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Book Review: Water & Weather by Tom DeRosa and Carolyn Reeves

Water and Weather by Tom DeRosa and Carolyn ReevesA special thanks to Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group, for sending me a copy of this book as a member of Moms of Master Books to help facilitate the writing of this book.

Water & Weather Book Description:

Science unfolds as activities bring alive the natural curiosity of children. This new title covers not only the weather and varying climates around the world, but explores the results of weather events in the past. The great Flood was a cataclysmic event that left behind fossils, and these impressions reveal much about what happened during and after this historical event. Form a connection between this biblical history and the world experienced outside your door as natural processes like rain and wind are shown to be forces at work in the environment!

About the Authors:

Tom DeRosa is an experienced science teacher and a committed creationist. He has incorporated both his passions in the founding and the directing of the Creation Studies Institute, a growing national creation organization whose chief focus is education. His wealth of experience in the public school, Christian school, and homeschool markets for over 35 years has given special insights into what really works in engaging young minds. He is an author and sought-out, enthusiastic creation speaker who has a genuine love for the education of our next generation.

Carolyn Reeves is especially skilled at creating ways to help students develop a greater understanding of not just scientific concepts, but also how these are applied within the world around us. Carolyn retired after a 30-year career as a science teacher, finished a doctoral degree in science education, and began a new venture as a writer and an educational consultant. She and her husband make their home in Oxford, Mississippi, where they are active members of North Oxford Baptist Church. The Reeves have three children, three in-law children, and ten grandchildren.

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Book Details:

  • Series: Investigate the Possibilities: Elementary General Science
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Master Books (November 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890516103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890516102
  • Retail Price: $12.99
  • Student Journal and Teacher Guide also available

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My Thoughts:

The Investigate the Possibilities Elementary General Science series put out by Master Books is a wonderful, hands-on, creation-based science series. Each book is filled with vivid pictures and lots of experiments. The series is geared towards kids in grades 3-6, but kids of all ages will enjoy the experiments. We used the other books in the series when Munchkin was a bit younger, and really enjoyed them. I loved the fact that the supplies for the experiments were not hard to locate or expensive.

The latest book in the series is no exception to what we found with the previous books in the series. It’s loaded with great, hands-on experiments. The layout of each chapter allows each student to go through the scientific process by doing some research (reading), making a hypothesis, experimenting, and recording the results of the experiments. More discussion follows which allows students to talk their way through what happened. The review is built right into the unit.

A teacher’s guide as well as a student journal is also available to supplement this book.

Water & Weather contains 20 different investigations (chapters) and includes a nice glossary. Topics covered include such things as:

  • Climate Change
  • Forecasting the Weather
  • God’s System of Purifying Water
  • The Water Cycle
  • Ocean Currents
  • Fossils
  • Saltiness of the Ocean
  • and much more…

There is even a study of the scientist Joseph Henry.

If you’re looking for a hands-on science book about water, weather, fossils, rocks… from a creation viewpoint, this book may be just what you need.

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Country Girl at Heart

Cowboy Boots

While I pretty much grew up in the city, I’ve always been a country girl at heart. It could have something to do with the fact that I also grew up going fishing and camping. Exploring the great outdoors and learning how to use a gun from a young age was also part of my upbringing. It should be no surprise that I ended up dating and marrying a farm boy even if he did end up taking on the title of U.S. Marine.

We’ve traveled the countryside as the Marine Corps sent us from one location to the next. We took advantage of the many beautiful locations by exploring them. We embraced the nomadic lifestyle and learned new things with each duty station. Many times we were still in the city, but the great outdoors, the country-life was always calling.

We knew that city life, in the end, wasn’t really for us. Yes, the convenience of having everything right there was always nice, but the quiet solitude and crisp, starry night skies were more of a draw for us. The simplicity of life on the land definitely called our names.

When the opportunity presented itself and with the Lord’s leading, we purchased our future homestead. We have a long way to go to turn it into a thriving homestead, but it’s the beginning of our true country life even if that reality won’t come into play until D retires. It’s interesting watching the Lord bring twists and turns into our lives as we honestly never know where those things will lead us.

At this duty station, we our in the country even though we’re technically in the city. It was a pleasant surprise for us as it’s not what we envisioned for our CA life. The community we’re currently in has a small town feel. People know each other and help each other out. The churches in the community set aside their denomination differences to help the community. While there are aspects of the community that we don’t embrace, it is nice to see a working community where the church is doing the Lord’s work.

Little did we know that the Lord would give us a jump start on our homesteading by bringing horses into our lives. We definitely did not see this coming any time in the near future. We always knew that horses would be part of our retirement homestead, but we are thrilled to have them part of our current “homestead”.

We’re using each step of our journey to help us prepare for our final homestead. We’re learning new skills along the way and doing our best to continue our education in a manner that will help us achieve our long term goals living the country life. I look forward to seeing what else the Lord has in store for this country girl at heart.

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Book Review: Questions God Asks by Israel Wayne

Questions God AsksA special thanks to New Leaf Publishing for providing an electronic copy of this book to help facilitate the writing of this review.

Questions God Asks Book Description:

Why would God ask anyone a question? We ask questions when we don’t understand. Yet, the Creator of the universe who spoke all that we see into being asks questions. Unimaginable power and wisdom are already His. As strange as it may seem to us, the Bible is filled with questions God asks. He is not the one who needs answers – these questions help us to understand both God and ourselves.
Delve into the answers found by Job, Adam, Cain, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, and others
Examine our fundamental assumptions about God, human nature, relationships, origins, and purpose
Learn about godly character and God’s transforming message

Israel WayneAbout the Author:

Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. He is the author of the books “Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview,” “Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship,” and “Questions God Asks.” Israel Wayne is a regular columnist for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. He is a former regular columnist for Home School Digest and Brush Arbor Quarterly. He is also the site editor for

Book Details:

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: New Leaf Press (January 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892217219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892217212
  • Retail Price: $11.99
  • Electronic Versions Available

My Thoughts:

“The point is to allow Him to be in control and not try to take His rightful place of leadership.”

I found myself nodding in agreement at this quote as well as many others as I read through Questions God Asks. I was constantly thinking and pondering on the topics/questions being presented. The manner in which the information was presented in this book was quite interesting and held my attention.

There was more than one occasion where the topic hit me hard as the Lord used it to convict me (in a good way) or reaffirm something that I had already been thinking or studying. Because I read this book over a couple of weeks, I was able to really soak in the various topics/questions and use it as a devotional rather than just read it as a regular book.

Questions God Asks could easily be used as a family devotional, if desired.

In Questions God Asks, Israel presents each chapter as a question that was asked by God to someone in the Bible. We see men like Adam, Cain, Moses, job, Joshua, Elijah, and many others as they are faced with tough questions from the Lord. The often rhetorical questions make these men of the Bible think about the points the Lord wanted to convey to them. We can now use these questions to help us better understand the Lord and the situations we are presented with throughout our lives.

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New Glasses for Munchkin

Munchkin wearing new glasses

With a new prescription in hand, we headed to find new frames for Munchkin. Little did we know that it was going to be a long, drawn-out process. She did not want little glasses which is what the vast majority of the frames were in the store, and I didn’t want to pay a crazy amount for the frames.

Munchkin wearing new glasses

This combination lead to a crazy search for frames that would work for her.

Munchkin with Glasses

Finally, we stumbled across some clearance prescription sunglasses frames that she really liked. A few days later, she was sporting her new glasses.

Munchkin with Glasses

The transition from her old prescription to her new was not easy, but now that her eyes have adjusted, she’s quite happy with her new glasses.

Munchkin with Glasses

She is now back to wearing her glasses full time, so it was really important to me that her glasses were comfortable and worked for her. I was thankful that we were able to find glasses that she liked and that were comfortable without breaking the bank. I think these glasses fit her quirky style. :)

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A Closer Look at Biblical Reproductions

Biblical Reproductions

Last week, I introduced you to a company called Biblical Reproductions. As I mentioned, we’re going to be reviewing one of their reproductions in the near future. (No, I’m not sharing which one yet even though we now have it in our hands. I will say that it’s pretty cool.) Today, I’m going to take a closer look at the website set-up for Biblical Reproductions.

Mission Statement:

Biblical Reproductions Inc. was created to bring the opportunity for the public to own reproductions of key artifacts excavated in the Holy Land, – many of which provide external confirmations to the Bible. We are proud to deliver high quality authorized replicas, at affordable prices, for our customers to create mini-museums in their homes, churches, synagogues, congregations, temples and community centers, and to share the fascinating stories behind these special discoveries.

Dead Sea ScrollsMy first impressions of the website was that it was clean, easy to read, and easy to navigate. They have designed the website with end users in mind which meant locating the various types of products and learning about each of the items is simple. I have to say that the history portion of the item descriptions is my favorite part of the website. They provide excellent background information and photos of each of the items available for purchase.

Dead Sea Scrolls JarI thought it was interesting that they offer fundraising opportunities with their products. What a unique way to raise funds with something that is out of the ordinary.

Want to stay up-to-date with Biblical Reproductions? No problem. You can sign up for their newsletter. They are also active on social media, and they have a blog where they talk about the Biblical Reproductions products. I found the digging deeper aspect of the blog quite intriguing. The information about the Dead Sea Scrolls was fascinating.

I encourage you to head over and learn more about these pieces of Biblical history.

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