Howdy. I'm Matt Todd. My wife and I have four kids and a dog,. I'm passionate about orphan care. I'm a die-hard fan of the Evansville Aces, the Indiana Hoosiers, and Star Wars. I'm trying to live life by the Todd family motto: "It behooves us to live!"

The Book isn’t Complete. But Have No Fear!

You remember that story I’ve been writing? The one about the girl who is bitten by a mysterious horse and strange things start to happen to her? The one for Alyson. The one that is supposed to be done in time for her birthday. Her birthday that’s in less than two weeks.

It isn’t done.

But I’ve decided to try something and we’ll see how it goes. I’m going to give her the part that is completed and then ask her to help me write the rest of the story. I’m hoping she’ll have fun coming up with new ideas and character traits and situations that I never would’ve thought of.

So, here’s to the collaborative efforts of Todd & Todd. This could produce something amazing. Of course, it could also crash into flames, leaving nothing but disaster in its wake.

I’m shooting for amazing.

The Todd Top Ten is Back (and better than ever)!!

Todd Top Ten 2011When I started blogging I began a tradition of highlighting the top ten list of things that happened to our family during the last year. Not all of them are happy things. But they’re landmarks on our journey as a family – things that changed who we are. And some pretty cool memories and experiences have been included, too.

Then the list took a hiatus.

A long hiatus.

But it’s back. And better than ever.

(drumroll, please)

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Someone Get Her Some Art Lessons!

Haven’t bragged on Aly’s growing artistic talent in a while. She’s been blowing us away with her creations recently.

"Unicorn" by Alyson Todd

She drew this freehand without anything to look at. I’m especially impressed with the detail on the unicorn’s horn. This girl desperately needs some art lessons because she has already surpassed the collective artistic ability of her parents. Gotta do whatever we can to encourage her to keep developing her God-given ability!

 

Delay of Game…

I’ve resigned myself that there’s no way I’ll be able to get this story written in time to give it as a Christmas gift this year. But that’s OK. I should be able to get it finished by her birthday in April. Ideally, I’ll be able to get her to come up with some illustrations and then I’ll have the story bound for her in her own book (somehow).

You say you want to know more about this story? I’m not sure if it’ll ever be made public, but I’ll go ahead and tell you this much: It’s about a girl who has strange things happen to her after she’s bitten by a mysterious horse. Oh yeah. She’s gonna love it.

Alyson’s Directorial Debut

movie premiere

Growing up I had aspirations of making movies. In my mind, I was going to become the next George Lucas or maybe the next Steven Spielberg. That’s why I was the first person in our Troop to earn the Cinematography merit badge. I had it all planned out. I even went to Milligan with the secret plan of going on to film school after graduating.

Could Alyson be following in my footsteps? I don’t know. But she’s really into making horse movies right now. And so tonight we’re rolling out the red carpet for the star-studded premiere of America’s newest director with two short films. So, grab your popcorn as I present to you the Schleich Horse Series…

(She loves comments, by the way.)

Monster Jam 2011

I’m past-due in posting these. Even though we’ve been snowed/iced in for about a week, it’s still been pretty hectic. All that being said, here’s some highlights from our annual pilgrimage to Monster Jam’s Party in the Pits. I love that we can get these Pit Passes through the Scout District. It’s the highlight of the year for the kids. Well…it’s definitely the highlight for one of them…

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Yep. Aly saved a horse.

I posted this tweet and facebook status update earlier this evening and it certainly caused some chatter on facebook:

http://twitter.com/#!/mattdantodd/status/5061294826721280

So, here’s what happened…

As I was walking home from the church office, Aly called over to me from our neighbors’ yard. “Dad! Doc’s stuck!”

I wasn’t sure what she meant. I didn’t think it was anything too serious. But she was pretty concerned. So I walked over to see what was going on.

Turns out she was right. One of the horses that lives behind us had somehow managed to get his foot caught in fencing material and he was, in fact, stuck. His right rear hoof was trapped and he could not move. While he was relatively calm, I wasn’t about to let Aly go into the yard and do anything. There was still a chance he could start to panic. And I really didn’t have anything like bolt cutters that could cut through the fence. We stayed with Doc until help could come.

Since he was only standing on three feet, my biggest concern was that he might eventually fall over.

Another neighbor came over. He started looking for some bolt cutters and eventually got the attention of the Amish men who have been working on our neighbors’ barn. They came over, assessed the situation, went back into the barn, and came back with the right tools.

The ever-elusive bolt cutters.

Within about five minutes, Doc was freed unscathed from his wiry trap of potential death. Well…he did have a little bit of blood showing on a different hoof. But nothing life-threatening.

Who knows how long Doc had been stuck there? And who knows how long he would’ve been stuck there if Aly hadn’t seen him and spoken up?

Shortly after we got home, Alyson said, “I can’t wait to go to school tomorrow and tell my friends that I saved Doc’s life!”

Yes you did, Aly. Yes you did!

Doc. Photo taken by Glenna Divine