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Saturday, 12 December 2009
#1 - It's Been A Great Day! #2 - I Didn't Lie, I Promise!
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: Ministry



Why has it been a great day?

It's always a great day in the Lord, but this day was especially great. God blessed us with feeding right around 200 people at our annual Good News Mission Holiday Meal! We prepared and delivered about 100 take out plates for shut-ins, elderly and sick folks, and then fed about 100 folks at the mission today! It was truly a great day.

We want to thank all of the volunteers who helped, all of the churches and individuals who provided food or financial help and all of the businesses who donated or gave discounts for food or materials. But, I would be very remiss if I didn't give a special Thank You! to my wife, Sarah, who once again organized the entire thing, and then cooked 12 turkeys to boot! At the time of this writing, she is now in bed for a well deserved long sleep! 

Why no pictures of the great event? Because with all of the cooking and serving and delivering and greeting and emptying trash cans etc. etc. we all forgot to take some! Oops! So you'll have to put up with the not-very-good-imitation-for-a-picture above!

What was is I didn't lie about?

In my mysterious post last evening, I promised that something was coming and I would have more than one post today. Well, it was actually two things. One was the big holiday meal which I just posted about, and the other was an exciting review for Tektoma, an item that we reviewed that John Allen loved.

Well, I love writing reviews, and I love to blog, but I have a hard time loving blogging platforms (computer programs that folks use to write and host their blogs on). I knew that I was going to finish and post my Tektoma review today - hence the mention of a second review. However, what I didn't know (or really had forgotten) was that when you start a post on one day but don't finish it and actually publish it until another day, it shows up on your blog on the day you began writing it. So, the Tektoma review showed up as saying it was posted yesterday, but, it was actually posted today (did all of that just make sense Undecided?).

So, to make a long story short. Something big was coming - the holiday meal; I did write two posts - the review and the meal posts; and, so, I didn't lie! And with that, I'm going to bed...zzzzzz!



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Friday, 11 December 2009
It's Coming!!!???!!!
Mood:  mischievious
Topic: General


And it will be here tomorrow morning. What is it? It's actually several things, and there will be at least two posts tomorrow telling you what they are. Stayed tuned and keep checking my blog! Don't ask tonight. I'll never tell?!?


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Posted by tink38570 at 11:02 PM CST
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Tektoma - Boy Does God Have a Sense of Humor!
Mood:  cheeky
Topic: Homeschool Product Review


You would think that I would have learned my lesson by now. I used to be one of those people who said "My kids will never do that!" or "I can't believe that they allow that to go on in their house." Of course, I said those things before I had children. And, you can probably guess what happened. You can be assured that with an asperger's syndrome child in my home that my kids frequently "do that" and many unusual things are allowed to go on in our house. I thought that I had learned my lesson and would never make a blanket statement like that again.

Well, open mouth, insert foot, a couple of months ago it happened again. I was asking my boys what things that they really wanted to learn in school this year. I wanted to know their interests so that I could adjust my homeschool teaching to their likes. After all, isn't that one of the things that makes homeschooling special? During our discussion John Allen divulged that he would love to learn how to program his own computer games. In my usual "I think I know it all but God is about to show me something" wisdom, I said "John Allen, that's something that you have to go to school a long time to learn how to do. Maybe we can look into taking a basic computer course at the local community college in a couple of years." When I was discussing this with a fellow Homeschool Crew member she said "Oh, my son has been programming his own computer games since he was 9 years old. What you need to look into is this...and this...". Well, I listened with half an ear but I was still skeptical.

Then, Lo and Behold, but what to my wandering eyes should appear, but an email addressed to the TOS Homeschool Crew from Tektoma. It seems that Tektoma was sending me a free three month subscription to their...you guessed it...game making tutorials so that I could review it and write about it on my blog! Boy does God have a sense of humor, and, boy do I need to keep my big, fat, mouth shut and just rely on God!

John Allen was thrilled when I told him what we were going to be reviewing and Tektoma has not dissapointed. You've seen the commercials featuring the guy offering a free tutorial CD for about any computer program. You know, the one who feels so sure that you will love it that you will buy more of his tutorial CD's for other things? Well, Tektoma is kind of like that. It runs on your computer and takes you step by step on how to build a video game.

Of course, when you get a powerpoint tutorial, you need to have the powerpoint progam to be able to use it. It wouldn't do you much good if you didn't. Well, that's the same way with Tektoma. You need to have some type of game making software so that the Tektoma game maker tutorial will help you. They work with Gamemaker, and had us download Gamemakers free game making software program before we began.

After you download the necessary items, the fun begins! Take a look at the great types of games that you can build. I like the way that Tektoma has different levels and tells you exactly what type of game that you will create and what it entails.



John Allen began with the "How to Make a Racing Game" tutorial because, being the kind sweet boy that he is, he wanted to make a car game for his brothers who love racing games (and, it helped that I threatened him to within an inch of his life if he didn't Wink). Anyway, after an initial period of getting used to the tutorial and how it works and after a few glitches that we had to work out (nothing major, just me being a non-techy type person) John Allen was on his way. Tektoma explains it so well, and the Gamemaker software was so easy to use, that he was soon well on his way to having a great Car Race game. All of the things were right there that he needed. He was able to place walls where he wanted, program the cars to do what they should, even put trees, bushes and other landscaping around his track to pretty it up! I would post the game right here, but, unfortunately, we have had a bout with the flu (twice Frown) so it isn't quite done yet. I will post it in the very near future.

I am amazed at the quality of work that he has done in such little time! This is fantastic. He now wants to create his own games and put them on a website that he built himself (using that other fantastic product that I reviewed earlier)! I can't wait for him to begin building more advanced games. While I'm not thrilled with many of the fantasy games that you can buy for game systems, perhaps he could build a Christian fantasy game. I've already talked to him about that. 

I'm also impressed with the safety of Tektoma. There is a forum where you can ask more advanced game makers questions, and there is a question and answer section on the main site. Everything that is sent in to one of these areas is completely moderated so that even a young child can use it and you don't have to worry about unsafe content.

Tektoma offers a free 14 day trial so that you can try it out. Afterward, it is only $14.95 a month or $140 a year. To get to their great website, just click here, or on any one of the hi-lighted links above. To find out what the other TOS Crew Members are saying, just click here. This is something that anyone would love, not just a homeschooler. Hey! It would make a great Christmas gift! Happy Homeschooling.


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Posted by tink38570 at 10:52 PM CST
Updated: Sunday, 13 December 2009 10:20 PM CST
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Thursday, 10 December 2009
Meme Meme, Meme Meme, Please Forgive Meme, Meme!
Mood:  irritated
Topic: Blog Carnivals!

No, I'm not practicing for a vocal concert. However, I do love to sing (I guess I've just revealed another of my secrets!).

What I am doing is asking for forgiveness for forgetting to announce this before today. I'm taking part in another Carnival, but, it is run much like a Meme. Now, you might be asking "What's the difference". Well, a Blog Carnival is usually run just once or twice a month. There is usually a host blog that you send your post's link to. They will then make up some cutsie little blog post to introduce all of the submissions for that month.

A Meme (pronounced just as it is written "me me") is much like a Carnival, but is usually every week. And, the host usually has something right on their blog called a Mr. Linky or a MckLinky to put your link on.

The new Carnival that I sent my post to is called "Works for Me Wednesday", and is run much like a Meme but they call themselves a Carnival. So, maybe there really isn't that much of a difference!

Anyway, the reason that I am apologizing (and the reason my mood says "irritated") is that I usually remember to put up the Carnival/Meme's button right away, but this time I forgot. Yesterday was the opening day, and I haven't put up a link to it until just now! So, here it is. Again, it's called "Works for Me Wednesday", and is on the "We Are THAT Family" blog. Please visit it. You can get to it by clicking here, or on any one of the hi-lighted links above.

Don't forget to check my post along with all of the rest of them. And, while your at it, vote for your favorite Meme Badge for the new Meme that I am beginning next week - Men's Monday Meme

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Wednesday, 9 December 2009
The Crud - Part 2
Mood:  crushed out
Topic: General


Last night was not a good night! First, the wind was howling and it was raining cats and dogs. Joshua wandered into our bedroom and said "mommy can I sleep with you?" That left me out in the cold. Thankfully, John Allen wanted to watch TV, so I put him on the couch and went to his bed. I woke up from a sound sleep to hear John Allen calling to me. He had gotten sick in the middle of the night, and, you guessed right, he vomited all over - 3 times! Then Jacob woke up screaming! It was not a fun night. Right now I am dozing while typing this and fighting to stay awake to finish it. Tomorrow's another day. I have to be up at 5 to be able to be at a Bible study by 6. Then home again and Sarah leaves for a Bible Study. That, along with trying to get ready for our annual Holiday Meal this Satruday makes for a very busy week!

Thanks for all of the votes so far in the contest! Keep voting!

NOTE: Boy oh Boy, I must have been tired. I took a look at this just now (the next morning) and found a bunch of errors Surprised! I corrected most of them except for the status. Can you tell that I didn't know what crushed out meant Undecided? I thought it meant something like tired...LOL...Laughing! Oh well. I left it up there so that we all could have a good laugh! Anyway, John Allen is feeling much better and everyone seemed to have a better night last night.

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Posted by tink38570 at 8:28 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, 10 December 2009 10:10 AM CST
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