What Kind of CAR Does a T.Rex Drive? {children’s book review}

If you have children that love dinosaurs, then here is a new summer read for your family!

What Kind of CAR Does a T.Rex Drive? by Mark Lee, illustrated by Brian Biggs is a wonderfully fun book for your littles! What kind of car would you sell to a stegosaurus? What about a pterodactyl? Uncle Otto has no idea either- but Ava and Mickey-two kids with a lot of dino knowledge, are able to help him out.

This definitely brought about a *bunch* of giggles from my youngest 3 kids, and even the 8 year old got a kick out of the T.Rex’s vehicle.

All the super fun goodies our Penguin Random House Publicity Assistant sent us gave me some great ideas for this book.

  • Use it as a book club read aloud with your homeschool co-op book club
  • Read it as part of a dinosaur unit
  • Gift it to your favorite dinosaur loving kiddo-it will be a hit!
  • Use it in a transportation unit study with elementary students

The best thing about receiving a children’s book as a gift is the reading aloud that comes with it! Reading to our children is one of the best gifts we can give them-quality time with our undivided attention, exploring new worlds together.

What Kind of CAR Does a T.Rex Drive? is a perfect addition to your home library shelf!



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Read it With Me Wednesday with Wisdom Wednesday Link-up

So, yesterday was my birthday.  My 28th birthday, to be exact.

It was a pretty terrible day, in terms of day to day things.

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To top it all off, I backed into the garage door.  Yep.  I did.

But during my pity party, I kept reminding myself, (through the tears), that I am so blessed.  And this is just one day.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation.  but take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

He’s got this.

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Read it WIth Me Wednesday with Wisdom Wednesday Linkup

So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12

Lexie turned 3 on Tuesday.  My baby girl is three.  *gasp*

Max was 1 on Monday.  *whaaat?*

Time flies by.  It goes by so quickly.  But we can make each and every day count for something.

We can do God’s work.  We can do right by other’s, be kind, work hard knowing that our hard work may never be acknowledge by others.  Or that maybe they take it for granted.

But time is much too short not to live for Him.  

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Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlastingA)’> I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosperD)’> on me and come and prayF)’> to you. You will seekH)’>   Jeremiah 29:11-13

Where is your “edge of uncomfortable and unknowing?”  Do you take risks which may in turn grow your faith?  This isn’t something that comes naturally for most of us (boy, let me tell you …).

Angela mentioned that our risks may not be a move to an unfamiliar place, but something like forgiving someone who hurt us, or changing our lifestyle so that we may give more freely with our money.  I thought those were great examples of risks for many of us, so I mentioned them here.

Have a blessed week, and please share in the comments any risks or leaps of faith you have found yourself or your family in recently.

Now for Wisdom Wednesday!  Thanks for joining the linky- add your link to the list at the bottom.  Readers- enjoy these great links, and leave a comment!

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Read It With Me Wednesday, W/ Wisdom Wednesday Link Up!

Hi, and welcome to Read It With Me Wednesday- now also including a link-up party for Wisdom Wednesday at Simply Helping Him!  

For those of you that are new, I am so excited to have you join us here at Life is Good!
am so thankful, blessed, and excited to be co-hosting the Wisdom Wednesday link up with Misty, from Simply Helping Him.  She is an amazing Christian woman, who minsters in so many ways; she also has a great team of contributors on her blog.  They are all truly an inspiration.  If you haven’t already, please check out her website and follow her on facebook!

Here is my introduction and the link up over at Simply Helping Him this morning: Introduction

If you are new to a link up party, it’s fun and super easy!  Here’s what you do:

For bloggers, you just add a direct link to your blog post at the bottom of each week’s post.  
**Be sure you link is appropriate for this linky- family friendly!  I will delete links that I find offensive or inappropriate. 

For my readers- you have a list of wonderful bloggers, right here, for your enjoyment and blessing!  Simply click a link title you are interested in, and enjoy reading another blogger’s post; find encouragement from other’s writing.

You will find the linky tool at the bottom of this post.

Now, on to Read It With Me Wednesday: On Writing

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

Lamentations 3:25

I have been waiting.  Waiting for God to show me a way to minister to others, and grow myself.  I know my main ministry is in my home, for my husband and babies.  I looked into a few ministries, but nothing seemed to “fit” yet. Nothing was calling me, no matter how badly I wanted it to.

So I waited.  And I prayed.  I asked other stay at home and homeschooling mothers who said, “take it to the Lord.  Stop searching and let him guide you.”  So I did.

Then while reading her blog, I saw Misty was looking for co-hosts for her Christian blog; a blog that inspired me to seek Him more after I read it each night.  And it felt right.

After exchanging emails, and nailing out details, I heard God whisper, “this is it.”  
JTom was comfortable with it, so I proceeded.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.   

Matthew 7:7-8

This last week has been … exciting!  Being part of something new, for the first time in a long time, is so exciting.

To be able to share with more readers and fellow bloggers how God is working one me daily, crafts and activities that we enjoy, and talk openly about our journey to homeschool, is all so refreshing!

It’s hard work, without monetary gain, but still refreshing.

And best of all, it’s lead by God!

But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. 

Deuteronomy 4:29 

Seek Him in everything.  He promises that when you do, you will find Him.  And at His feet you will find many blessings.  Be blessed this week, friends!


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Read It With Me Wednesday: Planting Seeds

My job was to plant the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God, not we, who made it grow
. The ones who do the planting or watering aren’t important, but God is important because he is the one who makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work as a team with the same purpose. Yet they will be rewarded individually, according to their own hard work.    I Corinthians 3:6-8

It is mine and JTom’s job to plant seeds in our children- seeds of love,C)’> forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22).

When we get frustrated, or lose our tempers, what kind of seeds are we planting in our children?  They aren’t seeds of love, gentleness, or self-control.

If you read about our week last week, you know our Bible lessons (continued this week) have been about Galatians 5:22- the fruit of the spirit. (This also goes along with all our books about seeds and plants, planting our garden, etc).

Each day we focus on a different fruit, and each day I examine myself and my parenting a little closer.

I have always been so even tempered with Lexie; not yelling or becoming visibly angry with her.  Until recently.  She goes from being the perfect child, to be my little monster toddler over night; sometimes it’s like she pretends she doesn’t hear me at all.  =)  I know this is typical 2-3 year old behavior; I don’t expect her to behave all the time.  She is still a very well behaved child, and in general a good listener; but we are all born sinners.

I’ve been getting frustrated and letting it show.  And last week when we began our fruit of the spirit devotionals, I decided no more.

A) Christ wouldn’t react that way and 
B) Lexie just plays off my emotions.  Not all children become more stubborn when their disciplinarian becomes angry, but mine does.

The best way, as a parent and as a person, to respond to her is with the fruit of the spirit- love,C)’> forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control

Now, that doesn’t mean timeout or discipline has stopped- it just means that that discipline is done gently, out of love for her, and with self-control from me.  And by doing that, her attitude and mine have both changed.

I want to plant seeds in my children so God may grow each into the person He has planned for them to become, so He may use their life for His will.  
This can only be done if we parent, love, and discipline Biblically.

We may be eager to seek help from others on what to do for our children; there are books, online articles, resources galore, advice from family, etc.  
But if it isn’t Biblically sound advice, it isn’t going to work.  We may have immediate results; things may look different today.  But in the long run it won’t work, if it isn’t of Christ (that goes for everything in our lives).

When we plant the seeds of Christ in our children, we glorify God so He may do His most important work- make those seeds grow into the fruit of the spirit.  Then, they can be more like Christ and do God’s work as he has planned.

What seeds are you planting in your children?

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