Insights from Inside Out

inside out jpgMeet the little voices inside your head. – Inside Out

A few months back, we watched Disney’s Inside Out. My kids liked the movie and I did too. There are several things we discussed after watching it together.

We all need to process our feelings. Each person, whether young or old, feels something. We can be happy, sad, disgusted, angry or afraid. Of course, there are many more feelings but these are the main feelings as shown in the movie. We need to offer each other more grace and understanding because we are all created with different feelings.

Sadness is an important part of life. Don’t deny or suppress  when we are sad, instead face sadness head on. Let these feelings show and remember, it is okay to be sad once in awhile.

When we are angry, our judgment is clouded. Most often than not, our actions are  based on a reaction and haven’t been clearly thought about. If possible, don’t make decisions when angry.

It is important to communicate our feelings and thoughts to people. To resolve issues, communication is key.

Our memories and “Islands of Personality” help define who we are and what is important to us. We asked each other what our islands were after the movie, it opened a way to understand and appreciate each other even more.

I felt a bit sad when I saw the clips of young Riley and her old toys. It reminded me how grown up my kids are now. It seemed only yesterday when they were so young but time has moved on. I am grateful that I have many memories of them and with them.

I won’t give Inside Out a perfect 10, probably  8 in my books, but it is worth watching with your children. After watching, don’t forget to share your insights to enrich your communication and your relationships.



Life Lessons from Dolphin Tale

dolphins tale
We recently just watched the movies “Dolphin Tale” and “Dolphin Tale 2”. I will not tell you about the story line of both movies but will tell you what I learned. Though I can tell you that both were good family movies to watch!

1. Once in a while, it is necessary to watch inspirational movies. Life can be challenging and the news that we see daily is depressing, we need to be reminded that one person’s life can inspire others. As Sawyer, the main character, found his passion in life, he was effective in creating a positive change in his community. As he helped Winter, the dolphin, other people who were facing the same challenges in life, found inspiration, hope and courage through Winter’s life.

2. Homeschooling can give you time to pursue your passion. Hazel, the young girl who works with her dad in the Clearwater Marine Hospital is homeschooled. Eventually, Sawyer, didn’t attend summer classes in school but volunteered in the Marine Hospital and at the same time worked on his essays and other requirements. Eventually, in the second part, Sawyer was even offered scholarship by a college because they saw passion and dedication in him. It was an encouragement to our homeschooling family!

3. We must volunteer and step outside of your comfort zone. Sawyer was a shy young boy who found his place in the Marine Hopsital and his mom didn’t want him to help in the beginning but when she eventually saw how engaged Sawyer was, she accepted and allowed Sawyer to help. It is important to contribute to our community, and it reminded our family that we need to be a positive impact to our society.

4. Change is inevitable. Now matter how much you want to let things stay the same, change will happen. Sawyer was offered a scholarship and would have to leave town and the Marine Hospital, he was reluctant to leave but eventually realized that it was really the best step for him. Something unexpected is bound to happen, we need to face these changes with faith in God that His purposes would be fulfilled as we go though life with Him.


As we watched these movies, we were greatly encouraged and entertained. So if you haven’t seen these movies, go and watch with your family!


Mr. Peabody and Sherman

What’s the only thing harder than being the world’s most extraordinary dog? It is being an ordinary dad. Why am I questioning and answering such a thing? It is because I have just seen the trailer of the new Mr Peabody and Sherman trailer. Sincerely, it impressed me and if you would look I am pretty sure you would put this movie on your 2014 watch list.

Brought to us by the DreamWorks Animation and the creator of “The Lion King”, the new animated comedy “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” tells us the story of a dog that was the greatest scientist and at the same time the greatest dad in the world. Mr. Peabody is a talking canine that has lots of huge achievements, such as a Nobel Prize for peace and a doctoral degree in some dog science. Besides, he also knows how to have fun. This dog invented the fist bump, Zumba, and planking. The greatest of all his inventions is the WABAC time machine. Together with his son, Sherman, they travel in time and witness the incredible history by getting involved in it.

As the story goes, Sherman does not listen to his dad and in an attempt to conquer the heart of his crush, Penny, he shows her the WABAC and they travel to the Ancient Egypt. The time travel is now used improperly and Mr. Peabody, Sherman and Penny have to rewrite the history, in order to save the universe.

The amazing story about the weirdest time traveler in the world is going to totally impress you and make you laugh. There are no more movies that can show you how the world’s most extraordinary dog is trying his best to be an ordinary dad. Mr. Peabody & Sherman, teaches us history and it shows us how valuable are the family relationships.

This March, the animated movie “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” hits the theaters. Do no miss the chance to explore the past and witness how Mr. Peabody rewrites the history of our civilization. Dive into an amazing adventure, using the WABAC machine, next to the genius dog Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

Life Lessons from Frozen

If you still haven’t seen Frozen, I highly recommend this Disney movie. It is very entertaining and people can easily identify with the different characters in the story. The songs are easy to sing along with so my kids have nearly memorized the songs after watching the movie twice.



We also learned a lot from the movie. Here are some of the life lessons from Frozen:

An act of true love can thaw a frozen heart. It doesn’t matter how hard a person’s heart is, once you give acts of kindness and love, it is sure to melt the coldest and hardest heart.

True love doesn’t always come the way you expect it to be. It doesn’t always have to have that “spark” or  be romantic, true love entails sacrifice.

Being brave and adventurous can go both ways. If seasoned with wisdom, bravery can result to something good while being adventurous partnered with impulsiveness can result to destruction.

Don’t marry someone you don’t know. Marriage isn’t something that you rush into. Make sure you know who you are getting married to.

If fear controls you, the results are  usually not desirable. Fear is never a good motivator. When our actions are controlled by fear, disaster awaits.

Do you have any other lessons you’d like to add? Leave a comment.

This Is Our Time Review

About the Movie
The movie tells the interwoven stories of Luke (T.J. Dalrymple) and Alé (Erin Bethea), who marry right after school and move to India to serve as missionaries for Embrace A Village, a ministry that cares for those afflicted with leprosy and their families; aspiring financier Catherine (Kate Cobb), who joins a prestigious financial institution determined to make an impact on corporate America; Ryder (Matthew Florida), who lands an impressive job in social media and can’t wait to use the powerful medium for a greater good; and Ethan (Shawn-Caulin Young,) seemingly the odd man out, who struggles to find his God-given-purpose and feels sidelined by God. (information from FlyBy Promotions)

I have been a stay at home mom for the past 9 years now and sometimes, I wonder if I am fulfilling God’s call in my life. Doing household chores, cleaning up, watching over the kids and teaching them daily can seem mundane and routine. But after watching this movie, I am inspired to be reminded that God’s calling is not to do something but to be something. And that is to become more Christ-like.  God wants to work on our character first and the work we do just follows.
The story is focused on the lives of fresh college graduates but everyone can easily relate to the movie. There were some slow moments but the turn of events makes the movie exciting to watch. It is very inspirational, and can cause one to shed a tear or two.
This Is Our Time would be a good movie to watch with the entire family, especially with your young adults.
This Is Our Time is presented by Pure Flix. It is now released on DVD and Blu-Ray . It is available at Family Christian Stores and most Christian online and brick-and-mortar retail stores nationwide.


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