Monday, November 12, 2012

Who needs water?

So the past few days have been interesting.  On Wednesday evening last week, someone on our team mentioned the water being out.  Of course, the response on the team was, WHAT?!?!  We all needed to be filled in (there are major benefits to having Venezuelans on the team because they can actually read the signs posted).  :)  Basically, long story short we might not have water for 4 days, but we would probably have it intermittently.  Ok.  What does that mean?  We'll just go with it and fill as many bottles with water as we can.  Let's hope for the best.

So Thursday and Friday are relatively painless.  We have water from 6-7am, 12-1pm and again from 8-9pm.  Every time the water would come on, we'd jump up, fill water bottles, flush toilets, wash dishes, do laundry, ect.  We had a decent system going.  This isn't so bad.

Well, then Saturday rolls around.  6:30 in the morning.  No water.  Hmmm.  Maybe they're turning it on later in the morning because it's Saturday.  Right?  Seems logical.  Nope.  It never came on. At. All.  On. Saturday.  That was a little bit painful.  And smelly.  So we were starting to get a little tight on water by Sunday morning.

Sunday morning comes and I immediately jump out of bed when I hear the sound of our toilet running. We have water!  This is great!  So we shower, wash dishes, refill water bottles, you get the idea.  And the water never goes off on Sunday.  Sure.  Great.  I'll take it.  This is the end of the weirdness.  And quite frankly I don't enjoy trying to figure out how to wash cloth diapers without water.  Not cool people who are in charge of the water system, not cool.

And today comes.  Water on.  We're doing good.  A little after 8:00am I'm working on breakfast and no water.  What?!?!  Who decided this was a good idea to mess with my emotions?  I thought we had this unspoken rule that things were back to normal now.  I was wrong.  We ended up getting water in about 2 hour increments throughout the day (6-8, 12-2, 6-8 again).  Ok, I can work with this.

Who knows how long this is going to last.  We are entering the dry season so this will become a little bit more of a norm here, but this wasn't anticipated quite yet.  Oh Venezuela.  It's amazing how much you don't realize how much you depend on something until it's taken away.

We haven't done a very good job of updating this blog.  Partially because we're busy.  Partially because we're tired.  Partially because we're running on fumes.  But we want to continue to update people on our lives.  And we'll try to do better.  But honestly we'll fail.  That's the beauty of grace.

Thank you for your prayers.  And for even reading this and inviting yourself into our lives.  We are grateful.

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