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Boundaries

I had a meeting with a co-worker in Haiti today. The tears were flowing and the weight of the world was heavier than the 103 degree hot humid air. Novens was over in the corner on a bed that is set up in the living room trying to sleep in spite of his real pain....

For whatever a woman (or man) sows….

The law of sowing and reaping is universal. It is for me one of those threads that goes through all cultures and religions in a way that shows me that God obviously thought it was important enough to tell it in every format possible. A Japanese proverb says, “A...

Seven years

I feel like I have told the story so many times. The day that started like any other day. How we went to the store and bought flour and bananas and spent the day making tortillas. How later that afternoon, the very same grocery store that I bought the flour in came...

Papillon Marketplace

On November 14th, we spread our wings and opened a store in downtown Olympia. We recruited employees who were specifically drawn to the mission of orphan prevention and because of their passion, have been amazing additions to the team and have quickly become friends...

New branches shooting up.. Papillon Marketplace

The last I wrote I was talking about all of the changes that were ahead of me. This is a brief updated to let you know that WE DID IT! We opened a store in Olympia Washington on November 14, 2016: the first of many as we want to bring the amazing work our artisans do...

Changing of the seasons… A new chapter for my family!

The last eight years have been epic. So much work has been accomlished. When I came to Haiti, I had a dream of helping a few mothers be able to earn enough of an income to keep their children. Eight years later and more has been accomplished than I ever could have...

After the Hurricane

Another tragedy. Blow after blow Haiti takes another hit. The stories never end. We hear the big ones, but there are so many unfathomable daily tragedies that go unnoticed. My eight years in Haiti has made my heart so fragile. Every day I hear of a tragedy that would...

Slow Hurricane Coming

I woke up more times that I can remember last night. The temperature has dropped and I was cold. My kids were restless and woke up a lot too. The calm right now is eerie. We know it is coming. The slow speed of this hurricane is agonizing to wait for. My neighbors are...
Finding my voice this summer.

Finding my voice this summer.

In some ways, I feel like this summer I crawled into a hole and have been silent. It has been a time of reflection for me as I get some time alone, some counseling, and also look for new vision for what is next for me in Haiti. I feel so strongly that I need to be...
A child that a mother could not give up.

A child that a mother could not give up.

Women don’t necessarily want to place their kids in orphanages. It is not what we want for our children, and it is not what poor women want for theirs either. In most cases during the year I worked at an orphanage, the first time a woman came knocking, it was to ask...

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