Checking in so you know we’re not dead

My mother in-law and our board President emailed to remind me that there might be people out there thinking the worst because we hadn’t updated the blog since Saturday. Sorry for the absence. We know people have been checking because the site meter has been going crazy.


As far as the incidents of last week are concerned, we’re hanging in there. I think we’re just trying to get back to as much normal as possible under the circumstances. No one has been arrested yet, we’re just waiting on the police and UN. Yes, it’s taking longer than we had hoped, but it’s about several people and departments trying to coordinate schedules etc and since this is Haiti that can take a while. Our workers are getting ansy. They want this thing dealt with because it’s not just us that it affects. We’ve been asking them to be patient along with us, though I don’t know how well it’s working.


In the meantime, we’ve just been trying to keep ourselves occupied. We had a missionary meeting here on Sunday. It was the first day that we’d had the doors open and sat on the deck. It felt good. It was nice to be among friends and to be supported in what we’re going through. It can be so hard to explain the things of life here to people who don’t live here because so much of it doesn’t make sense. To have ears to listen that can say, “I hear ya!” is  reassuring thing.


We’re very much in the finishing stages on the apartment. I’ve been up there every morning since Monday painting things. Our closet shelves are mostly done with the exception of the closet rod supports that Al just installed yesterday. Today I’ll be doing more painting. I like painting. I don’t like the prep work involved. Yesterday I was gung-ho to get a bunch of stuff painted, but then remembered that since we’re working with plywood I needed to seal all the edges, so that pushed my plans back a day. On the list for me today is also laundry, bagging some fresh roasted coffee, and attempting to rescue the shower tile job in the apartment. We had bought all the supplies thinking we could hire a local boss that our bosses knew, but they couldn’t find him. We asked the floor guy if he would do it but what he asked price wise for the job seemed high in comparison to what we had just paid per square meter for the floors. We then hired a local guy that had done some work for our friends in St. Marc. We knew he was just learning. The lesson we have learned is that it’s better to suck it up and pay the extra $25 US to have it done well and properly. Chris and I are telling ourselves that it was an opportunity to give a guy some experience, and he’s a very nice guy, don’t get me wrong. He just needs a LOT of practice. It’s amazing how your standards change when you look at something and realize it’s all done in concrete and you really couldn’t change it if you wanted to. I guess we shouldn’t complain. The rest of the house is beautiful and Carlo, our main boss, is a perfectionist so everything else is great. I guess we should have something in the house that’s got a good story to it.


Olivia… haven’t had an Olivia update in a while. As much as we’ve been trying to keep things even keeled over the last week for her sake (and ours) she is showing the signs of stress. She’s been a lot more clingy and needing more of our undivided attention. She’s used to being able to run around in the yard but we’ve been keeping her on a tighter leash and within arms reach. On a good note, she’s talking like crazy and repeating everything, in English and Creole. We’ve been working on the words “up” and “please” and she’s got them down. I think she likes having a few more ways to communicate her wants and needs. Getting kisses out of Olivia before was like trying to negotiate for world peace. For some reason in the last few days she’s figured out kisses are a great thing and several times as I’ve been lying on the floor or couch she’s crawled up on me and started planting kisses all over my face. It’s the sweetest thing because she’s doing it on her own. Hugs have also joined her repretoir and we’re soaking them up. She’s running around like a marathon runner and loves to play chase. Her sense of humor is great too and she loves to laugh. She’s been a highlight in a very stressful month. Now, if we could just get her to say “mommy”…


We’ll let you know if there are any new developments around here. Until then we’re just going to keep plugging away at life.





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About Leslie

I'm Leslie. Wife. Mother. Missionary. In the day to day my husband and I are responsible for running Clean Water for Haiti, a humanitarian mission that builds and distributes water filters to Haitian families. Living in Haiti full time provides lots of stories, and as I tell my husband, our grandkids probably won't believe most of them. Maybe writing them down will give me some credibility.

One thought on “Checking in so you know we’re not dead

  1. Sorry about the tile job. Our experienced, union guy messed our tile job up too!

    What colors did you decide on for the cabinets? It will be fun to see the photos of the finish.

    That is such a fun report about Olivia. The kisses are just the best aren’t they.

    Sleep in peace and know there are a bunch of us praying.

    Hugs Barb J

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