I am so proud of my kids!
We went to the movies tonight because we had passes and wanted to see BFG after finishing the book.
But that movie was already gone!
No one even threw a baby fit as we had to change movies, which is a big deal for the kids in our family.
Instead of being upset, they were able to focus on the good and get excited about a 3D movie instead.
Then, when we got ready to go in to our auditorium, they said it was broken!
We could only go to the regular movie instead.
Again, the kids were amazing, being grateful to be at the movies instead of complaining about another change of plans.
We got in to our seats on the third try, glad for a fun family night out after so many hard weeks.
The opposition, which I will write about later, has been as intense as the book release has been wonderful. We have endured so much additional hardship and challenges and difficulties since announcing the book! We know it is because we are sharing our testimony.
Anyway, a family night out is a rare treat for us and we are exhausted, and it was a relief to get everyone seated for a fun movie date.
Except then the movie started, and it was terrible. What was supposed to be a children’s movie was full of inappropriate sexual references, bullying, lying, and a whole lot of violence. It was really bad.
And our kids realized it!
They knew that just because it was cute, didn’t mean there was light.
They knew that just because it was funny, didn’t mean it was good.
And so we left, and they asked for their money back.
Because, they said, the prophet told us to just leave if the movie isn’t nice or good.”
Because, they said, we want to only look for “whatever is lovely and of good report”.
And so tonight, all eight of us left a movie that didn’t feel good to us, that didn’t feel like light, that didn’t feel like it was of God.
Even if it was marketed to kids, and supposed to be funny, and designed to be cute.
We were proud of them, and took them out for ice cream at McDonald’s instead.
Except the ice cream machine was broken.
Because that’s the kind of day we have had.
But it didn’t phase us.
We decided we could just play on the indoor playground, anyway.
Except it was closed for cleaning.
So instead, we sat and at chocolate chip cookies.
Because there are always chocolate chip cookies, even on the worst days.
Except Nathan and I can’t have them, but we didn’t care by that point.
The kids, though? They were brave and good and patient today, and we are proud of them.