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Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Oh Why? Oh Why? Do I pledge to these things?
Mood:  spacey
Topic: General

Why did I ever pledge to try to post every day for a year (except for that cruel 10 from last month - don't remind me Frown). Don't get me wrong. 99.9% of the time I love blogging and posting every day. Tonight, however I am tired. But, at the same time, I have lots to talk about. So, tonight, I am going to try some one liners to get everything in without falling asleep or going crazy. Here goes.

  • Took Joshua to Chattanooga for Asperger's Dr. Check-up. Dr. very pleased. Still coordination problems.
  • Sarah went to Nashville to pick up her mom from airport. She made it back safely. Mom back home safe and sound.
  • Community garden got plowed. Tomorrow we plant potatoes.
  • Jacob has appointment with anesthesiologist tomorrow. Having his tonsils and adenoids taken out on the 22nd. Please pray.
  • Leaving for big homeschool convention in Cincinnati on Thursday morning. We're really excited.
  • Jacob also has appointment at Vanderbilt on the 20th for his scoliosis. May have to wear a brace, perhaps even surgery, hopefully neither one. Please pray for that as well. Poor Jacob.
  • Good friend of John Allen's moving to Florida this weekend. Big going away party tomorrow night. John Allen sad. Please pray for the both of them.
  • Mission doing great. Lots being planned.
  • Compassion kids doing well. Just wrote to Marcelo. Got Somi's sponsor/information packet today.
  • Will post a new Men's Monday Meme question tomorrow.
  • More on these and other stories tonight at 6 during your local evening news...err...I mean...in the near future.
Well, I guess that get's you caught up to speed for now. Talk to you tomorrow.

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Monday, 5 April 2010
A New Blog Friend
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Ministry

Recently I became blogging friends with Jim Fruehan. Jim and his wife, Robyn, direct "The Lord Will Provide" aka "Jireh Ministries" in Uganda. Jim has an amazing story that I won't even try to repeat here on my blog but let me give you what I think is the neatest detail. After Robyn took a mission trip to Uganda in 2005, Jim and Robyn were led by God to start a ministry in Uganda. Now Jim isn't some young whippersnapper. He is 58 years old (of course, since I am reaching 50, that sound pretty young to me). Jim sold his construction company and off they went to Africa and now run a fabulous ministry there. 

Now, you know that Sarah and I work for BCM international and we are very involved with sponsoring kids from Compassion International. Both of those organizations, however, have workers in Africa, so reading Jim's blog will really help you in understanding how far a little bit can go in those countries. 

You can access Jireh Ministries foundation website by clicking on the banner at the top, and you can get to Jim's blog - with some really neat stories - by clicking here. Grab a box of kleenex and read a couple of Jim's stories. They're worth it!

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Sunday, 4 April 2010
He Has Risen!
Mood:  happy
Topic: General

He Has Risen Indeed!

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Saturday, 3 April 2010
BCM International Ministry Moment - Update on Orissa
Mood:  happy
Topic: BCM International

Some time ago I posted a YouTube video of the problems in Orissa, India and how BCM International was helping. Recently I received an update of how things were going in Orissa by BCM International's president Mary Windle. First I'll post the video for those of you who may have missed it the first time around, then I'll post the letter.



 Now here's the latest news.


From the President’s Desk – Orissa

Posted on: 29 Mar 2010 at 12:50 pm

Greetings from the President's Desk.

Orissa, and the believers there, have been in our prayers for some time. I am happy to report that this last week end, Palm Sunday week end, BCM held a Bible Convention in Orissa and also dedicated three new churches. These are the first new church to be built since the persecution began over two years ago.

Early Sunday morning Dr. Dalavai, Rev. Adustra Rao, and Rev. Nayak called me from the train station on the return from the area with a verbal report:

“I am happy to inform you that God has enabled us to accomplish the dedicating THREE newly built Churches, meeting with all the pastors and also addressing the convention, as per Rev. Nayak's report there were 5000 people in attendance.”

Please pray as we build and rebuild churches and also as we begin rebuilding houses in the area. BCM participates with local resources for these projects. Our participation cost for each church is US$4,320 and for each house is US$730.00.

We were also able to visit with the abandoned and/or orphaned children we are sponsoring in the area, and they are doing well. Pray too as we look for continued sponsorship for these children. BCM also coordinates with local resources for these children. Our participation cost for each child is US$34 monthly.

Marty Windle
BCM President

Continue praying for these people, and BCM's role in the rebuilding of the Christian Community



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Friday, 2 April 2010
Critical Thinking is Right Down My Alley
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Homeschool Product Review

My wife always says that I am too analytical. I watch a commercial, or music video a few times, and start seeing the irregularities. Things that most people wouldn't see. It drives Sarah up the wall. A few years ago, when we first began to homeschool, I received a copy of The Critical Thinking Company's catalog and said "Now that's the catalog for me!" When I found out that we were going to get to review a product from that company, I was thrilled.

The Critical Thinking Company sent me Language Smarts Level C - their second grade Language book. I was really glad to get it because Joshua was struggling in that area, but I have downloaded some of Critical Thinking's free materials and was very interested in what they were going to do with Language. You see, this company has a lot of products that really make you think. They exercise the brain. There are all kinds of logic and thinking puzzles and techniques that they use and although exercising the brain is good, I wondered how they were going to teach Language in the process. 

What I found when I got the book was that, yes, they still use many puzzles to give you a brain work-out but, they also teach you 2nd grade (and more advanced) language arts. However, here is the kicker. Most of the time they do it both at the same time. As they are teaching the language skills, they are teaching the student to think and analyze. That is exactly what Joshua needed.

This very well made, high quality book has everything you can think of that should be in 2nd grade language books plus more. Along with pages on proper grammar usage, compound words, contractions, writing and reading skills, they had pages that talked about mnemonics and palindromes and sections on comparing and contrasting and deductive reasoning. This book really makes you think, but they do it in a fun way, and with very clever and colorful illustrations. The author does encourage you that, although they want the student to work independently, you should be around to point them in the right direction and give them hints (not answers!). Here is a sample page on subject/verb agreement for you to see what I mean:

Critical thinking has never been one of Joshua's strong suits, and this curriculum has really helped in this area. And, for the suggested price of only $39.99 it is a real deal. The Critical Thinking Company began by publishing books to help a child think...well...critically but in recent years have begun to publish books for the entire curriculum. The Language Smart books are part of their "Core Curriculum" series, but they can also be used as a supplemental curriculum. If you are looking for books that really make your child think I would head over to The Critical Thinking Company's website. You can get to their by clicking here or on any one of the hi-lighted links above. Some of their other books were reviewed by the other TOS Homeschool Crew members and you can read their reviews by clicking here. I would even recommend these books for public/private school kids. They are so fun that your kids don't even know that they are learning. Happy Home Educating!

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I was sent a free copy of The Critical Thinking Company's book - Language Smarts Level C in order to try out and review on my blog.



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