Monthly Archives: August 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

 

This morning, Joe left the house early to pick Teacher Adoko up to attend a funeral. Joe was at the funeral most of the day. Teacher Adoko was in charge of the funeral and asked Joe to go; Joe did not know the person who died.

 

The children and I got some things done around the house. We worked on laundry. Then, the kids wanted to go outside to see if their fort was rainproof. They came back in to tell me that it worked. They were so excited about that.

 

We had been praying for rain because we are very low on water once again. It is set up so that the gutters drain into our holding tank. However, someone had disconnected the gutter from the tank. So, we did not catch any water in our tank today. Hopefully we will get some more rain.

 

This afternoon, a taxi came to take me and the kids to the church. He was a little late; so, we set out on foot and met him on the road. He took us to the church for music practice. I am enjoying singing in the ensemble. Tomorrow will be my first time to sing in church with them.

 

Our practice was long today. We started at 2:00 and finished at 4:30. Joe met us at the church and took us home.

 

We played Monopoly Express tonight. It was a little different, but it was fun. Joe won, and Danny was none too happy about that. Joe is still teasing Danny about what he said when we were playing Monopoly last night. Joe told Danny that he owed him a certain amount of money. Danny said, “No way, Jose!” He did not want to part with it; games are rough on Danny. : )

 

Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, August 30, 2013

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This morning, I was searching the internet for a dermatologist in our area. At first, I found some in Accra but nothing in our area. Then, I discovered that the main dermatologist in Accra has about twenty clinics throughout the country. He has assistants that he is training at each of the clinics, and he makes the rounds to each clinic once a month. There is one of these clinics in Takoradi. We went today and saw the assistant. I am still having trouble with a recurring fungus. I told her all of the things that I have tried, and she gave me some different things to try. The specialist will be in town on September 16; so, I am supposed to go back a week from today and then again on the 16th to see the specialist.

 

Janet stayed with the children while Joe and I went to the dermatologist. There was no one else waiting; so, I got right in. We got back home in time for lunch.

 

We got a package today. The boys got a new Lego set. They got busy on that right away. Danny’s goal is to build everything in the booklet that came with the set.

 

This afternoon, we started a big game of Monopoly. We have played the junior version before with the children but not the real thing. It took several hours. All three children were in tears at some point, but we made it through. Joe was the winner tonight; Bonnie came in second. Bonnie mainly just rolled the dice, and I helped her with everything else.

 

Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, August 29, 2013

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Today was an “African snow day.” That’s what we call days when we stay home due to things going on in the country. We watched the news off and an all morning waiting for the verdict from the court case regarding the elections. The verdict was that the case was dismissed. Everything will remain as is.

 

The boys were busy building a fort outside most of the morning. They kept coming in to give us an update. Bonnie was busy playing outside too.

 

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Inside the fort

 

It is tradition to have steak on “snow days.” So, we had chicken fried steaks for lunch. They were yummy!

 

After lunch, some of us got a nap in. Then, we started a game of Risk. We taught the boys how to play. Bonnie helped me. We took a break to eat roast beef sandwiches for supper. Then, we went back to the game. Danny was the winner. We were going to play Monopoly too, but it was after 9:00 by the time we finished Risk. Maybe we will get Monopoly in tomorrow.

 

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Getting set up to play Risk

 

Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

 

Today is my birthday. Children have a way of making you feel great about your age. Bonnie said, “Mom, you’re getting old! You must be close to 101!” I told her that I had a long way to go to get to 101!

 

Teacher Adoko called early this morning. He had almost completely lost his voice. So, there were no Fante lessons today.

 

I got breakfast in bed this morning. Joe made waffles. The kids all made cards for me. They presented me with the cards when Joe brought the breakfast in. Danny made me a Lego boat too.

 

We went into town this morning. We went to Melcoms, the closest thing to Walmart here. We don’t go there very often; it has always been very crowded with not much space to maneuver. We were pleasantly surprised when we went in there today. They had made the aisles bigger and had made some improvements. Joe took the kids to look for presents for me. I had fun walking around the store at my own pace. I had been on my own for a while; I went to make sure that they were still on the same floor of the store; then, I was accused of trying to peek! I didn’t see anything and went back on my merry way! : )

 

There is a place across the street from Melcoms that sells wrapping paper. Joe took the gifts over to them and had them wrap the gifts. I was impressed! Usually my presents come in the plastic bag.

 

We went to the British restaurant for lunch. The owner always give us a free appetizer. We had shrimp in a spaghetti net for our appetizer. Joe and I had steak for lunch, and the kids had fish and chips.

 

We stopped at the stadium to pay for renting the facilities for an activity day that is coming up in a couple of weeks. While Joe went up to the office, the children ran around the track a couple times. Gilbert was the champion.

 

After that, we went back into town to the grocery store. We found some special treats from the States that we don’t usually find here. That was fun!

 

We got a quick nap in. Then, we had supper followed by hot fudge cake. I made the mistake of putting candles in the hot cake. The candles were moving back and forth as the family sang to me; the candles melted and left a puddle of wax behind. But, the cake was still good! After cake and ice cream, I opened my presents. The kids were telling me all through supper that I was just going to love what they had picked out. I got a nice set of silverware, a set of skillets, and some wash basins for dishes.

 

Then, we were out the door to church. The theme this month has been Faith Promise missions giving; that is a new concept for some.

Continue to pray for Joe’s grandma, Nannie. She is not doing very well.

 

There has been a court hearing in progress for quite some time regarding the outcome of last year’s presidential election here in Ghana. The verdict will be given tomorrow. Pray for a peaceful conclusion to the highly contested election results.

 

Thank you to all those who sent birthday greetings. I had a wonderful day!

 

Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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This morning, the boys were gung-ho to clean the whole house. They did the dishes and started in their room before they ran out of steam. Bonnie and I worked in her room. We cleaned the closet and then did some rearranging in preparation for our guests who should arrive two weeks from today.

 

Joe went into town this morning to pay the school fees and get the school supplies. School starts a week from today. It was supposed to start today but was postponed until next week due to some unfinished construction at the school.

 

Bonnie and Danny helped me make pizza for supper. Gilbert wanted to do the dishes after supper. Tomorrow is my birthday; so, he said he did not want me to have any dishes to do on my birthday.

 

Joe found a way to watch football games on the computer. We had an ESPN channel here, but they just discontinued it. The kids were all watching with him. It sounded more like twenty questions. : ) I called my grandma and my aunt who both have their birthday today. It was nice to talk to them.

 

The kids were busy playing with Legos this evening. They brought in several creations to show us.

 

Continue to pray for Joe’s grandma, Nannie. She is not doing very well.

 

There has been a court hearing in progress for quite some time regarding the outcome of last year’s presidential election here in Ghana. The verdict will be given on Thursday. Pray for a peaceful conclusion to the highly contested election results.

 

Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, August 25, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

 

This morning during breakfast, Bonnie had another word that she wanted defined; today it was compassion. So, we talked about compassion during breakfast.

 

After breakfast, the boys were busy outside. They were gathering wood for a fire. They came inside and said, “That’s hard work!” Danny told us of his method for chopping sticks. He said, “You chop it for a little while; then, you sit on it to break it the rest of the way.” Joe went out and helped them start their fire.

 

I worked on laundry and got some things done around the house. Bonnie would go outside with the boys for a little while and then would come back inside to check on her baby dolls.

 

Joe took the pellet gun outside this afternoon and helped the kids shoot it. They thought that was great.

 

We had tacos for supper. Then, we watched a show about cougars. The boys were very interested, and Bonnie was a little scared a couple of times.

 

Pray for Joe’s dad’s mom, Willie Mae Consford, aka Nannie. She is not doing very well.

 

Joe’s dad, Joe’s uncle, and our pastor are coming to visit us two weeks from tomorrow. We are so excited about their trip.

 

Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, August 25, 2013

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Joe made breakfast this morning while I worked on getting lunch in the crockpot.

On the way to church this morning, Bonnie was asking what different words meant. She came up with quite a variety of words – concerned, survive, obstinate, servant. By the time we were finishing with servant, we picked up some more passengers. So, she did not get any more questions in. The children were too busy telling their friends about their trip to Mole National Park and the Kumasi Zoo.

We had a good morning at church. They are doing some construction; so, there is not as much room in the auditorium as usual. They did junior church with the children today instead of having everyone in the auditorium for the main service.

After church, we went home and ate lunch. I had to be back up at the church at 4:00 for music practice. So, I walked to the taxi station and took a taxi to the church so that the children could finish their nap; that way they did not have to be at church 2 ½ hours early either. Music practice went well.

The evening service was good too.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, August 24, 2013

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Joe went visiting this morning. The children and I got some things done around the house.

 

After lunch, a taxi came to take me and the kids to church. I was supposed to be there at 2:00 for music practice. Joe met us at the church. We practiced until 3:30 and then headed home. They learn everything by ear. They listen to songs on a CD and learn the parts that way.

 

I made calzones and breadsticks for supper. Joe helped me roll out the dough because I was running a little behind. Martin came for supper.

 

Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, August 23, 2013

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Joe went to town to get Teacher Adoko this morning. The kids made birthday cards for Teacher Adoko before he got here. I told them that we would bring the cupcakes out at the end of their lesson and sing to the teacher. It was just about to kill the kids to keep the secret. Danny told him that we had a surprise for him when their lesson was over. At the end of their lesson, I brought the cupcakes in. Teacher Adoko was so surprised that we remembered his birthday. The kids all gave him the cards that they had made; he was tickled pink. He turns 60 tomorrow. We sent some cupcakes home with him too.

 

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Joe took Teacher Adoko back to town. He got a few things at the store before heading back home.

 

The boys were eagerly awaiting Dad’s arrival because they were going to plant their avocado plants in bags. The plants have been growing in glass jars on our counter for the past few months. The next step is to let them grow in the bags to take root in the dirt. Then, we will plant them in the ground.

 

While the children were outside waiting for Joe, Danny yelled “Snake!” Joe ran outside with a stick and killed the snake. It was a small viper.

 

There was a ladies’ meeting at church this evening. Martin came to the house this afternoon. He stayed with the children while Joe dropped me off at the Morgans’ house. I rode to the church with them. The ladies’ meeting went well. There were about twenty-five ladies present.

 

After the meeting, Joe met me near the Morgans’ house to take me home. The kids all greeted me as if I had been gone for days instead of a couple hours. It is good to be loved and missed!

 

Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, August 22, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

 

Joe went to town to get Teacher Adoko this morning. He is working with our children while they are out of school. They have finished the alphabet. He had them reading sentences today. They also worked on the days of the week.

 

Joe took the teacher back into town. He went to the market circle to get flour. Then, he ventured inside the circle to get cornmeal. He bought the corn first and then had to find someone who could grind the corn. We do not usually buy meat from the market, but a pig had just been butchered; so, he bought some pork. He brought it home and got the meat grinder out. He and Gilbert ground the pork and made sausage.

 

I tried to start getting caught up on laundry today. Each time that I put a load of clothes in the dryer, the power went off. So, I did not get much laundry done today. There is always tomorrow!

 

Joe discovered a problem with the well. The air canister had filled with water and burned the switch out. He was able to bypass the switch to pump some water, but he will have to fix that too. Welcome home! : )

 

Bonnie’s head seems to be healing fine. Before we went to church last night, she said that she was only going to show Brother Morgan. She ended up showing it to lots of people though. She has given herself a new name – “the owie chief of Ghana.” While we were on vacation, she fell every day and skinned something. She has scabs all over her arms and legs. She is following in Danny’s footsteps in the injury department.

 

Teacher Adoko’s birthday is on Saturday. I made some cupcakes this evening so that we can send them home with him tomorrow. Danny and Bonnie helped me with the cupcakes. Their favorite part is licking the bowl and utensils when I have finished with them.

 

Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie