Writing from my bed in Vail, surrounded by 30 inches of fresh snow… not at all where I intended to blog from next, but oh well. I am learning to take life as it comes, changes in plans, directions, adventures… who knows what is next. And thank you for bearing with my vagueness, it is very kind and helpful to not answer any questions just yet.
In my 45 hours of travel to get home, I looked through the more recent photos I have taken of the children, the neighbors, and anyone who would hold still for my camera. And I just breathed, and prayed for them. I am back in Colorado, surrounded and overwhelmed by love. I have also left a very big piece of my heart in Kigali. So, here are a few of the faces that I have gotten to see every day for the past few weeks. They are beautiful.
This is one of the random children that would stop by the studio door to say hi in the afternoon, but not one of our students. They liked posing for pictures.
Sustain made me laugh every single day. I love how he was getting a lesson on the sewing machine from his mama.
I ended up with several very good photos of me, just from letting the kids play a bit with my camera (only the older kids).
Another passerby. They aren’t sad, they just get super serious when the camera comes out, it’s actually rather humorous.
Hamis, one of my Kinyarwanda tutors. Such a good guy.
I love that they learned how to properly stand like photographers. Good job, Joshua.
This is me having a stomach ache at the studio, but something about the photo was appealing to me. I’ll keep it.
From our studio lighting day– this is called “lighting for form”, and the kids were pretty crazy about it. Joshua was also a very willing model.
I got my chance to model too, and Odila did a great job!
This little face delights me. Marlo, such a sweetie. She did not like how her hair looked this day, which is why she insisted on the head scarf. I thought the little braids were cute, but eh, girls will be girls.
Even Mama Joshua was a willing model for me:
And one of the neighbor ladies with her baby.
Odila, my beautiful, sweet girl. Oh, what a gem this one is.
Prossy, just lovely 🙂