Ramblings from Russia:

We got off to a great start in our newest country of Russia.  We found it on our map and globe (not hard to do since it’s a HUGE country :)), listened to some Russian music, and watched a Families of Russia video.  The boys copied the new memory verse and colored their Russian flag pictures while I read a story from Kingdom TalesKingdom Tales is collection of stories that are similar to fairy tales except they are from a Christian viewpoint.  Today’s story was about “vigilante” grannies who fought evil beings at night.  It was full of symbolism and was actually about a group of grandmothers who stayed up at night when everyone else was asleep.  They spent time on their knees praying for the safety and well being of their friends and family.  It took some prompting before the kids grasped the story, but lead to a good discussion about who prays for them on a daily basis.  Very creative!

Verse of the Day:

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,  being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,  and giving  joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified youto share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
                                                                                                                                                                            Colossians 1:9-12
 

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Goodbye Japan!

Believe it or not, we have finished Japan already!  The boys worked hard and did some extra work each day so that we could finish early.  Our “motivation” is that we want to be finished by the time (if not before) public school gets out for summer vacation :).   Brendan and Ryan were both able to recite their memory verses this morning!  We finished our biography about Gladys Aylward yesterday (great book).  Ryan finished reading Little House on the Prairie and is now starting Farmer Boy.  Brendan continues to be an amazing reader – he finished Bruchko (an assigned book from our curriculum) and has now moved on to White Fang.  We finished our lessons on oceans and estuaries.  The kids have done lots of writing this week also.  Brendan is sailing along in Math 7 and Ryan is almost finished with Math 3!  Next week we will travel to Russia – have a great weekend!!!

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Busy Monday!

I can’t believe that it’s almost 10:00 pm and I am just now updating my blog – whew!!!  We are still learning about Japan –  the highlights of the day included painting cherry blossoms and watching a Families of Japan video during lunch.  It’s so neat to see how other children live in other countries!  We also covered all of the usual subjects, went to guitar lessons, and watched the first half of Courageous together as a family.  It’s really good so far and I can’t wait to see how it ends!  Justin and the kids were laughing at me because I got sooo excited to see some of the Duggar kids in one of the scenes of the movie (I love the Duggars :))!

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Presentation Day!

Today the boys got to give their presentations on volcanoes and chocolate.  Both of them did great and I can tell that the group has boosted their confidence in public speaking.  I feel like I haven’t updated much, so here are the highlights from our week:

– We have continued learning about the culture of Japan (sushi, origami, etc.).

– The kids participated in the Presidential Physical Fitness tests in P.E.

– Sad news…our triops babies all died when I changed their water :(.

-Exciting event…our toilet EXPLODED yesterday!!!  Luckily, we were home and heard the noise.  I turned the water off , the boys grabbed every towel we own, and we soaked up the mess before too much leaked downstairs (we only noticed one softball sized spot on the kitchen ceiling – whew)!

-As a result of the above incident, I have done LOTS of laundry for the last two days :).

*** Now we are going to enjoy our (hopefully, uneventful) weekend – LOL!

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