A Week In Review

Oops, it’s been a week since my last post. Sorry.

Our classes are ALL DONE. Big whoop whoop to that! They finished off well and we were very grateful for the peace and quiet afterwards. We’ve worked hard at getting more time to ourselves around here so it was a bit of a shock to the system when we had 10+ in the dorms, our workers in for their normal day of work, and two ladies in the kitchen from 6 am to 6 pm every day. The house is tidied again, the floors are clean (okay, mostly clean) and we are happy to be back in our normal routine.

We laid low for most of the weekend, just being happy to rest. I was sick again on Saturday night, but it passed pretty quick. Who knows what that was all about. This week is a normal work week again. Chris mowed the lawn again for the second time in two months. He was muttering about that last night saying things like, “This wasn’t the plan, it’s not supposed to need mowing!” Which is true for most varieties of grass here. I did my duty as a good wife and reminded him that he could have a lawn that he had to mow every week. Yes, I take my duties seriously.

Our deck is ripped up right now too. It seems we have tree roots that grow right under the house and over the last year they have noticeably pushed up the deck, so Luxon pulled up a bunch of the tiles yesterday, dug out the dirt, and attacked them with a machete. Now he’s putting the tiles back. Seems that putting things back together is much more labor intensive than taking them apart. Some of the tiles were pretty cracked so he has a bit of a puzzle on his hands.

I started my own construction project yesterday too. I’m making tables. We had a couple of big table sections, apparently from tables that had once existed, and I’m putting legs on them so we have more room when people are over. We’re having Thanksgiving dinner here on Thursday with the other missionaries from our area. Sooo, we need tables. I’m having fun using power tools and being creative. Chris was even impressed with my design and construction.

Chris’ parents come in exactly one week and we’re really excited. It’s going to be fun to have them here. We’ve got some fun stuff planned, but mostly we’re just looking forward to having family here to visit. I think we need a little family love right now. It’s been about 5 months.

There’s another wonderful thing happening right now. The sun is NOT shining. Well, it probably is somewhere, but not here! It’s blissfully overcast and cool right now. That started yesterday afternoon. I’m not sure how long it’s going to continue. It’s a treat though. It makes working outside nice so I think I’m going to enjoy finishing the tables today.

Another exciting piece of news…We sold our boat! An American man came along a week and a half ago because someone told him we had a boat for sale. He came back this weekend with his wife and took it for a sale, then bought it. It’ll stay anchored in front of our house, but we are not longer responsible for it. An added bonus is that we really enjoyed visiting with him and his wife, so not only did we sell the boat, but we made some new friends in the process.

And now for the weird and wonderful… Chris went to use the phone this morning and all he got was and annoying buzz. He checked the cordless and it was working fine so we know it’s not the line. He decided to give the phone a good whack to see if that would do anything. The only thing it did was get a whole colony of ants moving. Apparently our phone is their new home. Seems they managed to short it out or eat something in the nesting process. Jerks. Oh yeah, our cordless battery only lasts for two seconds, so until the parents arrive with the new one our conversations will sound something like, “Hi, talk fast before the phone dies!” Welcome to life in the land where ants eat your phone.

Okay, time to go finish making my tables.

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About Leslie

I'm Leslie. Wife. Mother. Missionary. In the day to day my husband and I are responsible for running Clean Water for Haiti, a humanitarian mission that builds and distributes water filters to Haitian families. Living in Haiti full time provides lots of stories, and as I tell my husband, our grandkids probably won't believe most of them. Maybe writing them down will give me some credibility.

4 thoughts on “A Week In Review

  1. Hi Les and Chris-

    Sorry I have been non-existant and uncommunicative. As you know I am fighting Malaria or something, we have no idea what is happening with the baby and my oldest two are taking off (or took off) — we have Dr. Halverson coming tomorrow — and then we have to bring her to the airport on Thanksgiving — so we are going in to eat thanksgiving at the McHouls so we are 10 minutes from the airport when it comes time to drop Jen off at 3pm for her flight —- sorry if Troy never got back to you on the invite. Please say Happy Thanksgiving to Barb and the Walkers and anyone you have coming on Thursday.

    (Why are Canadians going with the USA holiday? — Did you do the Canadian celebration last month?)
    love ya-
    tara

  2. Hey Tara!
    We’ll pass along greetings and such. We had a little dinner for the Canadians. Chris is a dual citizen though so we get to legitimately celebrate both :)
    Love and hugs to the tribe,
    Les

  3. Hi Leslie!
    Thanks for saying hi. i’ve enjoyed reading some of your blog. its nice to ‘meet’ other missionaries. too bad we are so far from each other…

    so, is your house right along the water?? and you have/had a boat?if so, i’m so jealous!! I’m up in the central plateau w/ nothing great like that :)
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Hi Lindsay,
    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!
    We are right on the water which is a treat. The mission owned (yay!) a big wooden Haitian sailboat with plans to use it for a filter project that didn’t end up happening. Now we get to look at it, but not worry about it :)

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