Monthly Archives: November 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

We had a quiet day at home today. Everyone was tired from the two busy days that we just had.

Joe went to get a water truck to come, but they must not work on Saturday. Our lower tank is completely empty, but we should have enough in the gravity tank to last until Monday.

While I was getting supper ready, Gilbert was reading to Bonnie. She came in and said, “Mom, Gilbert reads very well now! I am so proud of him!”

After supper, we played a game of Risk. Gilbert and Danny were the last two in the game. Bed time came before the game was over. Gilbert had the most men left and was declared the winner. Danny was not happy about that.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, November 29, 2013 Black Friday

Black Friday Ghana Style!

Lo and Bonnie were up before the crack of dawn read to shop till they dropped in the metropolis of Takoradi!  The ladies hatched this plan to go to the market circle and go shopping today.  The boys were all going to stay at the Siekbert’s house.  We got the the Siekbert’s at 9:30 and they headed to town.

The boys really liked getting to spend another day out of school.  They played hard all day long.  Brother Siekbert, Brother Widner and I visited and supervised the kids.  Matthew and I fixed lunch and we just had a great day.

Lo, Bonnie and the women had a great day too.  They shopped all over Takoradi and had lunch in town at a new restaurant.  They said that it was very good.

I hope everyone had a great day as well!  We are really excited about seeing everyone at home soon.



Thursday, November 28, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

Happy Thanksgiving!

When I got up at 6:00 this morning, all three of the children were already up wanting to know when it would be time to go to the Wideners’ house. I got started on the cornbread for the dressing; then, I diced some bread. I got the stuffing all ready. Joe cleaned the chickens for me. I got the chickens and dressing in the oven. Then, Danny helped me with the deviled eggs. The kids helped me dry dishes after that.

Joe went to get the flat tire fixed. Glass had punctured the tire, and glass was inside the tire. It was not fixable. Then, he had to go in search of a place that had that type of tire in the right size. On the sixth try, he found a tire. He got back home a little after 9:00.

At 10:00, we headed to Cape Coast. We were the first ones to arrive at the Wideners’ house. I helped Stacy with a few things while Joe visited with Brother Widener. The kids found some toys to play with.

By 1:00, everyone had arrived. There was plenty of food, and it was all delicious. We had a great time of fellowship. After lunch and dessert had settled a little, Joe went outside to play football with the boys.

We headed home a little before 5:00 and got home just after it got dark. Danny fell asleep on the way home.

On the way home, Bonnie saw a tree full of birds. She said, “Is it a hawk holiday today too? Maybe a hawk had a birthday!”

Bonnie fell asleep on the couch. Everyone should sleep very well tonight.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

I spent most of the day in the kitchen preparing food for tomorrow. We need to leave the house around 10:00 tomorrow morning to get to the Wideners’ house by noon. So, I wanted to get as much done today as I could.

Dwayne Harrison came by to pick up some French materials that we had. Then, Joe went into town with Dwayne to run errands.

The children had a good day at school. They rested for a while when they got home.

Bonnie helped me make pita bread pizza for supper. Then, we got ready for church.

We had a good service tonight. When we got home, Danny told Joe that the tire was making a funny nose. We must have hit something on the way up the hill. So, he will have to put the spare on in the morning and take the other tire to get it fixed.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

Joe rode to school in the taxi with the kids this morning. From there, he went to town to run some errands.

I did some more sewing this morning. Then, I started on my Thanksgiving goodies. I made peanut butter candy and frosted sugar cookies today.

The children had a good day at school. They played outside for a while when they got home. Bonnie helped me cut out the sugar cookies, and Danny helped me frost them.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, November 25, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

I did not get an e-mail sent yesterday. We had a good day at church.

The children had a good day at school today. They are practicing for a Christmas program. Gilbert is a shepherd, and Danny is an angel. Bonnie said, “I’m not anything; I just sing.” One of the stipulations to be something special was no trips to the office; they probably did not think Bonnie would make it that long without a trip to the office. : )

I did some sewing this morning. I hemmed several pairs of pants for Joe. Then, I did some alterations on one of Bonnie’s new dresses and one of my new outfits. They do not use a pattern; so, they don’t always get it exactly right. Joe worked in the office most of the day.

Joe played Frisbee with the kids while I got supper ready. We watched Gunsmoke after supper. Danny has so many questions when he watches something.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Joe’s Podcast Episode #034

I am so sorry about the lack of recent episodes!  I really want to finish this Salvation series.

If you have a question for Joe’s Podcast make sure you call our voice mail and leave your question that I will answer as part of an upcoming show.

Abraham and Isaac

Gen. 22:1-14

Abraham had peace with God, because of the faith he had already in what God had told him.

Isaac had never had an encounter with God yet!  He did not have peace with His maker. Abraham’s peace with God was not enough for Isaac.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

Joe and Danny made monster waffles this morning. They were great! Bonnie wanted to know why they were called “monster.” I tried to explain that it just meant that they were big, not scary. She was a little leery of eating something with such a name, but she decided that they were okay to eat.

I practiced some Christmas songs on my clarinet today in preparation for music practice this afternoon. We won’t be here for the Christmas day service since we fly out that evening, but I can help them learn their parts by playing the different parts.

I walked to the taxi station, rode to the next station, got in the next taxi, and walked the last bit of the way to the church. I got there a little late, but others were late too. We had a good practice with those who came.

Joe has discovered a new thing – making cookies with the waffle iron. He tried two different kinds of cookies today while I was gone to music practice. They are pretty tasty.

The guy who was going to buy the car talked to Joe today and said that he was not going to be able to buy it. A missionary who read the blog post from yesterday contacted me and said that they were interested in purchasing the vehicle. They are on furlough and will be returning to Ghana early next year. So, we can keep the vehicle up until the time that we leave and then leave the vehicle at the guest house for them. Isn’t it amazing how the Lord worked all of that out for us?

I rested for a little bit when I got back from music practice. Then, Bonnie helped me make cornbread for supper, and Gilbert helped me with the chili.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, November 22, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

The man who is wanting to buy the car called this morning. He said that he was at the bank just waiting for the money. So, we headed into town. We had some errands to run. We took two of the boys’ shirts back to the tailor to have some alterations made; the shirts would not fit over their heads. It only took him a few minutes to fix them; so, I just waited. Then, we went to the grocery store. It had been a couple hours, and we had not heard anything from the car buyer. Joe called him, and he told us to come to his office. For some reason, the bank did not approve the loan. They said that they do not loan money for that type of vehicle, but they have known what type of vehicle it is all along. It sounded fishy to us. The guy said he still wants to buy the car. He asked us to wait one more week to see if he could get the money together before we try to sell it to someone else. Please pray that we can sell it before we leave for furlough at the end of December.

The children had a good day at school. They were ready to play outside when they got home.

Joe grilled hamburgers for supper. After supper, the kids were playing a new game that they made up; it’s called Hide and Shoot instead of Hide and Seek. They turn the lights off, and then two of them hide. When they get found, they are “shot” with a pretend weapon.

Bonnie decided to do her homework just before bed time. At first, she was just going to do one page and save the rest for tomorrow. She came and said, “Mom, I finished all of my homework! My hand was hurting, but I was tough and got it all done!”

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, November 21, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

Joe and I got some things done around the house today. I did a little work on cutting out paper dolls for Bonnie for Christmas. Then, I worked on sorting recipes. I am trying to gather all of the recipes that I use on a regular basis so that I can just take my recipe box back to the States.

The children had a good day at school. Joe played Frisbee with them while I worked on supper.

Gilbert finished the last of his science notes that he had gotten behind on. He was excited to be done with that.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie