dateJune 9, 2016userPosted by:

A day in the life of Z, a missionary kid

(As told by his mom, Catherine)

One of my favorite things about having a blog is having a record of what life looks like in different seasons of our lives. I have an old blog that I started when this, almost 12 year old, was just 4 years old. The days were long and I thought I would always remember what life was like back then. But, when I read old posts, I have no recollection of those days….just a few short years ago (#mombrain). So, I just love having records of life. The normal, ordinary days. I know I will cherish looking back on this season with my oldest. And, I am going to pretend like I am not always mentally calculating how he only has 6 short years left in our house {insert ugly cry}
A couple weeks ago, I kept my phone with me all day and snapped pics of what a typical Thursday looks like for my oldest missionary kid. It’s fun to follow overseas families from all over the world and get a peek into their lives. Our days are pretty slow and simple, but we love it just the same.
On this particular morning, I woke up to find Z in the kitchen. He has become quite the cook, making biscuits and chocolate gravy for breakfast.
After breakfast, he has morning chores and then is off to do Math with his tutor. I seriously wished I had outsourced Math a loooooong time ago. It has always been a subject we have butted heads inĀ (let’s be real, 7th grade Math is about as high as I can remember). A veteran missionary, mama friend suggested I find someone to help me with just this one subject. I don’t know why I never thought of it before! In Malawi, we have many certified teachers looking for work as they wait years for the government to place them. So, it was win-win situation. I am so thankful for Mr. Andrew!
After 1-1.5 hours of Math, Z comes back to the house and we finish up the rest of his subjects.
We usually finish up school around 1 o’clock.
Next up is lunch and play time.
Some Kindle reading and games while sister plays beauty shop.
In the afternoons, all 4 of my kids get to participate in skills classes. I am SO thankful for this time. I love for my kids to get to participate in an activity with other kids and a teacher. Those important life lessons of, “if you sign up for this, you have to see it through to the end”.
Z is in my computer skills class this term with his friend and fellow MK “C’.
After skills class, we play outside, eat dinner, shower, do chores, maybe watch a movie, and go to bed.
That’s a typical day.
I used to worry about the things my kids were missing out on…school, sports, extracurriculars, etc.
Now, I am just really thankful for this season. The family time, the routines, the no-stress.
I think it’s a pretty good childhood!

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