27 February 2015

a weekend away and netflix saves the day

For the last couple of years, Nick and I have taken the kids with us on our church's youth retreat where we do some of the speaking. It's such a great weekend - we get our own little cabin at a camp by the lake, and our kids think it's the most amazing 36 hour vacation of their lives. The church provides babysitters just for us, which is like our boys dream come true (and mine, let's be honest). They get to play foosball with the big kids and eat from a buffet line, and run around on trails and jump in the mud. Basically, a little boy's dream come true.

The girls love it, too. Speed walking in the fresh air and being held by nice ladies, and eating cookies three times a day. It's a treat for the whole family.

I love it because we're away from the distractions of every day life - my phone doesn't work and there aren't any televisions or laptops in close proximity. And I get to lead alongside my husband, sharing with the high school kids about God's desire to lavish His love on them. I get to listen to Nick lead worship and share is heart, and it always reignites something within me, a fresh appreciation for the gift that he is to me and to the kids. And to the world, really, because he is just that great.

One morning while Nick and I were preparing our final session with the kids, we had all of our little people with us, and they weren't content to sit still and wait patiently while we set everything up and made some final adjustments. That's when I noticed that in the common area where we were meeting, there was a TV that probably dated back to early 90's, along with a VHS player and a couple of tapes stacked on top. I went to see what movies they had, and was excited (maybe even more than my kids) to see the 1986 version of the made for TV version of The Mouse and the Motorcycle.

I'd read that book to the boys the previous summer, and they loved hearing about all of Ralph's adventures. And here it was, made for the screen... I said a little prayer that that all the vintage technology would come together in one magical moment, and it did! All five of my kids sat quietly engrossed for the next thirty minutes, and all five were disappointed when we turned it off as the high schoolers slowly started filtering into the room.

I promised I'd try to find a copy when we got home. I searched and found out I could buy the movie... on VHS. So that wasn't super helpful, since it's 2015 and I am already nervous my DVD player is on its way to the antique shop. I soon forgot about my search, and thankfully so did the boys.

UNTIL. One beautiful day when The Mouse and the Motorcycle ended up in my Netflix recommendations. IT'S LIKE THEY KNOW ME. There it was, in all its 80's glory, ready for my kids to watch. And they were seriously so happy, it perked everyone's afternoon right up. It made dinner making stress free and pleasant. It was miraculous.

And the even better thing, which my kids aren't privy to yet, is that there are two more of Ralph's adventures in made for TV movie form right there in my queue. Ready to save me at a moment's notice. So, thank you, Netflix, for making dreams come true.

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