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A List of Free Kindle Books

bookAs my readers well know, I’m a huge fan of free stuff. I’m also a huge fan of reading. That’s why last year I purchased a Kindle. I had surprised Brian with one for Christmas. Poor Brian, I ended up constantly using his Kindle. Anyway, when I was given a cash gift for my birthday, I put it towards a Kindle of my own. And trust me when I say I’ve never been sorry! I just got a New York library card, and I can rent books via my Kindle from them. I recommend checking to see if your library offers Kindle loans. There’s no late fee (the book just disappears from your device) and no trip to the library (you can borrow from home). That said I wanted to share a list of my favorite free books on the Kindle. I’m not wholeheartedly recommending any of these. Some of books may contain some objectionable content. Each Christian has to decide for themselves what their convictions are in regards to reading. That said, I don’t have a problem with these particular books. 

  1. The Covenant by Beverly Lewis* (1st book in her Daughters of Abram Series)
  2. Waiting for Summer’s Return by Kim Vogel Sawyer*
  3. The Story Girl by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  4. The Golden Road by Lucy Maud Montgomery (sequel to The Story Girl)
  5. The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  9. North and South by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  11. Emma by Jane Austen
  12. My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse^
  13. Gods and Kings by Lynn Austin (1st book in her Chronicles of the Kings)
  14. Black Beauty by Anne Sewell
  15. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  16. A Damsel in Distress by P.G. Wodehouse^
  17. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  18. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
  19. Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter
  20. Pollyanna Grows Up by Eleanor Porter (Sequel to Pollyanna)
  21. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  22. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  23. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  24. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  25. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  26. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  27. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Vernon
  28. White Fang by Jack London
  29. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Lewis Stevenson
  30. Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
  31. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
  32. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie^
  33. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  34. The Chronicles of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  35. Land of My Heart by Tracie Peterson
  36. Daughter of Joy by Kathleen Morgan (Starts her Brides of Culdee Creek Series)
  37. A Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin (Begins the Refiner’s Fire Series)*
  38. Heartless by Anne Elizabeth Stengl (First book in the Tales of Goldstone Woods Series)*
  39. Daughter of the Loom by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller (The beginning of the Bells of Lowell Series)*
  40. The Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock (First book in the Legends of the Guardian King Series)
  41. Back on Murder by J. Mark Bertram (Starts the Roland March Series)

*Book is free for a limited time only.

^Book contains some language.

Women Wearing Pants in Church

Okay, so normally myChurch pattern will be to stray away from controversial subjects on my blog, but this one is very dear to my heart. Anyway, here is my first controversial post. Wearing pants to church isn’t a subject of debate in most contemporary churches, but it is a huge subject of controversy in conservative churches. I’ve even heard of a Christian teacher telling a woman that she “had fallen from grace” because she wore pants. I’m sure he didn’t mean it this way, but his statement implies that a woman could lose her salvation based on an article of clothing. His statement also implies that at that particular moment he wasn’t living the Spirit-filled life. The problem is too many Christians look down on Christian women for wearing pants in church. And some Christians even try to force others to wear skirts to church. I’m not saying wearing pants to church is for everyone, and trust me I’m not judging people who believe that God wants them to wear skirts to church. That’s their preference. What I’m taking issue with is the judgmental attitude many skirt-wearing Christians have. It’s wrong to try to force your preference upon another Christian.

Nowhere in the Bible does God command women to wear skirts either all the time or to church. Now I have seen Deut. 22:5 used as an argument, but it doesn’t apply. “A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.” (Deut. 22:5) I totally agree with this verse; what I have problems with is the interpretation that I’m to wear skirts. It says I’m not to dress like a man–well, I don’t. Men in the Bible days wore robes as did the women. The men didn’t wear pants. Men and women dressed alike, and yet they were distinct: men’s clothing was rough, while women’s had a distinctly feminine look. The same is true of pants that women wear to church today. Our pants have a more distinctly feminine cut. Trust me, if a guy showed up at church wearing  women’s pants then you would know it, and vice versa. It is wrong for a woman to wear a pair of masculine pants to church or for that matter anywhere she goes. God clearly commands women to be feminine; part of that is her attitude (but that’s not the topic of this post).

I’ve had women at the churches I’ve attended come to me and say, “Oh, I’m just wearing pants because it’s cold.” Christians have so judged women who wear pants to church that these women feel they have to explain themselves. The Bible says, “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37). Clearly God doesn’t intend for Christians to look down on other Christians for wearing pants.

Isaiah 64:6 says, “We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.” For a lot of Christian women, wearing skirts has become a sign of righteousness, and in God’s eyes that makes it “a polluted [skirt].” They see themselves as more spiritual and puff themselves up. I could quote scripture after scripture to prove this is wrong, but I don’t think that’s necessary. Skirts don’t make women more righteous than another; this is just a case of unnecessarily adding onto salvation.

I know one of the reasons it’s seen as wrong for women to wear pants to church is because the early feminist movement is associated with pants. It’s wrong for women to wear pants to church if she is doing it out of a heart of rebellion, which isn’t the case in a lot of Christian women. One of the reasons women wear pants to church is that they’re warmer. The Sundays that I work in the nursery and wear pants are the Sundays I stay the warmest. I live in Pennsylvania; trust me when I say a thin piece of nylon on my leg isn’t going to stave off the cold. Don’t believe me? Guys try putting on hose with your shorts and going shopping. And women stop lying (or you’re one of the extremely blessed ones). Our legs do freeze! Still some people in the church press women to wear skirts, forgetting that we can’t stay warm (at least I’m hoping they’re forgetting).

Now, I’m not advocating casual dress to Church. I believe that we should wear our best to worship God! That said, dress pants are every bit as dressy as the skirts that we wear to church. I won’t judge others for wearing jeans to church (at least not on a Sunday), but I couldn’t do it and give God my best. Dress pants paired with a dressy shirt, sweater, etc. can be pleasing to God.

Again my issue is with those who judge women for wearing pants to church,or attempting to force them to wear skirts. And we wonder why people leave conservative churches and join the ranks of new evangelicalism? Attempting to force others to follow preferences and judging them when they don’t follow those preferences can cause disunity in the body, and can result in Christians leaving the conservative churches.

 

Dating for Life

The dating phase of life is so special. You spend all your time hanging out and having fun with your significant other. Then couples get married and a lot of time they forget to have fun together. Couples tend to get too bogged down with work, money, family, friends, life, and in my case pets! Brian and I from the start wanted to be perpetual honeymooners. That’s why it’s so important for us to just have fun together. We came up with the idea to have weekly date nights. Each week we would switch off who plans them. The only problem is we don’t have a lot of money to blow on date nights, so we’ve had to learn to be frugal and still have fun. It is possible to date on a dime! Here’s one of my recent date night ideas.

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Unbeknownst to Brian, I prepared vegetable pizza, a favorite meal of his. When he got home from work I met him at the door with a clue and sent him on a scavenger hunt. I had so much fun coming up with the clues. And Brian had a lot of fun trying to figure them out. In order to make the scavenger hunt doubly fun, I bought some of Brian’s favorite candy and hid it with the clues. I also hid date night items with some of the clues. I gave him a basket to collect the candy and items in. The candy was the only expense for this date night (under $5). Here’re some of my clues:

“Shadows, heat, blowing, blushing, curling, spraying, sprunching. I hold the key to breaking your heart.” This clue led him to my make-up drawer and a fast break bar (teased about in the second part of the clue).

“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am. You hear nothing but the truth from me. I have blamed you, and lectured you, and you have borne it, as no other woman in England would have borne it.” Brian had trouble with this one, probably because it’s taken him two years to read Emma by Jane Austen.

“I warm, I cook, I prepare most of your dinners. Without me food is uncooked, without me you have nothing. In me you shall find something.” The stove with a crescent roll that was left over from the pizza crust.

“I took her hand in mine, and we went out of the ruined place; and as the morning mists had risen long ago when I first left the forge, so, the evening mists were rising now, and in all the broad expanse of tranquil light they showed to me, I saw no shadow of another parting from her.” Brian and I both love to read. Great Expectations is a book we read together when we were first dating.

“I hold much metal and cardboard, all of which will be thrown away, but the contents will be consumed. A clever detective always wants me, but morning, noon, and night is interrupted.” This led him to the pantry and to Columbo, our entertainment for the evening.

“I complete your search. I begin your date. I hold your dinner. I seat your date.” Dinning room table where the vegetable pizza, candles, and me waited.

One of the hints led him to a jar with questions printed and cut into small slips of paper. After dinner we took turns pulling a question from the jar and asking each other. After the questions were done, we popped popcorn and watched Columbo. Columbo is one of Brian’s favorite TV shows. Remember when you’re planning a date night for your spouse to focus on them. You’ll both have fun, and your spouse will feel cherished.

Barbecue Pineapple Porkchops

I work at Dick’s Sporting Goods as a Customer Service Specialist and by the time I get home at night I’m pretty tired. So I’ve been trying to experiment with slow cooker recipes; that way I don’t have to worry about making supper when I get home. That’s the reason I came up with this recipe! Seriously this is one of the easiest recipes that I’ve ever made and it tastes so good. The best part is it only takes three ingredients! Yeah, you heard me right! My husband loves it. So here’s the recipe:

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All you need is pork chops, crushed pineapple, and barbecue sauce. Make sure you defrost your pork chops, it will save you time in the long run.

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Place your pork chops into your slow cooker and cover with barbecue sauce.

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Add a can of crushed pineapples! Stir the pineapples and barbecue together to form a sauce. Oh, and remember don’t drain the juice off of your pineapples. The juice adds to the flavor.

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Now put set your slow cooker on high for two hours.

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Tada! Supper is ready! Serve on top of rice. And remember not to skimp on the sauce; it’s delicious.This sauce is seriously addicting. You could also serve this with a stir fry or fried rice. Let me know how you like to eat it!

Barbecue Pineapple Pork Chops

1 Can (20oz) Crushed Pineapple

1 Bottle Barbecue Sauce of your choice (I used Price Chopper’s Honey Barbecue)

4 Pork Chops (I used three, but there is enough sauce to easily cover four pork chops)

Defrost Pork chops. Mix ingredients in slow cooker, and cook  on high for 2 hours.

40 Questions to Ask Your Spouse!

Before Brian and I got married we used to sit and talk all the time. I remember Saturdays when we should have been studying; instead we were talking. We did everything together! He would meet me after class and walk me to my next one while talking (of course). We would get kicked out of the Dining Common because we stayed until thPets, Spring, Summer, and Fall 2012 Bloggie 198ey closed, talking! We even stayed up late at night, over our breaks, talking on the phone. Sad thing is, once we got married, we weren’t talking as much. I guess once you have something it’s easy to take it for granted. We saw each other all the time, so we didn’t need to talk (WRONG)! That’s why ever so often we’ll present each other with a list of questions–just a way to get us talking. The questions just break the ice and pretty soon we end up talking about everything and nothing. So here’s one of our lists. Remember to write down the answers; that way you can go back to them. And be honest with each other! By communicating pet peeves and problems, you can talk them out and work on them together.

  1. What’s your favorite TV show?
  2. Where were you born?
  3. What was the best present you ever received?
  4. When do you feel most loved?
  5. If you could plan the perfect meal, what would it be?
  6. What’s your dream house look like?
  7. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  8. If you could plan the perfect date, what would you plan?
  9. What is your favorite way to spend a day off?
  10. What’s your fall-back joke?
  11. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  12. What is the hardest decision you’ve ever had to make?
  13. Name one thing you want to do before you die?
  14. What is the worst thing that’s ever happened to you?
  15. What would you do differently than your parents?
  16. In what ways would you like to be like your parents?
  17. If you could make one movie what would it be?
  18. Where would you like to live someday?
  19. What’s your favorite thing about your job?
  20. If you could invent anything, what would you invent?
  21. Who was your favorite teacher?
  22. What’s the scariest thing that’s ever happened to you?
  23. What’s your favorite word?
  24. How do you like to relax?
  25. What was the best day of your life?
  26. What’s the hardest goodbye you’ve ever had to say?
  27. If you could do anything you wanted to, what would you do?
  28. What’s your favorite thing to clean?
  29. What’s your favorite Bible verse?
  30. What’s one thing you wish you could change about me (honesty is the best policy)?
  31. Who’s your favorite actress?
  32. Who’s your favorite actor?
  33. What’s the one thing you looked forward to the most about growing up?
  34. When do I look the cutest to you?
  35. Who’s your favorite preacher?
  36. What’s your favorite song?
  37. What’s your favorite book?
  38. Where would you spend your favorite vacation?
  39. What’s the easiest decision you’ve ever made?
  40. What’s your least favorite meal that I’ve cooked (mostly for the wife’s benefit, although my husband is an amazing cook)?

The Rats

Our rat died last night! She had taken a tumble from the top of her cage and had suffered some paralyzation. We’ve had to keep her separate from the other rat just so the other rat wouldn’t kill her. Well then the poor thing got mites, she was barely eating, and her breathing became irregular. Last night Brian went to feed her and found her dead. She looks so peaceful now.

I can remember when we first got our rats. The apartment we were staying in didn’t allow pets (at least not dogs or cats), but rats were fine. I would never have considered getting a rat, but my sister-in-law had one and I reaSummer 2011 171lly liked him. We had been planning on getting them for awhile when one night we stopped by Goodwill. Lo and behold, there was a rabbit cage with a water bottle, wheel, chew toys, and bedding for just $10 dollars. Even on our limited budget we could afford that. So Brian and I rushed home, cleaned out the cage, and drove to Petsmart to pick out our rat. I had read somewhere that you’re supposed to put your hand into the rat cage and the one that comes to you is going to be friendlier then the rest of the rats. Well I put my hand in and Snickers came to me immediately. We had  planned on only getting Snickers, but the sales lady told us rats are social creatures and need a companion. So we bought Oreo as well. They were so cute and scared. I would be too if some strange person came and took me from my nice warm cage with all my friends. We named them Snickers and Oreo because of their coloring. Snickers’ gray and brown spot reminded us of a Snickers bar, and Oreo’s brown coloring looked like an Oreo.

When we got them home we discovered that the bars on the cage were too big; the rats could easily escape. Random 8.24.11 021Luckily for us we had a fish tank and put them in that for the first night. Brian later covered their whole cage in chicken coop wire–an act of love. It took him hours and his hands were all covered with scratches. He’ll never do that again, but at the time it was a cheap solution.

We bonded pretty quickly with our rats. They would crawl all over us and take food out of our hand. In fact we taught them to look into our cupped hands for food. We would place them on top of the bookshelves and time them to see how fast they could get down. Snickers was the fastest; she’s always been our escape artist. She taught Oreo how to get down from the bookshelf and later how to escape from their cage. Someone gave us a huge ferret’s cage, which we eventually moved them into. One night we woke up to squeaking noises: Snickers had escaped from the cage and was in our bedroom. We had to be careful getting out of bed because we didn’t want to step on her. Poor rat was frightened to death. Speaking of fright, Oreo encountered Bella (our cat) not long after we adopted Bella. We had to hand feed Oreo just to get her to eat, luckily she snapped out of it. Now she finds the cat interesting. In fact one day she escaped her cage (the ferret’s one) and went nose to nose with Bella on the stairs, I had to make a dive for her before the cat got her. That was the end of the ferret’s cage. The rats went back to their chicken wired cage.

I often get asked if rats bite. Not really! Snickers did bite me once but that was because she had been licking syrup off of my fingers; she got a little carried away and bit me. Immediately she knew she had done wrong and looCharleston 297ked so sorry. I was fine.

These rats moved up with us from South Carolina to Pennsylvania. And they moved into Brian’s office. We live in an old farm house, so heating is always a problem. We couldn’t keep the upstairs warm enough for the rats. The solution was buying them their own heater. In the winter Brian’s office is always the warmest room in the house because of the heater.

Rats don’t have a long life span (about 2 years). Snickers, who died yesterday, didn’t even reach that two year mark. Oreo seems to be healthy, so she might reach two years in June. The hard part of losing them is knowing we’ll never get them back. We’ll never get Snickers’ adventurous spirit back. Saying goodbye forever is hard. It’s funny–you wouldn’t think you’d get so attached to a rat that you would bawl when it dies, but I did. I know it’s just an animal, but it still hurts. This is an animal that I’ve taken care of for the last couple of years. I’ve bathed them, fed them, watered them, cleaned their cage, and played with them. My husband posted this verse on Facebook, and I thought I would share it. Luke 12:6-7, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” God who cares about even the littlest of creatures, cares for me!

Freebies

I’m absolutely addicted to getting things free; in fact as you can see I’m willing to dress like a cow to earn freebies! In fact every time I go to Sam’s Club, I make sure to walk through the grocery aisles trying all the free samples. In the mall I’ll walk through the food court just to get free samples. I go a little nuts when it comes to free things. I mean, who doesn’t like getting free things? I wanted to share some of my favorite freebies with my readers:

  1. IHOP’s international pancake day! This happens once a year, usually in the Spring. You get one free short stack of pancakes all day. Just make sure you tip the waitress: she did have to get your drinks, take your order, and bring your food. Once you leave she has to clean up after your mess.
  2. IHOP’s Pancake Revolution by joining this club you get two free meals per person a year. You get one on your birthday and the other one on your anniversary of joining the club. I planned our joining  of the club so that one anniversary would coincide with the other’s birthday. We eat at IHOP free three times a year!
  3. Disney Movie Rewards. My husband and I had a few Disney movies, so we joined the club. You put the code from your movie into the website and get points. We saved up our points and got Zorro the Second Season for free (retails on Amazon for $149.99)! Neither of our families signed up for Disney’s club, so every time we visit we steal their codes! Also, make sure to participate in the Christmas points with ABC Family, Facebook points giveaway, and e-mail points giveaways. And if you decide to spend your points on a DVD, then you’ll get more codes from the free DVD! A must join for any Disney movie lover.
  4. Panera Bread’s customer loyalty card is worth getting because once a year on your birthday you’ll get a free pastry. I don’t shop at Panera often enough to earn anything with my card, but I do enjoy the free pastry on my birthday.
  5. Bethany House Publisher’s offers free e-books for a limited time. Just check out their website. I’ve gotten books by Janette Oak, Linda Nichols Lynn Austin, Beverly Lewis, Lawana Blackwell, and Tamera Alexander for free. Also, I’ve been able to try out new author’s books for free and have become a fan of several.
  6. Kmart’s Shop Your Way card is a must! I don’t shop there that much, but I do shop Lands End and Sears. The rewards card is good for all three stores. The nice thing is that they will give you limited time free 5,000 points which translates into $5 dollars. With the free points I was able to get my husband two ties worth $80 dollars regular price (they were on sale)  for only $3.89! I know it’s not completely free, but if you find something for $5 dollars then it will be. I’ve gotten a free clutch from them before.
  7. Snapfish offers free prints by signing up with them! I  have 20 free prints to use regularly valued at $0.09 each!
  8. Amazon offers two free music downloads with cd purchase. I bought my dad a cd for Christmas and then got a couple of my favorite songs for free. Just make sure you use these before they expire.
  9. Recyclebank is another great website. Simply vow to recycle, watch a few videos, and earn points. I got a free Martha Stewart Living magazine one year membership from them.
  10. Irazoo is a website that you take surveys, enter codes, and watch videos for free points. Then you can cash in your points for $5 amazon gift cards. I earned about $40 dollars worth of gift cards and used them to purchase my husband’s Christmas gift. Just make sure you like their Facebook page, so you can keep up with their treasure codes and earn extra points.
  11. Bath and Body Works periodically offers freebies on their Facebook page. I’ve gotten free 5oz candles, purse size lotions, and hand sanitizers.
  12. Yogurt Mountain gives away a free 6oz yogurt on your birthday by just signing up for their club.
  13. Fire House Subs offers a free 6in sub on your birthday! All you have to do is bring in your driver’s license on your birthday!
  14. Papa John’s Rewards! During the football season they have special giveaways, and if you correctly predict the Super Bowl coin toss you’ll score a free large pizza.
  15. Perkins offers a free breakfast meal for your birthday. You have to join their club.Summer 2011 237
  16. Baskin Robbins gives a free 2.5oz ice cream cone for your birthday if you join their club.
  17. Chick-Fil-A has dress like a cow day. If you wear something cow like you’ll get a free item, but if you go all out and dress from head to toe like a cow you’ll get a free value meal of your choice. This is a great family activity! They offer this promotion once a year, so join their e-mail list to get updates. 
  18. Redbox text messaging club and Facebook pages offer free movie rentals ever so often.

These are great values, and most of them require minimal effort. My husband and I use some of the free meals and movies for date nights. Can’t beat having a free date! Keep in mind a lot of restaurants offer free desserts on your birthday. Also, by signing up for store loyalty cards you get more bang for your buck. You’ll earn points for every dollar you spend and earn free rewards certificates to spend at the store! If you shop frequently at a store, the loyalty card is a great value. Also, a lot of businesses offer coupons and free points through their e-mails and Facebook pages. Yeah, so you get a lot of e-mails, but you’ll  reap benefits from it. Anyway, enjoy these freebies and feel free to leave comments with your favorite freebies!

How Majestic is His Name

Thus far on my blog I haven’t really blogged about my faith ( which I reserve the right to do). My husband has really been challenging me lately with living a holy life, a life that is pleasing and dedicated to God. Tonight I was reading in the Psalms, and I came across this prayer that I would like to share with you. Psalm 7:17 says “I will give to the Lord the thanks due to His righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.” I don’t often give God the praise that He deserves. The very next chapter goes on to praise God and to humble man by reminding us that everything we have is from God. Psalm 8 is my prayer tonight:

“O Lord, our Lord

how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.

Out of the Mouth of babies and infants,

you have established strength because of your foes,

to still the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars, which you have set in place.

What is man that you are mindful of him,

and the son of man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings

and crowned him with glory and honor.

You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;

you have put all things under his feet,

all sheep and oxen,

and also the beast of the field,

the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,

whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Instant

My husband and I switch between Netflix instant and their DVD plans. Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing to watch on the instant, probably because Netflix streams a lot of dirty movies. But there are some really good family films and TV shows available. I’m just going to share a list of my favorites. My criteria for a movie being family friendly is no language (as far as I know and can remember), no sexual content, and no gory violence. Some of the movies I’ll mention may contain some objectionable material (disrespectful attitudes to parents, religious content e.g. Pocahontas); that’s where parental discernment has to come in. I don’t have kids, but when I do I plan on watching movies with some objectionable content in them. I want to use those times as teaching opportunities. Without further ado, here is my list which is in no ways exhaustive.

  1. Good Luck Charlie – Can have disrespectful attitudes towards the parents at times which makes for great teaching opportunities.
  2. Pocahontas – Teaches Pantheism, another great teaching opportunity for Christian families.
  3. The Rescuers Down Under – The Rescue Aid Society races to save a boy who’s been kidnapped in Australia.
  4. Arthur – Fun tv show for the whole family to enjoy
  5. Wallace and Gromit
  6. Leave it to BeaverThe values in this household are great. The kids are always punished when they do wrong.
  7. The Dick Van Dyke Show
  8. Ice CastlesA competitive figure skater makes her rise.
  9. Amazing LoveThis is a Christian movie that tells the story of Hosea. The lesson in the movie is great!
  10. Phineas and FerbA great TV show that the whole family can enjoy. I have friends of all ages (7-58 years old) who watch this show and love it.
  11. The Aristocats – The cats are heir to a fortune, so the butler decides to get rid of them
  12. The Andy Griffith Show – The only thing I’ve ever found remotely objectionable in this show is smoking, which doesn’t occur that often. Back then they didn’t have all the facts about smoking health risks.
  13. Shaun the Sheep – Fun Claymation shorts TV shows.
  14. The Fox and the Hound – Classic Disney at it’s best with a great lesson on friendship.
  15. The Great Mouse Detective A Disney cartoon based on Sherlock Holmes.
  16. The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything – Warning the theme song may get stuck in your head.
  17. Heidi – Shirley Temple playing Heidi
  18. The Secrets of Jonathon Sperry – A wonderful Christian movie! It’s entertaining and convicting at the same time
  19. Larry Boy and the Fib from Outer SpaceA good lesson on lying
  20. Larry Boy and the Rumor Weed – A great way to teach kids about the sin of gossiping.
  21. Charlie Chan and The Jade Mask – This movie is for older kids; it might spook younger ones out.
  22. White Christmas – Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby try to save an inn.
  23. 101 Dalmatians – This live action version of the classic animation easily entertains all age groups.
  24. Geek Charming – Provides a good opportunity to talk about dating standards and how God looks at the heart.
  25. What If. . . – Another great Christian film for the whole family.
  26. Madame Blueberry – Teaches kids a lesson about greed and how things won’t make you happy.
  27. Esther The Girl Who Became Queen – Veggie Tales take on the book of Esther.
  28. SabrinaThe chauffer’s daughter is in love with the rich son!
  29. Emma – Based on Jane Austen’s Emma
  30. My Six Loves – A cute story about a movie star who has six kids thrust upon her.
  31. The Mighty Macs – Based on a true story about a Catholic girls school who played for the national basketball title.
  32. How to Steal a Million – Audrey Hepburn has to steal her dad’s forged Venus before it’s discovered  as a forgery. Great opportunity to teach about lying and stealing.
  33. Fitzwilly – The household staff steal in order to keep their lady in riches. A chance to teach kids about wrongs never making right.
  34. Love Surreal – A college age girl has an imaginary boyfriend.
  35. I Was a Male War Bride – Cary Grant as a Male War Bride! Hilarious!
  36. Let’s Dance – A mom fights to keep her son in this musical set after WWII.
  37. The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries – The episodes switch back and forth between the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, with the detectives combing forces for a few mysteries.
  38. Cow Belles – A fun Disney movie about two spoiled rich girls
  39. Funny Face – A musical starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire
  40. The Lost and Found Family A rich women loses everything when her husband dies, and learns the importance of family.
  41. Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure – Based on the books by Lois Gladys Leoppard. Mandie sets out to find her birth father’s family.
  42. Brian’s Song – Based on the friendship between Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers, both football players for the Chicago Bears.
  43. The Elephant Princess – A popular Australian TV show, tells the story of a girl who finds out she’s a princess in a magical land.
  44. The Shunning – An Amish drama based on Beverly Lewis’ books.
  45. Wives and Daughters – A BBC drama tells the story of a young girl whose father remarries a women with a daughter.
  46. Cadet KellyA rebellious young girl is placed in military school, good opportunity to teach kids to respect their parents.
  47. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell’s book comes to life in a BBC mini series.
  48. Days of Jesse James – Roy Rogers searches for a bank thief.
  49. The Best of the Ozzie and Harriet Show – Follow the Nelson’s families’ adventures in this half hour TV show.
  50. The African Queen – A missionary women must flee WW II Africa with a rough sea captain.
  51. The Tigger Movie – The adventures of Pooh Bear continue with Tigger getting his own movie.
  52. People Will Talk – Cary Grant falls for a unwed pregnant women. Good chance to talk about sex before marriage and how God forgives.
  53. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – Jimmy Stewart stars as a man who’s mistakenly credited with shooting a feared gunslinger.
  54. The Roy Rogers Show – Half hour western adventures with singing.

 

 

The Cats

Pennsylvania5.1.12-002.jpgSo I’ve introduced you to my puppy (the apple of my eye)! I figured it was time to introduce you to my cats. I do love the cats but Charlie is my baby. We got a cat because the parsonage we moved into in Pennsylvania had mice. We were hoping Bella would be a good mouser (she’s not)! Anyway, back before we moved up here we started looking for a cat at the Greenville shelters. Well, I saw a picture of Bella as a kitten and fell in love immediately! She was so cute. Before we could adopt her, though, she was adopted out. A few weeks later we found her again in Pet Smart; apparently someone had returned her. Thus Bella became our first cat. She immediately thought of us as her mother by kneading us with her paws and sucking on our fingers.

She’s quite the traveled cat. She traveled with us from South Carolina to Illinois (Thanksgiving week) and back again. Then she traveled from South Carolina to Pennsylvania with Pennsylvania5.1.12-387_thumb.jpgstops in North Carolina and West Virginia. She got car sick on her first trip in a friend’s car. Awkward! After that we had to use vet subscribed medicine to knock her out. Poor cat made the trips like a trooper.

We had about 7 months with Bella before we decided to adopt another cat. The reason Pets-Spring-Summer-and-Fall-2012-Bloggie-119.jpgbeing is we knew we were getting Charlie, and we thought the change would be easier on Bella if she had a companion. That’s where Ivy came in. We had been talking about adopting a kitten for a while, so one day while I was in town I decided to stop by the local animal shelter. I wasn’t planning on adopting a kitten that day but once I saw Ivy I couldn’t resist. Ivy was about three months old and so tiny. She had two brothers, both of whom were picking on her in the cage. I texted Brian and adopted her. She had an interesting drive home. I stuffed her in my purse and drove to the gas station, and the little stinker figured out how to get out of my purse. So for the rest of the drive home I had to hold her in one hand while driving with the other. I drove pretty slowly! At one point in the trip she escaped my grip, and I had to get her off my head. Needless to say it was a crazy trip.

Arriving home we had to keep her away from Bella. We weren’t sure how they would hit it off. They didn’t! Bella hissed and spit at the poor kitten. Obviously Bella couldn’t be trusted with a kitten. The next night however we left them alonePets, Summer, and Some of Fall 2012 068 together, and they’ve been friends ever since. Bella is convinced that Ivy’s her kitten. And Ivy is a spoiled child. Sometimes Ivy will just sit at the base of the stairs and cry for Bella, and Bella comes running. Lazy Ivy!

Bella doesn’t like Charlie but Ivy does. Ivy is rather curious about Charlie and even interacts with her. Bella on the other hand hisses and boxes Charlie. Poor Charlie! Bella and Ivy can080 be found romping all over the house together and even sleeping together. The two are practically inseparable! They give us hours of amusement and they’re incredibly skittish. Bella still comes up and kneads us and she still sucks/bites Brian’s fingers. I don’t permit her to touch mine.