A Little Bit of Everything

Today is a happy day – it’s the beginning of a two-week holiday for my family!   The next fortnight will be filled with traveling, visiting with family and friends, lots of laughter and no school.  I’m already getting super excited about the socks I’m going to knit, the books I’m going to read and all of the fun that I’m going to have.  But before I leave, I wanted to write a quick post to hold y’all over while I’m gone.  I tried to think of some coherent, organized way in which to say all of the random things that I wanted to say, but inspiration was elusive.  Hence the title of this post.  🙂

First of all, an important announcement: I finished editing The Princess and the Prince!  It’s undergoing scrutiny by some family and friends as we speak.  When they finish their edit, The Princess and the Prince will be ready for printing and reading!  Hopefully I’ll be able to post a reveal of the front cover within the next few weeks.  Needless to say, I’m pretty excited.

Next on the list of randomness: a few brilliant quotes from G.K. Chesterton that I came across the other day:

“Can you not see…that fairy tales in their essence are quite solid and straightforward; but that this everlasting fiction about modern life is in its nature essentially incredible?  Folk-lore means that the soul is sane, but that the universe is wild and full of marvels.  Realism means that the world is dull and full of routine, but that the soul is sick and screaming.  The problem of the fairy tale is – what will a healthy man do with a fantastic world?  The problem of the modern novel is – what will a madman do with a dull world?”

Walther Firle (German artist, 1859–1929) The Fairy Tale

“Nearly all the best and most precious things in the universe you can get for one halfpenny.  I make an exception, of course, of the sun, the moon, the earth, people, stars, thunderstorms and such trifles.  You can get them for nothing.”


And my new favorite Christmas quote:

“Personally, of course, I believe in Santa Claus; but it is the season of forgiveness, and I will forgive others for not doing so.”




Mini Movie Reviews:

I’ve recently seen two new “based on a true story” movies that I really loved.


Valkyrie: The incredible true story set during WWII.  A group of German men banded together to try and save their beloved country from the clutches of the madman, Adolf Hitler.  General Stauffenburg (played by Tom Cruise) headed the plot.  I not only learned a ton about Nazi Germany in watching this film, I was truly inspired by the heroism of Stauffenburg and his friends.  There are some dark themes in this movie, so it definitely deserved to be PG-13.  But I was thankful that there was hardly any language and that the violence was not too disturbing.  (For a great review of this movie, visit Formidable Courage.)


42: The true story of Jackie Robinson (played by Chadwick Boseman), the first African American major league baseball player.  This film had great character development, as well as being based on an amazing story.  I loved Jackie’s relationship with his wife – they made such a great team.  It was also refreshing to see a great Christian character, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), portrayed so well.  Although it was sad to see the racism that Jackie came up against, the movie was ultimately inspiring and very well-done.  42 is rated PG-13 for language.


Last but not least, a bit about books!

There’s something so delicious about deciding which books shall be brought on a family vacation!  Although I’m in the middle of The Return of the King, I want to bring something shorter (and more fast-paced) along with me on this particular holiday.


I’ve heard a lot about The Giver by Lois Lowry, but I have never read it before.  I saw the trailer for the upcoming film yesterday, and I suddenly was seized with an irresistible desire to read the book.  So the battered library paperback is going into my suitcase, and I’m very excited to read it for the first time.  Aside from the glimpses in the trailer, I have no idea what to expect!

Another book that I’m excited about reading is Belles on Their Toes by Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth.  I found it in the free bin at the library the other day, and the front cover caught my eye.  When I read the back of the book, I realized that it’s the sequel to the real-life story, Cheaper by the Dozen, also by Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth.  My family and I really enjoy the old 1950’s movie, but I had no idea that there was a sequel to the story.  Intrigued, I took it home and began to flip through it.  It is very well-written, and looks like a great story.  I won’t be taking Belles on Their Toes with me on this trip, but I’ll definitely be reading it some time soon.

So that about sums up what I’ve been reading and watching and writing over the past few weeks!  What about you?  Have you seen Valkyrie or 42?  Have you ever read Belles on Their Toes or The Giver?  I’d love to hear what you think about these stories!

14 thoughts on “A Little Bit of Everything

  1. “Valkyrie” remains one of my favorite movies. So glad to hear you enjoyed it!

    And ohhhh, girlfriend, get ready for an amazing ride with “The Giver.” It’s wonderful. It’s one of our family’s favorite books, and therefore, we’re a wee bit defensive about it–so I have to confess that we’re looking on the movie with some skepticism, LOL 😉 But I’m withholding complete judgment until I know more about it. The book is fantastic, though; I really think you’ll love it!

    • It was partly thanks to your Valkyrie movie review that I watched it. So thank you! 😀

      I am definitely excited about The Giver, even though I don’t know anything about it. When I was about 10 an 11-year-old friend of mine said that it was a weird book, so for some reason I just dismissed it after that (even though that wasn’t really valid evidence to go on). So I’m looking forward to reading it for myself! Ha ha ha! I’m sure that if I had read The Giver before, I would be really leery of the movie, too. But as it is, I have to give the trailer the credit for getting me interested. 😉 I’ll let you know what I think when I finish it!!

  2. I love, love, love the Chesterton quotes!!! But then, you knew I would, right??? 😉 I would so love to be able to craft words the way he does! Leaving the reader in awe and a little breathless, glimpsing an angle of life-of creation-they hadn’t seen before. 🙂

    I’ve heard mixed reviews about The Giver, so I’ll be really curious to hear your thoughts on it! And have a wonderful trip! It sounds like such fun. 🙂

    • Ha ha ha! Yes, I knew that you’d love the quotes. 😀 But then, who wouldn’t? The guy’s amazing! As soon as I finish school in June I really want to read through a LOT of his books. Thanks so much for the kind wishes for our trip! And for the extra comment about The Princess and the Prince. 😀 I can’t wait to do the cover reveal! (Of course, maybe I shouldn’t hype it up too much or y’all might be disappointed…hmm…) In any case, thank the Lord that it’s so close to being printed! Thanks for the comment, Heidi! As always, it’s great fun talking with you!

  3. *Gasp*. I can’t believe I forgot to say something about The Princess and the Prince!! Congratulations! I’m looking forward to it and I can’t wait to see the cover! 🙂

  4. The Giver is such a great book. It was the first dystopian-ish book that I ever read, and I still remember how absolutely shocked I was to find out that things weren’t as they seemed! The entire Giver quartet is really good…the fourth book ties everything together very nicely.

    • Kristin, I made the mistake of starting The Giver on Friday night. As you might have guessed, I couldn’t put it down and had it finished by the next morning. 🙂 I had no idea that there were more books in the series until I read your comment! Thanks for the heads-up! I got the next two books at the library and will hopefully have them read by the time that I get back from my trip. 🙂

  5. Not generally a Tom Cruise fan, but Valkyrie sounds interesting. I’d assume you know Dietrich Bonhoeffer was part of the real-life plot, as related in Eric Metaxas’s biography. It’s good to have a reminder not to condemn all Germans as Nazis. To that purpose, I highly recommend the story of Sophie Scholl. There’s a great movie about it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NcgrE5GF-0 (As far as I remember, it’s completely clean, but be warned – it’s a slow-burn…it takes a while to pick up speed. Acting is terrific – very elegant and restrained.)

    And Chesterton quotes. Naturally, I approve. 🙂

    • Yes, I had heard something about Bonhoeffer being part of the Valkyrie plot!! That just makes him even more awesome. I have yet to read Metaxas’s book, but it is high on my want-to-read list!

  6. As an old friend, I’d like to say, “Hey!”
    Funny, isn’t it? I sat here for like 10 minutes trying to think of something to say, some old joke to recall. But I realize that quite contrary to what one would think, time seems to given me less to say rather than more.

    Anyway, cool website. I’ve been reading for awhile, I just haven’t actually taken the time to comment.

    The Giver was great, of course, (I can’t believe you hadn’t read it) but I felt it needed closure.

    Judging from your taste, you should check out Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game.” Brilliant, in my opinion. The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner might also be an enjoyable read, if you liked the Hunger Games. Be aware, though, they are just as violent.

    Anyway, cool to reconnect!

    • Hey Daniel!!! Wow, it has been such a long time. I’m so excited to hear from you! Ha ha ha! I can’t think of any old jokes either, but I DO have tons of memories of us playing Star Wars with plastic light-sabers in my backyard. 😀

      Like you said, I thought that The Giver really needed to be longer, more detailed and more “filled-out”. I’ve never read Ender’s Game, but I loved the movie. And actually, it’s funny that you’d mention Maze Runner because London is reading it as we speak! The Hunger Games is one of her favorite stories, so she’s almost guaranteed to like it. (I liked the movies way more than the books – a first for me.) Thanks for the heads-up about the violence, too!

      Wow, it’s so great to talk to you again after all these years!! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! Tell everyone “hello” from me!

  7. Hey, Victoria! Hope your trip is going well. Our family is on vacation in FL right now, and guess which book I ended up bringing with me?? I found the FB page a couple of weeks ago, and the movie looked so intriguing that I decided to give the book a try. Let me know how you liked it when you get a chance. I’m enjoying it so far. 🙂

      • Hey Hannah! Are y’all having an awesome time? I’m praying for you on your vacation. 🙂 Ha ha ha! Great minds think alike – that’s so funny that you brought The Giver as well! What do you think of it so far? I must admit that it was not as deep as I expected, but there were several interesting scenes.

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