Win $40 to go to the movies!
When John and I take the very occasional trip to the movies, during previews I often note names of movies I’d like to see and type them into my phone so I won’t forget about them by the time they come out on video. Fox’s new movie “Won’t Back Down” is one of the movies I wrote down a few weeks ago. I was pleased when Fox asked me if I was interested in mentioning it here, especially when I found out it involved $40 Fandango gift cards for two of you!
The film features Maggie Gyllenhaal (from Stranger Than Fiction) and Viola Davis (from The Help). In this, they’re moms determined to do something about their children’s failing inner-city school. The bureaucracy of the school doesn’t want change – no surprise there, I suppose – and so the mothers risk everything to try something new, in hopes of making a difference in the lives and futures of their children.
The trailer looks great, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the full movie when it comes out (Sept 28th is the release date.)
The movie got me thinking about the times John and I have made unusual decisions to do what we felt was right for our family. Deciding to adopt when we already had four kids was definitely one of those decision points. We wanted more kids and wondered if we could combine that desire with another longing– to be a tiny part of the solution to the problems in the world.
We got way more than we ever could have imagined – we’re so blessed by each and every one of our children. We know it’s not always the easiest thing to live in the middle of a big family, but we hope they’ll grow up valuing people over things, and knowing you don’t need to drive new cars or have lots of ‘stuff’ to live a happy life. To the left is a picture of us all at the airport in 2007, the day we brought home our older girls home from Ethiopia. Then below is a picture of the youngest 6 yesterday, ready to start homeschool for the year. (In case you’re wondering, the boys not holding signs are 9th graders this year!)
I had some personal experience with the joys and challenges of a big family, growing up as a preacher’s kid and the oldest of 8 kids in my family. The siblings that doubtless stretched my parents’ budget during my growing up years are a much greater blessing to me now than any wardrobe, or gymnastics class, or expensive trip I might have had as a kid in a smaller family.
Like any mom, I have moments where I wish we could afford this or that activity for our kids. But when I go back to the choices that John and I made that led us to this place in life, I’m reassured that our priorities are where we want them, and that we’re using our resources in long-lasting ways.
It’s up to our kids to choose how to live their own lives, and doubtless some of their choices will be different from our own. But I hope they’ll always know we did our best to honor God with our choices and our lives, and we weren’t afraid to stand for what we believed was right, even when the right thing wasn’t the easiest thing.