The Good Lie Movie with Reese Witherspoon #Giveaway

The Good Lie Movie with Reese Witherspoon is a film about the Lost Boys, refugees from Sudan. It is both informative and entertaining. Rated PG-13 because of violent scenes from the war in Sudan which cause the Lost Boys to become orphans, this movie has lessons about love, humility, faith and respect for all ages. It also teaches us about completely different cultures and how they can be brought together.

The Good Lie Movie

The Lost Boys flee from the viciousness of the Northern Militia who kill adults and kidnap children. In this movie, a group, including the three children who are the main characters in the film go through hunger, intense fear and the death of some of the children while walking hundreds of miles to reach a refugee camp and safety.

Their mantra is “I want to live, I do not want to die”. And they did, making it to the camp that would be their homes for years. Then they are offered to move to America. This is where the cultural differences come to light.

Reese Witherspoon, who plays Carrie, their job recruiter. When she realizes their utter confusion and feeling lost again, she takes them under her wing to help them learn the ropes and to succeed in America. The four young adults including another refugee and one of the men’s sister are played by Sudanese who actually went through this horrific ordeal. This brings realism to this film.

The Good Lie Movie with Reese Witherspoon

The Good Lie movie, which I was given for review, is based on a real story and relates struggle from Sudan and their life in the US that turns into a miracle in their chance to live without fear.

It is heartbreaking, a bit comical and a “feel good movie” that also shows the change or heart of a rough job recruiter who finds work without really caring.

Check into the Good Lie Fund which helps South Sudanese children in crisis and Lost Boys and Girls’ communities. You may be interested in the soundtrack. The Good Lie movie comes out on DVD December 23, but I have a copy to give away to one of my readers.

Get the Holidays Right – Adopt or Foster Parent

I want six children. That was my wish as a child. As an adult, 6 kids were out of reach, but kids were an important part of my life. My first daughter was born in 1987. Then for ten years I waited for the right man to come along that would be a father to my daughter and want more children.

Blessed to find my husband, who adopted Alicia our expectation for more children was at a standstill. Miscarriages kept that hope far away. Foster care was discussed, but for many reasons, we couldn’t do it. I still regret that to this day. We did have another child who was a very welcomed addition to our family.

Foster Parents and Adoptive Parents

I had met several foster parents during this time who loved those children as their own. Some went on to adopt them and their joy made me feel like the world was a better place. They are my heroes for giving these children a forever home.

In the spirit of the holidays when giving back is on our minds, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids and the Ad Council are working together to feature a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) about adoption from foster care. These PSAs also feature the importance of keeping siblings together.

This quote by Raenell Crenshaw says it all,

Adopting Deanta and Ranija is the most important thing that I have done in my life. I am so glad that my husband and I were able to keep them together. Having a brother or sister is such an influential and life-defining relationship. I want to encourage all prospective parents to think about the importance of keeping siblings together. I am so happy that I welcomed them both into our family.

Adoption Quote - Adopt or Foster Parent (background image by skyseeker on Flickr)

Foster Parenting and Adoption Campaign

In the spirit of the holidays when giving back is on our minds, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids and the Ad Council are working together to feature a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) about adoption from foster care. These PSAs also feature the importance of keeping siblings together.

This campaign began in 2004 and more than 22,000 children who were once introduced on AdoptUsKids have been adopted. And over 35,000 families have registered to adopt through AdoptUSKids.

We can keep this amazing work going. Watch and share the new PSAs. – And give back in one of the most extraordinary ways by considering foster parenting and adoption.

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