Monthly Archives: March 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

Bonjour,

Joe took the kids to school.  Then, we went down to the other house to put the finishing touches on before Brother Davis’ arrival – making beds, cleaning, etc.  
I worked on removing the rest of the wall paper border in the living room.  We got the new one put up tonight.  
Joe brought the kids home from school.  Then, he went with Evans to the Takoradi airport to pick up Brother Davis.  He took Brother Davis down to the other house so that he could take his stuff in.  Then, they came up here.  Joe decided that we would go to the Lebanese restaurant for supper.  We had a good time of fellowship with Brother Davis.
We took Brother Davis down to the other house.  When we got home, we discovered that I had left a burner on; I was making tea and forgot about it.  The pan was quite black, and nothing was left in it but burnt sugar.  At least it didn’t catch anything on fire. 
Joe helped me finish the wall paper border in the living room.  Then, we put some curtains up.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bonjour,

After Joe took the kids to school, we were busy unpacking and getting things put away.  We aren’t done yet, but we are making progress.
Joe took me into town for lunch.  Then, we did a little bit of shopping.  I got some more material for curtains.  I’m not too keen on the fish bowl effect; I just have about ten windows left that need curtains.  That is pretty good for thirty-four windows.
We picked the kids up from school.  I talked to Gilbert’s teacher to see how he is doing.  They start their second trimester exams next week.  He said that Gilbert is doing very well; he just needs to keep working on reading faster.  
We had a couple packages at the post office today.  One of them was for Gilbert’s birthday.  All of the kids were excited to see what we got.  Gilbert is all decked out as a cowboy now; he got a cowboy hat, vest, gun holster belt with two cap guns, spurs, and a lasso.  I got some wall decorations and curtains.  Bonnie and Danny both got some treasures too.  
I started taking the wall paper border down in the living room tonight so that I can put the new one up tomorrow.  I was going to hang curtains, but I thought I should do the border above the curtains first.  That wall paper border has been up there for ten years or more; I thought it would be hard to get it down.  But, it is coming off pretty easily. 
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Bonjour,

Joe got one of the storage sheds cleaned out this morning.  I finished packing things at the old house this morning.  Now, I can start getting things unpacked in the new house.
The welder and his crew came to install the bars on the windows today.  They will come back on Friday with the security doors.  
After Joe brought the kids home from school, he picked up the boys’ bed frames from the carpenter and got those set up.  The boys are glad that they don’t have to sleep with their mattresses on the floor now.
When we got to church tonight, the power was off in that area.  Usually if it is off there, it is off at the house, but not tonight.  The power was off for the whole church service.  We used candles.  We had a good service with nine in attendance.
Everyone is ready for bed this evening.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bonjour,

Joe took the kids to school.  I worked on unpacking boxes so that I could take the empty boxes back to the other house to load them up again.  I will be glad when everything is unpacked and put away; then, hopefully I won’t have to see any boxes for a while after that.  I went down to the other house and cleaned out most of the pantry.  I should be able to finish up down there tomorrow.
The welder and his crew came today to begin the security bar installation process.  Today, they knocked all of the holes in the wall and will come back tomorrow to cement the bars in place.  We are glad that the bars are being installed outside this time; we didn’t have cement dust all over everything at the end of the day.  Just a little dust came in through the windows.
The kids had a good day at school.  No one had to visit the office.  That’s always a good day! 
The Learning to Read class got moved to tonight this week, but the students did not show up.  So, Joe wasn’t gone very long this evening.
Tonight, Gilbert was saying something silly.  Bonnie said, “Mom, that’s not good; it’s not in the Bible; it’s from outside the Bible, right?”  A few minutes later, Bonnie came to report that the brothers were being selfish.  She is quick on the draw to keep others in line; when it comes to her, it is a different story.
At bed time, I have been reading different stories to the kids.  We were reading Barney and the Barrel.  Bonnie broke out bawling when she heard that Barney died.  Danny started crying too.  It took us awhile to get them calmed down.  Gilbert was trying to be silly so that the other two would stop crying.
Please pray about our paperwork situation to remain in Ghana. The approval committee only meets quarterly. They are in session right now, but there is no guarantee that they will review our paperwork during this session. We need this paperwork to obtain our residents’ visas. Our visas expire in May; without this paperwork, it will be difficult to obtain another visa or visa extension.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Danny’s Tools

 Dannys Tools

As I was sorting dirty clothes, I heard a jingling in Danny’s pants.
I checked the normal pockets and did not find anything. They were
cargo pants. He had put these treasures in one of the deeper pockets
on the leg. He saw me taking them out of the pocket. He said, “Mom,
those are my tools. I need those.”

Soccer Anyone?

Gilbert and Danny are trying to learn how to play soccer.  They do not quite have the hang of it yet.  Benjamin stopped by on his way home from school and gave them some soccer tips. Soccer Anyone?
Thumper had to take a break.  He was tired after “helping” them with the ball.
 Soccer Anyone?
Gilbert kept reporting that Daddy was not keeping score properly.  I can’t imagine that!  : )
 Soccer Anyone?
Bonnie found some pieces of wood.  She wanted to get in on the pictures.
 Soccer Anyone?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Bonjour,

Joe took the kids to school this morning.  I went down to the other house and got the kitchen cabinets emptied.  Joe told me I could drive down there and that when I was ready to load the vehicle up, he would walk down to help me.  I have not driven a standard in over ten years.  (I have never driven in Africa.)  I was very nervous going down the hill.  When I got to the bottom of the hill, I realized that I didn’t have the keys for that house.  Getting back up the hill was a bit of a challenge; I made it on my second attempt.  Joe enjoyed watching my calamity a little too much.
Joe worked on cleaning out the shed.  A plumber came and got the toilets fixed.  The electrician came to move some lights and install some fans.  The welder brought some of the bars for the windows; they will start installing those tomorrow.
There is a new school out past our house.  Benjamin, one of the boys who goes to the Siekberts’ church, attends that school.  He stopped by on his way home from school today.  He played outside with the kids for quite a while.  He was giving the boys some soccer tips.
I was putting clean sheets on the boys’ beds tonight.  Bonnie said, “Mom, I’m going to watch to make sure you do it correct.  Correct means ‘polite.’”  I told her that correct means that something is right.  She said, “Oh, well I’m still watching to make sure you do it correct.”  The fan was blowing the top sheet around.  Bonnie said, “Mom, it’s not quite correct.”  Getting bed making tips from a three-year-old is quite helpful.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Enjoying the Gazebo

 Enjoying the Gazebo

 Enjoying the Gazebo

 Enjoying the Gazebo

Joe and the kids were outside sitting under the gazebo enjoying the
nice breeze from a storm that was blowing in.

Look closely at Bonnie’s cookies. We found these at the grocery store
in town. They had been marked at $2 a bag, but they were marked down
to $.25 a bag because they were almost out of date. We bought all
that were left!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Bonjour,

Gilbert was running a slight temperature last night.  He did not have a fever this morning.  So, we went on to church.  His head was hurting; maybe it was sinuses.  He made it through the day.
Bonnie and Danny have trouble with putting their shoes on the wrong feet.  This morning when Bonnie was putting her shoes on, I told her that they were on the wrong feet.  She said, “Mom, I wish God made right foot and right foot.”  
The attendance was down a little this morning.  One of the young men who was recently saved at Bible Club came back for the third time today; he wants to start helping with Bible Clubs.
I had fourteen in my class today.  The kids helped with the songs.  In junior church, we told the story of the five loaves and two fish.  I cut out little fish and bread for the kids to color.  Since we had some leftover, Danny wanted five loaves and two fish.
We went home, had lunch, took naps, and headed back to church.  We had a good service this evening with thirteen in attendance.  Three people who have not been attending the evening services came tonight; that was a blessing.
One of the ladies in the church is selling bowls.  The kids and I walked to her house after church to look at the bowls.  I bought a few bowls from her.  The kids wanted to see the goats.  Her family also makes bread and sells it.  We watched them roll the dough out for a few minutes.  Bonnie wanted to try some.  On the way back to the church, we had a group of children following us chanting, “Brony, brony, brony!”  (“Brony” is the Fante word for “white man.”)  Our boys started chanting back to them, “Bebiny, Bebiny!”  (“Bebiny” is the Fante word for “black man.”)  The other chanters were louder than the boys.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie