Sir Patrick

Chris was just reading online and saw that Patrick Stewart just became Sir Patrick. Chris is wanting to know why he hasn’t gotten knighted. Apparently he thinks he deserves it.

Also news worthy, he just had to ask me what day Valentine’s Day was. I laughed at him. He’s 35. I would think that in the last thirty five years of his life, somewhere in there, he would have realized that it’s like Christmas – it’s the same date every year. But, apparently that was news to him. I told him that I had hoped he would have remembered what day it was because it was the day he proposed. His response? “I don’t know. I just know it was in February sometime.” And people wondered why we got married on Canada Day. It was so the fireworks would tip him off.


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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.

11 thoughts on “Sir Patrick

  1. I am a homeschool mom and we are participating in a Science Fair. We’d like to make a psuedo model of the water filters you are building there in Haiti. I have a few questions, if you don’t mind:
    1) Where are you all? Can you tell me what area/village, etc. as well as a large city that I might find on Google Earth, so that I can locate you on a map.
    2) How do you decide where you place these filtering systems?
    3) In what areas have you already installed these filtering systems?

    We are very excited for your mission. We will be praying for you. Also, as part of our display at the Science Fair, we may have a collection “pail” and will send you any donations we receive. Thanks so much! May God richly bless you and this mission.
    Jo Anne Tingle (Frankfort, KY)

    • Hi Jo Ann,

      I love that you’re doing a science fair project on the filters. What a great idea. If you want a cross cut picture of the filter go to the website and click on the photo of the filter next to the first paragraph on the home page. It should take you to another page that has a cross-cut pic and an explanation.

      1) We are in Pierre Payen. If you find a map of Haiti, locate Port au Prince, then follow the highway marked that goes north along the coast. If you find a good map you should be able to locate Montrouis, and then St. Marc. We’re in between those two, right where the highway gets close to the ocean before it goes inland into St. Marc.

      2)We run a subsidized filter program normally that requires the families to pay the equivalent of about $5 US. The filters cost us about $50 to produce now. We used to give the filters away but found people didn’t want to use them etc and they would often get broken. When recipients have to invest a little it gives the filter value and they use it. They also get the opportunity to make the choice for their family rather than some organization pushing something on them. That decision can give them a lot of dignity which we like. When we go into a new area it’s usually because someone from the community has contacted us. They usually become our community promoter and go around doing filter sales. They collect the money, sign up families and then call us when they have a truck load sold. We arrange a delivery day and deliver and install the filters.

      3)Since the mission started we’ve installed filters in various communities throughout the Artibonite Valley, Gonaives and the surrounding areas, St. Marc, Pierre Payen, Montrouis, Archaie, Cabaret, Cazale, Port au Prince and lots of places in between.

  2. At our immigration interview my husband Yvan said we got married in March, but it was Valentine’s Day when we got married. You’d think he’d remember because we got married when a store had a “Get married on Valentine’s Day” special, but he didn’t remember that Valentine’s day was in February. He’s foreign, so that’s maybe why, or not. Good thing our interviewer had a sense of humor. He still gets it wrong.

  3. Too funny Leslie! Aric is the same way – we got married 2 weeks after his birthday so his birthday would trigger the remembrance of the anniversary coming up! Make sure you guys take the time on Valentine’s Day to take a break from everything around you, celebrate each other and the fact that you are together.
    Blessings and we continue to pray for you & the work you are doing in Haiti.

  4. Sir Chris,
    Our family still gives me a bad time since I announced that “Thanksgiving was going to be on a Thursday this year”. To some of us that are “on task” most of the time, the nuances of the calendar are just beyond our focal plain.
    We are so proud of you two and the fantastic work you are doing. You are an inspiration to us all and I’m sure there is going to be a lot of work done in communities across the country because of the energy that you have instilled in the rest of us by taking the time to blog about your experiences. You are both in our prayers.
    Steve & Grete

  5. I’m glad you can laugh despite the sadness around you. Wishing you much more laughter tomorrow when the Craigs arrive.

  6. When Chris both flies a state of the art vessel through the galaxy in the interests of peace and expansion of knowledge AND leads a benevolent team of misunderstood super heroes, then he should talk knighthood. There’s no higher calling than entertaining the masses right?

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