Longwood Gardens

On Tuesday the boys had off school. We decided that since the weather was so incredible, we should head to one of our favorite spots. I wanted to try and take the boys portraits, but you can only imagine how that went. We'll have to keep trying :)

Halloween 2015

Halloween is awesome. We get a chance to dress our kids up and reap the reward of candy, candy I didn't have to buy. We had such a great time this year. Both boys are now old enough to fly thru the neighborhood without dragging them by their little hands. In fact, I was constantly yelling at them to wait! We have a yearly tradition of trick or treating with our friends, and this year did not disappoint! Good soup, homemade mac and cheese, hot wings..... apple cider.... we had an awesome evening. 

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Apples! Apples! Apples.....

OK. We have an over abundance of ::shhhh:: apples.... apples.... and more.... apples. It's quite crazy actually. The weight of the fruit brought down a huge limb. Tonight, much to my soccer loving son's dismay, we picked.... and picked.... and raked fallen apples into piles. So we have an enormous harvest, filling 2 burlap bags as well as an entire cooler. If you would like some amazing homegrown, non-pesticide, organic all the way green apples - that actually taste really good... stop on by, we have our fill.

Haiti

I had a whirlwind trip that took me to Haiti. We flew home from CO Saturday evening and then I flew out Sunday early morning. It was kinda crazy. I was asked by a close friend who does non-profit work there, to come along and take portraits of the students she works with. All of the students come from an orphanage and my friends foundation is supporting them thru college. It's a really neat project and I was happy to take photos. I've never been to Haiti, but I hope to return at some point to do some further documenting.

These are some of the students that are supported. They were all so friendly and kind. Samuel (middle back row) sat with me for over 2hrs asking me question after question, so he could practice his english. We chatted about tons of different topics, including the unrest between the Dominicana and Haiti, as well as where he was during the earthquake. He told me that Jesus became his Father immediately following the earthquake. 

As much as I wanted to shoot photos with my big camera, I felt so awkward. I was sitting in the front seat of a tiny truck and decided that pretending I was on a phone call, I could take photos much more discreetly. I never want to exploit those around me when I am in areas of poverty, but I do want to capture the culture and daily life of people.

"Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD." - Psalm 117