The Hayes Zoo

Our Purpose

- to know God and use our entire lives in service to Him.

- to stand in the gap through prayer, giving and service to viable ministries in Latin America.

- to be transparent helpers of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, using our resources and skills that through the Holy Spirit, we might encourage and equip those who have less.

- to share a living perspective from Latin America to our churches, friends and family in the states and beyond.

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

Obviously, with a title like that you know that this is Faith writing and I am trying something new. We'll see if it's simple for me or not. :) Windows to my world and all that.

FOR TODAY Monday, July 27, 2009.

Outside my window...I see the empty field that has become my children's playground. Rocks, dirt and open space = an old fashioned 'fun zone'. At least it isn't full of the bulls and cows like last week.

I am thinking... that it is hot and muggy. That and that mosquitoes serve NO PURPOSE other than to cause me to practice self control in my words and actions.

I am thankful for... new mercies, because I need them.

From the learning rooms... we are officially on summer break. It really the very first one my children have had. :) That is one of the down falls (or is that up sides? ) of homeschooling - you never really stop working on things. I have plans to finish the last bit of the core that we side stepped a bit with bilingual school. That will start in a couple of weeks.

From the kitchen...
There are people visiting the area so we are eating communally. Meaning? I'm not doing it all. Tonight is taco salads and the salsa is made, the avocados are on the counter waiting to be made into guacamole and the lettuce is soaking. Mmmmm....

I am wearing... grungy clothes (favorite old navy t-shirt $2 second hand and hand me down capris - that are looser on me than they use to be - YES!) as it's a home/work day. I don't dress up a whole lot for cleaning those bathrooms. I do have on makeup, earrings, and lipstick though.

I am creating...
a menu plan. Which might be an effort in futility as every few days the options change at the market.

I am going... to go to bed early tonight! I'm feeling a tad too old to be burning the candle at both ends these days.

I am reading...
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It's the next book in the British Literature core that I am doing with my mom just for personal enrichment!

I am hoping... that someone in this town wants kittens as ours are getting old enough to leave the nest.

I am hearing...
not much right now which is a miracle plain and simple - it's usually car alarms, yelling, horns blaring, parrot squawking, and the rest of it. The quiet is quite unusual.

Around the house...
Natalie is painting. Janelle is working on the salsa for tonight. Riley has dug out the erector set that we got him for Christmas 2 years ago.'s like Christmas all over again! Alan is finishing up design plans on a bridge before he has to run out there again this week and I am soaking veggies and trying to get this blog post out before it is no longer MONDAY.

One of my favorite things...
Magnolia perfume that my sister bought for me while we were visiting her in Portugal last year. Was that ever a wonderfully exotic (weird) castle and a horrifically expensive bus ride back down the mountain. Amanda (friend from England) was even there!!

A few plans for the rest of the week:

Pray for friends in hard places.
Read my Bible in both languages before the world starts knocking.
Cook for honored family and honored guests.
Talk in both languages.
Write to those who've loved on us.
Hug my children before it gets too hot to touch anyone.

Oh - and I have to make that phone call to get an appointment to finish that dental disaster...I mean work...that I still have to have done. Boy, will that be an update. Yikes...

Here is picture thought I am sharing... this is a shot of some "roads" that we were on yesterday while visiting a church in one of the small villages. Road is a very generous term for this section...this is the right hand lane folks. The left isn't much better.

I have no idea why Alan's truck is always rattling. (sarcasm is really thick right now in case you were wondering)

'till next time...


If you'd like to join the fun here is a link to set up your own day book. The Simple Woman


Missus Wookie said...

So cool to see yours and you know what I think you might be correct on the rattling reason :lol:

Grateful for Grace said...

1) I'm glad your capris are bigger on you than they used to be. I love when that happens!
2) Why do you soak the lettuce?
3) It must be hard to plan meals with a changing market.
4) How's the govn't issues? Are you all safe?

The Hayes Zoo said...


1. I'm sure they're only loose as I haven't had a chocolate craving in a week or so.

2. We have to disinfect/sanitize everything that we don't peel or boil to eat. :) See my post on Market Days - there's an explanation and pictures there.

3. THIS is why I haven't had a meal plan/grocery list for 4 years.

4. Government is still rockin' and rollin'. We're just living in the midst of the changes; praying lots and trying to maintain focus.