Reblog: Inside Out: Lessons in Sadness, Sonship, and Prodigals


By: Winston Smith

I really enjoyed the new movie Inside Out. I confess that I assumed that it was simply a movie dealing in emotional stereotypes, which is what I saw featured in the previews. But while emotions do play a major role, the movie is about much more than that. Inside Out invites us to not only have a more nuanced understanding of emotions but to appreciate them in the context of personal growth, the nature of relationships, and the purposes of family. As a Christian, I found it especially thought provoking….

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***Beth’s comments:  The kids and I really enjoyed this movie.  It is very heart moving and educational for those of us who have been restrained by others in the area of our emotions.


Seabiscuit: a review


The family watched this movie tonight.  What an insiring and soul touching film.  It really spoke to me, especially in the moment of time that the Lord has our family in.  Brokeness is all around and part of each of us.  There is hope of a better future. Although God was not invoked it was evident to me that his grace is at work even when we don’t recognize it for what it is.  I highly recommend this film.

In an era when Americans were in great need of heroic figures to help them forget their troubles, SEABISCUIT comes to the rescue. The picture relates a moving story of friendship and devotion in rehabilitating the main characters’ fractured lives, as it interweaves the interactions between horse, jockey, trainer and owner and their adoring fans. The film accurately portrays the real people and events of those troubled times and how Seabiscuit “fixed us, every one of us.”   Written by Dale Roloff

*caution – Seabiscuit is rated PG-13 for some sexual situations and violent sports-related images.

October Baby, Movie Recommendation

When Hannah collapses during a college play, she’s rushed to the hospital, where medical tests reveal the underlying cause—trauma suffered at birth. Soon afterward, she discovers another shocking fact: she was adopted after a failed abortion attempt. Bewildered and angry, Hannah goes in search of her birth mother. Will the truth set her free?

This movie is rated PG-13.  Our family finally rented it last weekend after wanting to see it since missing it at the theater.  I highly recommend this well made movie.  It handles the sensitive issue of abortion with great care.

Obama’s America 2016: the movie

from the website:

2016 Obama’s America takes audiences on a gripping visual journey into the heart of the world’s most powerful office to reveal the struggle of whether one man’s past will redefine America over the next four years. The film examines the question, “If Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?”

Across the globe and in America, people in 2008 hungered for a leader who would unite and lift us from economic turmoil and war. True to America’s ideals, they invested their hope in a new kind of president, Barack Obama. What they didn’t know is that Obama is a man with a past, and in powerful ways that past defines him–who he is, how he thinks, and where he intends to take America and the world.

Immersed in exotic locales across four continents, best selling author Dinesh D’Souza races against time to find answers to Obama’s past and reveal where America will be in 2016. During this journey he discovers how Hope and Change became radically misunderstood, and identifies new flashpoints for hot wars in mankind’s greatest struggle. The journey moves quickly over the arc of the old colonial empires, into America’s empire of liberty, and we see the unfolding realignment of nations and the shape of the global future.

Emotionally engaging, 2016 Obama’s America will make you confounded and cheer as you discover the mysteries and answers to your greatest aspirations and worst fears.

Love him or hate him, you don’t know him.


We ventured into the theater this evening with the whole family.  The movie was very well done and the ideas and thoughts work well together.  It is worth the time to view and see for yourself who Obama is, in his own words, and where he wants to take our country.


For Greater Glory (the movie)

What price would you pay for freedom? In the exhilarating action epic FOR GREATER GLORY an impassioned group of men and women each make the decision to risk it all for family, faith and the very future of their country, as the film’s adventure unfolds against the long-hidden, true story of the 1920s Cristero War -the daring people¹s revolt that rocked 20th Century North America.

I saw this film on Saturday.  Production was great and story was even better.  Although it was rated R (mostly for violence) it is one the girls will need to see.  Based on the Cristero War 1926-1929 in Mexico.  What a great portrayal of the faith and sacrific of many Catholic Mexicians. 

Monumental, The Movie

Monumental is the story of America’s beginnings. Presented, produced, and starring Kirk Cameron, the 90-minute true story follows this father of six across Europe and the U.S. as he seeks to discover America’s true “national treasure” – the people, places, and principles that made America the freest, most prosperous and generous nation the world has ever known.

Monumental is heralded as “inspiring,” “beautifully executed,” “powerful,” and “one meant to teach.”

Long regarded as “the land of opportunity,” there’s no question the tiny band of religious outcasts who founded this country hit upon a formula for success that went way beyond what they could have imagined. How else can you explain the fact that they established a nation that has become the best example of civil, economic and religious liberty the world has ever known?

What formula did they discover? What motivated them to come here in the first place? More importantly, how can we apply these same foundational truths today?

Take your family on a new adventure to discover the true national treasure of America. Monumental is playing now in select theaters.

From the Monumental website, see more here.

Our family went to view this movie on Friday night.  It was very well done and received a 2 thumbs up from us.  You can go to the website and request the movie to come to a theater near you.  That’s what we did. 

Policeman 6: Foul Play

So- we finished our film today!!!! Yay!!! Enjoy the stills from it.

The hero everyone can't help but love!


In case you were wondering that’s gum I’m using to look like a cigarette. This is personally one of my favorite Kate and Nate bad guys. She’s a very low down, clever, sorta girl. She’s known for her knife throwing.

Mark. It was all his fault!

I sorta made Mark into a dumb police in this one… that’s not how I potray ALL policemen mind you! Just Mark.

"Whoah she's gettn' serious!"

Here’s a picture from the film, when Jen throws a knife at a unsuspecting George. If you look into the picture you’ll see the knife just barely missed pinning George in for! (We used stunt type stuff to do this shot. I had everything under control.)

The film was sorta made up as we went and is mainly meant for little kids. When Mark makes an’ outrageous mistake and messes up Georges arrest plans, a court session is in order….

The court scene is crazy and funny! I know the judge never gives a verdict, but come on! It’s for little kids right? No need to get to technical in this court!

Anyway, this was our hardest film yet. But in the end project it’s pretty cool. The whole thing is worth watching JUST to see the pawn shop scene!

Thank you God for helping us finish!!!!

Kate and Nate Update!

We’d finished a short film we did a little while ago. I really don’t have a title for it, which is a shame. Here’s something for ya’ll to get a taste of what it’s about: The sheriff catches a stranger killing his roosters red handed and attempts an arrest- but this bad guy doesn’t give up easily! It’s kinda cheap but I got a 4 year old brother for a star so, it’s not supposed to be dramatic. It’s got a really corny fist fight in it, and a unbelievable part where a chicken throws a gun to the sheriff, but believe me, Nate (Nathan) and I sweated over this one! I wanted to do a scene where the sheriff lets his chickens out of their coop… ha! Fat chance getting our birds out of their coop in the heat of the day! We stood there rolling film for about 30 mins trying to get them to walk out for a 2 second long scene….  we didn’t even get that much and what footage I had of that sorta hit the cutting room floor- I stuck in the bloopers. What stuff I put in the film made a 6 minute long Kate and Nate REALLY CHEAPY western, but I’m proud of it.

Here’s a picture from the fight scene

Can you guess who acts the good guy?

Here the sheriff kicks the gun from the bad guys hand- that’s a trick I learned from watching the old b&w Lone Ranger Series. (Roy Rogers films do that sometimes too)

BTW, as far as up coming films, we are nearing completion of the 6th addition to our Police Series:

George Wilson is hot on the trail of a robber- only to be arrested himself! Will George get out of the mess or will he spend his summer behind bars? This delightful show includes your favorite actors Kate and Nate, starring in the roles of George and Mark, Hercule Poirot, a line of police officials, a court judge, and more!

This film has probably been the hardest actor-wise, because I have acted as 5 different people and Nathan has taken the roles of 3 characters. I got him to play the court judge, and made him wear a fake mustache to help him look older. He looked great- but he hated wearing the thing, he said it was too sticky. 

Yeah, I know the hats too big...

"Hold em' high Jen!"

We are still working on our Star Wars IV spoof also.

Maybe I shouldn't looks so happy-

We tried to do the ‘Swinging over the chasm’ scene outside…. I don’t think it will work. We’ll have to shoot again.

So that is what’s going on in my film world right now. :D

Photo-Shop Practice

It's a cute version of the orginal

I have been practicing my photo shop skills lately. I got to buy a Millennium Falcon Space Ship.

See the inside?

It’s so fun! There are buttons to click that make sounds!

Anyway- About my photo shopping: see the next picture. I tried using the green screen but that didn’t work so I got on photo shop and put in the stars.

Before..........and After

I am very excited about my new prop! (That’s what I consider it to be.) I will Lord willing use it in the next Star Wars spoof we do if we do at all.

See you in the next post! “Prepare for light speed!”

I added stars on this one too!

Star Wars Spoof

So, last week I found Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber at Savers. And a Stormtroopers blaster. AND Darth Vadars mask!!! The obvious thing to do next (to me) is to make a Star Wars spoof film!

Nathan is Luke, stormtroopers, and Han Solo.

I am Princess Leia, Obi-Wan, Darth Vadar, a stormtrooper, Uncle Owen and a Alien at the bar.

Luke stares at the Alien in the bar

Yours Truly as Princess Leia

Nathan loved being Luke the Farmboy

Jamie was Darth Vadar in other scenes that I had to be someone else.

I really wanted to do the Princess Leia Ear Muff hair style for this one, but it’s too fragile. So I had to settle for ‘Duty Braid’s’ hair style  from the ‘Empire Strikes Back’.  Jamie has been my hair stylist so far!

I made a pretty spoofy stormtrooper costume for Nathan, but at least it’s recognizable.

Your probably wondering how Nathan can be Luke and Han at the same time. Well, Han isn’t really in this movie. We didn’t have a Chewbacca you see so Han just wouldn’t be the same. We have a short scene where Obi- Wan and Luke walk by Han Solo but that’s it. If we do an ‘Empire Strikes Back’ spoof I will make him a main character in that one.

Yes I did make that poster at the top! I am very excited about it!

Our family doesn’t like ‘The Force’ from the original films because The Force plainly put is idolatry… so I had to come up with a substitution. I decided to use the phrase  ‘The Faith’… even then it’s not the Faith that gives the Jedi his strength, it’s God.

The scene where Luke and Leia swing over the chasm was hard, Jamie kindly held the green-screen for us. I am waiting to see if it will look okay.

For now, we are doing a vague copy of the original. Nathan is doing so good! I’m very proud of him- he hasn’t even seen the real film! He only knows about the characters because he saw there pictures on my wall! I am very tiered. Filming, directing a 4 year old, acting and producing is hard work!  I hope to finish the film soon.

A Stormtrooper shrugging because he doesn't know how Luke and Leia got away

Kayla Cartoons

Every once and a while, when I feel like making a film with out going anywhere, talking to anyone, or even getting off my computer, I work on my cartoons. They are a little more work and not as real as the films I make with my siblings, but they are cute and most importantly, I am pleased with my finished product! They are HARD work. It is a very detailed job that takes focus and precision. My latest cartoons I have been working on, are called: The Tink and Clarence funnies.

The stars of the show are based after the real dogs, Tink and Clarence who live across the street. There owner, Mrs. T. is like a third grandma to me and Jamie. We’ve had lots of fun walking her dogs for her. They were our first dogs we sort of got to help own. I like to think Tink is my girl! Anyhow we’ve spend a lot of time with these dogs and I’ve observed there characters and they are colorful beings! Jamie and I have imagined these dogs shopping at a store, or them going to the super bowl, or even getting the mail! Finally, I decided to make these hilarious visions come to life and they have transferred to the computer beautifully! lol!

They way I’ve made these little cartoon figures is kind of complicated, but I’ll try to explain. I use the program Microsoft  Power Point 2007. I paste together shapes to make the figures. Squares for the legs, body, & neck. Circles for eyes, & noses. The ears, tails and tongues and anything else strangely shaped I use a custom tool to make. To make the figures move I make another page on the program, duplicate the figure but turn the legs and then move the body forward and do this over and over till it appears they are walking. >>

start with the first one and go down, then go down the 2nd row


Imagine all those^ wacthed quickly after each other- it looks like Clarence is walking across the computer screen!

Here is a shot from a scene in show number one >>>

Tink complains to Clarence about her mail

Below is a behind the scenes picture I took of how the cartoons look before I assemble them. Above the line is the pieces separate, then below the line is after I’ve put them together. 

Hope all this makes some sort of sense! I just had to share my new found joy in cartoons. -Kayla