Monthly Archives: April 2008

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe got a good night’s sleep last night.  The new inhaler seems to be doing the trick.

Joe went visiting with Romeo this morning.  They were able to talk to the girl that came forward on Sunday.  She got saved today.  Matt and Marcel also got to lead someone to the Lord today.

I did some more unpacking.  Lenell helped me move some things around in the bedroom to make room for the baby’s dresser.  Then, she went over to the Litsons’ house to arrange some of her things.

The boys are having fun with their new toys.  Gilbert barely made it through breakfast because he was eager to ride his battery-powered car.

Danny has had a fever off and on today.  He has also had diarrhea.  He is working on his eye teeth again.  I stayed home with him this evening. 

Joe said that they had a good church service tonight with about forty in attendance; that is a high attendance for a Wednesday night.

Tomorrow, we are supposed to go to the Posts’ house for a get-together for all of the missionaries.  We will be celebrating Sarah’s birthday, which is May 3.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe was able to sleep better last night.  The asthma was back this morning, but the new inhaler cleared it right up.

This morning, Joe, Matt, and Lenell headed to the port to be there when the container went through the scanner in case there was a problem.  Around 11:00, Joe called to say that it was going through the scanner.  The only thing that they thought looked suspicious was the tracts.  They were all packed together, and it just showed up as a dark spot.  So, they wanted to keep the container to open it later in the week to see what that was. 

After seeing several different people, they were sent to the lady that is in charge of the scanner.  When Joe explained what was in the container and that Lenell had come here to work with orphans, she got tears in her eyes, signed the paperwork, and told them they were cleared to leave.

Joe called as they were on their way home and said that the customs agents and expediters would be hungry.  Sarah made some pork chops, rice, and a sauce.  I made some spaghetti and garlic bread.  I cut up some brownies that we had.

The two customs agents rode with Matt, Joe, and Lenell.  So, they arrived before the container did.  They ate first.  Then, the two ladies from the expediter’s office arrived; they ate.  By that time, the container had arrived.  After the customs agents finished eating, they were able to open the container and start unloading.

There were a couple things that the customs agents thought were newer than they really were.  So, they inspected things rather closely for awhile.  They stayed until the container was completely empty.

After the customs agents left, the two expediters who hadn’t eaten yet came in to eat.  The ladies came back in with them.  The ladies ate the whole plate of brownies by themselves.  I guess they liked them.

We have been busy going through boxes.  Gilbert wasn’t too perky when he woke up from his nap.   But, as soon as he saw his car that he has been waiting for, he was suddenly happy.  He has been rediscovering his toys all evening. 

Danny was running a fever tonight.  He sat in Joe’s lap for quite awhile.  When the medicine kicked in, his fever went down, and he was ready to play for awhile.

Everyone is ready for bed tonight!

Thank you for praying about the container!

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Monday, April 28, 2008

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe, Matt, and Lenell went up to the church to meet with Max to discuss some different things before the Litsons’ departure next week. 

While they were gone, I was able to get a doctor’s appointment for Joe for this afternoon.  He has been having problems with asthma the last couple weeks.  Last night, he didn’t sleep much at all and was having trouble breathing.  He got an inhaler a few days ago.  That helped at first, but it wasn’t helping too much anymore.

We got a short nap in and then got ready to go to town.  Just as we were getting ready to leave, the Litsons came back from town.  Sarah offered to keep the boys for us. 

The doctor’s office is right next to a mall.  So, Lenell and I walked around in there while Joe went for his doctor’s appointment.  We had walked the whole place, looked in several stores, and eaten an ice-cream cone.  Joe still hadn’t come down.  So, we went to see if he was okay.  The doctor had taken him to the hospital portion of the complex and put him on a breathing machine for twenty minutes.  Joe was beginning to wonder if the doctor was going to admit him. 

After Joe was on the breathing machine, he already felt a lot better.  The doctor prescribed several different things.  Joe will be on cortisone and an antibiotic for three days.  He also got a stronger inhaler that lasts for twelve hours.  He is supposed to go back to the doctor in a week for a check-up.  If it gets worse before then, he is supposed to go back right away. 

The new inhaler really helps.  Joe has gone on to bed.  He is really tired since he didn’t sleep much last night.

Danny’s toe is doing better today.

The word on the container is that it is on a truck and is one of the first in line to go through the scanner tomorrow.  So, we may get it tomorrow if all goes well.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Bonjour,

We had a good day at church.  There were 70 in attendance this morning.  We had 11 in our class.  Lenell helped me today.  Danny took a nap in her lap while I was teaching. 

Matt preached at the Anyama church this morning.  Joe taught the adult Sunday school class and preached in the morning service.  A girl came forward for salvation at the end of the service.  Joe and Matt will go visit her on Wednesday to talk to her.

For the past couple days, Danny has been favoring his right foot.  When I was putting his shoes on this morning, I discovered a big blood blister on the inside of his big toe.  The bottom of the toe was bruised; he must have dropped something on it.  We drained the blister this morning and kept a sock on his foot.  By the time we got home from church, it wasn’t looking too good.  So, I kept the boys home tonight to let the toe dry out and to try to keep it from getting infected.  When Joe got home, he doctored up the toe, put a bandaid on it, and put a sock on over that to keep the bandaid on.

The service this evening went well too.  It rained all through the service.  Rain on the tin roof makes it a little difficult to hear.  When the rain got really loud, they would sing a song or two.  Then, when it slacked off, they went back to the message.

Lenell rode with the Engelharts.  They were taking someone home after church and got stuck in the mud.  Joe went to help them, but some people had already pushed them out by the time that he got there.

Please pray that the container will be processed tomorrow and released by customs so that it can be delivered on Tuesday.  The Litsons leave a week from Wednesday.  They have some things in the container as well.  If we can get it all taken care of this week, it would be a blessing.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe went visiting with Marcel.  They had some good visits.

Lenell went visiting with Simone.  They had some good visits as well.

The Litson girls came over to play this morning.  They are packing up for their May 7 departure.  So, most of their toys have been put away.  They had a great time playing with the boys.

After lunch, we got a short nap in.  Then, we headed to the church.  There was a ladies meeting at the Anyama church today.  The guys had a soccer game at the Belleville church.  For once, the ladies meeting got over early.  We had to wait for the soccer players to return.  Joe is a bit sunburned.  He will probably be sore tomorrow from his soccer game today.

The ladies meeting went well.  There were 24 ladies there today.  That was a really good turn out.

The boys are now playing ball with “Aunt Mell.”  They read several books first.  Then, they decided to play ball.

Matt is preaching at the Anyama church tomorrow morning.  So, Joe will be teaching the adults Sunday school class and preaching in the morning service.  This is the same thing he will be doing when the Litsons are gone; so, this will be a trial run.  Lenell is going to come with us to help me with my class.  That way when I am gone for a couple weeks when I have the baby, she will be there to teach the class.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny  


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Friday, April 25, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe called to check on the container today. It has to be scanned and
released by Customs before it can be loaded and brought to the house.
Maybe that will take place on Monday. We could possibly get it on
Tuesday. Please pray that everything will be done in a timely manner
and that we will be able to get it soon.

Joe went into Anyama to get some gas bottles refilled. He also picked
up a few things at the little store in Anyama.

I wrote some letters this morning. Lenell worked on making some cards.
She read several books to the boys before she got started on that.
Gilbert would sit there and listen to her read all day if we would allow it.

It rained all afternoon. That was nice nap weather. We didn’t go for a
walk today because it was still raining.

Gilbert is feeling better today. He hasn’t had a fever at all today.

Danny is teething again. He threw up a couple times today.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bonjour,

Today, we took it easy at home.  We have been very busy the past few days, and we needed to slow down a little bit today.  We normally go into Abidjan on Thursdays, but we decided to postpone our trip to town until next week.

Joe did go into Anyama to pick up a package from the post office.  It had Gilbert’s name on it.  The postal worker wanted Gilbert to come and sign for it.  Joe had taken Gilbert’s passport and explained that Gilbert is only three years old.  Joe said that he could bring Gilbert in with his crayon and let him scribble on the page if they would like.  They decided to let Joe have the package.

Then, Joe took Max to pick up a filing cabinet that he had purchased.  Lenell went over to the Litsons’ house for lunch.  So, the boys and I ate lunch and went down for naps.

Gilbert hasn’t been feeling very well today.  He has complained about his head and arms hurting.  This evening, he started running a fever.  If he isn’t better in the morning, we will take him to the doctor. 

Nathan Post got to go home from the hospital today.  Please continue to pray for his recovery.  He will go back to the doctor on Monday to have the bandage changed.  Then, they will take the stitches out on Thursday.  He will go back sometime the next week to have a cast put back on.

We didn’t hear any word on the container today.  Joe thinks it probably won’t be delivered until at least Tuesday.  The customs’ agents consider Friday and Monday as part of the weekend; so, he thinks it would be difficult to get them to come out until Tuesday.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bonjour,

This morning, we went to the church so that Lenell could see the progress on her apartment.  There is still a lot to be done, but she was very pleased with the progress.

When we got back home, Joe loaded up the Post boys and headed into Abidjan.  He took them to the hospital.  Then, Joe and Dan went to trade money.  From there, they went to pay for the container.  They got lunch for everyone and headed back to the hospital.  Joe ate lunch wih them and then headed home.

Nathan was looking a little pale because they had forgotten to give him his pain medicine.  Once they finally tracked his medicine down, his color returned, and he was feeling much better.  He still has the tube in his leg that is draining the wound.  He will probably be in the hospital until Saturday morning.

Dan left Jimmy at the hospital with Nathan, and he took Jennifer and the other boys home.  The power at the Posts’ house has been off since this morning.

When Joe asked if they could have the container delivered by Friday, they said that they would try.  So, we aren’t holding our breath, but we are hoping that it will happen.

After the boys went down for their naps, Lenell and I watched a movie.  Then, we all got ready for church. 

We had a good service this evening.  The Litsons leave two weeks from today for furlough.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe, Bob, Jimmy, and Lenell went to the port to check on the container progress and to show them that Lenell is here now.  The only thing they are waiting on now is payment.  Joe will go and pay for it tomorrow; then, it should be delivered within the next couple days.

The boys all went over to the Litsons’ house to play for awhile this morning.  When I went home to get lunch ready, Danny wanted to stay and play at Margie’s house.  He likes her box of toys.  Gilbert decided to stay with Margie too.

Everyone got back just in time for lunch.  After lunch, Gilbert, Danny, and Justin went down for a nap.  The other boys came over here after lunch too.  Lenell volunteered to watch the boys for a little while so that Joe and I could go visit Nathan in the hospital.

Nathan didn’t sleep well last night because of the pain.  He was just waking up from a nap when we got there.  He was a little disoriented at first, but he was talking and laughing by the time that we left.  He has to stay in the hospital a couple more days because he has a tube in his leg that is draining the wound.  They should remove the tube tomorrow. 

The doctor said that the surgery went well.  The x-rays showed that everything is straight and as it should be.  After the incisions from the surgery heal, they will put his leg back in a cast.

We got stopped by the police on the way home.  After he pulled us over, he looked at me and asked me if I was pregnant.  I told him that I am.  He then demanded to see our car papers and walked away.  Joe got out of the vehicle and followed him.  He said that he had stopped us because I was wearing my seatbelt; he didn’t think a pregnant lady should be wearing a seatbelt.  He was actually just hoping to get a little money.  He tried to tell Joe that his driver’s license wasn’t valid.  After he realized that he wasn’t going to get anything, he gave Joe the papers back, and we went on our way.  The other day, Matt got stopped for running a green light!!

When we got home, it was time for our walk.  All of the kids decided to stay and play at the Litsons’ house.  So, it was just Margie, Sarah, Lenell, and I that went on the walk today.

After supper, Sarah and the girls came over.  Lenell cut Allison’s hair.  Then, she gave me a haircut too.

Danny went to bed early.  Playing with all of these boys wears him out. Gilbert is still going strong at the moment.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Monday, April 21, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe didn’t sleep well last night.  He was having problems with asthma.  He was able to get an inhaler today and is doing much better.

Joe, Matt, and Jimmy went into Abidjan this morning to check on the container situation.  The director of customs to whom Joe gave our paperwork is no longer the director of customs.  So, the paperwork got lost in the shuffle.  There is a possibility that we might be able to get the container out of port without those papers.  Please pray about that.

After they finished there, they went to the hospital to check on Nathan.  He was in good spirits this morning.

They got home around 2:30.  Joe had just enough time to take a nap before heading back into Abidjan to go to the airport.

We had a Mexican meal at the Litsons house tonight.  So, I worked on getting things ready for that.

Lenell made it in safely without any problems.  All of her luggage made it too. 

Gilbert was so excited to see “Aunt Nell.”  As soon as we went back over to our house, he said that he needed to show Aunt Nell her bed.  Gilbert is enjoying sleeping in his tent while the boys are here.

Danny played hard today.  He was asleep before Joe got back to the house with him.
 
Nathan Post came out of surgery around 19:00.  The surgery went well.  After they gave him some pain medicine through the IV, he was sleeping peacefully.  They hadn’t talked to the doctor yet because he had another surgery after Nathan’s surgery.  They will do an x-ray to make sure that everything is in place.  We should find out more tomorrow after they have talked to the doctor.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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