Thursday, September 20, 2012

October Baby

In early May, I wrote a post about seeing October Baby with Carrie. This past week, I received a copy of the dvd in exchange for posting about it here and after watching it again - I just have to say again what a great movie I think it is.

And, since it's already been said - I'm going to re-post my original thoughts after seeing the movie. I think it's interesting that I titled the post Brokenness is Beautiful - because this time through in watching the movie I heard that very phrase in a song that plays during the end credits.

Brokenness is Beautiful (originally posted May 2, 2012)

I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to share about seeing October Baby. Carrie had already seen it but when she announced she would make me a deal where she would go see it again with me if I would watch Downton Abbey again with her - it was all settled.

We did something my brother-in-law still seems incredulous over and we took Naomi with us. Sweet, two month old Naomi. We're either crazy or have relaxed a ton since having six children between us. Personally, I think we are closer to the latter, but probably somewhere closer to desperate to do something normal as sisters rather than mommies for a change.

At any rate, after a few "dicey" (that is a Carrie word if there ever was one) minutes at the beginning, Naomi was amazing and we soaked up the movie.

I realized that I connected with the main character because she is introspective and so am I. Ridiculously so. And, I admitted that there is a side of me that likes raw and real and brokenness because there is such beauty there. When I feel like I am in a broken place, often my heart feels beautiful then and I feel the most real in that time and the closest to God. When tears are close and come quickly, it hurts and is healing at the same time. Make sense?

Things (unrelated to the movie and no, not a deep dark secret, just things they aren't ready for right now) came to mind that I will need to tell my children at some point and I do not see my way clear through that right now. But I can tell you plain as day that I do.not.ever. want them to wonder why I did not tell them something sooner or why I never told them and they found out another way. Bottom line here is I am trusting God to let me know when the time is right because in any other scenario, I will completely mess it up.

I love watching someone else love someone who is going through the raw, real and broken. That is a beauty in and of itself and brings a gratefulness to my heart and mind in knowing that there are people in my life who love me like that.

Is it completely insensitive and crazy of me to admit that I find broken beautiful? Certainly God does and I don't mean that in a sick convoluted way but I think it goes back to the introspect in me and perhaps the fact that I feel broken much of the time.

This is a movie I would love to own someday and hope my kids will watch with me when they get older and see a couple of things including how valuable life is and how beautiful love and forgiveness can be.

Is broken beautiful to you?

Disclosure: I received a copy of October Baby to review and share about here, all opinions are my own.


Bevy @ Treasured Up and Pondered said...

Yes! To answer your question. Wow! You make me want to go and watch this movie - right now!

This also reminds me of a book study I did with a bunch of ladies.

Brokenness, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

Very good book on this "brokenness being beautiful".

Stephanie in SC said...

I have not viewed the movie yet, but am anxious to check it out on DVD. A group of mothers from my local hs group went and were having great dicussions about it.

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

OH, I don't know if I'd call broken beautiful. I recently went through a really painful break-up wth my boyfriend because he cheated on me...big time..BUT I do totally believe that God can bring beauty out of those broken things :) :) :)

OH, I haven't seen October Baby yet...but I would love to. I should ask to borrow the DVD from one of my friends :) :)

OH, keep praying about your kids and when to talk to them about stuff. God will help you when the times comes :) :)

Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :) :)

Intentional Living Homestead said...

I have never seen nor heard of this movie....I guess it's time to change ALL that.

Thanks for posting.


Anonymous said...

I loved this movie! It made me think of how many more failed abortions are there? It was a blessing to watch.

angie said...

I saw that this movie was being released on DVD on 9/11. In my mind, I thought that it would be available on Redbox on that day. So armed with a promo code, I went to Redbox that day and planned to watch it that night while I ironed. But, I soon learned that it has not (yet?) been added to Redbox's offerings. Hopefully soon!

*carrie* said...


I spotted this DVD while at the store the other day, and it totally made me think of seeing it with you--and The Little Miss. =)

Maybe you can bring it in Dec--I'd be up for watching it a third time!