Friday, November 15, 2013

What does the first day post-team look like?

Trying sugar cane
The sunshine powers the batteries which pump the water for the campus of which we will be needing extra as currently the third load of wash sloshes in the machine. We plan to alternate chores with fun, today and tomorrow.

The timer keeps us on track with a 5-10 minute chore break for every 30 minutes of 'fun'.

Eli, Anna and I did a bit of cleaning yesterday along with two loads of moist towels. Cory took the team to the airport, cleared the banana plants through customs for LaGonave [and a few for himself], did a bit of shopping and returned home.
'Thank you' cake from the district.

Post team tasks and adjustments, in no special order.

  • Extra laundry: sheets, towels and donated clothes
  • Organization of items left behind: medical, club, our house
  • In-box: deleting or responding to the E-mails that were not urgent enough to do while the team visited
  • Eating up left overs.
  • Putting away items used during the team: fans, books, games, bug spray…..
  • Figuring out where Eli and Anna stand with school, trying to get each subject roughly to the same place 
  • Making and prioritizing to-do lists
  • Mid-November! Need to order some Christmas gifts ASAP so they can be shipped and arrive in time for our family celebration
  • Spend time together just talking about each other. Checking in how everyone is doing with life.
  • Adjusting to just the 4 of us again. More conversations about world events.
  • Start working on the Creole book translation again
  • Eli and I study for this spring's testing
  • Clean the house and guests houses
  • Start talking to Dad and Mom about the next team.
We enjoy having teams but it is a busy time. We want to use the short window of opportunity to show them as much of life and ministries in Haiti as possible, hopefully giving them a well rounded picture of life and the people of Haiti. 

We especially enjoy hearing about their perspectives and thoughts when we share at night because it  also helps us to learn more about Haiti and how visiting here can impact people. 
Tasting Sugar Cane.

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