Monthly Archives: May 2008

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Bonjour,

Gilbert came in about 3:00 this morning to tell us that he puked in his
bed. We got him cleaned up and put him at the end of our bed. Each
time that he started to stir, we took him to the bathroom quickly.
After 9:00 this morning, he didn’t throw up anymore. He fell asleep on
the couch about 11:00 and slept until almost 4:00. He was feeling
better when he woke up.

Joe went visiting this morning. They had some good visits. A Muslim
man that has his own mosque approached them in the street. He was
wanting to debate with them. When they walked away, Romeo told Joe that
he had given that man many things to think about.

They also visited with some elderly men. In the conversation, they
asked Joe about his wife. He said that I was going to have a baby in a
couple weeks. They were astounded that we would want to have our baby
in a different country because then our baby couldn’t run for
president. We thought that was funny.

The boys and I took a nap. Joe has worked in the office most of the
afternoon and evening.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny

Friday, May 30, 2008

Bonjour,

Lenell came over this morning to watch the boys while Joe took me to the
doctor. She took them out to play in the backyard while we left. When
they came back inside, Danny did a search for Mama. Gilbert informed
Danny that Mommy went to the doctor to check on baby sister.

The doctor said that everything looks good. We scheduled the c-section
for Thursday, June 12, at 8:00 A.M. I have to be there at 7:00 to get
ready for the surgery. We will stay in Abidjan the night before the
surgery so that we won’t be far from the hospital.

We went to the grocery store. Then, we went to a hotel to make
reservations for June 11. We had a milkshake while we were there.

The boys were both in bed when we got home. Gilbert wasn’t asleep yet.
So, he came back out to see us for a little bit. Lenell said that both
boys did well. She is going to stay with them again when I go to the
hospital.

We all took a nap this afternoon. Then, Daddy swam with the boys while
I got supper ready.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Bonjour,

The rainy season seems to have arrived. It started raining at 2:00 A.M.
and rained most of the day.

This morning, Joe and Augustin took Lenell and Simone into Abidjan to
pick out the rest of Lenell’s tile and to pay for the tile that she had
already chosen. Lenell also needed to get groceries. They ate some
lunch. Joe brought some food home for supper.

Gilbert woke Danny up when he went to take a nap. So, I didn’t get a
nap in today. I tried to get Danny to go back to sleep, but he was wide
awake and ready to play.

The boys and I went to visit Lenell this evening for a little while
before supper. I guess Danny was ready for supper. He climbed up to
the table and was looking for food. Lenell gave him some cereal to hold
him over. When Gilbert saw Danny’s cup, he needed some too.

I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow to find out when the c-section
will be. Lenell is going to watch the boys while we go to the doctor.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe went visiting this morning. It started raining hard around 10:00
and didn’t let up until after 2:00. It cooled things off nicely. It
was even a little chilly at church tonight, especially for the Africans.

Joe had some good visits. They did a lot of walking.

Lenell did a Bible club with the girls at the Belleville church today.
That went well in spite of the rain.

I did some laundry and got some things done around the house. Gilbert
and Danny played outside until it started raining. When it really
started coming down hard, Danny didn’t know what to think. He wanted
inside in a hurry.

The boys and I took a nap this afternoon. Joe had to go back to the
mechanic with Matt’s vehicle so that they could finish it. He left our
vehicle in town today so that they could start getting it ready to be
painted. It has a lot of rust. Joe said that it is quite a sight right
now. There are big pieces of rusted metal that have been cut out. They
will weld new pieces on.

When it was time for church, they hadn’t finished with the vehicle yet.
Joe took a taxi home. We rode to church with Bob Engelhart since he was
preaching at the Belleville church tonight. Church went well. When it
was time to start, there were only a few people there. After about
thirty minutes, there were 35 people there. After church, Bob took us
back to get the vehicle.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

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Bonjour,

The mechanic was supposed to come at 8:30 this morning. He got here
around 10:30. Just one came today. He actually had the right parts and
had everything back together in about 45 minutes. Then, they had to
take it into town to weld new brackets for the radiator.

Joe drove our vehicle home this evening. The clutch still needs some
adjustments. The mechanic brought Matt’s vehicle home after dark. So,
Joe will have to drive it tomorrow to see how it is running. So, we
made progress today!

I did some sewing this morning. Joe worked in the office until the
mechanic had our vehicle ready to take it to Anyama. The boys were
playing outside. Gilbert came running in the door yelling, “Daddy,
there’s a snake! A snake! That snake scare me!” Joe went running
outside. We had someone working out in the yard this morning. Gilbert
had shown him the snake before he came to tell us. So, Julian had just
killed the snake when Joe got there. It was a black mamba. Gilbert
remembered what Daddy had told him to do if he saw a snake; we were glad
about that!

The boys and I took a nap. Joe got home just before supper. He took
the boys swimming for a little bit while I got supper ready.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Bonjour,

Church went well today.  Joe taught the adult Sunday school class.  Romeo preached in the morning service, and Joe helped with the older children’s junior church. 

Lenell and I had thirteen in our class today.  Lenell taught the lesson today.  She did a good job.

It was another hot day today.  Joe made lunch when we got home.  The boys and I took a nap.  Joe did some work in the office.

Joe preached this evening.  After church, we had Lenell and Tammy over for supper.  Tammy came to Anyama this afternoon.  She and Lenell are going to go out to Bassam for a couple days starting tomorrow.  Gilbert was so excited to have company.  He didn’t want them to leave.  Lenell read a couple books to him.  When he heard that they were about to leave, he got the longest book that we have off of the shelf.  Lenell read one story out of it for Gilbert.  He still didn’t want them to leave, but he got over it.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe went visiting this morning.  They had some good visits.

The boys played outside for quite awhile this morning.  They like to fill a five-gallon bucket with all kinds of treasures.  Gilbert said that he was fishing in the bucket today.  His “fishing pole” was a wooden spoon.

The boys and I took a nap.  Joe went with Romeo to a plantation for a Bible club.

The boys and I went over to visit Lenell until Joe got back.  Gilbert took his football with him and had great fun.  Danny mastered the slide.  He can climb up into the little fort, but he has needed help coming down up to this point.  He watched Gilbert go down on his stomach and decided that he could do that too.  We cheered for Danny; so, we had to cheer for Gilbert too.  Gilbert wanted to make sure we were seeing what he was doing too.  He kept saying, “Watch this!” and then, “Did you see it?”

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Friday, May 16, 2008

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe and Romeo loaded up a bunch of the tracts that came in the container and delivered them to three different churches.  Several different churches had requested tracts, and their church name was printed on them. 

The ATM card worked today.  So, our persistence on the phone yesterday finally paid off.  : )

The boys were both up early this morning.  They were ready for naps right after lunch.  I took a nap too.  I wasn’t feeling very well, but I felt better after my nap.

Joe had to go to Belleville for a little bit.  When he got back from there, he swam with the boys for a little while.

Lenell has been waiting on the washing machine repair man for a couple days.  He finally came this evening.  We went over there while he worked on her washing machine.  She has some girls from the church staying with her, but they were at prayer meeting this evening.  Gilbert and Danny were happy to see Aunt Nell.  She let them play her piano for a little bit.  They thought that was great.  Gilbert kept wanting me to sing with him.  I sat down and played for a minute.  Then, he wanted me to play and sing.

Just after we got back home, a big storm blew in.  We are hoping that the power will stay on tonight.  It went off last night during the night for awhile.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Bonjour,

This morning, we did some things around the house.  We went into Anyama for a few minutes to drop off some money to the carpenter who will be putting Lenell’s ceiling in.  When we got back, the boys stayed to play with “Aunt Nell” until lunch time.

After lunch, the boys and I took a nap.  Joe headed into Abidjan to withdraw funds.  Because of problems with our ATM cards, he wasn’t able to get any money out.  I spent most of the afternoon on the phone with the bank.  We think we got it squared away now; we’ll try it again tomorrow.

After the boys woke up, they swam for a little while.  Joe got some floating toys while he was in town.  Gilbert thought his “boat” was great.  Danny prefers to have Daddy hold him.  He will jump off the ladder into Joe’s arms, but he just wasn’t quite sure about the tubes.

The boys and I took some Sunday school materials over to Lenell.  She is going to start teaching the lesson in my class so that she will be used to doing that when I can’t be there around the time of the baby’s arrival.  We went for a short walk.  Then, the boys stayed to play for a little bit.

Joe’s mom will be coming for a visit three weeks from tomorrow.  We were talking about that at supper tonight.  Joe told Gilbert that Nana was coming to see him.  Gilbert told me, “Mom, Daddy won’t share Nana with me.”  I told him that Daddy would share Nana; and if he didn’t, Nana would give him a spanking.  Gilbert liked that.  We had to call Nana to tell her about it.

Danny was searching for a drink tonight.  I had put tea in his cup for supper.  Apparently, he did not approve of the tea.  After supper, he climbed up to the table to see what we had in our cups.  He got down rather discouraged and said, “No tea.  Milk!”  I got him some milk.  The whole time I was getting it ready, he was saying, “Milk, milk, milk.”  When I handed him the cup, he smiled really big and said, “Thank you!”

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe went visiting this morning.  They had some good visits.

The boys and I did some more rearranging in the bedroom.  Gilbert was trying to put his stuffed animals in the cabinet that I was filling.  Danny kept sitting right in the pathway.  They were great helpers!

We all got a nap in this afternoon. 

Bob Engelhart preached at church tonight.  It was a good service.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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