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 seed...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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A story of love and new beginnings.

Twenty-two years ago, my first love and high school sweetheart and I broke up. I was devastated. Don’t we all have that moment and that person who the whole rest of our romantic lives is measured up against? Jeremiah was that person for me. I was a mess. So much so...

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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...

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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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If at first you don’t succeed…..

We were working as house parents in an orphanage in the Delmas 75 area and were at home with 24 boys when there was a knock at the gate. A lady was standing outside with her baby boy and was asking for help. She knew it was an orphanage, but she was not asking to...

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Another baby has died. Daily life in Haiti.

I walked down a dirt road that intersected a small creek mostly filled with trash that only has water during the rainy season. Hopping over the garbage, I continued on past the men sitting on the corner playing cards and making catcalls and then across a tiny handmade...

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Business in Haiti: Why we need help.

I went to Best Buy to buy a laptop. This has happened to me twice in one month. I walk around the store, wanting to spend hundreds of dollars on a laptop and I can’t find anyone to assist me. After several laps around the store to find a customer service person and...

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My story: an excerpt.

Below is an excerpt of my story. This summer, I will be taking a sabbatical in order to carve out the time to write down the things I have learned and seen over the past eight years in Haiti. I want to be able to tell the story of the mistakes I have made and the...

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How has my life been wasted?

I sat across an artisan with a skin disease. So many people have diseases that keep them marginalized in Haiti. Like a leper in Biblical times, people with aids, cancer, skin issues, mental issues are pushed out of their communities and left with no support. This is...

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Legacy and Hope: Melissa’s Story

Grace texted me that they had arrived. I dropped everything in my office and texted back that I was on my way to meet them across the street at the café. Today is an important day. It is a day that will probably go down in our company’s history, I thought. For months...

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Legacy and Hope: Melissa’s Story

Grace texted me that they had arrived. I dropped everything in my office and texted back that I was on my way to meet them across the street at the café. Today is an important day. It is a day that will probably go down in our company’s history, I thought. For months...

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Up out of the Ravine and into Loving Arms

On my fridge I have a magnet that says, “Just when the caterpillar, thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” And so perhaps it was for this small child that endured the pains of childbirth only to be dumped in this ravine to die. So many people responded to...

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Up out of the Ravine and into Loving Arms

On my fridge I have a magnet that says, “Just when the caterpillar, thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” And so perhaps it was for this small child that endured the pains of childbirth only to be dumped in this ravine to die. So many people responded to...

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Throwing the baby out….with the rain water

It is the rainy season in Haiti. It rains like clockwork this time of the year. Each night at about 6pm, just as dusk is approaching the big rain splats start to come down. In the spring it starts around dinner time, allowing my kids to use the balcony as a...

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