Monthly Archives: January 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bonjour,

Joe took the kids to school.  Then, he checked at several different places to get the best price for repairing some rust spots on the car.  He found a welder and a painter.  The welder will start the work tomorrow.  
I got the laundry started.  Then, I worked on my book for a while.  I think I am on page six now; what progress!  
Joe picked the kids up from school.  The kids all had a good day at school.  The kids played outside for a while.  
Bonnie was showing me a paper that she did today.  Their letter today was “L.”  She was looking at the clue word pictures and telling me the words that she had learned that started with L – “letooce (lettuce), leezard (lizard), bumble bee (otherwise known as a lady bug), and a goat (lamb).  That girl is a mess!
We went into town for supper.  We ate at a Chinese restaurant; it was very good.
As we got closer to home, the power was off.  It was off for a couple hours and just came back on in time for bed time.  Hooray!
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, January 30, 2012

Bonjour,

Joe took the kids to school.  Around 9:30, he went to the Immigration office with Charlie.  They had us call the Interior office to see when the committee would meet to consider our quota request.  They said that they only meet once every three months, and they had already had a meeting in January.  So, we have to fill out the paperwork for a ninety-day extension on our visa while we wait for the quota approval.
I got some things done around the house.  I sorted paperwork and got things put away.  I also did laundry, the never-ending cycle.  
After school, the kids played outside with the Luther kids.  After they left, Joe played soccer with the boys for a few minutes.  Gilbert got hit right in the face with the ball.  It knocked him off of his feet, but he was okay, although a bit offended.  
At bath time, Gilbert threw a plastic turtle at Danny.  It hit him right by the eye.  When Joe first saw it, he thought we would have to go for stitches.  But, after he got it cleaned up, it wasn’t too bad.  
Bonnie had a group of girls lined up outside this afternoon and was teaching them a song.  Tonight, she was talking to the letter magnets on the fridge; they were her students.  She must have teaching in the blood.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Bonjour,

We had a good day at church.  The attendance was low today.  Last night, Ghana played in the Africa Cup of Nations Tournament.  Everyone was up late watching that.  But, we had good services with those who did come.
I had fourteen in my class today.  I did not have a helper.  Gilbert and Danny helped me out.  
After church, we had lunch and took naps.  Then, we got ready to go back to church.
On the way to church tonight, a truck that was a few vehicles in front of us lost control when his brakes went out.  First, he swerved way over on the left shoulder and almost took out an electric pole.  Then, he crossed both lanes of traffic to run into a dirt embankment.  The Siekberts were headed the opposite direction on their way to their church, and that truck crossed both lanes of traffic right in front of them.  Praise the Lord for His protection!  We had a good service this evening as well with thirteen in attendance.  
Gilbert was talking about a movie that he just watched.  He said, “The man was driving, and he stopped breathing.  He probably had Typhoid.”  I told him that he probably had a heart attack.  He said, “Well, you stopped breathing when you had Typhoid.”
Tonight, during testimony time at church, Danny said, “I praise the Lord for Fante songs.”  We have been learning “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” in Fante in the evening services.  Danny is starting to catch on.  
Bonnie was singing “Happy Birthday” like they sing it at school.  At the end, she said, “Peep, peep, hooray!”  They say, “Hip, hip, hooray!,” but Bonnie thinks it is “Peep, peep” because of their accent.
Joe has to go to the Immigration’s office in the morning to see if they will extend our visas since we are working on the quota paperwork.  Pray that it will all work out and that we won’t have to pay for the ninety-day extensions.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Bonjour,

Joe left the house about 4:45 this morning to go get Mack Siekbert.  They came back to the house and got the other vehicle.  Then, they were off to the border.  They got to the border town a couple hours before the guy who was meeting them did.  Dao came and took our old vehicle back to Ivory Coast.  Then, Joe, Mack, and Martin headed back to Takoradi.  They stopped and had lunch at a place by the ocean.  
It rained here this morning.  I wasn’t sure if anyone would come for Bible Club.  We had nineteen in spite of the rain.  We had the Bible Club on the porch.
Dan started four other Bible Clubs today.  There weren’t many out at the soccer fields today because of the rain, but he did have a few at each place.  
Joe got back around 3:30.  Charlie brought his kids down to the field to play.  It stopped raining just after Bible Club this morning and was quite humid this afternoon.
I attempted to make some corn chips for nachos for supper, but they did not turn out very well. I won’t use that recipe again!
The boys have been busy working on some Hidden Picture Puzzle books that we got in a package yesterday.  Gilbert found everything on one page, and he was so proud of himself.  Danny and I did another 100 piece puzzle tonight.  Gilbert helped us for a minute; then, he went back to his hidden pictures.
Joe is very tired after driving from one end of the country to the other in the past three days.  Pray that he will get some good rest tonight and will be ready to go again in the morning.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, January 27, 2012

Bonjour,

Joe took the kids to school.  He came home and helped Charlie put a part on their vehicle.  I hemmed several pairs of Joe’s pants.
Then, Joe and I went into town.  He took me to lunch.  Then, we did a little grocery shopping.  We headed in the direction of the school in plenty of time to get there before school got out, but we got stuck in a major traffic jam.  One of the traffic circles was blocked due to an accident.  People were going through the gas station parking lot to try to get around the accident.  Then, there was a traffic jam in the gas station parking lot.  There was a tanker truck stretched across one side of the gas station with a taxi blocking the only exit to go in the opposite direction of the traffic jam.  The taxi had room to back up, but it was just sitting there.  So, Joe got out and kindly asked the man if he would back up so that cars could get out that way.  The man decided to get upset that a white man knew how to ask the way a Ghanaian would ask, and he refused to move his taxi.  There was another taxi a little ways behind his taxi.  That driver got out to try to reason with the man as well.  He had a small child in the front seat of his taxi.  Most of the vehicles here are not automatics, but that one was.  The little girl knocked the vehicle into drive, and the vehicle shot forward running into the taxi which had refused to move.  The driver was wishing he would have moved his taxi!  We were finally able to get out and go the way we wanted to go.  We got to the school a few minutes late.
When we got home, Charlie had brought his kids down to our yard to play.  Our kids got their clothes changed and went outside to play.
I read a couple days ago that today would be National Chocolate Cake Day in the States.  We couldn’t pass up that opportunity!  I told Joe about it yesterday when he was on his way home from Accra.  Martin was with him, and he said that he wanted to celebrate with us.  So, we invited Martin for supper.  I made pizza, and we had chocolate cake for dessert.  This morning, Bonnie told Joe at the breakfast table, “Dad, we saved some national cake for you!”  (We made the cake yesterday and had to sample it.)
L.F.’s dad died a couple weeks ago.  This weekend is the funeral.  The funerals last for three days here.  On Friday night, they have a wake; the family stays up all night.  Then, on Saturday, they have the burial.  On Sunday, they have a Thanksgiving service.  It is mainly just a reason to “party.”  Most of the time, there is music blaring over loud speakers for the entire three days.  L.F. works for us and attends our church.  Joe and some of the men from the church went to the wake for a little while tonight.  They won’t stay the whole night though.
Pray for Joe as he travels to the border in the morning.  Mack Siekbert is going to follow Joe to the border.  Our mechanic from Ivory Coast is going to take our old vehicle back to Ivory Coast, get it pass the inspection, and then sell it.  Mack will drive our other vehicle so that Joe will have a way home and won’t have to wait for a bus to fill up at the border before he can come home.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bonjour,

Joe left the house a little after 4:00 this morning and got to Accra by 9:00.  He was in and out of the first office by 9:15.  He spent the next several hours at the DVLA and was able to get all of the car papers transferred over to his name.  Since he got everything done that he needed to do, he decided to come on home.  He hit some traffic coming out of Accra.  He should be home within the next thirty minutes.
The kids rode in a taxi to school with Brother Dan.  The taxi was late picking them up from school because he had some car problems.  They got home about thirty minutes later than normal, but the kids all seemed to be in good spirits.  They wanted to put their play clothes on and go play with the Luther kids.
I think I am finally caught up on the laundry, at least for the moment.  I worked on some more of Joe’s pants; they always have to be shortened.  I had not gotten my sewing machine out since we had been back in Africa until Joe’s mom was here.  Since the machine is still out, I thought I should get some projects done.
Gilbert and Danny both had a rough time going to bed.  They don’t like it when Daddy isn’t here.  But, he’s coming!
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Bonjour,

Joe took the kids to school this morning.  Then, he worked on getting all of the paperwork ready to turn in to be approved to get on a quota; this is the first step toward getting our residents’ visas.  He had to have fifteen copies made of every document because it will be presented to a board for consideration.  He then checked on what he needs to do to get the vehicle papers in our name.  He found out that he has to go to Accra to do that.  
I got a few things done around the house.
When the kids got home from school, we had them rest for a while.  They have been so grouchy on Wednesday nights.  Having them rest helped with that.
After naps, Danny had homework to do.  Bonnie wanted to go over the alphabet cards.  When we got to V, I said, “V says ‘v,v, violin.’”  Bonnie said, “Mom, that’s not a violin; it’s a target.”  I said, “A target?”  Then, it hit me that she thought it was a guitar.  I said, “Do you mean a guitar?”  She said, “Yes, that’s what it is.”
We had a good service with ten in attendance.  Joe started a series of messages about the armor of God tonight.  
Pray for Joe and Martin as they travel to Accra early tomorrow morning.  Joe wants to try to get to Accra about the time that the offices are opening so that they can get a lot accomplished in one day.  He plans to come back home on Friday.  Then, on Saturday, he needs to take our old vehicle to the border to meet the mechanic because the paperwork for crossing the border expires on Sunday.  The mechanic is going to take the vehicle back to Ivory Coast and sell it for us.  Pray for safety on the roads!
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bonjour,

I came down with the stomach bug during the night last night.  I started feeling better this evening.
Gilbert seemed to be feeling better this morning.  So, he went on to school.  They said that he had a rough morning, but he made it through.  
Joe took Charlie into town to get all of the paperwork for his vehicle up to date.  He was in town all day and then brought the kids home from school.
The kids went to play with the Luther kids.  
After supper, I helped the kids put a puzzle together.
Gilbert said that he had homework.  When he took his book out of his bag, he said, “Gilbert, I can’t believe you; you brought the wrong book home.”  He had brought his seatwork book home instead of his homework.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, January 23, 2012

Bonjour,

Joe took the kids to school.  Then, he went to get the windshield wiper fixed.  It was just a loose screw.  While he was there, he decided to get an oil change.  Instead of just doing the oil change, they did the 60,000 kilometer tune-up.  So, Joe was there a lot longer than he thought he would be.  When he finished there, it was time to pick the kids up from school.
The power was off for a couple hours this morning.  I called the electric company.  They said that they were replacing our transformer.  We have had a temporary transformer on wheels, and they finally put a new transformer in up on the pole.  Maybe that will make a difference.  I only got one load of laundry done with all of the power outages.  I did some cleaning around the house.
Bonnie had to go to the office twice today.  The teacher told her not to “remove” her shoes.  We aren’t sure if Bonnie knew what the word “remove” meant before today.  After a while, she had to go back to the office for “removing” her shoes.  When she was telling me about it, she had figured it out.  She said, “Mom, they say ‘remove’ instead of ‘take off’ like you say.”  Then, she said, “I’m not going to remove my shoes or take them off during school any more.  And my teacher said never, ever to wear those green shoes to school again.”
The kids played with the Luther kids after school.  Joe helped Charlie put chicken wire around the swimming pool for a temporary fence.  I talked to Julie for a little while before heading home to start on supper.
Julie gave us a train game.  None of the kids had homework tonight.  So, I played the game with them after supper.  
It must have been a stomach bug that Bonnie had on Friday night because Gilbert is throwing up now.  When he went to bed, he said that he felt like he was going to puke.  A little later, I heard a loud noise coming from their bedroom.  He must have tried to get to the door while puking because puke was everywhere.  The strange thing was that he was still asleep and was puking in his sleep.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Bonjour,

We had a good day at church.  People trickled in, but we had a good group by church time.  
I started out with just my three in my class but ended up with twenty-five.  My helper did not come today.  Sunday school went okay because I didn’t have many.  A lady offered to help me for junior church, and I was glad that she did.  It helps to have a Fante speaker in the class because most of the kids in my class have not been to school yet and speak very little English if any.
After church, we went home, ate lunch, took naps, and got ready to go back to church.  We are still learning Scripture songs during the evening services.  We also have started learning a Fante hymn during the evening services.  We are working on “What A Friend We Have in Jesus” right now.  I also play my clarinet for the evening song services.  So, I haven’t picked up on all of the words yet.  I can sing that song in Russian, French, and English; I’ll know it in a fourth language soon, I hope.  : )
Joe has been preaching about Gideon for the past few Sunday nights.  The boys get excited hearing about Gideon going to war.  Sometimes Joe asks questions during his sermon, but he isn’t really looking for an answer.  Danny always throws the answer out there at the top of his voice.
Bonnie took it upon herself to try to make some children behind her behave and got herself into trouble.  She was sitting with one of the ladies in the church.  She got up, went to the kids in the row behind her, and was trying to make the kids bow their heads when she was caught in the act.  We weren’t praying; I’m not sure why she thought they needed to bow their heads.  She had to sit with Mommy after that.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie