Tuesday, February 06, 2007
I got an email yesterday. A potential future missionary wife asked, "What is your life like?"
Ever tried to answer that question in a couple of paragraphs? It's hard. Took me a whole day just to realize how simple the answer is:
"My life is a lot like that of a housewife in the states."
Just like any mom to a preschooler, it can be mind-numbingly repetitive. I'm currently watching Barney plays Radio City Music Hall for the 1,000,000th time in 6 years. Then again, a numb mind can be a good thing sometimes.
My life's a little isolated. With laundry to do and kids asleep at 8:30 p.m. (Praise God!), I don't get out much at night. Then again, Jeff's office is here at home so, while he's out during second shift doing church planting activities, he's here during the day. That's really nice and good for the kids, too. Probably the language barrier makes me a little more isolated than I would be in the states, also.
I have chosen to make cooking a hobby, since it takes so much of my time anyway and my family loves to eat food "from home." So a lot of my time goes to trying to make American sauces and dishes with Brazilian ingredients.
Some things are better than they would be in the US. I can afford Pilates here (this doesn't mean I have, just that I can). I go to the mall once a week to get a cappuccino--twice now that we're in summer holidays. I have preschool for the two-year-old from 8:00-11:30 am starting in March. The ingredients that I can get for cooking are incredible (tomatoes with taste, fresh pearl onions, cinnamon from China, fresh buffalo mozzarella, Amazonian fruits--Alton eat your heart out!). I have granite countertops (see photo). My kids have year-round swimming and soccer.
Yup, that's my life. Sorry to cut this short, Barney's singing, "Do Your Ears Hang Low?" and it's my favorite--gotta go!