Monthly Archives: November 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bonjour,

At breakfast this morning, Danny was talking about a jet ski.  He asked Joe if that was the fastest thing that goes on water.  Joe told him that there are boats that race.  Danny said, “Well, who won the race?”  Joe was stumped by that question since he did not even know who raced.  : )
Since the kids did not have school today, we all went up to the church this morning.  My project was wiping down all of the plastic sleeves containing the Sunday school materials and putting them in order.  The kids helped me wipe them off.  Then, I started the sorting process.  We worked until noon.  I didn’t finish sorting, but I’ll finish it another day.  I like to organize things; that was right up my alley.  The kids went back and forth between the auditorium.  Joe had the boys pick up trash on the grounds.  Then, the boys were building things with scraps from the ceiling project.  Bonnie found a box of odds and ends that she could “sort.”  
We came home and had lunch.  The kids and I took a nap, and Joe went back up to the church.  
After supper, we all got ready for church.  We usually leave at 6:30, but the guard wasn’t here.  We called him, and he said that he was on his way.  He still wasn’t here at 7:00, which is when church is supposed to start.  Joe had called Dan and told him to start the singing without us.  At 7:10, the guard still wasn’t here.  Bonnie and I stayed home to watch the house, and Joe and the boys went on to church.  They met in one of the classrooms since the auditorium is still under construction.  We are hoping to have the lights and fans back in place by Sunday.  They should finish up the ceiling in the auditorium tomorrow.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bonjour,

Joe took the kids to school.  Then, he went up to the church to continue the work on the ceiling.  They are almost halfway done with the auditorium now.
I did some work around the house.  The third phase came back on this morning.  I was able to get the laundry caught up.
When Joe went to get the kids from school, they told him that school is cancelled for the rest of the week due to water shortage.  We did not know that there was a water shortage in town because the well has been keeping up just fine.  With all the rain that we had, it is hard to believe that there is a water shortage.  Maybe a pump to one of the wells is broken.  People can usually have water trucked in, but even the trucks cannot get water right now.
I took the kids swimming, and Joe went back to the church.  The boys helped me make supper.  Gilbert stirred the meat and potatoes.  He told Joe, “Dad, I cooked them until they were done.”  Danny handed me the tortilla balls.  Then, Gilbert buttered the tortillas for quesadillas while I fried them. Bonnie set the table.  After supper, Gilbert washed the dishes; Danny rinsed, and I dried and put away.  Gilbert had a few rejects, but he did pretty good.  I told him that something wasn’t clean.  He said, “Well, I’m trying to see that swamp show that Dad is watching.”  Joe told him that he would wait for him so that Gilbert could concentrate on washing the dishes.  After supper, both boys read for a little while.  Bonnie was hunting a particular book to read too.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, November 28, 2011

Bonjour,

Joe took the kids to school.  He came back home for a few minutes.  While he was here, he discovered that someone broke into the Scripture Center.  It is a building up on the hill that has tracts, John and Romans, Bibles, etc.  They broke into the part where Evans had been living; it is vacant now, and there was not anything in there to be taken.  Joe made sure that LF was going to be here.  Then, he went into town to get the materials for the church ceiling.  They got started on that project today.  Joe was up at the church all day.
I got some things done around the house – cleaning, laundry, etc.
After school, Joe brought the kids home.  Then, he went back up to the church for a while.  I took the kids swimming and then got supper ready.
Gilbert was the only one with homework tonight.  He just had to go over his spelling words.  Then, I had both boys do some reading.  Gilbert is still sounding out the words, but he is moving faster than he was.  Danny is just starting with three letter words.  Bonnie was bouncing all over the place.  She was playing with her imaginary students.
Just before bed time, the phase for the bedrooms went off.  The kids’ AC is on a different phase, and we have an oscillating fan that we can put in our room.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bonjour,

We had a good day at church.  This morning, we promoted the seven and eight year olds out of my class up to the next class.  So, I had ten for Sunday School and fifteen for Junior Church.  We have been working on learning the ten commandments.  I had told the class that the first five people to say all ten commandments without any help would win a special prize.  Today, Danny and Gilbert were the first two to say all ten.  Now, I have to decide what the special prize will be so that I can present it to them next week.  Bonnie said that when she says all ten, she wants a baby doll that makes a crying noise.  
There are twin three-year-old girls who have been coming for the past couple weeks.  Danny wanted to sit next to them today.  He really likes the little kids.  Bonnie was upset because she wanted to sit by her brother.  They made room for her on the bench.
Joe has been going through the church constitution in the adult Sunday School class.  There are several young adults in there.  They were talking about abortion.  People started asking questions, and Joe ended up talking about purity.  Many of them have never been taught anything about that subject.  Joe was able to answer quite a few questions before they ran out of time.
The morning service went well.  Dan’s dad visited again today.  Continue to pray for him; he is a devout Catholic and needs to be saved.
This evening during the testimony time, Danny raised his hand and was thankful that he was saved and that he could put his trust in Jesus.  His voice got shaky, and he had tears in his eyes as he said it.  He can be so ornery at times, but he has such a tender heart.  Joe preached out of Psalm 119:165.  It was a good sermon.  There were eighteen in attendance tonight.  
Please pray for our pastor and his family.  Brother Dodson’s mother died yesterday, and the funeral will be tomorrow.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Bonjour,

Gilbert requested Dutch pancakes for breakfast this morning.  Those boys can put away the Dutch pancakes!
Joe went visiting this morning.  They stopped by the church and discovered a “bucket brigade” in the church yard.  People had come through a broken rung in the gate and were helping themselves to the well water.  So, Joe and Dan went to get some locks and found a welder to repair the gate.  When the welder was almost finished with the welding, the power went off.  It went off at home too and was off until 8:30 this evening.
The kids did their homework and played.  I worked on cleaning up the kitchen and doing laundry.  We had Bible Club at 11:00.  There were sixteen in attendance today.  
As I was fixing lunch, the power went off.  When Joe got home, he fired up the generator.  The power was off for eight hours this time.
After naps, Joe took the kids up to the church for the 4:00 Bible Club up there.  They had over 150 children.  Joe said that the kids did not stay in one place long enough for him to get an exact count.  Gilbert and Danny ran their little hearts out playing soccer.  Bonnie said that she was the cheerleader.  She was trying to teach some girls how to play hopscotch, but she said that they did not do it right.  I stayed home and made pizza for supper.
After supper, Joe went with one of the men in the church to visit the guy who was guarding when someone tried to break in.  He said that he had gone up the hill and heard a vehicle.  He said that he thought that it was our vehicle, but when he came down the hill, it was a different vehicle.  He said that it drove off as he came down the hill.  Something does not add up about his story, especially since he has been avoiding Joe at all costs for the past couple weeks.  Even the young man’s father thought that the story sounded fishy.  Joe told the former guard that he needed to stay off of our property.  The father said that if he sent him to the farm that he would send someone to accompany him to make sure that he did not step foot off of the path.  Joe got back home about 9:00.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, November 25, 2011

Bonjour,

When I was working on fixing the kids’ lunches and getting breakfast ready this morning, I discovered that the deep freezer did not get plugged back in yesterday after all of the power spikes and outages.  The freezer had defrosted, but most of the food was still frozen.  Joe finished up the kids lunches and helped the kids with breakfast while I worked on the freezer.
About an hour after Joe took the kids to school, the principal called to ask about Bonnie’s snack.  We looked around, and her lunch bag was on the floor in the living room.  The kids were helping Dad put the lunch bags in the backpacks, and Bonnie’s got left behind.  So, Joe took Bonnie’s lunch to school.  Gilbert said that he had to take some water up to Bonnie before her lunch bag came.  He said that Bonnie was crying.  Bonnie insisted that she wasn’t crying.  Gilbert said, “Well, she was wiping the tears away.”
Other than the missing lunch bag, the kids had a good day at school.  I worked on getting caught up on the laundry after not having power for the past couple days.  
After school, Joe took the kids swimming.  Danny got banged up trying to jump into the pool when he wasn’t close enough to the edge.
After supper, I said, “Who will help me eat the supper?  Who will help me wash the dishes?”  Danny said, “‘I’ said the dog.”  He jumped up in a chair and started rinsing for me.  We enlisted Gilbert’s help too.  Bonnie cleared the table for us.
We watched Monk after the dishes.  Danny fell asleep on the couch with his legs dangling over the edge.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, November 24, 2011 – Happy Thanksgiving!

Bonjour,

Happy Thanksgiving!
We had a good day.  The power was off quite a bit today, but it is back on for the moment.  We thought that the high voltage had zapped the air conditioner in the kids’ room, but it seems to be working fine today.
I worked in the kitchen all morning.  Joe helped me out.  We got everything done except the dishes before the company arrived.
The Siekberts and the Morgans came.  The food was delicious.  We had a good time of fellowship.  The kids had fun playing together.  
The company left about 3:30.  Joe took the kids swimming, and I rested for a little while.  I am quite sore from my fall last night.
The kids were hungry for supper.  I got some leftovers out for them.  Joe and I just had a piece of pie.
Gilbert was the only one with homework.  Just as we were getting ready to do it, the power went off.  We were waiting to see if it would come back on before starting the generator.  So, Gilbert did his homework by flashlight.  The kids all had glow sticks too.
Danny and Gilbert both fell asleep on the couch.  Bonnie was asleep not long after she hit the pillow.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bonjour,

The storm knocked our power out last night.  It was off for 24 hours.  When it did come back on this evening, the phase that controls the bedrooms fans and AC did not come back on.  Then, the voltage shot up to 400 volts.  We shut everything down.  Joe fired up the generator once again.  Then, we saw that the power was back on.  We turned it back on to see what it was doing.  Everything seemed to be okay, but the bedroom phase is still off.
Joe took the kids to school this morning.  Then, he went into town to run some errands.
I started on my pies.  I made two pumpkin pies, a buttermilk pie, and a chocolate meringue pie.  
After school, the kids played outside.  Then, they worked on cleaning their bedroom.  
After supper, we got ready for church.  Joe preached a good sermon about living a victorious Christian life.  There were nine in attendance.
When we got home, I worked on getting the dining room table ready.  Then, I decided to hang some fall leaves.  I was standing on a plastic chair.  One chair leg gave way.  The next thing I knew, I was flat on my back on the floor.  My left elbow, my lower back, and my right heel seem to have taken the brunt of the fall.  I don’t think anything is broken, just bruised.  Leave it to me to add some excitement!
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bonjour,

Joe took the kids to school this morning.  We headed into town around 10:30 to do the rest of my Thanksgiving grocery shopping.  We saw some interesting sights today.  We saw a big flatbed truck carrying twenty one-ton bags of Ammonium Nitrate which was being tailgated by a “highly inflammable” diesel tanker.  That is an accident waiting to happen!!  Then, there was some road construction.  The road was blocked off with a sign that said, “Do Not Entry.”  When we were eating lunch at one of the finer restaurants in town, the waitress came to the table with a mouth full of chicken bones.  She was chomping down on the bone as she was asking us if the meal was okay.  When she walked away, Joe got tickled and asked me what would happen in America to a waitress who waited on a table with her mouth full of food.
We went to the Market Circle today in search of celery.  There is a whole row of people that sell vegetables.  I asked at the first booth, and the lady told me to keep going.  I asked another lady, and she showed me a basket of dried, shriveled green stuff.  I told her I was looking for the big, fresh ones.  She told me to keep going.  The next lady had some that was still green but just small little pieces with leaves on them.  We came to the conclusion that celery does not mature here.  It smells like celery; I’m sure it will add some flavor to the stuffing.  
After school today, Bonnie said, “Mom, today I learned about my smelly body.” I said, “Oh! Are you supposed to wash it with soap?” She said, “No, we didn’t learn about that. We learned that you are supposed to drink lots of water.” I asked, “Did you mean ‘healthy body’?” She replied, “That’s what it was! A healthy body!”  
Gilbert was so excited about doing well on his speed drill today.  He said that he got a check mark and a smiley face and that the teacher was going to put a sticker on it.  Danny said that he spelled “kid” and spelled it for me.
Joe took the kids swimming while I put groceries away and worked on supper.  
The kids got a new card game in the mail today.  It is called Pass the Ugly Sweater. It is like Old Maid.  We played several games of that.  Danny kept trying to peek to make sure that he was not getting the ugly sweater.
One phase of the power went off about 8:00 this evening.  Now, it is pouring down rain.  We haven’t had any rain for a couple weeks.  The power just went off completely. 
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, November 21, 2011

Bonjour,

Our power was off from 8:00 to 4:00 today.  The contractors must be back at work.  The kids said that the power was off at school this morning for a little while too.
My project today was organizing the pantry.  I found a place for all of the canning stuff that we bought from another missionary.  After Thanksgiving, we will have to have another canning day.  
A new school in our neighborhood opened today.  Joe said that the road was filled with school students as he left to go get the kids from school.  He will have to start leaving before that school lets out so that he won’t have trouble getting through.  They were all asking for rides.  They were going to a school in Sekondi, and they divided the students in half.  Now, they have to find their own transportation to get to this school.  The taxi drops them off at the pavement; then, they have to walk a mile down the dirt road to the school.
Joe took the kids swimming while I worked on supper.  
Gilbert was the only one with homework today.  Danny wrote from 1-80 on a blank piece of paper of his own accord while Gilbert did his homework.  When Danny got to 50, he started asking which family came next, but he got to 50 all on his own.  I think it is funny that he does busy work like that when he doesn’t have homework.  Bonnie pulls out a coloring book to do her “homework.”  
I played a game with the kids after I finished the dishes.  Then, we watched Monk before bed time.  We started a new Bible story book yesterday.  It tells what verses to read from the Bible.  Bonnie wanted me to use her Bible tonight because “it is white, and it is nicer than the brothers’ Bibles.”
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie