Fall Photo Session

It’s hard to believe that it has been months since my last blog entry. Truth be told, I have been so busy with being a mother, photographer and daycare provider that writing has been put on the back burner. Lately though, I have had an itch and here I am writing.

One highlight, I have had this fall is photographing families in nature. I truly believe that adults and children benefit from being in the presence of trees, lakes and the fresh air of the great outdoors. It also provides a beautiful backdrop for family photos and allows children and their parents to run, play and have fun. As parents we crave to give our loved ones an experience of family connection and that is what I love to provide. In this photo session we met on a friend’s land and had so much fun. Not only did we take photos but we played hide and seek, ran, discovered different mushrooms, leaves and each other. The photos speak for themselves.

Monte Verde Costa Rica

Here is one of the walking bridges at Monte Verde National Park in Northern Costa Rica. It's a cloud forrest, which means that it is a wet and tropical that lives at an elevation of the clouds.  Never have I experienced walking through a cloud and feeling it's moist mist on my skin, hair and being.   It was magical like being in the land or fairies, gnomes and trolls. 

     

 

 

One rule of hiking is do not deviate from the trail, if you do, you touch what has been untouched.  Leave the forrest do what the forrest does. The cloud forrest  is of every shade of green possible. Moss grows on everything and the forrest engulfs you in it's enormity and beauty.  As we walked something shifted inside of me.  I felt joy in this misty forrest. It spoke to me: "Take care of the Earth's trees and biodiversity."  Among the trees, the mist, the moss and the glow of green, I felt the presence of mother nature.  I love this experience of being connected to something bigger than myself. 

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Our drive to Monte Verde Cloud Forrests brought through crazy winding, dirt roads, and an amazing view of the sunset on a beautiful cloud. 

Screen Vacation

One thing about being on vacation is putting my phone aside and immersing myself in the reality of life.  On my return this year, I have decided to prolong my "screen vacation", by deleting all games, and social media from my phone.  This means my phone is good for music, texting, and phone calls.  This has been liberating beyond belief.  It's made me realize how often I would randomly pick up my phone to check what's going on in the cyber world.  How distracting it's been to my presence in my life with my children and my inner self.  It's hard to describe how more centred I feel and more motivated to be in the kitchen, to read books, to do yoga and do creative projects.  It's like the screen's pull for my attention, had slowly taken away my motivation to do things that brought me joy.  Just like the dementor's in Harry Potter; joy suckers. I still check social media on my computer and use them as a business tool.  Like the saying goes; "a secret to a happy life is to find balance in all things." 

 As seen in the video below and explained by Tristan Harris a former google employee these apps are designed to suck us in.  I hope that this video inspires you to spend less time on social media and more time in the real world.  As we sit on our phones life is passing us by.  Let's be engaged with each other in real time. Let's look up and see the world around us.  It's a beautiful world we live in, with beautiful people that surround us.  Our children need us and society needs us to be present, engaged and motivated. 

Chicken Coop Fundraiser - Costa Rica 2018

I am solar powered and every winter, I take a trip to a warm country. While on these adventures my partner Jay and I enjoy helping someone along the way.  This year we helped a family in Costa Rica build a Chicken coop to help start a small business of selling eggs.   This could not have been possible without the help of Nomad America and donations from family and friends.  On March 19th we headed to their small village near Puerto Jiminez in southern Costa Rica to see the progress of the project.  It was a rewarding experience and a highlight of our trip.

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The chicken Coop

  The coop was well built, with a concrete foundation, a tin roof and fenced in to keep the predators away. They also received 30 good chickens that were already providing eggs. 

 

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Mr. Silian

Here is a photo of Mr. Silian bringing the chickens into their new home. He was so happy and treated the chickens like his own children.  We slept on their land and in the morning as we lay in our tent, we could here Mr. Silian talking to the chickens.  "hola" he said and other fatherly words. Later for breakfast we had some freshly hatched eggs cooked in coconut oil.  Even though there was a language gap we found a way to communicate.  Through body language and other means we seemed to get our points across. They were able to translate their gratitude for our friends and family in Canada and their donations in fulfilling their dream of building a family business that they will be able to work on and grow. 

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Madam Lucy

Here is Jay shaking hands with Madam Lucy. Her energy was one of gentle sweetness.  She is a pastor of her community and on their land among banana, papaya and yucca trees there is an open air chapel with benches and an altar.   On Sunday's she greets her community under the shade of the chapel's tin roof to praise God in his glory.  She is a mother who cares for her family and loves her community. 

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Marco

Introducing  Marco a family friend of Mr. Silian and Madame Lucy and an integral pillar of the project.  He volunteered his time to purchase and deliver the supplies and build the coop.  He did this out of the goodness of his own heart. As a thank you for his time and efforts we offered him some money and he folded over in tears and said: "Jesus Christ".  As tears ran down his face he explained that his family was having trouble having enough to eat.  He repeatedly thanked us and gave us blessings. 

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Nomad America

Meet Luis and Fabio two fabulous guys who run Nomad America.  Without them we could not have pulled this fundraiser off.  They are the ones who found our fundraiser family, who put up money to start the project and donated some funds to the cause. Not only were they a great help, but they are great guys. We loved meeting them and feel like we have new friends. 

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Thank You

Before leaving the coop we stood by the chickens in  their new home, and Mr. Sillian, Madame Lucy, Silian, Aron, Jay and I stood in circle holding hands. Madame Lucy said a prayer in Spanish.  I cannot translate exactly what was said but there were blessings from God and for our safety.  Canada was mentioned with other words of blessings. Her words although not completely understood intellectually were felt spiritually.  She meant what she said and we would like to say the same to you. From the bottom of our hearts thank you for donating and providing this family with the opportunity to create a business, that will support the family and provide their community with fresh eggs. 

Blessings to you and your family!