Home for the Holidays, by Thomas Kincaid

Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

I just saw a wonderful movie that I'd like to tell you about. It's called, "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio" and stars Julianne Moore. This is the true life story of Evelyn Ryan, "who raised 10 children on 25 words or less". Her husband, Kelly Ryan, a one-time singer turned machinist (a terrible automobile accident robbed him of his singing voice), hated his job and drowned his bitterness with the bottle. Unfortunately, his drinking habit decimated the family income, so his wife, Evelyn, used her unique way with words, writing advertising jingles for contests, to win prizes which ended up supporting her family.

What I loved most about this movie is this woman's indominatable spirit, her faith in God and belief that everything happens for a reason, as well as the positive spin she was able to put on all the rotten, disappointing sitatuations that happened to her. Her behavior obviously inspired her children so much that one of them wrote the book about her upon which this movie is based.

"Prize Winner" is rated PG-13. It has no sexual content, some brief violence when the father has a drunken tirade and there is one scene with language. When you get to the part where the father is standing in the kitchen, listening to a ball game. Watch out when his team loses! He uses several swear words (they are a bit muffled by his slurred speech), including the so-called R-rated swear word. After that, there is no more language.

This movie has inspired me to want to be of a more positive mind, to model an even better example for my children and to believe that the Lord wants to bless us.

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