Monthly Archives: September 2008

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bonjour,
 
This morning, I helped the boys make a welcome home sign for Daddy.  I made some cookies.  Then, I got the jungle gym set up for Bonnie.  The boys had just as much fun with it as Bonnie did. 
 
When Bonnie went down for her nap, I took the boys swimming for a little while.  Then, we ate lunch and took naps.
 
After naps, Lenell came back.  She went to help Tammy today.  Tammy has just moved into a new house.  Lenell brought supper for us when she came.  We all went for a walk with Margie and then came back and ate supper.
 
We haven’t heard from Joe today.  He probably wasn’t able to connect to the internet where he is staying tonight.  I guess that no news is good news.  He should get back tomorrow evening.  We are all going to go to the airport with the Engelharts to get Joe.  The boys are so excited that Daddy is coming home; me too!!
 
A demain,
 
Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, September 29, 2008

Bonjour,
 
We are back home again.  I will briefly try to catch you up on the past few days.
 
On Friday, Bob and Margie took us into town.  We ate lunch with them.  Then, Dan and Justin Post met us at the restaurnat to take us to their house. 
 
The boys had a great time playing with the five Post boys.  Bonnie got lots of attention.  The boys took turns holding her and pushing her around in the stroller.  Isaac and Nathan both really like to hold her.
 
Bonnie went to bed early Friday night.  The boys were really tired and went to sleep quickly.  I stayed up and played games with Jennifer and some of the boys.  We had a good time.
 
On Saturday, Danny was very fussy all morning.  I think it was a combination of a tooth that is still coming in and the fact that he is missing Daddy.  Every little noise he heard, he kept saying, “Daddy’s home!” 
 
Both boys took a nap.  I rested a little while with Bonnie; she didn’t sleep for long.  We had a good time of fellowship with the Posts.
 
On Sunday morning, we had good services at the Posts’ church.  I played two songs on my clarinet.  When I finished, everyone clapped.  Just as they finished clapping, Danny started clapping and yelled, “Yeah, Yeah!”  Dan preached a good message. 
 
On the last Sunday of the month, they have a time for tract distribution after the service.  Jennifer and I stayed at the church with the younger children.
 
When we got back to the house, I had a bad headache and was sick the rest of the evening.  Jennifer helped me with the kids.  Dan got the boys to take a nap.
 
I felt much better this morning.  I got everything packed up while the boys played with Justin and Isaac.  Bonnie slept in.
 
We left the Posts’ house around 10:15 to meet Lenell in town.  We met her at 11:00.  On the way to meet us, she had gone to the bank to withdraw money.  Just as she reached for the cash in the ATM, the machine drew the money back into the machine.  The guard outside told her she would need to come back at 1:00 to get her money.  So, we ate lunch and went to a couple stores while we waited for 1:00 to roll around. 
 
When we got to the bank, there was a big line of people waiting outside.  I sat in the car with the children until I saw that all of the line had moved inside.  We went inside to wait where it was cooler.  After talking to the people for about an hour, Lenell found out that they couldn’t give her the money until after they get the tallies from the machine this evening.  They told her that the money will be placed back in her bank account. 
 
We had a couple more stops to make and then headed home.  Both boys fell asleep in the car; so, they didn’t take a nap when we got home.  Maybe everyone will go to bed early this evening.
 
Joe has been having a great time.  They were driving back to Caen, France, from Germany today.  Everyone except for Joe flies out from Caen tomorrow morning.  Joe will get the rental vehicle turned in and then take the train back to Paris.  He flies out Wednesday evening and should arrive here at 18:00.
 
A demain,
 
Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bonjour,
 
Lenell took the boys up to her apartment this morning.  Bonnie was awake most of the morning.  I was able to get some things done around the house.  I worked on sorting some things in the garage for awhile.
 
Lenell brought the boys home for their naps and went back to her apartment for awhile.  The boys didn’t want to go to sleep, but they finally did.  Bonnie slept at the same time they did today.  So, we all got a nap.
 
This evening, I made pizza for supper.  I also made some bread.  Gilbert was helping me make the bread.  Danny was doing dishes.  What great helpers!  We ended up with flour and soap suds everywhere.
 
Lenell came back for supper.  Margie came over to visit after supper.
 
We talked to Joe a couple times today.  They went to Belgium yesterday and are staying there for a couple days.  They went to the American Military Cemetery in Luxembourg today.  When the man in the office heard that they had a Battle of the Bulge veteran with them, he came out with a golf cart to give him a tour.  So, Bill Lair and Bob Macy rode in the golf cart and got a tour.  After that, they did a 21 gun salute and lowered the flag.  Someone from the US Embassy presented Bill Lair with the flag.
 
On Sunday, they will be at a military church in Bitburg, Germany.  Dr. Vineyard will be preaching in the morning, and Bill Lair and Bob Macy will be speaking in the evening.
 
The Posts have invited the children and I to come stay with them for a few days.  We will ride into town with the Engelharts tomorrow and meet Dan in town.  Then, he will take us home on Monday.  The boys are excited about spending time with the Post boys.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bonjour,
 
This morning, the boys wanted to go see Margie.  I had forgotten to put the phone on the charger; so, the battery was dead.  I couldn’t call to see if she was busy; so, we just went over.  We stayed for about an hour.  She has some puzzles; Gilbert is really getting good at those.  Danny likes to play with her box of trucks.  Margie held Bonnie for awhile.
 
We went back to the house.  I got lunch ready.  Then, we went down for naps.  The boys didn’t go to sleep right away, but they both eventually went to sleep.  About the time that they went to sleep, Bonnie woke up.  I did get a short note in.
 
I got supper ready.  Then, I got everybody ready for church.  We went over to ride to church with Bob and Margie. 
 
Lenell sat with us in church after she finished playing the piano.  Danny fell off the bench during the invitation.  He was holding Lenell’s Bible, and his head fell on that instead of the cement floor.  That was a good thing!
 
We haven’t heard from Joe yet today.
 
A demain,
 
Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bonjour,
 
We went into Abidjan with Lenell this morning.  We went to three different stores and went out for lunch.  We had a good time.
 
All three children fell asleep on the way home.  Bonnie went down for a nap when we got home, but the boys were ready to go again.
 
I took the boys swimming for a little bit while Bonnie was asleep. 
 
Lenell went to her apartment for awhile and got back for supper.  She does two different Bible clubs on Wednesdays; so, she needed to get everything ready for those.
 
We talked to Joe tonight.  They had another good day.  He said that they had a little trouble getting back to the motel tonight.  They traveled to a different city today.  It is full of one-way streets.  They finally got where they needed to be.
 
A demain,
 
Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, September 22, 2008

Bonjour,
 
We had a little bit of a rough morning.  Everyone was grouchy.  We were ready for nap time!  Everyone was much happier after naps.
 
We had a big storm this afternoon.  The storm woke Gilbert up.  When he woke up, he couldn’t find me.  I couldn’t hear him calling me because the rain was so loud on the tin roof.
 
Our power went off for about an hour.  Gilbert wanted to know who turned the lights out.
 
Lenell came this evening.  She ate supper with us.  She is reading with the boys now.  Bonnie is taking a cat nap; she usually gets a couple of those in before she actually goes down for the night.
 
We talked to Joe this evening.  They went to some museums today. He spent most of the day with Mr. Bill Lair.  He is 84 years old and fought in some of the battles in the area where they are.  Joe said that Mr. Lair has many interesting stories to tell.
 
A demain,
 
Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie 

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Bonjour,
 
We had a good day at church.  Lenell took us up to the Anyama church this morning.  Romeo had a car lined up and ready to take us to Belleville.  It wasn’t a taxi.  Jacque, the church’s neighbor, has a vehicle.  So, he drove us to church and just stayed for the services and then took us back after church.
 
There were 73 in attendance this morning.  During Sunday School, Marcel taught Romeo’s class.  Romeo taught the teens and adults.  I had 10 in my class during Sunday school.  By church time, I had 26 in my class.  I didn’t take the car seat today because I didn’t know if there would be room in the vehicle.  So, I put Bonnie in her pouch.  We were both a bit warm by the end of the morning, but she slept most of the time.  We even sang Father Abraham!  I had my workout for the day.
 
Lenell let us stay at her apartment this afternoon.  She made lunch for us.  Then, we all took naps.  She doesn’t have ceiling fans yet, and there wasn’t a breeze blowing today.  She has an oscilating fan that Bonnie and I used.  The boys were so tired that they didn’t even notice that they didn’t have a fan.
 
We stayed in Anyama for the evening service.  After the service, they had a meeting about the school.  The meeting lasted almost an hour.  The boys played really hard during that hour.  We rode home with Bob and Margie this evening.  Lenell stayed at her apartment tonight.  Gilbert’s legs were hurting so bad when we got home that he just wanted to go to bed.  I gave him some Tylenol.  When that kicked in, he decided that he wasn’t quite ready for bed.
 
We talked to Joe this evening.  They had another busy day.  They had a church service at the motel and then headed out to visit some museums.  Joe is really having a good time.
 
Everyone is in bed for the moment; so, I am headed that way too.
 
A demain,
 
Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, September 20, 2008 – part 2

This is Joe’s portion of the e-mail from Saturday.
 
This morning, we went to breakfast at 7:00.  Dr. Vineyard gave us our orders for the day.

He had me see if the hotel staff would make copies for him and find a megaphone that we could purchase.  I was able to get that done, and the hotel staff was very helpful.

We headed to Arromanches where there is a museum about the Artificial Port that they built for the d-day landings.  Winston Churchill said, “Build it; don’t argue about it.”

Then, we went to the Battle of the Hedgerows.  Bill Lair was there, and he remembered how dificult the fighting was there.

Then, we went to St. Lo for lunch.  We had one of the best French lunches I have ever had.

We drove back to the hotel.  I went by myself to run some errands.  Then, we went to supper.

Tomorrow, the Jews arrive, and the real fun begins!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Bonjour,
 
This morning, we went with Lenell to take Precious back to the vet.  The vet had gotten the results from the blood test.  Precious has a bacterial infection which could make her more susceptible to hepatitis.  So, she got a shot for hepatitis today.
 
Since we were in town, Gilbert thought we should go to a restaurant.  We tried to stop to get something to take home for lunch, but the restaurant wasn’t open yet. 
 
After lunch, everyone went down for a nap except Gilbert.  He was supposed to be “resting” in the living room, but I don’t think there was much resting going on.  He came to ask me questions about every thirty minutes.
 
Joe called this evening.  He said that he had done a lot of driving today.  He is really enjoying himself.  He is sharing a room with Pastor Claude Madle who pastors in Kelowna, British Columbia. 
 
Lenell came around 19:30.  We are going to ride up to the Anyama church with her in the morning.  Then, we will take a taxi to the Belleville church with Romeo.  I think we are going to spend the afternoon at Lenell’s apartment and go to the Anyama church for the evening service.
 
Both boys are in bed, but I am still hearing some talking.  I’ll have to go check on them.
 
A demain,
 
Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie