Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Class of 2018

It's been a whirlwind of activities since we have arrived home on furlough. We have gotten settled in and trying to get into a routine. It is hard because it is summer time. We started out at our home church, they had their Missions Conference at the end of April. Our prayer cards need updated and so many details that need updated. It's coming.

We were in two of our supporting churches before we headed down to Florida for our son Matthew's graduation. He graduated from the Abeka Academy Homeschool. They had close to 500 students walk to receive their diploma. We spent a week there in Pensacola, spending time with our daughter, Naomi (who we haven't seen for a year) and Matthew before they both work on campus at PCC for the summer. We had a busy and fun week together. We got Matthew moved into the dorm before we left them both. We were in a church in TN on the way back to Ohio. This Sunday we were at another one of our supporting churches  and next week we will be in a Missions Conference. Thank You for praying for us as we got settled back into cold Ohio, and for our many travels, with many more to come. Have a great summer. Enjoy the pictures from our trip to Florida. 


Graduation Party





Grandpa & Grandma Siekbert 

         

Got a Frosty after church




Blue Wahoo Baseball Game

Going to see some Dolphins




Naval Aviation Museum






Pray for Naomi and Matthew



Thursday, April 19, 2018

Anniversary Delivery

In March we had our missions conference at Cornerstone. Each evening Linda would walk out of the end of the service because she couldn't sit very long. Her delivery date was April 15th. I didn't think she would go that far into April. I was teasing Linda during the week, saying, Friday March 30th is a great day to have your baby. She would laugh and shake her head, no. Friday March 30th, was our wedding anniversary. It is also Prince's brothers birthday. It would be a perfect day to have a baby. The week came and went and the phone rang on Friday, March 30th, about 2:00 PM. Ben was on the other side. He said, they took Linda to the hospital. Mack and I looked at each other not thinking it would really happen. They'll probably send her home. An hour later at 3:20 PM she delivered a baby boy. We where very surprised but so excited. We would get to meet this little guy before we left for furlough. We headed to the hospital around 5:00PM. The baby was so little and new, just a couple of hours old. We greeted Linda and the new baby and prayed with Prince and Linda. Then they kicked us out of the hospital, visiting hours had past and we had to leave. We left and took Prince to pick up a crib his mom brought back from Accra. We got it to his house and the guys helped him put it all together. It was a good thing too because the instructions where in Chinese.





The next day being Saturday, Prince invited us over after visitation for lunch of boiled Gari and Fish with a pepper sauce. We had just arrived when Prince said, Linda and the baby are coming home. Whooo Hoooo! We left the boys with Ben to prepare lunch, haha, and we went to pick up Linda. We brought her home and got to spend the afternoon with them. You can only visit in the hospital for 1 hour from 4-5 PM. If she was still in the hospital we would have hardly got to spend any time with her. So we had lunch with Prince and then the guys went to fill up containers of water for Prince and Linda. They had been without water flowing from the tap for a couple of weeks.




Going home! (Linda's Mom)







March 30, 2018 @ 3:20 PM 7.1LB

Sunday was our last Sunday in Ghana. We said our goodbyes to the Deaf School and to our church. We headed to Accra on Monday morning. It has been 3 weeks now that we have been home. It is very strange. I'm not sure that I am really here.

What? You want to know the baby's name? Oh, well let me tell you......his name is......................
Matthew Prince Tackie. They had the baby naming ceremony last week. They sent us pictures. They are proud parents of this new little one. Before we left, I told Prince show him pictures of us, so when we get back he is not afraid of the white people.



Prince, Linda & Matthew Prince

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Furlough

We are on the home stretch, but so far away. We just ended our conference on missions. Bible classes finish on Tuesday. Joseph has two classes left in school, but he will finish them up in the states. Abeka has received all of Matthew's papers to be graded for school. Now, we turn to the house. Packing while still using EVERYTHING? There is no fast food around here, we can't pick up the phone to order pizza. Peanut butter and jelly is our fast food. I have a few main meals left in the freezer to prepare and then, good ol' pb&j.

Please pray for Osofo Maame (That's Pastor's wife in Fante'). Linda is due in the middle of April. Pray for a healthy baby and a safe delivery. They don't have baby showers or anything like that over here, so we took them a few items for the new baby.





Just trying to take everything in stride and not be so frantic about getting things put away and packed.  I would of had the whole house done a month ago, my husband he does not think that way. So I am learning it will all get done. My goal is not to stay up all night the night before, like some people, huh ummm. 

Can't wait to see you and some we get to meet for the first time!  


Until next time!! 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Sad News, Good News, Great News

Happy New Year 2018. Our son Joseph started off the new year with his 16th birthday on January 3rd. Being in Ghana, it's not as exciting as being in the States. No drivers license. In Ghana you can't get your license until your 18. We had to go to the capital for his birthday to renew the boys passports. While at the guest house Mack wanted me to make a cake. I said, I could of, if I brought the ingredients with me. So, it was much cheaper to find an already made cake and some ice cream. Another birthday this month is my husband, Mack's.



Two handsome guys!!

Prince and Linda are expecting a baby in the middle of April. The baby is growing big. So happy for them. The sad news: We won't be here for the birth of the baby. I am really bummed about that. Good news: We are headed home for furlough at the beginning of April. Our son Matthew graduates in May. We tried to plan our furlough a little later but Matthew has to take some tests and get ready for school. We ask for prayers for Linda and baby. Also, as we pack and finish school. We need to get a vehicle once we get home and as we will be busy with graduation/travel Great news: We get to see Naomi!!! I am super excited about that. I think she finally misses us?

Prince's Parents and Prince and Linda
School here in Ghana has resumed from Christmas break. We started back to the Deaf School this Sunday. Bible Classes at church has begun again. It's nice to have everything back on schedule.







Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Thanksgiving, 14 Years and 11 Years?

We had 5 missionary families over for Thanksgiving. I enjoyed myself, I think everyone else did as well. It was so good to see those we don't get to see often. We are thankful for our missionary family here in Ghana.





The ladies watching the guys play volleyball


playing volleyball

The schools here are on Christmas break until the middle of January. Also the Bible Classes we have at the church and West Ridge Public School are on break. That means I am back to teaching our girls Sunday school class. After our lesson on our last day at the Deaf School, we passed out a bag of candy and biscuits to the youngest class. The middle aged class we handed out the candy and biscuits and a New Testament. To the oldest class (Jr/High School) we gave out toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss. This also means our sign language teacher is also leaving as he was just interning for the semester.






Thank You


We have an eleven year old in our house. I remember being the stuffed turkey the year he was born. We where in the States on furlough. We had a nice Thanksgiving with family and all that good food. I was so miserable, I couldn't eat much. I just kept thinking of all this good food we don't get in Africa. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving he was born. His birthday is 11/28. November also marks 14 years in Ghana.




Naomi is in Ohio for Christmas. I want to thank all those who have helped her the last seven months. Sending her notes, gift cards, packages, financial gifts,  to picking her up and dropping her off at the airport, and staying with family. Thank you!!



Happy New Year!!!

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