Monthly Archives: April 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bonjour,

Danny lost his first tooth yesterday.  I forgot to mention it yesterday.  We have been hearing about that tooth for a week or so.  Daddy finally got it to come out.  Danny was so excited.

Joe and Dan did Bible Clubs this morning.  The kids swam for a little bit.  Then, they played outside while I did some sewing.  I am still working on curtains.  The kids went down to Bible Club with Dan.  Not as many have been coming the past couple weeks.
Thumper, our dog, is not doing very well.  He keeps getting more and more oozing lumps.  The vet came again today and gave him another shot.  Joe said he wouldn’t be surprised if the dog does not make it through the night.  We have not had great success with our animals so far.

After naps, Joe swam with the kids.  I worked on putting a wall decal up; it was like doing a puzzle.  
This evening, the kids watched Walker Texas Ranger with Daddy while I did some more sewing.  Bonnie came in to “organize” my thread for me.  The spools of thread became her students; several of them got in trouble and had to go to the office.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, April 20, 2012

Bonjour,

We went into town this morning.  First, we went to the post office.  The kids all wanted to go inside.  They were so tickled because the postal workers wanted the kids to come through the package window.  Joe handed them through the window.  The kids looked around for a minute and got to help get our package of the shelf.  Then, they handed the kids back to Joe.
We stopped at the bank and then went to the grocery store.  The kids had not been to the store in a while and were a little hyper.  
Everyone got a snack at the grocery store.  Then, we drove around the market circle.  The circle was quite congested.  Joe and the kids found a parking spot while I went to two different stores.  The second store was the cold store.  They sell frozen meat there – hot dogs, chicken breasts, chicken quarters, etc.  It is always interesting in there because there isn’t really a line; whoever pushes their way to the counter first is the next one to be helped.
Then, we ate lunch at the golf course.  They have a little snack shop and a kitchen there; we ate outside beside the ocean.  The kids loved the fish and chips.  Danny ate his own fish and part of everyone else’s fish.
We rested when we got home.  Then, the kids wanted to swim.  I swam with them for a little while.  Gilbert and Danny were both swimming without their flotation suits.  I stayed busy watching the boys jump at one end and taking Bonnie back and forth.  She was kicking her feet under the water and said that must have been how Peter walked on the water. I picked her up so that her feet were on top of the water and told her that was how he walked on the water.  Then, she wanted to keep “walking” on the water.
Everyone was worn out and ready for bed this evening.
We got word this afternoon that our vetting papers have been approved.  Dan will go to Accra on Monday to pick them up for us.  The next step is to get everything in order to apply for our residents’ visas before our visa extension expires on May 2.  Thank you for your prayers!  Keep them coming!

A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe worked on getting the rest of our stuff that was still down at the other house.  We had some mattresses, chairs, and a few other things still down there.  The Aarons are coming to visit us next week.  We are getting the guest room ready for them.
Bonnie was on a roll this morning. She was helping me do dishes. She said, “Mom, what if we put a little cup inside of an a-dult (She says the short a sound and then dult.) cup? That would be amazing!” Then, during breakfast, she spilled some chocolate milk on her dress. She said, “Look what I done, Mom! That’s the story of my life!”  Later, she asked me if Thumper, our dog, would go to heaven.  I told her that dogs don’t go to heaven.  She said, “Well, maybe some of them do.”  “Amazing” must have been her new word for the day because she said it several times.
Thumper had big welts all over him today.  We had the vet come.  The vet said it was eczema, but we are pretty sure it is mango worms.
One of the ladies who was coming to do some baking got here a little after 9:00.  The other two didn’t get here until after 10:00.  Ordeth and I started with sugar cookies while we waited for Harriett and Clara.  The kids helped us with the sugar cookies too.  They were each taking a turn putting an ingredient in.  The boys soon moved on to other things.  Bonnie stayed in the kitchen most of the morning.  We got the sugar cookie dough in the refrigerator.  While we were making an apple cake, the other two ladies came.  We all worked on a pineapple upside down cake.  Then, they made oatmeal cookies.  We had fun, and they were excited about learning how to bake some things.  Next time, they want to learn how to make pizza and brownies.
We had a water truck come today to fill the pool and top of our holding tanks so that we will have plenty of water while the Aarons are here.  The kids swam in the full pool this afternoon.  Joe sat out there and watched them swim.  He carried one of the recliners that he had brought up from the other house over to the gazebo.  I told him he looked like a redneck sitting there in that recliner.  I think he took that as a compliment.  Oh dear!
I did a little more sewing this afternoon and this evening.  The kids wanted to push the pedal for me, but I did not have that much patience.
It is hard to believe that the OKC bombing took place seventeen years ago today.  I was sitting in the college library when it happened.  The windows shook, and we thought it was a sonic boom until someone turned the news on and heard about the explosion downtown.  I remember being in the college choir and going down to sing to the rescue workers.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bonjour,

The kids helped Joe out in the yard this morning.  The kids picked up the yard so that Joe could mow.  Joe said that he didn’t realize how big the yard was until he started mowing.  He didn’t get it all mowed today.  It was a hot day.  Joe and Gilbert both got a sunburn.
I started working on curtains again.  I worked on valances for the master bedroom today.  I got one set of windows done and have another set to go.
The kids went swimming after they finished their work.  They had fun.  Danny came running to the door and said, “We have an emergency.  There is a water scorpion in the pool.  ”  It’s not an actual scorpion; it is just a big bug.  I went out to help them, but they had already gotten it out of the pool.  There have been a few real scorpions in the pool; they are always on the lookout.
After naps, Bonnie helped me in the kitchen.  We made tacos for supper.
We had a good night at church with twelve in attendance.  There was a big beetle right next to the pulpit.  Gilbert was worried that the beetle was going to crawl up Joe’s pant leg and bite him.  (Gilbert got bit by a beetle in the pool the other day.)  The beetle got close enough for Gilbert to stomp on it.  After he killed it, he was then concerned about the bug guts on the floor.  I told him to quit worrying about the bug and listen to the message.  Bonnie had been sitting with other people during the evening services, but she wasn’t staying in her seat.  So, she had to sit by me tonight.  She did better.  Danny likes to try to copy my notes.  He thinks I should be writing constantly though.  He leaned over and said, “You’re not writing everything he says.”  He hasn’t quite gotten the idea of what taking notes is yet.  Joe preached a good message out of John 8.
Some big ants have been congregating right outside the kitchen door.  Some of them had ventured inside tonight.  We went to war with the ants when we got home from church.  There is a cricket right outside somewhere that I would like to do battle with; he sounds like a tea kettle.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe and the boys worked in the garden.  They are getting the soil ready to make rows and start planting.  The boys were worn out after swinging those hoes.  
The power came back on about 10:00 last night.  It went off again at 10:00 this morning and came back on about 2:00.
I worked on financial reports today.  Bonnie went to see what the boys were doing but decided that she did not want to work at “the farm.”  She came back in to “work” on her papers.  She got a piece of paper and folded it in half.  She filled all four sides of the paper.  She was saying, “Well, my report tells me that I’m supposed to write p’s on this page.”  Each time she finished one side of the paper, it was time for a different letter.
After the boys had worked in the garden for over an hour, they came in to get ready to go swimming.  Bonnie decided that she was done with her work too.
After lunch, the kids and I took a nap.  The boys slept the longest; they were worn out.
It rained off and on throughout the day.  Bonnie wanted to ride her bike this afternoon, but it was raining again.  So, she helped me do dishes.  Lately she has wanted to help me fold laundry and do the dishes; I’ll take any help I can get.  : )
The generator repairman came today to look at the generator at the other house.  He found the problem and was able to get it going.
Bonnie has been saying, “I’m going to tell you a secret.”  She tells the same secrets all the time – either “I have a purse.” or “I have a baby.”  She gets frustrated with the boys because she will tell me the secret, and then they tell what the secret was because everyone knows her “secrets.”  Today, she said, “Well, I’m going to tell a different secret next time.  It’s going to be, ‘I have a butterfly.'”  She was talking about her princess wings, and she was upset with Gilbert for telling her that those were princess wings and not a butterfly.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, April 16, 2012

Bonjour,

The power went off just before midnight last night.  Bonnie woke up and could not find her bedroom door.  I heard her crying and went to find her.  She was in the corner of her room feeling the walls.  I stayed in her room with her for a little while.  I thought she was back asleep and headed back to my room.  Just as I got to the bed, she started crying again.  Joe woke up and thought it was about 5:00 AM instead of midnight.  He went out and started the generator.  Just as we were turning out the lights once again, the power came back on.  So, Joe went back out to turn the generator off.
This morning, the boys wanted to catch a bird.  They talked about it during breakfast.  As soon as breakfast was over, they went outside.  Through the window we could see Danny with a lasso and Gilbert hiding behind a tree with a handkerchief in his hand ready to catch the bird that Danny lassoed.  I tried to take a picture through the screen but could not get a good picture.  So, Joe went outside to take pictures.  Gilbert had moved from his crouched position.  Danny had lassoed a tree branch and was trying to climb up the rope.  Gilbert was giving him a boost.
Joe went into town this morning to renew our internet for another month.  We were down for a few hours but are back up and running.
We got a little bit of rain this morning.  As soon as the rain stopped, the sun came right back out.
After naps, Bonnie and I made cookies while the boys played outside.
Just as we were finishing supper, the power went off.  We could see lights in the surrounding areas for a while, but now everything is dark.  We could be on the generator all night.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bonjour,

We had a good day at church.  There were three first-time visitors this morning and several people who had not been to church in a while.  
I had nineteen in my class; my helper did not come today.  It was a little wild, but we made it through.
After lunch, we took naps and got ready to head back to church.
We had a good service this evening as well with sixteen in attendance.  
The boys played during nap time instead of napping; Danny fell asleep in church.  Joe was telling him about the man in the Bible who fell asleep in church and died.  Danny had lots of questions about that.  : )
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bonjour,

Joe and Dan did Bible Clubs this morning.  When they came to the house about 10:30, I had just discovered that the refrigerator was not working and had not been working for several hours.  We tried to call the appliance man whom we have had come before, but his phone was turned off.  Dan had the number of a different guy.  He came out.  He took the fan out, and they went to town to find another fan.  When they got back, he put the fan in and then discovered that another part had melted.  He just happened to have that part in his bag.  So, he was able to get the refrigerator back up and running.  That is a blessing!  If it would have been off any longer, we would have lost quite a bit of stuff.
While the kids went to Bible Club with Dan, I got the border put up in Bonnie’s room.  I finished organizing things in her room today.  I put a little table in there for her to put her dolls on; she was tickled with that.
Joe played baseball with the boys for a little while after supper.  
The boys wanted to hang their decorations too.  We got their John Deere stuff put up tonight.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, April 13, 2012

Bonjour,

We had another busy day.  Bonnie’s room was our sorting task for the day.  We also put some princess decals on the wall; Gilbert and Bonnie were telling me where to put the next  thing.  I put them up high so that Bonnie cannot rearrange them, maybe.  We still need to put the wall paper border up in there, and I didn’t quite get everything situated yet.
Joe went to get the vehicle.  Today, the taxi that he was in had a flat tire on the way into town.  Our vehicle was fixed, but a detailed cleaning of the car was included in what Joe had paid.  The two men who were cleaning were deaf and could not be hurried along.  Joe said that they did a good job; they even cleaned the engine with a toothbrush.  Joe just waited; he got back home at lunch time.
After naps, the kids went swimming while I worked on laundry.  We also got some new clothes out for the boys today that I had stored until they were ready for that size.  They wanted to wear it all right away.  I got some things in the washing machine so that they could wear the new pajamas tonight.  We had gotten the next size out for Bonnie a couple weeks ago, but she wanted new pajamas too.  I got a nightgown out of her size 6 bag; it was a little long, but she was tickled pink.
We went to the little Lebanese restaurant for supper.  It was nice to get out of the house for a little while.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bonjour,

Joe had a WAWA day (West Africa Wins Again).  The vehicle barely made it to the mechanic.  Then, the taxi that he got in to go back to the church broke down on the way there.  He and Dan walked for quite a while until they found another taxi.  When they got to the church, they turned the AC on in the library.  The air conditioner caught on fire.  Then, when Joe opened his drink, it exploded all over.  The mechanic called and said that he was almost finished with the vehicle.  Joe took another taxi back into town to be told that they would not be finished with the vehicle until later this afternoon. That taxi also broke down.  When he found another taxi to take him home, he told that driver that if his taxi broke down that he was just going to go home, go to bed, and start over.  The vehicle has a leak in one of the fuel lines.  They are also replacing the timing belt.  They still were not finished with it this afternoon.  So, Joe will go into town in the morning to get the vehicle, if all goes well.
The kids swam for a little while this morning.  I worked in the boy’s bedroom most of the morning trying to get things unpacked and put away.
After naps, Bonnie helped me make pizza for supper.  Joe played catch outside with the boys.  
After supper, we finished getting things put away in the boys’ room.  Then, I folded laundry and had the kids put their piles away.  We played a game of Cadoo.  The boys had assured us that they were not going to cry if they did not win.  Bonnie and I won this time.  The boys claimed that we cheated.  Danny didn’t cry until he got back to his bedroom.  He said that he wasn’t crying because he lost; he was crying because we cheated.  Oh dear!!
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie