GREAT movie, but a huge tear jerker for me. I had to stop in the middle and collect myself. I cannot help but be moved deeply when I see the suffeing that was undergone by these people. I was so grateful for the gift of freedom and the many things I take for granted. It was a good thing to remember on Memorial Day weekend.
There's one scene where a woman who is captured and forced onto the slave ship delivers her baby in the midst of a terrible storm and all the other slaves, chained together work together to raise the baby up above the tossing and turning bodies to save it. I completely broke down. I thought of Ava Marie and how comfortable we've been throughout our pregnancy.
(Here she is at her 20 week Ultrasound)
Today (Memorial Day) Shaun & I were actually able to sleep in and wake up totally refreshed. What a gift! I know it's one I probably will not be indulging in soon.
We began the day with a beautiful Memorial Day Mass which we both cried through due to the hymns.
(evidently this does not have the same effect on everyone... hmmm)
After Mass we were off for breakfast and then came home to work on the yard and house together. We both felt really motivated despite the heat and humidity and we tend to work well as a team. On a whim we decided to plant window boxes and went out shopping for flowers and came home to work on them together. It was a wonderful little memory.
I used to think that to please God or live a worthy life, I had to do "GREAT things", but now as I've grown a little older in my faith and begun to understand the gifts God sends us in the smallest things, whether I'm hanging laundry on the line, planting flowers, digging in the dirt, cleaning the house, folding laundry or enjoying a simple dinner and a movie with my husband. I cannot help but feel intense gratitude and find myself content with the Ordinary things in life.