Monday, October 5, 2015

The Tram

Yesterday someone asked me what I missed most about Russia. I never really know what to answer people because there are so many things I miss. If you were to ask my children what they miss they will quickly answer you that they miss the tram. It was their favorite mode of transportation and one that we took often.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Oxnard Maritime Museum

Since Josiah is studying American History this year I thought we'd try out the Maritime Museum located in Oxnard. We've been learning about the early explorers and was hoping they'd have some boat models of this time period.........thankfully they did!

It's always fun to make history come alive!   

There were also some other amazing models............

Bible lesson? Yes, Jonah could have fit into the mouth of a great fish..... 

The museum is situated right on the harbor and every once in a while sea lions come and visit.....I was too slow with the camera though.

The museum isn't too expensive. I bought a Groupon deal and it was $10 for all 4 of us. A docent leads you around and the one we had was quite informative! I learned a lot and bonus points.......this trip counted as a field trip! Yay! And yes I have become that homeschool mom!

Monday, September 21, 2015


I never really looked forward to fall in only meant that an impending winter was quickly approaching. Nor did fall last very all the other seasons except winter! Today I was thinking how in Southern California summer lasts 5-6 months and in Russia winter lasts that long too! Nonetheless, fall is a favorite among many. As a family we enjoyed going to a big park and the boys loved throwing leaves around. We also enjoyed long walks in the crisp autumn air. 

The boys getting in some biking before the snow settles the ground.

Monday, September 14, 2015


It's that season in Russia......harvest time or "SHATVA".  In a way it is sort of our Thanksgiving celebration here in the States. It's celebrated in church by a table full of fruits and vegetables, a time of thanksgiving to the Lord, and a special lunch afterwards of all the bountiful harvest.

Monday, September 7, 2015

The Market

One thing that I miss the most is the outdoor market. There was one just around the corner from where we lived in Novosibirsk. I remember the first few months I could only communicate by pointing and smiling a lot.

Monday, August 31, 2015

First Bell

Tomorrow is the first day of school in Russia for all students. It's called "First Bell". I enjoyed watching all the students make their way to school on this day. Boys and girls dressed in their very best carrying flowers for their teacher.........the girls often wearing huge white bows on their hair! We attended a First Bell when we lived in Novosibirsk in 2004. Our fellow teammate's daughter and son were attending their first day of school and we got to go along. Lots of singing, dancing, and excitement filled the air. Everyone comes to their child's First Bell, including grandmas, grandpas, aunts, younger cousins, etc. Little did we know that clear across on the eastern side of Russia in a city called Beslan a total massacre was going on. Chechnyan rebels had launched one of Russia's worse terrorist attacks. It was heartbreaking watching the news footage that evening.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Protest Planned Parenthood



I did something a little bit out of the ordinary on Saturday. I joined the Protest Planned Parenthood movement! I am still processing why I did it since I've never been overly vocal about being pro-life before.........

All my life I've been pro-life. I believe that God's Word is clear regarding the issue of abortion. Life begins at conception and God has knitted and formed that baby from the very beginning. Abortion is not an option under any circumstance. I've just never really done anything extraordinary about it. 

Have you seen the videos? I've only seen 3. The last video literally made me sick. Seeing the little babies being dissected was repulsive. I started sharing all the videos and different links to conservative bloggers on the issue on social media and using the hashtag defund planned parenthood. I don't really know what good that did, aside from the fact of probably annoying all my unbelieving friends who are more concerned with the rain forest and Cecil the lion.

So when I heard there was going to be a protest and that there's a Planned Parenthood clinic only 15 miles from where we now live, I thought I could at least check it out. I went Saturday morning with my sign that I did not put much thought into. I stood side by side other professing Christians, many who attend conservative churches in the surrounding area, and held my sign. The majority of people driving by didn't react, many honked and cheered us on, and we only got a handful of middle fingers in the air. That day, the clinic cancelled all their appointments. 

I asked some of the protesters why they were there. Many said to bring awareness to this issue, others said maybe by standing here we can change the mind of one woman, and others said it's the right thing to do. 

Will I do it again? I don't know. I read John Piper's post below on Saturday's protest and he had some great thoughts. I don't know that I can totally agree with his first point but I can definitely relate to the rest of his points, particularly the one on Freedom on Public Property. No chance in Russia this could ever'd need a permit from the government and I doubt it would ever be given.

 I don't know how much will change regarding the abortion issue in this country. Our leaders are immoral and have no regard for God or life. The United States is not the promised land and there are no promises in scripture held for America. I know that as a Christian I have a responsibility to vote, and most of all the biggest responsibility to pray for our leaders that God has put over us!

Psalm 139:14a For I am fearfully and wonderfully made.....