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Friday, 29 January 2010
Thursday's Child - Do you like surprise endings?
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Compassion International

The TOS Homeschool Crew just got a new graphics program to review. I've been trying to get used to it and my Thursday's Child badge above was my first creation. As you can see it's not the greatest, but it's a start. I'll have to work with it some more to see if I my creations become a little better. We'll see.

I've been thinking somewhat about what to say in this week's Thursday's Child post. I have bragged on Marcelo, and have talked about Mwende. By the way, I still haven't found a sponsor for Mwende yet. I would love it if someone would choose to sponsor her. If anyone is even remotely interested, please let me know by emailing me at tink38570@yahoo.com, or by leaving a comment below. 

Getting back to what I was going to write about. When I joined Compassion Bloggers, they said that they would send a suggestion each month for a blog topic that has to do with Compassion International. I haven't gotten this month's suggestion yet, however, so I went looking for something on YouTube that I could post. I wanted something new, that I hadn't said before. Maybe a different aspect of Compassion International. I found this. I think you will enjoy it. It has a very surprising ending. Have fun watching!


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Thursday, 28 January 2010
This is Double Question Week on the Men's Monday Meme!
Mood:  energetic
Topic: Men's Monday Meme

Finally, I'm getting a new Men's Monday Meme question posted. It has been a hectic week. Busy schedule, ministry emergencies, stomach virus, and, to top it all off, Tennessee is expecting a major snow event. Nothing compared to what you all get up north, but a big thing for us. It's going to be an interesting next few days.

I know that many of you take a few days to think over the new meme question before you answer it. I really feel bad that this one is late. Soooo, here's what I'm going to do. This week I'm posting not one, but two questions and I'm going to give you an extended time to answer them. One is going to be a regular question, and one is going to be a Hot Topic question. You can choose to answer one or both, but there are a couple of rules for posting your answer this time.

  • If you choose to answer both, they need to be seperate posts.
  • When you post your answer on the Mr. Linky, please put in parenthesis the question number that you answered. For example ~ Tim @ Families Again (#1)
  • You have until midnight on Feb. 8. To post your answers. That gives you a week and a half for one or both questions to be answered.
  • Remember, you can post at any time between now and then, so you can post one answer in a couple of days and then the other a few days after that.

OK, now the questions:

Regular Question (#1): Who makes the financial decisions around your home? Do you share in making them? Are there ever any disagreements?

Hot Topic Question (#2): There has been a lot of heated discussion on The Blog Frog (Don't know what it is? Ask your wife.) about homosexuality. As a matter of fact, the president just mentioned it in his State of the Union address. What do you think about homosexuality? Is it right or wrong? Why do you feel so?

Actually, both of the above could be Hot Topic questions in some households. Should be interesting. If you don't agree with someone's answer, don't shoot me. I'm only the messenger Smile. Let me remind you of my regular rules as well:

  1. This is a man's meme, so the answers must be the answers from a man. Either the man can answer on his blog, or a wife can interview her husband for her blog. However, if the wife puts it on her blog, she must stay true to what her husband said.
  2. You are encouraged to put one of the Men's Monday Meme buttons found to the left on your blog. Just copy the code below the button of your choice. The more folks who link, the more readers you may have to visit your blog.
  3. You may answer the question any time during the week up through next Monday. After you answer the question, add the address to your post to the Mr.Linky below. If you could, please only add the direct link to the post to make it easier for readers to find the entry.
  4. My answer along with a new question will be posted next Monday. The new Mr. Linky will be added at midnight Monday night.
And now, without further adieu, here's the new Mr. Linky:


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Posted by tink38570 at 10:48 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, 28 January 2010 10:49 PM CST
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Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Christian Keyboarding - Maybe I am Historical!
Mood:  not sure
Topic: Homeschool Product Review


Believe it or not, I do remember a day before computers. Hmmm ~ maybe I am historical after all?!? I used to love to type. I would get out my mom's old college manual typewriter, and begin a novel or some such thing. Of course I would have to hunt and pick to find the correct keys. Then, if I made a mistake, I would have to use one of those old white out pencils to cover over the mistake so that I could correct it.

In high school, I was a college prep person, so I didn't have to take all of the business classes like book keeping etc. but all college prep kids did have to take a couple of semesters of typing. I loved it, and loved the way that it improved my skills so that I didn't have to hunt and peck anymore. 

Nowadays, of course, typewriters are obsolete. Everyone has a computer, and even toddlers are using them. Kids in elementary school are now taking keyboarding classes so that they can learn to type correctly from the start. I had been looking for something like that for my kids. I had even searched the internet for free keyboarding programs that they could use. When I found that, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I was getting free downloads for Keyboarding for the Christian School and Keyboarding for the Christian School Elementary Version from Christian Keyboarding in order to try out and review on my blog, I was thrilled.


Both of the courses are well written by Leanne Beitel and are essentially the same, except for one main difference. The Elementary Version, written for for fifth grade on down, is more colorful, with a colored picture of the keyboard row that you are using for that lesson. It also has larger type, and is spaced differently so that it is easier to read. That makes it spread over two pages whereas the Regular Version, for sixth grade on up, is all on the same page. 

Both begin by teaching the proper posture typing and proper way of holding your fingers. They start by using the main middle row keys where your fingers naturally set and then advance to the outer keys and the rows above and below. The Elementary Version finishes with teaching the student how to use the bold, italic, underline and

center Smile keys. 

The Regular Version, however, goes much, much further. It goes on to teach the student how to type a cover page, reports, letters, tables, and more. One slight word of caution, though, both courses use Microsoft Word as their basis. This only matters, though, when it comes to the special functions, and, even then, Microsoft Word is the standard for word processors, and most other word processing programs are very similar.

Keyboarding for the Christian School and Keyboarding for the Christian School Elementary Version are just what they say. They are Keyboarding courses that are Christian in nature. That is probably what I like best about this curriculum. From day one, there are encouraging and relevant Bible verses at the top of each page of the Elementary Version, and verses scattered throughout the Regular lessons. Better yet, when the student gets to the point of typing sentences - Lesson 18 on both - they don't just type regular sentences, they type Bible verses!

These courses are exactly what I was looking for. It's something that reminds me of the typing course that served me well when I was in high school but, is very Christian in nature. Both Joshua (Elementary Course) and John Allen (Regular Course) are really enjoying using this. I'm really excited that they are learning keyboarding a lot earlier than I did. I would definitely recommend this course for homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers alike. 

The elementary course is currently priced at $12.95 with the regular version priced at $15.95, but the website is offering both courses for $22.00. AND, there is also a $5.00 of coupon code for any order of $12.95 or more. Christian Keyboarding also offers other specialized keyboarding courses for things such as creating tables or columns. You can find it all by just clicking here or on any one of the hi-lighted links above. As usual, you can find out what the other TOS Crew members are saying about this product by clicking here. Happy keyboarding!




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Posted by tink38570 at 12:01 AM CST
Updated: Wednesday, 27 January 2010 11:27 PM CST
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Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Men's Monday Meme - Question 6 - My Response
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Men's Monday Meme

Here is the original question:

Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Colossians 3:18 New International Bible

What do you think that the above Bible verse means, and how do you apply it (if you do) in your household?

I have heard so many opinions on this controversial subject. Everyone seems to have a comment to make. Some women get angry at the very idea that the Bible seems to be saying that they aren't equal to their husbands. Some men seem to think that this means that their wives should be meek, submissive things that stay barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen. Neither view is what I feel is a good view to take.

So many times folks seem to only focus on Colossians 3:18 and they don't bother to read any further. Let's review the key verse and the following verse:

 18Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

 19Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

Enough has been said over the years about verse 18, but I want to talk a little about verse 19.

What does it mean for a man to love his wife? How would you want to be treated by someone who loved you? Would you want to be treated with respect? Would you want folks to be kind to you instead of harsh? Would you want people to ask your opinion rather than order you to do something? I think any man or woman would say yes to all three of those questions. I don't think that there is a verse in the Bible that would contradict any of those things. 

That's how I think that a husband should treat his wife. If a husband really obeys God's command to love his spouse, then he is going to treat her with respect and kindness and value her opinion. He isn't going to treat her like a subordinate.

God made each sex a special way. He created women with the necessity to be loved and to be shown love. Although both sexes need that, the woman probably has more of a need for that emotion than a man. I'm not talking just about sexual love, although that is part of it. A woman just needs to feel like she is cared for and loved.

In the same way, the man needs to feel like he is someone. He needs to feel worthy.  Again, I'm not saying that he should be treated like a king, but he needs to feel like he has made something of himself ~ he's accomplished something. That's something that a woman needs as well, but it is probably more so felt in a man. 

Now, I also know that some women do things that make them hard to love, and many men do things that aren't respectable, but those two things are things that I feel the two different sexes desire. 

It's kind of like the opposite of a vicious circle. It's a good circle. If the man treats a woman with true love ~ I mean he really loves and respects her, then a woman will do anything for her man. Doing anything for her man will only generate more love that her husband will give her. 

God created a man and a women to compliment each other. Not for one to dominate the other. He gave both sexes specific jobs and characteristics that will meld with their spouses characteristics to make one perfect unit. It's our own sinful desires and disobedience that makes the unit imperfect. If we truly followed the Bible and the guidelines it gives for each individual to follow, then a man and wife ~ nay, I say, the world would live harmoniously.

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Monday, 25 January 2010
Twenty Four Hour Bonus on the Men's Monday Meme!
Mood:  spacey
Topic: Men's Monday Meme

Ok folks! I'd like to say I'm giving an extension this week because of the great popularity of my new Hot Topic - Men's Monday Meme. Or, that my blogs so busy that the server crashed. Or, I've been invited to speak to congress about homeschooling. BUT...the truth of the matter is...I'm just exhausted!

Today has been one of those days when either the mission phone (it runs into our house) and/or the house phone and/or my cell phone rang at the same time. And, it happened two or three times. We also had to go on rescue missions three times today for mission folks who needed a ride, or whose car broke down. We even got a knock on the door from a guy with a truck load of computer monitors, scanners, and printers, that he wanted to donate to the mission. I haven't checked any of them yet, but he promised they all still worked Undecided! Top that off with a blizzard today, a full day of homeschooling, four loads of laundry, and Jacob not sleeping well and being up half the night and you get a very tiring day. I just don't have it in me to think about my response to the question and post a new question tonight. It will have to wait until tomorrow.

So, it isn't the popularity of my meme or my blog, and it definitely isn't my being called to speak in the congress but you do get an extra 24 hours. I hope you all join in!

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