Instant Family: Four things I love about this new film

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*Disclaimer: This is not a movie review. I have only seen the trailer.

So much in the entertainment industry portrays foster kids in cliché and depressing ways that miss the mark. I am excited to see a major motion picture tackling this often taboo topic differently than Hollywood normally does.

Not Cliché

Usually the first thing that comes to mind when someone says “foster child” is a cute and cuddly toddler. Most of society does not consider how many foster kids are teenagers or how many are sibling sets wanting to stay together. This is the not so appealing yet honest side of foster statistics in America. I love that this movie tears downs common misconceptions about foster care. Wouldn’t it be awesome if foster kids could tell their friends at school they were in foster care without the fear of criticism from lack of knowledge?

Not Sappy

The movie appears to handle emotional situations in a non-sappy manner. Even though foster care can be a heavy topic, it doesn’t have to be a made-for-television after school special. The life of a foster child can be funny, exciting, and normal just like that of a non-foster child. Hopefully, a movie like this will show that foster care is not all doom and gloom. Let’s take away the stigma foster children face by making this situation (they are not responsible for) more mainstream and acceptable.

Not Greedy

The goal of most Hollywood movies is to exceed their production budget with big tickets sales at the box office. Movies are produced to make money by entertaining audiences.

Finally, we have a movie with a cause. According to Sean Anders, the writer and director of the movie, he created the movie not to encourage people to rush out and foster or adopt but to “demystify” the topic. He wanted to spread the word that foster kids are just like any other kids. He’s also using this as a platform to encourage audiences to donate money or time to the cause. You can learn more at the website:

Not Fake

If the characters and situations of this film seem realistic, it’s because they are. The movie is based on the true story of Sean and Beth Anders. It doesn’t sugarcoat foster parenting but shows real scenarios and struggles that foster kids and parents go through. This movie also shows that foster parenting (just like traditional parenting) is not for the faint of heart but is well worth the journey.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, this new movie is scheduled to come out November 16, 2018. I hope you’ll join me in supporting this movie at the box office.  I really hope the movie meets all the expectations the trailer has set.

Love can be better than a fairytale

You don’t have to sell your soul to find your Edward.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the fairytale of the perfect guy who’s supernaturally intriguing. We all know that kind of perfect love could never be true in real life. Or could it?

Consider this. Your romantic future is part of a supernatural plan that has been created by the most powerful supernatural being in the universe: God. Nothing you try to setup for yourself could ever be as good as what He has planned for you.

Trust God with your love life and your future will be happier than the greatest romance novel ever written.

Reading Challenge: Bookshelf Love

I make it a point to read more than I write – which gets harder and harder in this time of texting, emailing, and FB posting. My reading ambitions are always higher than I can keep up with leaving my bookshelves full and overflowing with planned reads. Which is why I love this reading challenge from:

Clean out your bookshelf and check off all those books that you want to read at the same time. I am going to challenge myself to read 10 books in 10 weeks. Here is my list from my bookshelf:


As you can see, I have been on a book-to-movie kick. If you want to join the challenge, copy and paste the guidelines below.

1. Choose a time frame for your challenge.
2. Select a stack of unread books from your shelves/piles/boxes/book hoard.
3. Post a photo and/or list of the books on your blog or social media, along with the chosen time frame.
4. Use the challenge image in your post (if posting on a blog) and link back to the original challenge page.
5. Leave a link to your post in the comments on the original challenge page, so you can be added to the list of participants.
6. Read, read, read!
7. Donate, sell, give away, or recycle any books still unread at the end of the challenge.


Unlikely Heroes

The literary hero club is greatly lacking in one category: foster children. We need more books that feature foster children as heroes.

Not every person is lucky enough to be born into the perfect, supportive family. Book heroes, like the heroes of real life, can come from broken families and dark childhoods.

What better category of children than foster children to serve as heroes? These kids have already faced and conquered greater demons than most others will in their lifetime. They have the ability to transform their dark experiences into motivation to help others – to become heroes.

Books about foster children don’t have to be sad and sappy. Join me in painting a brighter picture for these kids.

Not Another Demon Love Story

Who says Christian and Paranormal Romance don’t go together?

I don’t know about you but I love reading young adult paranormal romance and so do my daughters but I wish there was a better option to the vampires, zombies, and fairies as love interests.

When I couldn’t find a novel that set a good example for my kids, I decided to create one of my own.

Can you think of any girls who could use a better love story than the overdone vampire love?