Monthly Archives: October 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

The mechanic came at 6:30 this morning and got the clutch put back together. Joe was able to take the kids to school this morning. Then, he went to get Teacher Adoko.

We read some passages of Scripture and did some review today. Teacher Adoko is going to be busy in the next few weeks; so, I’m not sure how often we will be able to meet with him.

Joe took the teacher back home. Then, he met Dwayne Harrison in town and ran some errands with him. I got some work done in the office.

Bonnie got in trouble for talking during lunch time today. It is a hard thing for a five-year-old to be quiet all day, especially Bonnie! : )

Martin came this afternoon. The kids played outside with him.

Joe grilled hotdogs for supper. I made some buns but ran out of floor; they were a bit crumbly, but they tasted fine.

After supper, we worked on a project that Nana had sent for Danny’s birthday. We made frogs out of pretzels, oreos, candy eyes, fruit roll ups, and green meltable candy. Our candy did not melt quite right, but we had fun anyway.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, October 31, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

Joe took the kids to school. He preached in chapel at the school this morning.

I worked on typing Fante notes this morning. I also worked on laundry until the power went off. It was off from 10:00 to 3:30.

This afternoon when Joe was leaving to pick the kids up from school, the clutch went out. Brother Morgan brought the kids home for us.

Joe took the clutch off and went into town to get it repaired. He did not get back home until after dark. He tried to get the clutch back on in the dark but to no avail. So, we had church at home this evening. I also gave all of the boys a haircut and trimmed Bonnie’s bangs.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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Danny is on the mend. He went to school today and made it through the day.

I worked in the office this morning. Joe took the car to get it detailed. A couple different people are interested in buying it. We are trying to sell it before we go on furlough. That way, it does not just sit for a year. It has been a good vehicle; the only drawback is that it is hard to find the parts for it.

Gilbert got behind on copying his science notes when he missed a couple days of school. Instead of just skipping a couple pages and copying the new notes, he just had not been copying anything at all. Only the teacher has a book; he writes out every page on the board each day for the students to copy. We were able to borrow the book today to copy the pages that Gilbert has missed so that he can get them copied into his notebook. He copied three pages and then got to go play.

Joe played Frisbee with the children while I got supper ready.

Danny is staying busy playing with the new toys that he got for his birthday.

Bonnie was quoting all of the poems that she has learned at school. She has got the motions down pat.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, October 28, 2013

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Danny still had a fever and a bad cough this morning. So, he stayed home. He got a lot of resting in. Maybe he can go back to school tomorrow.

Gilbert and Bonnie had a good day at school.

My helper came this morning. She stayed with Danny for a few minutes while Joe took me to the eye doctor for a check-up. He said that my eyes look better and that I should just finish the drops to prevent the infection from returning.

When we got back, Joe and I worked on some insurance paperwork.

Joe played Frisbee with Gilbert for a little bit after school. I found Danny kneeling on the kitchen counter watching them out the window. He had tears in his eyes because he could not play outside. So, Gilbert came in and played with him inside.

We played Danny’s new game tonight, Uno Spin. It was fun.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, October 27, 2013

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I got up and worked on lunch preparations so that we would not have to do much when we got home from church. I made Danny’s other birthday meal today since we went out to eat last night. He loves Grandma’s sweet and sour meatballs over rice recipe. Another of his favorites is deviled eggs.

We had a good morning at church. I sang with Brother Williams in the morning service. When I sat back down, Gilbert said, “I was singing with you, Mom.”

The missions conference at our home church in Texas started today. They called us this afternoon during their Sunday School hour. Our kids sang “Jesus Loves Me” in Fante.

Danny is feeling a little puny today. He has a cough and runny nose. He had a slight fever this afternoon; so, I kept him home this evening. I pumped him full of vitamins and put him to bed early.

Joe, Gilbert, and Bonnie had a good time at church this evening. Danny and I read some verses and talked about the gospel. In talking about that, he said, “Mom, it’s hard to understand how God can be three persons in one.” He had several good questions and was really paying attention to the verses that we read. We played a couple games on paper after that. Then, he headed to bed.

I measured the kids this morning on their growth chart. Danny has grown almost three inches since June. He proudly went to tell Joe, “Dad, I only have eight more inches to get to five feet!” He is now four inches taller than Gilbert. Gilbert is right at 4 feet tall, and Bonnie is just a few inches behind him.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, October 26, 2013

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Today is Danny’s birthday. He is seven.

We got started on the donuts bright and early this morning. It was a team effort. We tried a new recipe for Krispy Kreme donuts. They were very tasty!

Then, it was on to lunch preparations. I made pizza pockets and breadsticks. Joe made some salsa and then worked on the filling for the pizza pockets.

The Siekberts came about 11:00. We had a good time with them. The kids had fun playing outside while I finished baking the pizza pockets. After lunch, we had cake and ice cream. Then, Danny opened his presents. He got a remote controlled car, a remote controlled monster truck, a nerf gun, a game, a Lego castle set, and some sheets. The Siekbert boys helped Danny and Gilbert get started on the castle set. Danny and Gilbert worked on it diligently all afternoon. I got a little nap in after the Siekberts left.

As I was about to start supper preparations, Joe decided that we would go to the British restaurant for supper. We will have the meatballs and rice tomorrow. We had a good time at the restaurant. We had fish, chips, and peas. They always serve peas with the fish and chips there, but the kids are always a little leery of the peas. They have tried them before and did not care for them so much. Joe told Gilbert that they were sweet, and Gilbert decided to try them again. Gilbert loved them. He said, “Danny, you’ve got to try these. It’s like the song, ‘I’ve got peas like a river.'” Joe and I lost it on that one. All this time, Gilbert thought he was singing about peas instead of peace. : )

I asked Danny if he had a good birthday. He said, “Yes, I did, except for when one of the walls of the castle fell; now I have to rebuild that wall.”

Everyone was ready for bed this evening.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, October 25, 2013

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Danny was excited about taking his cupcakes to school this morning. He made sure that we did not forget to send them. Joe took the kids to school. Then, he went to have some work done on the car, but they could not find the right parts here. They will have to send the parts from Accra; hopefully they will be the right parts.

I worked on Danny’s cake this morning. Joe’s mom had sent a cake mix for a camouflage cake. It came with food coloring. I divided the batter into four different bowls and made the batter in each bowl a different color. Then, I put it in the cake pans a little dab at a time. It turned out nice, I hope. We will find out for sure tomorrow when we eat it!

This afternoon, I worked on party favor bags and wrapping the presents. I wanted to get that done before the kids got home from school.

The boys were wound up tonight. They were having fun playing together. Bonnie decided to do her homework. Then, she found something else to work on.

Danny has requested donuts with chocolate frosting and sprinkles for breakfast, pizza pockets for lunch, and meatballs and rice for supper. The Siekberts are coming for lunch. It should be a fun day.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, October 24, 2013

This morning, we had an uneventful ride to school.  We have been drilling multiplication tables into the kids heads on the way to school.  Does anyone have any great tips for drilling those numbers into young impressionable minds or do we have to resort to more drastic measures?

I drove, or rather meandered my way into town to get the Fante teacher.  I used to be able to drive to my coffee shop, drink a cup of coffee and read some news and then leisurely drive over to pick up the teacher.  Now, I just bring my coffee from home and listen to the news on Stitcher Radio while I try to ignore the traffic all around me.

We had a good Fante lesson today, and we had a good time with the Fante Teacher.  His father-in-law has passed away and a lot of pressure has been put on our Fante Teacher to oragnize and pay for a huge funeral.  You can tell this situation has put a big strain on him.

We had a water truck come to deliver water today.  The driver was the same man that usually comes, but the other guy was new and you could tell!  I had to just walk away several times.  I just knew that someone was going to get hurt and I did not want to watch.  Life should not be a contest to see how dangerous we can make a simple task!

I took the teacher home and then I had some work done on the car.  Tomorrow they have a little bit more work to do as well.  I am trying to get the car sold before we go home for furlough.  We can manage with a taxi if the car sells soon.

Lo made fried apple pie for me tonight.  Wow!  They sure were good!  We had fried chicken and mashed potatoes and all the fixens.  Martin ate with us tonight and I asked if he could sell this food in a restaurant.  He said that it would be impossible to sell something this good!  He would eat it all first.  He said that we should be quiet because there are no friends worth talking to when the food was this good.

Lo’s eyes are improving.  She was tired and went to bed.   I am on my way as well.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Joe took the kids to school. Then, he went to get the Fante teacher. The traffic is still bad. It usually takes about fifteen minutes to get from the school to where the teacher is, but because of the road construction, it takes over an hour.

Teacher Adoko’s father-in-law died. He wants me to read a passage of Scripture at a family gathering that they will have in December. So, we are practicing for that.

Joe took the teacher back to town. Then, he ventured into the market circle. The market circle is not one of his favorite places, but it is a necessity every now and then. He got flour and vegetables and then headed home.

Then, he took me to the eye doctor. The doctor said that my eyes are doing better but that the infection is not completely gone. He said that I should keep using the eye drops and the ointment until Monday. I am supposed to see him again on Monday. Once again, he did not charge us anything.

When we got home, I went to transfer a load of laundry from the washer to the dryer. But there was an error message on the washer. It had stopped filling. The reason was that we are out of water. We have just a little left in our upper storage tank. Joe went down and checked the well; it is dry. Joe tried to get a water truck to come out, but they were not working today for some reason. So, we are on strict water rationing for the time being – sponge baths, recycling rinse water, no laundry, etc. Thankfully I am all caught up on the laundry for now. Pray for rain! : )

The children rested for a little while when they got home from school. Then, Gilbert and Bonnie did their homework before supper.

After supper, we headed to church. Brother Dare has been preaching out of Titus on Wednesday nights. We finished chapter one tonight.

Danny’s birthday is getting so close that he can hardly stand it. Three more days!

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Well, this morning, I thought about going back to bed before I got sat down at the breakfast table. I woke up and went to the restroom. I was changing the toilet paper roll, and I dropped the new roll into the toilet. I came into the kitchen after cleaning that mess up and turned on the coffee pot. While the coffee was making, I always mix up some vitamins that I drink every morning before breakfast. I got the vitamin mix out of the fridge and spilled it all over the floor. I was trying to clean that up and knocked Laura’s salad dressing mixer off of the shelf and broke it. I use a great little gadget to mix the vitamins called an “aerolatte.” I dropped my aerolatte on the floor, and the batteries went everywhere. I drank my unmixed vitamins and then noticed that the coffee maker had gone crazy and instead of putting the fresh coffee in the carafe, it was pouring it all over the counter. Laura came in about that time and said, “What is going on here?” Have you ever seen that Disney movie, The Sword in the Stone? I felt like Wart when the cook came in and found that mess in her kitchen. I just gave up and went and sat down at the breakfast table.

Thank the Lord that the rest of the day went much smoother. I got the kids to school without incident!

Lo is still having some eye trouble. I will take her back to the eye doctor tomorrow for a check up. He wanted to see how she was progressing with the meds he gave her.

This afternoon, I played baseball with the kids outside. Bonnie has to run out to the mound to tell me what I should be telling the boys. She says, “Next time, you should tell Danny to keep his back elbow up and his eye on the ball.” If I forget to tell Danny, she will let me know about it.

I went to get some eggs, and I got to witness to a 7th Day Adventist elder. I am always amazed at how false religions blind the eyes.

Well, I am going to bed. I hope ya’ll have a wonderful day!