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There is only one satisfying way to boot a computer. -J.H. Goldfuss

Can you hear me screaming all the way to your house?

My computer is broken. Hard drive is kaput. No, I didn’t lose data. I have it backed up on Carbonite. (Thank You, Lord!) I’ve learned that lesson the hard way.

I’m very hard on computers. They rarely last me more than four years. And like clockwork, they blow up. I should know better.

I actually did have a premonition, but you know how it is. You just keep babying it until you absolutely have to do something.

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Now I have to decide whether to simply replace the hard drive or get a new computer. Since I’m editing videos now, I need a much more efficient hard drive which means going solid state. But what if the motherboard is the next to go?

If money weren’t an issue, I’d definitely get a new computer. But money is tight and I can’t make the decision lightly  or quickly. In the meantime, I’m using my son’s little netbook. It’s slow. It’s annoying. But it’s better than nothing.

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The thing is, to get a new computer, I need to make sure it’s what I really need now that I’m editing videos. That means more RAM, and an Intel Core i7, not to mention an expensive video card. All these things add up fast. If all I needed were a computer for writing, I wouldn’t be agonizing over the decision so much.

Needless to say, I’m beyond frustrated. Service on computers is notoriously slow, and I have deadlines. It’s been so difficult to get things done. I’ve had to cancel interviews I’ve had scheduled for weeks for my video channel. So disappointing.

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This graphic has nothing to do with this post. I just thought it was cool.

But, I’m determined to keep praise on my lips and rest in God’s perfect plan. When I’m on my deathbed, I’m not going to be fretting over this recent turn of events. The important things are still in place: God, faith and family. Work will always be there. And God’s timing is perfect.

What would you do if you were me? Buy a whole new computer?  Or just add a solid state drive to the old one and some more RAM? Weigh in!
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Journey Through the Storm

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Monday I got caught in a terrible storm driving between my town and the town where my appointment was. Living rural means you get nowhere fast. It was at least a 30-minute journey under the best of conditions. It took me an hour-and-a-half to get home.

He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed. (2)

As I was driving, it struck me how focused I was on what was right in front of me. And it reminded me of how I coped this past year as I journeyed through the worst storm of my life. You may think I’m being dramatic, but I’m truly not. It has taken me the better part of the past year to be able to wake up without a lump in my throat and a heavy weight on my chest.

-Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts-Zechariah 4-6

Maybe knowing how I got through it will help somebody else. And maybe, it will be good for folks to know, that the while sorrow leaves its scars, it does get less debilitating. You learn to live with the dull ache. You accept the moments you burst into tears at the grocery store when emotions flood without warming.  But spontaneous, tearful waves do occur farther apart as time marches on. The ache is something you learn to acknowledge, grateful the agony doesn’t overwhelm you as it did in the past.

Though he slay me, yet will I trust in

My stormy journey isn’t over. As long as we live on earth, we have burdens to bear. But knowing that I can survive a storm like the one I’m living through, has strengthened me in many ways. It has shaped me. It has groomed me for something greater and made me ready for what is next.

-But now, O Lord, thou art our father;we are the clay, and thou our potter;and we all are the work of thy hand.-Isaiah 64-8

If we give our storms to Him, and keep praise on our lips, He will see us through. Doesn’t mean it is painless. Just means we get through it one step at a time. And we survive. Even thrive.

How has God gotten you through a sorrow? Hurt? Tragedy? Share in the comments below.

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The May Brilliant Blog Award

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This blog award thing has proven harder than I thought!

Mainly because there are so many brilliant blogs out there. It truly is difficult to chose.

However it is with great joy I present to you the Brilliant Blog for the month of May. It is already an award-winning blog but I can’t overlook it and refuse to give it this award because of their popularity. They’ve truly earned it because they’ve encouraged me more than once on my writing journey.

Congratulations to Books & Such Literary Management!

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In my book, this blog is a definite must for Christian Writers, whether they’re just starting out or in the trenches. I’m regularly inspired by this great group of women.

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As I said, the last thing they need is another reward from me. But I hope by pointing them out, someone who hasn’t met them yet, will check them out and glean from their valuable info.

What’s your favorite blog? Do you have one I should check out? Let me know in the comments below!

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Happy Father’s Day Coloring Pages

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Me and my dad on my fourth birthday.

Need to keep someone busy on Father’s Day? Or do you teach a Sunday School Class? Here are some printable coloring pages that your littles may enjoy! Right click and save and print.

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Click to download the .pdf for this one:

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And I love this one. Click here to find it.

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For some adorable Father’s Day Ideas, check out this Pinterest Collection.

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This Father’s Day I bought my husband a much-yearned for Ukulele he’s had his eye on. And I got my Dad a book he’s going to love. (I inherited my Dad’s love of book hoarding.)

Happy Father’s Day to my dad, husband and sons! Good dads are rare. So glad you’re one!

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Teaching kids to touch type

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If there’s one thing I am grateful for from my public school education in the 70s, it’s that I was able to take classes to learn how to touch type. I can still type about 93-102 words per minute (WPM), and believe me, it’s come in handy when writing books, blogging, and writing research papers! (Thanks, Mr. Geesik!) (I can still hear and see him wiggling his fingers and sing-song saying, “Type, type, type!”)

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Since I have special needs children, and taught many special needs kids in my cottage school, I was always on the lookout for unique ways to teach life skills. One of the coolest tools I discovered  were these ingenious typing gloves from a company called Touchtypers.

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From the website: “Touchtypers is a system that uses specially developed lettered gloves and simple exercises to make it easy for students to learn to touch-type on computer keyboards, using any typing system or word processing software.”

The gloves come with an instruction booklet, but I also used old-fashioned typing books to help my students practice.

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These gloves worked great! I like anything that helps children self-direct and teach themselves. The only thing you have to do is supervise a bit to make sure they’re actually using the correct fingers and not “cheating.”

I hope you like these gloves as much as I do/did. I don’t get any kind of kickback or anything from this company. But when I experience a great product, I want to tell everyone about it.

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Oh, and when you order the gloves, err on the smaller side because they stretch. Let me know how you like them!

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Homeschool Minute

A new feature on my radio station now is what I call a “Homeschool Minute.” I hope to share some encouraging tips for homeschooling families here.

Do you have a helpful tip to share? Let me know in the comments below. Maybe I’ll use them in a future video!

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Meet me in Iowa!

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Hi, Friends!

Just a wee update to let you know that I’ll be speaking at the Homeschool Iowa Conference next week!

Here are the topics I’ll be covering:

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Technology and Your Homeschool

Is technology really all that important? How should you use it in your homeschool? When should you not use it? Learn some creative ways to integrate technology in your homeschool and have your eyes opened about dangerous technological advances you and your family needs to know about.

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Homeschooling Children with Autism

Has God called you to teach your child with autism at home? Do you wonder what the most important skills are to teach? Get practical tips on coping with tantrums, learning social skills, and leading your child to God. As children with autism grow up, what life skills are important to teach them? What can a parent do about aggressive, oppositional behavior? Learn how Karla taught her own sons with autism. What were the most valuable lessons of all? Handouts include practical tips for parents, therapists and teachers.

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Homeschooling Typical Children and Children with Special Needs Using the Same Curriculum

Do you ever feel as if you’re in over your head? Worried that you aren’t qualified to teach your special needs child? Learn why you’re the expert on your child and their condition. Get practical tips on helping them succeed through finding the right resources, building a supportive network, and accessing the right therapies. Learn what therapies worked and didn’t when Karla taught her own children with autism, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, speech disabilities and dyslexia. Handouts include practical tips for parents, therapists and teachers.

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Creative Writing in the Homeschool

Have a gifted writer in the family? Learn from published author, Karla Akins, how to foster that gift with practical tips and creative writing ideas. She will also share the climate of publishing today, and a brief introduction to self-publishing in today’s market.

I can’t wait to meet you!

By the way I’m giving away goodies in a drawing while there, too!

  • O Canada Her Story (print) — Autographed
  • Sacagawea (ebook) – Autographed coupon
  • Jacques Cartier (ebook) – Autographed coupon
  • What Really Happened in the Middle Ages (print) — Autographed
  • What Really Happened in Colonial Times (print)– Autographed
  • Scented wax warmer
  • The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots (print) — Autographed

And those are the just the goodies I’m giving away in the overall conference. My table will also have a beautiful gift package drawing you can enter, too.

See you in Iowa!

If I were coming to your state, what would you like me to speak on?  Check here for a list of topics! And let me know in the comments below!

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