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It has been a joy to have the conversations with our older children move to deeper and more serious levels.  We look at it as a privilege to be able to be the ones to introduce our kids to the various important topics of life, whether it be faith, sex, politics, healthy relationships, or current world events.  Our children know that they are completely free and encouraged to ask us any question at any time.

striped-pajamasI have been looking forward to having our oldest child read the book, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and then take the time to watch the movie together.  [That’s the rule of the house – you have to read the book before watching the movie. 🙂 ]  What a creative, unique way to take a look at the Holocaust.  It is a vivid, heavy look at the atrocities of that time in history, shown through the “innocent” perspective of two young boys.  This story offers a wonderful opportunity for today’s children to “put themselves in their shoes” and envision what it might have been like to grow up as a Jewish or German child during the years of World War II.

I look forward to the discussions that this story will bring to the dinner table as well as to the trips to soccer practices.  I pray that God will, once again, help us as parents to weave His truths into those conversations.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NLT)  Listen, O Israel!  The LORD is our God, the LORD alone.  And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.  And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.  Repeat them again and again to your children.  Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when your are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.


Every couple weeks or so, we try to have a family movie night.  Because Dad’s day off is on Friday (and the kids are still on “summer vacation” from their Chilean school year), we chose to have our first family movie night at our new house after soccer practice this past Thursday evening.

applebees chicken tendersInstead of making homemade pizza, I decided to try the deep fryer that someone gave to us.  (Never having used a deep fryer before, I was a bit nervous with all the warnings that are printed on the machine, but, thankfully, nothing happened!)  We ate chicken fingers dipped in Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce along with some carrots, celery, and blue cheese.  Wow, it was all so good!!  We are definitely having that meal again!


Max and I watched a movie the other night called The Queen. We were very impressed with it (although my sisters may once again laugh at my movie suggestion since they aren’t too much into docudramas!!). We appreciated the way the plot showed differing perspectives and opinions of multiple people regarding the same situation – the death of Princess Diana.

The Queen2I was most intrigued with four of the story’s characters: Prime Minister Tony Blair, his wife (Cherie Booth Blair), Queen Elizabeth II, and her husband (Prince Philip). Cherie, throughout the entire episode, held close to her modernistic views and opinions, having no need for keeping with traditionalism and its historic value. Prince Philip, on the other hand, kept to his traditionalist opinions and wanted nothing to do with the thought of change.

It was very interesting, however, to watch the development of the relationship between Tony Blair and the Queen. Each one came from “the camp” of his/her spouse, yet they gradually became more open and respectful of the other. They each, in their own way, began to see through the eyes of the other. Each one realized that the other wasn’t trying to tear down his/her opinions – only trying to understand him/her so that a forum of dialogue and trust could be built. They began to listen to each other and appreciate each other’s perspectives. No, they did not always agree, but they were at least open to listening to the other side.

We certainly have all four of these personalities represented within our society and culture, as well as within our churches. I pray that we, those that are part of the younger generations, can follow in the steps of Tony Blair, and that the older generations can look to the example of Queen Elizabeth II, as portrayed in this movie.

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. (I Timothy 4:12, NIV)

Young [wo]men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (I Peter 5:5, NIV)
Olive Hockey

    P.S. Thank you, Olive, for being a godly example, mentor, and “adopted mom” for me, as well as for countless other women. I have always appreciated your willingness to be open to new ideas and possible change, as well as help to have those solid, Biblical values remain amidst any change that occurs.

Your turn to share: Which movie have you seen lately that you would highly recommend?