The winner of the Penniless Princess Giveaway is Katrina! Congratulations and thank you to all those who entered!
Veggie Tales movies have long been a favourite around here and the kids are always excited to watch a new one. This was no exception. They loved the Penniless Princess, even going so far as to say that it was one of the best ones they’ve ever seen!
The story (based on the classic tale “A Little Princess”) follows a young girl (vegetable) as she is brought by her adoring father from Africa to a boarding school in London. Her father is very wealthy and no expense is spared. Her father later dies in a mining accident (nothing scary or gory is shown) and she is left penniless and orphaned. The lady who runs the boarding school makes her a servant and treats her very badly, but the girl never forgets that she is God’s princess and she does not become bitter. She shows kindness to others even though she hardly has anything to share. Her kindness is an inspiration to others. I won’t tell you how the movie ends because I don’t want to ruin it for you, but you won’t be disappointed!
What we especially liked about the movie…
-for our family in particular, this was a special movie because of it touching on orphans and it introduced adoption in a positive way. It introduced these in a very organic way, not making it a huge issue and making adoption seem like a natural solution.
-the catchy music typical of Veggie Tales movies
-the message (what my kids took away from it in particular was, “even if you look like a servant on the outside, you’re still God’s little princess on the inside”.)
-our boys seemed to enjoy the movie just as much as the girls did even though it was geared more towards girls
-the opportunities it presented for discussion afterwards. The kids shared examples of times when they have been kind. We also talked about some things brought up in the movie such as adoption, being made fun of in class, having a positive attitude, and using your imagination.
-50 minutes is a good length for my kids’ attention spans (and although I did sit and watch it with them this time, in the future, 50 minutes is enough time for me to make supper and clean the kitchen while they watch!)
What didn’t work as well for us…
There was really nothing that the kids or I didn’t like about the movie although because of our particular situation, I wish the adoption storyline had been expanded upon a bit more. I don’t think the actual word “adoption” was mentioned, though the action was implied in 2, if not 3 circumstances. All in all, a great movie!
Here’s a link to a coloring sheet for the Penniless Princess.
If you would like to get yourself a copy, this movie will be available for purchase on August 11, 2012 or you can try to get yourself a free copy by entering our giveaway. (Hint: if you’d like to double your chances, I’m hosting a giveaway for another copy over on The Chaos and The Clutter!)
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The winner of the All About Curls and Afros eBook is Denise! Congratulations Denise!
There are several fun giveaways planned in the next few months so stay tuned!
I am a mom of three beautiful children with curly hair and have over 14 years of hair-care experience. All three of my children have very different curls that need different care methods. Although I have 10 years of experience in running a hair-braiding salon and have Afro hair myself, I found caring for my children’s hair to be a headache until I started to use a care routine . I could not imagine how it would have been for other families! Therefore, I was inspired to start the site All About Curls and write a book. The book “All About Curls” is now available on the site at http://www.allaboutcurls.com/tools-and-resources/.
The goal of this book is to help you understand the characteristics of the child’s hair that you will be caring for and to establish a care routine. It is important to figure out an optimal care and styling routine for the hair type in question in accordance with your schedule. We will also learn from stories of children with different types of hair. Please feel free to share you story on our website. The types will be categorized as: soft curly, gentle with texture curly, gentle afro and coarse afro. The breakdown of the type category will serve as a spectrum range. You will sometimes find an overlap in the spectrum as you learn about the child’s hair that you are caring for. After understanding where on the spectrum the child’s hair falls, you will be able to select the proper care methods accordingly. You will not need to read the entire book as each topic will be repeated for each type of hair. In each category you will learn what kinds of tools you need to use, how to keep the hair tangle-free at all times, how to properly clean it, how to keep it hydrated, as well as different styling methods. You will also learn all about braids and how to care for them.
Once you recognize the type of hair you will be caring for, go to the right part of the book for that type where you will find helpful hints and ideas to help you set up your own care routine plan. You might find this short description of each type helpful in doing so. If not, skim through each type to collect the information and ideas you need to set up your care plan.
author: Laurie Stephens
Together Again! Yes, that is the refrain that goes through my mind when I think of my daughters and the amazing journey that brought our hearts and souls back together in this lifetime. The journey to motherhood and coming together as mother and daughters and sisters spanned thousands of miles and years of planning, praying, hoping, and dreaming. Together Again is also the name of a children’s book that I wrote to describe this journey that may resonate with other families who were built through adoption.
I have been telling our story for years to anyone who would listen through my blog, articles, and verbally. If you ask me why I traveled to China to adopt my daughters, get ready to hear the story. Because it is not just my story, it is our story. And it’s powerful. It is the story of the connection of the human race and of the human spirit. It is the story of the soul connections that are woven between all of humanity—no matter who we are, where we live, how much money we make, who we vote for, or how we see the world. Adoption is an amazing example of those soul connections in action. In the adoption triad, we are all connected. It is no accident that we feel drawn to adopt from a certain country, from the foster care system, or we connect with birthparents and feel as though we were meant to find one another. It feels real and meant to be because it is. A true connection is supposed to happen that way.
It took me a while to realize what all this meant; that our lives and souls come together as planned. I followed my heart and intuition to adopt my daughters. The circumstances, delays, processes, and what I thought at the time were coincidences actually conspired to connect me with these particular children. These girls could not fit more perfectly in my life and family than if they came to me biologically. So many adoptive parents understand exactly what I am talking about. And unfortunately, many who have not experienced adoption or any sort of nontraditional family do not.
It has become part of my life’s mission to help people understand adoption in the bigger context of spiritual connection. Over the past 13 years, as I grappled with the questions, complexities, and emotions of adoption, I have come to such an understanding about what it really means. Adoption is not second choice or second best, but meant to be just as it is for all involved. We plan these relationships, and these soul connections are in our lives for a reason. Discovering the reason and lessons of these relationships are part of the beauty and mystery of our lives.
Ask an adoptive parent about his or her family, and he or she will tell you that it feels destined and “meant to be.” It feels that ways because it is. Blood may be thicker than water, but spirit connects us all.
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Author Laurie Stephens is a writer, dreamer, and a mom who loves laughter and this spiritual journey known as life. She works in the field of nonprofit fundraising and marketing. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Laurie currently resides in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, with her two incredible daughters. To learn more about her children’s book, Together Again, click here (http://www.shop.boutiqueofqualitybooks.com/Together-Again-Childrens-Spiritual-Adoption-Picture-Book-9781937084332.htm). Her book is also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes.
As a special offer for Adoption Magazine readers, Laurie Stephens is donating a signed copy of her book, Together Again. To enter this giveaway, simply post a comment under this post. Entries will be accepted until May 7 at 9 p.m. EST. A winner will be chosen using random.org. This contest is open only to residents of North America and limited to one entry per person.