Monthly Archives: November 2008

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe went visiting this morning. After visitation, he went to check on
the plumbers who were installing Lenell’s water tank and pump. He
stayed for awhile to make sure that they did it right.

Five of the girls from the Belleville church came out to the house this
morning. They helped me in the kitchen. We made muffins and cookies,
and they did the dishes. One of them held Bonnie and kept her
entertained. Danny and Gilbert wanted to help us make cookies; so, I
let them play with a piece of dough too.

The girls left about one. We ate lunch and then took a nap.

Joe got home just in time to get ready to head back in for the
evangelistic campaign. He loaded up the sound system and projector. He
waited for quite awhile before anyone else got there. They weren’t able
to set things up because they had the same problem with electricity as
they did last night. They are going to try it again later when things
have been planned out a little better.

The boys were happy to get to spend some time with Daddy tonight.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, November 28, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe went to the post office this morning to get our packages. It took
over an hour to get the packages. Then, he stopped by the Anyama
church. He met a plumber there and brought him out to the house to work
on getting our pump hooked up. The plumber had to go get some parts; he
didn’t come back until this afternoon. He was supposed to get Lenell’s
pump installed today too, but he said he will do it tomorrow. He did
get ours hooked up. I have been busy trying to get caught up on laundry.

Two of the packages were for Danny’s birthday. Gilbert wanted to help
Danny open them. Gilbert was just as excited as Danny was. Danny got
some candy, a book, a stuffed animal, and a bar of soap in the shape of
a bear. Danny was trying to eat the soap.

The other two packages had Christmas presents in them. I had just used
our last packet of koolaid today, and one of the packages had koolaid in
it. Hooray! There were a few things that I went ahead and pulled out.
I put the Christmas things back in the box and hid the box. Gilbert
kept trying to come into the office to see what was in those Christmas
boxes.

Gilbert is ready to put up the Christmas tree. Joe had an evangelistic
campaign in Anyama tonight and again tomorrow night. So, we probably
won’t get the tree put up until Monday.

Joe left the house a little after 5:00 and got back about 8:00. The guy
who was in charge hadn’t thought things through very well. The place
where he had set up didn’t have electricity close enough; so, they
couldn’t use the projector or the sound system. Joe had an extension
cord, but it wasn’t that long! They have come up with a plan for
tomorrow night and will try it again.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Bonjour,

Happy Thanksgiving! We had a great day.

After breakfast, Joe and the boys went in to Anyama to check the post
office box. We had four package slips. Joe will go back to get those
tomorrow because he didn’t have time to wait around for them today. I
got the last couple things finished up while they were gone. Bonnie
took a nap.

Around 10:00, Bob, Margie, and Lenell rode with us to the British Club.
We rented the place for the day. It is out by the lagoon. There is a
sandy area by the water and a nice grassy area as well. The guys played
horseshoes before lunch. We got there early so that Joe could start
heating the oil to fry the turkeys.

We had plenty of food. Everything was delicious. We will be eating
leftovers for awhile! We paid a little extra this time and used their
dishes, glasses, and utensils. That worked great.

After lunch, the guys played horseshoes for awhile and then moved on to
football; the ladies played Quiddler, a word game. Then, almost
everyone played volleyball. I held Bonnie and tried to keep Danny out
of the volleyball area.

Gilbert and Danny had a great time playing with the other boys. They
ran their little legs off. Gilbert’s legs were really hurting when we
got home this evening. He fell asleep and then woke up crying because
his legs were hurting.

Bonnie had fun getting passed around. Everyone took turns holding her.
She smiled and cooed.

The water was on for a little while after we got home. Joe is going to
get the pump installed tomorrow.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Bonjour,

We all went to Bassam today. There was a bad wreck on the way there
this morning; so, the traffic was backed up.

Joe and Dan went to Bonoua to make visits while the children and I
stayed with Jennifer and the boys. They visited Paul, one of the new
converts, today; he has been sick.

I listened to Justin read while Jennifer quizzed Nathan for a spelling
test. Justin was reading The Little Red Hen. Gilbert and Danny started
out in the school room, but they didn’t stay for long. Bonnie stayed in
there with us.

Jennifer made a delicious lunch, as usual. We had a good time of
fellowship.

We stopped at the store on the way home to get things for my baking day
tomorrow. They had decorated for Christmas at the store. Gilbert said,
“I’m so glad Christmas is here.” He and Danny ooed and awed over each
decoration. We picked up some pizzas for supper.

Last night, our water went off. We found out today that the water is
off in all of Anyama and that it will be off for at least a week. Our
tank is full, but our pump quit working. So, we don’t have a way to
pump water into the house from the tank. Joe is going to look for a new
pump in the morning. Please pray that the water will come back on
sooner than expected.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, November 24, 2008

Bonjour,

This morning, we all got dressed up in our matching outfits to get
family pictures taken. A British lady that we met has some very nice
gardens at her house. She took pictures for us at her house. She took
over 100 pictures. There were about four that turned out good; everyone
was at least looking the same direction in those. She couldn’t get the
boys to smile, but she tried very hard. She had her yard boys dancing
around behind her trying to get Bonnie to look and trying to get the
boys to smile.

She invited us to stay for tea and biscuits. She brought cookies to the
table, but Gilbert was looking for biscuits. He didn’t know that the
British call cookies biscuits; he was a bit confused. On the way home,
he said, “Mommy, she forgot to bring the biscuits.”

We were having trouble getting the pictures to download to a CD. Her
husband got there in time for tea, and he had a different CD that worked.

When we got home, Margie was standing outside her gate. So, the boys
wanted to go see her for a few minutes. She let them play over there
while I got lunch ready.

The children and I took a nap. Joe worked in the office.

Lenell loaned us a new movie that someone had sent her. So, we all
watched that together tonight. The boys went outside to play with
Julian, our guard, for a little while.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bonjour,

We had a good day at church. There were 88 in attendance this morning.

I had 22 in my class. All of the children were wound up today. During
Sunday school, we usually play with toys inside. We are in a little
room off the back, and Joe is right outside our door teaching his
lesson. He told the people that it sounded like there was a rebellion
in the nursery today. I think we will have to start doing something a
little more structured during Sunday school so that we aren’t quite so loud.

During the second hour, we are outside in the bamboo structure.
Everyone was doing pretty well during the Bible story time until Gilbert
and Danny decided to be lions. They were crawling around growling.
Those boys!

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

There were thirty in attendance this evening. Joe preached tonight.
When he illustrates something during his sermon, Gilbert always asks
what is happening. He understands a little bit of French but not enough
to know what is going on.

After church, we stopped to visit with Lenell for a little while. It
was nice to talk to her. Some girls gave her a kitten; so, now she has
a cat and a dog.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe went visiting this morning. They went door to door and had some
good visits.

The boys played outside for quite awhile. They got into some grease
somewhere, and that was before breakfast. After breakfast, they went
out again and came back in wet from head to toe. They always manage to
find dirt and water when they are outside. I guess boys will be boys. : )

Bonnie went to sleep while the boys were outside and didn’t wake up
until after lunch. I got a few things done around the house.

This afternoon, the children and I took a nap. Joe worked in the office.

This evening, I made pizza for supper. The boys always like that.
Gilbert told me that I was a good pizza makener.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, November 21, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe worked in the office most of the day. He was working on updating
our contact list to start scheduling meetings. He also got several
meetings scheduled.

The boys went over to play at the Engelharts’ house for awhile this
morning. They helped Margie move some plants and looked for frogs.
While Bonnie took a nap, I helped Joe in the office for awhile. When
Bonnie woke up, she and I walked over to Margie’s to get the boys. We
stayed to visit for a little bit before heading home for lunch.

This afternoon, the children and I all took a nap. It is nice when
they all go down at the same time. : )

It is funny how each child is different when it comes to taking baths.
Gilbert doesn’t like to have his hair washed and wants to get out right
away. Danny tolerates getting his hair washed and always asks, “Mom,
can I wim (swim) for a little bit?” He stays in until the water gets
too cold. Bonnie likes to splash and play and is pretty content with
the whole experience, at least for the time being.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Bonjour,

Lenell came over about 10:30 this morning. She was brave and kept all
three children for us.

Joe took me to a couple stores and then out to lunch. We ate at an
Italian restaurant that we hadn’t been to in over a year. The food was
very good.

On our way home, we could see that it was raining off in the distance.
When we got to the dirt road in front of our house, it was raining so
hard that our road had turned into a river. We felt like we were going
up stream. Joe got soaked when he got out to open the gates.

All of the children were asleep when we got home. Lenell said that they
all did very well. She stayed to visit for awhile. It was nice to talk
to her.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe went visiting this morning. At their first stop, they found out
that the baby of Lady, one of the women in the church, died last night.
The baby was almost eight months old. He seemed to be healthy when he
was born, but he just gradually kept getting worse. He died of Aids.
Lady is in the last stage of Aids now as well. Please pray for that family.

Nicole, another lady in the church, had spilled a pot and burnt her
face. They went to see her too. She was doing okay. Her dad died on
Sunday morning, and they are still working on the funeral arrangements.

The boys played this morning. Bonnie took a nap. I got a few e-mails
typed.

After lunch, we all took a nap. Then, we got ready for church.

Dominique from the Anyama church preached this evening. There were 31
in attendance. After church, most of the people walked to Lady’s house
to let the family know we are praying for them. Joe kept the kids at
the church, and I walked to the house with some of the ladies. Lady was
in the bedroom and didn’t come out. We talked to her husband. It was
so sad.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie