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Cell Phones & Televisions

My newly 16 year old daughter got a cell phone for her birthday and my life just got easier.  Today I am grateful for the miracles of technology and cell phones.  No more being left at school, or not being able to adjust to changes in extracurricular activities.  Hooray!  We can’t afford anything but bare bones for the phone, but hey, at least we can communicate when we need to.

As excited as we are for another cell phone in the family, we also decided to unplug the televisions.  It seems to be a never-ending struggle to keep up with technology and to make sure that it is being used appropriately.  We listened to a talk from a few years back about how far the television industry has pushed the boundaries of decency, and realized that it has escalated exponentially even since then.  Can’t justify even sitting through the commercials anymore.  Why waste any more time being slowly convinced that family, God and decency don’t really matter anymore?  I don’t really want my kids to grow up thinking that life is all about murder, violence, sex and materialism.  We only even watch a handful of programming anymore, and even those are not what I would consider faith promoting or family building.  Anyhow, that’s where we are today.

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Overlooked Blessings

More technology today.  Our printer died and we were having a difficult time living without one.  Yesterday we broke down and got the cheapest thing we could find.  (okay, the second cheapest)   I will say that printers have come a long way since our last printer purchase.  A little bragging, but its extra cool the things it can do.  It can print documents, photos, all of the basics.  It can scan, copy, fax, and feed multiple documents.  It can store numbers, reduce, enlarge, print on different media, and double side print.  As if that were not enough, it will talk to almost every wireless device in our home, and once I get the right software on my phone, I can print from my phone, even if I am out of state.  This particular model doesn’t send things via e-mail for me, but for bottom of the line I can deal with that.

Anyhow, it is easy to focus on the fact that the printer and the DVD went out the same day and say how frustrating that is.  Reality is that not only do we live like kings and queens every day of our lives, but today even the less wealthy among us live like the wealthy did a few years back.  I can remember when I never thought I would be able to afford anything in my home that would adequately print my own photos, I’d never own an expensive fax machine or copier, and I definitely wouldn’t care if it could talk to my phone.  I was just happy if I could get the dial up and fax options to not mess up my answering machine.  Today I’m blessed beyond my expectations, and my first thought was that I still need a DVD player.  I will work on that.

Electronics?

Several months ago one of my electronic devices stopped working.  I finally got it to work as long as the power cord was constantly plugged in.  Although it would recharge to 100% it would power off the instant the cord came out.  After trying to get it working several times, I finally decided I could only use it next to my bed, plugged in with its 2 ft charger.  Last night I was too lazy to turn it off, and pulled the plug out to power down.  I have turned it off this way several times (I know I shouldn’t really.)  Last night, however, it stayed on!  Since then I have powered up and down without the cord in and it is again working properly.  For now anyway.  🙂

 

 

Phone Technology

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Hubby recently got a smart phone so he could take payments and invoice while working on site.  Not only is that going to be a huge help, but we seem to have made the move at just the right time.  We were basically waiting for the price of the technology to come down.  We got a great deal on a phone, and a decently good price on a phone plan.  I was pretty happy with the purchase, but now that I’m looking around I realize I didn’t just get a good deal, but an awesome great deal!

I found a reconditioned smart phone, from the phone company, not top of the line, but plenty good for only $20!  Has a full warranty and everything, and it is owned outright, not tied to any contract.  It is still available in store for $130, so we are very happy.  Yeah for us!  Were also able to transfer our current number and account with an upgrade of $15/month for unlimited everything!  This will save my “paper allergic” hubby so much time and grief.  Definitely felt directed.

Pong

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Success at home school.  No actual miracle here, just bragging.

My 13 year old started “officially” learning computer programming last week.  I have a little programming background, but very outdated, and nothing to teach a class with.  He has been doing a lot of learning on his own, but I wanted something more structured, more thorough, and more official.  We found a very basic, learning language called SCRATCH that had a free, online learning course, and he got started.  He anticipates finishing the beginner course this week, and is excited to move on to a “real language.”  This week he also got his sister interested in programming, and today he showed me a cool “Pong” game that he wrote in his spare time.  It was so cool to see him playing a game he programmed himself with his very excited 5 year old brother.

For me this is a success because one of my primary goals of homeschooling is to teach my children to love learning.  He not only loves what he is learning, but he has managed to get others excited with him!  That is what I expect from an education.

For anyone else interested, here are the links we used:

SCRATCH  –  Thank you MIT

ONLINE COURSE  –  Thank you Alison

 

Smooth Transition

It’s been such a busy week, and it is only Wednesday!

Anyhow, yesterday I had to take one of my children out of school due to a long term illness, and begin homeschooling.  I am amazed at how smoothly the transition is going.  In reality I like homeschooling anyway, but that was not the choice we had made for this year, so it was sort of difficult.  If he had gotten ill like this before this day of technology he would have grown up to be basically uneducated, or at least undereducated.  Now, we file paperwork, pay his library fines, then we signed him up for my favorite online curriculum, pick a few novels we want to read together, and we’re good.  He’s struggling getting back into a routine after spending so much time just laying in bed unable to do anything, but now he can work at his own pace.  Two days ago the school was harassing us about incomplete coursework and excessive absences, today we learned about electrical currents, java applets, and started reading about the Holocaust.  Amazing the information we have access to so easily.  Technology miracle anyone?

It is inspiring me to keep focused on the online music courses I am still working on.  I think I just found my test subject!  Shameless plugs:  I love www.time4learning.com through Odessy Learning,  and I hope to finish the coursework for www.learnmusicathome.com – that now is at least online, and somewhat mobile compatible.  A lot of work still to do.

More Technology! Part 3

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3.  My husband trumps all of us.  His evening job involves conferencing with people all over the world on multiple continents and teaching them English.  I’d say he “travels” further for work, but really he just hangs out at home.  He definitely meets a wider variety of individuals than the rest of us combined!

 

 

 

My mind has recently been resting on a scripture in Handel‘s Messiah, – I mean from Isaiah.  It is the part where it talks about how “all flesh shall see him together.”  When I was a child that phrase was relegated to the – we don’t understand it, but God probably knows what he is doing – realm.  Today it is absolutely conceivable that all the ends of the earth will be able to see and hear him come in real time, with no mystic divine intervention needed at all.  Miracles anyone?