A Day in the Life: I’m Just a Dorm Mama Living in Mexico



Real daily life. It’s full of the good, the bad and the ugly; the joys and pains of being human. I thought it might be fun to show you what life looks like for this natural living real foodie. 

Keep in mind that I am a dorm mama who lives on a school campus in Mexico. My house is a one room dorm. 🙂

6:00: I’m already up late since my goal is to wake up my 5:30. That dang Daylight Savings, I like rising with the sun not pitch black. I decide to pray for a few minutes in bed…

6:10-6:30: I wake up from a startled and brief sleep. I stumble out of bed, turn on my calming play track and click the on switch for my electric kettle. I go back over and make the bed and turn on a small dim light. I get dressed and quickly check facebook and my email.

6:30-6:55: It’s time to wake the girls up. I flash the lights a couple times and go make myself an Americano. What can I say  my espresso percolator is my new found love. I solve a couple early morning squabbles and start some broth to boiling for soup while the girls change their clothes and tidy up the house.

6:55: We all pray. A couple of girls are still grouchy. Hopefully, they will be in better moods after spending some quiet time with Jesus.

7:00-7:20: The girls grab their things for school while I finish up my soup and pour it in a jar to take it to the dining hall.

7:30-8:00: Breakfast in the dining hall

8:00-8:35: The kids play outside while the staff have Bible Study

8:35-9:00: Taught Bible Class for our level 2 class. I love it when they actually remember what they are taught!

9:00-10:30:  I finally get around to folding the laundry that has been sitting in the laundry basket/hanging on the line since yesterday and briefly check facebook and email on my phone. I washed the dishes. I chat with my assistant who is on her day off for a bit.

10:30-11:15: I make myself another Americano. I check facebook and start working on a post. The girls come in around 11 for a bathroom break and we chat for a bit. Then I walk across campus to get the meat out of our shared freezer.

11:15- 12:30: I get back to work and finish my now cold coffee and wash a few more dishes.

12:30-1:15: I fix a lunch of pasta, with cilantro pasta and ground beef and chat with a friend about vaccinations a bit

1:15-2:00: Lunch in the dining hall with the kids


2:15-3:15: The girls work on homework/rest/play outside. The spelling bee is coming up so there is lots of studying going on. My 13 year old tries to convince me that 3 chickens can lay 10 eggs in one day, um….no they can’t…..

3:15-4:45: We do outside chores, weeding the garden, more dishes, clean the chicken coop.

4:45: We clean up and get ready to make dinner for the whole school.

5:00-7:30: It’s leftover night Mexico style. We reheat, rice, mole, pozole  and cut up WAY too much papaya. Once dinner is over the kids and staff head out back while three of the girls and I stay behind to clean up the kitchen. Everyone works together well and have amazing attitudes.

7:30-9:15: We head to the dorm, a couple of the girls shower while everyone else starts to get ready for bed. At 8 I have the girls sit down for I can read a book to them. Craziness ensues and everyone but me refuses to pay attention and beg for a movie.This dorm mama lost her cool and gave couple girls early bed. We finally get started on a story once they decide to pay attention again. By the time we finish it’s past the youngest bed time. I pray with her and have everyone else tidy up to get ready for bed too. The oldest decides she is tried sends herself to bed early.

9:15-11:00: I start cleaning up my kitchen area to find my third Americano of the day cold and half finished from hours ago. I get the bright idea that it is the perfect time make a candle out of my new soy wax. I finish my cold coffee (yes at 10:00 at night.) Candle making isn’t going so well so I clean up a bit and leave the rest for the morning. I finally decide it’s time for a cup of tea. Good night.


About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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