The following are random encouraging resources are my family’s comfort food. For additional encouraging media, visit:
For fun or inspiration, visit:
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc8BcBZ0tAI – May 12, 2013 – “Intl Space Station Commander, Chris Hadfield, performs a revised version of David Bowies Space Oddity on a Larrivée Parlor guitar. This video was only allowed up for a year. I am hoping it will be available again. It is so inspiring.
- http://www.bestofvids.com/video/parents-rap-about-maintaining-their-household – video – comedy
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wu0R_8rH00 – Home School Blues by Tim Hawkins
- 14-year-old Taylor Wilson builds a nuclear reactor – 9:28 minutes
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIVIegSt81k – Hexaflexagons – Vihart – math
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7uCcRfrQ0A – The Lab Song – CohenfordMU – Nov 9, 2012 – a parody of “The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNM0ENUCO5I – Pumpcast News, Part 1 – The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – tonightshownbc – May 9, 2013 – Will and Monifa Sims – Gas Pump Songsters
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=k9QbC41oQRo – One Grain More parody – 3:45 minutes – If you have any food intolerances, you have to check out this awesome Les Mis parody! – I don’t have food allergies, but seemed to be surrounded by friends that do.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgRMAVoHRbk – Oct 29, 2011 – Life on the International Space Station HD – “Experience Zero-G in HD, through the eyes of space station Expedition 13 astronauts Jeff Williams and Pavel Vinogradov”
- http://www.wimp.com – funny and sweet
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlJsPa6UwcM – Dilbert – The Knack full – Minwer Shawaf – Sep 22, 2008 – budding engineers
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=taTSxDVEHRM – Jack Carroll with his own comedy style – Week 1 Auditions | Britain’s Got Talent 2013 – BritainsGotTalent09
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUks2BROvWg – Dec 20, 2010 – “In this “In Their Own Words” video, NASA astronaut Sunita Williams talks about her love of space flight, her tenure at the International Space Station.”
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX7QNWEGcNI – Dec 2, 2012 – The World’s Best Parkour and Freerunning 2012 -The music spoils it so we enjoy this amazing video with our own epic music mix.
- http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending-now/california-town-unites-triple-amputee-veteran-wedding-dreams-175655803.html?vp=1 – California Town Unites to Give Triple Amputee Veteran the Wedding of His Dreams – April 2013
- http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/weblinks/videos.htm#.ULvaAoYoHCY – videos – cute and funny
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBk3ynRbtsw – Thought of You by Ryan Woodward – 3:06 minutes
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsT2URr1Igc – Little Wonders by Rob Thomas – 3:44 minutes
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYMLMj-SibU – Il Divo – Amazing Grace – 4:33 minutes
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFb6NU1giRA – Dr. Ben Carson’s speech at National Prayer Breakfast – February 2013
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmNP5Z0Info – Ben Carson on the power of the mind – Feb 19, 2013
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa-7jtvi7J4&feature=youtu.be – mighty mom
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9J6xOT3Ldw&feature=c4-overview&list=UUTkOW-FHfwuH03Qkbs8om8g – Forgiveness by Matthew West – song and story behind the song
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDi4hBWsvkY – Oh Sweet Lorraine, an Amazing Song written by husband Fred – greenshoestudioinc – Jul 19, 2013
- http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000EVQWKC?tag=heathd-20 – Funniest product reviews I have ever read.
For health and fitness inspiration, visit:
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX9FSZJu448 – Never, Ever Give Up. Arthur’s Inspirational Transformation! – Diamond Dallas Page – Apr 30, 2012 – 4:55 minutes – Arthur Boorman lost 140 pounds in 10 months and began to walk unaided after being told that wasn’t possible.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIXOo8D9Qsc – Arthur’s Transformation (Extended Cut) – Never, Ever Give Up!! – Diamond Dallas Page – Apr 30, 2012 – 9:21 minutes – about Arthur Boorman
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97mTaI4ye88&list=UUh4Owl6ixL8CD_p98AMbzIQ&index=5 – See How Arthur Did It! His entire Journey documented on Film! – inspiredthemovie – May 18, 2012
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Nbt_v_VS1c – Help Us INSPIRE the World! Arthur’s Message about INSPIRED: The Movie – inspiredthemovie – Jun 8, 2012
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=trueview-instream&v=Iz0wYH6g8OM – July 20, 2012 – Gladiator Boot Camp
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxfZkMm3wcg&feature=player_embedded – Make It Count (a Nike ad) – 4:38 minutes
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD8e4Mg3NFU – Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead – 1:37:12 minutes
For encouragement against overwhelming odds, visit:
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiHyQhf9qAY – Paul Smith, Typewriter Artist
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8Cwx2UbTJA – Greg Laurie and Nick Vujicic
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=FhiNPwx0gwo&NR=1 – June 26, 2011 – Nick Vujicic interview with Bethany
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnyopNkTWsU&NR=1&feature=endscreen – Jan 11, 2010 – Bethany Hamilton: Shark Attack–The Real Story
- http://www.chasingthefrog.com/reelfaces/soulsurfer.php – Bethany Hamilton
- http://www.chasingthefrog.com/reelfaces/blindside.php – Michael Oher
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9DMiy_DVok&NR=1&feature=endscreen – 2004 Tsumami – What I find inspiring is that friends of mine moved here to help the survivors.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=da5QQSxSsGY&feature=endscreen – Feb 18, 2012 – Nick Vujicic weds Kanae Miyahara
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=Gc4HGQHgeFE – March 12, 2010 – Nick Vujicic talks to teens
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAVdyHbSQYg – November 6, 2007 – Abigail and Brittany Hensel
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FSbPdS13QY&NR=1&feature=endscreen – Apr 14, 2009 – Abigail and Brittany Hensel – Wake Up America
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiUb4pvT-hc – Sep 27, 2012 – Nick Vujicic becoming dad soon! Congratulations!
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc_krjwopSs – Inspiring Story Armless NASCAR Engineer Richie Parker – July 24, 2013
For identifying and overcoming that which blocks your peace and joy, visit:
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLgmX5gJnEI – Lies Women Believe and the Truths that Set them Free – Nancy Leigh DeMoss – 1:30:17 minutes
- http://www.blueletterbible.org/devotionals – Daily devotionals
- http://clinicquotes.com/former-clinic-worker-wendy – This is a sad story with a happy ending. The site is about abortions. The photos are too graphic for kids.
- http://www.upsidedownhomeschooling.com/when-a-homeschool-mom-breaks-down – When a Homeschool Mom Breaks Down
- http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/13/your-money/childrens-activities-no-guarantee-of-later-success.html?_r=5& – Family Happiness and the Overbooked Child
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With so many resources and so little time, the following reviews are the tools my husband and I use to decide what media to consume:
- http://www.pluggedin.com – Christian media review
- http://www.kids-in-mind.com – movie reviews
- http://www.homeschoolmovieclub.com/about_us – “Homeschool Movie Club is a fun, online community created to help homeschooling families discover new and old movies, media, & curriculum that help augment their home education”
- http://cmch.typepad.com/mediatrician – Ask the Mediatrician – Dr. Michael Rich and his team of experts answer your questions about media and kids’ health
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“There are enough angry people in this world; we of all people should have a completely different demeanor.
We are to be a people whose tone of voice exemplifies love, mercy and grace.”
~ Brian Brodersen, Back to Basics Radio program at kwve.com