch to see how Reese ends up growing and changing.
Trust Fund was written, directed and produced by Sandra Martin. Her husband Isaac Alongi is the cinematographer/producer of the film. Isaac is a product of early homeschooling efforts! His parents started homeschooling him in 1982 when homeschooling was still illegal in some states. You can check out some of Isaac’s thoughts when he wrote for the Midwest Parent Educators site in this article. Sandra says “My husband was homeschooled from grade 1-12, and I believe a success story of how creatives are allowed to flourish with the right environment.”
If you are going to watch Trust Fund with multiple youths or in a small group setting Mapelle Films has provided a download study guide. The Study Guide provides lots of questions to inspire discussion. Incorporating the verses of Luke 15 into the guide alongside what happens in the movie is a way to see and understand the parallels and lessons in a fun yet thought provoking way.
Jahnna and I each watched the movie separately. I asked her to tell me her thoughts on the film, and I’ve paraphrased some of them here. “I liked the movie even though it was kind of a love story. There were some parts that I didn’t think were too believable but overall I had a good time watching it.” When I asked her about what she didn’t find believable, she said she didn’t think anyone could make that many wrong decisions in their life. Her thoughts gave us the opportunity to discuss some of the things she has seen in her own life with family members or friends. We were able to have a good discussion about how small decisions one at a time can lead you down a path where you might end up making much bigger mistakes.
Jahnna understands all of that and is very literal. To see her begin to understand some of the choices that were shown was a good parenting moment. We were also able to put it into context with her relationship with Riley was a great opportunity for us. The older daughter vs. younger daughter roles in the movie mimic our everyday life pretty well. Jahnna and I had a good discussion on how she could unbend to her sister and to start looking at things from different perspectives.
I did not have Riley watch this movie because she is 10. She is still very much against any movie that has even a hint of romance in it. I will have her watch this as she gets older because the lessons provided are solid lessons.
Trust Fund is a well put together movie. I love that it was filmed and produced by someone who was homeschooled. The messages of love, redemption, and forgiveness are all obvious. Personally, I wanted to shake Reese over many of her decisions and her perspectives during the film. I feel like her sense of entitlement was pretty accurate for a huge majority of today’s population.
The book is a fantastic way to keep the learning and enjoyment going. I’m going to have Jahnna start on it as soon as we officially start school again. It’s a wonderful way to get kids and adults thinking while staying light enough to enjoy the exercises. There are some deep thoughts in the book, and I’d suggest it for anyone with a high school student. Some of the topics involve relationships so it might not be appropriate for younger or middle school aged kids. I highly suggest a parent reading through the book before hand to make sure you feel it’s a good fit for your family.
Overall, I’d have to say I’m impressed! I’m thankful we had the opportunity to watch and discuss Trust Fund, and I don’t think you will be disappointed with it at all. Due to the amount of funding required to release a movie on big screens Trust Fund was made available to the public on July 18th, 2017 through direct links. You can purchase a DVD on Amazon or rent or buy it digitally on Amazon and Vimeo. I hope you will check it out and let me know what you think.
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I HATE New Years resolutions. In fact a couple years ago I decided my only resolution would be to never make another resolution. That being said there are some things that I need to change. Specifically I needed to start eating healthier. We took some family pictures last month and while I knew I’d gained a ton of weight seeing it in pictures really drove it home.
I figured I’d try Medifast because of all the amazing success stories I’d heard. One day into it and my stomach hurt so bad I knew this wasn’t going to work. Turns out my gallbladder does not love Medifast at all. I don’t really have time to go have surgery right now so that means I needed to go a different direction.
Years ago I tried the MyFitnessPal app. I liked it but got tired of tracking calories so I quit using it. There have been some updates to it since I tried it last and it is much easier to use now. I especially like the scanning feature. It’s really easy to scan a barcode and it pulls up all the nutritional information for you.
I still have a hard time adding in my own recipes but I’m getting better at it. I’m happy to report that I’m down 6.2 lbs just by watching my calories! That might not seem like a big deal to some one else but to me it’s a huge deal. I haven’t gone down on the scale in three years before this month.
I don’t really have any accountability partners like with Weight Watchers or something so I’m hoping that by posting about it I”ll feel more accountable to myself. If you’d like to join me on my getting healthy journey that is not a New Years resolution, I’d love to have you along. Tell me in the comments what you are working on . If you want to use MyFitnessPal also let me know and I’ll figure out a way to add you as a friend. If you know how to do that let me know please.