Julie + Rich | 2014 Couple

We had so much fun working with Julie and Rich this summer! From the first time I met Julie and Rich, they were so easy to talk to and down to earth. It was fun hearing about their history and getting to know them. A little fun fact…my dad and Julie went to high school together! How fun is that!?

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Abby | 2015 Senior

Abby and her two sisters grew up across the street from me. Last year my dad and I had the opportunity to take her older sister’s senior photos and this year we got to take her senior photos. Abby is such an amazingly beautiful girl both inside and out! I can’t wait to see what kinds of things she does in the years to come:)

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the people of recycle city (a.k.a. garbage city)

There is an area of Cairo known to many foreigners as Garbage City. This area gets its name because, as you can probably guess, there is a lot of garbage there. Over the years, the people of this community bought many of the garbage routes in Cairo and found ways to recycle the garbage they collected. Nowadays, this resourceful community thrives by recycling 85% of what they collect.

I’ve been to this community twice now (once with coworkers from school and another time with my family), and it’s found a special place in my heart. Both times I have been there, the people have been extremely welcoming. My favorite place to go when I visit is the Children’s Club – a nursery and school for the children in the area.

For more information on this amazing place, please visit the website of the Association for the Protection of the Environment (APE - http://www.ape.org.eg). Some of the photos below are from this organization’s headquarters in this area. They train women to make things, such as quilts, rugs and paper, from recycled goods.

You will also see photos of the cave churches in this area and some graffiti that we passed in Tahrir Square on our way home.

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  • May 2, 2014 - 9:16 pm

    Melissa Stottmann - Wow, Heather! I’m in love with these images. They say so much and I’m almost transported there. Thanks so much for sharing on Clickin Moms!ReplyCancel

  • May 4, 2014 - 6:58 am

    Kirsty - How wonderful to capture the beauty in this place – Cairo really is so bustling and vibrant and I can feel it through these picturesReplyCancel

true friends

A few months ago (I’m a bit behind on my posts), a couple of my close friends and I spent the day together. We grilled out, laughed a lot and took some photos. These women hold a special place in my heart because they are my family away from home. They are all supportive, encouraging, beautiful, funny and amazing! I hope all of us will look back on these photos from time-to-time, and remember how special we are to one another.

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Felucca Rides on the Nile + Exploring the Market

After my family, Luke and I went to the Great Pyramids of Giza, we decided to take a relaxing felucca ride on the Nile River in an area of Cairo called Maadi. Even though it was very quiet and peaceful on the water, there was still a lot going on. There were families fishing in their boats, workers pulling sand and silt off the bottom of the river, and my personal favorite, a man in a boat on his cellphone while is young son (or grandson) relaxed laying on his stomach at the front of his boat.

After the felucca ride we went to Khan El Khalili market in search of a backgammon board for Luke – we were successful in finding it!

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