Busy in the Bush

Sometimes I forget how different my life looks than the average American’s, and sometimes I forget how little our family and friends know about the kinds of things that fill my day. So here is a peak into today:

1. I woke up to an alarm at 5:30, read God’s word while drinking orange juice, and then exercised.

2. At 8:30 I set out yoga mats for “blanket time” for the boys (they were just finished with breakfast with Dad). This is what they do during my one hour language time. But then my language helper, Fororens, didn’t show up so we switched gears to homeschool.

3. Before we started, a man from the village came to ask if we could type something on our computers to print for him. I helped him while the boys played.

4. Back to homeschool – Part way through homeschool I left Jude working on something while I hung LOTS of clothing on the laundry line. (It has been rainy so laundry was backed up.)

5. Homeschool finished at 11 and we left our home to hike to the waterfall and meet with a couple people there. During our time, Jude had to go potty (#2!) so instead of hiking twenty mins back, we asked a friend to use their outhouse.

6. Back to the waterfall – helped some young ladies wash their sweet potatoes in the water and tried to speak Ndo some more. Jude and Oliver played and Jude said he wants to learn to swim when we are back in America.

7. My friends gave me six of their sweet potatoes so my load back was heavier and we were all ready for lunch and starting to get grumpy. As we entered the village again, I saw Fororens at her parents hut and she explained that she hadn’t come that morning because she was giving her parents a pig today and had to go and tie the pig up. (The pig was there, tied to a stick with bush rope and still alive.) The pig was part of her bride price. Each time she has another baby, she and her husband give more pigs to her parents and brothers as part of their “thank you”.

8. Fororens told us to come and watch them kill the pig so we went home quickly to take the laundry off the line (it was beginning to rain) and then within ten mins she sent a child to tell us to come and watch. Back we went and watched them kill the pig by tying its nose and mouth shut.

9. We went home and had leftover soup for lunch (at 1:30) and the boys went to play outside after doing their “responsibilities” (sweeping and dishes). I cleaned up from lunch and prepped dough for hamburger buns and then worked on language learning on my computer.

10. We then returned to watch Fororens butcher the pig for her parents. Killing a pig is a big event and lots of meat is shared with the family. Fororens, though, won’t have any of it because it would negate the gift.

11. Back at home (5:15pm), we realized our water wasn’t working. So Zach worked on our water pump during dinner prep and during dinner. I ate with the boys, read them a story, took them to the Dodd’s old house to use the bathroom and wash hands (because remember, no water at ours).

12. Tucked the kids in their beds and cleaned from dinner while Zach finished and ate dinner. (He got the water pump working again after phone tech support from Jeremy Lehman!).

13. Made chocolate chip cookies from frozen dough I made last week and had cookies with Zach. Put away all the laundry from earlier, got ready for bed and wrote this post on my phone.

This is a fairly typical day for me. Homeschool, language learning, home tasks, cultural happenings, parenting… May give a fuller insight into what I mean when I talk about being busy in the bush.

10 thoughts on “Busy in the Bush”

  1. As I am sitting on the edge of my bed, having a difficult time feeling ready for my day, I remember almost 20 years ago having a little more energy when I had two young boys. What amazes me Cassidy, is how different each day can be and strenuous life can be on a day-to-day basis and how much you are learning. I thank the Lord for his power and grace at work in you!

    See you guys soon!

  2. Love hearing from you, Cass, praying for good surprises in your routine today. Love you all very much,

  3. Dear Cass,
    Thank you for sharing a picture of what a normal day looks like for you in the village. Abbi read part of your post and said, “It sounds very, very difficult, even though Miss Cass says it is a normal day,” to which I agree!!! And yet you are not wasting any of it..just like you didn’t waste your days or time here in the states.

    Love you Cass!

  4. Sounds like a very interesting day. Here in the states we forget how much you have to do just to get through the day (like making buns instead of just buying them) I never really think about the conveniences we have in the US until I read something from you. You are a wonderful mom and daughter. I miss you very much and look forward to our time together in the fall. Just saw your dad yesterday and we talked about Thanksgiving when none of us have to do any of the cooking. How unusual that will be for us both! Till then, keep up the great work you are doing. Love, Mom

  5. Cassidy, I love hearing about your day. It gives me greater insight as to how to pray for you as you teach your children, serve your family without the conveniences you had in the states and continue to learn a new language and build relationships with the people there. I am so very grateful for your family and pray you will see much fruit!!!!
    Love, Chris

  6. Thanks for sharing another fine write-up of life there in the bush. The passage of time is one life aspect that is so very different from the USA. There, you are regularly “flexing” according to others’ activities and requests, along with breakdowns that can’t be fixed by a quick trip to Home Depot. God bless you in all the daily details, Cassidy!

  7. Wish I could relieve you and Zach from some of the necessary tasks that MUST be done and can’t be “put off” to another day when you’re tired, hungry or just “grumpy”. For this, the body of Christ, and the future that could be theirs, you suffer. Reading I Peter lately and realizing I TRULY don’t know what it is to suffer. Maybe I Peter could be an encouragement to you, especially ch. 4 🙂

  8. Love to read your E mails, and get to see a day in the bush, and know how God is blessing you in his work, even though the times are hard off and on. He does supply your need and strength. And one day you will see it was worth it all. When you see the souls that are in Heaven because you went when God call you to go. Are prayers go with you on your journey, and pray God will give you strength when you home school and prepare your meals and most of all your day as you wake up. As it sounds like you start you day off well. May God keep you safe. Love in Christ Jesus Milly Murphy.

  9. Thank you so much for sharing that. I have wondered many times what a typical day looks like for the people there. So many times I wonder how to pray or what are your needs. I love hearing the routine. We continue to pray.

  10. Hi cassidy!
    So great to see how God has equipped you and Zach and the boys for this journey with the ndo people, it’s wonderful to see that Gods grace “is” sufficient for us wherever we are, whether it’s here in Az with modern conveniences and English speaking friends or in png in a language most have never heard, God is so amazing in how he fits it all together!
    Looking forward to seeing you guys and hearing about this great adventure God is equipping you for,😘

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