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Roloffs....

 

Caption: The "Little People, Big World" stars embark on a trip.

Okay, I can't think of anything Amish to write about today and I'll take a break from babbling about my book....so I'll talk about what is coming on TV now. SIGH, Rachel has gotten me started on all of these TLC shows that I never would have discovered on my own.  Tonight is the season debut of "Little People, Big World."   I've come to like this show (Jon & Kate Plus Eight annoys me sometimes)...I think it showcases how people with disabilities can overcome their adversity and really live very normal, successful lives. So, cheers to Little People, Big World! Anyone else watch this show?  By the way, dwarfism - in my experience - is very rare among the Amish.  There are many genetic anomolies passed down among the Amish from their very homogeneous gene pool, but dwarfism is not something that I have run across......


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I have to agree with Cherylames about the Duggars, always thought their program was staged/this is how we want the world to percieve us.  I only watch a few mintues of their new show where Josh gets engaged.  Found it interesting that he's saving his first kiss for the wedding.  Shows like the 'Soup' and 'Dish' picked up on that and now both Josh and his mom (for having so many kids) are the punch line for jokes on these programs (for those who don't watch tv these shows take a look at the past week's tv reality shows and news and 'finds humor' in what has happen ).  I didn't find humor in this, just felt sorry of Josh who is telling the world this is his belief in courting and then he becomes a punch line, of all in the name of ratings.

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 Click to view...this photo is a view from my hometown, just wanted you to see how lovely it is this time of year.... i have never seen the roloff's, but i am an avid fan of john and kate plus eight, i  just love that show...the duggar's totally turns me off, there is just something very weird about that family, there are no toys or playtime, every minute is assigned, the middle kids taking care of the youngest kids, laundry, cooking, cleaning, they eat and live like it's a military school, not a home, and what is michelle doing with her time other than cranking out more kids, her kids she has now are being deprived of a childhood and i hear there is another one on the way.  i mean to each their own, our lives are our lives to live as we choose,  but really...................

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It is beautiful where you live!  I haven't been able to watch the Duggars yet.  I do agree with courting though, so does our 20 year old to an extent.  She has been kissed, but she didn't like it; I think that is because it wasn't the boy God has for her.  When the one God has picked out for her is revealed it will be different for her.

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:5

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I really don't watch much TV at all, but I like watching Jon & Kate.  It reminds me that life with two kids is not nearly as crazy as it could be.  LOL  Sometimes Kate irks me...but I usually just laugh it off.  I really enjoyed the Q&A show they did.  Their family reminds me of my sister's, when her kids (6 of them) were young.  One of her sons (and his wife) went to a conference in PA recently and found out while there that it was being held at the Gosselin's preschool.  They got to see the sextuplets in their preschool class AND got to meet/take pictures with Jon.  Their report was that he was very nice and down-to-earth.  :o)

I'm not as crazy about the Roloffs.  Their lifestyle just seems so...what's the word I'm looking for?  Crazy?  Hectic?  Disorganized?  I don't know.  During the first season I think I remember Matt being self-employed or something like that, which put strain on the family budget.  I think that's what turned me off on the show.  I understand his wish to give his kids the kind of childhood he didn't have, but at the same time, sometimes "playtime" has to take a back seat to more important things.  Maybe I'm off-base here, just speaking on what I remember of the show.

KJuneBug mentioned the Duggars...now, this is a show I'm actually enjoying.  I'm actually waiting for the re-runs to come on at any moment.  These are the two shows that portray son Josh's engagement and the Duggars' views of "courting" and marriage.  I'm really curious about that - and fascinated by this family.  Don't necessarily agree with them...but then again, I don't disagree or think they're "wrong" either.  I just think the way they choose to live their lives is interesting - much on the same level I view the Amish.  It's interesting to me.  I like to see different ways of life.  I think it helps me in figuring out what's "right" for my own.  LOL 

Just my two cents...

Rebecca

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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

I am fascinated by the Duggars, as well!  I need to set the DVR to record them.  I didn't realize the oldest wsa engaged!  I can't imagine marrying into that family, but they are probably more sane than the family I married into Tongue out

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I just watched Jon&Kate+8 for the first time through the miracle of TV over the internet.  Yep, that is pretty much our life!  Although I really don't think I would want my crazy life to be broadcast around the world.  The one thing that cracked me up with the "have you all gone to the batrhroom" question when they are out in the van; My children are old enough to know the routine, yet, every time we are preparing to leave, their is always one, who says, that they forgot, and it is never the same child!  I am hoping that they put the Duggars show online to watch too.  That would be interesting adding more children and the homeschool twist (which we have going on).  The Little People, Big World show doesn't seem that interesting to me, so I probably won't watch that one.

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:5

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Luv I"m with you on being a football widow.  It starts on Thursday night with college games and goes until Monday nightTongue out Even when we went to friend's house on Saturday night, the men watch college football while the women talked int the kitchen! 

I watched the Rolff's last night.  It was ok, felt sorry for the kids in Iraq.  The thing that I find 'funny' is that when the show started, they were average American family struggling to make ends meet.  Now they seem to have money out the wasuz.  The only consistency is how messy their house isWink So Kevin lesson to learn, get yourself a reality show and you'll make the money that you need.  I'm sure we all could come up with a catchy title for it..........

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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

Agreed!  The kids are definitely old enough to pick up after themselves.  I know it is reality tv, but I would be ashamed to be on tv with a wreck-house like that.  And yah, when I have watched it, it seems like they always argue about $$$...but when they were on Rachael Ray, she said they just bought a new, big farm.  I am sure their celebrity status has boosted the revenue from their farm ventures, but it also makes you wonder what they (and Jon + Kate) are being paid to do these shows.

Not sure it would be worth the money to have my entire business broadcast like that.

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I guess my point that didn't come out well was, when they were 'average' family with 'normal' problems (i.e. borrowing money to pay for Zach's braces) it was easy to relate to them.  But last season they added a beautiful inground pool, took fantasic trips all over, etc. Last night they showed parts of the 'remodel' house and it was the WOW factor.  Lots of big bucks went into it.  Not to sound sour grapes, but I just can't relate to them any more Frown  My husband doesn't like watching it but whenever he does watch it with me he ALWAYS comments on how messy their house is and tells me how glad he is that we don't keep our house like that.

I know on John and Kate they had an show where they answered questions.  And somehow it came out that they get a lot of things given to them just for showing/talking about it on the show (i.e. the piano, ski trip).  Makes you wonder if anyone would like to watch a 'reality show' about meWink

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BK, superbly said! I think you expressed what I was feeling, but didn't realize I was feeling it...I absolutely am not "sour grapes" either at the success of the Roloffs or Gosselins...but you are right something DOES change as they become more "affluent" and I think what that is is the 'relatability factor" as you put it....It IS harder to relate to them now....The same thing happened to me with Rachael Ray...My wife, Rachel, and I were watching Rachael Ray back when she was a newcomer "nobody" on The Food Network...she just seemed like the girl next door...Fast-forward to today...I still like Rachael Ray, but there is something that isn't there anymore, and I think it is "relatability." ......

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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

Yep!  When RR was only on Food Network, she wore nice shirts/comfy jeans and looked at home in the kitchen.  On her daytime show, she looks too stiff/dressy to be tossing food around and making messes.  I notice this season they are dressing her down a little bit, which is better than the flouncy dresses, dangly necklaces/bracelets she had before.  Even Martha generally wears a button-up shirt and khakis, and she is loaded with $$$.

 I haven't watched the Roloffs for quite some time, so I haven't seen all of their fancy stuff.  I suppose it would be hard "living" on tv and also enjoying the blessings that have come their way.  But I agree, at a certain point they lose their "average joe"-ness, which made them so relatable in the first place.

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I just LOVE this show.  I agree about how they seem to have TONS of money and opportunity now that they didn't have in season one.  Since they have this money why doesn't she hire a cleaning service???  That house is just a mess all the time.  When they finished the kitchen remodel I thought they might want to keep it nice and clean and new, but I guess I was wrong!

Anyway, I still love the show and will watch every week.

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Well, you're right, BK, the Roloffs and the Jon & Kate Plus Eight parents definitely seem to have "cashed in" on their shows.  That said, I don't really begrudge them.  I get frustrated, though, because The Amish Cook has a fan-base, too.....SIGH, I just don't think a reality show with people in silouhette would be very appealing to viewers!:) (actually, Lovina would never consent even to silouhette...and, in the end, even if such an opportunity were to come along, we'd pass....it would just be too intrusive/invasive into their life)

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Ahh but you could have 'actors' to play the part of Lovina and family.  Seems like there is ALWAYS some new reality show on tv.  So yours could have a twist in it with the actors.  Don't think it will work but then I didn't think shows like 'Charm School' "Girls Next Door' and "I Love Money' were good ideas and they have good ratings!

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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

 Matt and Amy did a guest spot on Rachael Ray on Friday, and were talking a little bit about the upcoming season.  Matt makes several trips to Iraq (I think), to visit a family with a couple of kids with dwarfism and several problems related to it.  I like this show, but with all of the stuff we watch on NBC (along with stupid football! blech.), we don't switch the channel much.  Matt seems kind of cocky and conceited, though.

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What sort of anomalies, if you don't mind?

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This is a good article describing the hodgepodge of rare genetic disorders: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/06/08/60II/main700519.shtml

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Thank you for the article Kevin.  That's strange how there are some diseases only found in the Amish, but it would stand to make sense.

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