Al Menconi Ministries

March 31, 2005
I am so not ready for the teenage years, but this site will hopefully help me guide my son.

No Babysiters Poem

Greet the kids at seven-ten,
Give them breakfast, settle in
Andrew's learning ABC's
(Ryan, don't eat crayons, please)
Someone's knocking at the door,
(We mustn't finger paint the floor)
Let's have lunch and then clean up
(Ashley, please don't tip your cup)
Baby Hunter's on my lap,
Story time and then a nap.
Have our snack, then go outside,
(The doggie can't give horsey-rides)
Six-'clock - the moms are here,
Collect the coats, paper and gear.
Want to see me throw a fit?
Tell me I just "babysit"

I got this off a provider e-list. It's great!

Hoping against hope

March 28, 2005
The sun was out in all it's glory this morning and pushing the clouds away. Alas, it was not to be. The clouds are back in fornce, the rain is starting and the temperature in the house is dropping noticeably. And we had to turn on the lamps. Yup, there goes the heater. Ah well. I miss the sunshine. I know the kids will be missing a lack of rain come this afternoon. Full house today.

Happy Easter!!!!

March 27, 2005
Happy Easter to all!

This has always been my favorite holiday after Thanksgiving. It's so much more important than Christmas. We wouldn't even celebrate Christmas if Christ hadn't defeated death and risen, to God's glory, His own glory, and our salvation.

Have a truly blessed day!

Happy Easter!!!!

[Listening to: Easter Song - Keith Green - The Ministry Years, Vol. 1 Disc 2 (03:59)]
[Listening to: The Battle Is Already Won - Keith Green - The Ministry Years, Vol. 1 Disc 2 (03:32)]

Joy's New Preferred Babysitter

March 22, 2005
Tonight Tim was having a converation with Joy and Jesus (Christ) came up. First she wanted him to come and scare away all the monsters. Then she wanted him to stay and rock her to sleep. So Tim asked, "Well, what will Mommy and Daddy do if Jesus rocks you to sleep?" Joy answered, "You go on date!".

Works for me .... though I did ask if Sara (her former fave sitter) could help Jesus.

She is at this moment demanding Jesus. I'm trying to explain that he's in her heart, and in heaven, but he can't be here physically until he comes back for everyone. That one is hard for most adults to grasp too.

She's really focused on this one, at least 10 minutes non-stop including pouting asking for Him. She even had me pray for Him to come.

It's all kinda my fault. The other night I told her that Jesus might send some angels to protect her through the night from the monsters. The next morning she said that she saw Jesus before he left. At least she slept through the night that time .....

I don't want to destroy her faith, but how do I get around (through) this one?
Paperwork is the bane of my life.... anyone out there really good at organizing?

Does anyone besides my DH read this?

ps. i'll find my frog

If you are really bored, check out this site. Someone had WAY too much time on their hands. Star Wars Fans check out #30. There's also an Indiana Jones one :)

Just keep clicking. I stopped around 76, I have no idea how many there are.

Thrashing Through Cyberspace: Tonight, A Victory

"According to this article from

America Online said late Monday that it plans to revise its user agreement in response to concerns that instant messages sent through the company's service could be monitored. The new policy for AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM, will stress that the company does not eavesdrop on customer's conversations except in unusual circumstances such as a court order, an AOL spokesman said.

Thanks go to AOL on several fronts. First of all, thank you for changing the questionable terms of service. It's honorable of you to acknowledge the concerns your customers have about privacy, and to seek to reassure us."

go read the whole thing ... quite interesting

Move over phishing scams, beware of pharming! (something to worry about)

Subject: Move over phishing scams, beware of pharming!
CNET Community Hot Topics Newsletter March 15, 2005
Dear CNET members,
By now, hopefully everyone is aware of phishing scams-- cleverly designed e-mail and Web sites used to gain access to your financial logins and passwords. We've pretty much reached the level of sniffing those out from a mile away. But this fairly new heinous tactic, called pharming, is absolutely frightening. For example, you type in in to your Internet browser. The address bar displays as you would and you proceed to log on to access your bank account information. No sweat, eh? Well, little did you know that behind the scenes,'s DNS (domain name servers) just got hijacked -- displaying the completely legitimate URL address that you are accustomed to, but directing you to a spoofed site that looks and feels just like your financial institution, so you have absolutely no idea you willingly gave up your personal account info to the hijackers. Is this scary or what? Are you concerned? Are there any preventative measures out there that we can take, or are we just out of luck on this one? Find out more about this all-too-important topic in senior editor Robert Vamosi's article, "Alarm over pharming attacks: identity theft made even easier." And if you have concerns to share or preventative tips to offer, or if you've even been scammed before by this tactic, share your experience with us so that we can all learn how to tackle this issue together. Be safe and be aware out there!

Read about pharming attacks here:
TalkBack here:

Lee Koo
CNET Community [snip]

This week's hot topic: Pharming attacks

In response to the latest Security Watch column, several of you submitted great suggestions on how steer clear from pharming schemes.

Security Watch: Alarm over pharming attacks:

Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation: "A Visit With Terri Schiavo
Attorney Barbara Weller
This past Christmas Eve day, 2004, I went to visit Terri Schiavo with her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, her sister, her niece, and Attorney David Gibbs III. The visit took place at the Woodside Hospice for about 45 minutes just before noon.
When I knew I was going to visit Terri with her parents, I had no idea what to expect. I was prepared for the possibility that the Schindlers love their daughter and sister so much that they might imagine behaviors by Terri that aren't actually evident to others. The media and Mr. Schiavo clearly give the impression that Terri is in a coma or comatose state and engages only in non-purposeful and reflexive movements and responses. I am a mother and a grandmother, as well as one of the Schindlers? attorneys, and I could understand how parents might imagine behavior and purposeful activity that is not really there. I was prepared to be as objective as I could be during this visit and not to be disappointed at anything I saw or experienced. "

Fate of Terri Schiavo Rests With Judge - NEWS -

March 21, 2005
"'But I'll tell you what: It's also is a sad day for everyone in this country because the United States government is going to come in and trample all over your personal, family matters,' he told ABC's 'Good Morning America' on Monday."

This statement I agree with. I'm not sure in general about Terri. I know personally that if my quality of life was nil, I wouldn't want to put my family through the torture and expense of keeping me alive indefinitely.

Bodice-Ripping Author Shakes Up Harvard - ENTERTAINMENT -

March 16, 2005
"CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Lauren Willig's academic adviser laughed when she told him why she enrolled in Harvard's graduate history program: to write a historically accurate romance novel.
She wasn't joking.
Willig, in her second year at Harvard Law School, is finishing her doctoral dissertation on the Royalists during England's 17th-century civil war. She's also the author of 'The Secret History of the Pink Carnation,' a 'bodice-ripper' that's been climbing Barnes & Noble's best seller list less than a month after its release."

one can hope that it will be good. myself, I don't read romance novels, but I do like history.

some days ...

the question becomes, if I wasn't doing childcare, what could I do to earn money and stay at home with Joy? I am a Discovery Toys consultant and I haven't put a whole lot into building it. I prefer to do just the catalog sales (not much of a party person, ya know). But that's an option. I guess I'll just have to pray about it (something else that i am not good at. Hopefully, one of these days it will be second, or even first nature).

Back to making lunch, the schedule is all screwed up today.

OH NO! and YAY! another I did it

March 15, 2005
Yesterday we were flushing monsters down the toilet (short story -- Joy is having nightmares, so yesterday afternoon we went to her room. She vanquished the monster that was eating her bed all by herself and then I was going to take him to the bathroom to flush him -- she wanted to do it. Apparently there were a few more monsters, so this process was repeated). The "OH NO!" came when I (against Tim's advice) let her flush the monsters herself. I had a pair of her underwear soaking in the toilet (bad accident) and had shown her how to hold them out of the way .... she let go though. I heard "Oh NO! My purple underwear" ....... and no underwear anywhere in the bathroom :(

Tim was very good about not saying outright "I told you so"

This morning's coup de acompli -- she can start a DVD on her own. Not just put in in the player, she's been able to do that. This morning she was watching the previews on one of her Wiggles daftest, got tired of them, *realized that she had the wrong remote*, got the correct DVD remote and pressed the correct button to start it. Now, all this didn't even rate an "I did it!" from her, but I was certainly surprised!


Religious Joke of the Day - Top 10 Reasons God Created Eve

March 13, 2005

Top 10 Reasons God Created Eve

10. God worried that Adam would always be lost in the garden because men hate to ask for directions.

9. God knew that Adam would one day need someone to hand him the TV remote.

8. God knew that Adam would never buy a new fig leaf when his seat wore out and would therefore need Eve to get one for him.

7. God knew that Adam would never make a doctor's appointment for himself.

6. God knew that Adam would never remember which night was garbage night.

5. God knew that if the world was to be populated, men would never be able to handle childbearing.

4. As "Keeper of the Garden," Adam would never remember where he put his tools.

3. The scripture account of creation indicates Adam needed someone to blame his troubles on when God caught him hiding in the garden.

2. As the Bible says, "It is not good for man to be alone!"

1. When God finished the creation of Adam, He stepped back, scratched His head and said, "I can do better than that."


March 9, 2005

"For God so loV ed the world,
              That He gA ve
His onL y
BegottE n
                              T hat whosever
              Believeth I n Him
Should N ot perish,
But have E verlasting life."
                                           John 3:16


Citizen Frank: This is it - the hardest thing.

I was just browsing Citizen Frank and came upon this entry. Tim has mentioned that this would also be the hardest thing if he ever became a "road warrior" or joined up again.

Jet: Michael Jordan's brother, James Jordan, ships out to Iraq; postpones his army retirement

Army Command Sgt. Maj. James R. Jordan has much in common with his younger brother, retired basketball star Michael Jordan.

He loves his job, believes in helping his team and expects maximum effort from those around him.

And like his brother, James Jordan likes to leave on his own terms. He has asked to stay in the Army for a year beyond his retirement date so that he can complete a full yearlong deployment to Iraq with other members of the 35th Signal Brigade.

A good book

March 6, 2005
Last night I finished a pretty good book called Lost in a Good Book. A few days ago it was The Eyre Affair. Both by Jasper Fforde and part of the Thursday Next series. I am beginning to think that I am addicted to series. My faves include the Shannara series by Terry Brooks (though I am at least two trilogies behind. I did read the first 2 trilogies though) and the Pern, Ship Who Sang, Rowan, and other series by Anne McCaffrey, as well as the Alvin Maker series by Orson Scott Card. These days it's hard for me to read a book that's NOT in a series. And then I get tired of the series because the plots start to seem the same.

Not so (yet) with the two Thursday Next stories. Some elements are the same, but Mr. Fforde does a good job of adding a few key element to propel you onto the next story. Reading The Eyre Affair made me want to go out and get Jane Eyre (by Charlotte Bronte). I adore British mysteries (read most of Agatha Christie as a child and Sherlock Holmes), but the romance stuff usually bores me to tears. So do American romance stories -- same plot, different characters and settings. But after reading Eyre Affair, I have to find out --- the ending in his book is it the same in our universe or did Next change it for all universes? I guess we'll see if I get up the gumption to read Bronte.

The Solar System

March 4, 2005
all i have to say is "WOW!"

Wx Plotter Fun Tests - Nerd Quiz


March 3, 2005
Is fast becoming Joy's theme phrase. This morning's cause for celebration, the pouring of milk from the gallon into a cup all by herself.

She likes to have chocolate milk, just about any time of the day. This morning, instead of asking me to get her some, Little Miss Independent goes into the kitchen, uses the stepstool to get a sippy cup, opens the fridge, gets the milk out, takes the cap off the milk and THEN looks at me. I ask if she needs help. She doesn't answer. She next complains that the milk isn't coming out. I again offer to help and then tell her to try again. She does, the milk comes out and she pours just the right amount. The she says, "I did it!" (and no, we don't watch Dora)

Next she adds a dollop of chocolate syrup. I put the top on and shake it to mix and hand it to her. Joy says, "It's COLD", on the borderline whine voice. But she also knows how to fix this. She opens the microwave door, puts her milk in and we set it for 30 seconds. She counts to 5 before pressing the start button. Apparently it's not hot enough for her, so she repeats the process without my help a few more times, stopping the microwave about every 10 seconds to check her milk. Soon enough it's warm enough for her and she leaves the kitchen.

pray please - praise report

The test results from the cardiac stress test came back late last week. My heart appears fine. My doctor wants to follow-up in two weeks or if symptoms get worse. I'm beginning to believe that I am just very much out of shape and this is the way it has shown itself. So this is a praise report -- no heart problems! Yay!

Rivers know this: There is no hurry. We shall get there someday.
--Pooh's Little Instruction Book

-----Original Message-----
From: Annette Sargent []
Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2005 10:04 AM
To: 'Lucinda Talley'; Britany Lomas (; 'Thadeus Holland'; 'Gerald Holland'; 'AletaJoy Talley'; Celia Elmore; Adam Holland (
Cc: Timothy Sargent (
Subject: pray please

The last few weeks I have been short of breath and fatigued easily. I finally went to the doctor. I don't have asthma, or pneumonia, or any other lung ailment. Not even bronchitis. My doc sent me to the ER for more testing. That was pleasant (heavy sarcasm). My lungs are fine. Now they are focusing on my heart. I have another appointment this afternoon and a cardiac stress test next Wednesday.
Please pray that the doctors figure out what is wrong with me soon. I was really expecting to be told that I had asthma or some sort of respiratory allergy to mold or something. But that doesn't seem to be the case. Pray for my daycare kids and their families too. This is kind of a disruption to everyone's schedule :) I am blessed with understanding parents right now though.

Annette Sargent
Open Arms Family Daycare

Animal-Human Hybrids Spark Controversy

March 1, 2005
Science Fiction is becoming more and more a reality ...
Scientists have begun blurring the line between human and animal by producing chimeras—a hybrid creature that's part human, part animal.

Chinese scientists at the Shanghai Second Medical University in 2003 successfully fused human cells with rabbit eggs. The embryos were reportedly the first human-animal chimeras successfully created. They were allowed to develop for several days in a laboratory dish before the scientists destroyed the embryos to harvest their stem cells.

In Minnesota last year researchers at the Mayo Clinic created pigs with human blood flowing through their bodies.

And at Stanford University in California an experiment might be done later this year to create mice with human brains.

Scientists feel that, the more humanlike the animal, the better research model it makes for testing drugs or possibly growing "spare parts," such as livers, to transplant into humans.

Watching how human cells mature and interact in a living creature may also lead to the discoveries of new medical treatments.

But creating human-animal chimeras—named after a monster in Greek mythology that had a lion's head, goat's body, and serpent's tail—has raised troubling questions: What new subhuman combination should be produced and for what purpose? At what point would it be considered human? And what rights, if any, should it have?

There are currently no U.S. federal laws that address these issues.

Ethical Guidelines ...

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