Trust Fund Movie ~ Review

Since my foot is still not healing, there are not very many activities that AJ and I can do together for fun. One activity that we are able to do is watch TV. We were recently given the chance to watch a great movie from  Mapelle Films called, Trust Fund. We were also given the book, Love Was Near. The book is designed to be read after you watch the movie. I thought that they would make a fun family time activity for us. I was right!

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About Trust Fund

Trust Fund is a modern day adaptation of the Prodigal Son story from the Bible. The movie stars Jessica Rothe as Reese. Reese’s life is great until one day her mother tragically dies. Reese and her mother were very close and becoming close with her dad was difficult. They were both mourning the loss of her mother so even though she loved her father, they were not as close.

Reese was an aspiring writer. She didn’t want to go to college, but agreed with her dad to try it for a year. Her dad was fully supporting her, but she was not living within her means. She was quickly realizing that being an adult was a lot harder than it looked.

A modern day version of the prodigal son ,

She was lucky enough to find a publisher for the book she was writing. Having her own money from the advance made her want to become more independent. Her dad didn’t know that she spent all of the money she had received from the advance (and then some.) To encourage his daughter’s writing, he paid for her to go to a writing seminar in Europe. But she didn’t spend very much time writing. She met a guy and “fell in love.” And spent the time she should have been writing, seeing Europe on the back of a motorcycle. Reese wanted to stay in Europe with her new boyfriend, but her dad would not let her. She reluctantly returned home.

By accident, Reese saw some papers on her father’s desk. They showed that her mother had left a trust fund for Reese and her sister. Reese was angry! She thought her father was keeping her money from her. That he was being mean. She did the unthinkable. She took money from her father’s business and lest to Europe. Things there weren’t what she had thought and herd boyfriend ward not who he had said he was.

When Reese’s sister discovered what Reese had done, she wanted their dad to call the police, but he didn’t.

You will need too watch the movie to see what happens. It is a very touching movie about a father’s love.

About the Book – Love Was Near

The book is written in diary form. It is in Reese’s point of view. It shows why she did the things that she did. I really like that she didn’t make up a bunch of excuses. She admits that she made mistakes and even tells why she thought it was OK to do the wrong things in the heat of the moment.

A book to go along with Trust Fund

The book is gull of inspirational scriptures that focus on some of the issues that Reese struggled with in the book and movie. There are also numerous places in the book where you can write in it. Questions include things like, which action was worse, spending all of the money without finishing the book or telling a lie to her father. There are a lot of places where the reader is asked to give their opinion or tell what they would have done in the same situation.

While the book is designed to be used after watching the movie, I feel it would also be a great book for a teenage girl to read and work through on its own.

How We Used Trust Fund and Love Was Near

AJ and I watched the movie together. She thought the movie was good but thought that Reese made some bad decisions. I read through the book in about an hour. I really enjoyed it but decided not to have AJ read it at this time. It talks a lot about relationships with your father, and since she doesn’t have a dad I thought it wasn’t the right book for her at this time.

What We Thought

We both enjoyed the movie. The story line was good, it moved at a nice pace, and the acting was well done. There are some scenes that parents might find inappropriate for younger kids, but I think it would be fine for kids aged 10 and up. Of course use your discretion. The movie doesn’t follow the story in the average cookie cutter way. Instead there are twists and turns to keep you interested. Overall Trust Fund is a good movie with a great message!

The book was great. If AJ’s situation was different she would have read it. It discusses relationships and bad decisions. I would say the appropriate age would vary depending on your child’s maturity level. It encourages them to think through some difficult situations. I appreciate that there are scripture verses sprinkled throughout the book to help your child grow closer to God. I think the journal like feel of the book will keep teens interested in the book.

If you are looking for a great movie, then Trust Fund may be exactly what you are looking for! Love Was Near is a fun book to help you dig deeper into the themes of the movie. Together they make a great pair.

Mapelle Films has also designed a download study guide to help small groups dig deeper into the themes of the movie. So if you are looking for a good movie to watch with the family, or if you are looking for a product to discuss, Trust Fund will fit the bill!

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8th Grade Math & Science

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Last week I shared our 8th grade English choices, today I will be sharing our choices for  math and science. AJ enjoys math and science most of the time. Since she was little she has enjoyed watching The Magic School Bus and reading nonfiction books. I think that my choices this year will let her enjoy both subjects and allow me to stick to my very tight budget.

Math and Science picks for 8th grade

Math

AJ is ready for Algebra this year! I didn’t know if she would be ready to take Algebra in 8th grade or if she would end up taking it in 9th grade. After looking at all of the concepts that we have covered over the years I was happy to see that she was ready for a higher level of math. I am not one that usually sticks to a math program, but I am determined to stick with two main programs that we were blessed to review this year.

I wanted a little bit of variety with a good amount of structure to our math plan. Right now I have her scheduled to work on lessons from CTC Math three days a week. The other two days a week she will work on Learn Bop. Between the two programs she will have plenty of practice and she should be able to master the different concepts. We will continue to play games like Sudoku (download a few for free) and Zoologic. We like to add games to our day whenever it is possible.

Science

Science was a hard decision for me this year. We have studied a lot of concepts over the last few years and almost every curriculum that I looked at had a lot of information that we already covered. I know that some things will be reviewed, but when you spend an entire year on Earth Science you don’t want to learn about volcanoes again two years later. The thought of making my own study seemed overwhelming this year. I haven’t felt well so I decided I needed something that was at least outlined for me. After looking at quite a few different options I decided on Easy Peasy Physics and Chemistry.

If you haven’t looked into Easy Peasy, you should check it out. It is free to use and gives you a 180 day schedule of assignments for your child to do. Science has videos, articles, games, and experiments. There are also notebooking pages and lapbooks for your child to make. We will probably skip a few things and we might follow a few rabbit trails and get off schedule. But I like that I have a strong foundation that I can have AJ follow on days that I can’t help her.

Some of the topics we will be studying are:

  • Elements of the Periodic Table
  • Atoms
  • Molecules
  • Sound
  • Acids and Bases
  • Mater
  • Forces
  • Motion
  • and more

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AJ loves science so I plan to let her do extra experiments on her own. We will also to borrow plenty of books and videos from the library to go with the concepts she is learning about.

Some of the resources we plan borrow from the library are:

Our plan is to really focus on English and Math this year so I think that Easy Peasy’s Science will be the perfect fit for AJ this year.  With a few extra books and videos I know she will have a year full of learning What are you using for math and science this year?

Galaxy Buck ~ Review and Giveaway

If you are a Buck Denver fan you will be excited to know that Buck is staring in a new video, Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9. We love all of the What’s in the Bible? DVDs so we were anxious to watch this newest video.

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About Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9

Buck Denver has a simple dream – to save the galaxy.  Working for the Galactic Mission Board, Buck dreams of carrying God’s love to every corner of the Milky Way!  Except he doesn’t have a starship.  Or a crew.  Or even a captain’s license. He just needs a chance.  But when that chance comes and Buck finds himself leading a real mission into deep space, things don’t go at ALL like he imagined!  If he’s doing what God wants him to do, why is everything going wrong?  From VeggieTales® and What’s in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer, Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9 is a wild, galactic adventure that teaches kids a powerful lesson about trusting God with everything – even our dreams!

The movie is about 40 minutes long and has many of your favorite characters from the What’s in the Bible? series.

What we thought of Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9

AJ and I both enjoyed watching Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9. It was an adorable story that shows God’s love while incorporating humor and fun. Full of humor, laughter and teachable moments. I recommend it to any one who enjoys other videos created by Phil Vischer, he has a way of teaching kids about God in a wonderful way.

It is available on DVD October 20th.

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When Calls the Heart – Heart of the Family ~ Review

The last year or so I have watched numerous previews for the hit Hallmark series When Calls the Heart. A few months back I watched the season two premier of the series and instantly fell in love with it. Unfortunately, life gets in the way and like most television series I enjoy, I rarely see more than a few episodes. When we were given the chance to review When Calls the Heart, Heart of the Family from FishFlix.com I was excited to catch up with some of my favorite characters. We received a physical copy of the DVD to review.

Elizabeth is in over her head in this When Calls the Heart DVD!

According to the website, When Calls the Heart, Heart of the Family is the third film in the second series of the show. Seeing the word film, I incorrectly assumed that this was a stand alone movie with the characters from When Calls the Heart. While some may argue that it is a film, I honestly felt it was more like a combination of two episodes from the series. If you are unfamiliar with the series you will probably feel lost as to what is going on – but it is a great series, and FishFlix.com has all of season 1 available, so you can easily catch up.

So What is When Calls the Heart, Heart of the Family

The film starts out with Elizabeth returning to Hope Valley. There is a welcome home party for her and she sees Jack, it is obvious the two still have feelings for each other. A few small story lines play out throughout the film with some of the other characters, but the main story line focusses on Elizabeth. She offers to help out a neighbor who has to leave his homestead to look in on an ill family member. Being raised in the city, Elizabeth ends up in over her head. She couldn’t even figure out how to pump water! Jack comes to the rescue and the two end up talking by firelight. A few days later Elizabeth’s former suitor, Charles, is in Hope Valley. Why is he there, and what will Elizabeth do? Well I can’t give it all away! You will have to watch it to find out.

The program is approximately 88 minutes long and includes some interesting behind the scenes interviews with the cast. It is not rated, but completely family friendly. There are a few kissing moments in the show, but that is all. It is even made clear that Jack didn’t stay in the house overnight with Elizabeth, instead he slept in the barn.

What Did We Think?

We decided to watch When Calls the Heart, Heart of the Family as a family. I love the fact that since the movie is from FishFlix.com I don’t have to worry at all whether there will be any inappropriate content. AJ an I both enjoyed the DVD. There were moments of humor, suspense, and even a few sad moments. The only downside was that we were both a little lost at times.

One scene had two younger characters stealing a car. I didn’t recognize them and their names were never stated. That entire scene seemed misplaced, but had I watched the episode prior to the DVD, it may have made perfect sense.

I really enjoy the series, but I would never purchase a film from a season like this. To me it would make so much more sense to just purchase the entire season. It felt like I was given the chance to read a few random chapters in a book. No matter how good those chapters are, reading the whole book would be better.

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When Calls the Heart Giveaway

I love it when I can find good wholesome television! Hallmark created an amazing series, When Calls the Heart. It has it all, and best of all it s a show you can watch with your family!  As fans are aware, the long awaited season 2 premier is airing this Saturday, April 25 at 8/7c. It is a two hour premier and you don’t want to miss it! I was given the amazing opportunity to watch the second season premier early. The two hours are full of wonder, and I wish I could tell you all what happens, but I can’t.

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In case you are not familiar with the show, here is a little bit more about it.

The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West. “When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coalmining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.

Season one left us with a lot of questions! Season two starts off by answering some of those questions, but creating even more. Elizabeth Thatcher’s mother has taken ill so she has to return home for a while. After visiting home, will things change between her and Jack? Was their kiss in season 1 a sign of a prospering romance, or just a moment of passion? Will Elizabeth have to leave her home in Coal Valley to stay and take care of her mother? The trial is finally taking place for the wives of the deceased coal miners. Will the new judge be bought off? What is the truth, and who’s fault was the mine disaster? There is also a mysterious man who appeared in town. Who is he and what does he want? There are so many questions that we have all been waiting a long time to find the answer to.

This premier is going to be BIG! Be sure to follow along with other #Hearties on Facebook and Twitter.

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Grace of God – Movie Review

I love watching  movies, so when I was given the chance to review a new movie, Grace of God, I was excited. The story line enticed me and I thought it would be a good movie to watch when I had to put my foot up.

An amazing movie full of mystery, suspense, and a little romance.About the Movie

Having lost his faith many years ago, Detective Bill Broadly is called to investigate the disappearance of the local church’s collection plate. As he questions its various church members, rumors swirl as more congregants learn about the theft. When one unexpected church-goer confesses to stealing the funds, the confession resurrects Broadly’s views on God, and helps him see that through faith and belief there really is rebirth and redemption.

The DVD includes great actors and actresses including; John Ratzenberger, Erin Bethea, Julia Parker, and Lorenzo Lamas. It is 99 minutes long and received five doves from the Dove Foundation. It is not rated.

To be honest when I saw that the movie received five doves from the Dove Foundation I was a little worried. Lately if they like a movie, I really don’t care for it. The acting is usually lacking and often the movies come off as preachy. I am all for a movie with a message, but I want a movie that I enjoy, and I don’t want it to feel like a sermon. I went in to the movie a little apprehensive.

The movie started off in the church where they are discussing what to do about $30,000 that went missing! Right away I could tell it would be a good movie. The acting was great. The storyline was complex yet easy to follow, and there were multiple messages – but the movie didn’t come off overly preachy. The best part is that I enjoyed watching the movie. It has suspense, drama, and even a little romance. Often times with movies the plot is predictable, but when I found out who stole the money I was more than a little shocked. It will keep you guessing!

My biggest complaint is that it is marketed as “A Story of Easter Traditions Based on the Ten Commandments” I felt this was misleading as it had nothing at all to do with Easter, and the only part that had to do with the Ten Commandments was the theft. Aside from that, it was great!

If you are looking for a good movie that isn’t full of sex and drugs, then you should really check out Grace of God. It is available at WalMart.

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Harriet Tubman Unit Study

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There are so many wonderful people who have made America the place it is today. Since February is Black History Month we decided to study an amazing woman, Harriet Tubman. Currently in our regular history curriculum we are studying Moses, so what better person is there to study, than the Moses of her people, Harriet Tubman.

Free 19 page unit study on Harriet Tubman

Did you know that Family Christian has a few different resources about Harriet Tubman? They have so many more amazing items than I would have ever guessed. After a quick look at their website I decided to purchase Harriet Tubman Freedom’s Trailblazer. It looked like a fun book geared for kids.

Harriet Tubman Freedom’s Trailblazer is part of the Childhood of Famous Americans series. The books are historical fiction but stick to the spirit and values that influenced the person’s development. The books are written on a reading level that is suitable for kids eight to twelve.


Harriet Tubman: Freedom's Trailblazer
When you are dealing with such a horrible part of history you never know how a book is going to depict the bad parts of history. I don’t want a book that sugar coats history and downplays the violence, but I also don’t want a book that is so full of violence that it scares my child. I think that Harriet Tubman Freedom’s Trailblazer is a happy medium. The book talks about the violence and the horrible things that happened to many of the slaves. It talks about the struggles they faced and makes history come to life in a personal way. You aren’t learning about some random person, but a person who has hopes and dreams. You learn about someone who has a family but doesn’t get to see all of them. It gives a very personal view.

The violence of the time is talked about but not in too much detail. You learn about a slave who was branded with a branding iron when he tried to run away and the possibility of getting half of their foot cut off if they were caught.  The “n” word is used frequently in the book by the slave owners, but I think it really depicts the way the slaves were talked to. There is violence but it is necessary to study about that part of history. The best part of the book is that it shows how Harriet put her trust in God even through horrific times.

I learned a lot about Harriet Tubman by reading this book, so I decided to create a free unit study about it. It is a 19 page study that includes reading comprehension worksheets, suggested activities, and other topics to study. To get the most use out of the study you will need the book, Harriet Tubman Freedom’s Trailblazer. But there are many fun ideas that you can use even without the book.  Click the link below to download your copy.

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Harriet Tubman DVD

To go along with the book I also purchased the Nest Family Entertainment video, Inspiring Heroes Harriet Tubman. It is a 45 minute animated video about the life of Harriet Tubman. Since the video is only 45 minutes long it doesn’t go into a lot of details about Harriet but it is a great overview of her life and the underground railroad for younger children.  We really like the Inspiring Heroes DVDs because they add a visual aspect to our studies.

Adventures in Odyssey: For God & Country

The final item I purchased was Adventures in Odyssey For God and Country. It is an audio drama depicting twelve different stories on American History. We haven’t listened to the entire thing yet, but we listened to the three part story all about the underground railroad. It didn’t mention Harriet Tubman, but it did give another aspect to the hardships of the underground railroad.

When we put those three resources together I felt we had a great idea about who Harriet Tubman was as a person. I also found a few other resources to round out our study of this amazing woman.

There are two different games about the underground railroad.

  • Scholastic – this one is not as interactive, but it is educational and fun.
  • National Geographic – this one is available online free or on Kindle for a small fee. It has an Oregon Trail feel where you make choices to determine if you will make it to freedom.

Here are some free printable resources

  • Scholastic – There are a lot of worksheets for different grade levels.
  • Word searches – This is a fun word search about the underground railroad.

There are so many wonderful African Americans who played a major part in American history. We should be learning about them as part of history, but take a special effort to learn even more each February. Who are you going to learn more about this Black History month?

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VeggieTales Noah’s Ark – Review and Sale

VeggieTales is coming out with another fun, faith based video, Noah’s Ark. It will be available to own as of February 28, 2015. AJ and I had the pleasure of reviewing it before it came out.

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VeggieTales Noah’s Ark is a lot like many of the other VeggieTales videos. It is funny, has a great message, and is filled with those crazy songs that you just can’t help but sing. Unfortunately, there was one major difference. If you have been following VeggieTales recently you probably noticed the change in our beloved friends, Bob and Larry. A lot of people on social media don’t like the change, and I will admit I liked the old version better. When I put the DVD on that is the very first thing AJ noticed. She thought they looked weird and didn’t like their eyes. The characters themselves even make a joke about looking different at the beginning of the DVD. Thankfully, after a minute or so into the show we didn’t even notice the change. 
The story itself is loosely based on the Bible version and is told by Larry. It is the story from Noah’s son’s point of view of what Larry thinks he might have been thinking while on the ark. There are some odd twists in true VeggieTales style, including holes in the ark and a sea monster. The story my stray from the original, but throughout the video we are reminded to trust in God in the good times and the bad, and that God always has a plan. A great message that we all need to remember. 
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If you and your family enjoy VeggieTales, this DVD is sure to entertain. My main complaint is that the story didn’t stick to the Biblical version enough. Overall AJ loved it and I liked it. I am sure this DVD will be watched a lot around our house. 
You have to wait a few weeks to get your chance to watch this fun filled DVD, but the good news is you can buy it now at Family Christian. When you pre buy VeggieTales Noah’s Ark you get a FREE copy of VeggieTales Rack, Shack, & Benny. For only $12.97 you get two VeggieTales DVDs and that sounds like a great deal to me! 

 

Susie’s Hope – Review and Giveaway

I love animals and the thought of someone hurting one really turns my stomach. I even have to turn the channel any time that sad commercial asking for money for abused and neglected animals comes on. I do love happy endings though, so when I heard the true story about a little puppy named Susie I was touched. Her heartwarming story was recently turned into an incredible movie, Susie’s Hope.

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Who is Susie?

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Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and event won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!

About the Movie

Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing neglect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna rescues the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.


What we thought

This movie was touching. It has some sad parts and if you have a dog you will probably find yourself wanting to snuggle with it after watching the movie. I cried, had moments of anger, and of hope. It wasn’t all sad though, there is a complex storyline that really had me trying to figure out who had hurt Susie. It is not a movie that I would let younger kids watch because there are a few parts that may be too intense, but AJ (11) loved it. She even asked to watch it a second time. Susie’s Hope is a great movie with a wonderful message. Just be sure to have some kleenex near by. It is a movie that every animal lover should see at least once.
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Summertime Christmas Review & Giveaway

I love Christmas movies. I would watch them all year round, but in order to keep my family sane, I try to wait until at least November. I was recently given the opportunity to review a movie that I had previously never heard of, Summertime Christmas.

About the Movie

As two of Santa’s elves vacation in smalltown USA. Santa announces a huge shift in the Naughty and Nice Lists. Kids all over the world have started being naughty in droves! These two elves, Elwood (Josh Roy) and Nora ( Monica Eder), meet Jessica (Savannah Howard), a little girl who is still on the nice list, and do what they can to make sure she stays there. While getting to know her and her family, Elwood and Nora learn the real reason for Christmas.  

What we thought

Summertime Christmas starts off by showing that the world had become a nanny state and that parents were no longer able to discipline their children. Santa then sends out a message to his elves about the rise of naughty children. The elves are odd, quirky, and fun but unfortunately their acting often comes off as mediocre at best.  The movies saving grace is the main character, Jessica who is played by Savannah Howard. She plays a nice little girl who doesn’t believe in Santa, but wants to spread Christmas cheer to help make her parents and the other adults happy in spite of the bad economy. She does a wonderful job and really helps to round out the film. 
The movie seems to try and tackle too many themes at once and in turn fails to successfully convey a message. Just when you think you have figured out what the movie was leading up to, there is a bizarre and unexpected ending. It is a fun family film but nowhere near the quality of so many other great Christmas movies. The thing that we really didn’t care for was the poor film quality. At one point there is a scene on a merry go round, watching that scene actually made me dizzy! There were a few other places where  the camera angles were off as well.
Overall it is a movie I would watch on TV, but not one I would purchase myself. It is a cute story with a few funny moments. Watch the trailer and see what you think.
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