While every day is not the same, there are definitely some rhythms we have settled into. Please join me as I describe a typical day at home.
6:00 – (try to) get out of bed! Start the coffee maker. We decided to bring our coffee maker and grinder with us from France in our checked luggage. That’s how much we love coffee. Also, the grinder was a gift from one of our donors, so it’s special!
6:00-7:00 Various things before children get up – Read Bible, pray, do my physical therapy (yes, I still do it every day), some days I have to rinse and soak beans so that they are ready to be cooked by our householder (Acheri).
7:00-9:00 – Breakfast (which includes smoothies on the days I’m home), kids play, and I get things ready for the day. This includes writing a list for Acheri, starting laundry, filling pitchers with filtered water, and filtering water.
9:00 – Acheri and Anitha show up for work.
9:20 – Girls head to pre-school. We love our pre-school teacher! She will be Amelia’s Kindergarten teacher next year.
After school, the girls go out and play with Anitha until lunch at 12:00.
9:20-11:45 I usually spend this time doing a little housework, teaching Acheri a new recipe, but mostly I use this time for admin work for the hospital. I just looked, and I’ve created 47 new powerpoint presentations from scratch in the past 20 months. I don’t say that to brag (in fact I think it makes me sound like a glutton for punishment) BUT instead I say it to show how much I love job here, especially the teaching part!
1:00-3:00: we hang out at home with usually 1/3 (but sometimes 3/3!!!) children taking naps.
3:00-5:00 – Anitha comes back to watch the children. We have been blessed to have Silas here as an intern and he plays outside with the kids in the afternoon.
5:00 – Kids come home and it’s basically a blur until 7:00 when Mark goes to bed and the girls start getting ready for bed.
Some evenings we have guests over for dinner. Every week we have two of the college guys over (one of them is Silas – the intern) and once every three months we have medical interns (doctors who are part of the “Stage Professionnel” program at Kibuye Hope Hospital”) who have just finished their 3 month peds rotation over for dinner. We also have team members over for dinner from time to time.
After dinner, Michael and I tag-team with either playing with children, getting them ready for bed, prepping stuff for the next day (making sure things are thawed that need to be used the next day in the kitchen for example.), clean up dinner/kitchen, and finally we get the kids to bed.
The evenings consist of various things – either team events on Wednesdays (prayer groups, team meetings, etc) or Zoom meetings, or working on things, or relaxing. The sun sets between 6ish and 6:30 year-round. We go to bed super early! Well, I do anyway (Jenn)!
Thanks for hanging out with us for the day!