By 7:00 A.M. my day is well underway. I am generally up and at 'em, a load of laundry started, with breakfast, personal and family devotions behind me, and one or two kids rushed out the door to catch the carpool to the MK school in the city. (Hey, speaking of which, do any of you know of teachers or a principal who might want to come to Oaxaca in the near future?)
Just like that last paragraph, my day is full of rabbit trails and scatterbrained sidetracking. Multitasking is not my strong suit. My goal is to devote the full morning to instructing my youngest daughter who is way too much like me (except for talking too much) to ever accomplish this. She has Apraxia in addition to, ahem, ADD tendencies, and school requires a heap of personal attention and direction. Every history and science text must be read aloud to her, along with other books we read aloud together just for fun.
For a couple of hours, a home-schooled friend of Miss Will-You-Please-Hurry-Up comes for English, science, and P.E. That helps us get back on track. P.E. is worth mentioning because we close all the drapes and doors and turn the volume down low while we sweat to Wii Dance. (The neighbors would not understand.) That is the highlight of our morning, enabling us to stay awake to finish our morning studies. No promises after lunch at 1:00 or 1:30.
Any typical day I might be interrupted with home deliveries of drinking water or gas tanks, neighbors needing to borrow something (until the lawn mower finally broke – what on earth are we going to do now?), one of the three phones ringing (Lingo phone from the U.S., local phone, or Skype – since now pastors in the villages have internet and think every time they see that Jim-Jamie are online they should ring us up to bless our day, and then once I’m on the computer, well, I really should check email, Facebook, and Pinterest.
When dh is not traveling (this week he is in Mozambique for the dedication of a friend’s recording studio like ours), he is working mostly from home, in and out between here and the office next door. That can provide a distraction, too, as we stop to discuss the day’s/week’s events, emails (will you answer that one or should I?), and challenges. Did I mention we are both talkers?
Several times a week I am blessed to have a local gal (not a maid, but more of a housekeeper we have sort of adopted) come to fix lunch, do some light cleaning, and (thank you, Lord!) run interference with the phone and door while I teach. She is my right hand and my sanity saver. Whatever I start but don’t finish, she discovers and completes (hanging laundry, ironing, breakfast dishes, etc.) When the babies were little, and I was home educating four children, she was indispensable. Now she is just a blessing. I can even send her a text message to pick up eggs, milk, or tortillas when needed. Yes, I am spoiled.
Afternoon activities vary, but are boring to recount (housework, lesson plans, etc). My favorite things are prayer with the other missionary moms on Monday, writing in my journal, blogging, talking to my adult dc*, playing the piano, or reading for pleasure. Then there are those city days when I take teens to the orthodontist, do grocery shopping, get a haircut, or attend meetings at the school. Those are tiring days for sure.
No matter what a day brings, I'm always ready to crash by 9:00 or so. Getting distracted and not completing tasks is exhausting!
IRL* Now I’m wondering how your day compares to mine…. Do tell!