Beautiful Girl



It makes me smile to think of all the little girls in Haiti who are wearing dresses made by my mom. Lots of you have made dresses, but it is not an exaggeration to say there are hundreds of girls in Haiti wearing beautiful dresses made by Jan Nelson. This little girl from Thomaseau put her dress on as soon as she got it. Words cannot describe the blessing it was to see face-to-face this sweet girl in her dress. It is such a drop in the bucket as far as need in the country is concerned, but God can use every little thing for his purposes and glory.

Proverbs 19:17

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,

    and he will reward them for what they have done.

Thank you so much for all the  ways you have helped us get dresses and shorts to Haiti. Check out the Mission to Haiti link on the sidebar to find out more about the awesome ministry where we ship our dresses.

God and Numbers


Before I left for Haiti, Carter and I memorized the numbers 1 – 10 in Haitian Creole. I  had intended to learn a variety of sewing terms so I might be able to communicate at least a tiny bit with the sewing students, but the only thing I really learned concretely was un, de, twa, kat, senk, sis, set, wit, nef, dis.

Being able to count was more of a novelty than anything else. I didn’t really think I’d have any reason to use this itty-bitty bit of knowledge other than to have fun with it. But God is the God of the big things and of the little things, and he can use even creole numbers for his purposes.

On our first day of sewing with the teenagers, we had so many students that we couldn’t all be in the little classroom at one time. So, I took half of the kids outside, and we practiced using simple patterns to cut fabric. Very. Basic. But it was amazing to me the things I take for granted. Several of the students had obviously never used a scissors before and had to be taught the proper way to hold one. But, I digress…

For a time, I was alone with 8 kids who didn’t speak a lick of English while all of the interpreters were busy at the sewing machines. My project for the kids was to cut 8 4-inch squares and 2 3-inch squares out of fabric. Using hand motions and my counting skills, I was able to communicate to the kids what they needed to do. And they did it! Amazing! It is such a little thing, but I think God was like, “Well, she knows how to count, let’s see what we can do with that.” 😉

Thankfully, the caretaker Ti Fre’s son, (pictured standing at the left), noticed my conundrum and saved the day with his excellent interpreter skills, but how fun that God allowed me to use the 10 creole words I knew how to say.

Leavin’ on a Jet Plane


This photo was taken in Haiti when I was 21. According to my recollection I had yet to officially “meet” Corey. (I just knew him as the lighting guy with the crazy hair at Salt Company.) But he would say we met as sophomores when a mutual friend introduced us. Too bad I don’t remember that. Maybe we’d have gotten married a couple years earlier 😉

Regardless of when we met, we were married about a year after that trip, and now many years and three children later we are getting ready to head to Haiti together! There are few things in life that I have looked forward to more. And I can say with absolute certainty that God is all over this trip. I can see how so many things have come together to make this work, and it makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time.

While Corey is doing some construction work (I think he’ll be roofing a house), I will be teaching sewing classes with two women whom I’ve never met. I still smile at the thought of teaching sewing. I wonder if they’d take back the invitation if I told them I sewed clear through my finger a couple years ago. I was literally attached to my sewing machine. 🙂

In addition to construction and sewing classes, we’ll get to attend a traditional Haitian church service, meet our sponsor boys (YAY!!!!), hand out dresses and I even get to interview some families with sponsored children. How cool is that?!?

Can’t wait to tell you what God does on this trip!

(I’ll post a final dress/shorts tally soon.)

Lucson and Pierre


I am excited about this upcoming trip to Haiti for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the opportunity to meet these two boys.  We sponsor these guys through Mission to Haiti’s sponsorship program and Carter and Owen correspond with them a couple times a year. They don’t love to write, but I can get them to sit long enough to pen a couple sentences every now and then. And we just got these new photos and letters from Lucson and Pierre yesterday.

When I found out Lucson and Pierre go to school right next to the place we will be staying, I was thrilled! Carter, Owen, Lewis and I went shopping and bought them some gifts. I can’t wait to see them in person.