Right this very second…

Right this very second…

I came across this post that I wrote when we were living in the village and I thought it would be interesting to write one now that we live in Dakar {aka: “the big city”}.

I am: looking at some freshly picked flowers and a note from Shawn. This weekend I encountered both pain and God’s comforting hand. I’m wearing some new earrings from this weekend’s Bazaar, looking forward to a meal with our Senegalese friends, picking out fabric to recover couches, and working on the guesthouse job description manual, little by little.

Flowers and a note from Shawn.
Flowers and a note from Shawn.
New African print earrings.
New African print earrings.
Picking out fabric for new couches. A favorite part of my job!
Picking out fabric for new couches. A favorite part of my job!

 I am missing: my friends in Cap Skirring, friends we had to leave in Guinea, and friends we haven’t seen in ages.

Shawn and Babacar, a friend in Cap Skirring.
Shawn and Babacar, a friend in Cap Skirring.

I am frustrated because: Sometimes I tell the guesthouse maids the same thing 500 times, just to tell them again. “You have to replace the hand soap. You have to replace the toilet paper.” We’re still discovering the most culturally appropriate way to be the boss, and not “the best friend”. In order for this to be a nice guesthouse for those who pass through here, we have to keep things in order.

I am thankful for: Running water and a backup generator {real perks for someone living in Africa [!!], and something we didn’t have last year at this time}. Email, a church community group both in English and French, good music, an understanding friend, and homemade ice cream are also on the list.

We're thankful for all that we have access to here in Dakar, compared to when we lived in the village!
We’re thankful for all that we have access to here in Dakar, compared to when we lived in the village!

I am dreaming about: The here and now. Trying to enjoy today, the people around me right now. This post was also an inspiration to me. It also helps knowing we have our return tickets in hand, knowing that soon we’ll be gone for six months. We’ll be missing people from here, but we’ll also be with people we miss now. Of course we’re dreaming of reunions, good food, and other aspects of being in our home country!

 What about you? What are you doing right now? What are you thankful for?

s&j


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