Monthly Archives: December 2008

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Bonjour,

We got some things done around the house today. I need to take the
Christmas tree down, but I didn’t get to that yet.

Joe and the boys went up to the Anyama church to get the sound system
set up for tonight. It wasn’t working properly. Joe had to go back up
there this afternoon when the electrician could come to look at it.
They aren’t sure what the problem was, but they did get it working.

The watchnight service didn’t start until 9:00 this evening. Joe went
for awhile. He showed someone how to work the sound system. He wasn’t
feeling very well. One of the medicines that the doctor prescribed
yesterday has made him sick today. I kept the children at home to get
them in bed; they definitely wouldn’t make it until midnight.

Happy New Year!

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bonjour,

We left the house about 8:00 this morning. We dropped some things off
at the Anyama church and then headed into Abidjan. We went to the
grocery store and then to the doctor. Joe got some new prescriptions
for his asthma; it seems to be doing better this morning. Bonnie got an
antibiotic for her cough and cold. Danny got some cold medicine as well.

Then, we headed to Bassam to the Posts’ house. Joe brought our computer
out here so that we could send and receive e-mail. We were able to
receive some yesterday with the router across the street, but we still
couldn’t send any e-mails for some reason. Our phone line is still down
because a big piece of the cable on the main line was stolen. The way
they talked yesterday, they don’t know when they will be able to replace
it. A lot of people are stealing phone line to sell the copper.

We had picked up some cheddar cheese for Dan on Friday. Dan had found
Dr. Pepper and picked some up for us. What a Christmas present –
cheddar cheese and Dr. Pepper both at the same time!

Tomorrow night, the Belleville church is meeting with the Anyama church
to bring in the new year.

You may not hear from us again for a few days depending on whether the
temporary fix with the router is working or not.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Bonjour,

We had a bit of excitement before we left the house for church this morning.  Joe went into the garage to get some of my Sunday school stuff.  The light bulb had burned out in the garage; so, he had a flashlight in his hand.  He stepped on something.  When he looked down, it was a snake.  He quickly came out of the garage.  We all got in the vehicle, and he parked the car out on the street.

Joe called our guard to come help him.  Bob and his guard came from across the street.  They killed the snake with machetes that were attached to long sticks.   It was a five-foot black mamba.  It had gotten in through a small hole in the garage door.  Tomorrow, there will be a deep cleaning of the garage, and the hole will be fixed.

We had good services today.  There were 77 in attendance this morning and 31 this evening.
 
After church tonight, we went to Lenell’s apartment.  She made spaghetti for supper.  After supper, she cut my hair.  It has been so hot the past couple weeks.  It has been around 110 degrees every day.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, December 29, 2008

Bonjour,

During the night, Joe had an idea about how to get the internet working
temporarily until the stolen cable gets replaced. He took our wireless
router over to the Engelharts’ house this morning. It didn’t work at
first because there were too many cement walls in the way. So, they ran
a phone line up the Litsons’ steps. Now, we have internet via the
wireless router. However, there are still a few glitches. We haven’t
been able to send e-mails. So, you will get a backlog of several days
when they do go through.

Today was garage cleaning day. The dust in the garage stirred Joe’s
asthma up. He has been having trouble with asthma the past few days.
He will probably have to go to the doctor in the morning.

Joe and the boys went into Anyama to get a light bulb for the garage.
We got everything reorganized in the garage and didn’t find any more snakes.

The children and I walked down to the boutique with Margie. I needed to
get some eggs. I was making hamburger buns for supper and forgot that I
was out of eggs.

Margie came over for awhile. She wanted to see the swing set. Then,
she played a matching game with Gilbert. I was working on supper.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe went into Anyama this morning. Romeo wasn’t feeling up to going
visiting today. So, Joe came back home. Our water filter exploded last
night. So, we went into town to get another one. After we finished at
the store, we ate lunch at a Lebanese restaurant before heading home.

No one from the phone company came today. Maybe Monday!

While the boys took a nap, Joe and I sorted toys. We kept all of the
new toys out and put some of the others away for awhile. Bonnie sat on
the couch and played with her toys. She was so cute sitting there. She
is still a little wobbly if she tries sitting up on the floor, but on
the couch she does okay.

Lenell came over for supper tonight. When she got here, we went on a
walk with Margie. Then, we came back home and had supper. Joe worked
in the office this evening. I had a good time with Lenell and the children.

Lenell was washing the dishes. Gilbert came in to help. He was
standing there waiting for a dish to rinse. He said, “I’m
disappointed.” Lenell asked him why he was disappointed. He replied,
“Because the water is dirty.” He is a mess.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, December 26, 2008

Bonjour,

Someone from the phone company came this morning.  They confirmed our suspicion that part of the phone line has been stolen.  They said that they will be back out tomorrow, which is a Saturday, to fix it.  We will wait and see what happens.

Joe went into Anyama this morning.  He has all of the sound equipment in one big box now.  There is an electrician in town who is going to fix it so that everything is permanently hooked up.  That way, the only thing that will have to be hooked up each time is the speakers.

The boys have been playing with their new toys today.  We opened the puzzles today and did those a few times.  Danny wants to help, but he doesn’t want to give up the pieces to put them in the puzzle.

Bonnie is enjoying her new toys too.  The boys help her out with them.  One of them has a little mirror built in.  Gilbert likes to hold that one up so that Bonnie can see herself.

Joe came home for lunch.  Then, he headed into Abidjan to run errands.  The place that occasionally has the cheddar cheese got another shipment in.  Dan called to tell Joe.  So, Joe brought cheese home with him.  Hooray!  Joe also brought chicken strips home for supper.

Once again, we were reminded that people are praying for us.  When Joe was on his way home, he was following a semi on a two-lane road.  The semi suddenly started fish tailing and came to an abrupt stop.  The semi had hit an 18-passenger vehicle head on.  Joe reacted quickly and went in the ditch around the wreck.  He was still shaking when he got home.

After naps, the boys went out to swing for awhile.  They really like their swing set.
This evening, the boys and I took gifts over to the Engelharts.  Bob wasn’t home when we got there.  After we had been there for a few minutes, he got home.  Gilbert and Danny took Bob’s present and ran to meet him with it.  Gilbert gave the present to him.  Danny grabbed it and opened it for him while Gilbert told him what the present was.  What helpers!

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Bonjour,

Merry Christmas! We hope everyone has had a wonderful day.

This morning, we read the Christmas story in our Bible story book.
Then, we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus. I was telling Gilbert last night
that it makes Jesus happy to hear us sing. Each time that he has been
singing today, he looked at me and said, “Mom, Jesus is laughing up
there.” He meant that Jesus was happy because he was singing.

Then, we opened presents and then the stockings. The boys had a great
time. Danny really got into the gift opening this time. He wanted to
help everyone open their presents. He said, “I help you, Mom.” Bonnie
grabbed on to the wrapping paper a time or two. When we were all done
opening gifts, Bonnie found the pile of wrapping paper. She thought
that was great fun.

While I worked on Christmas dinner, Joe took the boys outside to swim
and swing on their new swing set. They had a good time.

Lenell came over for lunch. Joe’s pork roast was very good. It had a
good flavor and was very tender. Lenell brought a layer salad. I made
a potato dish, green bean casserole, deviled eggs and rolls.

Just after lunch, Joe headed to Belleville. They had some activities at
the church this afternoon. Joe took the sound system. He said that
about 300 people came. The church was divided into three teams. They
quoted verses, sang songs, and did some Bible story skits. They had a
meal and had a good time.

About 17:30, Lenell was going to leave. Since the stolen phone line has
not been replaced, we all went with her to her apartment so that we
could call the States for Christmas. Joe met us there. After we talked
to our families, we headed home.

We ate supper and watched a Christmas movie.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Bonjour,

When we got up this morning, we discovered that we had no dial tone on
the phone line. Joe started checking things out. Someone stole part of
the phone cable in the night. Joe went into Anyama to pick up the swing
set. He went to the phone company too. They said that they knew there
was a problem and that they would try to have it repaired by the
beginning of the new year. Hopefully they will get it replaced sooner
than that.

The boys were really excited about the swing set. They waited until it
was set up so that they could swing. It was very hot this morning; so,
they came inside. As soon as they came back in, Danny said, “You want
to go swing, Gilbert?”

I worked in the kitchen this morning to get things ready to take to
Lenell’s house. She invited us and the Engelharts for lunch. The food
was delicious. We enjoyed the time of fellowship.

Lenell and the Engelharts had gifts for everyone. The boys were excited
to get to open a present. Bonnie didn’t know what to think about it all.

Danny and Bonnie took a short nap. Gilbert fell asleep when we got home.

Joe wasn’t feeling well at all this afternoon. After resting this
afternoon and evening, he is feeling a little better.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Merry Christmas!

We hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas.  We just wanted to let you know that our phone line is down.  Joe checked with the phone company this morning.  They said that there is a problem and that it may be fixed by the new year.  So, if you don’t hear from us for several days, that is why.  I am sending this e-mail from Lenell’s house.
 
Merry Christmas!
 
Love,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Bonjour,

Today, we went out to the Posts’ house. On the way there, Gilbert was
asking me to tell him a story. He asked if I could tell him about
Jonah. I asked him to tell me about Jonah instead. He did a good job.
We need to get that on video. Danny was helping out. He hit the high
points in his version of the story.

The Peelers are visiting the Posts; they came from Ghana for a few
days. Joe bought ribs for everyone for lunch today. He barbecued them
on Dan’s grill. Yummy!

Brother Peeler is a carpenter and is helping Dan build some things for
the boys for Christmas. Joe enjoyed helping them and visiting with them.

After lunch, Jennifer, Mrs. Peeler, and I played a game. We had a good
time of fellowship as well. Bonnie played in her pack-n-play for awhile
and then took a nap.

The boys had a great time, as usual. They caught frogs and played hard.

It took us about 2 1/2 hours to get home this evening instead of the
normal 75 minute trip. There were some wrecks, and the traffic was
terrible. We made it home safe and sound, praise the Lord!

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie