Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Return of the Daughters" Movie Review!

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I won a giveaway from Shelby quite awhile back and the giveaway was a choice of three items (including this DVD). But she accidentally sent me 2 dvd's! :D So she graciously let me just keep it! Thank you soooo much Shelby! :D I had wanted to do the review on this dvd right away, but when we got the other dvd, we decided to do the review closer to when we were going to have our Blogiversary, for reasons we will tell you later on. ;)

There are some excellent things discussed in this dvd. The focus is on girls helping their father's in the business or wherever, but there are other points in this as well.

Some of the topics discussed in this dvd are: Women in the home vs. feminism, Where young ladies fit in in today's society, what to do with prolonged singleness, What a godly young woman who doesn't follow the world's way's looks like, girls helping father's, courtship, not going to college, etc. :)

The young women in this dvd are mother's, daughters, and wives. Some are married, some are not. Among these women are the Botkin sister's, Jasmine Baucham, (Peter and) Kelly Bradrick, & Jennie Chancey. Two of the young women in the dvd really struck me...one young woman lived in a trailer, and the other young woman's father is a truck driver. I found that very comforting, considering that my dad does not have a home business, yet, and works outside the home. ;) And, as you may have noticed, we aren't rich either. ;) Lol! They helped me to have ideas on how to serve my father better in the home.

This dvd was very encouraging to me. As a young woman who is just learning some of these things, it's hard to know what is the right thing to do. There isn't really a model for me to follow, so sometimes I feel alone (yes, I know now that I'm not). :) This "season of singleness" is a new thing for me, after all, we all dreamed we'd marry right out of highschool right? ;) Lol! So, what am I supposed to be doing with my time? How can I use it wisely and to benefit me AND my family? This dvd was a great help in not only comforting me in my singleness, but also in how a young woman can use her time to glorify God and bless her family, more than just by cleaning and cooking. ;)

Instead of going out to college, or working outside the home, we can be a vital asset to the family, and the family business, if you have one. Some of the girls shown in this dvd helped their father's with paperwork or research, while others like me can only do their best to serve wherever needed. Through this dvd, I have come to learn to respect and honor my father more (and my mother as well) and to learn to help him out more with the things I can do at home. My sister and I do all the cooking so my mom has time in the evenings to be with the family and doesn't have to plan the meals, cook, and teach school. We also make our dad's salads for his lunches. So those are just some little ways we can help. :)

In this movie, we can see young woman who are thankful for the position in the family that God has given them. They are not angry at God for making them single, they are not lying around the house doing nothing and waiting for prince charming...they are active in their family's and they are an important part of it!

One encouraging thing was said at the end by Mr. Botkin, and I found it most comforting. :) He said that not all families are like the ones portrayed in the film, but we can have hope for the future. This is a time of rebuilding for families. :) We can take these young women as our role models and guides, but then go and adapt the tips and suggestions and things for our own families! It's a learning process to work on together as a family!

Psalm 144:12-15
"That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:

That our garners may be full,
affording all manner of store:

that our sheep may bring forth thousands
and ten thousands in our streets:

That our oxen may be strong to labour;
that their be no breaking in nor going out;
that there be no complaining in our streets.

Happy is that people, that is in such a case;
yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord."


*Please go read this excellent interview done by Miss Serenity about the Botkin Sisters!*
You can also read these great discussions (here & here) by Jasmine about honoring and helping your mother's as well, and not overstepping your boundaries and taking your mother's place in the home. :) Which I also found very encouraging and helpful.

You can read more about the Botkin sister's as well as view a trailer of this dvd here at their site!


Please come back tomorrow, we have a surprise for you all to celebrate our Blogiversary that we think you are just going to love! ;D

Have a Blessed Day! :D
~Rachel~

6 comments:

Lindsay said...

I love this DVD! It was so encouraging to me as well. It gives some great ideas on how we can best fulfill our roles as daughters, and I enjoyed how different and unique each lady's story was.

Oh, I can't wait until tomorrow!!! I will be back, don't worry! ;)

~ Love and Hugs,
Lindsay

Miss Jen said...

Indeed~
"The Return of the Daughters"
is one of my FAVORITE movies.
It is refreshing to see other
women choosing the same path...
isn't it?!!

Love~ Miss Jen

Maggie said...

Sounds like a great DVD! I am going to have to find it from somewhere so I can watch it! :)

Anna said...

I've been wanting to see this ever since it came out, but have put off buying it because there's always something else to buy...

When I first read "So Much More", I was blown away! I honestly didn't know that there was life after high school, besides going away to college. That book encouraged me so much!

Now I've found a ton of ways to be a real asset to my family, and to help and encourage them and build character in the process. Through being creative about college, building my skills, and truly loving my family members like never before, I'm reassured that it's okay to live at home, and I can be fulfilling my greatest purpose as a maiden, daughter, and sister.

For all of the people of the people out there who criticize the Botkins and look at stay-at-home daughters like they're from another planet, I will always be grateful to them for revealing that option to me.

Still can't wait to watch the DVD!

-Anna

P.S. Sorry for the long comment. :)

Laura said...

Hello Rachel & Jessica!
Thank you so much for the comments you have left on my blog ~ they are such an encouragement! Thank you also for this wonderful review - we also very much enjoyed the Return of the Daughters!
I hope you are having a blessed day!
With love,
~Laura

Kira said...

Wonderful review, Rachel! It sounds like a great DVD!

I think I'll head over and enter your giveaway for this. :D

Blessings!

~ Kira