Monthly Archives: October 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Bonjour,

This morning when Joe got back from taking the kids to school, there was a group of about twenty teenage girls out in the field playing soccer.  In a few minutes, they came up and were shaking the gate.  Joe went out to see what they wanted.  They wanted water.  He told them to go into town to get water.  A few minutes later, he looked out the window.  The girls had used a stick to pull the clothesline over to the bars and had stolen things off of the clothesline.  Joe went after them and retrieved the stolen items.  Then, he asked them why they weren’t in school.  They had decided to skip school today.  So, he marched them through the village to the school a mile and a half away.  He took them to the headmaster of the school.  
I did some cleaning and then tried making some miracle whip.  It seems to have turned out okay.
When the kids got home from school, we went to look at some puppies.  There were some Rottweiler puppies, and a Boerboel who will have puppies soon.  The Boerboel is an African breed that looks like a Mastiff; we are thinking about getting one of those after she has her puppies.  The kids were excited and wanted to bring one home today.  We want to keep a dog on the porch.
After supper, the boys did their homework.  Then, we watched Monk.  
Tomorrow, the kids have a half day of school and are out the rest of the week because Freedom Baptist is having a revival.  Joe has to go to the border tomorrow to renew the car papers; he is going to Ivory Coast next week for the whole week, but the car papers run out this week.  Please pray for traveling safety and for a speedy paperwork process at the border.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bonjour,

We had a good day at church.  Today was Evans Benyah’s last Sunday before going to Inchaban to establish a new church.  He has been holding Friday night Bible studies for some time now; next Sunday will be his first Sunday services in Inchaban.  Next Sunday, we are going to take everyone to Inchaban for his first Sunday.  Joe asked Evans to preach today; two of his sisters came for the morning service and heard a clear presentation of the gospel.  
 Sunday, October 30, 2011
 Sunday, October 30, 2011
Sunday school and junior church were lively, as usual.  I had twenty in Sunday school and thirty-one by junior church time.  I usually have different kids come up to help me with the songs.  Two little bitty kids came up to stand in front of the pictures; it was so cute.
 Sunday, October 30, 2011

 Sunday, October 30, 2011
After church this morning, we all went to visit Brother Blay.  He had a stroke and is unable to get around.  We have been to visit him before, but the visit today really made an impression on Danny.  All the way home, he asked questions about a stroke and was trying to understand why Brother Blay cannot walk.  During the testimony time at church tonight, Danny said that he was thankful that we got to go see Brother Blay.  A minute later, he raised his hand to say that he was thankful that he got to sing for Brother Blay.  Then, he raised his hand and said that he was praying that Brother Blay would be able to walk again.
 Sunday, October 30, 2011

 Sunday, October 30, 2011
Brother Blay was crying as we sang some hymns outside his door.
We had a good evening service with sixteen in attendance.  Today was also the last Sunday for Bright; he will be leaving to go to Lebanon with the UN.  He is the one who got baptized a couple weeks ago.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe went up to the church for a work day.  Two other guys came.  They got a lot accomplished.
The kids played and then did their homework before Bible Club.  We had thirty-four for Bible Club today.  It went pretty well; some of the kids did not want to be quiet.  One boy was determined to get a second piece of candy.  I told him that if he learned the verse, he would get two pieces next week.
We had lunch and then took naps.  During lunch, Bonnie was talking about being the boss.  Joe said, “I’m the boss.”  Bonnie said, “Well, I’m in charge …(pause while her wheels were turning)… of something!” We all went swimming after naps.  
After I finished the dishes, I played a game with the kids.  Joe got too hot today and was very tired.
I have a bug bite on my arm that is all swollen.  Those bugs really like me!  Hopefully the swelling will go down and it won’t turn into cellulitis this time!
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, October 28, 2011

Bonjour,

Joe took the kids to school.  Then, he worked on cleaning the pool.  I did some cleaning and then spent most of the day in the kitchen getting ready for Danny’s birthday party tonight.
The kids had a good day at school.  Gilbert said that he did good on his spelling test.  Danny had show and tell in his class today; he took the helicopter that he got for his birthday.  
After school, the kids went swimming.  The Siekberts came for Danny’s party.  The boys helped Joe roast hot dogs.  We ate supper inside.  After supper, we played a party game and then had cake and ice cream.  The kids all had fun playing together.  I enjoyed getting to visit with Jackie.  Mack couldn’t come because they didn’t have a night guard at their house.
Everyone is ready for bed tonight!
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bonjour,

This morning, I did some work around the house.  Joe went into town to finish up the bulk shopping.  
The kids had a good day at school.  There weren’t any bad reports today.  Danny’s teacher told Joe that Danny is doing great.  He had been struggling a little, but she said that he is like a different person now.  We have been working with him at home a little and telling him that it is okay to make mistakes; his biggest fear is doing something wrong.  Danny just about tackles the teacher every morning; he gives her a big hug when he sees her.  Gilbert said that he was supposed to make sure that he knew his spelling words well; in other words, they have a test tomorrow.  He got most of them right the first time; we only had to repeat a couple words.  Bonnie said that she was a good girl.
Joe took the kids swimming when they got home.  Danny caught an orange lizard in the pool; in the catching process, he killed it and then threw it out.  Gilbert went to go see what it was.
I made a cake.  We are having a party for Danny tomorrow after school.  Then, I worked on supper.
After supper, the boys did their homework.  Then, we played a game that Danny got for his birthday.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bonjour,

Today is Danny’s 5th birthday.  He was up at 5:25 this morning ready to go.  He said, “Mom, since I’m five now, I bet I can run fast!” as he took off running in circles around the living room.
Joe took the kids to school.  Then, he came back home to get me.  We went into town to run errands, go grocery shopping, and meet the Morgans for lunch.  By the time we finished with lunch, it was time to go get the kids from school.  I went upstairs to take a picture of Danny with his class.  Bonnie’s teacher saw me in the hallway and told Bonnie that she had a surprise for her – me.  Bonnie was happy to see me.  She came to Danny’s classroom and got in the picture.  The cupcakes were a big hit.
When we got home, Joe had to go to the church for a meeting.  Danny and Gilbert were eagerly awaiting his arrival because Danny couldn’t open presents until Daddy got back.  Danny had fun opening his presents.  Gilbert was just as excited as Danny was.  We got it on video.  
Danny had requested Grandma’s meatballs and rice for supper.  I got a cake in the oven and then worked on the meatballs.  We finished supper and quickly got ready for church.  
We had a good church service with eight in attendance.  During the testimony time, Danny said, “I praise the Lord for my birthday and my presents.  Oh, I praise the Lord for mom’s cupcakes too.”  
We had cake and ice cream when we got home from church.  Then, it was bed time for the kids.  I feel like it is bed time too!
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bonjour,

Joe talked to the power company several times throughout the day trying to get them to come out to remove the limbs off of the lines and get our power turned back on.  They came about 3:30 this afternoon.  Within fifteen minutes, they had the limbs removed and our power turned back on.  It will be nice to run the AC tonight; it is much easier to sleep that way!  : )
The kids had a good day at school.  Danny was having trouble adding a final consonant to blends yesterday.  We worked on it last night, and the teacher said that he did much better today.  Gilbert was trying to remember the country that they talked about today.  He remembered that there were wild animals that people liked to go and see and that there were fast runners there; then he remembered that it was Kenya.  Bonnie had fallen on the playground and had band-aids on her knee.  She said that Brother Morgan put the band-aids on and told her that she was a good girl.
I made cupcakes for Danny to take to school tomorrow for his birthday.  I got them frosted just before the kids got home.  We sampled a couple and saved the rest for tomorrow.  Bonnie was upset that it was just a piece and not a whole one.
I made pizza for supper so that Danny could have pizza in his lunch tomorrow.  After supper, the boys did their homework.  
Danny has requested cowboy cake for breakfast.  (If we say coffee cake, they think it has coffee in it and don’t want any.)  Joe is mixing that up while I type the e-mail.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bonjour,

There is a tree branch on our power line.  When the wind blows, it sparks and makes everything go haywire.  We called the power company; their reply was “Unless tomorrow.”  We turned everything off and are going to fire up the generator for the night.  Otherwise, we won’t have anything left by morning.  Pray that the power company will come tomorrow to take care of the problem.  We can’t remove the branch ourselves without being electrocuted.
The kids had a good day at school.  Danny said that he had to stand up in the back of the class because he argued with his teacher about the words to our national anthem.  We told him that he should never argue with the teacher, even if she is wrong.  I printed out the words and showed Danny that he was wrong and that the teacher was right.  He has got the right words down now!
A boy in Danny’s class had a birthday today.  He had brought a snack for everyone.  Danny said that one boy didn’t get the snack because he wouldn’t share the candy that his parents had sent on his birthday.  When Danny prayed for supper tonight, he prayed about his birthday cupcakes.  (His birthday is on Wednesday, and he is going to take cupcakes.)  He said, “Thank you for my cupcakes, and I will share them with everybody.  I won’t be selfish.”  When Danny finished praying, Gilbert said, “That’s silly to pray about your cupcakes, Danny!”  We told him that it was fine for him to pray about his cupcakes; at least he was thinking of not being selfish.  Danny is usually very good about sharing except when it comes to garlic bread or deviled eggs!  But, he did offer Gilbert the bigger piece of garlic bread the other night.  We are making progress!
The boys helped Joe burn a palm tree that we cut down awhile back.  They kept collecting more things to add to the fire.  
We decided to start walking around the field every day.  We took five laps tonight.  Two more laps would have made a mile.  Bonnie walked four and a half laps with us before she turned around to go sit with the brothers.  Gilbert took one lap.  Danny was coaching us telling us, “Run; don’t walk!”  Both boys ran one lap toward the end of our laps.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bonjour,

We had a good day at church.  We started out with twelve in the six and under class and had twenty-six by junior church time.  There was a business meeting after the morning service; most of the adults stayed for that.  I stayed outside with the children to run interference.  Most of the kids went home, but the ones who ride with us were still there.
We had lunch and took naps.  I wasn’t feeling very well; the children and I stayed home during the evening service.  We listened to a DVD about Samson.  
Joe said that the evening service went well with seven in attendance.
Joe stayed up to listen to the Dallas Cowboys game via the internet.  I went on to bed.  That is why this is just now coming through.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Bonjour,

Joe had a work day this morning.  Some guys came out to move some stuff out of the garage that needed to go up to the church.  Then, they came back here and worked on moving the remaining John and Romans out of the garage to the Scripture Center building.  They also cleaned and organized the Scripture Center.  They got a lot accomplished.  The kids were busy “helping” until Bible Club time.  As soon as Bible Club was over, they went right back to help Daddy.  Bonnie thought that she was in charge, as usual.
The swelling in my hand has gone down throughout the day.  It is still a little swollen, but I think the medicine is doing its job.  
We tried changing the Bible Club time to 11:00 today.  We had 27 children for Bible Club.  After Bible Club, about fifty more kids showed up to play in the field.  They had a big soccer game going.  A few of those kids came up to the door asking for candy.  I told them that they had to come for Bible Club to get candy.  About 4:00 this afternoon, a few more kids came for Bible Club.  Those kids are the ones who are usually here at 11:00 every Saturday.  I told them that they missed Bible Club today and that they would have to come next week at 11:00.  I wasn’t feeling very well, or I might have done Bible Club again for them.
Joe had told the kids that they could help him burn the trash that they collected today.  After naps, they went out to burn the trash.
I made hot dog buns for supper.  For some reason, they did not rise.  Oh well, we ate them anyway.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie