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Friday, 9 April 2010
Men's Monday Meme - What Would You Do If...
Mood:  mischievious
Topic: Men's Monday Meme

Ok! It's been a busy week! If you've been following along, you know that I've been at a really big homeschool convention this week. So, I really haven't had time to even think about a question, let alone post one. However, in the past few days, one of my blogging friends has been having an exciting time. Her only child, a daughter, is 16, and she thought that she was done having children. But, lo and behold, she is having crazy cravings, she's been more tired recently, etc. All the signs that she might be pregnant again, So, here's this week's question. It's not a hard question, kind of a fun one, so I think you will have plenty of time to answer it.

What would you do if your kids were grown and your wife told you that she thought...more than thought...was pretty sure that she was pregnant?

Don't forget 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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Posted by tink38570 at 11:27 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, 11 April 2010 8:45 PM CDT
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Thursday, 8 April 2010
We're Here!
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: General

Have you ever been goo-goo eyed? You know ~ walking around wide eyed in wonder like you are in a daze? Well, that's how John Allen and I were tonight as we were walking around the exhibit hall at the Midwest Homeschool Convention at the Duke Energy Convention Center here in Cincinnati. It is amazing! And we haven't even been to hear a speaker yet. The exhibit hall is huge. We just perused it. We wanted to just walk around to get an idea of what was there. We talked to a few people, but not for long and in the hour that we were there, we didn't even see half of it! John Allen was giddy. Every time he saw a company that had curriculum that he liked he had to say something to the people. We can't wait to go back tomorrow and to see more exhibits and talk to more people. So far we have visited the TOS Booth and talked with my boss TOS Heidi. As nice in person as she is in emails and the Crew Forum. We've seen the Vision Forum booth, but haven't talked with Doug Philips yet. We saw the great folks from Virginia Soaps and Scents. We've seen the booths from Artistic Pursuits, Sonlight, Rocket Phonics, and many, many more. There was a chess booth that had curriculum that was based on chess, there was a scale model of Noah's Ark and scale models of dinosaurs. And this was just in one hour! Can you tell I'm excited? I've never seen anything like it! The above picture is just a fraction of last year's exhibit hall. This year's hall is much bigger with even more exhibitors! I'll tell you more tomorrow!

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Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Special News Alert - Be On The Lookout
Mood:  energetic
Topic: Homeschool Product Review

This is a special BOLO (Be On the Look Out). It seems that famous historical people from all over the world and from all time periods have mysteriously been time warped into modern times and into different countries than they are from. And, what's worse, is that they have all gotten amnesia. They don't know who they are! Your mission ~ if you choose to accept it ~ is to join the famous explorers, Wiglington and Wenks and travel around the world to locate these people. They could be inventors, politicians, heroes, religious figures, scientists, musicians...you name it. You need to find them, and help them regain their memory. How do you do that. Well...
  1. First you need to go to http://www.wiglingtonandwenks.com/  and sign up for either a free membership or a paid membership. A paid membership will allow you to gain access to some of the special features that are only available if you buy one of the membership plans. They are reasonably priced at $5.99 for one month, $16.99 for three months, $29.99 for six months or $59.99 for one year. There are also some extra charges for special costumes and accessories that you can buy.
  2. Then you need to go to Wiglingtontown and find the Traveling Academy in order to get your passport to travel.
  3. After you've obtained your passport you can head out to find the lost historical figures. They could be anywhere, so be on the lookout wherever you are.
  4. To help them regain their memory, you have to find items that belong to them. They could be articles of clothing that they wore, inventions that they made, things that they used...you'll know them when you see them. Once you find these things, you bring them back to the owner to help them regain their memory.
  5. Beware of Count Cannaregio and his minions. Every good plot and every good game must have it's evil character.
  6. Along the way you can do a lot of fun things like:
  • play special games
  • meet and chat with other travelers
  • buy and wear special costumes
  • discover new areas
  • learn new things
  • buy your own island and build your own mansion
  • organize virtual parties for all of your new virtual friends
  • the fun is really limitless

Check out this neat video to find out more:




So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to Wiglingtontown right away to start searching and start having fun! Just click here or on any one of the hi-lighted links.

Special note to parents - My kids loved Wiglington and Wenks. I loved it as well. Finally an educational game to take the place of these popular on-line virtual worlds where all you are doing is playing pranks or battling one another. With Wiglington and Wenks, your kids actually learn something! Imagine that...learning something on the internet Surprised!

There are a couple of caveats that I feel I must mention. Although, by and far, Wiglington and Wenks is a great educational game, it is still fairly new and the company is still in the process of working out some of the kinks.

The ability to have conversations with other members is one area that still has some flaws. As of right now, if there is any inappropriate behavior that  you notice, you are to report it to the administrator and they will take action ASAP. Unfortunately, until they take action and until they come up with a system where foul language or inappropriate remarks can't be made, your children still may encounter them occasionally. My children, however, never encountered anyone like that (at least they never did while I was watching).

Another area that is worth at least a slight mention is the choice of some of the historical figures. Although most homeschool families are very grounded in their education and beliefs, one or two characters may not be of their liking. One character that comes to mind is Charles Darwin. The talk (at least all the talk that I could find) is mild regarding evolution or anything like that. I just felt like, as a reviewer that is reviewing for primarily homeschool families, it should be mentioned so that the aforementioned homeschool families are not surprised when they see some characters that they may think worthy of being in the game.

Those are the only two negative areas, albeit slight, that I felt worthy of mention. All in all, I found nothing really objectionable and my kids enjoyed playing it. Again, to get to the Wiglington and Wenks game, click here. To find what some of the other TOS Crew members thought about Wiglington and Wenks, click here. Happy Homeschooling.

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I was given a free one month membership to the game Wiglington and Wenks in order to try out and review on my blog.

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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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