After a full day of school, and me (Spring), I come home to chaos. Really it isn't chaos, it is upheaval though. Fridays are pretty much an all-day affair. We have to completely clean the house. (sometimes I think if I was a better housekeeper, this step would be less arduous) Nathanael has to prep for it, and the living room/kitchen area is re-arranged. Not to mention that I must cook dinner, and we chop veggies for a snack.
Morene and Adrene go to school pretty close to us. Morene is Deaf and it's a great opportunity to have them come. Nathanael likes to pick them up after school, around 3:15. (to avoid the travel and time it takes to go to their village) This is also around the time I arrive home. They add an element of fun and disorder.
Hopefully, we've finished school by the time they arrive, but it doesn't always occur.
At 5:45 Abigail and Selah leave for youth group. I am at this time prepping for making dinner for the kids. I seem to be in a habit of either making Dirty Rice or Chili. Belizeans really like things to be the same so the struggle of food they aren't used to is a real one.
I had a boy tell me "I have never seen this before" about my chili. Of course, he was not brave enough to try a bite. I try to take it in stride. I plow forward in working toward making sure Friday night meals healthy for the kids.
6pm Nathanael, Zion, and Zephaniah leave to pick up people. I finish cleaning, setting up, and making dinner.
7pm the van arrives. People pile out. Kids come to the apartment. Depending on how on point I"ve been I either serve them dinner or have to wait until the Instant Pot is finished.
We eat dinner. We spend time watching a devotional/Christian movie. Recently we've been using Right Now media.
After that, the kids watch a movie or play with toys until the adults are done.
The adults arrive and spend some time conversing. Nathanael reviews what he preached on Sunday. He plays games with the information, prizes included. These can be chocolates, marshmallows or sodas. Here is his summary of what events look like:
Trivia review game
Snack and chat
Going back home involves everyone crowding back into the van. Nathanael drops everyone off while I settle the children for bed at home.
Why does this seem like the beginning of our week? Fridays are by far our busiest days. That and we also feel they reach the greatest amount of people. Fridays lead to Sunday church and are an outpouring of it. It is an opportunity to meet in a more personal setting.
Thanks for taking the time to read more about what our weeks look like