Monthly Archives: July 2012

Danny’s K-5 Graduation

The other post was getting rather long. So, I thought I would start a new
one with the graduation pictures.

Danny’s class came back in with their caps and gowns.  They did some more things that they had learned – special sounds, poems, etc.  Danny recited a poem entitled “Shoes” by Tom Robinson.  We were not allowed to take pictures during their performance because people kept walking up to take pictures, and it was a distraction.  We could take them at the beginning and then at the end.
 Dannys K 5 Graduation
 Dannys K 5 Graduation
They handed out a few awards before they gave out the K-5 diplomas.  Gilbert won one of the two Christian Character awards for the whole school.  Danny started to cry because he thought he was not going to get a paper.
 Dannys K 5 Graduation
Danny receiving his diploma
 Dannys K 5 Graduation
Madame Selina, Danny’s teacher, got teacher-of-the-year award.  Danny jumped out of his seat to cheer for her.  He really likes his teacher!!
 Dannys K 5 Graduation
Brother Jimmy Williams, the school principal, with Danny and his diploma Dannys K 5 Graduation

Brother Morgan and Gilbert

 Dannys K 5 Graduation
Danny and Juliet were examining their diplomas.
 Dannys K 5 Graduation
They had to stay seated on the platform until everyone was done taking pictures.
 Dannys K 5 Graduation
Bonnie and the brothers – Bonnie wanted to know why she didn’t get a certificate.
 Dannys K 5 Graduation

Boys’ School Program

Another American missionary has a Christian school in Takoradi.  They use the A Beka DVD Curriculum, which is the same curriculum we were using at home.  So, we decided to put the kids in that school this year.  It took some adjusting at first since they are the only white students in a student body of 250 students.  But after the first trimester, they felt right at home and were excited about going to school.  Danny was in K-5 this year, and Gilbert was in first grade.  They are on the trimester system here – in school for three months followed by a one-month break, in school for three months followed by a one-month break, in school for three months and out for a month before the next school year starts.
The program began with K-4 through 5th grade saying the pledges and singing some songs.  Then, each individual class showed some things that they had learned.
This is Bonnie before the program with some of her cohorts in crime.  Tafela, the girl in the white dress, is the one who went to the office with Bonnie several times.  The girl in the pink dress is Flora, another friend from her class.  George, a boy in Gilbert’s class, took advantage of the photo opportunity. Boys School Program
K-4 through 5th grade
 Boys School Program
They said the Lord’s prayer first.
 Boys School Program
Then, they sang some songs.
 Boys School Program
Because it was the night for K-5 graduation, they were the stars of the show and got to come up more than once to show some things that they had learned.
 Boys School Program
When they quoted Psalm 23, Danny was the shepherd.  He got to hold a lamb and pet it as they said Psalm 23.
 Boys School Program

 Boys School Program
(Bonnie told Danny that he looked like a pajama head in his costume.)
Gilbert’s class getting in position
 Boys School Program
Gilbert’s class quoted several passages of Scripture.
 Boys School Program
Gilbert quoted Matthew 22:36-39.
 Boys School Program

Bonnie’s School Program

Bonnie was in the three-year-old class at the Freedom Baptist Academy this year.  The whole preschool sang together.  Then, each class showed some of the things that they had learned.  Bonnie did fine with the group singing and pledges.  When it came time for her class to show what they had learned, she got scared and started crying.  She spent most of the time of her performance sitting on the front row.  Oh well, I guess that is to be expected when you are the only white girl looking out at a sea of unfamiliar faces.
In this first picture, she was making sure that we saw her.   Bonnies School Program
Preschool group singing – You can see the top of Bonnie’s head.
 Bonnies School Program
Now, it was time for Bonnie’s class to perform.
 Bonnies School Program
Bonnie was supposed to do “B” when they did their alphabet, but she did not make it that far.  So, it threw everyone off because they had to do a different letter than the one they had practiced.  But, they made it through.
 Bonnies School Program
Bonnie’s special spot
 Bonnies School Program

Monday, July 30, 2012

W’apow mu e, 
This morning, Sammy, a boy from church, came over to play.  He stayed until lunch time.  The kids had fun playing with him.  Gilbert came in and told me that Sammy said he was going to quit speaking English to him and only speak Fante.  Then, Sammy told him to take something inside in Fante; Gilbert was so excited because he understood what Sammy was saying.


After lunch, the kids were supposed to take a nap.  No one actually went to sleep.  


Joe went into town to give another missionary some paperwork.  


I swam with the kids this afternoon.  Then, Joe, Martin, and L.F. played Badminton with the kids while I got supper ready.  Our Olympians were in training once again.  Danny had quite the swing.


Danny fell asleep around 7:30 in a chair.  Bonnie kept parading into the living room with goofy clothes on; she was doing anything she could to stay awake.  She nodded off a couple times.  Gilbert kept coming to report that Danny and Bonnie were both asleep; then, he would come back to say that Bonnie was awake again.
Nantsew yie!
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, July 29, 2012

W’apow mu e, 
We had a good day at church.  I started out with six in my class and ended up with twenty-six.  There was a good crowd in the auditorium as well.  One boy came forward for the assurance of his salvation; he rides to church with us every Sunday.
The evening service went well too with seventeen in attendance.  After church, we were talking about how to get everyone to Kumasi for a wedding this Saturday.  Bright and Harriett are getting married up there, and some of the church people want to attend.  They are trying to find transportation which won’t charge an exorbitant amount.  We will be going in our vehicle, but we don’t have room for everybody.  Harriett informed me tonight that she wants me to make the wedding cake.  I told her that I didn’t think it would transport very well with the road conditions.  She is supposed to do some checking around up there and will let me know by Tuesday if she needs me to do it or not.  I am not a great cake decorator; this could be very interesting!
On the way home from church, we were talking about the school programs.  Danny was dressed like a shepherd during part of his program.  He held a lamb while they quoted Psalm 23.  Bonnie said, “Danny, you looked like a pajama head when you had that blue dress and hat on.”  Danny told her that he wasn’t a pajama head; he was a shepherd.
The boys were back to wrestling this evening.  Danny had seventy-five points, and Gilbert had ten. 
Nantsew yie!
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, July 28, 2012

W’apow mu e, 
Bible Clubs were rained out this morning.  It was a slow drizzle.

We did some work around the house.  I told the boys that I was going to have them wash the lunch dishes for me while they are out of school.  When Gilbert heard that, he was ready for school to start right away!

Joe worked on sorting keys today.  When we moved in to this house, there was a pile of over 100 keys with no labels on them.  Joe and the boys worked on trying the keys in all the different locks.  He found a key for every lock except one. (We have several gates and doors, and they all have at least one padlock on them.)  I brought a key organizer back with me.  Joe got all of the keys that we need put into that.  He had the kids take the rest of the keys off of the key rings and put them in a big jar.  The kids asked if they could keep some; they thought it was great to have their own set of keys!

The kids helped me make pizza for supper.  Bonnie helped me put toppings on the first one, and the boys did the second one.  There was not room for everyone to be up at the counter at once.

I don’t know if it is a good thing for our boys to see all of the different Olympic sports.  The boys were watching Judo tonight.  Danny said, “Gilbert, let’s try that.”  Joe was keeping score for them.  Danny won by a landslide; he is a strong five-year-old!

Pray for Joe and Danny who are still having a bout with asthma.  Bonnie seems to be coming down with a sore throat.
  
Nantsew yie!
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, July 27, 2012

W’apow mu e, 
Today was the first official day out of school.  The children were up bright and early, of course!  

We just took it easy this morning.  We headed into town around 10:30.  We stopped at an office in Sekondi to pick up paperwork for another missionary who Joe was helping.  Then, we went on to Takoradi.  We ate lunch at Planter’s Lodge.  While we waited for the food, we played “I Spy.”  Then, I asked the kids questions about the circus.  They were telling me their favorite part and the funniest part to them.  Gilbert filled up on the bread that they bring out before the meal.  He ate four pieces of bread and then only wanted one piece of pizza.  That worked out well for Danny because he is not too fond of plain bread; that meant more pizza for him.

After lunch, we went to the grocery store.  We kept everyone awake on the way home.  Then, we got naps in.  The kids all took a long nap.  After naps, Joe watched them swim while I worked on supper.  I got the chicken ready, and Joe grilled it for me while I worked on other things.

The boys were racing hot wheel cars in the living room.  Joe was telling them when to go and keeping score.

We watched the Olympic opening ceremony.  Danny wanted to know when each new country came out if they were bad guys or good guys.  It was funny listening to the kids trying to pronounce the names of some of the countries.  The kids stayed up a lot later than usual.  Bonnie was asleep not even sixty seconds after I put her in bed.   
Nantsew yie!
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, July 26, 2012

W’apow mu e, 
Today was the last day of school.  They let them go at noon today so that they could get rested up for the long program this evening.  

Joe took the boys to school.  Bonnie and I did some things around the house.  The jet lag kicked in earlier today.  

The kids and I all took a nap after lunch.  Then, we got ready to head to the school for the K-5 graduation and program.  We were the taxi service.  We had sixteen people in the vehicle on the way to the school.

The boys did really well tonight.  Gilbert kept his eyes on the clock on the back wall the whole time just like his teacher had told him to do; he didn’t even glance at us once.  Danny was looking all around.  The K-5 did their program in parts.  They did part of it at the beginning and part of it toward the end.  Gilbert quoted Matthew 22:36-39, and Danny quoted a poem.  While Danny’s class quoted Psalm 23, he was dressed like a shepherd and was petting a lamb.  On his way back to his spot, he tripped and almost went down.  After all the classes did their presentation, Brother Morgan preached and made announcements.  Then, the K-5 came back in to receive their diplomas.  They had the K-5 students sit down on benches while they gave out the other awards.  Gilbert got one of the two Christian Character awards for the whole student body.  Danny started crying when they were handing out those certificates because he didn’t think he was going to get one.  When they started handing out the diplomas, he was happy again.  Danny’s teacher got the teacher of the year award.  Danny was so excited about that; he jumped up off the bench to cheer for her.  Bonnie did pretty good for having to sit still for almost three hours. We took some pictures afterward and then headed home.  I will try to get some pictures sent tomorrow if the internet will cooperate.
It was one year ago today that Gilbert and Danny got saved!

Nantsew yie!
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

(We are having some internet issues.  This is yesterday’s post.)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

W’apow mu e, 

Today was the last day of school.  They let them go at noon today so that they could get rested up for the long program this evening.  

Joe took the boys to school.  Bonnie and I did some things around the house.  The jet lag kicked in earlier today.  

The kids and I all took a nap after lunch.  Then, we got ready to head to the school for the K-5 graduation and program.  We were the taxi service.  We had sixteen people in the vehicle on the way to the school.

The boys did really well tonight.  Gilbert kept his eyes on the clock on the back wall the whole time just like his teacher had told him to do; he didn’t even glance at us once.  Danny was looking all around.  The K-5 did their program in parts.  They did part of it at the beginning and part of it toward the end.  Gilbert quoted Matthew 22:36-39, and Danny quoted a poem.  While Danny’s class quoted Psalm 23, he was dressed like a shepherd and was petting a lamb.  On his way back to his spot, he tripped and almost went down.  After all the classes did their presentation, Brother Morgan preached and made announcements.  Then, the K-5 came back in to receive their diplomas.  They had the K-5 students sit down on benches while they gave out the other awards.  Gilbert got one of the two Christian Character awards for the whole student body.  Danny started crying when they were handing out those certificates because he didn’t think he was going to get one.  When they started handing out the diplomas, he was happy again.  Danny’s teacher got the teacher of the year award.  Danny was so excited about that; he jumped up off the bench to cheer for her.  Bonnie did pretty good for having to sit still for almost three hours. We took some pictures afterward and then headed home.  I will try to get some pictures sent tomorrow if the internet will cooperate.


It was one year ago today that both of our boys got saved!

 

Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

W’apow mu e, 

 

The boys were not too thrilled that they had to go to school today and Bonnie didn’t.  Bonnie was my helper.  After we had done a few things, I sat down for a minute.  Bonnie told me that I couldn’t work while I was sitting down.  She was keeping me on my toes.

 

About noon, jetlag hit.  Bonnie and I both took a nap.  Then, we made some cookies.

 

The boys had a good day at school.  They practiced for their program and played the rest of the day.  They had to rest for a little while before church.  They thought Bonnie needed to rest too. 

 

After supper, we headed to church.  We had a good service with nine in attendance.

Danny and Joe are both having trouble with asthma.  Danny has been doing a couple breathing treatments a day.  They have both had to use their inhalers as well.  

Tomorrow is Danny’s K-5 graduation combined with a program for K-4 through 5th grade.  The boys were practicing their parts tonight.  Danny is quoting a poem, and Gilbert is quoting three verses.  I guess they decided today that they needed another song at the beginning when all of the students do the pledges together.  They were singing Matthew 6:33, but some of the students did not know that one.  They said if they didn’t do it right the next time, that they were going to get them.  After that try, they called the ones forward who were still having trouble.  Danny was among them, and he started crying.  They weren’t in trouble; they were just going to help them with the song.  Danny thought he was headed to see the principal.

Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie