Uma Thurman stars in this 2009 movie that tells the story of one day in a Manhattan's mother's life. Eliza (Uma Thurman) is mum to Clara (celebrating her sixth birthday that day) and Lucas (2) and married to Avery (Anthony Edwards - from E.R. fame). They live on the second floor of an apartment block with an elderly neighbour that they look after too.
This movie got (sadly) slammed by reviewers so you may never have even heard of it. Uma Thurman is gorgeous but she still manages to look harried and dishevelled for most of the movie - she conveys the 'on-the-edgeness' of mothering. Where there is so much to do but so many factors can conspire against you to result in a successful outcome. She lugs shopping up to her apartment with the toddler in a backpack - all looks appropriately exhausting!
Eliza is trying to put together a birthday party for her daughter that afternoon after school. Her husband is vague and refuses to answer his phone. She ends up without her car - because of on street parking challenges (I related to this one having lived in the inner city for two years with our tribe). So she finds herself cycling to the shops to buy all the last minute ingredients for her party. In the middle of all this manages to have a fight with her best friend (played by a pregnant Minnie Driver) because of something stupid she writes on her blog.
I enjoyed it and even though it's not perfect, it's nice to see a movie where there is an attempt to at least convey some of the reality of being a mum.
Last week my husband was away preaching at a uni student conference. I dropped in for a visit to the conference one evening after work (when I say 'dropped in' I drove for an hour and a quarter to get there and was smashed for the next two days ... but hey, so not the point of this story!).
As part of the series of talks on the resurrection, he was talking about this passage in Revelation 21:3-4. "And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.'" (NIV) To expand his point he listed off all the sadness and pain that would be taken away in the new creation. And then he ended the list with 'period pain'. The 700 people in the room kind of froze. …
I have written about this before, but after broaching the subject on facebook a few weeks ago I've been thinking a lot about the whole colouring your hair deal. On facebook I asked when having natural coloured hair was going to become trendy like other old fashioned things like quilting and growing your veges? I am quite tired of how time consuming colouring my hair is and how expensive it is.
A very interesting conversation resulted with a huge variety of opinions. Many of the women said they would be going natural, but of course they aren't gray now (and are my age) so I don't think that really counts. Until you ACTUALLY start going seriously gray/white you can't see how it impacts on the way you look. I think it is different to be almost white (like myself) at age 40 and agreeing in principle to going natural when it happens to you in the future (when you will be a lot older than I am now!).
Just quietly, I'll believe it when I see it (let me throw down …
In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made, without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life. And that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. He came to that which was his own but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believe in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. Children not of natural descent nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. The Word bec…