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When Calls the Heart, Season 2: Episodes 1-3

We’re three episodes in to the second season of When Calls the Heart. I’d love to know what you think so far! Leave a comment below. If you missed an episode or two, here’s what’s been happening: The coal mine was closed when the mining company was found by a judge to have covered up dangerous working conditions leading to the explosion that killed most of the town’s men. The town was renamed Hope Valley, and a sawmill opened up to provide jobs to the town’s men who were left unemployed when the mine closed. Elizabeth went home to care for … Read more

3 Reasons to Watch When Calls the Heart

I was hooked from the first ten minutes of the When Calls the Heart pilot movie, and I haven’t stopped watching since. Here’s the story line: Prim and proper Elizabeth Thatcher leaves her wealthy family (and servants and hot baths and indoor plumbing and extravagant wardrobe) in the east of Canada to become a schoolteacher in a tiny Wild West town called Coal Valley. Her family doesn’t want her to leave, but after a brief conversation with her father about life callings and heart tuggings, Elizabeth decides to leave her home behind and head west. (That all takes place in the … Read more

6 Reasons to Let Your Kids Watch Doc McStuffins’ School of Medicine Week

I will be the first to admit that I allow my kids to watch some tv. There are shows they are permitted to watch (Disney Jr, PBS, some Nick Jr), and shows they are not allowed to watch (I’m looking at you, SpongeBob). There’s actually a pretty long list of things they’re not allowed to watch – too grown up, too mouthy, too privileged, too risqué, just too much. I schedule our Tivo to bounce around in the mornings from one favorite show to the next. We pick up Jake and Sophia and Bubble Guppies and Dora. Grace loves Fetch … Read more

Veggie Tales: An Easter Carol

I’ve mentioned before that there are only three things that Grace can watch on television – Sesame Street, Barney, and Veggie Tales. We have allowed her to expand her repertoire slightly to include a few Disney movies, but her choices and viewing time are still strictly limited. I bent the time limit rule two nights ago. We had gotten a new movie, Veggie Tales: An Easter Carol, and Grace asked so nicely to watch it over and over again. It helps that I think the movie is a riot. It is sweet and cute, and it has a great message, … Read more