Thursday, January 31, 2013

torpe y padrísimo // 1.31.12

  • dropping off a birthday present. only awkward because the person's birthday was in November. I have good excuses, but I won't bore you with them.
  • forgetting my boots yesterday morning when I left for ACAC, so I ended up having to wearing my gym shoes all day with my nice skirt and top. And I had to run a TON of errands too. Oh, well. I guess I looked like a classic homeschooler - long skirt, nice shirt....and trekkers. 
  • leaving my bathing suit hanging up in a random shower in the dressing room. And having to go back twenty minutes later to get it. Definition of awkward.
  • I stop paying attention to the music in the car, and forget to "bleep" the song we're listening to, and that one word you've successfully muted every time we play the song up till that point blares out and all your siblings are like, "Liza!?!?!?" great. "Sorry, y'all!!!!" Thanks, Newsies. :P
  • dropping food in my lap during our Wednesday night meal at church.
  • realizing the above point happens every week.
  • Dad texts, "Is Susannah in bed?" and you don't reply because you just remembered, so you run around and slap on her pajamas and read a story lightning speed and toss her in bed, then reply, "Yup!"….and he responds: "You didn't respond because she wasn't, right?" Yeah, yeah, yeah.
  • getting to hang out with Hannah, Jeremy and Ben one more time before H and B head back.
  • my wonderful prayer warriors who have been lifting me before the throne the past few days - you all are such blessings to me!
  • surprising Mom W at school to drop off her birthday present - and half the kids at the school looking at me with big eyes, since many of them know me as "Miss Liza", "Coach Liza", "Miss Morales" and various other names depending on where I know them from :P
  • wearing slouchy hats and berets - makes me feel artsy *wink wink*
  • the Anne of Green Gables theme song.
  • our new Hobbit calendar. It's hanging up beside our Downton calendar, so I get to see Mary and Matthew and Bilbo when I get out of bed :P
  • Ramin, Sierra, and Hadley. Just sayin'.
  • Annie auditions are in six days! So. Excited. Cannot. Wait.
  • my Ellerslie interview this morning, and getting accepted! Colorado, here I come!
  • Luke got a Hobbit hole Lego set for his birthday. pretty darn cute.
And two awesome points that need their own paragraphs:

My Aunt Elle had her baby! A little boy - John Jr. YAYYYY!!!! I'm so happy for them, this is been a blessing long in coming, and I can't wait to meet the little guy. They're calling him Jack...but since I already have a cousin named Jack, I think I'll call him John-Boy. *chuckle*

And today is our "little" Luke-E-Bub's 9th birthday. I can't believe he's so old now. Happy birthday, sweet boy! We love you! Hope you've been enjoying your special day - ice cream cake, cheese puffs, pizza, butter noodles, Legos, Battle of Britain and all! *grin*

*drumroll* Your talent for the week! Neil Patrick Harris(on) and Hugh Jackman during the 2011 Tony Awards. I love this little skit/medley-thingy - these two are crazily good. But I'll have to say, I agree with everything Jackman says :P Any show Neil can host, Hugh can host better…. *grin*

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

in the kitchen: bacon and eggs casserole

We have chickens. Quite a few of them. Ten layers. Which means we get a lot of eggs on a daily basis. Yes, granted, we do have a large family, but if we don't use any eggs for two days - that's twenty sitting the fridge in about forty-eight hours. They DO keep REALLY well, but it's still a lot of eggs. So here's one of our favorite ways to use them up! Make it the night the before, and the first person up gets to preheat the oven and put it in….(thanks Dad *grin*)

Bacon and Eggs Casserole

4 bacon strips
18 eggs (see what I mean?)
1 cup milk
1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
1 to 1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towel to drain.

In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, cheese, sour cream, onions, salt and pepper.

Pour into greased 13in x 9in baking dish. Crumble bacon and sprinkle on top. Bake, uncovered, at 325* for 40-45 minutes or until knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes.

This is an INCREDIBLE breakfast. So only wait till it's cool enough that you won't burn your tongue before you dig in! *grin*

This might be my favorite week-day breakfast ever. But I'm not sure if that's because it's *so* yummy...or because I can still eat yummy eggs without dirtying the cast-iron skillet. *sigh* What can I say? Life of the family dishwasher.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord.

"Forgive me for being so ordinary while claiming to know so extraordinary a God." - Jim Elliot
This restlessness in my heart - the desire to be content, conflicting with the desire to do something else. 
There is something to be said for be happy where you are, as I mentioned in a previous post, but there's something else to be said about settling for a life not lived to the fullest. I will never be truly content unless I am in God's will - even if that means difficult times ahead. And the pull on my heart to do more to serve the kingdom is not a sinful desire to get away from my current life, but more an urge of the Spirit to do MORE with the life I have been given. 
"The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for, but we must believe that whatever it involves, it is good, acceptable and perfect." - Jim Elliot
My heart's desire may be a foreign mission field, but I've been given the mission field of Charlottesville, Virginia. Someday I may live in the jungle, or the desert, or a smoggy capital city, but today, right now, I am here. 

And there is work to be done here. 
"We are women, and my plea is Let me be a woman, holy through and through, asking for nothing but what God wants to give me, receiving with both hands and with all my heart whatever that is." - Elisabeth Elliot
I can be a missionary to my siblings, showing Christ's patience and love and grace to them every day. I can be missionary to my preschool students, teaching them basic Christian principles along with their colors and numbers. I can minister in my church, helping others worship through music, or serving in the kitchen or the nursery. I can be a missionary to my extended family - most of them still without the light of Christ in their life.
"If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him." - C.T. Studd
There is something to be said for being a missionary out of the country. It is our responsibility as Christ's body here on earth to spread the good news of His Gospel to the ends of the earth. And I pray every day that I can be part of that when the time is right. 
But if I sit around and wait, thinking that THAT is the only type of mission work a Christian can do, then I will miss out on the opportunities to share that here on my front door step.

Oh, Lord, open my eyes and my heart!

"I have one desire now - to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it." - Elisabeth Elliot
pictures from old post // october 8, 2010. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

on the shelf: pride and prejudice.

Two hundred years ago today, Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice (originally First Impressions) was published. It was popular in her day, and it is still one of the most beloved pieces of literature in history.

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice [opening line]
I read the book back when I was thirteen, and most of it went over my head. I raced through it so I could watch the movie (BBC) with my mom. As I watched it, I thought, "so THAT'S what that part was about!" or "Mr. Collins was supposed to be like…that?" Like I said, most of it had gone over my head. After that, I read it again once or twice, and really enjoyed it.

But I was still reading it as if I was watching the movie - missing the incredibly brilliant dialogue 'cause I was picturing the film instead. Don't get me wrong, the BBC movie is wonderful, but I wasn't fully appreciating the literature.

"Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us." - Mary Bennet, Pride and Prejudice

In November 2011, I came down with a pretty awful case of walking pneumonia. Which meant I didn't do much of anything (especially walking) for the better part of ten days. I was in bed, sick and miserable and weak, and bored. So I watched all my favorite period dramas and musicals, and when I was tired of movies, I read books. Including Pride and Prejudice. And *that* was when everything clicked. It was the fourth time I'd read it, and suddenly I was enjoying it for the wonderful piece of literature that it is.

"For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?" - Mr. Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
I've read it multiple times since then - my poor beloved Barnes and Noble Classics paperback is creased at the binding, scuffed on the cover, and marked up with pencil inside with notes and hearts and smiley faces and underlines. It never gets old.

I read Pride and Prejudice on my Kindle in Nicaragua - a little escape from the heat and flies on quiet Sunday afternoons. It became even dearer to me then than it had been before - if that's possible. I read it on the plane to Boston. And Colorado. I'll probably read it in the car on the way to Fort Knox this weekend - my constant and beloved travel companion.

I'm never ceased to be amazed at how many different, believable characters Austen could weave into one story. You can experience the sweet sisterly bond between Jane and Lizzy, the amusing friendship of Bingley and Darcy, the aloof humor of the Bingley sisters, Caroline's attempts to gain Darcy's attention, Darcy and Georgiana, Darcy and Fitzwilliam, Lady Catherine and Darcy, Charlotte and Lizzy, Charlotte and Mr Collins, Lizzy and Mr Collins, Mr and Mrs Bennet, Kitty and Lydia, Lydia and Lizzy, Wickam and Lizzy, and the list goes on. 
"There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me." - Elizabeth to Darcy

Pride and Prejudice is predominately a love story. But it is also a story about how two people, who thought they had it all together, find out that they actually don't.

There are several film adaptions of Pride and Prejudice. My personal favorite is the five hour BBC adaption with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle as Darcy and Lizzy. I don't really much care for the 2005 movie…but it does have its good points. Matthew Macfadyen and Keira Knightley are both wonderful actors, but not who I'd pick for those roles - although they did work together well.

One of the reasons I love Pride and Prejudice is how the emphasis is on how the characters explore their relationship mentally and verbally - as they learn what they have in common, and how they complement each other - rather than just on a physical relationship. It's refreshing, honestly, for someone like me who wants to save all that for my husband, to just enjoy the deliberateness of the dialogue and the caution of the characters, instead of the gushy love scenes typical in romantic stories. And guess what? It's just as romantic. If not more so.

"I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle. As a child I was taught what was right, but I was not taught to correct my temper. I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit. Unfortunately an only son (for many years an only child), I was spoilt by my parents, who, though good themselves (my father, particularly, all that was benevolent and amiable), allowed, encouraged, almost taught me to be selfish and overbearing; to care for none beyond my own family circle; to think meanly of all the rest of the world; to wish at least to think meanly of their sense and worth compared with my own. Such I was, from eight to eight and twenty; and such I might still have been but for you, dearest, loveliest Elizabeth! What do I not owe you! You taught me a lesson, hard indeed at first, but most advantageous. By you, I was properly humbled. I came to you without a doubt of my reception. You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased." - Darcy to Lizzy
I see so much of myself in Lizzy Bennet (and no, it's not just because we share the same name - but that's part of it), but overall, I'm definitely more of a Jane at heart. Maddie's our Lizzy. And that has everything to do with birth order. But I'm a daddy's girl…but whatever. You can't have everything.

This is my favorite Lizzy/Jane conversation….and this is one of those "I'm definitely an Elizabeth Bennet" moments. I'm afraid my brain works much the same way….

Lizzy was Jane Austen's personal favorite character of all her fiction works. I wonder how much of Elizabeth is autobiographical? I have to imagine Jane Austen had a sparkling wit of her own that came out in conversation like Lizzy's. I think she [Elizabeth] is pretty fantastic. I quote her all the time, and her protective sisterly instincts for her nutty younger siblings is something I appreciate. And I love the way she and Jane chat at night and laugh at each other and are best friends. REAL LIFE.

"I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me." - Elizabeth to Lady Catherine

There are also some important life lessons to uncover in the story. Mr. Bennet pays the price for his parenting, or lack-thereof. I feel very sorry for him as he realizes too late that it's truly his fault that his youngest daughter went down such a wayward path. He discovers that a sharp wit, good sense of humor, and setting apart of himself from "real life" aren't enough. But he has a good heart - and loves his girls.
"An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do." - Mr Bennet to Lizzy
We don't ever really get to see into Mr. Darcy's head, but we do see how loving Elizabeth changes him.  And it's not because of what he does as much as what he says. At least in the book. There is that hilariously sappy "apple of my eye" look [that's what Dad called it] over the piano in the BBC film. Besides that. *cough cough*
"She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me, and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men."  - Darcy about Lizzy
And there's the hilarious love story of Charles and Jane. *sigh* What a couple.
"I have not a doubt of your doing very well together. Your tempers are by no means unlike. You are each of you so complying, that nothing will ever be resolved on; so easy, that every servant will cheat you; and so generous, that you will always exceed your income." - Mr Bennet to Jane after her engagement 

And no Pride and Prejudice post would be complete without Mr. Collins, Elizabeth's socially awkward, super annoying, and overly flattering cousin. Comic relief in every appearance.

"It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study?" - Mr. Bennet to Mr. Collins
There are many other wonderful characters and story lines in this novel, but I'll stop here. Those of y'all who've read the book should read it again and enjoy it for all it's worth, and those of all who haven't - today's as good a day as any (if not better) to start! And when you're through, kick back and enjoy the films (start with the Long One - '95 BBC), and then come back and let me know what you think.

Happy Birthday, Pride and Prejudice…if Jane Austen knew how long her story had endured, she would be very proud.

And because I feel like it, and because Mr. Michael Farris has forever endeared this quote to me [long story]:
"I take no leave of you, Miss Bennet: I send no compliments to your mother. You deserve no such attention. I am most seriously displeased." - Lady Catherine DeBourgh
Pride and Prejudice (BBC, 1995) 

Happy 200th Birthday, Pride and Prejudice! 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

knowing you, Jesus.

All I once held dear, built my life upon
All this world reveres, and wars to own
All I once thought gain I have counted loss
Spent and worthless now, compared to this

Knowing you, Jesus
Knowing you, there is no greater thing
You're my all, you're my rest
You're my joy, my righteousness
And I love you, Lord

Now my heart's desire is to know you more
To be found in you and known as yours
To possess by faith what I could not earn
All-surpassing gift of righteousness

Knowing you, Jesus
Knowing you, there is no greater thing
You're my all, you're my rest
You're my joy, my righteousness
And I love you, Lord

Oh, to know the power of your risen life
And to know You in Your sufferings
To become like you in your death, my Lord
So with you to live and never die

Knowing you, Jesus
Knowing you, there is no greater thing
You're my all, you're my rest
You're my joy, my righteousness
And I love you, Lord

via pinterest

Saturday, January 26, 2013

hair day, downton, phantom // daybook 1.26.13

"If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory." ~ Colossians 3:1-4
Date January 26, 2013
Starting time... 8:28pm
Moodnot sure…kinda so-so. not bad, just average.
Outside my windowdark and rather cold. wet. snowy. the works.
I'm thinkingabout a lot of things…one of them being my future family. And no, not in my usual dreamy way. Kinda serious actually. There are some things that I really want to get right, and sometimes my sin is so in my face that I despair that I will ever be able to overcome the past enough to move forward. But God is good.
I'm currently reading… The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
I'm listening to"Paper Roses" by Marie Osmond (its 60s/70s kind of night)
I'm wearingjeans, black long sleeve tshirt, cozy pink vest, and my Irish cross necklace from Mom W.
I'm looking forward toour upcoming road trip to Kentucky! Just six more days!
I'm hopingthat we'll get to see the Samuels one more time before Group #1 leaves.
Yesterday, Itook a family road trip to Washington D.C. to the Marine Corps Museum in honor of Luke's 9th birthday (which is the 31st), and celebrated Mama's birthday (which was yesterday), which included watching the end of Downton Season 3. {btw - IMHO, the series is over}

I'm hungry forice cream. May have to go sneak some in a minute...
The song stuck inside my head is"We Can Work It Out" by The Beatles. "Life. Is. Very. Short. and there's no tiii-iii-iii-iime for fussin' and fightin' my friend [bum da bum da bum] I. Have. Always. Thought. that it's a criii-iii-iii-iime so I will ask. you. once. again…."
I loveHair Day. Which was today. And for those of y'all unfamiliar with hair day, it means I go over to the K's house to help Mrs K braid Mihret's hair. It also means about four hours of braiding, lots of yummy snacks, and at least two movies. Today we watched Cinderella, an episode of Leave it to Beaver, Mulan, and an episode of Little House on the Prairie. Good times! I love hair day.
I loatheingrown toe nails. But you didn't want to know that.
This week, my goal isto get my bank account stuff straightened out (ordering checks, paying bills, make deposits, etc.) I know. BOOOORRRRING.
Did I meet last week's goal?FAIL. But that probably wasn't my fault. *cough cough* Dad.
Picture(s) of the Weekfrom hair day.

Ending time8:59pm.

And, as a point of interest, today is the 25th anniversary of the opening of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Happy Birthday to my favorite musical!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

akwrawd dan aemswoe // oklahoma! // 1.24.13

"So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls." - James 1:19-21


  • not sure if this is awkward or funny...maybe it's awkward because I thought it was funny. Anyway, our friends' cousins just had their wisdom teeth out, and last night at church Jeremy was sitting holding a cold water bottle to his cheek (not funny) and eating a plate of shredded cheese (funny). And Ben was refusing to eat the pudding he brought with him because he said it would make him feel like those people in the NT who were still drinking milk (metaphorically speaking) and he wanted solid food. So he and Jere proceeded to try to eat chocolate chip cookies with their front teeth. (also funny). ANYWAY. None of this made me look forward to getting mine out this spring. *grimace*
  • my iPod falling out of my pocket while I was on the bike at the gym, and some random guy picking it up and handing it back. #groan
  • the front-desk lady at ACAC is our old co-op history teacher. And the other front-desk lady is the mom of our old swim team friends. What a small, awkward world.
  • getting on 250 the wrong direction on my way home. I HAVE LIVED IN THIS TOWN FOR EIGHTEEN YEARS. Why I am I still making these mistakes? LOL at me.
  • talking aloud to myself, practicing saying the "s" and "z" and "th" sounds correctly. I will conquer this lisp. Just how long will it take?

  • sprawling all over the kitchen with my five youngest siblings, teaching them lyrics to their auditon songs for Annie. (two more weeks!) I actually cried 'cause I was so blessed to be part of this family - and at the thought that all of us will be singing together on stage this spring. INCREDIBLE.
  • prayer time at church last night. I've also been blessed with a wonderful immediate/extended church family. 
  • it's snowing right now. And it snowed last week too. After last year's miserable fail of a winter, this season is off to a better start.
  • starting off the mornings at the gym before work. It feel GREAT to be swimming and working out again. I missed being sore and sleeping hard every night *grin*
  • the Newsies show songbook I ordered came yesterday! Hours spent at the piano ahead...
  • submitting my Ellerslie application, and setting up my phone interview. This is real, folksys.
  • Susannah can sing "One Day More" all by herself. Every part. (think Nick Pitera) Now if she'll just do it for the camera...
  • Reading books written by two dear kindred spirits - both of which were incredible in their own way. I have very talented friends.

Annnnnddd your musical talent for the week. 

As a point of interest, I liked Hugh Jackman before Les Miserables. And not for Wolverine. For Curly. Jackman completely changed my slightly negative opinion of the musical Oklahoma! with his one-of-a-kind interpretation of Curly. "Surrey With A Fringe" used to be my least favorite showtune in the whole wide world. Well, not anymore. So here's our his younger days *grin*

33 days till New York City!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

in the kitchen: korean.

Alicia is a wonderful young lady in our church who we love to spend time with. She also happens to be half-Korean, and an amazing cook. On Saturday night, she "taught" (let us help her prepare) us how to make a pretty impressive Korean meal. It was SO much fun - definitely worth the 4+ hours it took to prepare.

We went shopping at the Oriental market first.

It was…different.

yes, his shirt says "D'Artagnan" *grin*

At home, we chopped and washed and chopped and washed and chopped and washed and fried and sautéed and chopped and washed and chopped and washed and separated dough sheets for the spring rolls and chopped and washed and chopped and washed…good thing we had great company and great music *grin*

The spring rolls were incredible. I'd always just assumed that other than my grandma's amazing lumpia, I was going to settle for second best everywhere 'cause restaurant spring rolls/lumpia just aren't the same…but making our OWN….no looking back! :D

Probably one of most delicious meals I've ever eaten. And one of the most unusual *grin*

Thank you Alicia!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

movie night: october sky

October Sky

I have a special place in my heart for Appalachia. Maybe it's because both sides of my family have strong roots in the region, or because I've spent my whole life just a stones' throw away from it all. I don't know. What I do know, is that books like The Open Door by Mrs. J.L. Ragsdale, Christy by Catherine Marshall, and The Mitford Years by Jan Karon are among my very favorites - and films and shows like The Waltons, The Hunger Games (more the book than the movie), and October Sky strike a chord somewhere inside. Especially October Sky.

Years and years ago, my siblings and I and my dad got really interested in rockets. Not sure what triggered it, but we owned several and set them off at many random places and had a blast. During this time, Dad showed us October Sky for the first time. I don't remember much of that first viewing - all I know is Dad skipped half of it, and I didn't really understand most of it.

A year or so later, in all of Dad's genealogy research, he discovered that our great-great-great grandfather was a coal miner in Fraterville, TN - and actually he and his four brothers (age ranging from 16 to 34) were killed in the Coal Creek mine disaster on May 19, 1902. (family name "D'Zern" incorrectly spelled "Dezern" on the roster) I've been to the cemetery, read the plaques, I know the stories if you ever care to hear them sometime.

Coal Creek Mine, 1899. {photo credit}

Anyway. So we have coal miner's blood in us too. Which is pretty neat, when you think about it.

All that said, we watched October Sky again when I was old enough to appreciate it, and then again last week. Folks, it just gets better every time.

October Sky is the based-real-life story of Homer Hickam, Quentin Wilson, Roy Lee Cooke, and Sherman O'Dell - the "Rocket Boys". It tells of their perseverance and desire to make a life for themselves outside of their home town - the mining town of Coalwood, WV.

October Sky♥

The support and driving force behind the boys is the love and encouragement of their science teacher, Miss Riley. She never gives up on her dream of her boys going to college, and following their dreams.
"Miss Riley, our job is to give these kids an education."
"Not false hopes."
"False hopes? Do you want me to sit quiet, let 'em breathe in coal dust the rest of their life?" 
"Miss Riley, once in a while... a lucky one... will get out on a football scholarship. The rest of 'em work in the mines."
"How 'bout I believe in the unlucky ones? Hmm? I have to, Mister Turner, I'd go out of my mind."
- Principal Turner and Miss Riley, October Sky
It's hard to explain why I love this story. The characters are so real, the life so harsh, the pain, the hopelessness, yet the hope so strong…it touches your heart. 
"Let 'em have outer space. We got rock 'n' roll." - Roy Lee, October Sky

"Man, we should be trying to get into that science fair instead of sitting around here like a bunch of hillbillies."  "Well, I got some real sad news for you Homer. We *are* a bunch of hillbillies." - Homer and Roy Lee, October Sky

october sky

The relationship between Homer and his father is one of the focus points of the story. John Hickam doesn't understand his son's desire to go into space, work with rockets, or do something other than coal mining. But despite his often harsh appearance, we see that inside, John is a good man. One of the most moving scenes is when he protects Homer's friend Roy Lee from his intoxicated stepfather. 
[to Vernon:] "You listen to me….If I see him with a bruise, you get a scar. If I see him with a limp, you get crutches! You hear me? Do you hear me?" …. [to Roy Lee:] "Your father was one of the best men I ever had workin' for me. I was lucky to know him." - John Hickam, October Sky
Jake Gyllenhaal in October Sky

"No. Coal mining may be your life, but it's not mine. I'm never going down there again. I wanna go into space." - Homer, October Sky
Homer is one of the most respectful and patient young men I've ever seen in a film, or read about in a book. Despite his father's constant negativity and favoritism towards his older brother, Homer continues to be respectful. He sticks with his dream, however, and eventually he and his father do have it out in pretty intense argument after Homer and his friends are accused of starting a forest fire with one of their rockets. But even after that, the first step towards reconciliation is made by Homer.

It takes courage to stand up for something you truly believe in your heart - especially when there's opposition to it from those you love the most. As Christians, we should be prayerful and seek counsel from the Lord and from others when in situations like these. Sometimes what we may think is right, may actually be dangerous. While the overall "follow your dreams" message of October Sky is a good one at heart, remember how deceitful and deadly the human flesh can be. The devil can take something meant for good and turn it to evil. We need to be watchful, and pray that our will is actually in line with GOD'S will for us.

Just a thought.

"You know, it, uh, won't fly unless somebody pushes the button. It's yours, if you want it." - Homer to John, October Sky
"That's a good idea. Four unidentifiable high school students lost their lives early this morning when their toy rocket exploded." - Roy Lee, October Sky
October Sky

It's a wonderful story. Very inspiring, tear-jerking, and really shows what America is made of. And it may interest you to know that all of those boys went on to college, graduated, and had rewarding careers. The real Homer "Sonny" Hickam went on to be a NASA engineer - dreams do come true.

"God's honest truth, Homer. What are the chances... a bunch of kids from Coalwood... actually winning the national science fair?" "A million to one, O'Dell." "That good? Well, why didn't you say so?" - O'Dell and Homer, October Sky

Notice: there are somethings to beware of. We watched it this past time on ClearPlay with the highest setting, and it got pretty much everything except two little conversations. It's sprinkled with mild profanity, but enough that you should keep subtitles off and use ClearPlay if you have it. Roy Lee, despite being one of the best characters in the film, is also the most…umm….inappropriate, I guess. He has two little conversations with Homer that you can just fast forward over (first: on the porch before seeing Sputnik for the first time; second: as their about to launch their first rocket for an audience) and you won't miss anything. And then, the night after they get arrested, they go to a bar…just start skipping there and stop as soon as you seen Homer's mom come take him to the mine. Really the main thing is language. But be warned.

Closing with the most moving line in the film:
"Dad, I may not be the best, but I come to believe that I got it in me to be somebody in this world. And it's not because I'm so different from you either, it's because I'm the same. I mean, I can be just as hard-headed, and just as tough. I only hope I can be as good a man as you. Sure, Wernher von Braun is a great scientist...but he isn't my hero." - Homer, October Sky

giving this  4 out of 5 stars.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11