Monthly Archives: March 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bonjour,
This morning at breakfast, the children were having a discussion about chocolate milk.  Danny said, “Cows lay the milk.”  Gilbert said, “And, dogs lay the chocolate.”  I don’t know where that came from!!!  I wouldn’t care for any of that “chocolate milk!”
We had a good morning at church.  Andrew Aaron has been learning Twi, a tribal langauge that is spoken up north.  But, a lot of Fante speakers can understand Twi.  The people at church enjoyed talking to Andrew in the tribal language.
After Sunday school, Kristine told us that the teacher was telling the kids something in Fante.  Danny responded to what they told him to do.  Maybe he is picking up more Fante than we know.
When we got home, I put lunch in the oven and worked on rolling the breadsticks.  We ate about 1:00.  The kids wanted to go to Bible club at 2:00.  Bonnie fell asleep on the field.  The boys were still going strong.
We went to the Siekberts’ church this evening.  We go right past the ocean.  There is a big fish statue by the ocean; the kids like taking the circle that goes around the fish.  Gilbert said, “Mom, it smells like seafish.”  It was a blessing to hear Kouassi preach.
Just as we were pulling into the yard, we saw an African cevit go into the bushes.  The guys had to come in to look at the internet to figure out exactly what we had just seen.  I heated up some leftovers and made some macaroni and cheese.  The kids were asleep right after hitting the bed.
The Aarons are leaving in the morning.  We will be sad to see them go.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Bonjour,
 
The power went off about 8:00 this morning and did not come back on until 7:30 this evening.  Joe cranked up the generator about 11:00.
 
We introduced the Aarons to Dutch pancakes this morning.  Everyone seemed to approve. 
 
After breakfast, Joe, Andrew, Emily, and Jane went into town to go to a couple stores.  Amelia and Adam stayed here to play with our kids.  I worked on making hotdog buns for lunch.
 
We had the Luthers, Kristine, and Becky down for a hotdog roast for lunch.  We had a good time of fellowship.  Julie brought coleslaw, and Kristine brought cookies and brownies for dessert.
 
The kids all played outside for quite a while.  Bonnie was so tired that I took her in and lay down with her.  We both got a good nap in.  Danny fell asleep on the couch while watching a movie.
 
The Aarons went to the Luthers’ house for supper tonight.  I made spaghetti sauce and made enough so that we will have some for lunch tomorrow.  Then, I made some chocolate chip cookies.
 
We got a call tonight concerning the guest house.  The missionaries here who met Joe were ready to send us the contract, but they got word from their home office in the States that we are not approved.  So, on to plan F.  : )  We will probably check on rent in Accra to see if there is someone who might work with us instead of having to pay two years’ rent up front.  We will explore other options too.  Pray for us during this decision making process. 
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, March 25, 2011

Bonjour,
 
We left the house at 8:00 this morning to head to the ocean.  We went to a different place today that is a little farther away.  We rode with the Aarons again.  The Posts, Luthers, April, Kristine, and Becky met us there.  We had a great time.  We ate lunch there at the restaurant and headed home around 2:30.  We got back home at 4:30. 
 
The Aarons wanted to make supper tonight.  They made hot wings and fries.  Joe pushed the kids on the tire swing for a while.  He was worn out.  He jumped into a big wave today, and it flipped him about six times before it let him go.
 
The Aarons hadn’t seen The Boys Next Door, a funny Hallmark movie.  We watched that after supper.  Bonnie and Danny didn’t make it all the way through the movie.  I put Bonnie in bed and lay down beside her because she was crying, and I fell asleep with her.  Everyone should sleep well tonight!
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bonjour,
 
I got some laundry started first thing this morning.  Then, I worked on breakfast.  I made French toast but had a few difficulties.  It was sticking to the pan, and the bread was falling apart.  But, it still tasted good.
 
Joe, Andrew, and the kids worked on putting a tire swing in the tree.  They had great fun with it for awhile.  Then, one of the knots slipped, and it fell.  No one was injured.
 
About 9:30, Emily, April, and I headed into town in a taxi.  We stopped to pick up Kristine.  The taxi dropped us off at the market circle.  If you walk around the outside of the circle, it is a one-mile walk.  We first went inside the circle.  There are rows and rows of things branching out in all different directions.  I got some material, needles and thread, popcorn, notebooks for the kids, slingshots for the boys, a fan for Bonnie, and all kinds of things.  We walked around the outside of the circle after we finished on the inside.  There are little shops and stands all the way around the circle.  I found a cute little outfit from the States that still had the $3.00 price tag on it.  They wanted 28 cedis for it.  I told them that the price tags said it was only worth 10 cedis.  They wouldn’t come down, and I wouldn’t go up; so, I didn’t get the outfit.  After we finished there, we went to Garden Mart and looked around for a little bit.  Then, the taxi driver picked us up and took us to Planter’s Lodge for lunch.  The food was good, and we had a good time of fellowship.
 
We came home and relaxed for a little while.  About 5:15, April came down to the house to watch all of the kids for us.  Joe and Andrew took me and Emily out to Captain Hooks for supper.  We had some good seafood.  Then, we stopped for ice cream on the way home.  The place where we stopped was out of ice cream, but there was a street vendor walking by with an ice cream cart.  So, we got some from him.
 
The kids were happy to see us when we got home.  They took baths and went to bed.  I am headed that way too.  Tomorrow we are going to meet the Posts at the ocean with the Aarons.  The Luthers, Becky, Kristine, and April are going to meet us there too.  We will eat lunch at the restaurant there and then head back home again.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bonjour,
 
We went to the ocean with the Aarons today.  The top of our radiator is off again; so, we rode with them.  We had a great time.  We took a picnic lunch with us.  The only drawback was that the sunscreen we used was expired; so, we are all a bit rosier than we were this morning. 
 
Danny is Mr. No Fear.  He was out riding the waves with Joe.  When his face would get wet, he would come back toward the shore, wipe his eyes on my shirt, and go back out to where Joe was.  Bonnie liked to go out with Daddy too.  Gilbert didn’t like venturing out quite that far.  He stayed with me; we prefer knee-deep waves.
 
Church went well this evening.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bonjour,
 
Bonnie is feeling better today.  She has not had a fever at all today.  Her mango worm bites are starting to look better. 
 
The Aarons ate breakfast with us this morning.  Then, they headed to Cape Coast to visit some missionary friends there.  Gilbert thought it was the end of the world that they were leaving; he really did not want to do school today.  We did school and made it all the way through the lesson today. 
 
Joe went into town to get the vehicle.  They had the rear brakes all taken apart.  They got those put back together and then worked on the timing a little more.  Joe got home before lunch.
 
After lunch, we took naps.  Everyone actually went to sleep today.
 
The Aarons got back about 4:00.  I made chicken enchiladas for supper.  After supper and baths, the kids watched a movie while the adults fellowshipped.  Joe made popcorn for the kids.  We all had a good evening.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, March 21, 2011

Bonjour,
 
Bonnie had a rough night.  She didn’t vomit any more, but she had a high fever in the night.  The fever has gone up and down throughout the day.  We think that the mango worm areas are infected, and that is causing the fever.  We started her on an antibiotic today.
 
The boys started school, but we didn’t get very far.  I was working on lunch to have it ready when Joe and the Aarons got here.  They got here about 12:30.  I wasn’t quite finished with lunch.  The kids were happy to see Daddy and excited to meet the Aaron kids.  Amelia is 5; Adam is 4 (He has the exact same birthday as Danny.); Jane is six months.  Gilbert and Danny think it is great to have a baby around.  They had fun playing with Amelia and Adam too.
 
Bonnie and I took a nap while Emily put Jane down for a nap.  The other kids played outside. 
 
Joe and Andrew went into town to get a few things.  They checked on our car.  They were supposed to be replacing the rear brakes, but they didn’t find the right parts.
 
I made BBQ chicken for supper.  We had a good time of fellowship with the Aarons.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bonjour,
 
This morning, the kids were up bright and early once again.  Bonnie helped me make Dutch pancakes for breakfast.  We went to church with the Luthers.  We had a good morning at church.
 
While we were eating lunch, Bonnie puked.  She took a nap and seemed okay after her nap.  But, as soon as she started drinking, she started throwing up again.  She has thrown up about six times this evening.  She has had a slight temperature off and on throughout the evening.  Gilbert rode to church with the Luthers.  I kept Danny and Bonnie at home.
 
Joe went to a village church this morning with the Johnsons to deliver a pulpit that Bro. Johnson had made for that church.  Joe got on a bus at 4:00 this afternoon to head back to Kumasi so that he can ride back to Takoradi with the Aarons in the morning.  Wouldn’t you know it that the bus that Joe is on is having radiator problems!  They keep stopping to put more water in the radiator.  Joe is hoping that they will make it all the way to Kumasi tonight.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Bonjour,
 
The kids slept in until 6:30 this morning.  It was a sunny day today; so, the kids played outside quite a bit.  I did a couple loads of laundry this morning.
 
Everyone except Gilbert took a nap this afternoon.  He rested for a while and then was off to play with the Luthers.  When Danny woke up, he went to play too.  I walked up to the Luthers’ house with Bonnie after she woke up.  I talked to Julie for a while and then headed back home to make pizza for supper.
 
Bonnie seems to have several mango worms.  Danny just had one this time.  Gilbert didn’t get any.  We have heard different theories about how one gets them.  The newest one is that flies lay eggs on the laundry on the clothesline if it is left out too late in the day.  If that’s the case, we should all have them.  But, I guess we can be glad that we don’t all have them.
 
We had the last of Gilbert’s birthday cake and some ice cream.  They requested popcorn but settled for ice cream.
 
Joe had a good day up in Wa.  He will be heading home on Monday.  The Andrew Aaron family is coming down for a visit on Monday.  They live in Kumasi; Joe is going to ride back with them once he gets to Kumasi. 
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bonjour,
 
Today is Gilbert’s birthday.  All three kids were in my room before 6:00 this morning asking when the Posts were coming. 
 
Gilbert had requested biscuits and gravy for breakfast.  He helped me make the biscuits.  Bonnie could only watch because Gilbert said that she wasn’t the birthday girl. 
 
I made hotdog buns after breakfast.  They didn’t rise this time.  They still tasted okay though. 
 
The Posts got here about 10:00.  The two Walker boys came with them.  Our kids were excited to see everyone.  Dan went back into town to run some errands. 
 
Julie came down to get the cake to decorate it for me.  Jennifer helped me get things ready.  Becky and Kristine came around 11:45.  The Luthers got here a little after noon. 
 
It rained off and on throughout the day.  I didn’t know if it was going to work to roast hotdogs.  I cooked some of the hotdogs inside.  The kids that wanted to roast one got to do that.  Charlie helped the kids outside.  While all the kids were outside, the ladies got to fix their plates and eat in peace before everyone came back inside.  It was nice to get to fellowship with the ladies.
 
The Luthers left about 2:30, and the Posts left about 3:00.  Gilbert was sad to see everyone leave.  Bonnie fell asleep on the couch after everyone left.
 
Joe had a good day.  He met with the misisonaries in Wa today.  They said that we will find out about taking care of the guest house within two weeks.
 
After supper, the kids took baths.  We read a couple books.  The boys were asleep seconds after they hit their pillows.  Bonnie is still awake since she took a nap later in the day.
 
A demain,
 
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie