Monthly Archives: January 2009

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Bonjour,

Joe went up to the Anyama church this morning. The plumber was there
working on Lenell’s pump and water tank. Joe was able to get him
squared away. Joe went to make a visit. Then, he went back to make
sure that the plumber was doing things the right way. The plumber broke
Lenell’s pump. Hopefully we can find the man who we bought it from.

This morning, I was asking the boys if they wanted toast or a biscuit.
I said, “Do you want toast or a biscuit, boys?” Gilbert said, “I’ll
have a biscuit boys, please.”

We had pork chops for supper tonight. Danny was calling them “chop porks.”

Bonnie is quite the explorer. Her little knees are all red from
crawling everywhere.

Our dogs killed a black mamba in the yard this afternoon. Joe and the
boys had just been outside a little earlier. Praise the Lord for His
protection!

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, January 30, 2009

Bonjour,

This morning, we got a few things done around the house. Then, we
headed into Abidjan.

Joe dropped the children and I off at Orca. We went upstairs to
Orcaland, the play area for the children. Joe had to go get another
piece of paper for the things he is working on. The boys had a great
time playing. They were in a merry-go-round type ride. Danny decided
that he wanted to get out. Several ladies work there to help supervise
the children. One of those ladies was standing right next to him, but
she wasn’t fast enough. Danny flipped over the side of Dumbo and hit
his head. It was just a scrape; so, it didn’t need stitches. They had
a first-aid kit there and got him cleaned up. Then, he went right back
to playing.

After we played for awhile, we got shoes back on and went to see the
fish and eat lunch. There is a pet store at the other end of that
floor. They have a fish pond out in front of their store. Joe met us
at the restaurant. We had hamburgers for lunch. The hamburgers were
very good. Gilbert knows that the restaurant there also has ice cream.
He said that he thought we needed some. So, Daddy let them choose what
kind they wanted.

We went grocery shopping. We still had a little time to kill before we
could pick up Joe’s paperwork. So, we looked around the mall for
awhile. We found a swimming vest for the boys. We already had one;
they had been taking turns using it. They are excited about each having
their own vest now.

We stopped in Anyama to check the post office box. Then, we stopped at
Lenell’s apartment to check on her water tank and pump. Joe talked to
Max for awhile. Then, we headed home.

I got too hot today and didn’t drink enough water. I had a bad
headache. After supper, I headed to bed.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Bonjour,

Joe went up to the church this morning. They worked on the bamboo
structure today. They made one wall that goes all the way up this
time. They got that wall put up. The other three walls are a half
wall; they got those all put together and will put them up tomorrow.

The boys and I flew the helicopter for a little bit. Then, we watched a
movie. We borrowed Hans Brinker from Tammy. I had not seen it before.
We all enjoyed that. Gilbert and Danny were pretending to ice skate.
They wanted me to cheer for them like the people cheered for Hans.

After lunch, we all took a nap. Bonnie didn’t sleep very well last
night. I was glad that everyone took a good nap at the same time today.

Joe got home just before supper. He was tired. It was a hot day today.

Bonnie is officially crawling. She went from the living room down the
hallway to the boys’ bedroom today. She cried all the way; her knees
aren’t used to the tile floor yet. As soon as we praised her for her
accomplishment, she was all smiles. She is such a cutie.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Bonjour,

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

Danny and Bonnie both have a cold. When Danny sneezed, I gave him a
kleenex. He said, “Thank you very much, Mom!” He can be so sweet, but
he can also be a real stinker. : )

Gilbert kept telling me that he was sick too. He would make himself
cough and then tell me that he has a cough. He is a mess!

After lunch, Joe headed back into Abidjan to get his driver’s license.
The man who was supposed to meet them gave them the run around. They
ended up talking to the boss. He apologized for the other man’s
behavior and said that he will get their licenses done for them. Joe is
supposed to call him tomorrow.

Joe went straight to church from there. He was at that office for a
couple hours.

We made pizza for supper. Danny was telling everyone that it was time
to eat. He said, “I made hotdogs and ronies for supper.” Gilbert said,
“No, we’re having pizza, Danny. I made it while Mommy played.”

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bonjour,

Joe headed into Abidjan at 8:00 this morning. The office opened at
9:00. He and Dan were able to complete the paperwork for the Carte de
Sejour, but they couldn’t pick up the card until 15:00. They went to
the driver’s license place with their receipt for their Carte de
Sejour. But, the receipt wasn’t good enough; they had to have the
actual card. By that time, it was lunch time. They went to eat and
were back at the office at 15:00. They headed back to the driver’s
license office after picking up their cards from the other office. It
was almost 16:00 by the time they completed the paperwork. Joe did get
his temporary license and will pick up the actual license tomorrow
afternoon.

This morning, I made chicken enchiladas to take to Tammy and Kristine’s
house for lunch. Lenell picked up me and the kids at 11:00. We headed
to Bingerville. We had a good visit with Tammy and Kristine. Tammy is
recovering from typhoid fever. She has had it several times now; she
seems to be regaining her strength. Kristine arrived about a week and a
half ago. It was fun to get to know her a little better.

Gilbert wanted to play with Luc Mach. The Machs live right across the
street from Tammy and Kristine. Luc was taking a nap. He came over
when he woke up, but it was almost time for us to leave. Gilbert was
very sad that they didn’t have time to play baseball. He asked if they
could play it for just a few short minutes. Danny took a nap. As I was
taking him to the car, he asked, “Where’s Luc?” He did get to see him
for a minute. Bonnie showed everyone that she can crawl.

We picked up some food for supper on the way home. While we waited for
the food, we had an ice cream cone. Danny and Gilbert had ice cream
everywhere!

Lenell got stopped by the police on the way home. They told her that
she needed to get her Ivorian license. Her international license is
expired (according to the new 90-day law), and they wanted to fine her.
It was a policewoman that stopped us. She called the big boss over, and
he told her that she had a year from the date of entry in her passport
since the new 90-day law has just recently gone into effect. So, she
technically has until April. He didn’t make her pay the fine.

Joe got home shortly after we did. We were all happy to see Daddy.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, January 26, 2009

Bonjour,

Joe headed into Abidjan today to find out more about the paperwork for
the visa. He was able to get a lot of information; there is a lot of
paperwork that needs to be done before the proper visa can be obtained.

While Joe was checking on that, Dan Post called. Dan had gone to get
his Ivorian driver’s license renewed. They wouldn’t even let him in the
door without a Carte de Sejour. This is a card that is usually required
for staying in the country. For the last several years, they had not
been doing those. But, since they have started the visas back up,
everything is back up and running. So, Joe and Dan worked on getting
their Carte de Sejour paperwork in order today. They both had to get a
paper from the city where they live; that was the last thing on their
list for today. They will go back in the morning to submit the
paperwork and then hopefully be able to get their driver’s licenses.

Joe has been stopped by the police several times. They are really
starting to check all of the paperwork and clamp down on things. They
keep reminding him that he has until February 1 to get his Ivorian
license; he keeps telling them that he is working on it. Please pray
that they will be able to get all of the necessary paperwork tomorrow
for getting the driver’s license.

The children and I got some things done around the house. We picked up
toys so that we could vacuum. The boys both like to help vacuum.

A little later, Danny asked to watch a movie. I told him to wait a
minute. When I went back out to the living room, he had the book of
movies out on the floor. He is not supposed to get it out by himself.
I asked him if he got the book out. He said, “No, Mom, it jumped!”

Bonnie is starting to crawl. She got stuck a couple times today. She
is moving forward now.

Gilbert didn’t want to take a nap today because I said that he could fly
the helicopter after naps. So, he stayed in his bed for a few minutes.
Then, he came out and said, “I woke up.” He had to go back to bed. As
soon as he woke up, his first question was, “Can we fly the helicopter?”

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Bonjour,

We had a good day at church. There were 79 in attendance this morning.

My class met in the little room behind the main room for both hours
today since the bamboo structure is still under reconstruction. I knew
that the whole class would be gone if we tried to do it outside without
a wall of any kind. We only had twelve today, but it seemed like there
were a lot more. Everyone was wild today. We had hitting, biting, and
jumping over a sleeping boy (Gilbert and Danny were in on the jumping.)
We usually have two mats on the floor but because of the bamboo being
stored in the room, we only used one mat today. To top it all off, a
little girl had an accident right in the middle of the mat. I didn’t
realize what had happened until Gilbert said, “Mom, watch me jump over
the wet spot where someone went potty! Who did that, Mommy? Oh, it was
her Mommy; look at her; she’s all wet.”

Danny kept invading the candy bag. I let him help me pass out the
candy. That was a mistake because he kept trying to pass out more every
time I turned around.

I was holding Bonnie and a little boy who is about a year old as I tried
to teach the lesson. It was quite an interesting morning, to say the
least! I didn’t have a helper today.

On the way home from church, Gilbert said, “Bonnie is sticking her
tongue out at me, Mom. It’s not nice to do that.” Margie Engelhart
asked Gilbert where he thought Bonnie had learned to stick out her
tongue. (She rides home with us on Sunday mornings because Bob goes out
to a village church.) Gilbert replied, “At church.”

After lunch, everyone except for Joe took a nap. Then, we headed back
to church. Joe preached a good message about Job.

On the way home from church, we saw an albino. Gilbert said, “Mom, did
you see that powder boy?” Some of the people here put a white powder on
their skin when they are sick. I guess Gilbert thought the albino had
really gone overboard with the powder.

Lenell had invited us over after church tonight. The Engelharts were
there as well. We ate supper and then played a game. It was a lot of fun.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bonjour,

Joe spent the whole day cutting down bamboo again. They got the rest of
what they needed and got it all taken to the church. They will work on
the reconstruction of the building next week. Joe didn’t get home until
after dark. The boys were so excited to see Daddy.

The boys got a little remote controlled helicopter for Christmas. They
have to help to fly it. Gilbert wanted to fly it this morning, but Joe
didn’t have time. He told Gilbert that they would fly it when he got
home. Gilbert kept asking if Daddy was coming yet. When it started to
get dark outside, Gilbert said, “Mom, Dad’s not coming home; it’s
getting too dark for him.” I assured him that Daddy was coming home.

I did some cleaning today. I cleaned the air conditioner filters. They
were quite dirty due to all the dust in the air from harmattan.

After supper, they flew the helicopter for awhile. Bonnie and I
watched. Everyone had fun.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, January 23, 2009

Bonjour,

Joe took Romeo, Marcel, and five boys from the church out to cut down
bamboo for the bamboo structure. They cut down about 140 pieces that
were 1.5 meters long each. That is about half of what they need. They
will go get some more tomorrow.

The boys “helped” me change the sheets on all the beds today. It is a
big undertaking when they both help, but we finally got it done! Bonnie
sat on the floor and played.

Joe got back about 17:00. He went swimming with the kids while I worked
on supper.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bonjour,

Today was our family day. We got a new Top Secret Recipe book for
Christmas. We tried the IHOP Cinna-Stack for breakfast today. Joe made
the IHOP Harvest Grain pancakes while I made the cinnamon butter and the
icing. MMM! They tasted quite a bit like cinnamon rolls.

We headed in to Abidjan to pick up some more paperwork. Joe was
supposed to have a meeting about the visas at one office, but everyone
was in a meeting. We waited around awhile. Joe talked to another
American who had come in to pick up his visa and got some ideas about
what to do from him. He is going to go back another day to actually
talk to someone in the office.

We ate lunch at Akle and then headed home. We were following a big
truck that was piled high with flour sacks filled with cocoa. Just as
we were about to pass the truck, Joe slowed down because the load seemed
to be shifting. There was a trail of cocoa following the truck. Just
as we slowed down, whole sacks started falling off of the truck. Once
again, we were reminded that people are praying for us. We cannot thank
you enough for your faithful prayers for our safety.

After naps, Tammy called. She had been trying to get her wireless
router going all day. So, we all went out to Bingerville to help her
with that. Joe was able to get the router up and going. We also got to
meet Christine. She is a nurse who came to work with the Machs. She
just arrived about a week ago. Becky Mach invited us to stay for
supper. We had a good time of fellowship with the Machs, Tammy, and
Christine. The boys were so excited to get to play with Luc.

The boys stayed awake on the way home, but everyone was ready for bed
shortly after we got home. Even Bonnie went to sleep. We’ll see how
long she stays down.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie