Thank you for all the birthday wishes.  My day was very relaxed and fun . . . probably too relaxed, because I should have been working!  And I love roses, and received two beautiful bouquets.  Now my house smells like something other than eau de dog. 🙂

Not One Less is the name of a movie . . . and it’s one of the best I’ve seen in months.  It’s Chinese–and it’s authentic, filmed in China by real Chinese people, not professional actors–so you’ll have to read subtitles, but you don’t even notice them after a while. 

You can watch it with your children, in fact, I’d urge you to.  The children in the movie are adorable and totally child-like, plus it’ll give your kids a realistic view of how other children live. 
The plot is simple . . . and you’ll recognize it as being similar to a parable Jesus told.  A young girl is hired to be a substitute teacher in a rural Chinese village. The departing teacher warns her not to lose any of the students–a common problem when families are so poor that even children are set to work. So she accepts the job. 
But when she loses a student, she is determined to find him and bring him back. 
That’s it, but this movie is so honest and sweet, it had me reaching for the tissues several times.  Completely precious. 
Netflix or rent it when you can.  I hope you like it as much as I did. 


  1. Kathy

    Haven’t heard of this. Is it in Block Buster?

    Hey, have you tried “Do You Have Christmas Spirit?” I, um, didn’t come out really high : )

  2. Amy

    Thanks for the recommendation, I love foreign films!

  3. Christina Berry

    I got it tonight and the whole family’s planning on watching it. I’ll let you know what we think …

    We finally remembered to tape the third showing of “The Note” and watched it all together. Really enjoyed the story. My nine-in-ten-days year old says it’s her favorite movie. “Awesome!” I overheard her talking with her older cousin at Christmas:

    “Have you seen the movie ‘The Note?’ It was written by Angela Hunt and it’s the best movei ever and my mom met Angela Hunt at a conference!” Love her enthusiasm!


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