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the every day

I found a sweet surprise in my mailbox today.  It was a CD of pictures taken by Chris and Elise during their one month stay volunteering in our home.  I spent tonight looking through hundreds of pictures of the children and seeing each of them made my eyes well with tears.  

It's funny how the things you do and see every day, yet, never bother to take pictures of, or even notice, are the exact things that bring you the most joy and comfort at times when you need it the most.  And then- when you're far away, or feeling lonely, or you can't fall asleep late at night, it's those same exact things, that you miss and crave the most, the thoughts and images that bring you ease as you drift off to sleep.

The mundane, the simple, the ordinary in the every day...

I think happiness lies in savoring these things in the moments they occur.   

A giggle

Sabita, age 4 (new)

Big raindrop tears and a snotty nose


Throwing paper airplanes off the roof (with your big brother)

Sabita, Puncha, Shanti

Gathering food for the animals

Big Nisha

Watching TV on the couch

Bhukta, Birendra, BBC, Rashmi, Goma

A bike ride


Pancakes for breakfast

Krishna, Sova, Laxmi

Having someone to lean on

Chris and Narendar

Learning to love

Shanti and Elise




Women's health in Nepal

Village woman

I saw a link this morning on the NYOF facebook page and enjoyed listening to this radio broadcast over breakfast.

For Nepalese women, life is particularly difficult. The country has a long record of discrimination and exploitation, and maternal mortality in Nepal has historically been among the highest in Asia. 

Dr. Sangeeta Mishra is trying to change that. She is a gynecologist from Nepal. She has spent much of the past year as a Fulbright Scholar at Johns Hopkins University. On "Here and Now" she talks about how women's health issues are addressed in Nepal.

Listen to the full story here.

Having visions of one of our girls becoming the next Sangeeta Mishra!


a little bit of hope*

Goma, age 10Shoba, age 9Krishna, age 7Rashmi, age 6 reading with Kayla our amazing volunteer

Nisha, age 8These girls represent the first generation of literate women from their families and their villages.  Two years ago none of our children could read or write the alphabet and today they're reading books.  In fact that's pretty much all they ever want to do these days!  Thank you again to Room to Read, for your recent donation of Nepali and English books to our children.  Kayla, Chris and Elise, thank you for your countless hours spent reading with the kids this past month.  This is what literacy looks like... Cheers!


heart <3

Aunt DeviLately I feel like just about everyone has been asking me who looks after the kids while I'm away.  I've realized that as much as I talk about the children on this blog, I've written very little about the people who actually look after them and make our home what it is.  So I'll be taking these next few weeks and profiling some of the people at the soul and spine of Kopila Valley.  

This picture here is of a woman from our village who is near and dear to my heart.  Devi (our children call her Auntie) showed up every single day as one of the main women on our construction team.  She also helped me choose the color that we painted our house!  She has a beautiful garden and usually stops by on a weekly basis with gorgeous pumpkins, squash, zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes that fill our bellies.  She is beautiful with our children, exudes love, and is always always smiling just like she is here.   I found this picture today (taken by my mother on her visit to Nepal) and my heart smiled. :)  

I am engulfed in gratitude these days.  Women like Devi make our world blossom and our children bloom.


we did it!

We won $100,000 last night at The Do Something Awards!!!  A billion thanks to everyone for following and supporting us on this journey.  When I think about what this all really means, how many lives this is going to touch, I start to cry.   This is only the beginning.  

We will be using this award for our next big venture... to build a free open primary school and community center in conjunction with our home in Nepal.  One by one, we will educate each child, nurture each heart, and inspire a new generation of leaders in Nepal.

"DO SOMETHING" are two magic words that have changed my life. I will always share this message, and I will always be grateful for the champions who have shared and continue to share this message with me.  There is still so much to do.  For now I'm off to rest and dream and let the beauty of all this sink in.  (Pinch, pinch.)  This is for real!!!