Sunday, April 15, 2007

Meet Mike

A few weeks ago, we took the kids to Wunderland (that’s how it’s spelled), an arcade.  We had lots of fun playing different games and winning tickets at the same time.  My husband is an expert at Drill-O-Matic (one of the games there).  We traded our tickets in for an infrared robot.  This robot came with a remote control (but unfortunately…not batteries).  According to the box and the stickers on him, he has 8 names: Space Wiser, IQ Doctor, Space Station Pathfinder, Cosmos Warrior, Space Power, Space Vanguard, Power Space Robot, and Warrior (I guess they couldn’t make up their minds which name was most suitable).  However, when we turned him on, he introduced himself as "Mike" (go figure!) so we call him "Mike."
Mike can turn his head, walk & slide forwards and backwards with sound, turn left & right, and he can do 2 dances to 2 different tunes: P-Dance and R-Dance.  Moreover, Mike can fire/shoot frisbee discs.  Really cool!  BUT…this guy eats up batteries almost faster than you can finish reading this post :) .  Guess what happened to Mike when the batteries became weak and exhausted…  He lost his voice, he quit talking and making music when dancing, and he spat the frisbee discs, instead of firing/shooting them.  Yep, he just spat them out without any enthusiasm…showing complete lack of energy.  That was so hilarious; I wish you could see the poor guy :) .  We decided to give him plenty of rest because if the kids play with him too much, we will be the poor guys (literally…because of batteries’ cost).

Speaking of robots, Michelle is having a Roboblast contest on the Company Porch.  The prize is a "RIC: Robots in the Classroom" Robotics Unit Study from Treasure Box Press.  The deadline is this Tuesday, April 17th.  Below are my kids’ entries (regarding the type of robot they would invent to help with chores around the house):

My 5 yo son:
I named my robot "Gray."  Gray would go get mail for me and would read me stories.  He would wake me up in the morning.  He would play cards with us.  He can fold towels.  He can do anything I want him to do.

My 8 yo son:
My robot’s name is "Spikey."  He can clean the whole house and do every chore.  He has a security camera and a laser detector that detects if a person entering the house is a good guy or a bad guy.  If the person is a bad guy, Spikey would electrocute him for 1 hour and call 911.

My 13 yo daughter:
If I could invent any robot, it would be a girl robot dog.  Her name would be "Helper."  She would do laundry, wash dishes, clean bathrooms, vacuum, pick up toys, cook, mop, and dust.  She would sing beautifully and could play any games.  She would be very intelligent and could fly.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Choose LIFE!

My 13 year old daughter wrote the following speech ("Choose Life") for her final speech presentation in our homeschool co-op.  Below the speech, you will find my daughter’s email that she sends to people.  This is her 8th year that she has been participating in Steps for Life.  We are so proud of her for standing up for what she believes in and for defending the defenseless.  If you’re interested in giving/making pledges to save lives, please visit my daughter’s website or contact her/me directly at

                                            CHOOSE LIFE   
     Psalm 139: 13-16 says, "For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in Your Book before one of them came to be."
     God has plans and purposes for everyone since a person is in his or her mother’s womb.  A baby is already alive and in the process of becoming who God wants him or her to be.  Each baby is a person created by God in His image.
     How can this country allow evil or misguided people to destroy innocent babies?  People should praise God for each new life He creates instead of killing them.  People should never interfere with God’s plan for each person’s life.  Nobody should be allowed to be "pro choice" which means they support the right to choose to kill babies by way of abortion if they feel like it.  It is not even appropriate that they call themselves "pro choice" because there is no choice for the babies whatsoever!  The babies do not choose to die!  Abortion should be illegal because it is clearly murder.
     Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRC) is a Christian, non-profit organization that offers help and hope to women and teens facing unplanned pregnancy.  By helping them meet their emotional, physical, and spiritual needs, PRC enables them to choose life.  Everybody whether young or old should stand up against abortion anyway he or she can!  Steps for Life, PRC’s 2.5 mile walkathon fund-raising event, is a great example of how people can help save the lives of innocent babies and encourage one another to choose life.  Let’s all choose LIFE!

My name is Alyssa.  I am an 8th grade homeschooler.  I am participating in Steps for Life, a fund-raising event for Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRC) again this year. This year if you sponsor a walker for at least $150 by May 1, 2007, you will receive a free Steps for Life sweatshirt. I have my own website where you can visit and make pledges online. The address is

The Pregnancy Resource Centers of Greater Portland help women and teens who face unplanned pregnancy.  They help meet their emotional, physical, and spiritual needs, enabling them to choose life.  They have six centers throughout the Portland area, and have ministered to over 110,000 women and teens since 1984.  They provide free services such as counseling, ultrasound, adoption info., maternity & baby clothes, parenting classes, spiritual encouragement, etc. 

Please join me in saving the innocent lives of unborn babies by making pledges.  You don’t need to pay right now. You can choose to be billed later.  Any amount would greatly be appreciated!  If you do not want to make pledges online, you can still make pledges by emailing me your name, address, and the amount you would like to give.  Donations to PRC are tax-deductible.  For more info. about Steps for Life, please visit  


P.S. Thanks so much to all of last year’s sponsors! I was able to raise over $1,000. I hope you will join me again this year in saving precious, innocent lives. God bless!