A friend recently asked if we had a regular daily schedule for our ministry here in Costa Rica. The easy answer, no. While some days' schedules mostly repeat on a weekly basis, that is far from a hard rule. Sometimes things come up which change plans for that week. And sometimes they change as the day goes along. There is no "typical day" in Costa Rica for us. They vary quite a bit.
But I decided to write a blog following a random day in our life anyway. Knowing we had a number of items on the agenda for yesterday, I figured it would be a good day to follow. So I told Polly of my plan. Little did I know that yesterday was going to serve to prove my point of our daily inconsistency and flexibility I mentioned above. I almost decided against even going through with the blog, but I think it's a fair representation so I decided to go through with it anyway. Some days are calm and dare I say relaxing. Others are...well, you'll see.
A "normal" Wednesday would consist of:
- We have breakfast as a family
- I go to Linda Vista for Chicos from 9a-3p while Polly stays home with the kids
- I come home and play with the kids
- We have dinner together as a family
As you can see, our Wednesday schedule is sort of like a normal work day.
Yesterday's Planned Schedule
With the need to work on our residency and a Children's ministry meeting planned, yesterday already wasn't supposed to be a normal Wednesday. Here's what we had planned:
- Have breakfast together as a family
- My meeting at the Caja to find out how much social security tax I will "voluntarily" pay Costa Rica to be a resident at 9:45
- Polly's meeting at the Caja at 10:45
- Drop Polly and the kids off at home and go to Linda Vista for the 2nd group of Chicos
- After Chicos, come home and pick up the family and go to the Children's Ministry meeting
- Let Genevieve play at the park with the other MKs
- Return home and have dinner together as a family
So, yesterday was supposed to be a little more hectic and crazy than usual. But we would get a lot accomplished, both with our residency and our ministry.
Yesterday's Actual Schedule
Here's how yesterday really went:
- We had breakfast together as a family
- We left at 9:20a for my 9:45 meeting at the Caja
- I went in for the meeting around 10:20
- While in the meeting, they also called Polly back for her meeting
- We discovered that we were supposed to make 3 separate payments to the government
- They told us to make those payments and then come back next Tuesday when we would have to wait until they had an opening to fit us in
- I asked if I could go and make the payment right away and return to finish things up yesterday; they agreed
- Polly and Jonah stayed around the Caja while Genevieve and I went home to get some money, went to the ATM to take out more money, went into the bank to make the 3 payments for each Polly and me, and then returned to the Caja; all this took about an hour
- When I went to the woman who had been helping me, she told me that it was really busy and that we should return after 2p. It was about noon, so we left and grabbed lunch nearby
- While in Subway, it started pouring; we realized we didn't have umbrellas; of course we didn't have umbrellas
- When the rain let up, we left and returned to the Caja
- Finally, a little after 2:00, they took as back; everything went well
- We got in our car at about 3:15, about 6 hours from when we had left the house earlier in the morning; the kids were amazing all things considered, but clearly had enough at that point; so did Polly and I
- We swung by Piedad for the end of the Children's Ministry meeting; we got caught up on the OneHope project I've been working on
- It was still rainy and wet so no park play time with other MKs for Genevieve
- We had dinner together as a family
That's life here for us in a nutshell. Some days are calm, some crazy. Some weeks are extra calm, some are extra crazy. All are worth it in the end. We wouldn't trade any of this.
Thanks for spending a day in our life. And thanks for your prayers. They keep us sane in the moments of insanity.