Monday, February 29, 2016

Return to the Hiding place//February 29th--Leap Day!

Guys. Okay, so I watched Return to the Hiding Place with my two of my sisters last night. Can I just say that I completely loved that movie? Like, I have a library copy and I'm planning on never returning it. Wait, I can't do that? Noooo!!!
Alright, I'll try to settled down. ;P But if you ever watch the movie, trust me, you'll understand. This past week I was telling my mom how much I wished a christian film-making company would produce a film set in the WWII era. This came after I survived waded my way through the movie Pearl Harbor. While it had some good moments, the majority of it was. . .not good. I mean, it was a war movie. From a secular POV. Rated PG-13. The cussing, the inappropriate scenes, all that. After I "finished" it, I went on and on about how much I wanted a Christian movie that had the same kind of action and history, but without all the negative influences.
Well, last night, I found that movie. Think Beyond the Mask, or Alone yet not Alone.  Pearl Harbor combined with Bonhoeffer. I honestly don't know how to adequately describe it.
Lats night after the movie was finished, my sister turned to me and she's like "You're going to tell all your friends about it, aren't you?" I was like "Haha, nope. I'm going to write a blog post about it." ;)
It's a great family movie, and we enjoyed it so much. As a caution, it is rated PG-13. There is some torture, and in one scene something that is implied is rather sickening. But through all the horror and chaos, the love of Christ shines through so beautify. Hope shines through the pain. And the salvation message is shared in a way that is just so clear. And all in all it's just a heart-wrenchingly beautiful movie. I cried, but that's not all so unusual. I tend to cry with a lot of movies. ;P However, my sister said it was the first movie where she actually got teary-eyed. And if you know my sister, that's extremely rare! And it just shows how much the movie could affect you. Seriously, it will change the way you look at a lot of things, and it will challenge you in your walk with the Lord.
So yeah. Just watch it and then tell me what you think.

Alright. . .now onto the real reason I was going to do a post today. (Yes, I did have a more normal post planned before the movie. ;P)
It's leap day! *leaps around the room* This day only comes once every four years, folks. Enjoy it. ;) And since  it's leap day, I thought it was fitting to include some facts about leap day. Some of them are rather strange, but hey, that's what makes them fun. . .right? Some of them made me laugh!  Like this first one. . .

1. In Ireland, the 29th of February is called Bachelors day, when women are allowed to propose to men. Queen Margaret of Scotland began the tradition in 1288. If a man refused the proposal, he would be fined a kiss, a silk dress or 12 pairs of gloves.

2. According to a tale dating back to fifth century Ireland, St Brigid complained to St Patrick that women had to wait too long for men to propose marriage, and so he decided that in a leap year, women could take the initiative. However, if some sources are to be believed, Brigid was still a girl when Patrick died, which would make her a very precocious child!

3.One in five engaged couples in Greece will plan to avoid getting married in a leap year. They believe it is bad luck.

4.  Two women have given birth to three leap day babies, according to the New York Daily News. The Henriksen family from Norway had their children on leap days in 1960, 1964 and 1968. The most recent family to tie the record is the Estes family from Utah. Their children were born in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

5.  The chances of having a birthday on a leap day are about one in 1,461.

6. If we didn’t have leap day, the calendar would be off by about six hours every year – after 100 years, the calendar would be off by around 24 days.

 7. US Presidential elections and Summer Olympic Games are both held every
 four years and occur in the Leap Year.

8. The town of Anthony, Texas, organizes a leap year festival. It proudly calls itself the leap year capital of the world and leap year “babies”, or leaplings, around the world come to its parade.

9.  The Romans first designated February 29 as leap day, but a more precise formula (still in use today) was adopted in the 16th century when the Gregorian calendar fine-tuned the calculations to include a leap day in years only divisible by four - 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, etc. Another stipulation ruled that no year divisible by 100 would have a leap year, except if it was divisible by 400. *Thus, 1900 was not a leap year ... but 2000 was!

And. . .I came across this fun leap-year poem. ;)

 Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November;
All the rest have thirty-one
Save February, she alone
Hath eight days and a score
Til leap year gives her one day more.

Well, now you know some fun (and rather crazy) facts about leap day. I hope you all have an amazing day! How are you spending your leap day? I'll be spending mine editing and reading. ;) Well, editing, reading, and enjoying the  gorgeous spring weather we're having! :D

Happy Leap Day!


  1. Oooohh been wanting to watch that movie... *puts it on hold at library*
    And I literally did not even know it was Leap Day today until everyone started blogging about it and now I'm like... "It's a holiday! No school, right?"
    Haha. Wish me luck with that one. ;)

    1. You should watch it. ;) I think we're planning on re-watching it for family night, and I think my brothers will enjoy it!
      Yeah. . .I forgot about it until Saturday. Then my mom's like "So, Monday's Leap Day". And I was like "What?!"
      I know, right??? Yesterday morning at the breakfast table a few of my siblings were talking about flying kites, and mom was like, "That's fine, just get your four hours of school done first." All of the sudden our breakfast table was silent. The only time we don't do school is when the mail isn't running. ;)

  2. I enjoyed reading your post Jesseca! All those Leap Day fact are so interesting! Happy Leap Day to you too! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. I enjoyed reading your post Jesseca! All those Leap Day fact are so interesting! Happy Leap Day to you too! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Thanks, Shai! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :) Aren't they? I thought they were interesting as well! And you're welcome. ;)

  4. Fun! I liked reading about those weird facts. I had to laugh at the first one...the poor guys were fined a kiss, a silk dress or twelve pairs of gloves? :P Lol!
    I'll really have to watch that movie now... :)

    1. I know, right?! I looked it up on a couple different sites, so I know it must be true. But still. . .if the guy just said he didn't want to marry me, why would I want him to kiss me???
      Haha, okay. That was probably sounded really weird. ;P
      Yes, do!! And then tell me what you think. :)

    2. I tagged you for the Spectacular Book Tag. If you've already been tagged, ignore this...otherwise, check it out on my blog! I hope you can! It's a lot of fun! B-)

    3. Oh, awesome! Thanks! I'll try to get to is soon!

  5. I had a lot of fun reading those leap day facts. :) Some of them were so funny! Thanks so much for sharing, Jesseca!

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed, Rebekah! I thought so as well. :)

  6. *sees the title of the post and shrieks out loud* OH. MY. GOODNESS. JESSECA!!!! I'M SORTA SUPER JEALOUS RIGHT NOW. *reluctantly clicks off caps lock* This movie sounds so amazing, and I've forced myself to stop watching the trailer because then I just want to see it all the more. ;) I know, it doesn't make a bit of sense but that's nothing new.
    I know John Rhys-Davies from "Indians Jones" and "Beyond the Mask" plays in this, so maybe that will be enough to get Tucker interested. ;)
    Have you seen "The Hiding Place" {1975}? When I looked up this one on CBD, I saw it. ;)
    Oh, wow! All those Leap Day facts were so much fun to read! :D I was reading some of them out loud to Mom and she's like "if he turned you down, why would you want him to kiss you?!" Very valid point. ;)
    Thanks for sharing, Jesseca! :)

    1. Haha, well, I guess you'll just have to watch it now. B-) I've seen the hiding place, and it was good, but I didn't enjoy it quite as much. My parents really like it, though. But "Return to the Hiding Place" is a stand-alone movie; they don't really tie in together.
      Yes. . .he is in there. But he plays a different role. It was interesting to see, and kinda hard for me because in "Beyond the Mask" he's the bad guy. But he's different in this movie, which was fine. It just took some getting used to!
      I know, right? :P If he didn't want to marry me, I definitely would NOT want him to kiss me. You'r welcome; I'm glad you enjoyed!

    2. Maybe I'll watch both of them... ;)
      Cool! Haha, yeah. That may take some getting used to on my end as well. ;) LOL.

  7. My second cousin has a leap-year b-day.