Thought I would give you a view of our typical day lately. Tuesday May 20, 2014:
1. Got up at 5:15 so we could pick up a sister missionary at her apartment and take her to the airport
2. Got home, ate breakfast
3. Went to pick-up the two new couples to bring to the office for training
4. Terri went to vodocom to get new phones and stuff fixed
5. Met with Emanuel to go over the days list of things to do with apartments:
Fix broken windows, look at a water well, pay utility bills, plan missionary moves, etc.
6. Had a meeting with Justin and the couples to plan what they needed: drivers license, extended passports, etc.
7. Take couples shopping for food and other items.
8. Prepare lists to purchase and create emergency food kits for each set of missionaries.
9. In the afternoon, pick up the President and Sister McMullin and other elders from the airport.
10. Make dinner for them (they come in late).
11. Prepare for teaching English class tomorrow (1/2 day tomorrow will be teaching English to two different Zones of elders)
12. Stuff I forgot.
And tomorrow it starts all over again, with the same, more, or different stuff. Not a lot of time left over… then, of course, one has to remember that Terri is ‘on call’ 24/7 with sick missionaries—we never know when we will be asked to visit a sick missionary. Terri receives calls from missionaries from early in the morning till quite late at night. And if it is serious (or the missionaries THINK it is serious), they will call at any hour, day or night for direction.
When we get overwhelmed we just try to take a few deep breaths, and forge ahead.
We do get an occasional break, such as being able to eat at a nice restaurant, or sleep in on a weekend. But since…well, since January when the Eastman’s went home, it just seems to get busier and busier. Then when the Wright’s left, it ramped up again. And now with the couples coming, the President leaving, and the new mission President coming…well, there you go!