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Friday, 26 March 2010
Exciting News and Not So Exciting News
Mood:  not sure
Topic: Compassion International

Well, this is the second big announcement that we have to make...the first was the announcement that we had a new son (Compassion son that is) named Feyber from Columbia.

Our second announcement is very similar! Recently, our good friend Kees, announced that Compassion had an over abundance of correspondence kids that needed sponsoring. Well, I prayed about it and then we had a family meeting. Four days later Somi entered our lives!

Somi is from village of about 1000 in Indonesia. They have no electricity and he lives in a house with dirt floors, wooden walls and thatched roof. He is 9 years old and is in first grade. He lives with his father, a teacher, and his mother, a farmer. Most adults are farmers and make about $56 a month! Poor little Somi looks so serious in this picture. Please pray with us for him.


On a bit of a sad note. I called Compassion today to ask if our Christmas child Mwende from Kenya had been sponsored yet. They said that she had not yet found a sponsor Cry. We have been praying since November for Mwende. Please pray with us that a sponsor would be found for her soon.

Sponsoring has been a joy for us. If you have any questions about sponsorship, please feel free to ask. If you are interested in Sponsoring Mwende or any other child, please contact me or check out this website - www.compassion.com.




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Posted by tink38570 at 3:12 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, 26 March 2010 9:34 PM CDT
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Ministry Moments - Embarrassing Tim!
Mood:  silly
Topic: Ministry


Unless someone is just now for the first time reading my blog, then it is safe to think that you all know that I work with a great group called the TOS Homeschool Crew. It is comprised of a wonderful group of homeschool bloggers that receive homeschool products to review and blog about. Well, something you may not know is that all of the Crew, except for me, are ladies. Yep, I'm the only male in the bunch. It has been a lot of fun getting to know one another over the past year on the Crew. We have our own forum where we talk with one another, ask questions, discuss the products, etc. Many jokes have been made about me being the only man ~ in fact, if truth be known, I am the one who starts most of them. 

Sometimes, however, the ladies will forget that I am on the crew and that I read every post on our forum. One example is what happened recently. Occasionally we'll get a product to review that is non-homeschool. We heard that we were going to get something from a company called Beeyoutiful. Beeyoutiful makes products like vitamins, creams, facial scrubs...you get the idea. Well, yesterday we all found out what we were getting and were talking about it on the forum. One product, though, was slightly more embarrassing for the ladies to discuss since they knew I would be reading. It was a...hrmph...how should I say this...ladies midlife crisis cream Surprised. While reading their tiptoeing comments, I wanted to laugh. Obviously these girls have forgotten the ministry that Sarah and I are involved with. We work with the low income folks that live in the projects across the street from us. In fact, it's not just the projects that are low income, it's really our whole neighborhood. Sarah has a great ministry with the women of the area, but some of these women are...let's just say...a little less cultured than other women. I have heard it all and seen it all.

Let me give you an example of the folks that we work with by telling you about something that happened a couple of years ago. This doesn't involve one of Sarah's ladies, though. It involves one of the kids that we work with. They had just moved in to the neighborhood and "B" had come to play with my boys. During a break, I had a chance to talk with "B". Here is how our conversation went. Imagine a little five year old boy saying this with a very thick southern drawl.

"B" - "My mama wears a bracelet around her ankle." 

"Me" - "Oh yeah?"

"B"  - "And she can't take it off."

"Me" - "Oh?"

"B" - "And she can't leave the house either."

"Me" - "Why not?"

"B" - "Because if she does, the law 'll git 'er!"

I quickly figured out what he was talking about. It seems that his mother was on probation for something and wore one of those tracking devices. I promptly ended the conversation.

This is just a small glimpse of the things that we hear and see daily. Life is never boring, and nothing really embarrasses me anymore. I hope this gave you a little smile to help you through your day. Thanks for all of your prayers for our ministry. We couldn't do it without you.

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Posted by tink38570 at 1:03 AM CDT
Updated: Friday, 26 March 2010 9:39 AM CDT
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Thursday, 25 March 2010
Men's Monday Meme - Hot Topic Question!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Men's Monday Meme


OK. I might be opening this up for some heated discussion, but that's why I call these questions "Hot Topic Questions". I'll get right to the point.

This past week our US congress passed a new health care bill. I won't pretend that I know all about it, but I do know there is a lot of talk going on.

On one side, folks are against it. There argument is that we are going down the road to socialism and/or it will run our national debt up even higher. Some say that the government can't even efficiently run the programs that we have now how do they think they are going to be able to run national health care.

The opposite side claims that those who are against it are just heartless. Wouldn't Jesus want everyone to have health care? Shouldn't the poor have just as much access to health care as the rich? They say that this would ultimately save our country money because there would be less folks using emergency health services at the taxpayers expense.

Question of the week:

What do you think? Is this new health care reform good for our country? Do you agree with one of the above point of views? Why or why not?

Let me remind of the rules:

  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 here's the new Mr. Linky:


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Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Brrrriiinnnggg...You May Turn the Page Now!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Homeschool Product Review


Do you remember the old books with records/tapes that you used to get as a child? You know, the ones where someone read the story and you could follow along in the book? Then, when it was time to turn the page, there would a special signal for you when it was time to turn it. I used to love those books.

Recently, I got a very pleasant surprise! I actually received four books in the mail from Children's Bible Hour. They are adaptations of four episodes of their popular radio programs. And, lo and behold, what should be in the back of each beautifully illustrated book but CD's of the books being read. And, sure enough, there was a special signal to turn each page. Brought back wonderful memories. I loved it and so did my kids. They had never experienced something like that before. With all of the technology these days, sometimes the old ways are exciting for kids.

These books are part of a series called "Seasons of Life".  Each book tells a story that corresponds spiritually and weather-wise with one of the four seasons. Here is how Children's Bible Hour explains it.

I love the above descriptions of the seasons, and each book in the series emphasizes each description to a tee. Let me take each book one by one.

The first book in the series is called "Race With Midnight". Becky is going to spend Spring break with her Uncle Carl, Aunt Millie, and cousin Sarah on their ranch in Montana. Now that she was older,  Becky was looking forward to learning how to ride a horse by herself on this trip. Becky had a more important task that she wanted to accomplish though. You see, her uncle's family had never trusted Jesus as their Savior. Before she left, her parents prayed that somehow Becky would get the chance to tell them about Jesus. Will she have the chance? Will she learn how to ride? What happens when she and Sarah get lost? You'll have to buy the book to find out!

The Summer book is entitled "You Can't Come In". Zach and his family have just moved to Akron from California. He misses his friends from out west, but he's glad that he has a new friend, Adam, to spend his summer with. Adam soon finds out that Zach hasn't been to church much in his life and invites him to come some day. One day Zach has a wagon wreck while they are getting ready to build a secret fort. Did Zack get hurt? Why wouldn't his mom let him in the house? Will he ever go to church with Adam? The book will answer all of those questions!

The title for Fall's book is "Seventy Times Seven". Brad and Doug had been good friends for a long time but Doug had been acting strange lately. He hasn't been acting like himself. He borrows money, then forgets to pay it back. He uses Brad's math book and then neglects to return it. He doesn't spend as much time with Brad at Mr. Jeffries' ice cream shop anymore. Brad is beginning to wonder if Doug even wants to still be his friend. The last straw comes when Doug's new puppy chews up Brad's favorite baseball cap because Doug, once again, forgot to return it. That was it! Doug had gone to far and Brad wasn't going to forgive him! Doug feels bad and wonders how to fix it. Will Brad and Doug ever be friends again? Why is Brad doing all of these strange things? What happens when Brad breaks Mr. Jeffries' ice cream shop sign? You'll only find out if you read the book!

The Winter book's title is "Braving the Storm". There sure had been a lot of storms in Thomas' life lately. First the terrible car accident had injured his brother Manuel so badly that he could hardly walk. Then, his father lost his job and they had to leave their beautiful house and all of their friends and move into a small mobile home in their grandparents back yard. "Why had God allowed all of these bad things to happen?" wonders Thomas. They were Christians. God was supposed to bless them not bring trouble. Soon Grandpa calls for Thomas to help him plant an apple tree sapling. Even though it was winter, Grandpa thought it might still survive. While planting it, Grandpa tries to console Thomas' sadness with some wise counsel. Later, a terrible storm comes. Thomas and his family have to make a daring run from their house to his grandparent's house. Would they make it? What was the wise counsel that Grandpa had? Would Manuel ever be able to walk again? Would the little sapling survive the storm? You guessed it. You'll have to buy the book to find out!

These 10' x 8.5' softback books are wonderful books and they are beautifully illustrated by Robert Sauber and John White. The CD's are very well done with sound effects, background music and the book is narrated by The Children's Bible Hour's own Uncle Charlie. The price of $10 each is  very reasonable. You can check out this series and all of the other great things that Children's Bible Hour has to offer by clicking here or on any one of the hi-lighted links above. You can also check to see what the other TOS Crew Members are saying by clicking here. Happy home educating!

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I was sent free copies of the above books to read and review on my blog.




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Posted by tink38570 at 10:26 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, 25 March 2010 12:37 AM CDT
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Tuesday, 23 March 2010
I Won!
Mood:  happy
Topic: General


I can't believe it! I won one of the great contests that I signed up for. My TOS Crew friend Tristan from Our Busy Homeschool had a contest to give away the remaining eight months of her Hands of a Child super membership because she upgraded to a lifetime membership. Over the weekend she sent me an email saying that I had won! Yesterday the great folks at Hands of a Child contacted me and got my account all set up. I've already downloaded four free products! They are great. I don't know how much a super membership usually costs, but the stuff I have gotten so far is fantastic. They have lapbooks, unit studies...all kinds of things! Check them out by clicking here or on one of the hi-lighted links above for their site. Also, check out Tristan's site by clicking here or her hi-lighted site name above. I'll keep you posted as to any other contests that I find out about so that you can join in the fun. Maybe you'll win one too!

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Posted by tink38570 at 11:43 AM CDT
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