Saturday, January 21, 2012

First night without lights

Last night was the first night here that I was without electricity. Probably about 15 hrs or so without it. Believe it or not, it is something that I wrestle with. It's a gift- because it left 4 girls on the roof eating street chicken and avocados, feeding their leftovers to our little dog. It took out distractions of internet. It left us praying on the roof, appreciating the wind in a house now without fans. But then the night really started. It was a hopping night of getting up and down- trying to decide if I wanted to be hot or eaten by mosquitoes. Of having 1 AM conversations after showering- because the power is out, what else is there to do? Of tossing and turning in my bed, thoughts ranging from how to arrange my room to what would be relaxing music to listen to help me sleep. To waking up at 550 AM, sharing a french press full of coffee over sleepy eyes. And then continuing on to do life. No nap, no coffee shop run midday, no catching up on emails. No shower because our water pump relies on electricity. A day full of interviews for the clinic, shopping downtown with a friend for some shorts, using my slowly growing creole to buy food from the market, walking through Jubilee to visit a patient, to return to internet, music, power, fans, and more community. I love having power but I love not having power.

JAN 20- Osteomyelitis

JAN 19- Hitchin' a ride back with some kiddos from school

JAN 18- The canal we've had to pass through quite a lot. Reminds me of the Oregon Trail Game.  Do we ford the river, caulk the wagon to float across, or pay for a ferry?

JAN 17- Joy and laughter in Jubilee
JAN 16- Classes have started once again.

JAN 15- Tia is home! Taptaps are a cheap, easy way of getting around. Here we are riding the "Party Taptap", colors, streamers and FUN. When it goes past, you HAVE to jump on, regardless where it is going.

JAN 14- Youv just laying on the floor, loving Saturday morning pancakes.

"The more clearly we learn to recognize that the ground and strength and promise of all our community is Jesus Christ alone, the more calmly we will learn to think about our community and pray and hope for it."- Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer


  1. Grace, I am so glad that you are sharing your experiences in this way-- thank you!

  2. Grace<3 I love having power and love not having power too.