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Saturday, 14 August 2010
And the Award Goes To...
Mood:  happy
Topic: General


Yes, I was awarded the Sunshine Award. "What does all of this mean?" you may ask. Well, due to the fact that I have been super busy with a couple of other blog projects and haven't been able to post something superbly funny or creative today, you will have to wait until tomorrow or the next day to find out. But, I want to officially thank my blogging, fellow crew mate, great friend Sheri from Homeschooling on Wing and a Prayer for giving me this award. Please click on the link above if you want a sneak peak of this award is all about and to read the great, all true, stuff that she said about me Innocent. Really, her blog is great, so check it out.

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Posted by tink38570 at 11:04 PM CDT
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Friday, 13 August 2010
And We're Walking...
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: TOS Crew Blog Hop

It's time for another edition of the TOS Homeschool Crew Blog Hop! Check out these great bloggers. Remember, for the next few weeks all of the blogs will be from our First Mates (FM's). Mine isn't on the list yet, but it should be coming soon. The blogs this week are really great ones. Please check them out and leave a comment for my fellow TOS Crew FM's. I know they'd really appreciate it!

1. Ramblings from the Crazy House
2. Chicagoland Homeschool Network
3. Marine Corps Nomads
4. Faith, Family and Fun
5. Books and Bairns
6. Chatter, Clatter and Things That Matter
7. Canadianladybug Reviews!
8. Life at oak Grove
9. Home Sweet Home(school)
10. a glimpse of our life

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Posted by tink38570 at 10:58 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, 13 August 2010 11:01 PM CDT
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Thursday, 12 August 2010
Is There Anyone Out There Who Really Cares?
Mood:  not sure
Topic: Ministry

I purposely put that title at the top to get your attention. I'm sorry I tricked you, but would you have clicked on this post if I hadn't? Or, would you have just passed it by thinking "Oh that's just Tim again, trying to plug Compassion International". It's not so much that I'm trying to push Compassion International on you all. It's more that I am trying to make you more aware of poverty and the poor. And, it's not even that I am pushing for you to sponsor a child through Compassion. There are children that live in poverty all over the world...in the United States and beyond. Dare I say, probably in your own town. It's easy to ignore them. After all, shouldn't the government take care of them? Aren't they in this condition because of their own mistakes? Perhaps the adults are, but what about the children? And even if the adults are, haven't we all made mistakes? One of the things that Sarah and I have found out by working with the folks that live in the projects is that many of them are generational residents. They're there because they don't know any better. They have never been taught. They just need some help. Not necessarily financial help, but friend help. Someone to talk to, someone who will listen, someone who will teach them, someone who will pray for them. If not for the adults, at least for the children. Will you be that someone? Will you let God lead you? Perhaps He will lead you to help financially. Perhaps He will lead you to pray. Maybe He will even lead you to befriend. I am willing to bet, though, that He won't lead you to be apathetic. Won't you pray about what God would have you to do? Perhaps in your neighborhood? Perhaps in your country? Perhaps around the world? It all starts with a child...It all starts with you.

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Posted by tink38570 at 10:55 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, 12 August 2010 11:02 PM CDT
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Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Please Pray About What's Really On My Heart!
Mood:  not sure
Topic: The Kids

I always try to write from my heart when I write, and today I have a burden on my heart so that is what I'm going to share with you. Many of you know that our two youngest sons, Joshua - 9 and Jacob - 4, have all kinds of emotional and behavioral problems. I chronicled our journey with Joshua here on the blog. Two years ago he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome along with ADHD (a very rare combination). Even before the diagnosis, Joshua was put on Metadate and Clonadine by our family doctor. Although we, of course, would rather our child not be on any medication, it was what God led us to do and the combination seemed to work. For well over three years he has been on the two. We have gradually had to up or adjust the dosages as time went on.

Recently it seems that the Metadate has not been working as well. Joshua has been having many more meltdowns and behavior problems. Sarah has mentioned that it could be the change in schedule and perhaps even the hot and humid days, but we decided to mention it to our doctor. He suggested switching his medications to Strattera. It's supposed to be a non-stimulant which really excited me at first, because stimulants are the things that you want to avoid - aren't they? No, though, since I've been asking about Strattera and doing some research, I am not hearing such favorable comments. One parent said that three weeks into it her seven year old child was saying things like "It would have been better if I wasn't even born". She warned to make sure that we keep an eye on his behavior and if there is any change (other than the desired calmness) to call the doctor immediately and take him off of the medication as they did with their child.

I'm just not sure what to do. Any change in medication really concerns me. Sarah's going to pick up the prescription tomorrow, but I think I am going to tell her to hold off giving it to him for a day or two and let us pray about it. Please pray along with us. It's probably not going to have any side effects, but it is still scary to think about. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Just as a background, we are not on a diet such as gluten free, but we do try to stick to healthy eating habits. Maybe we need to try to go gluten free. It would be a big step for us. Please pray. Thanks!

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Posted by tink38570 at 10:09 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, 11 August 2010 10:27 PM CDT
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Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Another Boring Day at the Tinkel Household...NOT!
Mood:  hug me
Topic: Ministry

Portrait of man in white coat reading a book, with feet on table


My dogs are tired. 


Columbia River Gorge at Sunrise, From an Elevation of About 7,000 Feet 05/1973I was up at dawn to drive Sarah to our pastor's house so that she could babysit while he had knee surgery. 


Students Studying at Cathedral Senior High School in New Ulm, Minnesota... 

We had another full day of homeschool.


Man aan het stofzuigen / Man hoovering 

We cleaned the mission.


Pizza Place in the Town of Leakey, Texas, near San Antonio 05/1973 

We served pizza to around 40 people.


Fietsband als zwemband / Bike tyre used as a swimming aid 

Took them all swimming at the city pool.


Customers seated at an unidentified ice cream and soda fountain, Seattle


Then went out for ice cream with friends afterward.


Same old, same old! Just another boring day!

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Posted by tink38570 at 10:14 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, 10 August 2010 10:46 PM CDT
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