Monthly Archives: September 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Bonjour,

Kristine got up to tell the kids goodbye before they left for school.  Danny almost cried, but she told him that we will see her again in Ivory Coast.
Gilbert went back to school today.  He said that everyone was happy to see him; people asked him all day how he was doing.  Danny and Bonnie went too.  They all had a good day.
Kristine, Becky, and the Kadios left at 9:00.  About thirty minutes later, they were back; they had taken the key with them to the guest room.  They called when they got to the border.  We heard from Kristine tonight that they made it to Ivory Coast safely.
I worked on retyping the church constitution this morning.  Joe is going through it during Sunday school and wanted to pass out copies.
When the kids got home from school, Joe took them swimming.  I made pizza for supper.  Bonnie came into the kitchen and said, “What can I do for you, Mom?  Can I set up the table?”  She set the table all by herself.  One of the boys started to come into the kitchen.  She told them that she was helping Mom and that they should stay out of the kitchen until supper was ready.
The kids were glad that they didn’t have to do their homework tonight.  On Friday nights, they get to play and save their homework for Saturday morning.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe took Danny and Bonnie to school.  We kept Gilbert home another day to make sure that he was feeling better.  He was bored and didn’t take a nap – no fever, no headache.  I think he is ready to go back to school!  He finished his last malaria treatment today.
I helped Gilbert do his papers that were sent home.  He got them all done today.
Dr. KB and his family and Becky Pope arrived this afternoon about 4:30.  They are headed back to Ivory Coast tomorrow.  Kristine is going with them too.  We have enjoyed having Kristine here; we will really miss her!  
I worked on supper most of the afternoon.  Gilbert was glad when the other kids got home.  He wanted someone to play with him.
We had a good time at supper and a good time of fellowship.  After supper, I helped the kids with homework.  Becky and Kristine did the dishes for me.
The power was off all day.  We had the generator on most of the day except for turning it off to let it cool down.  The power came back on about 7:00 this evening, but it wasn’t working right.  Two phases were still off, and the lights kept blinking.  Joe had gone to the church for a meeting.  He told me just to leave the generator on for a while.  The electric meter makes a beeping sound when one of the phases is off; when the beeping stopped and stayed off for a few minutes, I tried turning the power on again.  It worked that time!  We get to sleep with our air conditioners tonight!  Yes!!  The power company said that new lines are being installed in our neighborhood.  Tomorrow, the new lines are supposed to come to our pole.  So, the power will probably be off during the day tomorrow.  At least they got the problem with the transformer fixed this evening!
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, September 29, 2011

Bonjour,

Gilbert is feeling a little better today.  He did not wake up hurting in the night.  He has had a bad headache off and on today but no fever.  He slept a lot today and is just taking it easy.  We did a little of his school work, but he got tired quickly.
Joe took Danny and Bonnie to school this morning.  Then, he came home and worked on a sermon.  He left about 11:00 to do some bulk shopping before he picked the kids up from school.
Gilbert and I rested this afternoon.  Gilbert slept for almost five hours.  
Danny did his homework without any complaints.  He usually wants someone right there watching him, but he just did it today.
I stayed home with the kids tonight since Gilbert is down with malaria.  The power went off at 7:30.  I called the power company.  They said that it would not come back on until 6:00 in the morning.  I asked if it was just for tonight or if it was “load shedding.”  He yelled, “6:00 AM!” and hung up on me.  I guess he didn’t even listen to what I was asking.  I tried to start the generator but could not get it to stay running.
Danny and Bonnie both fell asleep on the couch waiting for Daddy to get home from church.  Joe said that church went well; there were seven in attendance.  
Joe filled the generator up with diesel, and it started right up for him.  He said that the fuel was probably too low when I was trying to start it.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bonjour,

Gilbert was up again at 4:00 AM with a fever and and a bad headache.  After Joe took Danny and Bonnie to school, we took Gilbert to the doctor.  The doctor said that with those symptoms they always treat for malaria.  Gilbert started the three-day malaria treatment today.  The doctor said that if he is not better by Monday, they would do lab work; but the malaria treatment should take care of it.  The fever and headache have come and gone throughout the day.  
Danny and Bonnie had a good day at school.  Danny said that he wrote his letters just like his teacher wanted him to write them.  He did a good job on his homework tonight too.
Joe had a meeting with some of the men at the church tonight.  The meeting went well.
Kristine watched Monk with us before she headed downstairs.  One phase of our power was off for 36 hours.  It was the phase that controls the basement, the water pump, the water heaters, and the kids’ air conditioner.  It came back on this morning after being off since Sunday night.  We were all glad about that.  We could actually do laundry today, and the kids were glad to have their AC back tonight.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bonjour,

This morning a little before 4:00, Gilbert came into our room.  He said that he had a bad headache and couldn’t sleep.  He also had a fever.  I got up, took his temperature, and gave him some Tylenol.  As soon as the medicine hit his stomach, he puked.  He stayed home from school today.  He would feel better for a while and then would be back down again.  If he is still sick in the morning, we will take him to the doctor to test for malaria.  
Danny and Bonnie were not too thrilled about going to school without Gilbert, but they went and did fine.  Just after Joe dropped the kids off, Danny told the teacher that he was sick.  They tried to call us, but we didn’t catch the call in time.  He did fine after that though.  
Joe worked some more on the church financial reports.  He also watched some football.  
Gilbert and I took a nap this afternoon.  Joe went to get Danny and Bonnie from school.
This evening, Kristine kept the kids while Joe and I went on a date.  We went to Captain Hooks for supper.  We picked up ice cream on the way home; the kids were happy about that.  Bonnie slept the whole time we were gone; her short nap at school doesn’t always cut it.
I just got a message on my phone from Jackie Siekbert.  One of their sons has hives everywhere.  It sounded like a food allergy.  They didn’t have any Benadryl; so, Joe took some over there.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Bonjour,

We had a good day at church.  After church this morning, the kids were singing “Bringing in the Sheaves.”  Bonnie thought it was “bringing in the cheese.”  Gilbert told her, “No, Bonnie, it’s ‘bringing in the sheep.’”  We had to explain what “sheaves” are.  
There were 32 in the six and under junior church today.  They were pretty well-behaved today.  
After church this morning, we had lunch and took naps.  Then, it was back to church again.  There were sixteen in the evening service.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe went to prayer meeting and soul winning.  
When Joe left, the kids went outside to wait for the Kadios to come down.  I looked out the window to check on them.  Bonnie was on the tire swing.  Danny was going potty.  I asked Danny why he went to the bathroom outside.  He said, “I had to, Mom.  I was killing ants.”  I asked if he killed any ants.  He said, “Just one, Mom.”  Boys!!
The Kadios came down to eat breakfast a little after 9:00.  They headed out to go to Kumasi around 10:00.  
After they left, the kids did their homework.  They all had two pages of homework today.  Danny is always the last to finish.  He gets sidetracked quite easily.
About 11:30, some girls knocked on the door.  They were here for Bible Club, which is supposed to start at 4:00.  The kids went out to play with them while I got lunch ready.  After lunch, we had Bible Club with those girls so that they wouldn’t have to wait around all day.  
Then, about 2:30, there was another knock at the door.  The next group of kids were here for Bible Club.  Joe told them that it wasn’t until 4:00.  They said that they would play outside until then.  We went outside about 3:40.  There were 23 children.  The four girls from earlier in the day were back again.  They must have seen the big group of children headed this way and decided to come back.  We had a good time.  There is one older boy who seems to be “in charge.”  I asked him if they had time for a game after Bible Club.  He said that they should go home because they had already played for an hour before we started.  I guess we will have to go out earlier next week and play games first.  
Kristine made supper this evening.  After supper, she watched a movie with the kids.  This is her last weekend to be with us.  She will leave next Friday to go back to Ivory Coast.  We will miss her!
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bonjour,

This e-mail is coming to you a day late.  I was too tired to send one last night.  
The kids were glad to go to school.  Joe said that they laughed all the way to school.  When they got to school, all of the kids ran to the playground.  Bonnie came running back to say, “Dad, don’t forget to pick us up on time.”  Then, she ran back to the playground.
We were expecting some visitors from Ivory Coast today.  They said that they would be here around noon.  I made pizza for lunch.  We went ahead and ate without them.  Kristine called them after lunch and found out that they weren’t even at the border yet.  
When Joe went to pick the kids up from school, he found out that Bonnie was bad at school.  She got a swat from the principal.  She would not pay attention in class.  We told the kids that if they got swats at school, they would get one at home too.  After they got that out of the way, the kids went swimming.
I fed the kids some pizza.  We waited to eat supper with the company.  They didn’t get here until after 8:00.  It took two and a half hours at the border to get the car papers for Ghana.
The family that came is Dr. KB, his wife, and son.  He is the doctor that Kristine works with in Ivory Coast.  Kristine made supper.  They are on their way to Kumasi, Ghana.  They will stop back by here on their way back through next week.  They will spend the night, and then Kristine will go back to Ivory Coast with them.
The kids played together until 10:00 while the adults talked.  I had to call it a night at that point.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bonjour,

This morning, the kids did not want to wake up.  It took them a little while, but they were all ready to go out the door when it was time for school.
I did some cleaning and laundry this morning.  I took a nap this afternoon; I had a sinus headache.  I feel better this evening; now, I seem to be losing my voice.
Joe has been putting all of the church financial records on the computer.  He worked on that this morning.  
The kids had a good day at school.  Gilbert brought his first spelling list home tonight.  He doesn’t know when the test is supposed to be.
Joe found out what happened in Danny’s class yesterday.  The boys who told on Danny didn’t have the story quite right.  The teacher asked Danny a question.  He didn’t give the right answer; so, she told him to go to the back of the line.  On his way back, he started crying.  Some boys laughed at him for crying, and the ones who laughed got sent to the principal.  
Bonnie’s class watches some type of Teaching My Baby to Read DVDs.  She was telling us the words that they have been working on.  “Hippomopotamus and gorilla, Mom, those are my words.”
Joe took the kids swimming after school.  I made pizza for supper.  Danny helped me with the pizzas.  He likes to help put the toppings on the pizza.  Gilbert set the table without being asked.  He said, “Look, Mom, I made the table for you, and you didn’t even have to ask!”
After supper, the boys did their homework.  Joe had to go meet with someone in the church.  After homework, we watched Monk with Kristine.  Then, I gave the boys a haircut.  Danny was complaining about his head itching before the haircut; he said, “Mom, I think it itches because I have too much hair.”  Gilbert said that the people here call a haircut a “barb.”  So, both boys were asking for a “barb.” Then, Bonnie said that she needed a “barb” too.  I trimmed Bonnie’s hair a tiny bit so that she could have a “barb” too.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bonjour,

Joe and the kids made it to school early once again.  They called me before they went in the gate.  Everyone sounded happy this morning.
Kristine and I left the guest house just after 7:00.  A taxi came along right away.  He said that he knew where the Takoradi Bus Station was, but he didn’t really know.  After he asked another taxi driver about it, he found it.  We got on a bus and waited for it to fill up.  Then, we sat still in traffic for about an hour as we were leaving Accra.  There was some road construction that was causing the delay.  After that, the trip was uneventful.  It rained most of the way home.
The bus dropped us off at a gas station which is not too far from our house.  Joe met us at the gas station and brought us home.  I unpacked my bags so that the kids surprises would be ready for them when they got home from school.  Then, I took a little nap.  I have a sore throat now.  I think that Kristine and I both got the cold that the kids had last week.
The kids were so excited when they got home.  They had fun looking at their surprises.  
After school today when Danny’s class was filing by Joe, some of the kids in Danny’s class told on Danny.  They said, “Danny cried today.  The teacher told him he had to go see the headmaster (principal); Danny started crying, and she told him to sit back down.”  We asked Danny what happened.  At first, he said that he didn’t remember.  Joe told him that he would ask his teacher tomorrow if she remembered what happened.  Then, Danny suddenly began to remember.  He said that the teacher asked him if the letter was “e,” and he told her no, but it really was “e.”  He is a bit of a tease like his father, but I guess he figured out she wasn’t teasing when she told him to go see the principal.  He is ornery, but he has a tender heart too.  He started crying, and she told him to sit back down.  I think he will tell her the right answer next time!  He said, “Mom, after that, I spelled some blends, and I did them right.”
Gilbert was telling me about their reading time.  He hasn’t brought any reading home.  So, I asked him how he was doing.  He said that he was doing fine but that he got a tear in his eye sometimes because the teacher told him “No, that wasn’t right.”
Bonnie said that her class moved to a different classroom.  She has been singing songs.  If we start to sing with her, she says, “That’s not the way we do it at school.”
After the kids played for a while, the boys did their homework.  Then, we had supper and got ready for church.  Joe preached a good message tonight about faith.  There were fourteen in attendance.  Several were out with colds and sickness tonight.  Gilbert got a kick out of watching a man fall asleep.  He leaned over and said, “Mom, is that man praying?  His eyes have been closed for a long time.”
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie