Monthly Archives: April 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Bonjour,

It seems that the rainy season is starting a little early this year. We
have had heavy rain two nights in a row. It has cooled off too; that is
nice! The rain helped with our water supply too.

It was very muddy this morning. So, Joe decided to go visiting this
afternoon instead of this morning. They walk to the houses to visit,
and it is all dirt trails.

Kristine invited me to go out to lunch with her, April, and Clara
today. Then, we went to Kristine’s house and watched a movie.

Joe had fun with the kids. They transplanted a palm tree. Then, they
made a snare to catch a little animal that we have seen hopping around.
We aren’t sure what the animal is. There is an animal that they call a
grass cutter, but it is more like a rat than what we have been seeing.
The boys both thanked Joe for everything he did for them today. They
really enjoyed it. As soon as I got home, they had to show me the tree
that they moved and their snare. They kept checking to see if they
caught anything yet.

Joe and Charlie went visiting this afternoon. They had some good visits.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, April 29, 2011

Bonjour,

This morning, we got an early start on school. While we were doing
school, Joe was outside planting pineapples with Francis. They were
cutting shoots off of existing plants and planting the shoots.

After school, we went to a hotel in town and went swimming. We had the
pool all to ourselves. We had a lot of fun. Bonnie had a flotation
suit and was in a ring, but she still wanted me to hold her hand. If I
let go, she would say, “I need a holder.” I offered her my toe. She
said, “Toes aren’t strong enough. I need your hand.” Danny is Mr. No
Fear. He was jumping in showing Gilbert how to do the cannonball.
Gilbert wouldn’t jump like that because he didn’t want his head to go
under. We ate lunch there and then headed home. No one was supposed to
go to sleep on the way home, but Bonnie and Danny didn’t make it. Danny
didn’t take a nap after we got home and fell asleep on the couch before
supper.

After naps, the boys were up playing with the Luthers. Bonnie wanted to
go up. I walked up there with her and visited with Julie and April for
a few minutes. When we walked back home, Bonnie wanted me to help her
find Daddy. We found him out in the yard. She wanted us to play London
Bridges with her. She showed us how we were supposed to hold our
hands. Then, she backed up quite a bit and ran toward us. When we
said, “Take the keys and lock her up,” she said, “That’s not the right
way. It’s actually, ‘Take the keys and pick her up.” She is a mess.

Both boys fell asleep watching a movie. We carried them to their beds,
and Bonnie followed behind them. Usually, they want to hear a bed time
story. Bonnie didn’t ask about one tonight; she was tired too.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe left at 6:30 to go give a devotional at one of the
banks in town. Charlie usually does it every Thursday, but he is in
Accra. So, he asked Joe to do it. After that, the Posts met Joe in
town. He showed them where some things were. He got home in time for
lunch.

The kids slept past 7:00 today; that is sleeping in for them. Bonnie
came into our bed after Joe got up this morning. When she woke up the
second time, she hit her leg on the bed frame and scraped it all the way
down. She needed a band-aid. It was too big for a band-aid. So, we
had to do a makeshift one. She was happy with it though.

We did school today. The boys did better today. Today it was Bonnie’s
turn to have a bad morning; she kept crying over every little thing.

After lunch, we took naps. Gilbert hasn’t been going to sleep. He
usually gets up after Bonnie and Danny go to sleep. Today, he came out
and said, “Dad, I’ve decided to take a nap today. Can you wake me up at
3:00 to go up the Luthers’ house?” At 3:00, Joe shook Gilbert, and he
wouldn’t wake up. He tried again at 3:30, and he woke up that time.
The kids went up to play with the Luther kids. Bonnie was happy to
report that nobody hit anyone today.

At supper time, Joe looked at the thermometer, and it was 96 degrees in
the kitchen. No wonder I couldn’t quit sweating. After supper, we
watched a movie and ate popcorn. We turned the AC on in the living
room; after running for three hours, it is now only 91 degrees in the
kitchen.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bonjour,

We did school this morning. The boys were dragging their feet once
again. Sometimes they act like they have forgotten everything they have
ever learned. We made it through.

After school, Danny and Bonnie went to play with the Luthers. Gilbert
couldn’t go this morning because he was naughty up there yesterday.

Joe went up to the office this morning. He got home about lunch time.
He and Gilbert went with Francis to find out where a nearby chicken farm
is. We have had trouble finding good eggs lately. Next time, we will
try some from the chicken farm.

After naps, the kids played with the Luthers. At supper time, Danny
said, “Gilbert, today I digged and digged and almost saw the whole world.”

After supper, we got ready for church. Joe preached a good message
tonight. We gave Kristine, Becky, and April a ride home.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bonjour,

Everyone was up bright and early this morning. We started school at
7:30 and finished before 10:00.

I was out on the porch hanging a load of laundry. Bonnie said, “Mom, I
see a wasp’s nest.” I looked, and it was a spider web. I told her what
it was. She said, “Oh, it’s a spider bed.”

The whole family went to town. We ran some errands and then went to
Planter’s Lodge for lunch. While the kids and I were waiting in the car
at one place, Gilbert said, “Body, I know that you’re hot; you can quit
sweating now.” I explained that God made us so that we would sweat to
cool our bodies off. Joe told him that dogs don’t sweat and that is why
they pant. Gilbert decided to try being a dog then. He was sitting in
the backseat panting. He demonstrated how a very hot dog would pant and
how one that wasn’t so hot would pant.

When we were eating lunch, two white men came into the restaurant.
Gilbert and Danny wanted to know why there were other white people in
Africa. The restaurant where we ate is at a hotel. When the lady was
clearing our table off, Bonnie thought that it was the end of the world
when the lady took her napkin. One of the white men at the other table
asked her what was wrong and offered her his napkin if she needed it.

We came home for naps. The kids went to play with the Luthers for a
while. Then, they were helping Daddy gather things for the fire pit.
While they were doing that, a man and some little boys walked up. He
was taking his boys to play soccer. He invited Gilbert and Danny to
play too. They took turns kicking the ball. Gilbert said that the man
told him that he was the best kicker.

We got a package from Nana today. When everyone came inside, we looked
at the stuff that was in the package. The kids were excited with their
sunglasses and clothes.

Please pray for the Dennis Liker family, members of our home church.
Their twenty-two-year-old son died in a car wreck on Friday. The
funeral was today.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, April 25, 2011

Bonjour,

Happy Easter Monday! Both Friday and Monday are holidays here. April
had Bible club this morning since all of the kids are on Easter break.
I was going to do school with the kids today, but all of the kids were
outside playing after Bible club. I let the kids had the day off too.
It will be back to school tomorrow – 25 days left.

I did some laundry and got some cleaning done this morning. Joe was
outside with Charlie watching the kids play most of the morning.

After naps, the kids went to play with the Luther kids. I folded
clothes and then worked on supper.

The kids had fun playing this evening. They were playing that Bonnie
was sick and they needed to take her to the doctor. They tried to carry
her on a towel. That didn’t work. So, one took her arms, and the other
took her legs.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bonjour,

When I woke the kids up a little before 5:00 this morning, Gilbert
looked out the window and said, “Mom, it’s still night time!” As soon
as Danny heard those words, he rolled over and went back to sleep. We
managed to make it out the door at 5:20. We went to get Kristine and
Becky. We got to church around 5:45. The guy who lives at the church
was the only other person there. Kristine took some pictures for us of
our Easter outfits.

At 6:05, Joe decided to go ahead and start even though no one else was
there. Right about that time, about ten more people came. People
slowly trickled in. We ended up with over fifty. We even had some
visitors. Joe preached. Arthur preached, and Evans preached. During
the last sermon, Joe had the kids who were there go to the Sunday school
class for Sunday school. Bonnie slept through the first two sermons.
Danny was getting rather antsy after sitting still for two services.

At the end of the service, we took up an offering for Mr. Ble, a church
member who had a stroke and can’t move anything on his left side. Then,
the whole church went to visit him. We all shook his hand and let him
know that we are praying for him. Joe gave him the offering and prayed
for him. Out in the courtyard, we all sang “Amazing Grace” before we left.

When we got home, I finished lunch preparations. The Luthers said that
we could eat up at their house since they have more room than we do. We
ate lunch at 1:00 and had a good time of fellowship with the Luthers,
Becky, and Kristine.

After lunch, some of us played a game. Then, we headed home. I got
about a forty-five minute nap in; no one else took one. We had our
Easter egg hunt and snacked on some of the leftover food. Everyone is
very tired now.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe went visiting. One of the ladies got to lead a
teenage girl to the Lord.

The kids and I worked on Easter preparations. The kids dyed eggs. I
made several things today that are for tomorrow’s dinner. The Luthers,
Becky, and Kristine are coming for dinner.

We have a sunrise service in the morning. We are supposed to pick up
Becky and Kristine at 5:30. We will definitely get an early start!

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bonjour,

This morning, we called a taxi driver that we know. He came to the
house to pick me up. Then, we picked Kristine up. We went in search of
fabric for Danny’s shirt. Most of the fabric booths inside the market
circle were closed today since it is Good Friday. But, there were
several places open on the outside of the circle. We could not find the
exact same material. So, we got something that had the same colors in
it. Then, we found a place who said that they could make the shirt by
2:00 this afternoon. It was about 10:00 then. So, we had a few hours
to kill. There were a lot of used shoes and clothing on the circle
today. So, we had fun looking at all of that. We found some good
deals. I bought some dress shirts for Joe, but they all ended up being
too small. XL here is not the same as x-large in the States. (Some of
the clothes were from the States; so, I thought they might work.) I did
find some shoes and clothes for the kids.

When we finished all of our shopping, it wasn’t quite noon. We called
the taxi driver, and he dropped us off at a restaurant. We ate lunch
and then just sat there and talked for a while. He picked us up at
1:30, and we went to check on the shirt. They were just finishing it
up. We got the shirt and headed home.

Joe and the kids had a good day. The kids played outside. Joe worked
on burning a tree that was cut down some time ago. Bonnie and Danny
were both asleep when I got home.

We had homemade pizza for supper tonight. When I was cutting the pizza,
Bonnie said, “Mom is playing Tic Tac in a row.” Gilbert asked her who
was winning, and she told him that Mom was.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bonjour,

We left the house at 6:00 this morning to head to Aiyinasi. April went
with us. On the way, we pass a rubber plantation and a rubber factory.
When the rubber factory is in use, it stinks! Gilbert asked if there
were foxes hiding in the “rubber tree forest.” Then, when we passed the
factory, he said, “I bet there aren’t any foxes in there!”

We arrived in Aiyinasi around 7:40. We were supposed to be there by
8:00 so that Gilbert could practice for the K-5 graduation. We
visited with the Posts for a while and then went to the school/church.
They put a bow tie and a cap and gown on Gilbert about 9:30. Then, they
stood in line until 10:00. Gilbert started crying. He said that he was
scared. Then, he said that they told him he had to stand still and not
move; I think that was what was really bothering him. There are about
120 students in the Walkers’ school – K-4 – 6th grade.

The whole school did a program reciting and singing things that they had
learned throughout the year. Gilbert stood up there through it all.
They did get to sit down when the K-5 was not involved in what was being
done.

About halfway through the program, Gilbert started motioning that he was
thirsty. He thought that we didn’t get the message; so, he started
mouthing, “I’m thirsty.” Joe told him that he could wait. He made it
through.

Bonnie joined in the recessional. She hopped in line between two boys
and started pushing the boy in front of her. She was ready to get out
of there.

Danny sat by Mrs. Todd. She broke her leg and is not able to put any
weight on that leg. He wanted to make sure that she was okay.

We ate lunch with the Posts and visited with them for a while. Then, we
headed back to Takoradi. We did some grocery shopping because we
weren’t sure what would be open tomorrow on Good Friday. Monday is also
considered a holiday here. It was an unusual day for Africa – We
didn’t have any car trouble; we didn’t get stopped by the police, and we
didn’t see any wrecks.

While we were at the store, the seamstress called to tell us she was
done with our Easter outfits. We stopped to pick them up and discovered
that she only made a shirt for one of the boys, and that was all of the
fabric. I guess we will go in search of more fabric tomorrow if the
market circle stores are open. If not, I guess we will have to wear
them after Easter. Oh well!

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie