Monthly Archives: January 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011

Bonjour,
 
This morning, Joe took the vehicle to the mechanic in Takoradi.  He didn’t have time to work on the car today.  Joe is supposed to take it back to him tomorrow morning.
 
We did school this morning.  Sometimes, it seems like we take three steps forward and five steps backward.  But, I guess they are learning something! 
 
After school, the kids went up to play with the Luther kids until lunch time.  Joe walked up there and brought the kids back with him.
 
After naps, the kids went back to play for a little while.  Joe walked up there again while I worked on supper.
 
Tonight, Bonnie came into the living room pulling her backpack behind her.  She said, “I’m going to the rodeo, Mom.  Don’t worry; I’ll be right back.”
 
The boys were wrestling around.  It’s great fun until someone gets hurt.  Danny hit his cheek while he had Gilbert pinned down.  He didn’t complain for long; they were back at it again.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bonjour,
 
The vehicle started right up this morning.  We went to Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.
 
Arthur, a man who took some of Joe’s Bible Institute classes when he taught here a few years ago, taught the Sunday school lesson today.  He mentioned several times that he had learned these things from Pastor Joe.  It was a blessing to listen to him.
 
The kids went to the Sunday school and junior church without me today.  They told me that when Gilbert first realized that I wasn’t there, he said, “Where’s Mommy?”  They told him that I was in my class and that he could go to class with the Luther kids and Danny and Bonnie; he was fine after that.  April said that one of the kids picked Bonnie up, and Bonnie started screaming.  When they put her down, she was fine.
 
Evans, another man who was also in the Bible Institute when we were here before, preached in the morning and evening services.  He did a good job.
 
On the way home this evening, Gilbert asked, “Why does everybody look at us?”  I told him that it was because they don’t see very many white people.  Bonnie said, “I’m not white; I’m pink.”
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bonjour,
 
This morning, the car wouldn’t start.  Brother Luther came down to try to jump start it.  It wasn’t the battery though; it was the starter.  Joe took the starter off and took it into town to have it rebuilt.  He came back and put the starter back on, and it fired right up.  There are still a few other things that need to be done, but at least it is running for the moment.
 
During breakfast, the boys were talking about things that would be in Heaven and things that wouldn’t be in Heaven.  Gilbert said, “There won’t be any dirt in Heaven, just gold.”  Danny said, “There won’t be any sickness in Heaven.”  Then, Danny said, “There won’t be any worms in Heaven.”  Joe said, “How will we catch fish without any worms?”  Without hesitation Danny replied, “With ham!”
 
April has a Bible club for the kids in the neighborhood.  The kids went to that this morning.  Then, they played with the Luther kids until lunch time.  I worked on laundry most of the morning.
 
We invited the Luthers for supper tonight.  I made pizza this afternoon.  We had a good time of fellowship with the Luthers and April.
 
Bonnie is reading me a story.  I keep getting in trouble for not listening.  Each page so far has said, “Help! Help, Mommy! I am stuck.”
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, January 28, 2011

Bonjour,
 
This morning, Bonnie helped me make American pancakes.  (Sometimes we have Dutch pancakes; so, they have to specify.) 
 
We walked up to the Luthers’ house about 9:00.  Julie and April kept the kids while we went into town with Charlie to get groceries.  We made all of our different stops.  We got back home about noon.
 
After lunch, Charlie took Joe to the public transport station.  Joe went to Cape Coast.  They had the vehicle running by the time he got there.  Joe got back home about 7:00 this evening.  The vehicle is running a little rough; so, there are still a few kinks to work out.
 
We watched Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang this evening.  Bonnie helped me with dishes for a while.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bonjour,
 
Joe headed back to Cape Coast this morning.  The head was coming in a different vehicle.  He waited around Cape Coast for a little while and then came home.  He rode a public transport van again.  They sat still for an hour and a half waiting to fill up the van; there was just one empty seat left. Joe told them he would pay the $2.00 for the empty seat if they would just leave.  He was sweating up a storm after sitting in an unmoving vehicle for that long.  They were off as soon as they got the money for that last seat.
 
Last night when Joe was emptying his bag at the guest house to do some laundry, he discovered that someone had put money in his bag.  He couldn’t withdraw as much as he needed the other day, and Brother Luther had withdrawn some for him.  The money in his bag was the exact amount that we had borrowed from Brother Luther. 
 
Joe got home during nap time.  Gilbert was up and greeted Daddy at the door.  When Bonnie woke up, she came walking out of our her room.  As soon as she saw Daddy, it turned into a run.  She ran to Joe and jumped up on him.  She put her head on his shoulder and gave him kisses.  Danny was happy to see Daddy when he got up too.
 
We went up to the Luthers’ house for a little while.  Then, we came home for supper.  After supper, Joe played with the blocks with the kids.  Danny wanted to make a gun.  Bonnie wanted to make a castle.  After they got her castle built, she said, “Don’t touch the electric fence, Mom.”
 
Brother Luther is going to take Joe and me into Takoradi in the morning to run a few errands.  Mrs. Luther and April are going to keep the kids for us.  After we get back, Joe will head back to Cape Coast by public transport to go check on the vehicle.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bonjour,
 
Joe had quite a day.  This morning, after trying several things, they decided that the head that they had just installed wasn’t any good.  After making several phone calls, Joe decided to go to Accra himself.  Michael, a man from Brother Widener’s church, went with him.  They rode on a public transport van to Accra; that was quite an adventure!  They went back to the place that had sold them the head.  That man didn’t have any other heads, but he said that he had a friend who had three different heads.  The friend never came.  Joe told them that he wanted his money back, and he got it.  The mechanic in Takoradi put Joe in touch with someone else that has a head, but he had to wait until tomorrow to meet up with them.  So, he spent the night in Accra.  Please pray that he will be able to get a good head tomorrow and that the vehicle will be back in working order soon. 
 
We started school with the DVDs this morning, but the power went off after our first subject.  So, we just did pages.  The kids went up to play at the Luthers’ house for a little while.
 
After naps, we had supper.  Then, we rode to church with the Luthers. 
 
The kids are missing Daddy tonight.  Bonnie keeps crying.  Gilbert said, “I wish Dad would have taken Bonnie with him.” 
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bonjour,
 
This morning, we got started on laundry right away.  The second phase was still off; the water pressure was very low because the pump is on the phase that was off.  It took a while to fill the washer.  As soon as that load finished, I started another one and started getting the first load on the line.  The kids were helping me.  We try to save the rinse water to use for the next load.  I didn’t catch it in time the first time, and the bucket overflowed.  Danny and Bonnie were mopping.  Gilbert was moving the basket down the line as I put things on the line.  About 9:30, the power came on in full force.  Things went a little quicker after that.  After I got everything on the line, it looked like it was going to rain, but it didn’t.  So, we got four loads of laundry done today.
 
We just did pages today for school since we were running a little behind.  They didn’t have much work to do today.  About 11:00, they went up to play with the Luther kids while I put more clothes on the line and then got lunch ready.
 
After naps, we went up to the Luthers’ house for a while.  On our way back down the hill, their dog followed us home.  A man came out of the woods in front of us.  He saw the dog and took off running.  The dog chased him.  Then, the man yelled at me about not having the dog chained up.  I tried to explain that it was not my dog.
 
Bonnie was helping me do the dishes tonight.  I was washing, and she was rinsing.  Each time that she picked a dish up, she asked, “Is this glass?  Will it break?”  When we made it through the silverware, I was glad!  She did the silverware one piece at a time and asked the same two questions about every piece.
 
Joe spent the entire day on the side of the road watching the mechanics work on the vehicle.  They got everything put back together just as the sun was going down, but the car wouldn’t start.  Joe told them that they had not put the fuel lines back in the right places, but they wouldn’t listen.  So, they will work on that in the morning.  Hopefully Joe will be able to come home tomorrow with a working vehicle.  We have decided to postpone our trip up north for a week so that we can make sure the vehicle is in good running order before we set off on a journey.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, January 24, 2011

Bonjour,
 
Joe left the house at 5:30 this morning to head to Accra.  After they got to Accra, the mechanic told him on the phone that he needed money before he could send someone to Accra to buy the parts.  Since Joe was already in Accra, he went and found the parts himself.  Brother Luther took Joe to several different banks to try get the needed money out.  Then, Joe told Charlie and Nixon just to go look for vehicles without him so that they wouldn’t waste their whole day trying to help him.  A mechanic who was the friend of another missionary’s mechanic helped Joe find the necessary parts.  Joe had quite a day.  They made it back to Cape Coast this evening with all of the needed car parts.  Joe was able to get everything for less than what the mechanic had told him it would cost.  Joe stayed in Cape Coast so that he can watch the mechanic put the vehicle back together tomorrow.
 
The power has been doing strange things all day here.  Two phases were off until about 16:00.  Then, one of the phases came back on.  About 19:00, all phases were on for about thirty minutes.  Then, one phase went back off and is still off.  
 
The water truck did come today.  Thank you for praying about that!  Now, if the electricity will do right, I might be able to do some laundry in the morning.
 
Since the electrical outlets weren’t working this morning, we just did pages for school.  The boys were waiting for 11:00 to roll around so that they could go play with the Luther kids for a little while before lunch.  
 
After naps, the kids went back up to the Luthers’ to play.  I walked up with Danny and Bonnie because Gilbert had gone up there while the other two were still asleep.
 
At least the phases with the fans, lights, and AC are all working!  Now, it’s bed time!
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Bonjour,
 
I am feeling better this evening after being sick all day.  Joe and the kids stayed home with me this morning.  I was still vomiting.  Joe was worried that I might pass out or something while they were gone.  For Sunday school, I had the kids sit next to the bed and tell me Bible stories.  I helped them out when they couldn’t remember or didn’t have it quite right.  Then, we listened to a Bible DVD.
 
Joe made potato soup for lunch.  Then, we took naps.
 
After naps, the kids were playing out on the screened-in porch.  Bonnie came in to tell me about a millipede that she saw.  She said, “Mom, do you like limipedes?” I told her that I didn’t.  She said, “Well, I like them.  I talked to him and told him to stay outside. But, he didn’t talk to me, Mom.” 
 
Joe and the kids rode to church with the Luthers tonight.  I slept the whole time they were gone.
 
Joe talked to the mechanic today.  The head was not delivered last night; so, it should be delivered sometime Monday.  Joe is going to ride with Charlie Luther to Accra in the morning.  On the way back, Charlie will drop Joe off in Cape Coast to check on the vehicle.  If it isn’t finished, Joe is just going to stay in Cape Coast until it is done. We are planning to go to Kumasi on Thursday if all goes well with the vehicle.
 
The water truck did not come on Friday.  They said that there is a water shortage because it is the dry season.  We have enough water to last a few more days.  Please pray that the water truck is able to come soon.  All laundry is on hold until we get more water. 
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie
 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

 Bonjour,

Laura is sick again!  Please pray that she will git over all of this junk!!!

I got up early this morning and headed back to where I parked the car.  Brother Widner and a man from his church went with me. 

We got a mechanic with a pick up and a tow bar to tow the car to his shop.  It took until about noon to get the head tore down and that is when we realized that the head was CRACKED.  What a disappointment!  The mechanic began to call around and then he gave me three choices.  1. A new motor $8,000 2. A new head $3,000 3. A used head off of a wrecked car $1,400.  I’ll take door number 3 please!

The mechanic ordered the parts from Accra and they were supposed to arrive at 19:00 this evening.  Then he was going to install the head tomorrow so that I can pick it up on Monday morning.  Please pray that all of this works out!

After we got all the details hashed out I called Brother Luther to pick us up.  He drove 90 minutes one way to pick us up!  The Luthers have been such a blessing to us.

Right before Brother Luther arrived at the Widner’s house, Laura started vomiting.  She was a very pale and green all the way home and as soon as she walked in the door she started vomiting again. 

The Luthers invited the kids and I up to their house for supper.  It was great!  Mrs. Luther made parmesan egg plant.  I had never had that before and Bonnie and I liked it!  The boys were not too impressed with the egg plant, but they sure did like the rest of the meal.

After supper, we came home, took baths, got a snack, and the kids went right to bed!  They were worn slap out!

Have a GREAT Sunday!

A demain,

Joe, Lo, Gil, DJ, and Boo Pop