one frame from a session I am working on.

oh my, things can’t get much sweeter then this little owl!

happy b-day!

we sure are happy you entered the world 10 years ago today. we love to cheer you on and watch you grow into the person God has created you to be!

happy b-day!!

 

 

The image of the shoes? The story does not need to end there. HOPE & JoY live here. Working alongside the widows & orphans of Malawi, Africa, I saw this hope and joy shine in the eyes of the people I met.

How amazing to watch women be empowered. To be taught skills (in this case soap making) in order to become self-sufficient. The images below tell a bit of the story of a group of widows in the city of Lilongowe, Malawi.  I loved to watch their eagerness to learn. I loved to be a witness to the transforming of lives.  We don’t need to stop at the images of sorrow and despair. All I need to do is look into the eyes of my Malawian friends, and they urge me to keep going. I am thankful that a bit of my journey has met theirs. I am grateful that we can walk alongside each other, encouraging one another to never give up.

  • the beginning process of soap making

  • watching the soap recipe begin it’s transformation.

  • pouring the soap into the moulds

  • a local Malawian women we hired that taught the widows the soap making process as well as business skills to sell the soap in the market.

  • I love this women. I learned that she loved playing sports as a child (a common interest we shared). We ended up being on the same net ball team one HOT sunny afternoon. Let me tell you, she could play!

  • suds of JoY!

  • watching as their soap transformed a dirty shirt (have you ever seen the red soil of Malawi?) back to WHITE.

  • Children & women who’s eyes sparkle with Hope & JoY

 

when i am tying my kid’s hockey skates or have feelings of discontentment over what is in my closet, this image often comes to my mind.

~perspective~