Joy Shines Through

July 11th

The children of Mozambique are some of the sweetest I’ve encountered. I had so much fun taking their photographs and getting to know them. I spent much of my time with these sweet wee ones — jumping rope, teaching health lessons, playing games. A few of my new friends:

Mozambican children
Mozambican children
Mozambican children
Mozambican children
Mozambican children
Elio rocks out
Mozambican children
Mozambican children
Mozambican children
Mozambican children
Mozambican children
Mozambican children
Mozambican children
Mozambican children

I think this one gets her chubby cheeks from me, don’t you?

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34 Responses

  1. A red sox hat – is that the best you could wear… At least you could have worn a LumberJack one 🙂
    Glad you are back.

  2. Sweet portraits, lovely kids. I’m just loving seeing Africa through your eyes.

  3. They are all so adorable.

  4. Wonderful pics….beautiful children. The 3rd one down especially plucked at my heartstrings!
    Good luck on your new venture, Kelli!

  5. Apparently all the boys can notice is the Red Sox hat…i’ve got an extra Dbacks one for your next excursion.

    The iPod must have blown that kids mind…what did you play for him?

  6. Great pics of such beautiful children. I love hearing about your trips, thoughts and opinions on all things . . . especially Africa.

  7. Beautiful, Kelli. There is something about children the world over. I have a stack of photos of Indian children – strange to think they are all adults now. When I look at those photos, I wonder…. where are they now?

  8. I love the pics of the children. They are adorable. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I love the pictures of you when you are holding the children. They are so beautiful.

  10. They are adorable children. I wish health, and happiness and safety for them all.

  11. Melanie July 11, 2008

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures. I agree with Jessica. You look so contented when you are holding these children! It must be so rewarding to see them thriving, especially in contrast to dragging mom and child to clinic earlier in your trip. Your work is valuable and appreciated.

  12. What a lovely journey. I almost feel as if I was there!

  13. Lovely photos once again.

    Gill from Canada

  14. Oh Kelli, that last photo is precious!

  15. So beautiful… every single one of them. And you are too!

  16. What beautiful people.

    (Are you wearing pearl earrings?!)

  17. My heart has been won over, especially by picture number 3! They are all so adorable.

  18. Love all those kids, great pictures. Thanks for taking the time to share them and your adventures with us.

  19. Kelli, in answer to your question on my blog here is a link that explains FOF its something a certain chain of grocery stores in Canada does.

    I also have an explanation on the left sidebar of my blog.

    Gill from Canada

  20. I love the one of the girl holding the baby in the sling. What is she, 8 years old? Wow. My nine year old doesn’t have the responsibility in her little pinky that that little girl has (and for that I am glad) but I wish I could explain to mine how amazing that child is.

  21. Beautiful children!

  22. Red Sox?
    D-Backs, baby!
    Beautiful kids, beautiful pics.

  23. Wow. I’ve been away for a while, so I have some catching up to do. I love these photo essays.

  24. Gorgeous Kelli. Simply gorgeous.

    I have those chubby cheeks too…my mom calls them “chipmunk cheeks” (I got them from her so she’s free to call them what she likes) 😉

  25. Tina in Duluth July 12, 2008

    Big eyes and big cheeks! Cute!

    How rewarding this experience must have been!

  26. Amazing pictures, Kelli. I love their expression in every single one of them. Their eyes show how much they’ve lived and experienced despite their young age. These children are really special. And you seem so happy there!

  27. It is something about their eyes that mesmerize me. So beautiful.

  28. What beautiful captivating eyes they all have. Thanks for sharing your travels with all of us.

  29. You’ve captured the joy! I love it!

  30. look at those big eyes!! they’re all so huge!

  31. Such beautiful pics, I just love the way you pick up the soul of the places you’ve been to. Thanks for sharing, as always.

  32. I haven’t read any blogs in a couple weeks and am now attempting to catch up. I am so glad I stopped here first, those photographs are just beautiful. Those children have such spark in their eyes it’s wonderful! I just read through all the posts that I missed and you literally had me crying, laughing, and most importantly reflective of your thoughts. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

  33. Ah Kelli, and in your eyes I see each of these children’s faces. Just a book of the faces of africa you have captured would be a best seller. (Yes, I am still pushing the book idea.) Perhaps to earn money for your beloved Africa projects? I see one other thing in your eyes Kelli, HIS love.

  34. Oh Kelli! They are all so beautiful! The boy who is second from the top reminds me so much of my Electric Lime who has graduated and moved on to middle school. Too cute!