Monthly Archives: February 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

Bonjour,
 
Joe and Charlie left a little before 6:00 this morning to go to Accra.  They got there about 11:00.  They ate lunch and then did some grocery shopping.  Tomorrow, Charlie’s car will be in the shop.  So, they were trying to get the shopping out of the way today.  Kristine and Becky fly into Accra tomorrow afternoon.  They will stay at a guest house on Tuesday night and come back on Wednesday morning so that they won’t have to drive at night.
 
The boys did school this morning.  They wanted to take a break after their first subject, but we kept going.  After school, they played outside with the Luther kids until lunch time.
 
We tried to take naps.  The boys never did go to sleep.  I gave myself a haircut this afternoon.  It turned out good, I think.  Gilbert was coaching me when I was working on the back.
 
I forgot to tell a story about the boys the other night.  On Saturday night, the boys got haircuts.  Joe cut the boys’ hair, and then I cut Joe’s.  While I was cutting Joe’s, Danny said, “Gilbert, Daddy looks bald like Papa.”  Gilbert said, “Mom, you scalloped him!”  (He meant scalped.)  It wasn’t all that bad!
 
We are watching Tinkerbell in the dark.  Danny wanted to turn the lights out so that he could see his glow-in-the-dark underwear.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bonjour,
 
This is Joe typing again!  I know, more bad grammar and a few spelling mistakes and typos. Deal with it! 8o)
 
We went to church this morning, and had a great Sunday School hour.  Brother Arthur, who I taught in Bible Institute in 2006-2007, is a very good teacher and it is funny to hear him use examples that I used when I taught.
 
Then the main church service and Brother and I had to deal with a problem that arose in the announcements.  People can be so sneaky and deceptive! Needless to say, I don’t think very many people got very much out of the message this morning.  The devil is a sly old serpent.  This morning I was reminded of that 7 foot green mamba we killed yesterday.  He was so deceptive and cunning that he was able to slither right up to a bird and strike before the bird flew away.  We always have to be ready to resist the devil at a moments notice!
 
We had fajitas for lunch, Lo can really turn out the Mexican food!
 
Church this evening went fine! Praise the Lord! 
 
When we got home from church, Lo said that she had a head ache so she went on to bed.  I listened to a Bible Story on CD with the kids and then got them ready for bed and all tucked in for the night. 
 
Now I’ve got to pack because Brother Luther and I have got to go to Accra to pick up some missionary ladies that are flying in from the States.  They are part of Bob Mach’s team of nurses in the Ivory Coast, Becky Pope just finished deputation and language school and Kristine McLaughlin who is returning to the field after the death of her father.  Please pray for them as they get set up here in Ghana to wait for the war in Ivory Coast to end.  I know they will be a big blessing to the ministry here in Ghana.  Ivory Coast’s loss is Ghana’s gain!
 
Pray for Lo and the kids while I am away until Wednesday. 
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Lo, Gil, DJ, and Boo

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bonjour,
 
We were going to go into town this morning to do some grocery shopping, but we found out that it was environmental day.  The police were out in the morning making sure that people were cleaning up their area.  If they caught people driving, their punishment was cleaning out the sewer ditch.  No thank you!!!  We stayed home and worked on our environment.  Joe spotted a green mamba in the tree above the well house.  The chase was on.  Charlie went to get his pellet gun.  While he was gone, one of the Africans decided to throw a stick.  So, they lost the snake for a while.  A little bit later, we heard a commotion.  Kids were yelling and pointing up in the tree.  Joe went out there and called Charlie to bring the gun.  After a few tries, they got him.  It was hard to spot the green snake in the green tree. 
 
The kids went to Bible club.  I did some laundry and got it out on the line.
 
At noon, envirnomental time was over.  We took the Luthers to lunch at Captain Hooks to thank them for all that they have done for us.  We had pizza and had a good time of fellowship.  The kids all had to make several trips inside to the bathroom so that they could see the leopard skin on the wall on their way through.
 
When we got back home, it had rained.  The laundry was all wet again.  I guess it got washed twice today.  Before it got dark, I brought the things that were still wet inside and draped them over chairs.
 
Charlie and Joe dropped us off at home for nap time.  Then, they went back into town to get the groceries.
 
We had sloppy joes for supper.  Then, the kids watched a movie about monkeys.  Soon, we had three little “monkeys” all over the house.
 
Pray for Mrs. Todd, a missionary here in Ghana.  She fell and broke her hip.  She is awaiting surgery; the specialist won’t arrive until Tuesday at the earliest.
 
Please pray also for my friend, Leah Madden.  Her grandma died last night.  She had recently been diagnosed with cancer.  She was saved and is no longer in pain.
 
Continue to pray for the situation in Ivory Coast.  We didn’t hear of any more fighting today.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, February 25, 2011

Bonjour,
 
We did school this morning.  Joe went with Charlie to check on the house where Kristine McLaughlin and Becky Pope will be staying.  They fly into Accra on Tuesday. 
 
At nap time, Gilbert and Danny were fighting.  Joe went to see what the problem was.  Sometimes it is hard not to laugh.  Gilbert said, “Well, I hit Danny because he called me a Pussy Rat.”  Later, I asked Danny what a pussy rat was.  He said, “I can’t tell you, Mom.”  They are a mess.
 
Today is April’s birthday.  April helps the Luthers.  The Luthers invited us for supper.  I made a Texas sheet cake and hot dog buns. 
 
We had a good time at April’s birthday party.  We enjoyed the food and the time of fellowship.
 
Please continue to pray for the people of Ivory Coast.  Some of our missionary friends had to relocate to a safer location today.  They will be flying out on Tuesday.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bonjour,
 
I didn’t get an e-mail sent yesterday.  I wasn’t feeling very well, but I am feeling better today. 
 
Yesterday, we did school in the morning.  Joe went into town to see about getting the money for the new head.
 
We got our mail from the past several months.  There was a birthday card in there for Danny with stickers and a little puzzle. (His birthday was in October).  Bonnie wanted to know where her puzzle was.  I told her that her birthday would be coming in a few months and that maybe she would get one then.
 
After naps, we had supper.  Joe and the kids went to church with the Luthers, and I stayed home.
 
Today, we did school.  Joe went into town.  He was able to get the money out and pay to have the parts brought from Accra.  Maybe we will have a working vehicle by next week! 
 
Please pray for the missionaries who are still in Ivory Coast.  Things have really heated up there.  The Matt Litson family, Sara Bascue, Michelle Geiger, and Lenell Smith are scheduled to fly out on March 1.  Pray for safety and that they will be able to get to the airport when the time comes.  Pray also for the Dan Post family who is still there as well.
 
I made pizza for supper tonight.  After supper, Bonnie wanted me to color with her.  So, the boys decided to color too.  It is interesting to color with Bonnie.  She colors on one page for about two seconds and is then ready to turn the page.  I didn’t get much accomplished.  She told me that she had a noisy crayon.  I asked her what kind of noise it made.  She said, “A crayon noise, Mom,” like I should have known about those crayon noises!
 
We talked to my dad on the phone for a few minutes.  Please pray for him as well, Adrian Van Manen.  He is running for City Council in Oklahoma City – Ward 6.  The elections are on Tuesday.
 
Then, the kids were marching through the house all wearing a pair of Joe’s shoes.  Now, they are listening to a Pepi and Juan story before bed time.  (Joe listened to the record when he was a boy.  He gave the record to my dad and asked him to put in on a CD for us.  The CD came with the mail yesterday).
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bonjour,
 
This morning about 6:00, Bonnie and Danny came into our room and said, “Mom, can you cook breakfast?”  They helped me make American pancakes.  I think we ended up with more flour on the floor than in the bowl.  Gilbert did dishes.
 
After I got the breakfast dishes done, we did school.  Danny’s favorite part is break time.  Gilbert struggled with Math today.  He did the whole page just fine; but when it came to writing the number that came after, he was stumped.  It was raining when we finished school.  The kids played down here until it stopped raining; then, they headed up to the Luthers’ house to play until lunch time.
 
As soon as they come in the door, the questions begin.  “Is lunch ready?”  “What are we having?” 
 
Joe stayed around the house today.  He kept the pump going.  That is a daily thing to keep the tanks filled.
 
After naps, the boys went outside to play.  Bonnie woke up after they did and wanted me to walk up to the Luthers’ house with her.  We took the road; it is not as steep as the trail.  She kept saying, “Let’s run, Mom.”  I would just get started, and she would say, “Stop.  When I say ‘stop,’ you’re supposed to stop.”  She is constantly talking or singing. 
 
After supper, we played a game of Memory.  The only problem was that Bonnie had confiscated half of the cards, and she had some of our matches.  Gilbert got the most matches; Danny got a few, and I didn’t get any.  Danny said, “You lost, Mom?  We can play again.  I’ll let you get a match.”  He can be so sweet.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, February 21, 2011

Bonjour,
 
We had a big blessing this morning.  We got an e-mail telling us that a church is going to buy the new head for our vehicle! 
 
Before school, the kids were outside playing.  They found the bird.  It had fallen from the porch and was dead.  Danny cried and cried.  Bonnie cried a little too.  Gilbert threw it into the bushes.  Bonnie was upset that they didn’t give the bird a proper burial. Danny was too upset to watch the disposal process.
 
After everyone had gotten over the bird, we did school.  Joe rode into Takoradi with Charlie to run some errands.  The kids went to play with the Luther kids after school.  I put the laundry out on the line.
 
This afternoon, the kids and I took a nap.  After naps, the kids went back out to play.  Joe keeps the pump going rotating water between the Luther’s tank and our tank.  He pumps for ten minutes.  Then, it takes about two hours for the well to fill back up again so that he can pump again.
 
I baked a chicken for supper.  I made some brownies for dessert; Danny is always thrilled with brownies.  After supper, we watched Indiana Jones.  At the end, Joe said that they were riding off into the sunset.  Gilbert said, “Does that mean it took them all morning to get the job done?” 
 
Please continue to pray for the situation in Ivory Coast.  Things seem to be getting worse there.  Many of the banks have closed. 
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bonjour,
 
The kids were up early this morning.  Danny came and did a nose dive into the middle of our bed.  So, we were all awake early.
 
After breakfast, the kids were checking on their bird.  It was hopping around on Danny.  Joe set the bird on Danny’s shoulder.  Danny started singing, “Zippity doo dah, zippity ay…” since there was a bird on his shoulder.
 
Christiana was still running a fever this morning; so, she and Julie stayed home.  We rode with the Luthers again.
 
I stayed in the adult class with Joe for Sunday school.  One of the teachers didn’t come; I helped in junior church.  I was asking for favorite songs.  Danny wanted to sing a French one. 
 
After lunch, we took naps.  Then, we got ready to go back to church.  The kids were looking for the bird; it must have gotten up enough strength to fly away because they couldn’t find it anywhere.  Brother Luther preached tonight.
 
I made pizza for supper after we got home.  Bonnie was “helping” me mix the dough.  She was eating the flour before I ever got the other ingredients mixed in.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bonjour,
 
Joe felt better this morning.  He went visiting with Charlie.  The kids went to Bible club.
 
Bonnie has been singing parts of different songs all day.  She said, “I learned it in Bible club, Mom.”  They sing one song about making a melody that has some funny motions.  The boys were showing me how it goes tonight. 
 
I tried some new recipes today.  Danny is not thrilled when we try something new.
 
The three oldest Luther kids came down here this morning.  Christiana is still sick and is running a fever.
 
Danny, Bonnie, and I took a nap.  Then, the kids were back outside to play with the Luther kids. There are several almond trees in the yard here.  They have almond wars.  They gather up a bunch of almonds and then throw them at each other. 
 
They found a little bird in the yard yesterday.  They have been busy taking care of it.  They all have different ideas about what a bird needs.
 
They went up to the Luthers’ house to have a water fight.  They came home soaking wet.  So, it was bath time for them.
 
After supper, everyone had a job to do.  Danny and Bonnie helped me with dishes.  Gilbert wiped the table and swept the floor.  Then, they all picked up toys in the living room and in their bedroom. 
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bonjour,
 
Joe left at 6:30 this morning to go to Cape Coast with Charlie.  He planned to go talk to the mechanic who had sold us the bad head, but the mechanic was not there; he had traveled to Takoradi.  So, it was a wasted trip for Joe, but he had a good time of fellowship with Charlie.  They got back around 11:00.
 
I needed to go to the store.  Joe didn’t feel like taking all of the kids in a taxi.  So, I asked April if she would go with me.  She likes to go to town and jumped at the chance.  Joe said that we could go out for lunch too.  We went to Captain Hooks and had pizza.  Then, we found a taxi to take us to the market circle.  We went to a couple different stores there to do the grocery shopping that I needed to do.  I wasn’t sure how to get from the first store to the second store, but we figured it out.  Walking through market circle is always an adventure.  People reach out to touch the “brony” (the Fante word for white man) as you pass. We got back home about 3:30. 
 
The kids were all happy to see me.  They wanted to know what their surprise was.  One of the brands of diapers here comes with an inflatable toy inside each package.  Bonnie and Danny got the toys last time.  Danny poked a hole in his.  So, we were down to one inflatable toy.  Gilbert and Danny claimed them today; this time, they were little dalmation puppy inflatables.  I also found some little Mars bars and brought those for their treat.
 
Joe isn’t feeling well again this evening.  He hasn’t thrown up at all; he just hurts all over.  He probalby isn’t completely over the flu bug.  Christiana is sick today with the same type of symptoms.  I hope that everyone doesn’t get it.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie