Hi, I’m Leslie! A wife, a mother, and a missionary/expat. I started blogging back in 2005 after moving to Haiti as as an attempt process the daily craziness that was now my life. That first blog eventually became a new blog, Rollings In Haiti, when I became part of a “we”. Over the years it became harder and harder to just write about Haiti. All the things that seemed so abnormal or noteworthy at first, have become part of my normal now. Life changes and grows, and I felt like it was time to have some space to reflect that, so leslierolling.com was born.
Over the years of blogging I’ve realized that most often I write for myself, and the whole process feeds my heart. Some days just getting it out helps me process. Call it cheap therapy if you want, I’m okay with that!
I love to cook, and really love to feed people. I’m learning more about photography. I build things with wood. I knit. I write things. I’m learning how to garden in the tropics. I like getting my craft on occasionally. It would be too hard to focus on any one of these things, so I’m not going to. You’re going to get it all here, because it’s all part of me.
These guys, these are my people.
This picture was taken in 2013 but, those are my babies. That guy is the one I get to do life with. We’ve gone through a lot of crazy in the past 10 years of living in Haiti and just doing marriage together. Chris challenges me daily, in all the ways, but we’re constantly learning how to do all this better and I’m so grateful that he’s the one that I get to share all of this with. I sometimes think that our grandkids aren’t going to believe most of the stories we’ll have to tell them.
Our “day job” is to run Clean Water for Haiti, an organization that works to provide Haitian families with access to clean water in their homes. We work with our Haitian staff to build and install bio-sand water filters. I’m really proud of the work we’re doing because it’s focused on empowering people, whether it’s the families we work with, our staff, or the other organizations we provide training for. And, I think we’ve done a great job so far. Since the organization started in 2001 we’ve installed almost 25,000 filters. And what we’re doing works. If you want to learn more about Clean Water for Haiti I would love for you to check out our website.
I get to call myself Mom because of these two.
Olivia joined our family in 2008 when she was only two weeks old. She’s a spitfire who doesn’t stop moving while she’s awake. She loves singing, dancing and can be very dramatic when she wants to be. She also loves school and makes friends like some people breathe. I’m also jealous of her arm muscles. They’re pretty amazing. We’re so excited to see who she’s going to turn into as she grows up. Life will definitely not be boring with her, that’s for sure.
Alex was born in 2011 and is a beautiful mix of being strong willed and sweet. He’s enthusiastic about almost everything and we get so many laughs out of the things he says. He loves all things mechanical and likes to regularly update us on his future plans of owning and operating some kind of machine or vehicle. He’s very free with telling us how much he loves us, which will melt the most frustrated parent. Not that I know anything about that…