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Wow. I really love it here :-)

18 Sep 16
Ruby Jones

Hello everyone!

This is my second blog post. I have been in Zuannah Town, Liberia for a week and 3 1/2 days. I’m loving life here so much! It sounds weird, but living here seems like the most natural thing in the world. It took a matter of one or two hours to adjust to everything, but since then, it feels like home to me. Bucket baths, mosquito nets, frequent rain, laundry by hand, dishes by hand, cramped bumpy car rides, spicy food, rice for every meal, the humidity, and tons of singing, (I guess some africans love singing, because we sing the longest songs for devotional every night and at church) it all brand new, but I feel like it’s the way I want to live my life. I love everything. I’m making many friends here, and I love spending time with the little ones, Josephine, Patrick, Faith, and Gifty. Everyone is so happy and helpful. They never complain, even though some of them are working all day. Laundry takes hours! My knuckles are all cut and by the time I was done with the washing yesterday, they were bleeding badly. Washing clothes by hand is not as easy as it sounds, and drying…forget about it. It’s rainy season. No point in even trying to dry clothes after washing them.
I’ve been asked what I do on the daily. There’s honestly not much to it. I wake up, eat, get ready, sometimes do laundry, eat, play cards, play volleyball, chat, read, eat, devotional at 8pm, take a bucket bath, go to sleep, repeat. Not in that order or anything, but whatever I want to do basically. There is so much chill time during the day. This will all change tomorrow, because I’m starting school. I will be a 9th grader at Kprekor middle school. I will be doing homeschool math when I come home, so I can keep up on 8th grade education in the U.S.
I miss you guys so much, and thank you for reading this! I love and miss my 3 other musketeers, Luisa, Josie and Janey. I’m trying to send letters but who knows if they’ll reach you 🙁 I miss my grandparents, and Grandma Jones <3 I hope you are doing well. I can receive emails, so I hope I can keep in touch with more of you, and I appreciate the occasional email from Luisa. Love you guys so much! I love it here, and if it weren’t for you guys, I would never want to come back. Thanks to the Vaenukus for all of their love and their friendship. Heni, I have that picture you gave me! Thank you all so much! Thank you to everyone who wrote me letters, I read them often. Thank you to Brittany for my book, which I’m working on finishing. Thank you to everyone who came to drop us off. That was one of the most touching and memorable moments of my life.
I’ll write some more next week, bye! Ruby Jones (Rubizzle, Rubbles, Rubes, and Rubics cube)



  1. Gramma Jones September 19, 2016 at 3:23 am

    Ruby…I am doing GREAT!! Missing my favorite 13 year old granddaughter though!

    I have enjoyed seeing the videos and pictures your mom posts on FB. Very interesting. Brings back memories of all of the sitting around that goes on. It is hot and tends to sap energy. Especially when there is no fan to dispel the heat.

    I also found that I would read..and reread…and reread emails that were sent to me. Homesickness is very real. Good of your friends to keep in touch with you.

    So…skipped a grade huh! Pretty exciting. Let us know if it is challenging for you, or easy-peasy. How is the reading coming. Done with those books you took yet? I am also reading Jane Eyre…or will be after I finish the book I am reading. (was that the book… or was it pride and prejudice)

    I love you Ruby….

  2. Vibecke September 19, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    So awesome that you love it so much!! Bet you’re learning all kinds of things.
    Love reading all your posts. Think about you often. Keep up the great attitude

    Love you, sending a Ruby hug your way 🙂

  3. Eric Safir September 23, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    I am glad you are having an awesome experience. You are an awesome and very talented young woman, you will do great there and accomplish so much. I am sure I speak for everyone when I say we are all proud of you and wish you the best in your new adventure. We all miss you guys very much.

  4. Brittany September 29, 2016 at 4:32 am

    Sending love to our amazing Ruby (Rubizzle, Rubbles, Rubes, and Rubiks cube). It makes me so happy that Secret Garden is in Liberia with you! May it become an old friend, and may the illustrations stir your imagination. xo

  5. Brittany September 29, 2016 at 4:34 am

    P.S. Liberia through your eyes sounds AWESOME! It really makes me appreciate washing machines!!! It is fantastic that you are finding joy in your world and sharing your beautiful spirit with others.

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