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10 Movies More Romantic Than 50 Shades! (Plus some creative date ideas!!!)

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I know we are not alone in the conviction that there is nothing romantic about abuse, domination, and lack of respect for human dignity. Dehumanizing violence is not a good theme for Valentine’s Day (a holiday named after a great saint who stood for marriage and true love, even to the point of death).

10 Movies More Romantic Than 50 Shades!

The annual Valentine’s Day French Dinner!

We will most certainly not be seeing the depraved film being billed as a romance this weekend. No Grey, No way!  We hope you will join us in celebrating REAL romance this weekend! Here are our suggestions for movies you could watch with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Weekend!

1. Happythankyoumoreplease

Oh my word. This movie is the best movie no one ever saw.  We have watched it more times than we can count and every time we fall in love with it again.  Check out this scene (and if you don’t hear Jesus saying this speech to you, listen to it again!) and then rent the movie on Valentine’s Day!  This is how a man woos a woman and affirms her worth and dignity! This movie is just quirky and fun, has a great sound track and reveals so much about the meaning of love.

2. Ever After – A Cinderella Story

A girl who is strong, knows her mind and gets the prince in the end!

3. An Affair To Remember

This is probably the most romantic and heart-wrenching movie ever! It’s classy and timeless and if you aren’t weeping by the end, check your pulse.

4. Braveheart

Love. It’s not about bondage and domination. Love is about freedom!

5. Sense & Sensibility

Poor Marianne has to learn the hard way, but in the end is able to discern the User from the Lover. And seriously, how is the English countryside not romantic! SWOON!

6. Pride & Prejudice

Classic! And we are partial to the BBC version. It’s rather long, yes. But, if you are sipping tea and eating scones (or drinking wine and eating cheese!) it flies by!

7. The Vow

True love–it’s a commitment to vows no matter what. Love is not just a feeling, it’s a determination and commitment to behave in a loving way. This is based on a true story and it makes you stand in awe.

8.The Notebook

Daja: Having watched my grandmother stand by my grandfather through the slow painful process of dementia, until he went to be with Jesus, I have a soft spot in my heart for this movie.  Two people, in it for the long haul. May we all be blessed with such a love story.

9. The Princess Bride

“Love, true love, is what brings us together today.”  (If you just read that in the minister’s voice, you’re a true fan, as we are!)  This is a great movie for the whole family to enjoy on Valentine’s Day!

10.The Holiday

Sometimes love takes us by surprise and we find it in the most unexpected places. We love this movie (especially the Santa Ana winds…..We are So Cal girls after all…)

Romantic Date Ideas For Real People:

You might think us strange, but we just don’t like going out on Valentine’s Day! It’s crowded. It’s expensive. There are set menus at most restaurants. And those menus are rather cliche. It’s just not our style. Here are some ideas for dates that are fun and romantic and won’t break the bank!

  • Why not watch your wedding video? Pop some champagne, get some strawberries and chocolate, snuggle up on the couch and relive that special day! You could even buy a cake and reenact the cake cutting and cake-feeding (with or without the shoving it in each other’s face!).
  • This is our third year having a French Dinner. Daja and her husband, Kristina and her husband, and two other couples. We make a 6 course meal–from the apertif to the digestif! One of us hosts it in our home with full place settings and candlelight! One gentleman plays the accordion and we drink a lot of wine and take our time. It’s romantic and fun. And beats going out to a crowded, busy restaurant surrounded by strangers hands down!
  • Pack a picnic and go watch the sunset from a beautiful location.
  • Put the kids to bed early or better yet let them have a sleep-over at Grandma’s.  Then light a fire in the fireplace and light some candles and turn off all the lights and unplug your phones and computers.  Pretend there is a power outage and enjoy the quiet!

Just remember, it doesn’t have to cost a lot or look fancy to be a date that speaks love to your spouse.  Just. speak. love.

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10 Movies More Romantic Than 50 Shades!

I know we are not alone in the conviction that there is nothing romantic about abuse, domination, and lack of respect for human dignity. Dehumanizing violence is not a good theme for Valentine’s Day (a holiday named after a great saint who stood for marriage and true love, even to the point of death). We […]

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Benefits of Bone Broth

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It’s no secret that we love our bone broth! It has become a staple in our home and our magic bullet, so to speak.

Come to this very practical workshop and learn WHY we believe that bone broth is essential for every healthy family.  Learn HOW to make it, store it, use it and love it!  You can do this!

Bone broth is far more than just soup.  It’s the base for great cooking–soups, stews, sauces, gravies, grains, legumes, and on and on! Don’t miss this workshop!  Register early and save $$!

PLUS, you’ll get to take one 2 quarts of our homemade bone broth!!!


Benefits of Bone Broth

Benefits of Bone Broth

  It’s no secret that we love our bone broth! It has become a staple in our home and our magic bullet, so to speak. Come to this very practical workshop and learn WHY we believe that bone broth is essential for every healthy family.  Learn HOW to make it, store it, use it and […]

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Loving Yourself Well with Teas, Tonics, and Tinctures!

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One of our most popular workshops!  

 

Learn to care for yourself well, using all that God has provided for us–herbs, foods, oils, rest, and more! More than just a “how-to” class, we share a philosophy of abundant wellness that starts with you and spreads to your whole family!  Learn how to turn regular every day herbs and foods into powerhouses of healing, unlocking their restorative properties.  Learn how the practice of rest and silence can be practically incorporated into your regular routines.

 

You will get to take home some of our favorite remedies and a take-home packet jam-packed with practical resources and recipes.

Teas, Tonics and Tinctures

 

 

 

Teas, Tonics and Tinctures

    One of our most popular workshops!     Learn to care for yourself well, using all that God has provided for us–herbs, foods, oils, rest, and more! More than just a “how-to” class, we share a philosophy of abundant wellness that starts with you and spreads to your whole family!  Learn how to […]

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When to Sing the Doxology

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So, it happened like this: It was Epiphany.  And we always finish off the Christmas season by giving our gifts to Jesus.  As we wrote our intentions on slips of paper I said, “We need to sing something.”  One of the kids said, “How about the Doxology.”

A friend laughed and said, “The Doxology! No one sings the Doxology.  It’s just there in the back of the hymn book.”

Kristina replied, “You have to sing the Doxology–every time you see a beautiful sunset!”

The friend said, “Oh really? I did not know this.”

And so, when we saw a beautiful sunset, we couldn’t resist making a little video

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So, it happened like this: It was Epiphany.  And we always finish off the Christmas season by giving our gifts to Jesus.  As we wrote our intentions on slips of paper I said, “We need to sing something.”  One of the kids said, “How about the Doxology.” A friend laughed and said, “The Doxology! No […]

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You Need More Provision Room In Your Life

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Need a daily dose of Provision Room inspiration?  Or maybe a laugh? Or a cry? Or to hear about our misadventures to put your life in perspective?  We only get around to updating the blog about twice a week.  At the most three!  But, you can find us daily in other places!

The Provision Room www.theprovisionroom.com

FIND US ONLINE

We have a Facebook page where we share links and pictures and random quirkiness. Because that’s how we roll.

We have a new Instagram account, because sometimes there’s no other way to capture the essence of chalk covered babies, new shoes, recipes, and the occasionally deeply theological reflection.

We post YouTube videos.  Now you can maximize the time you waste watching weird videos on the internet!

We are also endlessly fascinating at the rate of 140 characters a TWEET! Come follow us!

Ever heard that if you liked it you should’ve put a pin on it? Follow us on Pinterest!

And if all that isn’t enough, make sure you subscribe to our RSS feed!

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MEET WITH US IN PERSON!

We offer a variety of ways to connect with us in person!  We love meeting new people, sharing our love of home-centered living, and learning from lovely homemakers everywhere!

We offer the following classes:

  • Traditional Food (fermenting produce, kombucha and kefir, bone broth, etc.)
  • The basics of cooking and food prep
  • Cooking with children (Parent and child cooking class!)
  • Feminine Joy (turning “That time of the month” into a joyful expression of femininity and creativity!)

We also offer several retreats:

  • Daughters of the King (Weekend or One Day Events)
  • Embracing the Sabbath Rest (One Day and Half Day Events)
  • Food and Social Justice (Experience a local farm-to-table dinner and learn about food as social justice issue.)

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CONTACT US

Contact us with questions, feedback, guest posting opportunities, or to schedule a special event!  theprovisionroom@gmail.com

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Need a daily dose of Provision Room inspiration?  Or maybe a laugh? Or a cry? Or to hear about our misadventures to put your life in perspective?  We only get around to updating the blog about twice a week.  At the most three!  But, you can find us daily in other places! FIND US ONLINE […]

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Your Holiday Reality Check

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An “opportunity” presented itself recently.  It was a good opportunity. Could have made us a little money.  But the timing was not perfect.  It was too close to Christmas.  But, we kind of wanted to do it.  It would have been fun.  So, Kristina and I batted around that pro-con list.  Reasons we should (money, fun, exposure). Reasons we shouldn’t (timing, timing, timing).  Finally what won the debate was this: It’s Christmas. Let’s not be insane.

To which the other one replied, “You should meme that or embroider that on a pillow.” Read More

Insane. Let's not be.

So….. An “opportunity” presented itself recently.  It was a good opportunity. Could have made us a little money.  But the timing was not perfect.  It was too close to Christmas.  But, we kind of wanted to do it.  It would have been fun.  So, Kristina and I batted around that pro-con list.  Reasons we should […]

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Everything you need for Thanksgiving, except the turkey

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Are you the holiday planner in your family?  Sometimes we just need a bit of extra inspiration! Menus, shopping, decorations….and all the while we don’t want to lose sight of the purpose for it all: GIVING THANKS!

Everything you need for Thanksgiving

Here are some links to help you keep juggling all those things and not forget ANYTHING…including your own spirit!  ENJOY: Read More

Everything you need for Thanksgiving

Are you the holiday planner in your family?  Sometimes we just need a bit of extra inspiration! Menus, shopping, decorations….and all the while we don’t want to lose sight of the purpose for it all: GIVING THANKS! Here are some links to help you keep juggling all those things and not forget ANYTHING…including your own […]

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Required Reading (A short list of books that our children will read before we release them on the world)

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[We’ve been writing and sharing a lot lately about raising our children into adulthood.  This post is part of that series. You can find all those posts here: Young Adults. This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. The Provision Room is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.]

What you read, especially what you read when you are young, is one of the most formative and trans-formative forces in life.  We still remember certain books we read when we were trying to find our way in the world–how we felt when we read those words and how those words changed us.  We are both big readers, always in the middle of at least a half-dozen books at any given time.  And we talk about what we read and we debate with people what we read and sometimes fight with what we read. Often we fall asleep with our noses in books.  There have been times we have gotten so upset with what we’ve read that we’ve thrown a book across a room or in the trash. (It happens. It’s not pretty.)  Sometimes we love a book so much we anthropomorphize it, we dream about it, we buy a dozen copies and hand them out like Gospel tracts.

Required Reading

Although we both read very widely, there are only a few books, that are on our must-read list.  Before we send our young adults out into the world to turn it upside down (or right-side up, as it were) here is what they must have read:

BIOGRAPHICAL

This short book is written by the former president of Columbia International University about the decisions and journey he made while caring for his wife with Alzheimer’s disease.  This book is the definition of love and commitment.  All our children will read this (at least once, perhaps more) before they begin even thinking about romantic attachments.

The love story of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot, how they pursued God’s best and put God and one another over their own passions. Their love story was actually brief, for Jim was martyred shortly after they got married.  But their love story and passion is still inspiring young people today.  Daja’s mom would give a copy of this book to every potential suitor or “special friend” of her children when they were teenagers and young adults.  It seemed to work.

True stories of suffering for Christ. We want our children to have that kind of resolve to serve God and advance His Kingdom, no matter what!  After imprisonment and torture, the Wurmbrands went on to found Voice of the Martyrs.

FICTION

We love this because it reinforces the concepts that education is a way of life and not something that is limited to school hours or school buildings.  Also drives home the point that those who take responsibility for their own education and advancement are the most successful. When you are motivated to learn, you find a way.

Integrity, courage, perseverance.  The kind of story you want your young people reading.

This is a play based on the true story of St. Thomas More.  Challenging and heart wrenching, this book (and the movie made from it) puts the idea of conviction and integrity to the test.  How far are you willing t0 carry what you believe? Do you have convictions or just preferences?

THEOLOGICAL

What do you believe? Why do you believe it? And how can you faithfully live that out.

Right up there with Mere Christianity! This book really gets down to bare bones–what does it mean to have “right belief”?  How can faith and reason walk together? Read. Ponder. Repeat.

This is by far the best book we have ever read about communication, boundaries and maintaining connection in relationship.  We have already read it as a family and individually.  But it will be on regular rotation until our children leave our homes.  This book will give anyone a really solid foundation for successful relationships–whether romantic, business, extended family, etc.

People either love or hate this book.  Doesn’t seem to be much middle ground.  Daja has read this book more times than she can count and has probably given away more copies than that!  The section on understanding men is the best we’ve read in any marriage book anywhere.

Just as we want our daughters to understand men, we want our sons to understand women.  We want them to leave our homes equipped with the skills to lovingly lead their families, exercise self-control, and courageously stand up for others.

This little book should be read by women and men everywhere.  How much better life would be if we understood a woman’s dignity and vocation!

This is a gem. A must read for every Christian. Learn to live in God’s presence continually, even in the middle of a busy chaotic world.

Homemaking is for everyone.  This lovely book encourages you to make your life a work of art, whether you live in a hut in Africa or in a flat in New York or a farmhouse in Kansas.

SHOCKING BUT TRUE

We all know that talking about sexuality with our children can be difficult, but by no means can we ignore that when we launch our children into the world, they are going to be faced with the harsh reality of the modern day hook-up culture.  A culture where all sorts of consensual sexual activity is going on without any thought of being in relationship.  Now we hope and pray to send our children out into the world ready to stand up against this type of living having filled them with the teachings of the church and the bible, but there’s nothing like a good stiff kick-in-the-pants reality check and this is what this book provides.

So there you have it! Our short but important list of books that we think everyone should read.  Have we left out your favorite? What’s on your list required reading?

 


Required Reading

[We’ve been writing and sharing a lot lately about raising our children into adulthood.  This post is part of that series. You can find all those posts here: Young Adults. This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. The Provision Room is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide […]

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Baby Steps To Abundant Home Centered Living

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Baby Steps

(Original photo by Haus of Straus)

If you’ve been hanging out in The Provision Room for any length of time, you know that we are just consumed with the idea that home is where it’s at. We believe in joyful and abundant home-centered living.  We feature other homemakers from time to time to inspire you that home-centered lives are possible at every phase and in every sphere.  We share recipes and prayers and our struggles and adventures.  All aimed to celebrate and encourage you to live your best home centered lives.

But, let’s be real….it’s tough! The world we live in doesn’t make home-centered living easy.  Read More

Baby Steps

If you’ve been hanging out in The Provision Room for any length of time, you know that we are just consumed with the idea that home is where it’s at. We believe in joyful and abundant home-centered living.  We feature other homemakers from time to time to inspire you that home-centered lives are possible at […]

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New Curriculum! Literature Studies For Children, by Sheri Plowman

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I was homeschooled from the fourth grade, all the way through high school.  I count myself extremely blessed to come up in a homeschooling community with some of the most creative people in the world.  One of them was Sheri Plowman.  Once upon a time I called her “Mrs. Plowman” and she was the mom of my friends.  She is still the mom of my friends, but she is now a dear friend of mine, too.  She’s a veteran homeschooler, who, although her children are grown, is still in the game.  She’s busy writing curriculum for others, helping homeschooling moms (such as myself) with our questions and challenges, and occasionally teaching amazing classes such as missions, science and nature studies.

We are so pleased to be offering some of her literature studies here in our store.  Take a minute, get to know Sheri a bit, and check out her books.  You will love her and her books as much as we do!

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I was homeschooled from the fourth grade, all the way through high school.  I count myself extremely blessed to come up in a homeschooling community with some of the most creative people in the world.  One of them was Sheri Plowman.  Once upon a time I called her “Mrs. Plowman” and she was the mom […]