Progress, Haircuts, and A Day in the Life

Today marks 5 months since we arrived in Chambéry.  We thank God that He has helped us in adjusting to the language and cultural barriers and will continue to help us as we continue our studies here.  Although we look forward to getting to Cameroon and working with students, we are enjoying the time we have here as students.  One of the great things about living here is how structured our family has become.  At the end of this update we will give you an outline of what an average day looks like for us.

There is good news on our front, because we are both feeling much more comfortable with the language.  The first few months were extremely frustrating because it seemed like we would never progress in French.  But, by God’s grace and the faithful prayers from our friends and family we can actually communicate in French.  It’s not great, but we can make complete sentences using 3 tenses (present, passé compose, and future).  Praise God!  Now, we have to work on increasing our vocabulary and continue progressing in conversation.

The girls are good and we are so proud of them.  They have worked so hard at school even though it hasn’t been easy.  We have given them 2 expectations regarding school.  1.  Do your best.  2.  Be respectful to your classmates and teachers.  We believe up to this point they have done that.  Ben, well that’s a whole different story.  He does use some basic french greetings like bonjour, merci, and au revoir.  His au revoir sounds like ‘vwaw’.  :)  He is doing well but this tiny apartment makes it tough for a small passionate young boy.  We take him outside to the park as much as possible.
Ben got a haircut.  This is here before and after photos.
Ben got a haircut. Here are his before and after photos.

A Day in the Life of the Mayos:  February 18, 2012

5:30AM – Alarm goes off – Blake gets rolling, Ben not too far behind.
6:30AM – Everyone is up and ready to get ready for school.
8:20AM – Laura takes the girls to school (10 minute walk)
8:40AM – Laura leaves the school and walks to her tutor (25 minute walk-big hill involved)
9:15-11:15AM – Laura at tutor; Blake at home working on taxes and playing with Ben
11:20AM – Laura walks back to pick up girls (20 minute walk – downhill most of the way)
12:05PM – Laura and the girls return home with lunch ready to eat (PB&J for Ben & Libby; grilled cheese for Hannah)
1:20PM – Laura takes girls to school and has Ben with her.
1:20PM – Blake rides bike to class.
4:30PM – Laura leaves to pick up Hannah from School; Libby has tutor after school on Monday’s.
5:10PM – Laura, Hannah and Ben return home and Laura begins preparing dinner.
5:20PM – Blake leaves class a little early to pick up Libby at school.
5:50PM – Blake and Libby return home from their bike ride in rush hour traffic.
6:00PM – Dinner!!!  All together, at the same table (we love this part)
6:30PM – 8PM – Baths, homework, family time.
8PM – 8:30PM – Bible story time with girls, prayer and lights out.  Ben and Mommy time
8:30PM – Kids asleep
8:30 – 10:30 – Blake and Laura talk, study, read.
SLEEP!!!!
Enjoy some recent pictures.
The girls had a 'school carnival' that was like one we had never seen.  It was a PG Mardis Gras Party.  We didn't stay long.  The cake was good.
The girls had a ‘school carnival’ that was quite different than we expected. It was more like a strange Mardis Gras Party. We didn’t stay long…but the cake was good.
Laura and the girls made cupcakes.
Laura and the girls made cupcakes.
Blake made a special pizza for the kids.
Blake made a special pizza for the kids.
The kids enjoyed opening Valentine cards from their grandparents.
The kids enjoyed opening Valentine cards from their grandparents.
Blake gave flowers to all the girls.
Blake gave flowers to all the girls.
Big Snow last week.
Big Snow last week.
"We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps."  Proverbs 16:9  (This picture was taken in a large park area in downtown Chambéry)
“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (This picture was taken in a large park area in downtown Chambéry)
The view from our balcony.  Nothing stops here, even with 6 inches of snow.
The view from our balcony. Nothing stops here, even with 6 inches of snow.

2 thoughts on “Progress, Haircuts, and A Day in the Life

  1. Blake and Laura, it is an amazing journey when you stay obedient to God. In Kekchi the word for trust and obey is the same, paban. So, “Paban and paban, for there is no other way. To be happy in Jesus, but to paban and paban.” I would love to build a snowman with y’all. Linda

  2. Blessings to you all. I enjoyed reading about your time in France. There is nothing better than being exactly where God would have you, doing exactly what he desires. I feel the joy of the Lord leaping from your words as you write them… They are the words of a man, husband, and father advancing the kingdom with those most precious to him on earth. They are words that make my heart full.

    Although challenging days lie ahead, you and Laura enjoy this time of preparation knowing that even the most mundane of tasks are storing up treasure in heaven when done in anticipation of being the true hands, feet, and voice of Jesus of Nazareth.

    We love you.

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