Melissa and her husband Ryan run the Heartline guesthouse, where we have been staying the past 8 nights. If you know our kids in person, you know that they came by the nickname "The Crazies" honestly. They are crazy. We have been living in communal spaces, so we have been on high alert trying to keep our kids:
1. contained within the 4 walls of the guesthouse yard
2. out of other people's bedrooms
3. from complaining about being hot, hungry, bored
4. respectful of others during mealtime
5. from climbing on the roof via the ladder and outdoor balconies
6. from chopping coconuts with the guards' machetes, unsupervised at least
7. fighting with each other about e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g
All while also teaching them about not using tap water to brush teeth, bathing with cold water (this is only an issue for Presley), treating mosquito bite itchiness, sleeping in the same room together, allowing the little gal to nap, no access to a car, no access to a TV, and parenting with an audience.
Thankfully, we're doing okay, but there are moments when I want to poke my eyes out.
Ryan and Melissa planned a movie night on Friday night for the kids. They were so excited! Ryan invited some other families over, set up a projector and couches, and Melissa made cookies. Plus, it was pizza night at the guesthouse, so everyone was pretty excited.
Hours before the main event, we were totally surprised with an official invitation for a date night out. I really could not believe it! Ryan and Melissa's apartment is next door to the guesthouse, where Melissa set up the most beautiful balcony date night. Back at the guesthouse, they fed our kids, put Presley to bed, and entertained the two biggies at the movie night.
It was so nice to eat uninterrupted, to be able to talk and catch up. What a gift! We have been seeing God in the little things, and this was a pretty blatant reassurance from God that He's with us, and not only will he meet our needs, but help us to thrive here as well. Thank you so much Ryan and Melissa for a wonderful date night, and a chance to feel normal!