The Weekend Gallery of Miscellany

1. OK, I'm breaking form here to give you a little movie recommendation. Have you seen "The Big Year"?  It's a pretty low-key movie about birdwatching birding starring Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson. With that trio, you'd think it would be a slap-stick comedy, but it's really not. It has a few "chuckle" spots, but overall, it's just a mellow, feel-good movie about birdwatching.
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I can't really pinpoint why I liked it so much exactly, but I've watched it 3 times in the past two weeks (which is unusual for me). I think it must be because I took a class in college called "Vertebrate Field Biology," which was basically a glorified birdwatching class. We spent hours tramping through fields and forests with our binoculars and field guides, dutifully adding new species of bird to our life lists. It was fun sometimes (strolling through the woods on warm, sunny days looking at songbirds) and miserable at other times (trudging through the mud in blizzards looking for waterfowl at the crack of dawn), but overall, I have fond memories of it. I think that's why I liked the movie so much... the characters reminded me of my professor, Dr. Wallace, who took his birding very seriously and was a complete riot to listen to - he used to give a running narrative of what each bird we were looking at was thinking/saying to itself. It was a hilarious.... Good times. Anyway, it's a good movie... and now I'm thinking about digging out my old life list and getting back to work on it.

2. Josh found a baby bunny in the yard last weekend. We kept it for a few hours, during which it was petrified and hardly moved, then we decided its chances were better back in the wild. Josh called it "Charleston" while we had it. Here's a very blurry picture of it... (taken before we transferred him to a cozy nest in a box and then back to the back yard). Isn't it the cutest? I hope little Charleston is making it out in the wild...

3. Speaking of bunnies, I'm not into the whole Easter bunny/egg thing (it's got pagan roots and takes the focus off of Jesus), but if you just can't give up hunting eggs entirely (which, I'll admit, is a lot of fun when you're a kid), then this is a great way to keep it Christ-centered: a neat little product called "Resurrection Eggs."

Each of the eggs in the set contains a little token representing part of the Easter story (a cup representing the Last Supper, a crown of thorns like Jesus wore, dice to represent the soldiers casting lots for Jesus' coat, etc.). It also comes with a little booklet that helps you easily relate the entire Easter story to your kids.

My Mom gave me a set of these a few years ago, and I set them out in a basket last year as part of my spring/Easter decor. They were a HUGE hit with one of my nieces and a few of my nephews who came over during that time. I must have repeated the Easter story (i.e., the Gospel) to them at least 10 times that week. So the eggs wound up being a great teaching tool, and the kids loved opening the eggs one by one to discover what was inside. So if you are going to do the egg thing, at least use it as an opportunity to share the Gospel with your kids - they'll love it. (By the way, if you click through the Amazon link above and buy the eggs there, I earn about 1/1000th of a cent or something - I haven't seen a check yet, but hey, we can always dream. Consider that my Amazon Associate disclaimer.) If you don't want to purchase the egg set, you could make your own pretty easily with a little creativity.

Want some more neat ideas for celebrating the Resurrection this weekend (or any day)? Check out my Pinterest board: "He Is Risen."

4. OK, I just have to show you this picture.... How awesome is my Mamaw???

That's all I've got! Hope you're having a lovely weekend... 


  1. OH my gosh... your mamaw... love it!! lol That looks like such a great movie. My husband and I are birders. :) Need to see that one! Happy Easter Beth!

    1. Yes, you should watch it - it's a great movie!

  2. So thrilled to hear your review of "The Big Year!" Being a HUGE fan of both Steve Martin and Owen Wilson, I have wanted to see this but never have gotten around to it. Sounds like a real winner!! And picture of your Mamaw? PRICELESS!! =)

    1. Yes, you should definitely watch that movie, Kaysi. We really loved it... Haha - thanks! My Mamaw is pretty priceless... ;o)


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