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While I have been to Russia, I must admit that I had never even heard of Sochi before. I got curious today and had to see just how far away St. Petersburg (where I lived) was from Sochi. Well, it is quite far. I took a screen shot of the Google Map showing the difference.
Where is Sochi?
The first time I went to Russia, I had the pleasure of visiting Moscow with my family and also travelling by train to St. Petersburg (and back to Moscow).
The second time I went to Russia, I stayed in St. Petersburg and visited Gatchina. I didn’t find out until later that my Visa was only valid for me to be in St. Petersburg and leaving the border of the city was actually a very bad thing to do. Thankfully, God was protecting me from harm.
Oh the stories I could tell about my adventures in Russia. The time went by way too fast and my memories are starting to fade with the years, but it was overall positive and very positive.
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The Sochi 2014 Olympics completely snuck up on me and now they are all over the news. We are not a sports crazy family, but we enjoy watching the Olympics. I have some heartstrings tied to Russia because I lived there for several months, many years ago (before marriage and children). Russia will always have a special place in my heart.
Depending on where you live, you may be able to watching the opening ceremonies here:
Some of the things people are complaining about don’t seem that unusual to me (because I lived there, not in Sochi, but in St. Petersburg) and they bring back fond (often humorous memories) and prompt discussions with Jonah and the kids.
There were a few complaints about people having to share a toilet room with 2 toilets, which is certainly something we are not used to in Canada (or the USA). When I was there, some of the public bathrooms only had holes in the ground and no toilets. Other bathrooms had scary toilets and no seats. Even if a bathroom had a toilet and a seat, I was warned never to sit directly on the seat because of disease.
When I lived in St. Petersburg, I was warned that I should not drink the water without boiling it first. It always looked yellow. Hot water was another curious thing while I was there. Hot water was centrally heated and turned on and off at will (and you never really felt clean after a hot shower or bath).
When I lived in Russia, the roads were riddled with potholes you had to swerve around, and the military stood in almost every intersection. If the lights turned red while you were travelling through the intersection you had to stop where you were and the other cars would drive around you. (Let me just say, I was always a passenger and never a driver).
There have been some questions regarding the safety of the Venues in Sochi. I am praying that there are no serious injuries or deaths due to unsafe venues. If the the hotel construction and other issues that are occurring are any indication, then hopefully my fears won’t be justified.
We are taking a look at burrowing owls. They are fascinating creatures.
We watched the movie Hoot last week on Netflix.
Please Note: In case you are interested, you can purchase Hoot the movie or Hoot the book from Barnes & Noble (this is not an affiliate link).
Little did I know that this would tie in absolutely perfectly to our study of Ecosystems that we started this past week. In case you missed that post a few days ago, we have been learning about ecosystems, biomes, habitats, animals, and much more.
Welcome to my list of favourite online educational subscriptions. This list will grow and change as our homeschool evolves.
Do you forget which websites you have subscribed to for your kids? Out of site, out of mind. I know I used to and that is why I created this page.
Do you need a simple way to keep track of all the usernames and passwords for your online subscriptions? I kept forgetting which usernames and passwords I used where, so I created this simple pdf download where I can list all my subscriptions, how much they cost, and my usernames and passwords.
Starfall has been one of our family favorites for our whole homeschool experience. Starfall provides reading practice for Pre-K to First Grade. This site is free and can be used without logging in. I included it here because I want to remember to use it.
Khan Academy is a favorite in this house! It has videos and interactive activities for Math, Science, Economics, Humanities, and more. This site is free, but requires login to access. Alternately, you can watch the videos on YouTube or download an app for your device.
I had never heard of UZINGGO before, but I have been trying out the free trial and so far my big kids seem to like it. It focuses on providing an interactive Math and Science experience for kids in Middle School and High School. UZINGGO is a paid subscription, but I am willing to invest, because science is not my strongest subject.
IXL follows our provincial learning outcomes (British Columbia) as well as other provinces and countries. There is a paid subscription that works out to around $16.00 per month for all five of my children.
We have a membership to Enchanted Learning through our DL school and use it fairly often. There resources are useful and sufficient. I wish everything was available as downloadable PDF and the graphics were higher quality.
The kids enjoy Jellytelly and it is worth the small amount of money that we pay for it each month. My kids were sad when Adventures in Odyssey pulled out and became a US only subscriber site. We would love to pay for it, if it was available here (in Canada).
God knows. He knows your situation and all the details of your life. Those things you are going through secretly, silently, behind closed doors. Those things that you can’t share with friends or on social media. He knows. Don’t run from Him. Curl up in close. Draw near. Seek comfort as only He can give. When the world is untrustworthy, trust Him. Trust only Him. He will never ever let you down, no matter what. He will hold you. He will close His hand around you and protect you from the cruel harshness of the world. Just let Him be that shield and protector that you need. Wrap yourself in Him. He will be there and He will carry you if you let Him. When you are far beyond broken and the tears come deep in the night. When there is nothing you can do even though everything in you wants to fight for all you are worth. He will be there. He will fight your battles for you. He will stand between you and the battle and be your defender. God knows. He has your back. Don’t give in to fear. He is bigger than fear. He is. No matter what, He is there. He didn’t promise things would be easy, but He promised to never leave or forsake.
I don’t know about you, but I am deeply ministered to by song. Here are some songs that are on my heart to share today. May God use them to meet you where you are like He has done for me.