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Friday, 21 October 2011
I've Been Nominated!
Mood:  happy
Topic: General


I've been nominated for not one...but two...homeschool misfit awards! Don't think I'm crazy, I'm really honored. These awards were created a couple of years ago as an alternative to some of the big homeschool awards that are featured on some of the large homeschool blogs. There for those who don't seem to ever fit into one of the categories of these other contests. Really, all of these blogs deserve an award. They are all great! I've been nominated in two categories...

7. The Meme Forgotten Award- For those who begin a meme, mentally commit to following through weekly, and then promptly forget or manage it sporadically at best.


8. The Not Coming Soon Award- Ever write a post informing your readers of all the great upcoming posts you have in mind? Did these posts actually get written? This is the award for the blogger hanging their head sheepishly as they read this description.

There are some great prizes this year, so please vote for me. My friend, Lori, is hosting the awards this year, so just hop on over to her site at - Not So Superwoman - and vote for Families Again. Don't forget I'm in categories 7 and 8. While you're there, why don't you visit some of the other blogs. Many of them are written by some of my great blogging friends.

Thanks for your votes! I'll let you know what happens!

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Updated: Friday, 21 October 2011 3:59 PM CDT
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Thursday, 20 October 2011
As the Homeschool World Turns - The Continuing Saga of Babs and Marge
Mood:  lazy
Topic: Homeschool Product Review


If there's a homeschooling problem Babs and Marge have been plagued with it. They always, however, seem to work together to solve it - usually with the help of The Old Schoolhouse (TOS) and the TOS Homeschool Crew. TOS and the Crew have even helped them with non-homeschool issues. In fact, the Crew has helped them so much that you'd think that would be the first place they would go when difficulty arises. Sometimes, though, they forget. Let's listen in on their discussion as they discuss their most recent dilemma.

Scene One - Tired Homeschool Mom - Visiting Her Next Door Neighbor


Marge (from outside the door) ~ Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!

Babs (hurries to the door and opens it) ~ Honey, your still standin', but you look terrible! Let me help you in! What in the world happened?

Marge (plopping down at the kitchen table) ~ I just carried in $200 worth of groceries.

Babs ~ $200 worth of groceries! What in the world did you buy?

Marge ~ Oh a little of everything. I couldn't stop myself! I just kept piling and piling into my cart. In fact, it took three carts!

Babs ~ Honey, you have got to do something about this spending. Don't you take along a grocery list or something?

Marge ~ Grocery list! Babs, I hardly have time to put my coat on as I go out the door let alone make a grocery list. You know with all of the kids to homeschool and a house to clean, I'm just barely keeping my head above water.

Babs ~ Oh, don't I know it! I always hear about these young beboppers who clip coupons, make out menus and shopping lists. Who has the time? Pretty soon it will be time for supper and I have no idea what I'm going to fix. The kids'll kill me if I open up another can of soup. There has got to be a better way. *sigh*

Marge ~ *sigh* Well, sister, if you can come up with one then I'm all ears. I've never found a better way and I don't know where we could find one.

(Babs and Marge sit dejectedly for a while but then excitedly look at each other.)

Babs and Marge together ~ The TOS Homeschool Crew!

Marge ~ They've never let us down before, I'll bet they've reviewed something that will help!

Babs ~ Where's that laptop?!?

Ten Minutes Later

Marge ~ Let's seen now... I know they just reviewed a new Latin program. I saw that last week, I'm thinking about getting that for the kids. Oh, and look at this, they're going to review another math program...do you remember that one last year that helped Penny? It was just...

Babs ~ Earth to Marge! Earth to Marge! We're looking for a way to help us in the kitchen. Give me that computer! Here's something called "E-Mealz". That sounds interesting. (Babs clicks on the website) Look here what it says..."Manage your food budget and enjoy delicious dinner recipes at home. Menu plans based on weekly grocery store sales, seasonal discounts
or diet preferences. Be meal-wise and money-wise with E-Mealz." This sounds really interesting.

Marge ~ And it's recommended by Dave Ramsey. Oooo...I've always thought he was good looking, but not as good looking as that hunk Tim Tinkel. He's back on the crew this year and...

Babs ~ Focus, Marge, focus! Let me see how this works. Okay...it says that you pick a plan, choose a grocery store, and they will base a week's menu off of the sales of the week for that store.


Marge ~ Well, that does it for my family. You know they won't have a gluten free plan. And you always shop at ALDI's. There is no way they are going to have that. You may as well turn...

Babs ~ Calm down, Marge. Let's keep looking...Well look here! They have a gluten free menu. As a matter of fact, they don't just have a gluten free plan, but they have a low fat plan, a low carb plan, a portion controlled plan...even a vegetarian plan! And they have plans for large families and small families.

Marge ~ Yeah, but what stores are those plans from? I'm not going to drive twenty miles to one of those specialty stores just to use the E-Mealz gluten free plan.

Babs ~ Nope, you don't have to! They have a gluten free Wal-Mart plan. There are Wal-Marts all over the place! And look at this...their regular family plans are available for Wal-Mart, ALDI, Kroger, Publix...even some store called "Ralph's" in California.

Marge ~ Yeah, but how do these meals taste? My family is really PICKY with a capital P!

Babs ~ Well, they have sample menu's. Let's print a couple out and try them for a few days. (*click-click*) AHHH! What is this!

Marge (Jumping up on her chair) ~ EEEEEK! Is it a bug?!?

Babs ~ No, it printed out two pages for each of our plans. Not only does it have a menu, but it also includes a shopping list! Honey, this is my kind of plan!

Marge (Getting down off of her chair) ~ Let me see that. Hmmm...Chicken and Black Bean Stew and Pork Chop Florentine sounds good.

Babs ~ My meals look good too, but...a weeks worth of meals for under $100! I'll believe it when I see it!


One Month Later


Marge (from outside door) ~ Quick, let me in, I'm worn out!

Babs (Quickly opening door) ~ What's wrong, honey? Have you been out buyin' $200 worth of groceries again?

Marge ~ Lands no! I've just completed my two mile run for the day!

Babs ~ Two mile run! Honey what's gotten into you? What happened to the "I barely have time to put on my coat"?

Marge ~ Sister, I've got gobs of time since I've been using E-Mealz! I just print out the menu, grab the shopping list and go! No more worries and no more $200 a week!

Babs ~ I know! It really has been a lot cheaper using E-Mealz. We've saved enough money to go on a real live vacation this year! AND...since I told Mom and Dad about the two person plan, they've saved enough to come with us! Hubby isn't too thrilled about that, but the kids are excited! And the food is delicious. We tried something called "Swiss Chicken" last night. It was to die for!

Marge ~ Ooo...that does sound good. We had Russian Chicken the other night. I just threw it in the crock-pot and was out the door for my jog! My family loves the meals. My husband was a little skeptical until I showed him the savings and told him that it only costs $5 a month to join E-Mealz! That's just $1.25 a week! And that's 28 recipes. You can't buy a cookbook with 28 recipes in it for $5, let alone the shopping lists, etc. Oh, and listen Babs...

Could it really be true? Could there be such a plan? Don't just take the word of Marge and Babs, try it out yourself. Just click here or on any one of the hi-lighted links above to find out. And, don't forget that some of the other TOS Crew members (other than that hunk Tim Tinkel) reviewed E-Mealz as well and you can find out what they had to say by clicking here. Happy Homeschooling...err...and Happy Eating!

As a Member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I was given a free three month membership to E-Mealz in order to try out and give my honest opinion on this blog.


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Posted by tink38570 at 12:01 AM CDT
Updated: Friday, 21 October 2011 12:43 AM CDT
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Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Hilarious Video - What Goes on Behind the Scenes with Compassion International
Mood:  happy
Topic: Compassion International

You all know that I am a big fan of Compassion International. Our family financially sponsors one child, Marcelo from Bolivia, and we are correspondence sponsors to five other children from around the world. A correspondence sponsor is someone who writes to children if their financial sponsor is unable or unwilling to write to them. Our correspondence children are: Feyber from Colombia, Somi from Indonesia, Emmanuel from Tanzania, Ismael from Nicaragua and Yvone from Rwanda. Each one is special to us. We write to them all at least once a month and, every year, we send them at least one package.

Today, I received an email from our friend Kees. Kees is the wonderful person who introduced us to Compassion International. He sponsors (financially and correspondence) over 20 kids himself and travels to Bolivia representing Compassion International almost every year. This past summer was no exception. He spent three months working with Compassion in Bolivia and taking pictures and videos of children to be used to promote the sponsorship of children when he got back home.

Attached to his email was a delightful video that shows what it takes to just get a simple picture of a child. That picture is enclosed in a packet so that Compassion can find a sponsor for the child. Compassion has rules for child photographs. There can't be another person in the background nor can there be an animal, like a dog or a cat, in the background.

Observe how hard it is to get one picture taken while a whole group of children are waiting in the wings for their photos.


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Tuesday, 18 October 2011
You Really Have Got to See This!
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: The Purple Files

I know I have said this before - "You have got to see this!", and I always mean it. This time, however, I really, really mean it. You have got to see this and listen to it all the way to the end. I know it's long, but it is worth it.


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Sunday, 16 October 2011
The 2012 Biblical Guide to Voting - A First Wild Card Blog Tour Book
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Book Reviews

I always here folks talk about how we should vote for the candidate that holds Biblical values - the person who does what the Bible says to do on the issues. The problem is, that sometimes it's hard to know what the Bible actually says about certain issues. Some things are obvious, but other things are a bit more difficult to discern. Well, that's what I liked about this book. It breaks the issues down and tells you what the Bible has to say about them. It doesn't tell you who you should vote for, but it tells you what to look for in a candidate if you are wanting to vote "Biblically correct" candidate. Read further to see what I'm talking about.

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

The 2012 Biblical Guide to Voting

Frontline (August 9, 2011)

***Special thanks to Kim Jones | Publicity Coordinator, Charisma House | Charisma Media for sending me a review copy.***


What Issues Matter to You?
Who Should You Vote For?
How Can You Know You Are Choosing Well?

The 2012 election promises to be one of the most critically important of our lifetime and will be highly debated in both public and private settings, with deeply divisive opinions on all sides. Our choices today will likely influence the direction of our nation for decades to come.

Make Your Vote Count explains today’s major issues in a style that is easy to access and understand. This anthology of present-day issues will fortify you with the biblical perspective on which to base your decisions. With the Bible as the ultimate source of answers, you can be sure that your decisions will be grounded in faithful stewardship and godly obedience.

This book is not about being a Republican or Democrat; it’s not about endorsing candidates or telling you how to cast your vote. It simply provides a biblical foundation upon which to make voting decisions that will both honor God and best serve our country in 2012 and beyond.

Product Details:

List Price: $9.99
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Frontline (August 9, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616384662
ISBN-13: 978-1616384661


At Stake in 2012
Where do we go from here? And how do we get there?
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.
—Proverbs 4:7, nkjv

Never has our nation faced a time of upheaval and tension such as this. Since Election Day 2008 we have endured a near implosion of our financial foundation with widespread collateral damage in the form of a continuing recession; a subdued, chugging, and burping economic recovery; unemployment that remains painfully close to the 10 percent threshold; real estate values that have yet to find their bottom let alone begin to mount any form of substantial rebound; bailouts; layoffs; massive deficits as far as the eye can see; a lecture from the media elite that our civic discourse isn’t civil enough, conveniently after their candidate was elected to the White House—recall how dissent was the highest form of patriotism, but apparently only until January 19, 2009—and the cherry on the bad-news sundae in the form of a tin-eared administration that responds to
the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression by ramming a multi-trillion-dollar socialized medicine new
entitlement down the throats of the American people.

It is hard now to decide what the larger insult added to injury was: the repugnant charade committed by Nancy
Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the rest of the Democrat-majority Congress under the name “deem and pass,” or the blatant hypocrisy across the county from the summer of 2009 and early 2010 as the talking heads of the media slandered the Tea Party with vulgar remarks night after night on television.

In hindsight, maybe we shouldn’t be shocked by anything this administration has done since taking office. They stated with vivid clarity near the end of the campaign season their intent not to “let a serious crisis go to waste.” And indeed they wasted no time concocting their “Stimulus Bill,” a moniker so breathtakingly steeped in Orwellian double-speak you had to wonder if they themselves ever wonder, “Can we really get away with this?”
They certainly did, and it’s quite challenging to arrive at any conclusion other than the political Left of the United States viewed their stimulus plan as their chance to raid the public treasury with the same reckless abandon they utterly wrongly ascribed to their political foes on the right during the Bush years, and specifically during the War on Terror following the September 11 terror attacks. Make no mistake—the political Left in the United States shrieked for more than six years in all their Bush derangements syndrome glory against the fraud and opportunism they accused the Bush administration of in response to the 9/11 terror attacks—and then turned around and did the exact same thing in reaction to the financial crisis of late 2008 and the ensuing recession that defined the first few years of the Obama administration.

Within that time span there was also the Obama Apology Tour in which the president attempted to curry favor with every left-wing goon around the world by attempting to apologize for everything the Bush administration had done. One wonders how the free people in Iraq felt about that apology, while popular uprisings across the Middle East hear not the first whisper from Washington in support of their calls for democracy. They must all wonder how the priorities of the United States got so far out of whack so fast.

And now we look ahead at what’s before us . . .

• What sort of economic fallout will there be in the years after huge deficits resulting from the economic stimulus?
• How will the freedom movements in the Middle East shake out in the long term?
• In the near term, will the instability of the Middle East and the corresponding spiking of oil prices completely derail the global economic recovery?
• How many candidates will join the fray for the Republican nomination? Will we be choosing between Newt and Sarah? Will Jeb Bush jump in?
• What kind of all-out blitz will the country be subjected to for the reelection of Obama, considering the raid on history the Left pulled just to get Obama in office the first time?
• Will the recovery have legs and start blooming jobs by the time the summer of 2012 rolls around?
• Or will there be some kind of double-dip, the recovery dragged down by the massive deficits and municipal debt at the state level or the slow-to-recover commercial real estate market?
• Will there finally be an energy policy grounded in innovation?
• And how much more spreading around of other people’s wealth will we have to endure before our economy gets back on a solid footing of competitiveness and growth?

As believers, we know to take our cares and concerns with thanksgiving and petition our Lord in prayer. And as
we said in the run-up to 2008, the first thing Christians must do is pray. Pray that the Lord will raise up godly
candidates whose values are based on biblical principles and who will govern in a way that is in agreementwith God's wisdom and honors the blessings God has given. And encourage others to pray as well.

Second, stay informed of where the candidates stand on the critical issues highlighted for you in this book.
Third, get involved. Speak up in support of candidates who hold biblically based positions on key issues.
Fourth, if you aren’t registered to vote, register now, while there’s still time to vote in the important elections
this fall.
Fifth, contribute financially to the campaigns of candidates you support.
Finally, cast your vote accordingly. May the new president we elect in November of 2012 be a godly, wise
servant of this wonderful nation who will lead us into a rich, wondrous future.

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