Monthly Archives: July 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe went into Anyama to get a couple adjustments made on
the vehicle. Around 11:00, we headed to Abidjan. I rode with Lenell in
the Litsons’ vehicle. We met up with the Machs and left that vehicle
with them. They have a group coming in tomorrow morning and needed
extra vehicle space.

Today, I wanted to take Lenell shopping. She needed to get away from
her apartment today. She has been experiencing another stage of culture
shock. So, we all went to lunch at Castle Fried Chicken. Joe took the
boys to play at the castle while Lenell, Bonnie, and I went shopping at
Orca. We had a good time. We met back at the restaurant and ordered
pizza to take home for supper.

Danny fell asleep standing up on the way home. I got it on video.

Lenell ate supper with us and then headed home.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe went visiting this morning. They had some good visits. They
checked on Mr. Kesse. He was asleep; so, they didn’t wake him up. He
had to go back to the hospital this evening because he couldn’t stop
hiccuping. Please continue to pray for him; he is still weak.

Romeo met with the man that has the warehouse that we are checking on
for a meeting place for the church. The man was very nice. He said
that he will have to meet with several different people who have a say
about that building. Please pray that it will work out if that is the
Lord’s will. If not, we will keep looking.

After naps, we got ready for church. Joe preached tonight. Romeo
preached at the Anyama church tonight. There were 23 in attendance. It
was a good service.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Bonjour,

Our morning started quite early once again. This time, the bottom fell
out of Danny’s bed. Gilbert came in to tell us about it but fell back
asleep before he told us. Danny came in to the room. Joe rocked him
and went to put him back in bed and discovered that his bed had come
apart. He tried putting Danny in Gilbert’s bed, but he got right back
up. It took awhile for Danny to wind down again after his rude awakening.

When Danny woke up, I went to get him out of bed. He said, “Big bump,
Mommy.” He wanted me to know what his bed had done to him.

We went with Lenell up to her apartment to check on things before we
headed to Abidjan. We did our bulk shopping today. We ate lunch at a
Lebanese restaurant.

On the way home, we stopped at the paint shop. Our vehicle was
finished. It looks very nice. (I took some pictures; I’ll send a
couple later.) Joe drove our vehicle home. Lenell and I followed in
Matt’s vehicle; Lenell drove. I’m not that brave!

The Posts came just after we got home. All of the boys went swimming.
Gilbert and Danny both came in after awhile because they were cold.
Danny fell asleep. Gilbert went back out to watch them swim. When
Daddy got in the pool, Gilbert came back in to get his swimming clothes
back on.

Margie came over to fellowship with Jennifer and me. They took turns
holding Bonnie. Then, we went on a walk. Lenell had gone up to check
on her apartment. She got back in time to go on a walk with us. As
soon as we got back from our walk, the Posts left to get back home
before it got too late.

The boys were both tired this evening, but they didn’t go to bed any
earlier than normal. Joe wasn’t feeling very well; so, he went to bed
early. Bonnie is still up. She was swinging quietly, but she is
letting me know that she wants Mommy now.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, July 28, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe met Romeo at the Anyama church this morning. They went to a village
to talk to the owner of a warehouse about the possibility of renting
that building for church services. The owner of the place that we are
currently renting has started giving us trouble. The owner of the
warehouse was not at home. They left their phone numbers so that he can
call them to set up a time another day.

Then, Joe talked to the guy who is supposed to be doing the plumbing
work at Lenell’s apartment and got him lined out. Maybe he will get his
work finished up this week. Lenell is ready to start moving in.

Joe came home for lunch. Then, he went to check on our vehicle. It
still isn’t finished; they may finish tomorrow if it doesn’t rain. From
there, he went into Abidjan to get money.

Before he headed home, he stopped to check on Mr. Kesse. He was about
to be released from the hospital. He had malaria and had gotten very
dehydrated. The lack of salt in his body had caused him to have the
seizures. He was coherent today and feeling better. He thanked Joe for
taking him to the doctor and saving his life. Please continue to pray
for his full recovery.

Joe went swimming with the boys when he got home. Bonnie and I went for
a walk with Margie and Lenell. The boys went over to play with Lenell’s
puppy while I got supper ready.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Bonjour,

We were awakened at 2:00 A.M. by the guard tapping on the window. He
had received a call from Max, who was trying to get Joe on his cell
phone. Mr. Kesse, one of the men at the church in Belleville, was very
sick and needed to be taken to the hospital. So, Joe headed into Anyama
to get Romeo. They went out to Belleville to get Mr. and Mrs. Kesse.
Mr. Kesse couldn’t walk and didn’t know who anyone was; if anyone asked
him anything, he just kept saying, “Leave me alone; just let me die.”
Mrs. Kesse said, “No, you aren’t going to die and leave me with all of
our children.”

Joe took them to a clinic in Abobo. The doctor there is a friend of Mr.
Kesse. The doctor wasn’t at the clinic and said he would come in the
morning. Mrs. Kesse talked to him and explained the seriousness of the
situation. The doctor needed a ride to the clinic; so, Joe went to pick
him up. Then, Joe had to go in search of a pharmacy that was open at
that time of night because the clinic didn’t have any medicine.

The doctor gave him several shots and started him on an IV. He said he
would be back in the morning to run some tests. Joe and Romeo went
home. Just after they left, Mr. Kesse started having seizures. The
doctor came back and said that they couldn’t meet his needs there at the
clinic. So, he took them to the Cocody Hospital. Joe got home a
little after 6:00 A.M.

Joe taught the adult Sunday school class today. Romeo preached the
morning message. There were 80 in attendance this morning. Several of
the children and teens that normally come have gone to the village for
vacation while school is out. We had 26 in our class today.

Everyone except for Joe took a nap. He worked in the office.

Church went well this evening. Joe preached tonight. After church, he
and Romeo found someone to stay with the Kesse children tonight. Then,
they took some things to the hospitals that the Kesses needed. Mr.
Kesse was talking this evening but still isn’t recognizing everyone. He
did know his wife and brothers but not Joe and Romeo. They said that he
was very low on salt but they weren’t sure why. Please pray for Mr.
Kesse.

The children and I went over to see Lenell’s puppy for a little while
after church. The boys love that little dog.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe took some of the adults from Belleville to a Sunday school teachers
and workers meeting in Bingerville. It lasted until noon. Joe said
that he thought that everyone really enjoyed it.

They stopped to check on the paint job on our vehicle on the way home.
Joe said that it looks nice, but they still aren’t finished. They have
to put another coat of paint on before doing the clear coat.

The boys played outside this morning when it wasn’t raining. It rained
off and on.

Bonnie slept better last night. She has been awake more during the day
today.

We all took a nap this afternoon. Joe has been in the office this
evening.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, July 25, 2008

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe, Bonnie, and I left the house a little after 8:00.
Lenell kept the boys. I had to go to the doctor for my six-week
check-up. She said that everything looks fine.

Joe took me to breakfast after the doctor’s appointment. We made a
couple other stops and headed home. Bonnie was hot and bothered by the
time we got home.

The boys were happy to see us. Gilbert gave us a report on everything
that they did this morning. They got to go play with Lenell’s puppy,
Precious.

We all took a nap this afternoon. Joe went into Anyama to check on some
things for the work on Lenell’s apartment. She is wanting to start
moving her stuff in next week.

The children and I went for a walk with Margie and Lenell. Then, I
worked on supper.

Everyone went to bed early tonight. So, I am headed that way too.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bonjour,

Last night, Laura made the mistake of telling Gilbert what we were planning to do today.  Lenell bought a puppy, and we told Gilbert that we were going to go pick the puppy up in the morning.  So, at three this morning, Gilbert sneaked into our room right up beside my head and said, “Daddy, is the mama going to growl at me?”  It took me a moment to realize that the last time we went to look at puppies, the mama dog did growl at Gilbert.  That was almost three months ago!

We left the house around 9:30 to head into Abidjan.  We went to the bank and the grocery store, and then we decided to try a new restaurant.  It was good!  The only problem was that everything I ordered they were out of.  Rather than telling me that item was not available, they sent someone to the store to buy the ingredients!

As we were finishing up lunch, we found out that the missionaries from whom Lenell purchased the puppy were going to be about two hours late!  So, we tried to kill some time by going to some shops around that area.  We went to an appliance  store, a hardware store; and then we went to a place that has some good ice cream.

At the appliance store, Gilbert saw a big thing of blocks that he wanted.  I told him that we didn’t have enough money and that maybe he could have something like that for Christmas.  He pulled 25 francs  (about six cents) out of his pocket and said, “I’ve got the money right here!”  He didn’t understand that he was sadly lacking in the money department.  The toys he wanted had a price tag of 50,000 francs (about $125).

The missionaries showed up, and we had a good visit for a few minutes!  They had a little monkey with them.  That monkey and Danny got on really well.  It would jump up and hug his neck, and Danny would squeal with delight.

On the way home, Danny fell asleep in Lenell’s lap. Gilbert fell asleep lying down in the seat, and the puppy fell asleep using Gilbert’s backside for a pillow. 

After we got home, Laura fed Bonnie, and then she went to lie down.  I put Bonnie in her playpen in the backyard, and the boys and I went swimming!  Danny discovered that he can climb up the ladder with his flotation ring on, stand on top of the ladder, and then jump off.  He did that about ten times in a row.  Gilbert is discovering how he can race around the pool by kicking his feet.  We have been having such a fun time in that pool.

After we went swimming, I took the boys over to play with the puppy while Laura got supper ready.  I got to visit with Bob Engelhart for a while while the boys played at Lenell’s. 

Lenell came over and ate supper with us tonight.  Laura and Lenell have a lot of fun visiting together. 

Danny only took about a thirty minute nap today; so he crashed at about 20:00.  Gilbert said he was ready for bed an hour later.  Bonnie was ready to get up and talk to mom around that time.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Bonjour,

Gilbert went visiting with Joe this morning. Danny was sad that he got
left behind. Joe said that some of the boys were giving Gilbert French
lessons this morning. He is picking up quite a bit of French. If he
doesn’t know the right word to say, he just makes one up and keeps
jabbering on.

Danny helped Mommy while Bonnie slept. We sorted the toys in the
bedroom and got all of those put back away. Then, we worked on some
laundry. Danny likes to help load and unload the washer and dryer.

When Joe and Gilbert got home, Danny ran out to meet them. He said,
“Gilbert! Gilbert’s home!” When they got inside, Gilbert ran up to
Danny and gave him a big hug. He said, “Hi there, Danny!”

The children and I all took a nap. Bonnie woke up very fussy. She
cried and spit up for a couple hours straight.

Church went well. The national pastor that works with Bob Mach preached
tonight.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie