Tiger Rising Review + Giveaway


There is nothing more destabilizing than the loss of a parent, whether that is through death or divorce. Based on Kate DiCamillo’s book, The Tiger Rising follows a young boy on his heartfelt journey following the loss of his mother, as he and his best friend Sistine discover a tiger caged behind the motel Rob's father works at. Sistine insists that the tiger be set free regardless of consequences while Rob isn't so sure.

Loss and grief are strong themes throughout the movie. Rob, obviously, is dealing with the death of his mother while Sistine is trying to come to grips with her parents' divorce. Emotions run high as the kids seek help from a maid that works at the motel (Queen Latifah) trying to figure out what to do.

The Tiger Rising will tug at your heart strings leaving you with mixed emotions. Will the children set the tiger free? Will they be able to overcome their own grief?

“Have you ever been inside a cage? Not a real one with metal bars and a lock, though I have had some experience with those. No, I’m talking about the kind of imaginary cage we build to protect ourselves. That’s the kind of cage my friend Rob and I were trapped inside when we were 10 years old, before we unearthed the key that would set us free, and before we met the magnificent creature, who would change our lives forever.” - Sistine (Tiger Rising)

• Find out more at The Tiger Rising webpage: 

• If you have young children, be sure to read the faith and family discussion guide to find out if this is an age-appropriate movie for your family: https://theavenue.film/movies/the-tiger-rising#resources 

• Synopsis: Queen Latifah and Dennis Quaid star in this beloved tale based on the New York Times best-selling book by Kate DiCamillo. When 12-year-old Rob Horton (Christian Convery) discovers a caged tiger in the woods near his home, his imagination runs wild and life begins to change in the most unexpected ways. With the help of a wise and mysterious maid, Willie May (Queen Latifah) and the stubborn new girl in school (Madalen Mills), he navigates through childhood memories, heartache, and wondrous adventures in this heartwarming adaptation.

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Having grown up in a small town with a BIG church, it was always exciting when a Christian artist came to town. The whole community would throw out the red carpet and everyone in my high school would attend. Chris Tomlin is one of the first artists I remember from one of those big events in town. I remember being absolutely engrossed in the music and the moment as he went on stage singing "Your Grace is Enough". And here he is so many years later going on tour with Hillsong United! How awesome is that!

Christian music is beyond fun, it's healing for the soul once you find yourself in that arena with so many other people whose hearts are absolutely on fire for Jesus!

Have you ever been to a Christian concert or seen Chris Tomlin or United Hillsong in concert?

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December Lookback

Here's where I am:

Listening to:

TV shows –
Succession: DARK, it's the kind of show you hate to love but it draws you in.
The Queen's Gambit: I'm obsessed with the main character's dresses. Very well done. Beautiful sets, phenomenal acting.
Pride & Prejudice (1995): super 1995. Feels like a soap opera. Dramatic. Overdone.
Disney Sing-Along: Fun to watch with kids.
The Wire: not a favorite of mine.

Movies –
The Night They Saved Christmas: my mom's favorite movie when I was a kid.
When Harry Met Sally: Because we bought pastrami from Katz's Deli. Feels like a good depiction of my relationship with a friend and our constant arguing.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey: recommended to me. It's a musical. It's ok. Well done but not a favorite.
Bridget Jones's Diary: After watching Pride & Prejudice, this felt like a logical choice.
The Polar Express: with one of the kids I'm watching.


homemade croissants
baked pears with honey and cinnamon
pastitsio (Greek lasagna)
Mariage Frères tea (in an advent calendar)
Katz's Deli pastrami + rye, mustard, pickles
pizza with fresh basil
chicken pot pie
freshly ground peanut butter!
Australian Anzac cookies

Trying new wines.


Previous years and travel during the holiday season. Snow in Canada, a gorgeous beach in Egypt, time with friends in DC, our attempt at travel last year....


Christmas gifts and when to ship them.

working on a photo book.

Anxious about:

a friend. Are we friends; are we not? I've almost decided to just cut my losses, which I've done so many times before. And yet this person always returns to my life. But we don't talk. Except when we do. Oh, complications!

Interested to Know:

what Christmas will be like this year.


• Anthropologie Adriana Lace Tunic in maroon and black
• Anthropologie Sara Pointelle Fringed Kimono in pink
• Anthropologie Pilcro Talia Corduroy Mini Skirt in navy
• Anthropologie Pilcro Devenne Pointelle Pullover in white
• Anthropologie Kieran Belt in honey
• Free People Sweet Pea Tank in ivory and polar from Nordstrom Rack
• Free People Prudence Pullover in red
• Free People Eclair cardi in mauve moon and neo mint
• Free People Lou Jean Babydoll Dress in rust
• Free People We the Free Sunny Side Mini Dress in black



Quarantine Notes:

Now, 3 months out of quarantine:
• It's rough deciding what counts as covid exposure and what doesn't. It's also frustrating going into a store where masks aren't required. Or dealing with family that aren't taking this seriously.
• I've needed lots of downtimes the past month which has resulted in lots of movies and tv shows. Relaxing and doing nothing.
• The people I work for just moved, so I'm getting tons of (what feels like) exercise breaking down their boxes and taking them to the street.
• Started doing yoga and stretching through the Weight Watchers program. The back stretches feel so good.
• Excited to ship Christmas gifts and make cookies for family!

Lookbacks from Earlier This Year:
Jan • Feb • Mar • Apr • May • Jun • Jul • Aug • Sep • Oct • Nov