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Thursday, 20 May 2010
Men's Monday Meme - I've Read a Couple of things Lately
Mood:  quizzical
Topic: Men's Monday Meme



I've read a couple of interesting things lately. Things that have made me really think. Things that have made me wonder what this world is coming to, or maybe what have we become.

The first was when I read a retweet from one of my friends on twitter. It was about a lady who was an advocate for giving our children more freedom. She asks why we aren't the way we were in the 60's and the 70's. We would let our kids ride bikes all over town, We'd let them go to the park by themselves. It wasn't a crime to leave your 12 year old at home for a few minutes while you ran to the store. This advocate claims that the crime rate today is less than it was back then, but we shelter our kids and we don't let them learn on their own. Her organization proclaimed last Saturday as "Leave your kids at the park alone Saturday". You were to drop you kids off at the park for a half an hour or so and say goodbye. You weren't to go and watch them from behind a tree or anything else, you were to LEAVE! I really made me think about how we treat our kids these days. Are we overprotective?

Robert Taylor Homes - Basketball Court circa late 1960's Pictures, Images and Photos 

The second thing that I read was a question that a lady posted on a forum. It seems that there is a bus stop close to her home and everyday she sees the same "older" lady waiting there for the bus. Occasionally she has said hello as she pulled out of her driveway but that was the extent of their relationship. One day, as she was pulling out with her kids in the car, the "older" lady came up to her window and asked if she was going "by the shops". Apparently you can't go anywhere in this town with out going by the shops, so she said that she was. The women then explained that she had missed her bus and asked if there was a way she could catch a ride to the shops and she would then ride the bus home. The mother then promptly answered "No! I hardly know you." The lady was taken aback and responded "I'm a mature lady", but the mother refused. After telling her story, the mother asked the forum if she were right. Some on the group were aghast that she would do something like that, others defended her decision.

Okay, here is my Men's Monday Meme question(s) for the week.

Are we being overprotective? Are we so cautious that we have lost sight of what it means to be kind and generous and outgoing with one another? Are all of the warnings correct or have we become a worrisome society? Or, should we be more wary these days? Have times changed and there is no going back? What are your thoughts?

As usual, here are the rule reminders.

  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 or sometime within the next couple of days after that Wink.
And here's the new Mr. Linky:



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Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Why We Do What We Do!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Ministry


I know! I know! Today's Wednesday and not Thursday. But I couldn't wait. I saw this and had to post it.

This is why Sarah and have chosen to be missionaries to the low income folks with BCM International and why we have chosen to sponsor and correspond with children through Compassion International.  As you are watching this, please be in prayer as to what God may have for you to do for Him.




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Tuesday, 18 May 2010
The Results Are In!
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: Homeschool Product Review

Pre-note - Okay folks. I realize that the emoticon is of a cigar. But remember some time back when I first used it? I thought it was a firecracker Laughing! So that's what we're going to think of it as again!


Anyway, back to the topic. The ballots have been tabulated and the results have been posted. Here are the:

 2010 Homeschool Crew Seaworthy Awards

Favorite Language Arts Product : Educational Diagnostic Prescriptive Services (EDUDPS)

Favorite History Product :Bright Ideas Press  (All American History and Mystery of History)

Favorite Science Product:Nature Friend Magazine 

Favorite Math Product:  Math Mammoth

Favorite Online Math Product:  Mathletics

Favorite Handwriting Product: Zeezok Publishing (Presidential Penmanship)

Favorite Fine Arts Product (art, music, etc.): Artistic Pursuits

Favorite Pre-school Product: Time 4 Learning

Favorite Elementary Product: Critical Thinking

Favorite Upper-Grade Product: Professor in a Box

Favorite College Prep Product: Cerebellum/Standard Diviants

Favorite Special Needs Product: Super Star Speech

Favorite Health and Beauty Product: Virginia Soaps and Scents

Favorite Christian Product:  Grapevine Studies

Best Resource I Didn't Know I Needed:  StudyPod

Best Homemaking Product:  Sue Gregg Cookbooks

Best Customer Service:  Great Software Tools

Best Online Resource: ABCteach

Best e-product:  Growing Healthy Homes: Nutrition 101

Best Office and Technology Resource: Web Design for Kids (and Curious Grown-Ups)

Best Homeschool Resource:Apologia Press: The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling

Best Map Resource:  Home School in the Woods

Best Book, Novel or Magazine:  Sarah's Books

Best Children's Book: Children's Bible Hour: Season's of Faith Series

Best Hands-On Resource: A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks

Most Adaptable Resource:  Sue Patrick Workbox System

Most Unique Resource:  Lobster Network

Most Family-Oriented Product: Family Mint

Kid's Choice:  Maverick Books: Hank the Cowdog Series

All Around Crew Favorite: All About Spelling (All About Reading)  

Do these align with what the Tinkel household thought? Well, almost. I'm going to be posting my "Tinkel Homeschool Top 10" (if I can narrow it down to that) list later. Congratulations to all of the winners!

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Update on Jacob
Mood:  not sure
Topic: Family

Jacob intently playing a video game. Sorry about the red-eye.
I was too lazy to get the red out.
He doesn't look that evil in real life Laughing!
I usually just post our prayer letters on our prayer letter blog and then mention, here, that I have posted a new one. This time, however, I decided to post this "Update on Jacob"  on this, my main, blog. So many of you have been following the trials of our children's health issues. Sarah and I wanted to thank you for all of your prayers and encouragement and give you this quick update.
“Come to me , all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29

Faithful friends and family,

Blessings to each of you. I would just like to give you a quick update on Jacob. We went to Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN to the autism clinic this past week. After talking with us and her interaction with Jacob the doctor concluded that he doesn’t have Asperger’s or anything on the autism spectrum. She does think he has something…some type of a syndrome because of her observation and interaction with him. She sent us to get blood work for genetic testing. We will know something in 6-8 weeks…a long time when you are wanting answers now. Jacob also this week had a physical therapy evaluation done. In being evaluated the therapist noticed that Jacob’s hips are loose jointed (this is the best that I can remember/describe). He also has some issues with his neck, feet and legs. These things could be the reason why he is not sleeping well at night.. The therapist wants a complete battery of x rays especially on the hips. Without intervention on the hips we could be looking at surgery down the road. After 2 days of testing the poor little guy is so tired and doesn’t know what to think. On top of all of this he has a double ear infection. I am feeling overwhelmed and wondering where I went wrong as a parent. Could I have prevented any of this? I should have seen and done something earlier….I know that this is just tiredness and being overwhelmed talking. I am asking that you please keep us in your prayers. Pray for Tim and I to have patience, wisdom, discernment and to keep our eyes on Jesus. During times like this it is easy to focus on our circumstances. Pray that we can focus on what God wants us to do for His glory. We know that God is going to do something big. He is so good and faithful and we praise Him for providing for our needs in ALL areas. We are so blessed to have such faithful friends and family who come along beside us to encourage, love and pray for us. Thank you for being Jesus to our family. May God bless you in all that you do for His glory….we are blessed!!!

In HIS grip,

Sarah & Tim

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Further Update! After posting this update, we received the Vanderbilt Doctor's official diagnosis in the mail. She diagnosed him with Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified; Lack of Physiological Development; and Mixed Receptive Expressive Language Disorder. This is on top of the results from Occupational Therapy testing and the Speech Therapy testing. We are still waiting on the results from the Physical Therapy testing and from the genetic testing. We have an appointment with the Pediatric Neurologist at Vanderbilt in August. The poor guy is about worn out from all of the testing. I will be glad when this is all over. - Tim


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Updated: Tuesday, 18 May 2010 4:10 PM CDT
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Monday, 17 May 2010
Old Movies of Famous Cities - Part 3 - London in 1927
Mood:  don't ask
Topic: General

We've had another emergency room visit with a sick child. This time it is John Allen with some kind of stomach bug. Two IV's and some other meds later he is home on the couch resting. He's going to sleep there tonight to be close so that we can here if he needs us.

In the meantime I didn't get a new Men's Monday Meme question posted (Duh! What's new? Surprised), so I decided to post the third movie of my "Old Movies of Famous Cities" trilogy. Tonight it's London in 1927 - complete with word cards like the old silent movies used to have. Well, come to think of it, this movie was made during that time, so it IS one of those old silent movies! Enjoy!

PS. I'll post the new meme question in the next day or two so keep checking.




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