Monthly Archives: September 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

The boys are on the mend. The boys were not too thrilled about going to school, but they decided it would be better to go to school than to stay in bed all day. They did fine.

Joe took me to the doctor this morning for a check-up. I will have to go to Accra within the next couple weeks to have a test run; it is just to confirm results that were found today. They are pretty sure that I have two small benign tumors, but I need to have a biopsy done to confirm that they are benign.

Joe found out that the electricity prices go up 78% tomorrow. So, he took our pre-paid card to get it refilled today. The ATMs were all out of money since it is the end of the month when everyone gets paid. He had used all of his money on the electric card. The main round-about was closed, but there were not any signs or anything warning that it was closed. So, he got right up to it before he realized that it was closed. His only option was to do a u-turn. The police were sitting there watching him waiting for him to do the u-turn. As soon as he did it, they told him he would have to go to court. They wanted money, but he honestly did not have any with him. So, they let him go; they did not really want to take him to court. Joe even made it to the school on time to get the kids. They don’t like it when Dad “keeps long.”

The kids were ready to play outside when they got home from school. Gilbert came running in to tell us that they killed a big, black scorpion. Danny ran over it with his bike after hitting it with a big piece of bamboo. After that excitement, Danny and Bonnie got locked in the guard room. They shut the door, and it got stuck. I went out and tried to open it but could not get it. Joe went out there. He tried to open it with a screwdriver, but that would not work. So, he kicked the door. Bonnie reported to Nana on the phone that Daddy broke the door. She went on to say that we have a carpenter that helps us fix things, but she did not think he could “carpen” a door handle.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, September 29, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

Both boys are still under the weather. I kept them home today and made them rest. Both boys took a good nap. They both have a sore throat and a cough. They seem to feel a little better today than they did yesterday.

Joe said that church went well this morning. A man who was a member of the church recently got married. He came today with his wife and his parents. Both his mother and his wife went forward for salvation during the invitation.

Joe found out that five of the children in the school have come down with measles. It is being said that there is a pandemic of measles right now. Our kids have all been vaccinated against it.

Joe was back down this evening. He is having some stomach difficulties. Pray that everyone feels better soon!

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, September 28, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

Joe went to Funkoe village this morning with twelve people from the church. They had some good visits and saw four people saved. They will be starting to hold a Bible study there this coming Tuesday. It is a fishing village. The fishermen don’t fish on Tuesday. They will be meeting in a school classroom; the chief worked it out for them to have the best classroom at the school instead of the worst one, which is what the headmaster first offered.

It rained most of the morning. The taxi driver who will come to our house was out of town today. I did not want to wade through the mud to the taxi station with the three children to go to music practice. Joe said that there was a big funeral in Kansaworado today and that there were drunk people hanging around the taxi station; so, we stayed home. It was a good thing we did because both of the boys are sick this evening. Danny slept for four hours this afternoon and did not have much of an appetite at supper time. Gilbert had a slight fever tonight. They both have a cold that has settled in the chest.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, September 27, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

Danny was hoping to stay home from school today. He did not have a fever, and his tonsils were not swollen any more. He has a cold; so, he probably just has some drainage. He went to school and did fine.

Joe went into town this morning to find something to hold the rinse water from the washing machine. To conserve water, we are planning to recycle the rinse water for the next load of laundry. He got a barrel today and all of the things that he needs for that project.

Janet came for her reading lesson. Then, I got some things done around the house.

The children had a good day at school. Danny said that his class got locked out of their classroom. A girl shut the door, and the door locked with the key on the inside. The teacher got a spare key from the office, and they were able to go back to class. Danny’s main concern was that his backpack was in there!

Bonnie was showing me her papers from the week. She ended up with another girl’s paper. She started crying at first. Then, she realized that she had hers and someone else’s. After she got out of panic mode, she said that she would take that other one back to Ohenewa on Monday.

We went to the British restaurant for supper tonight. The owner was happy to see us. His hotel is in an out-of-the-way place, and he has not had a lot of business lately.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, September 26, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

Joe is feeling better today. He took the kids to school. Then, he came back home and got me. We went into town in search of a new washing machine. We looked at a couple different places and then bought one. It works great! It holds a bigger load than our old one did, and it only takes thirty minutes to wash a load instead of two hours. Then, we got a call this afternoon; our home church paid for the washer for us. What a blessing!

The bridge is opened to all traffic once again. The hole does not look too bad from the top side, but a lot of the concrete that was holding the bridge together underneath was knocked off when they were trying to make the hole bigger. The middle support beam also has a big crack in it. The bridge traffic is down to one lane instead of two due to the hole.

When we got home from going to town, I put a roast and vegetables in the crockpot. Joe got the roast when he was in Accra a couple weeks ago. Then, I made lunch. This afternoon, I made some dinner rolls to go with our roast.

Danny has been complaining of a sore throat this evening. His tonsils are swollen. He fell asleep early on the couch. We will see how he is doing in the morning.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

The bridge is still open to cars for the time being. Joe was able to go and come today without any trouble.

Joe has been sick today with some type of stomach bug. He has rested most of the day.

Joe looked at the washing machine and said that it has died. So, I guess we will be looking for a new washing machine in a day or two.

Janet came for her reading lesson this morning. After I taught her, I got some computer work done.

Joe went to get the kids from school. After he got home, he went straight to bed. The kids and I had church tonight. Bonnie likes to lead the singing. We also worked on “O Happy Day” in English and Fante. We did some sword drills. The boys are getting faster at finding the books of the Bible. Bonnie kept saying, “I’m not there yet, Brothers! Mom, can you find it for me?”

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

It has been a WAWA day here (West Africa Wins Again!). It started on the way to school this morning. As Joe and the children were leaving the area where we live (Kansaworado), the bridge was blocked with benches. There was a small hole in the middle of the bridge. They moved the benches and let Joe pass through. When he came back an hour later, they were not letting anyone through. So, he parked the car, walked home to get ready to go to the dentist, and then walked back to the car.

The dentist cleaned the tooth again today. He was not able to complete the root canal today because a power surge had fried some of his equipment.

Joe went into town. He did not want to try to come home again until he had gotten the kids from school. So, he ate lunch in town and waited around until it was time to get the kids from school.

When they got to Kansaworado, there were signs saying that the road was closed. So, they parked the car at Naomi’s house, a teacher who rides to school with them. Joe and the kids walked home. Just before Joe got home, he got a call from the chief of Funkoe village saying that he had the keys for the classroom where they can hold church services. So, Joe had to take the two mile walk back to the car right away to go out to the village. After he went to the village, he decided to leave the vehicle at the Morgans’ house so that he would not have to take the two-mile walk in the dark; instead, he could take the half-mile walk down the main road. After Brother Morgan dropped Joe off at the road, Joe discovered that they were allowing cars to cross the bridge just not trucks. So, he called Brother Morgan. Brother Morgan went back and picked him up. Joe rode back to their house and got our vehicle. He got home about 7:30 with the vehicle. He said that he does not think that the bridge will even be passable much longer. Instead of trying to patch the hole in the middle of the bridge, the village people got their hammers out and made the hole bigger. There is a Chinese factory out past our house. They have big trucks that come through. So, the people of Kansaworado want the Chinese to fix the bridge and the road. It will be interesting to see what takes place. We will have to try to find an alternate route home or prepare to do lots of walking.

When Joe got home after all of that, I hated to tell him that the washing machine is not working right. Maybe it will be an easy fix.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, September 23, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

Joe took the kids to school this morning. Founder’s Day was on Saturday; since it fell on the weekend, they are observing it today. But, the kids had school anyway.

Gilbert has a couple teeth that are coming in that are causing some pain. The school was trying to reach Joe to see if it was okay to give Gilbert medicine. Joe’s phone was on silent. Gilbert knew my phone number; so they tried it. I told them it was okay to give him some Tylenol.

We were getting low on water and were just about to the point of ordering a water truck. It rained for several hours this afternoon, and our tanks have been replenished. Praise the Lord!

Those who ride home from school with Joe rode to the house to try to wait for the rain to stop. After they waited for about thirty minutes and it was still coming down, they borrowed an umbrella and set out for home.

The power went off this evening. I think we may be back to load shedding a few times a week. We also heard on the radio that the price of electric units will increase by 150% in the next week; we have not been able to find an article or anything to back it up. So, we are praying that it is not true!

Joe goes back to the dentist tomorrow. Hopefully they will be able to complete the root canal. He has also lost some other fillings.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, September 22, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

 

We had a good day at church. Joe preached in the morning service. One man came forward for salvation during the invitation and got saved after the service.

 

We had lobster chowder today with the lobster that Martin brought. It was yummy! We finished the whole pan!

 

After lunch, Joe went to make a hospital visit. One of the girls who usually rides to school with them broke her leg a couple of weeks ago. They did not take her to the hospital right away; now they will have to break it again to set it properly. Pray for Ruth.

 

I had music practice this afternoon. The fuel prices increased by 20% this past week. Transportation prices have gone up as well. No one wanted to take me as far as the church. So, I got a ride to the next taxi station and then went to the church from there. Our singing group sang in the evening service tonight.

 

Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, September 21, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

 

We got some things done around the house this morning. I tried all morning to find out if we were having music practice this afternoon but never got in touch with anyone; so, if they did have it, I missed it today.

 

Joe went to Funkoe Village with the national pastor this evening. They were able to meet with the chief and were well received. The chief is going to talk to the headmaster of the school about giving them a room to use for church services.

 

When our guests came, they brought rechargeable batteries for us. Joe has been on a battery marathon to get the batteries charged for all of the kids’ gadgets that needed batteries. Everyone got to play with their little game things today; they were excited about that.

 

Bonnie had the most homework today. Her teacher was the only one who gave her the homework that she missed last Friday when the kids did not go to school. Bonnie did not seem to mind though. She did two of the pages this morning and finished the other one tonight without being reminded about it.

 

Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie