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Beautiful Green Bows

06 May 2016, Posted by silentimages in Blog

“Well done, Dad.” This was said to me by Mariah’s pre-school teacher as I dropped Mariah off. The teacher noticed that I had successfully clipped a green bow in Mariah’s hair that matched her pretty green dress. “Thanks,” I said awkwardly as I wondered if I should…

Past Absurdities

22 Apr 2016, Posted by silentimages in Blog

New beginnings always get me pondering past absurdities. So, my husband (Ted) and I (Lydia) plan our summer with SI in Africa, there is one crazy story that keeps coming to my mind: It was my very first time in Africa and suddenly the local…

The Banana Bread Blog

15 Apr 2016, Posted by silentimages in Blog

Stepping out of the airplane in the Pucallpa jungle was like getting smacked in the face with a wet blanket. You could almost drink the air it was so humid, especially after spending three weeks in the desert city of Lima. Craig and Dave, two…

Finally, people at my eye level…

08 Apr 2016, Posted by silentimages in Blog

Being in a new country is always a crazy experience. Being in a new country where you don’t speak, understand, or read the language is a whole new level of crazy. For me, that country was Japan. But I still LOVED it! The people are…

Travel Tips from World Travelers

01 Apr 2016, Posted by silentimages in Blog

So, our team has been around the world literally dozens of times. And we’ve learned quite a few things we’d love to share with you: 1.   Invest in a GIANT bag that you can call a purse so that attendants can’t take it from…

“I’ve been sold a few times…”

18 Mar 2016, Posted by silentimages in Blog

I was chatting with a new friend in Vietnam about photography. She used a point-and-shoot Sony camera and her arms buckled as I handed her my 18 lbs Canon mammoth. And we smile together. As we chatted she tells me about being trafficking into China and sold…

Strength Upon Strength

26 Feb 2016, Posted by silentimages in Blog

It’s 5:00am, still dark outside. I set the alarm the night before, full of ambition for waking up the next day to go to hit the gym… Snooze… Snooze… Snooze… Suddenly it’s time for work. Maybe I’ll try again tomorrow.Eventually, I stop setting the gym alarm….

My First SI Trip

19 Feb 2016, Posted by silentimages in Blog

Last Friday, I was scrambling to tie loose ends before my first international Silent Images project. I would travel to Haiti with my sister and her church to document their mission trip. I was excited, not exactly for going to Haiti for a third time,…

Adoption Makes Me Cry

12 Feb 2016, Posted by silentimages in Blog, Refocus

I cried during an interview… yet again. I wasn’t gushing, but there was definitely extra moisture than I wanted. And all because we were talking about adoption. My interview subject was a birth mother named Jill who offered her daughter through adoption to a magnificent couple who…

Finding a Character

05 Feb 2016, Posted by silentimages in Blog

You know that feeling when you walk out of a movie theater after seeing an epic film and you feel a sense of purpose? Like I’ve just formed relationships with the amazing characters on screen and now I can change the world. That’s one of my favorite feelings…

Sure, that sounds like a good idea

29 Jan 2016, Posted by silentimages in Blog, Refocus

Last week I witnessed something I’ve always wanted to see… Working in the nonprofit world, I’m constantly hearing visionary people expressing their plans to change the world. And I my blasé brain often thinks, “Sure, that sounds like a good idea.” And truly I’ve heard hear…

Good vs. Great

22 Jan 2016, Posted by silentimages in Blog

I am back from Myanmar and it was great to be back on the field.  I am tired, but the good kind of tired. The “good tired” is when we are absolutely exhausted, but we are satisfied that we applied our gifts to something meaningful. I…