Archive | February 2014

Loving The Bad Man…DVD

This movie can be watched on Amazon if you have a Prime Membership. I watched it in DVD format.

This is a story of a young, conservative Christian woman who is tested and gives birth to a baby boy conceived in rape.

This decision leads her to redefine her relationship with God, her family and friends and she boldly starts a relationship with the man who raped her, visiting him in prison. Her father kicks her out of the house when he finds out, but she continues to pursue this unlikely relationship behind prison bars. She wants to let him know she forgives him and wants him to meet his child. She shares her faith with him and he soon finds peace in God’s Word.

Someone who has a score to settle on the inside gets someone to promise to kill this man’s baby and female victim, but other inmates let him know who ordered it and what is going to happen and he goes to the prison inmate who can change the ordered hit for this forgiving young woman and their baby. What will the cost be to him and will they stop the hit in time? Will her father reconcile with her and welcome them back in?

I have read articles of young Christian women who were raped and refused to abort the child or give it up for adoption. It is not the child’s fault. They are a gift from God and I applaud these women for refusing to kill their babies because of how they were conceived. Many of these children grow up and make a difference in our world today!

Cast is: Christine Kelly, Stephen Baldwin, and Antoni Carone.

Loving The Bad Man - movie



This is a story based off of true stories about children who were real life campers at Royal Family Kids summer camp.

Eli is a young boy who has been neglected and abused most of his life. His mother dies of a drug overdose and his father beats him, so he is put into the foster care system and he struggles with his emotions and longs for love and a family.

Ken Matthews is an investment advisor and wants to impress a potential new client who happens to have had a part in starting this camp for kids. He decides to become a camp counselor and ends up getting Eli. They do not get along to begin with, but they slowly begin to learn about each others past and begin to trust one another and form a bond and help each other.

This has a happy ending, but I won’t spoil it for you. Truly great to discuss and bring to light the children in the foster care system, what they are struggling with at such a young age and that most of them just want to be loved and cared for by a family who embraces them and welcomes them into their homes.

Our country might wish to tear down the family structure, but there is something powerful about healthy, loving families – kids who have not had a good, solid home life understand what they are missing out on and wish to experience that as well.

Grab a couple of tissues – it has a few spots that might bring a tear to your eyes!

Camp - Movie

Reinventing Rachel…by Alison Strobel

Just finished this book by Alison Strobel and it was very good. It is a story about a woman in her 20’s who discovers her life is falling apart, her mother reveals that they are divorcing after many years of marriage, her fiance has been seeing her roommate behind her back, and she wonders where the God she thought was on her side seems distant and she is so confused. She becomes angry and she walks away from her faith and seeks an old friend who is not a Christian who invites her to Las Vegas for a fun weekend away. Coming home from this trip she decides to move to Chicago and live with her friend Daphne. Upon her arrival she soon finds a job, discovers a man she met in Las Vegas works at the same place she works, and things are going along great…until one day she comes home and her friend lost her job, she is acting different towards Rachel, and Rachel is turning to drinking more and more.

Soon things are falling apart in Chicago and she has no idea what to do – she refuses to return to her faith and belief in God, but yet a small voice is reminding her of her years of belief. She fights the voice and turns to the booze to sooth her and get her through each day and before long she is drinking in the morning before work and before she goes to bed and anytime stressful situations arise.

One day she comes home and discovers her friend has been stealing the checks her mother has been sending her since moving to Chicago and a few weeks before she learned Daphne was not paying all of the utilities, but keeping money to party and do drugs. They get into a fight, it had been raining and they were outside on the steps of their place when her friend slipped and fell down the steps. She dies from injuries she sustained and also from the crystal meth in her system. Rachel doesn’t remember much about that night, but she finds herself in a hospital bed 3 days later and discovers she got very drunk. A social worker talks to her and she admits herself to rehab that day and finds new friends when she gets out, two of them she knew before and they invite her to live with them and help her move. They also are Christians, but they have a new way of viewing God and how He works in their life. Will Rachel finally understand what having a relationship with God is supposed to be like or will she keep running?

I had a difficult time putting this book down – it kept my attention and I understood her struggle and view point of what a relationship with God was to be like. She goes through many twists and turns and did all she could to distance herself, but God pursued her still. A truly inspirational book about loss, about finding God, about having a true relationship with our Creator and that He loves us no matter what we do in our past or present – He longs to have a relationship with us!

Reinventing Rachel, Alison Strobel

Alison’s father is Lee Strobel – he wrote the series of books:
The Cause for Christ,
The Cause for Faith,
The Cause for a Creator.

I listened to them on his DVD series and it was wonderful. He was an atheist and God pursued him until he surrendered his life to Christ! He is an author, former legal editor, pastor, journalist, and teacher.

A Haunting in Washta – the coldest spot in Iowa…

Well, I had never heard this story, but my sister’s mother-in-law posted this on her Facebook page since she is from this area as well as my mother’s side of the family and we had no idea there was a scandal with a family name from our past. This was kind of a shock, but some information about a place in Iowa only known for The Coldest Spot in Iowa!

The Montagne name is my mother’s, mother’s maiden name. My mother did not know of George Montagne, Jr’s name being the same as his father, but George Montagne, Jr would have been one of her mother’s uncles. I do wonder now if my grandmother ever knew about this murder/scandal on her side of the family. The graveyard was only a mile or so from where my mother grew up. My mother never knew of this either – when I read this article to her, she was surprised to learn of this and the connection it had to her family. She states, “no one ever shared that and probably for a good reason!” It just goes to prove that no one knows what skeletons are hanging around in those lives of past relatives long before you came along. Here is that article:
A Haunting in Washta…

Washta is only a few miles from where I live. As I stated above, it is said to be the “coldest spot in Iowa,” as back in 1912 in January the temp reached -47. Here is a video of some of the people in Washta who were interviewed by the Des Moines Register this past January on that very topic:
Washta…The Coldest Spot in Iowa…

Washta - The Coldest Spot in Iowa

French-Fried Hamburger Casserole

2 cups uncooked egg noodles
1 pound ground beef
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) tomatoes, drained
1 tbsp of minced garlic (store bought in liquid)
3/4 cup shredded cheese (Cheddar, Colby, Monterey Jack, etc.)
3/4 cup diced green bell pepper (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
1 can (2.8 ounces) French-fried onions

Cook the noodles according to package directions. Drain well. In a nonstick skillet, brown the meat. Drain off any excess fat. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the noodles, beef, soup, tomatoes, onion, garlic, cheese, and green pepper. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour into a greased 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish. Cover and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle the onions on top. Bake for an additional 5 minutes. Serve hot.

God’s Country…DVD

I watched another film the other night called God’s Country about a woman who is an attractive and ambitious investment banker who has an assignment that could project her career, but can she convince the owner of 1,000 acres of land to sell out to developers?

Meghan must travel to the Mojave Desert to convince the owner of God’s Country, which is in foreclosure, to sign over his land to her firm. God’s Country is an isolated Christian retreat and the minister who owns the property believes God will come through for them and he tells Meghan the only way he will consider signing is if she spends 6 days at the retreat and comes to understand what their ministry is all about. She reluctantly trades her high heels in for some hiking boots and after a few days begins to see the great value they are offering. She risks her job to try and help them and figures out a way to get them out of foreclosure. She won’t score points with her boss, but she learns that riches cannot always be found in “things.”

An inspiring story of love and faith and discovering that the most valuable things in life are not what you may think they are.

Trailer for God’ Country on YouTube

God's Country movie

USA Women’s Hockey gets Silver in Olympic finals

Since the winter Olympics started I have wanted to watch a hockey game between the US and another team. I finally got that opportunity today and just finished watching the USA women’s hockey team. Sadly they were beat out by the Canada team due to some penalties that decreased the USA’s team down to 3 in overtime. They were pretty broken up and had a difficult time not being emotional.

USA did win Silver and honestly they have nothing to be ashamed of – they battled hard against Canada and they worked hard to keep those pucks from their rivals. They scored two goals before Canada had a chance to score 2 and it came down to a tie match and they went into overtime to see who would win gold. I understand their disappointment to be so close and yet lose.

I am proud of the USA Women’s Hockey Team – great, close game you played with your powerful defense and quick action. Sometimes the outcome of a game makes no sense and unfortunate things happen, but you still went home with a medal. Thanks for your hard work, athletic abilities and playing with your hearts and giving it your all – America cannot ask for more! GO USA!

Sochi 2014