One More Dragon Thing!!

I cannot believe I forgot to tell you about this one last dragon activity! It just popped into my head the other day.

My very very favorite story of a dragon is actually one little part of a book—the story of Eustace in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader by CS Lewis! It’s one of the first stories I thought of when we started talking about Dragon Week. I knew I wanted Asa to hear this story. We read all the Chronicles of Narnia last year so instead of me reading it to him, I pulled out or Chronicles of Narnia Radio Theatre!

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Radio Theatre

Have you heard this? Ohmyword. It’s the most gorgeous radio dramas EVER. It’s more than an audiobook with multiple actors and gorgeous music and sound effects. They’ve done all the Chronicles of Narnia, Corrie Ten Boom’s Hiding Place, Anne of Green Gables, Les Miserables, Little Women, Oliver Twist and right now they are doing a story called CS Lewis at War which is about how Mere Christianity came to be. The acting is superb, the stories are mesmerizing and it’s such a fun way to listen to some classic stories!

But back to the dragon story…well, I don’t want to tell you the whole thing but basically a greedy, selfish little boy is turned into a dragon and learns what forgiveness, humility and selflessness really means when he meets Aslan, the Great Lion and the King of Narnia. It’s also a beautiful picture of baptism and God’s great desire to redeem us.

Eustace in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Illustration by Pauline Baynes

Asa and I listened to just the dragon chapter about Eustace from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader but he loved it so much we started over and listened to the whole book! If you haven’t heard Radio Theatre, you are totally and completely missing out. Check your library and grab one for you and your family to listen to in the car! (Since Lydia got home from camp, we’ve been listening to the whole series–we ate dinner on the floor around my computer last night because we couldn’t stop listening!)

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And speaking of radio dramas—there are only TWO MORE DAYS (expires July 31) to get the Odyssey Adventure Club for $5. I’ve told you about how listeningtoanodyssey is our new go-to activity and how the Odyssey Adventure Club is valuable and totally worth your hard earned cash.

Odyssey Adventure Club includes the new The Ties That Bind Album before it's available anywhere else! Only $5 until July 31, 2014!!

To whet your appetite and/or further convince you, there’s a new Odyssey album and you can listen to the first one for free right now! We haven’t listened to this one yet (because we’ve started at the beginning of Odyssey-time and wanna listen in order) BUT we might jump ahead and listen anyway because these episodes are thematic and based on Focus on the Family’s new The Family Project: a Divine Reflection.

The Family Project is a small group curriculum (& more) which explores the family and how God designed it to thrive and change the world. I’m excited to see where these stories go!

So. Bottom line: GET YOUR EARS READY! You need to snag this Odyssey Adventure Club deal before it expires! And don’t forget to check your library (or Amazon) to buy your own copy of a classic story on Radio Theatre. (Just to clarify, the OAC does not include the Radio Theatre titles. They are totally separate things. Equal in awesomeness but that’s all.)

Have you ever listened to Radio Theatre? And have you joined the Odyssey Adventure Club yet?!!!

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We Be Trippin’


My father-in-law recently retired after 30 years as a pastor. He and my mother-in-law have been traveling. And now, they are thinking of getting an RV. 

My sister-in-law is a former missionary, now church planter with an traveling-world-evangelist for a husband. They are thinking about taking their fam on the road for a few months in an RV.

And suddenly, I’m itching to get back inside an RV. But more than that? I’m slapping my forehead because DOH! It’s been a YEAR since I got back from our #ohRV trip and I only updated two days. TWO DAYS of our 9 day extravaganza!

I’m seriously sad because there are some AMAZING pictures and adventures we had that you need to know about. So. I’m going to do that now. Maybe not all 9 days in this lil’ ol’ post. But I am going to give you some highlights. I have to. You can pretend we just went on this trip. Or you can just scroll through this and pretend to be mildly interested the way you would if you were looking through my scrapbook. But I’m telling you—this trip was magical. I think everyone should travel in an RV at some point in their lives.

(Also? The RV bug has hit my husband. Not so much to travel the country but so we can go to Disney and stay at Fort Wilderness. I married a keeper, y’all.)

Now. Before we begin, you’ll have to catch up on Day 1 of our adventure where we eat brains and find some long-lost cousins. Then, day 2 where we visit Abraham Lincoln. See? Already you’re loving this, aren’t you?

Our second night, we spent the night in Iowa. I woke up to a pretty little campsite, did my own CrossFit workout (I ran around the lake. Choke.) and the kids had Morning Watch. It was lovely.

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Then, the kids and I went on a walk around the campsite. I had seen some corn fields close by and knew we had to get pictures in front of that famous Iowa corn. (Remember this for later.)

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Once we were all ready to go and the RV was un-hooked-up (?), we hit the road for Amish country. Only, we discovered there was no Amish country around there. Instead, the Amana Colonies were close by. Do you know about the Amana colonies? Ever heard of Amana appliances? That’s them!

They were a similar group of people to the Amish with their own laws, beliefs but the community fizzled out sometimes in the 30′s. (I think? I can’t remember!) Today, the city is restored and filled with cute shops and restaurants.

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We went to one of my favorite antique stores ever, looked at quilts and then ate a traditional German meal. Well, Lydia is the only one that ended up with a really good Amana-style meal.

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I asked for corn as a side item. You know, Iowa. Corn. The waitress (with her 3 teeth) said, “Well, it’s frozen corn.” OK. Frozen corn. In Iowa. With cornfields in your backyard. Whatever.

After Amana, we finally made it to Minnesota!

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Our first stop in the Land of 10,000 Lakes was Mankato!

What? You don’t know this town?

Mankato is the hometown of author Maud Hart Lovelace. She wrote the Betsy-Tacy books which are, really, my most favorite books in the whole world.

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Once we got there, the actual buildings were closed but we did get to walk around what would have been Hill Street and Betsy and Tacy’s homes.

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And their bench. Happy sigh.

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We also saw a monk. That was kind of weird.

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It was a short stop but I totally loved it. 

After that we were off to Walnut Grove, Minnesota!

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This was the part of the trip where Daddy almost drove us into a lake, we almost got shot at, we were almost accosted by some hometown fireworks watching folks and were almost lost and swallowed up amongst the prairie all thanks to our low-down-no-good-dirty-good-for-nothing GPS. Sigh. I could go on and on, but it was a year ago and I can’t remember every detail (but clearly, I can exaggerate!)              .

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All I know is that I almost chucked that GPS out the window and I may have cursed Minnesota Department of Transportation for making the most asinine street signs in the world.

How much do you love the ohRV?!! 

Next up: Walnut Grove, MN and Laura Ingall’s home on Plum Creek!


Why I’m Not a Craft Blogger

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You know, when I first started blogging my craft-y adventures with my kids, I thought my blog might turn into a craft blog. That I might be able to hang with Make and Takes or Inner Child Fun. Alas, I have discovered that really, I’m just a crafty wannabe. I love all the Pinterest-worthy, etsy-licious […]

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Dragon Themed Books for Little Dragon Lovers

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One of my favorite parts of Dragon Week was the books! Oh, the books! We spent several hours at the library hunting for any and all dragon books. I taught Asa how to search by author and the Dewey Decimal system (ok, I may be a bit rusty at that part) and we had so […]

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Dragon Week

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After our first big day of Dragon Week (the Dragon Book and the movie), we spent the next few mornings working on new verses for our Dragon Book. At first I thought I’d focus on lying, complaining, arguing or harsh words. But after I started looking at more scriptures, I came across a few prayers […]

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Make Your Own Dragon Book: Dragon Week

Dragon Week at // Fun Bible activities and devotions based on James 3 and How To Train Your Dragon 2

Dragon week is here! Well, it won’t really be a whole week here on the blog, but it was a whole week with my son! Every day that my daughter was at camp, Asa and I did some kind of dragon-themed activity based on How To Train Your Dragon 2 and James 3! The first […]

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How To Train Your Dragon 2: Family Discussion Guide

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Earlier this year, when we started talking about sending Lydia to camp, I knew I’d have to come up with some awesome shtick to make Asa un-sad about being left out of the big camp experience. Somehow we realized that How To Train Your Dragon 2 was coming out semi-close to camp and I decided […]

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