Every day is different…school days or weekend days. Because I’m in a new culture with new people, a new school, a new church, and new expectations with people doing things differently than what I am used to, every day is different. I’ll start with my Saturdays.
Sometimes on the weekends, I get to sleep in. After I wake up and eat, I begin my Saturday with my “deep clean” chore morning. We have a lot of people coming into our home, and although we clean throughout the week, by the time Saturday is here, we really need to do a little scrubbing. After my chores are complete, I may get to talk to friends or cousins in the US while Mama and Daddy are busy, or we go adventuring. Sometimes I will draw or read. On Saturday nights, my bedtime is flexible, depending on how busy we have been during the day. Sometimes we play games as a family or have people over the house until late. Sometimes we go out with other people for tacos or hang out at their house.
I get up the next morning, on Sunday, get ready for church service, and we go to a church service to worship and learn. I am learning Spanish and can now understand some of what is being preached. I feel I am growing in my relationship with Jesus by worshiping and learning at our church, called Más Vida.
After service, we come home or go to someone else’s house for lunch. After our afternoon time with other people, I usually have a free day or family day. At the end of the day, we get ready for bed and most of the time have Sunday Sundaes (which is our weekly Ice Cream night). I brush my teeth and go to bed.
On Mondays, I have to get up at 6am because our school starts at 7am. I eat breakfast and leave the home by 6:40am. My school time begins a little later than Selah and Levi’s, so after they are dropped off at 7am, I sit with Harmony and either Mama or Daddy and we listen to an Adventure in Odyssey episode.
In school, I go to about three classes per day and have some breaks during the classes. I have music once per week and computer two days per week. For my snack time, I get to choose from a menu; usually I chooses molletes, which is bread with refried beans and melted cheese. I LOVE THEM! My school ends at 2pm, and either Mama or Daddy is there to pick me up. In the afternoons, I get home around 2:20pm, and we have family “comida”. This is my real lunch time; this is the way they do it here in Mexico.
On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, we leave the home at 4:15pm to go to one of the NOE sites where I am a part of some of the ministry options there and Mama and Daddy teach some classes together. On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, I work on homework with Mama for 2-4 hours, depending on what homework I have for the week. On Thursday nights I am a part of the NOE kids program called Exploradores. I might start their drawing or music program next week, too!
In general, I feel like I have normal life other than not being able to speak Spanish and communicate well. But I am getting more friends and am learning more Spanish so I can talk with them more. Mama and Daddy have been busy recently because of some immigration stuff they are trying to get done. I wish could spend a little more time with them, but I know God told them to do what they are doing and know they won’t be this busy all the time.
I love our family time together and love when we play family games, watch movies, or look at and re-live family times through looking at pictures we have taken that Mama shows on the living room TV.
That’s what my days look like as a 3rd Culture Kid! They are exciting days and many days I never know what I am going to experience. Daddy says, “Life is an adventure, and we need to live it while we can”. I feel like I’m living an adventure because I never know what excitement is just around the corner.