Monthly Archives: December 2011

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bonjour,

Joe went visiting with Dan this morning.  They had some good visits.  
We had nineteen for Bible Club this morning.  About twenty more kids came after we finished.  They all played outside until it was time to go home.
The kids and I have been working on cleaning the house today.  At lunch time, Gilbert reported that they were having a race in their bedroom to get it cleaned up.  Gilbert was telling all that Danny and Bonnie had accomplished.  I asked him what he was doing.  He said, “I’m telling them what to do, and I’m helping them.”  Later, he reported that Danny was the winner.
This afternoon, there were some boys playing soccer out in the field.  Some girls were playing over by the tire swing.  Bonnie went down and was playing with the girls.  In a few minutes, Joe went out on the porch.  Bonnie had those girls sitting in a line and was having her own Bible Club.  She was telling them to sing but kept changing the song right in the middle of the song that they were singing.  
Gilbert came down with pink eye today.  We got him started on the medicine right away.  We will see how he is doing tomorrow.
Joe went to the Watchnight Service.  We have about an hour to go before midnight.  
Pray for Joe’s parents as they are on their way here.  They should arrive in Accra tomorrow night around 8:00 PM.  Pray that we won’t run into a lot of traffic tomorrow on our five-hour trip to Accra.  We are planning to leave right after the morning service.  If Gilbert isn’t doing better, it might just be Joe going by himself.
Happy New Year!
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, December 30, 2011

Bonjour,

Joe did some paperwork at the house this morning.  Then, he headed into town with Dan.  They had been looking for one more ceiling fan for the church that was the same as the ones that were already there.  They were able to find a fan.  They spent the rest of the morning trying to get the Coke crate refilled for the Watchnight Service.  They had to start buying them one bottle at a time and finally got the crate filled back up.
The Luthers will return in a couple weeks.  Joe is working on getting things ready for their return.  He went to get a car battery for their vehicle.  Then, he worked on cleaning out their water tank.  A squirrel had gotten inside the tank and died.  So, it had to be scrubbed and disinfected.
The kids helped Joe clean out the pool this afternoon after naps.  
I made pizza for supper.  I am still not feeling very well with this sinus infection.  Joe did the dishes for me, what a sweetheart!
Bonnie seems to have an ear infection now.  Maybe one of these days we will all be healthy!
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bonjour,

Joe went to get our propane bottles refilled.  Then, he and Dan visited some of the church people to let them know the plans for the Watchnight Service.  We didn’t announce anything on Sunday since Joe was sick and was doing good just to be there.
Joe found out that the fuel prices went up by 14% today.  They had been announcing that fuel prices would increase by 15 to 30%; they came in just under the predicted amount so that people would not be quite as angry.  
The banks had been closed since December 23.  They had posted signs that they would not reopen until January 4.  But, they were forced by the government to reopen today because more money had been withdrawn through the ATMs than was left in the banks. 
The kids are enjoying playing, but I think Gilbert is getting ready to go back to school.  Gilbert asked if they could watch school DVDs today.  I told him that I didn’t have the first grade DVDs.  He said, “That’s fine; we can just do Kindergarten.”  I was working on cleaning their closet.  Before I got out of the closet, he was on to other things.  Danny looked at Gilbert like he was a little crazy to be asking to watch school DVDs.
Three more sleeps until Nana and Papa arrive!
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bonjour,

Joe went into town this morning to get the parts for the pump and to run some other errands.  
The kids watched Swiss Family Robinson for a while.  Then, they rode their bikes on the porch.  It poured down rain for a little while.  
The power went off.  Gilbert brought a little battery-operated fan that needed new batteries.  We changed the batteries, but it still didn’t work.  He said, “That was the only thing to keep us cool, Mom.”  The power came back on a few minutes later.
Joe is feeling better.  Now, I have a sinus infection.  Bonnie is just about over pink eye.  I kept Bonnie home tonight.
The boys had a good time at church with Joe.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bonjour,

Today we did some things around the house.  I did some more cleaning.  I divided my 50 lb. bag of flour into smaller bags and put it in the freezer.  We bought some big plastic containers with lids to store our bulk flour, sugar, milk powder, etc.  The flour was the only thing that did not do very well in the plastic container.  Toward the end of the last batch, we had to throw the flour out because it had so many weevils and worms.  
Joe is feeling a little better today.  He got the kids’ bike tires all aired up and put Bonnie’s bell on her bike.  The kids rode bikes out on the porch most of the day.  At one point, the front gate was opened.  Danny overshot the runway when he tried to turn around and went down the steps with his bike.  He and the bike both survived the crash.
The switch for the water pump burned up today.  Joe worked on repairing that this afternoon.  He will have to go to town to get some parts tomorrow.
After supper, we played some games.  Danny and Joe won both games of Cadoo.  Then, we played one round of Skipbo Jr.  Gilbert won that one with a little help from Mom and Dad.  
We are counting down the days until Nana and Papa get here – five more days!
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, December 26, 2011

Bonjour,

Joe is feeling a little better today.  He started a treatment for a bacterial infection. 
Bonnie has pink eye.  It was going around at school before school got out.  We thought we had escaped without getting it, but I forgot about the incubation period.  Hopefully we can get rid of it before Nana and Papa arrive.
The kids are so excited about Nana and Papa coming.  Yesterday, the boys asked how many more days until they get here.  I said, “Seven.”  Gilbert said, “Pick me up, Danny, because we are so excited.”  Gilbert can’t lift Danny; so, he wanted to Danny to pick him up.  This morning, they asked how many more days until Nana comes.  Bonnie said, “Well, Papa’s coming too, isn’t he?”
I did some cleaning and laundry today.  The kids worked in their bedroom for a while.  Then, they played outside.  They are having fun with their new toys.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Bonjour,

Merry Christmas!!

 Sunday, December 25, 2011

 Sunday, December 25, 2011
Joe woke up early this morning with a bad case of the stomach bug.  He was not sure if he would make it through the whole morning, but he decided to try.  He made it through.
We started out with just a handful of kids this morning, but by the end of the morning service, there were over 100 children there.  We had made up 100 goody bags to give away to the children.  I wrote a number on each child’s hand and stopped when we got to 100.  I had some cookies and candy for the extras.  I think we ended up with 114 children.  There were quite a few adults and teens as well.
During the morning service, the three different Sunday school classes each sang a song and said a verse.  The majority of my class is under the age of four now, and many of them don’t participate yet.  I sat on the front row and sang and said the verse with them, and we made it through.  
Toward the end of Sunday school, Danny got a sucker for saying a verse.  He dropped the sucker and it broke all over the floor.  I told him he could get another one.  Then, we lined up to go to the auditorium to sing.  I thought we would be outside for a few minutes and did not think any more of Danny’s sucker.  When we went into the auditorium, he had the sucker in his hand.  We sang “Angels We Have Heard on High” and did motions with it.  Danny decided that he could not do the motions with the sucker in his hand; so, he just put the sucker in his mouth.  Joe captured all of this on video.
After church, we were supposed to go visit Brother Blay.  Joe was too sick and needed to get home.  So, Dan headed up the group that went to visit Brother Blay.  He took our plate of goodies for us.  Dan said that Brother Blay was very touched by the gifts and the Christmas carols.
Most of the people went to their home village after the morning service.  We did not have an evening service tonight.  It was a good thing because Joe would not have been able to make it.
After naps, I finished up making homemade ice cream.  Then, we opened presents.  Joe sat in his chair and made it through the festivities.
Our sending church in Texas called to wish us a Merry Christmas and sang to us.  That made us feel special!
We had pizza and ice cream.  The ice cream did not turn out so well.  My milk mixture must have been too hot and scrambled the eggs.  Gilbert said, “Mom, this ice cream tastes a little weird; it is crunchy.”  Needless to say, we did not eat much ice cream.  We will have to try it again some other day.
The kids had fun trying out all of their new toys.  No one wanted to go to bed this evening, except Joe that is.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Bonjour,

Merry Christmas Eve!
Joe went visiting today.  Then, he had to go into town.  He took Dan and Stephen out to lunch and finished his errands from yesterday.  He said that the traffic was terrible.  
I made cookies and Koolaid for Bible Club this morning.  Only nine came for Bible Club.  About ten more showed up after we were finished.  They did not want to leave at noon.  I had to follow them off of the property to get them to leave.
Gilbert is feeling better today.  He was starting to feel a little run down again around lunch time.  But after a nap, he was fine.
Our cat disappeared while we were gone to Accra.  LF was feeding her but said that after Tuesday night, he could not find her anywhere.  Either a critter got her, or someone took her for Christmas dinner.  
I made the dough for cream cheese bread for tomorrow morning.  The dough has to chill overnight.  
We made pizza for supper.  The boys helped me put the dough in the pans and put the toppings on.  Bonnie set the table.
After supper, we got the laundry folded and put away.  Then, we sat down and read the Christmas story.  We sang some Christmas carols.  Then, the kids each opened one gift.  They have been asking all day when it would be time to open one present.  Joe was teasing them and telling them that we would just wait until Nana and Papa come.  Joe’s parents are coming to visit us January 1-11.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, December 23, 2011

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe went into town to run some errands.  Before he got very far, the alternator died.  He had to borrow a battery from a bank manager to start the car; then, he had to lock the throttle open, put our battery back in, and get to the mechanic all the while keeping his foot on the gas pedal through the traffic.  They put a used alternator in, and he was back in business.  We had several packages at the post office today.  One of the packages had actually arrived in Takoradi on August 22, but a package slip was never put in the post office box to let us know about the package.  Joe said that he gave out a lot of “Christmas gifts” today; everyone was looking for a handout.  He got back home about 4:30 looking a bit done in.
The kids and I did some cleaning.  Then, we made fudge.  Danny could hardly wait for it to set up so that he could sample it.  
Around 4:00 this afternoon, Gilbert started feeling puny.  He started throwing up and was sick all evening.  He finally went to sleep.  Hopefully he will feel better in the morning.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Bonjour,

We left the guest house before 6:00 this morning and arrived in Takoradi a little before noon.  It took a couple hours to get out of Accra, but the trip went smoothly.  Joe is feeling a little better today but not back to normal yet.  I am just hoping that the stomach bug does not go full circle!
The kids were happy to be home.  They played outside most of the afternoon.  
All of our Christmas decorations are still in Ivory Coast.  We bought some decorations for a tree that we found in the garage, but it did not have a stand.  Since we are coming down to the wire, we put a Christmas tree of lights on the window bars.  When all else fails, improvise!!  The kids had fun hanging the ornaments from the bars.  I’ll post some pictures later.
I was heading to the bedroom to wrap presents when that phase of the power went off.  It came back on just before bed time.  After I put the kids in bed, I took the presents out to the living room to start wrapping.  Joe went to bed, but I am still wrapping.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie