Burundi’s front door

I have always wanted to take the time to photograph the doors we see while whizzing to the coffee hills. There is something beautiful about how unique they all are. Really, I don’t think I have ever seen two doors alike in Burundi! I imagine that these doors say a huge amount about the people …

Jute sacks on the mend… and life.

I hate to admit it… (because it might be just a little bit cheesy) but I saw myself in these pitiful jute coffee sacks. What is it about life here… that keeps me so totally raw all of the time? As if THAT NEEDLE is passing through me EVERY DAY. Do you know what the …

our “thank you” chickens.

These people. Wow, these people. They blow us away. Every time we visit them we fall more in love with their passion as a community and their desire to do good. When we step out of the car and into this community, the FEEL is so different than any other place we’ve visited in Burundi. …

The Burundi Details.

I LOVE being in the coffee hills. They are THE PEOPLE we moved here for. Being up there with them always reminds me of the reasons we gave up that other life, changed course, and set up camp in Burundi. Wedding photographers talk about “detail shots” a lot. What the flowers, the decor, and the …

From Mrs. Jetlag Crazy-Pants

Last night I was jet lagged and sad. So sad, in fact, that this is what I wrote: Pieces of me are all over the world. Right now my life feels like a messed up, screwed up, piece of travel warped craziness. 32 hours. 5 Airports. A frozen tundra when we enter, a tropical heatwave …

A Christmas round-up

I think our whole family is finally coming out of our “we just got here” coma. We made it home to America in time for Christmas!  In case you are new to the blog or just don’t get a chance to read every post (how could you!) we’ve rounded up a highlight reel for you. …

Want $45,000?

I sure do… to help this community. I’m not going to lie. There have been lots of days (usually the “I’m-not-writing-on-that-darn-blog” days) that I don’t understand or know my purpose here. I know who I am, but not always what I am doing here. I am a wife. A mother. A photographer. A creative. A …

roadside shopping

roadside shopping

Shopping in Burundi can be a very stress-full experience. There is a way to minimize it though, just take the road to Bugarama on your way to the coffee hills and let the vegetables come to you. While it’s not an entirely relaxing experience to have twenty people shouting at your window with their produce …

The pig and the giant

Why is it that sometimes the words just won’t come out? Is it because of the trouble that I sometimes have when I try to see past the bridge of my nose? They do say that when your vision is impaired it can effect your speech. For some anyway, obviously not everybody. Or is it because the words get …

Would you?

Would you be smiling like this if you were making $1.12 a day? I’m not sure I would, but that’s partially why we are here.  To see that price change. What can you do to help? If we all buy ethically sourced coffee, coffee that we know the origin of, that’s one step towards this …