The Help

I do not like cooking, I do it for my family. I do it because I get hungry. But I don’t like to do it! Here, I have learned to not only cook but to cook from scratch. But it sometimes is an all day thing. Christian does fix breakfast for himself and Raelee – they usually get up at daylight and although I do too sometimes, for the most part I don’t get up until 7-9ish! But lunch and supper are on me. So, there are ALWAYS dishes to be done. This cooking from scratch thing seems to take many dishes for me! I feel like that’s all I do sometimes is plan to cook, cook, and do dishes! Some days it seems like we just got lunch finished and I get asked whats for dinner. If I am doing something else time gets away and I find it is supper time and I have nothing quick to fix. I am getting ready to do freezer meals and cook a lot of meals and freeze them. We will see how that goes!

Okay, to the point of my venting! Since we got here I have had a girl, Sophia, that does our laundry. That I am so thankful for because laundry by hand and cooking and cleaning would definitely drive me over the edge! Christian hasn’t wanted me to have anyone else in the house because he likes his privacy. Sophia has proven many times her honesty and work ethic. A big bonus is she speaks pretty good English. So I asked her if she would add doing dishes twice a week, that way maybe I can do all the other things I need to do in a day without having to worry about that everyday. Her friend has been sweeping and mopping the church building on Saturdays so I added two days a week to sweep and mop our new home. It is a lot of floor to clean and in the rainy season it really has to be cleaned everyday! It has been a week now and I have to say I am loving it! I have always wanted to say “The help will be here tomorrow” And my family will attest that housework is not my strong suit!


Becca sweeps, mops, generally anything I ask of her and shakes her booty! Apparently she has never cleaned anyone’s home, I have had to teach her that she has to move things to mop. When you have dirt floors and sleep on the floor you don’t naturally know what to do. I have to stop here for a moment – Mom and Robin…I’m sure you will have a good laugh at the thought of me teaching someone how to clean house but I would appreciate it if you keep your comments to yourself! I say all the time I wasn’t born to be domesticated but I try (believe me my Mama also tried to teach me)! Okay, back to Becca and Sophia. Becca usually has the baby on her back but it never stops her from shaking it. She brings her goats over everyday to feed on our grass and the other day we pulled up behind her as she was going to get them and take them home. Christian honked (his favorite thing to do to me) and she never looked back, didn’t stop, just shook it! She speaks no English so I have her come in while Sophia is here and they chatter away. I like it, listening to them carry on and laugh even though I haven’t a clue what they are talking about.

Today they were both here with their children playing on the floor. It doesn’t feel like they are invading our privacy, believe me this building is big enough to not be in the same room with them! I am so thankful that Christian changed his mind (I pretty much didn’t give him an option this time!) and now I have more time to do other things. Namely more time to focus on blog posts and homeschooling Raelee and drink my coffee before it gets cold. (No microwave to heat it back up) Plus, I pray their time with us will be a blessing and we can show them Jesus heart through our life. They are both muslim, Sophia goes to mosque every Friday. Becca I believe is in name only. Her husband came and asked Christian for a Bible but he doesn’t come to the Bible study…yet! So I pray that being in our presence and seeing our life up close and in private that they will want to know more about our faith.

Pray for Becca and Sophia, that they come to know Jesus and that we can help them to grow and walk in the light of Jesus Christ our savior.


Just a note…my kitchen is about done. I have a shiny sink that I love, no running water but it is nice to not have plastic buckets that had to be picked up and dumped out. Becca was trying to clean the cement off the walls – I am afraid I am going to have to paint AGAIN. After this, I will have to be paid an enormous amount of money if anyone wants me to paint!

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I am a Jesus lover, wife, mother and grandmother. I live in Uganda with two of my best friends and get to experience God's love, grace and mercy everyday. This is my personal blog and posts, pictures and views don’t necessarily represent the views of our organization. They are from our personal experiences as missionaries.

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