A few weeks ago, I checked my voicemail to find the sweetest little voicemail from Nephew #4, asking me to come along to see Escape from Planet Earth. No way was I passing that up. I met them at the theater, took a seat next to Nephew #1 and asked, "So what's this about?" He didn't have a clue.
We were both in for a treat.
Escape from Planet Earth is an exciting, fun and heartwarming animated film that may be the most pro-family, pro-marriage, pro-children, and pro-fatherhood films you will see this year. It tells of a superhero who finds himself trapped by evil forces on the distant "Dark Planet" (aka, Earth!) where only his nerdy brother Gary can save him, with the help of his devoted "stay-at-home" wife and enterprising young son.
I often need to pick or recommend movies that are SUPER kid friendly, so my "inappropriate radar" is always on when I'm watching films that show potential. Usually there's unnecessary adult humor, jabs at Christianity, or just junk in general. Are you ready for this?...
Escape from Planet Earth has NONE.
There is not one single moment that even the littlest of littles couldn't see. I could not have been more impressed!
Needless to say, when Whitney from Allied Faith & Family contacted me about giving away some tickets on the blog, I was thrilled.
Whether you have a family full of littles, or no kids at all, this movie is a great pick. Our crew included my sister, her four boys, my mom and dad, and myself. We all loved it!
What can you win?
Two of you can win:
A family-four-pack of tickets to see Escape from Planet Earth, provided by Allied Faith & Family.
Tickets can be redeemed at any Houston area Cinemark theater, Mon-Thurs (excluding holidays). Passes are valid as long as the film is in theaters.
A $15 Cinemark gift card.
Because I can't let you go to the movies for free and not throw in free popcorn. It would just be silly :)
How can you win?
Comment on this post and tell me what your favorite movie is and why. Really. That's it!
If you're not sure how to comment, email me at hannahlanestovall [at] gmail [dot] com and I'll add it for you.
Make sure that I have some kind of access to your email address, either linked through your Google or Blogger account or just leave it in the comment.
You can comment once per day. You can only win one family pack, but it will up your chances of winning!
When will I announce the winners?
Monday, March 18.
Everyone needs a little Monday pick-me-up, right? Movie packs will also be mailed out on Monday.
You will LOVE it! I'm certain.
Thanks to Whitney and Allied Faith & Family for providing our tickets!
Allied Faith & Family (AFF) is a dynamic PR and marketing service group that encourages and assists the entertainment community in promoting life-affirming messages that touch the heart and uplift the human spirit. Located in the heart of Hollywood and with 21 field offices around the country, AFF exist to build bridges between the faith and entertainment worlds and advance media that entertains, enlightens, inspires and endures.
The infamous letter Dear Mom on the iPhonewent from zero to crazy overnight. I can admit that when I hit "share" on Facebook, I wasn't even thinking about all the great moms I know who occassionally glance to the screen every once in a while for a moment of relief. I wasn't worried about the sweet mommas who love social media because, for crying out loud, it's the most practical way for them to have a conversation with their friends. I just wasn't worried about them. I applaud them. I want to be them.
More than anything, I hit "share" because, in ministry, I encounter a handful of littles every week whose faces drop the second I even check the time on my iPhone. They've been hurt by mere ounces of technology. They really just wish Siri would hush.
But what I really loved about that letter? It's 100% transferrable.
It could just as easily have read: Dear Dad on the iPhone Dear Grandpa on the iPhone Dear Brother on the iPhone Dear Teacher on the iPhone Dear Roommate Dear Boss Dear Coworker Dear Daughter Dear Sister Dear Friend
I know that I, in any of those roles I fill, could stand to read it; and on some occassions, even need to say it.
What could it look like?
In the most relevant form for me (both to and from me), it might sound a little something like this:
Dear Friend on the iPhone,
I'd like to think that our time together is worth something, but that's not what I'm picking up from you.
I don't want to be clingy. I don't want to monopolize your attention, but out of the days or weeks or months we're apart, I'm only asking for an hour or two of your time.
I feel like if I sat across the table and sent you texts, you might be a little more into this.
Your head is down, you're laughing at jokes over text messages.
Someone else is more deserving of your attention.
Someone else is funnier.
You would rather be somewhere else, right?
That's all I see.
That's all I hear.
Could you put it down? Put it away?
Everything you think you're missing will still be there when our hour is up.
But this hour is what we have.
My favorite little iPhone feature is the 'Do Not Disturb'
From the moment I turn it on, to the second I opt out of self-control and peek at the screen, all notifications, phone calls, emails, tweets, texts, game updates, ESPN feeds, etc are completely silenced. Zero distractions. (Since work and family emergencies are a part of reality, there's even an option to allow calls from favorites.)
I love a little technology.
I'm a Twitter nerd.
I like FunJump and Fruit Ninja as much as the next iUser.
So please hear me when I say, I am just as guilty.
Guilty, but trying to get over my iPhone.
Trying to get over myself.
My one little word for this year is low. I set out to lower my sense of self, and part of that has been lowering the iPhone and looking people in the eye.
That's where their story is. You don't want to miss it. You can't afford to.
**look back tomorrow for a family-fun, Houston giveaway!**