Monthly Archives: April 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

It has been awhile since you heard from us.  We are all doing well.
I got the results back from my lab work.  Everything looked good.  I will go back to the doctor in a couple weeks for a check-up.  I have been feeling well.
We had a good time with Joe’s family.  Joe’s sister, Lori, came down from Washington for a week; it was their Spring Break.  Joe and I went to Houston to get her.  All three children stayed with Joe’s parents.  Joe and I had a fun day in Houston.  Lori’s flight came in at 10:30 P.M.  We got back to Joe’s parents’ house about 2:00 A.M. the next morning.  We had a lot of fun with Lori.  I got to go shopping with her a few times. 
We had a good Easter Sunday.  There were about forty people at Joe’s aunt’s house for Easter dinner. 
We got a nineteen-foot travel trailer to use while on furlough.  Joe got the van ready to pull the trailer on Monday.  On Tuesday, we got everything loaded into the trailer. 
Joe and his dad built our display.  Joe worked on sanding it and varnishing it on Tuesday as well.
On Wednesday, we headed up to Oklahoma City.  We got here just in time for church. 
On Thursday, we went to a yard sale.  Then, we visited with Sarah Litson and her parents for awhile.  Matt Litson is at a missions conference right now.  The Litsons will be heading back to Ivory Coast in a few weeks.
Joe has been working on pictures for our display and presentation.  He is going through all of the pictures that we have taken the past couple years.
On Friday morning, we went to the Social Security office to get Bonnie’s number.  We had filed for it while in Ivory Coast, but the paperwork must have gotten lost.  When we were getting back in the car, Danny asked if we could go to Akle, a chicken restaurant in Ivory Coast.  We told him that there weren’t any Akles here.  But, we did get some chicken from the Walmart deli for lunch. 
This morning, Joe went visiting.  Then, we went to the zoo with Sarah Litson and her girls.  We ate lunch at McDonalds first and then went to the zoo.  We all had a good time.  It was funny hearing Gilbert and Danny trying to repeat the girls when they told them the names of each animal.
Until next time,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, April 3, 2009


This morning, Joe took me to get some lab work done. The doctor said
that he will get the results next week.

We went to Walmart and got fishing poles for the boys. I wasn’t
supposed to eat before my lab work. So, we picked up some breakfast and
headed home.

When we got back, the boys had gone with Betsy, Joe’s cousin. She took
them to run some errands and then took them out to eat for lunch. They
had catfish, french fries, and ice cream. She said that the boys ate
and ate. Gilbert told her, “We love fish!”

Joe got all of the fishing stuff ready while the boys were gone. After
the boys got home, we put them down for naps. Then, we headed to the
hospital to visit Nannie. She was doing a little better this afternoon
and may get to come home tomorrow. Gilbert wanted to know why she has
to stay in there for three times.

After naps, we went fishing. Bonnie stayed with Nana. I took some
pictures and then fished for awhile. Joe, Papa, and Gilbert all caught
something. Gilbert was so excited because he caught the biggest fish.
Joe took Gilbert and Jayne, Joe’s cousin’s daughter, out in the paddle
boat for awhile. Danny and I went up to the house to check on Bonnie.
We ended up taking Bonnie in the stroller and going back down to the
lake. Danny didn’t want to miss out on anything.

Joe barbecued hot dogs for supper.

Everyone stayed up a little later tonight, but we are still feeling a
little jet-lagged.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, April 2, 2009


I will bring you up to date on the past few days before telling about today.

On Monday evening when we got to the airport, we said our goodbyes to
the Engelharts, Lenell, Max, Romeo, and Julian. They stood out to make
sure that we made it through check-in. When we got to the front of the
check-in line, the computers quit working. They wrote out the boarding
passes by hand and were trying to decide what to do about the baggage
tags when the computers finally came back on. Those who had come to see
us off were still waiting. We waved goodbye to them as we headed upstairs.

We went through security and boarded the airplane. Just as we were
getting seated on the airplane, a stewardess came to get Joe; he was
being paged by the police. They had scanned the bags and saw some
souvenir items and thought that we were tourists. They told Joe that he
was going to give them some beer money. Joe told them that he is a
pastor and that he doesn’t give beer money. They said, “Oh, if you’re a
pastor, please pray for us.” Joe prayed for them, and they sent him on
his way back to the airplane.

The children all slept for most of the six-hour flight from Abidjan to
Brussels. Bonnie was asleep before the plane left the runway. Both
boys slept right through the meal.

We had a five-hour layover in Brussels. We ate some breakfast and
walked around before heading to our terminal. The boys were eager to
get on the airplane.

When the plane was up in the air, Danny kept asking where the plane
was. We told him that we were in it, but he wanted to see it. Gilbert
was convinced that the plane wasn’t moving because he kept seeing those
same white clouds. Bonnie got passed around on the second flight while
the adults took turns sleeping. Joe’s mom was such a help to us; we are
so thankful that she was able to come. She had a bag full of surprises
for the boys; that kept them occupied.

We landed in New York almost an hour early. We found a place to store
our baggage. Then, we took a taxi to the Empire State Building. We met
my sister Emily there and got to spend a little time with her family
before heading back to the airport. The boys were so happy to meet one
of their new cousins. Jack is three weeks younger than Bonnie. We
headed back to the airport and made our way to the gate for our last

The boys were wound up for the first thirty minutes or so. Then, they
crashed. Bonnie slept most of the flight too.

My parents and Joe’s dad were there to meet us at the airport. It was
so good to see them. After we got our bags, we headed to a restaurant.
We enjoyed our time of fellowship. Then, we went to a motel to crash.
Gilbert slept in Grandpa and Grandma’s room. Danny thought he would,
but he only made it about five steps out the door before he decided to
stay with Mom and Dad.

On Wednesday morning, Bonnie and Danny both woke up at 4:00 A.M., but
they went back to sleep until about 6:30. We are still on African time.

We all went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. Then, we went to the
Grapevine Mills Mall before we headed our separate ways. We rode with
Joe’s parents to Center. We stopped at Wendy’s for lunch. We made it
home just in time to get ready for church and head back that way. It
was nice to see everyone at church. Both boys fell asleep and didn’t
even wake up when we put them in their beds. Bonnie fell asleep on the
way home and stayed asleep too.

This morning, both boys woke up at 4:00. Joe talked them into sleeping
for another hour. They were both up for good at 5:00. Bonnie slept
until 6:00.

By 10:00 A.M., the boys were winding down again. We fed them and put
them down for naps. Bonnie went to sleep too. Then, Joe and I headed
to the doctor. We ran a couple errands on the way and stopped for lunch
before going to the doctor. We ate at a Mexican restaurant; the food
was delicious!

My doctor’s appointment went well. The doctor gave me some medicine
samples to start taking. I will have some lab work done in the morning
just to make sure that nothing has been overlooked.

The boys had fun with Papa while we were gone. He took them for a ride
on his mule; it’s bigger than a four-wheeler. The boys also played
baseball with Betsy. Gilbert loves to hit that ball. Bonnie went shoe
shopping with Betsy; she did good too.

We have been trying to keep the boys busy tonight so that they would
stay awake until bed time. We are trying to help them get back on track.

Please pray for Nannie, Joe’s grandma. She has been vomiting since
yesterday and was admitted to the hospital this afternoon. The doctor
thinks she has some type of a virus as well as diverticulitis.

You may not hear from us quite as frequently while we are in the States,
but we will try to keep you informed about what is going on.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Thank you for your prayers for our safety as we traveled. We made it to
Texas safely without any difficulties.

The children did well on the trip. Danny’s famous saying was, “Buckle
me out, Dad!” He did not like remaining in his seat and is not fond of
the car seat either.

We will send a longer e-mail tomorrow. Jet lag is setting in! The boys
both fell asleep at church and stayed asleep all the way home. We just
put them straight in bed. Bonnie fell asleep on the way home and stayed
asleep too.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie