Fighting for Justice: Wonder Woman Movie Review


“Wonder Woman” was much better than I was expecting. 🙂

Getting objectionable content out of the way first: There’s obviously Diana’s corset+miniskirt outfit, some innuendo, and a scene with & shot of a guy with nothing on. 

There’s a little of that feminist “girls are better than guys” schtick, but part of that is because the Amazons are  basically an elite military squad. World War I soldiers in the movie do plenty of fighting. Diana’s just better because she’s had years of specialized training. 

Women in the regular military isn’t Biblical, but women stepping up in time of trouble or war to do strategic, warlike things is (Deborah, Jael, Esther). Diana sees a need in the war and she can do something about, so she does, which is Biblical. This, after her tribe ridiculously does not accompany her to the fight after spending their lives in training for that very purpose. 

“If you know what is right to do but you do not do it, you sin.”

-James 4:17

Also, Diana’s incredulity at and passion against some modern war practices like politicians and generals sitting back in safe offices making decisions that’ll end thousands of young lives is a VERY welcome point. 

Before seeing it, I got the impression that the film was going to bash us over the head about ending war, but thankfully it’s not just one big anti-war sermon. Diana comes to see that ending war isn’t possible; the Bible says as much. The end message is Diana learning to get used to fighting for the right and assisting humanity with all its faults and flaws and glories.  

She finally understands there will always be evil to fight because humanity has been corrupted by the god of war Ares–and they continue to let themselves be corrupted. (Man’s sinful nature, as confirmed in the Bible.) There will always be the innocent, poor, and needy to save. There will always be justice to uphold. Who will fight for that?

That’s a message that echoes the Bible. Humans are complicated and God knows that. He helps us much more than we deserve, too. And He insists on our continued fighting the good fight, upholding righteousness, and “occupying till He comes” 

“But judgment will return to righteousness, and all the upright in heart shall follow it. 

Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?”

-Psalm 94:16

-Pictures via the Wonder Woman Movie Facebook page

Random Thoughts #24: Love, Yoga, & Oceans


Kindergarteners on a bird in a Dr. Suess book:
“That does NOT look like a bird.”
“That doesn’t look anything like a bird!”
“What kind of bird that?”

Sally: “Do you believe love is the answer to everything?”
Pianist: “Boy, I sure hope not.”
-Charlie Brown

More from our eloquent kindergarten boy:
“You’re faster than me, so this is very challenging.”
“Like a kaleidoscope.”
“You could break a bone, or crack your head!”
“I just got frightened because of a loud noise.”
“Here’s the ridiculous woman.”
“I can’t pronounce some words.”
“A little more effort.”
“My suspect-er went off at him.”
“She’s going to prepare us pizza.”
“To my surprise…”

3rd grader walking by a group of kindergarteners: “Hello there, little dumplings.”

“I need a bandaid, because I damaged myself.”
-tiny kid

Watching a princess movie, a second-grade girl wondered in an annoyed voice, “How come they always have to be about love and marriage?”

“I wonder why adults make such a big deal about kissing on TV when every Disney movie has kissing!”
-perceptive 4th grade girl

“Some exposure to childhood and other diseases in a school environment.” -in a craigslist ad for substitute teachers

Tan, green, and pink are a group of colors that go together very nicely.

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When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust
I will trust
I will trust in You

Snoopy and Sally discussing whether to start a story with “It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time” culminated in “Once upon a time, it was a dark and stormy night.” 😛

Had the most interesting convo with a smart and forthright 7th grader
Him: “Do you do yoga?”
Me: “Noooo…”
Him: “Because you look like the type of person who would do yoga.”
Me: “Inner peace and all that? 😉 ”
Him: [surprisingly quickly and emphatically] “YES!”
Me: “Y’know, it’s not yoga. Reading the Bible is really peaceful. You should try it.”
Him: “I tried that a little bit…”
Me: “Try the Psalms. They’re really good. David wrote them, you know that?”
Him: “Oh. Just not the part with David and Bathsheba.”
Me: “Yeah, there’s no Bathsheba in Psalms.”
Him: “Ok. Good.”
Love when I have a chance to naturally share Christ with these kids 😀

It’s been so long since we in Cali had rain, I literally stopped to smell and listen to the neighbor’s running sprinklers.

Cute multimedia art piece!

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The ocean is such a powerful place, but a calming one too, if you know that God sets its bounds and rules the waves.

O Lord God of hosts, Who is mighty like You, O Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You. You rule the raging of the sea;
Psalm 89: 8-9

Random Thoughts #23: Eloquent kids, boots, Just Be Held


Little girl trying to play with/control 2 balls: “I’m babysitting!”

“First grade is horribler!”
-a first grade boy, during “-er/-est” homework

My sister just ate her oatmeal with a fork.

“I have no idea what we are playing here.” Lamented a first grade girl as she passed with a classmate making strange playacting noises and gestures.

I really wanna see Kung Fu Panda 3.

The middle schoolers had no idea what to do with the answer of “mostly classical” that I gave to their question of what kind of music I like to listen to. That and movie soundtracks. And sometimes CCM.

This new kindergartener has the biggest vocabulary of any I’ve seen so far.
• “Darth Maul is Darth Sidious’ apprentice.”
• “This is excellent! I can make anything I want with this clay.”
• “I’m taped to the ground with indestructible metal.”
• “I’m going to do something on the monkey bars. …If I have enough courage.”
• “Or, as a alternative…”
• “Do you think that would be wise?”
• “The name of the bad guy [in a game of pretend] is Carius Matoya.”
• “And when I whirled around, there was nothing.”
• “Can you see the pupil on this bug?”
• “I was just curious…”
• “Isn’t that oddly shaped?”
• “I love my rock collection. One was all dull on the outside but had sparkling crystals on the inside.”
•”If you look closely, you can see the shimmering on this side of this rock.”
• “I’m not sure, but I’m assuming it’s this one.”
• “I’m suspecting it’s made simply by mixing clay and water together?”
• “It’s a scroll. Which they used for paper in the olden dayspapyrus.
• “I love Greek mythology!”
• “We have a situation over there.”

It’s much better to undersweeten peppermint herbal tea than to oversweeten it.

A windbreaker over branches sounds just like the wind.

These boots of mine made quite the stir the other day!image
Kindergarten girl: “Ooohh! You’re wearing your new boots!”
4th grade girl:”I really like your violet purple boots. They really shine out.”
Random lady at the library: “I LOVE your boots!”

“I’ve been rapping since I was 4.” -7 year old

Some of the daycare kiddos:
“I don’t do anything for Earth Day. What are you supposed do?”
“You clean up stuff other people littered. …For the Earth.”

“Girls like boots, don’t they?” -my sisters’ 60-something male piano teacher
XD 

This song is my favorite right now.

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 
-1 Peter 5:7

Random thoughts #22: Oscar, kids think, & 7


“I’ll call him Oscar.”
“Oscar? You can’t name a lamb Oscar. You name a lamb Fluffy…or Cottonball…But you don’t name a lamb Oscar.”
-Paws & Tales kids radio show

“Ten days after I turned 8, got my lips stuck in a gate; my friends all laughed. And I just stood there until the fire department came and broke the lock with a crowbar and I had to spend the next 6 weeks in lip rehab where I met this kid named Oscar who got stung by a bee, right on the lips, and we couldn’t even talk to each other until the fifth week cuz both of our lips were so swollen. And when he did start speaking, he just spoke Polish, and I didn’t know but like 3 words in Polish, except now I know 4 – because Oscar taught me the word for lips.”
-Veggietales “I Love My Lips” silly song

Took me the longest time to figure out what Larry was saying in that ^^ monologue 🙄 

“He’s my pet and his name is Oscar. He’s mine.”
-kindergarten girl, of a fly buzzing around the room.

You don’t want to hear how these giraffe puppets took so much time and hassle to make. You just want to see the cute picture. So here you go. 😛
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Bright teal and cherry red hibiscus make me ridiculously happy. 😀

Going out of your way to step on and crunch the few dried deciduous leaves = fall in Southern California.

Wintery crafts are the best!

Me to two middle schoolers who were fighting: “It takes 2 to tango.”
One of the middle schoolers: “Yeah, but…but…it takes one to…play video games…”

If coffee is warmed in the microwave for 22 minutes instead of 2, the smell takes over 2 months to go away. 😛

“I call it, “Victory of Life”!” -kindergartener in a melodramatic voice, of a pattern she’d just decorated her paper with XD

According to a 1st grader, you can “speak Texas.” 😛

When the Carl’s Jr. root beer tastes like it’s been mixed with sweet tea 😕

Straightforward kindergartener: “Once I had something go in here [points to arm] that touched my blood to see if I could have eggs or not.”

“A hacker is someone who goes on a computer and makes your technology not work.” -2nd grader

Do you know how hard it is to arrange 7 things in a perfect circle?

Now a half circle or mountain, that’s not hard:   

 Speaking of 7, and of 7 stars, I really like how the symbol for Aragorn’s kingship is the same as Jesus’. 8)

I came across this verse in my daily Bible reading:

And He had in His right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. -Revelation 1:16

That’s our Jesus!

Random thoughts #20: YouTube, kid problems & solar system


My brother was trying to voice-dictate a Youtube search for “how to defeat someone in wrestling.” This is what came out:

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how to delete someone in listening

Kid: “I fell. But nothing hurts.” Well, that’s good.

Observatory – for looking at/studying stars from outside. Planetarium – for looking at/studying stars from inside.

I would stand in line for this
There’s always room in life for this

A kindergartener had studied astronomy in a summer camp, and it showed: “What happens if the Earth falls in a big black hole?”

Little girls discussing how hard it is to pronounce words like “spaghetti,” “certificate,” and “photographer.” Totally hilarious!

My sister: “I pocket-dialed YouTube and it’s playing a Joseph Prince video!” #howdoesthatevenhappen

Catching Fire!
Katnisss going back to The Games
Needs an ally to win, and here’s the next name
It’s Haymitch, victor of the last Quarter Quell
Could there be a better ally than him? Pray tell
He’s studied The Games the past 25 years
“I’ll save you Katniss” -Peeta volunteers!!!
-Studio C’s “Peeta’s Song” (most hilarious way ever to pick holes in the Hunger Games 😛 )

A convo among kids 10 and under on music consisted of the singing of snippets of secular songs and the following words. Taylor Swift. Michael Jackson. Wrecking Ball. Bruno Marx. “Really gross.” “Terribly inappropriate.” Parents, PLEASE keep track of what your kids are listening to.

Ahhh, the diversity of Southern California. White, Black, Oriental, Mexican, Indian, Middle-Eastern…it’s wonderful to see so many different people anywhere you go.

The brave heart never stands alone

Your random alligator fact of the day: “Alligators have even been known to survive freezing conditions.  They have been known to rise to the surface if the water is about to freeze, with their nostrils above the surface.  This allows them to breathe through the ice as it forms.  In extreme cases, they may get frozen to the surface of the pond for several days and then swim free once the ice melts.” 

“I never study.”
“Then how do you pass?”
“Just sheer knowledge.”
-2 middle schoolers

Finally got to watch Interstellar. Mind-blowing!

The T-shirts kids are wearing nowadays reflect what they’re getting taught. And I gotta say, we’re failing our kids by clothing them with these egotistical, self-centered, excuse giving messages:
“It must be the candy talking”
“The sarcasm is strong with this one”
“I tried being good, but I got distracted”
“Perfect princess”
“Sorry, I always win”
“Shake it off”
“Awesome is my middle name”
“Always looking good”
“I’m sassy, cool and sweet”
“Give me space”
“Even my swag has swag”
“Winning isn’t everything, it’s just what I do”
“My swag gets the most likes”
“It’s not that I forget, it’s just that I don’t care”
“Princess of everything”

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein.

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pic courtesy of Microsoft clip art

Spring at school


The kindergartners have been making spring flowers and bugs 🙂

Wall 1

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These were painted with a light blue paint wash, then a light purple one.

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Daffodils, made with paper, a single egg carton cup painted yellow, and a chenille stem.

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Poppies made by sticking colored tissue paper squares onto waxed paper with watered-down glue, then cutting out the flower shape.

Wall 2

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Ducks and frogs (the base was an egg shape because it was Easter time) and birds and butterflies, with a couple grasshoppers floating on leaves in the pond.

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Wall 3

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Beehives with bees! The body is a thumb dipped in yellow paint, the head is a pinkie tip dipped in black paint, and the wings, stripes and stingers are drawn on.

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And a group of dragonflies hanging from the ceiling.

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So fun to see their interpretations of some of God’s beautiful creations!

Random thoughts #18: Billboards, travel, solar system, & kid surprises


There was a taxi with the label “clean air vehicle”…and the driver was smoking. 😐

Ahhhh…I haven’t been on Molendrix.com in forever.

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I like the combo of pink and tan.

I’ve been reading a lot of free Kindle travel books lately.

Ketchup actually makes a really good dip for plain potato chips.

In Vegas, if you want an all-black taxi with a cool driver dressed in a black suit and wearing sunglasses and an earpiece, it’s $50. A regular taxi with a plainly-dressed driver is $20. In Vegas.

Have you seen the largest photograph ever taken? Click here and prepare to have your mind blown by the sheer grandeur of our solar system and our God who made it.

“Stay connected. Or stay disconnected, ya ignoramus.”
-a radio station billboard

Kindergarten boy, about Pirates of the Caribbean: “They’re scary. But they have good songs.” Never seen it but from the previews I’ve seen and the couple songs I’ve heard, that seems accurate.

Kindergarten boy, on anacondas: “Are those a fruit? Or a vegetable?” Yes, genuine question.

“You don’t have to be famous to be unforgettable.”
-billboard

Wendy’s honey mustard is a nice dip for homemade chicken sandwiches.

1st grade boy asks: “Is everyone the same?” And I’m thinking, what do you mean-quality, looks, identity, value…? #loadedquestion

So cute to see a little girl at school practicing moves from her hula class.

There must be something artsy you can make out of paper crayon wrappers.

Know what’s really cool? Watching an 8th grade boy sit with a kindergarten boy and patiently teach him how to play a game. 🙂

“Grab your hat and let’s go to Paris!”

Never mind that that ^^ is a snippet of a kindergartner girls’ “pretend” game. That sounds good NOW 😉

At first I didn’t like the Kindle’s non-auto-rotate feature, but now I really do. 8)

“You won the game, but the game says you lost.”
“You won the battle, but lost the war.”
-middle school boys during a game

My littlest brother asked “Can I have cinnamon gum?” and my mom thought he was asking for “some income.” XD

Getting a swag code entered 11 seconds before it expires :O

The need for discernment…

Ski Resort Offers Asylum to Punxsutawney Phil After Police Issue Arrest Warrant

I just can’t look up at the sky and NOT think about our God.

When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; what is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him?
-Psalm 8:3-4

I can, I can


I love this song. You probably haven’t heard it because it doesn’t commonly air on the radio. It’s included at the end of an episode of Insight for Living’s children’s radio show Paws and Tales. (Explore their site, listen and download episodes here.) In fact, each of those shows has a song at the end. I’m telling you, the lyrics and music are so good, those songwriters would win awards.

So, anyhow, here’s one of my favorite songs of the series, from the Paws and Tales episode “The Least of All,” a dramatization of the story of Gideon. Listen to it here.

I can, I can, with the Great I Am
I can do the unbelievable
I can, I can, and I know I will
‘Cause with Him all things are possible
Yes, with Him all things are possible

I see God’s power in a tiny seed
It grow and flowers and becomes a tree
So, in God’s hands, if I just believe
He’ll do greater things through someone like me

I can, I can, with the Great I Am
I can do the unbelievable
I can, I can, and I know I will
‘Cause with Him all things are possible
Yes, with Him all things are possible

A boy named David stood by himself
Overcame a giant ’cause he had God’s help
And Moses set God’s people free
He believed and The Lord opened up the sea

I can, I can…

So if God calls me to climb a mountain, I won’t turn away
I’ll follow Him ’cause, by His strength, He will make a way
That’s why I say…

I can, I can, with the Great I Am
I can do the unbelievable
I can, I can, and I know I will
‘Cause with Him all things are possible
Yes, with Him all things are possible

Yes, with Him all things are possible
With Him all things are possible

Random thoughts #15: Wind, Kid talkers, & Foreign


I’ve seen it get so windy the stream of water from a water fountain was getting knocked around.

Kindergartener 1: “I’m scared of monsters.”
Kindergartener 2: “Monsters aren’t real.”
K 1: “I know. But I’m scared of spiders and snakes.”
K 2: “Spiders and snakes aren’t rea…”
:p

Kinder girl, a little confused on her announcement of her dog’s pregnancy: “I’m making new puppies. Um… I’m getting new puppies hatched.”

A 3rd grade girl was chatting with my coworker, and mentioned wanting to go to a “really good” college. My coworker asked “Oh yeah? Which one?” The answer: “Oxford.” #booyah

I’ve seen it get so windy a bee couldn’t fly straight.

Once I opened wordcounter.net and the page came up, containing the last college essay I pasted in there 3 weeks back 😮

Time for “Guess That Kindergartener-Mangled Word”! Here it is: “BEKUTOR.” And the answer is… “COMPUTER”!

Leprechauns and faeries. Easter Bunny and Father Christmas.

3 posts before this one is the first post in a mini-series about my trip to New York City this Fall 😀

“At Rome things can or cannot be done; when you are told anything cannot be done, there is an end of it.”
“It is much more convenient at Paris,—when anything cannot be done, you pay double, and it is done directly.”
-The Count of Monte Cristo.

I haven’t been to either Rome or Paris (YET), but nonetheless I thought that quote ^ was hilarious 😆

Good thing da Vinci studied birds to learn how to fly, and not dragonflies. Dragonflies’ flight is so erratic.

A 1st grade girl drew a picture of the Titanic at daycare. I asked if she was learning about that in class, and she nonchalantly said, “No, I just watched The History Channel.” So sweet that learning is so natural to her.

We were watching “The Jungle Book” in daycare, and one little girl asked, “Does he [Mowgli] grow up to be Tarzan?” Noooo…but…good question…

Talking to people from other counties is SO. Much. Fun. Not even sure it classifies as a “conversation” since they do most of the talking, but still. Plus, the accents!!

How come Dr. Pepper tastes so much like cherry? 😕

Speak life, speak life
Through the deadest, darkest night
Speak life, speak life
Though the sun don’t shine
And you don’t know why

-“Speak Life,” TobyMac

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
~Isaiah 55:11

Speak God’s Word. It won’t return void.

And because I haven’t put a picture in this post yet, I’ll close with this, which you may recognize as the 2012 National Geographic photo contest winner. I love nature photography and I LOVE tigers (so exotic, clever, and majestic!!) so I love this photo!

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Random thoughts #14: Nautical, classics, beverages, & brothers


“One o’clock precisely!” (Love that book! Read it here for free 8) )

When the theme from a movie you haven’t watched in ages comes on the online radio station you’re listening to. Whoa, blast from the past.

Pretty neat to watch a girl with long, thick hair braid it up into something cool. Like, you can’t even see it and you’re doing such a good job :O

Ah, it smells like rain. 😀

I’m in a nautical mood. Just finished reading Treasure Island, visited a Maritime museum, saw ships in a bottle, spent some time at the beach, volunteered at a VBS with a Sea of Galilee theme, heard a presentation on “US history through maritime song,” visited a lighthouse…

Bullfrogs and butterflies
They’ve both been born again…

I’d like a boat ride. Or a ship in a bottle.

Did you know how they make ships in bottles? The boat part is small enough to fit through the bottle’s neck, and the sails are all folded down and attached to a string. The boat is slid into the bottle, then the string is pulled, and the sails go up. Voila! You’ve got a boat in a bottle.

You know what’s super cool? Taking pictures of the moon with your new zoom lens. 😀

A rockin’ Christian worship song (in English) song came on the radio and my littlest brother wanted to know if it was Spanish. 😐

Pineapple soda is a paradox. Like…this tropical, fresh taste of pineapple, and then this clearly artificial carbonated fizz.

*two younger brothers are playing with action figures*
Littlest brother: “Superman is losing.”
Older brother: “Superman doesn’t lose.”
Littlest brother: “I said losing, not lost.”

Green tea is pretty awesome 😀

My favorite name of God is “I AM.”

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-image via kcame.org

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