Monthly Archives: November 2010

Addendum – November 30, 2010

I forgot to tell a story about Danny.  After everyone else had gone to the other end of the house, Danny came back to help me put ornaments on the tree.  There was a box of small balls left.  He was working on those.  After he had put a few on the tree, he attached three together with three different hooks and said, “Is that cute, Mom?  I want it to be like jingle bells.”  I told him that he had a good idea.  I showed him how we could put three balls on one hook and then put them on the tree.  As he was trying to put three on the same hook, he dropped a ball, and it broke.  I said, “That’s okay,” and I swept it up.  He got that set put on the tree.  Then, he started on the next set of three.  He dropped one again, and it broke.  I said, “Danny, Be careful!”  He said, “You’re not mad are you, Mom?”  I told him that I wasn’t.  Then, he began working on his next set.  This time, he sat on the floor and dropped one.  He said, “They don’t break if you drop them easy, Mom.”

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bonjour,

We spent another day at home waiting for the election results.  They announced earlier in the day that the results would be announced today at 11:00.  Just as they were about to make the announcement, the military came in and said that the results had not been validated by both parties.  Apparently some ballet boxes were stolen in the north.  Now, the announcement is to be made tomorrow morning at 11:00.  The announcement cannot be made any later than midnight tomorrow.  
Gbabgo, the current president, has had all of the military come down to Abidjan.  Rumors are flying, and tension is high.  Looks like it will be at least another week at home.  Please continue to pray.
Joe spent the morning moving barrels. He brought the Christmas barrel and the tree inside.  
The boys did school this morning with the DVDs.  They weren’t too thrilled about it, but they got it done.  Bonnie likes to watch Gilbert’s teacher.  She says that it is her teacher.
This evening after supper, we worked on putting the Christmas tree up.  As Joe was removing the tree from the box, he found a couple of lizard eggs.  One of them had a lizard that was hatching.  Gilbert was so excited.  He removed the rest of the egg from the lizard before I could stop him.  They needed something to put it in. They took it over to show the Post boys.  A little while later, they decided that it was dead. Both boys were picking it up and touching it.  Danny dropped it, and they didn’t know where it went.  Then, Gilbert found it on the table.  Bonnie took it and threw it outside.
The kids helped put ornaments on the tree.  Then, they found some wooden snowmen that I have.  The snowmen are bowling pens, and there is a ball that goes with it.  It is meant for decoration, but they had a great time playing with it.  Joe found some Christmas music for us.  We had a good time setting up the tree.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, November 29, 2010

Bonjour,
 
The power went off last night about 11:00 and did not come back on until 12:30 this afternoon.  So, we just did the pages for school today instead of using the DVDs.  We did have the generator going, but we didn’t have everything running.  The boys didn’t mind.  They like it when they just do pages because it doesn’t take as long as the DVDs.  But, they get a lot more practice when they watch the DVDs.
 
Everything seemed quiet and calm today.  The election results are supposed to be announced sometime on Wednesday.  We aren’t sure what will happen when that announcement is made.  No matter who wins, about half of the country is going to be upset.  Please continue to pray. 
 
I made pizza for everyone for supper tonight.  Jennifer baked most of them in her oven so we could get them baked faster.  We had a good time of fellowship.
 
The boys have been wanting to type messages to people.  They just type a bunch of letters.  Then, I ask them what they wanted to tell that person, and I type the translation.  Gilbert was so cute when he was telling me what his message said.  “I love you.  I care for you.  I want to get on the airplane to come see you, but I will have to travel all day and all night.”  One of Danny’s messages was, “I like you so much that I love you.”  Bonnie wanted to type messages, but she kept hitting buttons that opened different screens.  So, her messages didn’t get sent.
 
At bed time, Gilbert wanted to know what day it was tomorrow and if we were having school.  I told him that it is Tuesday and that we are having school.  He said, “I hope that the power is off so that we can just do pages.”  I told him that I hoped the power was on!
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bonjour,
 
It has been a calm, quiet day.  The election results will be announced on Wednesday.  Please continue to pray for a peaceful outcome.
 
All three kids wanted to help me make breakfast this morning.  We had Dutch pancakes.  They took turns putting the ingredients in the bowl.  Then, they took turns stirring. Gilbert let Danny take over on the stirring and started the dishes.  Bonnie just wanted to be up where she could see and supervise.
 
This morning, a family that lives here in Bassam came to formally welcome us.  They have a baby boy that we hadn’t met yet.  Danny loved the baby.  He wanted to hold him the whole time that they were here.
 
After they left, we had our church services with the Posts.  We listened to a sermon on CD.  It was a message by Brother Jeff Fugate entitled “A Greater Than God” out of 1 John 4.  It was a very good sermon and was an encouragement to us.  It is always good to be reminded that God is bigger than any problem we face.
 
After lunch, we took naps.  After naps, we went back over to the Posts’ house.  We watched the news off and on.  Things seem to have gone smoothly today with the elections for the most part.  They will begin giving results as they get the votes counted.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday.
 
We shipped some things by pallet.  They are supposed to arrive in port on Thursday.  Please pray that everything will be in tact and that we will be able to get it out of port in a timely manner.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bonjour,

Gilbert wanted to help me make Dutch pancakes for breakfast this morning.  Before we got started, I remembered that I had used the last of my eggs last night making “egg rolls” (deviled eggs) for Danny.  So, we made biscuits instead.
The karate teacher was sick this morning.  So, the boys didn’t have karate today.  Around 10:00, the doorbell rang.  Bonnie jumped up and said, “I think it’s the karate teacher!”  
Joe and Dan went to the market in Bassam to get eggs before the elections.  They also went to the hardware store and got the things needed to hook our dryer up.
After lunch, the kids and I took a nap.  Joe worked on getting the dryer up and running.  Now, if the water would just stay on, we are set up to do laundry.  The water was off and on throughout the day today.  I got one load of laundry done before it went off.
Vladimir, a neighbor boy, comes over to play often.  He said that his mother had been having problems with low blood pressure.  So, Jennifer and I walked over to visit her this afternoon.  They are from Russia.  I greeted her in Russian, and she was so surprised to hear someone here speaking Russian.  I told her that I studied it in college but that I had forgotten a lot of it because French had taken over.  They are Orthodox.  In the past when Jennifer has invited her to church, she has refused saying that she worships at home.  Today, she accepted the invitation.  She said that after things have settled after the elections that she would come to church.  I have a Russian Bible and a Russian songbook in a barrel somewhere.  I will have to dig them out.  Please pray for Marina and her son Vladimir and that we would be able to be a witness to them.
After supper, the kids helped do the dishes.  Gilbert was washing, and Danny was rinsing.  Bonnie got up on the cooler with Danny so that she could help too.  I had to reject a few dishes, but they did a pretty good job.  When it came to the pans, Gilbert let me take over.  He wiped the table and swept the floor.  We had to mop the floor when they were finished with the dishes.  Then, we watched Snowball Express with the kids.
There has been a curfew given which begins tonight.  Some of the Gbagbo followers around town were saying that they were not going to observe the curfew.  The elections are tomorrow.  We will have church at home tomorrow.  Please be in prayer concerning the outcome of the elections.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bonjour,
 
We did some projects around the house this morning.  I got another barrel unloaded.  The kids played and were still a little worn out from the long day yesterday; so, we ate lunch early and went down for naps.
 
The water came on this afternoon, and we were able to get a couple loads of laundry done.  It went back off for awhile but just came back on a few minutes ago.  Jennifer and I both started another load of laundry.
 
Justin got to come home this afternoon.  The kids were so excited to see him.  Justin is feeling better but is still weak and tired.  He will be on antibioitcs for a week and is supposed to take it easy.
 
We had another Thanksgiving meal this evening with Dan and Justin.  Justin didn’t eat anything, but he was there at least.  We heated up the leftovers.  I made a couple more pies.  I made a chocoate cream pie and a coconut cream pie with fresh coconut.  When Danny heard that I was making another chocolate pie, he asked if I could make some more egg rolls too (otherwise known as deviled eggs).
 
We played a game of Risk with the Posts tonight. 
 
Last night, there was a debate between the two presidential candidates.  Everything stayed peaceful.  They told people not to interfere with those going to vote on Sunday and to stay peaceful when the winner is announced.  That’s one step in the right direction.  We will see if people heed the advice given.  The counting of the votes will be done at the UN headquarters.  They said that there will be a curfew on Sunday night of 20:00.  Please continue to pray for the elections here in Ivory Coast.  The US Embassy sent out a message today warning US citizens to stay away from areas of political campaigning and to be prepared to stay in for several days.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bonjour,

Happy Thanksgiving!  We had a wonderful day.
I spent the morning in the kitchen.  About 1:00, we carried our food over to the Posts’ house.  We had Thanksgiving dinner with Jennifer, Nathan, Brian, and Isaac Post.  Dan and Justin are still at the hospital.  Justin is doing better.  He was able to eat a little today, and the bad headache that he had is gone.  They should get to come home tomorrow afternoon.
Jennifer made the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash casserole, and dressing.  I made rolls, cornbread dressing, deviled eggs, layer salad, broccoli casserole, and green bean casserole. The food was very good.  Jennifer made pumpkin pies; I made a buttermilk pie and a chocolate cream pie.  Danny gave deviled eggs a new name today.  He said, “Mom, can I have some more egg rolls?”  He loved the deviled eggs and ate most of them.  We did set aside a few for Justin and Dan so that they could have some tomorrow.  Bonnie’s favorites were the rolls and the chocolate pie, but she insisted that it was a cake and not a pie.  Gilbert seemed to like it all.
After lunch, Bonnie and I took a nap.  Then, we went back over to the Posts’ house and played some games.  We snacked on leftovers this evening.  We stayed over there until late this evening.  We had a great time.  Just before we left, the boys were out in the living room scaring each other.  Danny came back to where we were playing Rook and said, “Mom, they’re creeping me and won’t stop.”  He was so tired.
The city water was off most of the day again.  It came on this afternoon for a little while.  Jennifer and I both started a load of laundry, but the water went back off before the load finished.  The power fluctuates a lot at night too.  It went completely off just as I was typing this e-mail, but it came back on a minute later.  Praise the Lord!  It is much easier to sleep with a fan on than having no air moving at all.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bonjour,

Please pray for Justin Post.  Dan took him to the doctor this morning because Justin still wasn’t feeling well after finishing the malaria treatment.  He has typhoid fever and will be in the hospital until Friday afternoon.  So, Dan and Justin will be spending Thanksgiving Day in the hospital.  Joe took some things up to the hospital for them. Jennifer talked to Dan tonight.  He said that Justin seems to be feeling a little better.  
This morning, the boys did karate.  Danny got to wear his karate uniform for the first time.  He was so excited.  Bonnie came inside and asked, “Where’s my uniform?”  I guess we’ll have to get some black culottes made for her.  It wouldn’t hurt her to learn some defensive moves.   : )  About half way through the karate lesson, Gilbert came into the kitchen to tell me that a pen had leaked on his uniform.  I guess Isaac gave him a pen just as practice was starting; so, he tucked the pen in his belt, and it exploded.  I am trying the hairspray treatment to get the ink out, but it is a big spot of ink on a white jacket.  When I asked the boys what they learned in karate today, Danny dropped down and started doing push-ups.  They are getting good at those!  Danny came in after karate to tell me that he tackled Brian and the teacher.  At the end of their lesson, they were messing around.  The teacher was having Danny and Gilbert charge the bigger boys and tackle them.
We did not do school today.  I started my Thanksgiving baking.  I made pies this morning.  After naps, I made a layer salad.  Then, I got supper ready before we went to church.
We went to the church in Bassam tonight.  They asked Joe to preach again.  The man who is usually in charge was not there tonight.  Bonnie fell asleep in my lap toward the end of the sermon.  She did not take a nap today.  She stayed asleep all the way home and didn’t wake up when I put her in her bed.
The water has been off quite a bit lately.  It was off most of the day today and is off again this evening.  We have a tank with water in it that we use when the water is off.  Bonnie wanted me to put water in a bucket today so that she could play with it.  I told her that we were on tank water and that she couldn’t play with it.  She said, “I don’t like tank water.”  There is also a well.  If needed, we can get water out of the well and put it in the tank.  So, she came into the kitchen to “help” me do the dishes.  She started out washing things.  She ended up with her feet in the water; she was determined to play with water one way or another.
Bonnie was helping me in the kitchen this evening.  The things she comes up with never cease to amaze me.  She said, “This doesn’t belong here, Mom.”  She uses some big words for a two year old.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bonjour,
 
The boys did school under protest today.  They said, “Well, the Post boys aren’t doing school today; they are going to town.”  I told them that we were behind and needed to do school today because we weren’t doing school tomorrow. 
 
Joe went into town to meet the Litsons to get the plug for our generator.  He had to go across the bridge and go past an area where there have been some protests regarding the elections.  So, he didn’t think we should all go.  His trip was uneventful, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
 
This evening, Joe went to get pizza for us.  There is a new pizza place just down the road from the house.  It was pretty good.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, November 22, 2010

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe took our dryer into Abidjan to a repair man.  We were supposed to take it last week; but with all the sickness, it didn’t happen.  He also got a few more items that I needed for Thanksgiving.  We are going to have Thanksgiving with the Posts.  All of the missionaries wanted to get together, but we decided that we will have to try to get together for a Christmas party after the elections have taken place and everything has settled down.
The boys did school this morning.  We are a little behind since we took time off in October.  I let them do some of their Thanksgiving crafts today since we haven’t gotten that far in their art books yet.  They made Pilgrim and Indian hats.  They were very excited about their hats.  Danny said, “Mom, could you put mine high on a shelf so that Bonnie won’t eat them?”  I put them on the shelf.  I don’t think she would eat them, but she would love to get her hands on them.  Bonnie got a Pilgrim hat too.
Joe got back just after we had eaten lunch.  He said that everything seemed calm on this side of Abidjan this morning.  
I worked on folding laundry this evening.  Danny likes to help fold.  Each piece that he picks up, he asks, “How do you fold this one, Mom?”  But, he is learning.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie