Tuesday, March 24
I got up today and tried my hand at chocolate chip pancakes. The kids all agreed that they were just as good here as they are at home. A little piece of normal. A man named Joseph came to my back door with fresh eggs. I bought a tray of 30. He uses the egg money to support the orphanage where he works.
The missionary kids here are all homeschooled and do their school work in the mornings until lunch at 1:00. My kids count the hours until all of the other kids will be done with school and they can play. They each have kids their age here to play with and they have made fast friends.
In the mornings I am going to try to have them work on what little bit of school work they brought from home. They are only missing six total days of school so it's not much. They are also going to keep journals of their time here and keep up with reading.
Liam reading in a tree outside our apartment
We took a blanket outside and sat under a tree to do some school work. There are 4 or 5 first graders that meet for school in the house across the yard from us. They came running out of the house and started running around in circles in the grass. Liam ran over and said, "what are you doing?" They shouted, "Having recess!" So Liam had "recess" with them. They basically ran around in circles and up and down the hill. And had a blast. Who needs playground equipment?
Edna took us up to a little douka, or market, to buy some fruits and veggies today. I just asked her to pick out whatever she thought we needed. We got onions, tomatoes, carrots, pineapples and sweet bananas.
I asked Edna what she usually eats for lunch at home and she said ugali, which is like a porridge made out of corn flourand water. She made some for us for lunch today along with some sukuma wiki which is a kind of greens that grows in the garden behind our appartment. I also made a box of Kraft mac-n-cheese. Lame I know. I should have made the kids try something new. Next time.
After naptime we walked over to the Mitchell's house for tacos. Hayden met a new friend over by their house named Claire. They are both in kindergarten and quickly became friends. They are already planning future playdates. The power had been out all day and came on briefly for dinner but then stayed out. We still enjoyed the night in the dark and are so thankful for our new friends here. Erin and Eric have been so generous to spend time with us and feed us. We are not a small family so I know extending a dinner invitation to us is no small offer.
Today felt kind of like what a normal day here might be like. I am so thankful to be here and to have this experience as we consider what's next for our family. I feel grateful, tired, unsure and happy.