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The Ultimate Gift (and a Winner!)

Our winner for the Unfinished Wood Word is:
Chelsea said…

I am totally a follower of this blog! I love all the “bits of everything” that you guys have shared.
November 16, 2011 10:18 AM 

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I recently read a really good book that I want to share with you.

Have you ever heard of The Ultimate Gift?
It is a great movie that my husband and I have enjoyed for a few years now,
but it’s based on the novel by Jim Stovall.
It’s a short book that is a pretty quick read, but I really enjoyed it.
The movie and the book are not exactly the same – but I like them both.
In the movie we see more of Jason’s life and experiences –
the book is full of more wisdom and good advice.  It contains more gifts.
When getting ready to do this post, I found
From that website I got the pictures above, as well as the following paragraphs.
Here’s a summary of the story, to get you interested:
“Red Stevens was a self-made man who gave his family everything – and ruined them in the process. Now, as his estate of mega companies is divided among greedy and self-serving relatives, one member is singled out for a chance to do something special: Red’s great-nephew, Jason.
“The Ultimate Gift takes the reader through Jason’s incredible work to gain his Uncle Red’s inheritance through a series of challenges. Every step of the way, there is a lesson for Jason and the reader. It’s a quest for what it means to live life well that has captivated millions of readers throughout the world, and has also become the basis of numerous educational and philanthropic initiatives that build upon the inspiring insights that unfold in this stirring story.”
Here’s some information about the author, Jim Stovall:

“Jim Stovall is a blind man who sees what really matters. After years of reaching out to diverse audiences with his own remarkable history, he turned deep inside. Right to the heart of the values – or ‘gifts’ – that rest within us all, and the magical transformations that begin once we start to recognize and share these 12 treasures. The universal yet profound insights of his book became the keys that continue to unlock incredible new hope, joy and meaning for individuals, families, schools and public-service organizations throughout the world.
“Jim Stovall has overcome blindness to become a national champion Olympic weightlifter, a successful investment broker, entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. He is co-founder and president of the Narrative Television Network, which makes movies and television accessible for our nation’s 13 million blind and visually impaired people and their families.”                   

It’s a wonderful book and movie, and I’d recommend them, especially this time of year.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Name That Movie

**WARNING: Don’t scroll down until you are ready to see the answers!**
When I was young, I used to LOVE playing Name That Movie.
I would play it with cousins, friends… pretty much anyone that would play it with me!
Would you be willing to play it with me?
Let’s try it.  I will quote a line from a movie, and you guess what movie it is from.
The correct answers will be at the very bottom of this post.
Good luck!
“Pile up enough tomorrows and you’ll find you’ve collected a lot of empty yesterdays.”
“Eliza?  Where the devil are my slippers?”
Man 1: “What’s wrong with being rich?”
Man 2:  “It’s no reason to marry.  Money is the world’s curse.”
Man 1:  “May the Lord smite me with it and may I never recover!”
“Why didn’t you tell me to bring along my harmonica?”
“Mother came to us destitute. Brings a child into the world, takes one look at him and promptly dies – -without leaving so much as a forwarding name and address!”

Do you need a hint?
All of them come from musicals.
Sometimes musicals make for long movies, but they are just classics.
I love the songs!
Are you ready for the answers?
Just scroll down….
#1- The Music Man
We have the version with Matthew Broderick in it.  It’s such a great movie!
I love the songs – You Got Trouble, Marian the Librarian, Shipoopi, etc.  Good times.
#2 – My Fair Lady
Audrey Hepburn is wonderful in this movie!
I think it’s so funny when Professor Higgins sings “Why Can’t a Woman be More Like a Man?”
#3 – Fiddler on the Roof
My husband and I love the song “If I Were a Rich Man.”  It’s so hilarious when Tevye sings about how if he were rich he’d have a wife with a proper double chin.
#4 – The Sound of Music
This movie is a family favorite, and it will always remind me of my mom.
Love it.
#5 – Oliver!
This movie will always remind me of my dad.  He sang these songs when he was little.
How many did you get right??
Thanks for playing!


Home Improvement – All 8 Seasons

We don’t have cable at our house, so needless to say, we watch a lot of movies.
We also love seasons of TV shows, and have collected a lot of those over the years.
Well, this week, my husband got an early Father’s Day present:
It’s all 8 seasons of Home Improvement!
They all come in this cute toolbox case.
We found it HERE for a really good price.
If your husband or dad is a Home Improvement fan, I’d suggest looking into this!
Good luck with your Father’s Day shopping!