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Sunday, 14 November 2010
What Have You Picked Up Lately?
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Family

Book wise that is! Well, as I said yesterday, this family is an avid reading family. Sometimes there are some members of the family that are actually reading more than one book at a time. I, for one, am reading three books right now and my dear oldest child is reading three as well. Okay, here goes. I'm not going to list school textbooks, nor am I going to list books that I have picked up, read a chapter or two, and then put back down only to pick it up again in a few months. If I listed all of those books, my list could get up into the dozens! These are only books that we are actively reading right now.

Tim's List

Martin Luther - by Basil Miller - Last year was the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and I have for some time wanted to learn more about the founders of the Protestant faith. I found this short biography among the library of books that I inherited from my dad. I loved it. It is one of those books that I have picked up and put down off and on for quite a few months, but I am now actively reading it and am almost done.

Glenn Beck's Common Sense - by Glenn Beck - There is an old saying that says that you can learn a lot about a person by looking at what he reads. Well, this book probably tells you a lot about my political leanings. This is a great book, however, and I would really encourage you all to pick up a copy and read it.  

1776 - by David McCullough - I will always be thankful for my parents ~ Dad especially ~ for instilling in me a love for history. I don't remember him reading a lot of historical novels, although he was an avid reader, but we always went to historical places for vacations. That and the fact that I was an impressionable young teen during the Bicentennial, lead to my my love of history. I have been salivating about this book for years, but never could justify the cost whenever I saw it at a bookstore. Finally, about a week ago, I found it at a used book store in great condition for only four dollars! So, guess what? I am actively reading it as well.

John Allen's List

The Cat of Bubastis - by G. A. Henty - Okay, this is a book for school, but it isn't a textbook and John Allen is loving it! We are studying world history this year, and we are past ancient Egypt, but this one is a hold over.

The Bronze Bow - by Elizabeth George Speare - John Allen and I both fell in love with Elizabeth George Speare's books while we were studying United States history. The Sign of the Beaver and The Witch of Blackbird Pond remain on John Allen's top 25 list of all time favorite books (maybe even the top 10). When this book arrived in the mail and he saw who the author was, he picked it up right away to begin reading it. I was reluctant at first, since we aren't quite to that time period yet, but I couldn't resist. And, yes, he is loving it just as much as the rest. Fantastic book!

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Ugly Truth - by Jeff Kinney - We have been blessed for the past few years to be given a large amount of books from a librarian friend of ours to be divvied out among our three boys as Christmas gifts. Some books that we have gotten are books that we wouldn't normally buy, not because they are bad, but because we have to watch our book budget. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series of books would fall in to that category. But, lo and behold, what should we receive a couple of years ago but book number one. John Allen picked it up and, I think, read it in on day. Thankfully, Grandma, has bought the rest of the series for him as they have come out. This is book number five and was just released last week. John Allen just got it today, and, who knows, he may have it finished already.

Don't ask me what Sarah is reading at the moment. She, like me, often has two or three books going at once. Joshua and I are studying Benjamin Franklin right now, and have been reading up on him, and, of course, Joshua likes anything football. Jacob's selection of bedtime (or any time) reading material lately has been Frank Asch Mooncake and Moongame books featuring Moonbear.

So, there you have my families reading lists of late. How about you? What are you all reading. Leave a comment and share with us. Maybe you'll have a book that others will want to read as well. Happy reading!


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Posted by tink38570 at 9:45 PM CST
Updated: Sunday, 14 November 2010 11:04 PM CST
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Saturday, 13 November 2010
What Have We Been Doing Lately? Reading!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Family

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, it may seem like I have been lazy lately. There are quite a few days in which I haven't posted anything on my blog at all. Well, there is a reason.

Last year, at about this time, I made it a goal to post something on my blog daily for a year. I almost made it. There were a few days that I missed here and there, but, in reality, I missed less than 10 days of blogging.

Well, for the last few weeks I have been taking a break. And, you know what? It has felt kind of good! I have enjoyed not worrying about what I was going to post tonight. Now, don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the challenge and intend to continue with it. Very soon, you will be seeing me post almost everyday again. 

I also realized, though, that, while I was enjoying blogging, I was allowing some other worthy things to take a back seat because I had no time for them. One of the main things was reading. I have always enjoyed reading, and have been catching up for some lost time lately.

I have been having so much fun, in fact, that I have been thinking of a way to be able to prod myself to read while also working on my blog. So, I thought, why not join the two? I still don't know quite how it's going to work out, or what shape it's going to take, but I plan on having a weekly (or maybe monthly) reading post. Maybe it will be a "Tim's Book Club" type thing (watch out Oprah Wink). Perhaps it will be a "What is my family reading this week?" type post. I even thought about reading a particular book then reviewing it. Who knows?

Whatever the case might be, I want it to be fun and something to encourage you all to pick up a good book and read. Until I think of what form this "Book Project" will take, I'm going to just let you all know what my family is reading. Tomorrow (or maybe the next day ~ depending on how I feel) I'm going to tell you about what we have been reading recently. Let me tell you, that you will find a lot out about our personalities by what we are reading. It'll be fun! Until them, get your nose in a good book so you can tell me what you have been reading lately. Have fun!  

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Posted by tink38570 at 11:41 PM CST
Updated: Saturday, 13 November 2010 11:48 PM CST
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Thursday, 11 November 2010
Thank You Veterans
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: General

A few months ago I blogged about my two oldest sons shooting on a competitive BB gun team. I received a message from an old high school friend who seemed incredulous that I would allow my children to even touch a squirt gun let alone an actual working fire arm. After reading that, it was my turn to be incredulous.

It is not a dishonor to own a gun, nor is it a dishonor to serve in our military. My friend can seem surprised if she wants, but I will not deny my child the opportunity to dress up like a soldier like he wanted to do two Halloweens ago.


I will not prohibit my boys from playing "army" if they want to outside. And I will teach them to shoot, own and handle a firearm safely.

It would be an honor if one of them chose to serve our country in the military to keep our great country safe. Although I would rather live in peace, I respect and and very thankful for the men and women - many of them my relatives - who have fought to protect the freedoms that we cherish in the United States of America.

And so with that, I want to say once again:

Thank You Veterans!

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Posted by tink38570 at 10:23 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:49 PM CST
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Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You All!
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: General

Thank you all so much for the many birthday wishes that were sent my way today. At last count, I had around 140 people wish me a Happy Birthday on Facebook alone. Many more have sent birthday blessings in other ways. I have truly been blessed today. Thank you again!


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Posted by tink38570 at 10:48 PM CST
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Monday, 8 November 2010
Welcome to All Homeschool Blog Award Voters.
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: General

Thanks for checking out my blog. I am the father of three very unique boys. John Allen, 14, is a cancer survivor, Joshua, 9, has asperger's syndrome and Jacob, 4, is developmentally delayed. You can find out more about our journey with them by clicking on either the "Family" link or "The Kids" link to the left.

We are full time missionaries that work with low income housing folks in the town that we live in. Click on the "Ministry" link to the left to read more about the ministry that we direct.

Because I have a flexible schedule, I am able to share in the homeschooling responsibilities with my wife, Sarah. I love to homeschool and I am very blessed to be a member of The Old Schoolhouse Magazines "Homeschool Crew" and review great homeschool products. Since many of you are homeschoolers, please check out the reviews by clicking on the "Homeschool Product Review" link.

Two other categories that I feel very passionate about are the BCM International category and the Compassion International link. BCM Internationl is the mission organization that we are with. Click on it to find out what BCM is all about. We are either the financial sponsor or the correspondence sponsor to five Compassion International children. We love them and the Compassion organization. Please click on that link to learn about our Compassion kids and that great organization.

Feel free to click around the other links in the left hand column as well. Some categories have more entries in than others, but I try to write all of my posts, no matter what they are about, from the heart. I hope you enjoy them.


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Posted by tink38570 at 8:55 PM CST
Updated: Monday, 8 November 2010 9:14 PM CST
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