Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sunday Update

1.  New Playground- Gassaway Baptist Church of West Virginia has been serving here at Baptist Haiti Mission for the past two weeks.  Several of the team members had served with BHM in the past, after their first visit they began to dream of ways they could help improve the work of BHM in a practical way.  Their Noah's Ark!

Families, friends, schools, and orphanages visit the mission on a regular basis because our property is open to the public.  The Gassaway group desired to build a large play area for the community that would also provide an opportunity to share the Gospel.  The Ark is the result of this dream.  We are so excited about the relationships that will be developed from this project.  True confession, as momma to be I am stoked to think about our child having a place to play one day!  Thanks Gassaway!

2.  Graduations- My time teaching English with the local kindergarten has come to a close due to summer vacation.  Although I miss seeing the kids each week, I'm alright having a few more minutes of "down time".  A few weekends ago the school hosted a graduation for the kiddos.  In true Haiti fashion, it started an hour late, and lasted quite a few hours.  I confess, I snuck out early, but still managed to share my excitement with the teachers and kiddos and get a few cute pictures in the process.

This is one of a few hundred Christian schools connected with our ministry here in Haiti.  The kids who attend these schools are exposed to the truth of the Gospel each and everyday.  What a gift it is to be a part of such Gospel centered work.

3.  Parent Projects- Trey's parents have been visiting us over the past week, and you know what that means, projects are in full swing.  For many months Trey has been working on developing a patio area above where our water cisterns sit.  Ty and Terri have been a huge help this week adding several finishing touches...

Ty's favorite spot is the porch swing.  My handy husband built the swing a few months ago and we are definitely putting it to use.

4.  Baby Update-  We are halfway through week 15 of pregnancy and going strong.  Our last doctors appointment went great and we are excited about all that is in store.  Grandma Salter (still searching for a name for baby to call her) and Trey found some fun baby fabric for our little one...

And, we recently received a baby crib that was used by another missionary family.  It's pretty bizarre to have this in our house, even if right now it is simply used for storage and balancing my hair straightener when I get ready every morning.  Nevertheless, it is one step closer to having baby here with us!

Friday, June 21, 2013


After almost 2 years in Haiti, I have become an exercise DVD guru.  No more gym visits, zumba classes, or walks in the park.  But, who needs that when you have DVD's?  I remember watching my Granny do exercise DVD's as a young girl, I always thought she looked quite silly.

Little did I know, I'd be using them "religiously" years down the road.  I've done my fair share of Jillian Michaels, Women's Fitness, and even Zumba (thanks to a great Christmas gift from the hubs).  Now, in the midst of pregnancy, I am discovering a whole new world of DVD' favorite so far:

I don't care what anyone says, Denise Austin has been around in the world of work-out DVD's FOREVER, so she must be doing something right.  Although she may not be taking me through boot camp every day, she is becoming my pregnancy coach in the world of fitness.

After busy days, lots of fast talking in Haitian Creole, and taking care of a variety of tasks, it's nice to release and zone out to the "dreamy" voice of Denise (as described by Kilee Bidwell.)

My goal in this, our first pregnancy, is to maintain my physical condition as best as possible.  I want to take care of myself and baby.  And...Trey also wants me to keep happy so my daily exercise is a MUST for those positive endorphins.

There will be plenty of time for boot camps once baby arrives, or perhaps being a mom will be boot camp enough!  If any of you have any other DVD's or must do activities in the world of becoming a mom, please let me know.

Now, off for my daily Denise!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Interesting Facts

Our pregnancy journey has been quite the experience, thus far.

We are currently passed the 1st trimester and enjoying the stage that many refer to as the "Pregnancy Honeymoon."  My physical woes have decreased tremendously and the little baby bump has officially chosen to make an appearance.

It has been a tremendous blessing over the past few weeks to hear from several friends and family and talk about our excitement over baby Salter.  My favorite word from the States concerning baby to be actually happened today when we received the mail.

I had a sweet note from my Aunt Susan informing me that my cousin Grace's Sunday School class was asked to draw a picture of a family member and write an interesting fact to go along with that person.

Grace chose me...

I was so flattered when I heard that she chose me.  But, wait...what in the world would she pick as an interesting fact about me?!

A Pregnet Missonary...that's me!

I could not help but laugh out loud.  These past several weeks have indeed been quite interesting for me as we are navigating the road to parenthood, and doing that in a 3rd world country.  I know our journey will continue to hold many interesting moments and that our Father is walking with us, controlling all, every step of the way.

It is a delight to my heart, to know the Lord has called me for this special time to be a pregnant missionary, and that is indeed an interesting fact.

Thanks for the picture Grace, it is definitely going on our refrigerator!

Friday, June 7, 2013


In my inbox this morning I was greeted with a precious message from Heather; mother of 6, dear friend to my family, and a sister in the faith.  Her words were full of encouragement and have stuck with me throughout the day.

"...You may be a mother many times over but you will never BECOME a mother again.  I pray that you capture this in your still.  Know that He is God..."  

There are many stages of becoming the Lord allows His children to experience.  I clearly remember a few other key becoming stages in my life.  Becoming a college student, becoming a wife, becoming a missionary in Haiti.

The movie, Becoming Jane, a story written about life events that led to the development of author, Jane Austen has always been quite intriguing to me.  Although I am intrigued by this movie, I must confess I have not yet watched the movie.  I prefer girly films like Father of the Bride, the accents and quick speaking in movies like Pride & Prejudice tend to make me quite sleepy.

What would it be like to have a movie made about all of our times of Becoming?  Would we be surprised by certain parts of our lives that made the movie, which led us to who we are today?  Or perhaps we would be surprised by those moments we thought were huge in our process of becoming, but it turns out they didn't matter after all.

What a gift it is to look back and see the events in life that led us to different places of becoming.  But, oh how easy it is to miss the moment when we are in the midst of those transitional stages, our becoming stages.

Heather is not the first, nor will she be the last mother who shares with me how necessary it is to embrace this special time of Becoming Mom...

It is my desire that the Lord would work in my heart to heed the wise words He is giving others to speak into my life.  I hope to learn what it means to take advantage of the time I have to Be Still, just me and the Lord and the precious life forming inside me. Instead of feeling like I must go go go because once baby comes everything will change.  

I hope to embrace each moment of pregnancy.  Growing and expanding out of my favorite skirts and t-shirts.  Tiny gifts of baby towels and onesies.  Yes okay, even the heartburn and fatigue can be embraced.

I remember being in children's church many moons ago and my teacher told me he had something to show the class.  He had a surprise.  This surprise was something we had never seen before, and something we would never see again.  

As we sat on the edge of our tiny little chairs he pulled out a peanut from his pocket and cracked it open.  He removed the tiny nut from its shell and explained that this was the first time anyone had ever seen this nut.  Then, before we realized what happened he threw the nut into his mouth, chewed, and swallowed.  No one would ever see the peanut again!

We are each in a spot we have never been before and we will never be there again.  How are you doing in your time of becoming?

Psalm 46:10 "Be still (cease striving), know that I am God."

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Out With the Lies

Philippians 4:8 tells us that we are to think on what is TRUE.  I am constantly being reminded, just because a passage of Scripture is familiar to me, does not mean I am walking in accordance with it.  The past two weeks are a prime example.

After my first Dr.'s appointment in Haiti I was informed that I would need to find a place to have blood drawn and have some tests taken.  Simple, right?

This small task turned into quite a stumbling block for me.  At first, I simply put out of my mind the fact that I needed to have blood drawn, after all I had at least a month to get this accomplished.  Then, as time approached I contacted a local clinic to schedule an appointment, and the anxiety began.

I do not like needles!  I can't stand to give blood!  The last time I did this I almost passed out!  What if the person taking my blood cannot understand my Creole and I have a big emergency?!  I'm pregnant, how in the world will I survive not eating breakfast and a curvy drive down the mountain to give my blood?  Did I mention the word blood? And the list continues...

For an entire week after scheduling my appointment I fed myself lie after lie, after lie, as I lived through the "what if's" of the appointment.  Thursday night (the night before my appointment) I was in tears as I sought to convince Trey that I simply could not go through with the appointment.

He listened patiently, but the reality remained, having the tests taken were not an option.  It had to happen.  Fast forward to Friday morning:

I woke up to a settled and calm stomach.  We took the 25 minute drive to the clinic and all was well.  The nurse was friendly and clearly understood my Creole.  A grand total of 10 minutes into the appointment I was checked in, blood taken, and paying to leave.  SUCCESS!!

I feel so silly when I think about all the lies I fed myself for a simple 10 minutes.  I had played out the worst possible scenarios in my head over and over before the actual event and had honestly worn myself down.  All due to lies!

I am currently reading Tamar, by Francine Rivers.  In the midst of some extreme situations Tamar is having a variety of lies told about her throughout the community.  As she struggles to see how people actually come to believe these lies she was hit by the reality that..."A lie told often enough will eventually be accepted as truth."

I find myself in situations like this time and time again.  A small little lie (un-truth) pops into my head and before I know it I believe it to be truth and there is no changing my mind.

Can you relate to this?

The realization of the lies I fed myself over a small, every day detail, such as the blood test, have caused me to search for others lies I am believing.

John 8 describes Satan as the Father of lies.  He desires to see us confused and cause us to doubt.  The very moment I begin to get discouraged over another lie believed, my heart leaps at the reality that I know the TRUTH!

John 14:6, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is TRUTH.  Praise the Lord, as a child of the King, the lies remain just that...lies.

Lord, teach us to think on what is TRUE.  May our hearts be so sensitive to you, that when a lie creeps into our minds we recognize instantly the un-truth it brings and chase hard after you.