First off, a little gripe. Movie ratings. When exactly did the movie ratings get so whacked? My kids are 10 and 13 now so once in awhile we find it nice to enjoy a movie together. Problem is, I have yet to find a PG-13 rated movie that is not completely inappropriate for children. We recently sat down to watch Little Fockers together. We know that this movie series does get a bit risque and were prepared for some of that but in the first 10 minutes alone there was discussion of erectile dysfunction, condoms, sexual positions, sexual appetite and a drawing of a penis. We turned the movie off. Luckily most of this went over the kids' heads but it just leaves me wondering who in the heck comes up with these ratings? I know it is also common to find swearing on daytime television these days. Where does it end? It has been very challenging to expose the kids to these more "mature" movies in a gradual & appropriate way. If you have any advice, please share. Otherwise I think we'll be sticking to PG and G rated movies for awhile longer.
Last week I read about a girl named Katie Davis on one of the blogs I subscribe to. Katie is 22 years old and is incredibly inspiring. When I watch this video she just appears to glow and she inspires and humbles me with her courage. Please do take the time to watch Katie explain her mission. You may want to grab a few tissues first.
Catalyst Atlanta 2011 | Katie Davis from Catalyst on Vimeo.
There are many other videos about Katie and Amazima Ministries on YouTube that are well worth the time to watch.
Now, an update on us. We had an excellent Christmas spending time with both sides of the family, enjoying a wide variety of delicious food and drink and lots of laughter. I was really wiped out on Monday!
Here are a few of my favorite pictures from this past week:
K's Winter Strings Concert
December 22, 2011
He adores playing the viola and often practices on his own. He has also converted some recorder music to his viola by reading the keys.
So, plans to ring in the New Year? We will probably stay at home again this year unless I can find something family appropriate yet fun for all. Until next year...