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Just some random, irrelevant, humorous, and hopefully inspiring musings on life, love, faith, widowhood, remarriage, adoption, blended families, caring for a handicapped child, mothering seven children, chickens, cooking, grief, over-coming grief, and everything else in between. Just Keep Livin!!

P.S. I Eternally Love Chocolate and Brad Pitt

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Okay, I’m taking a break from heavy issues like Duggar daughters and fake virgins. I promise, this post is much lighter in nature, like it or not…

Ryan and I love to watch movies together. It’s one of our favorite downtime activities to do with one another so I thought I’d compile a list of some of my favorite movies of all time, and in the process, hopefully, reach out to readers to get some new suggestions for our lineup.

1.    Chocolat
What’s not to love about a bold, outspoken woman who moves to a small rural town in France and begins to shake things up a bit?  And, let’s not forget, she makes really good chocolate and ends up with Johnny Depp. This is such a feel good, slower moving movie with a really deep message that conveys the idea that just because things have always gone a particular way, doesn’t necessarily mean that way is correct or shouldn’t be changed.

2.    Moulin Rouge
This movie holds a special place in my heart as a favorite from my past.  “Tell our story, Christian. Promise me” and “The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”  Enough said. 

3.    P.S. I Love You

This one is kind of obvious with the death of a spouse involved, but what I really love watching is the process the main character goes through as she deals with her grief and then finally determines that her life must move forward.  Ultimately, she decides to pick up the pieces and live again.

4.    Legends of the Fall
This story is heart wrenchingly wonderful and depressing, and who can forget the scene when cowboy Brad Pitt arrives out the blue, thundering up to the ranch on his horse?  It is a captivating plot with layer upon layer of creativity, history, and pain.  I’ve watched this movie probably more than any other movie, and it never loses its beauty or appeal.  

5.    Minority Report
This is a sci-fi that Ryan and I both enjoy.  The story is again fantastic and intriguing, and I love the message it conveys of rising above a societal evil and also the depiction it portrays of how evil often thrives in secrecy.

6.    Walk the Line
Love me some Johnny Cash, and I tell you the truth, I watched this movie over and over years ago, loving and envying the house the singer owned in the hills of Tennessee, and I told myself, “I will do that one day.”  Here I am, doing it, living in my dream house, in the hills of Tennessee, overlooking the beautiful river.

7.    Armageddon
Uh, Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis saving the world?  Not too difficult to figure this one out.   Really though, I love the depiction of manhood in this movie.  Two men willing to lay down their lives for humanity, one for a daughter, another for a future wife, a true representation of a man willing to sacrifice everything.

8.    Couples Retreat
This is our favorite and our go to when there is nothing else on.  There are some raunchier parts, but there is really a good moral at the end and many side splitting hilarious parts - totally worth a watch for the laughs. 

9.    Benjamin Button
This movie is also a beautiful story and without fail, every single time I watch it, I psych myself up for the ending and tell myself over and over again that I won’t cry, but I do.  Inevitably, the tears start dripping down my face.  Watching a baby die is not something I handle well.  I am immediately transported back to my pregnancy with Lucas where I didn’t know if he would die in my arms.

10.  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
One thing about this movie, there is quite a bit of questionable language, but I am such a sucker for a great story.  This film is interesting because of the concept it presents which is along the lines of being able to erase all of the painful memories(and in the process good memories as well) with someone and start over fresh, and who hasn’t wanted to do that occasionally?    Ryan would say I’m also a sucker for depressive movies which isn’t necessarily true. I appreciate truth in movies, and if a movie depicts an element of truth, I’m usually interested.

bradpittThere's an element of truth in this boy, that's for sure.

That’s it, my top 10.  I would love and appreciate some suggestions from my readers if y’all don’t mind!

Just keep livin!!

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    terri m Thursday, May 22, 2014

    I just watched Legends of the Fall this past winter. I LOVED that movie. I think it is so overlooked.

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