Frankford Township Elementary school is where we began. I moved here in the 3rd grade (1993) and met Lindsay shortly after. As you can tell we’ve been inseparable ever since. My brother in law, Jacob, is as of today 12 years old and is a student in Ms Guida’s 6th grade class. The two called and […]Read more
As we stated last year, no trip to New Orleans or Jazz Festival is complete without our annual stop at Give Nola Festival and VOA Fresh Food Factor. Give Nola Day fell on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 in-between both Jazz Fest weekends. We attended the Give Nola Fest and enjoyed the good energy of […]Read more "Jazz Fest Karma 3.0"
After traveling in Asia for almost three months we began planning our trip back to the United States. We asked ourselves where we should go and one place came to mind, a place we always feel at home, Lake Tahoe. We looked at the calendar (for the first time in awhile) and noticed a very […]Read more "Earth Day Festival Tahoe/Truckee"
Lindsay and Melody are 2 of the most positive, free spirited and inspirational people I have ever met. They always see the best in people at first glance. Their kindness and gentle approach to life has inspired me more than ever to keep trying to step out of my comfort zone however hard it is. […]Read more "Travelling with the Gypsy Givers "
Day five at the sanctuary and we sadly woke up lacking motivation. We are tired. We are not accustomed to the manual labor and harsh heat. You can imagine how we are lacking some inspiration when our morning routine usually includes shoveling massive amounts of smelly poo . Today’s session was especially festive when I got […]Read more "Spirit of the Elephant"
Having limited access to Wi-Fi and cell phone service we didn’t realize we would be spending International Women’s Day volunteering at the sanctuary. It couldn’t have been more cosmic. The strength of the women around us joined together with some good ol’ fashion teamwork and we have been able to complete any task we have […]Read more "International Women’s Day at the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary"
Our morning starts with 7 am breakfast. Our weekly schedule is posted up in the common kitchen area and unless something urgent arises, we pretty much stick to the daily tasks. After breakfast we were divided into groups and sent to the elephant shelters to clean up leamok, the Khmer word for poop. There are 4 […]Read more "Our First Full Day & Our First Elephant Fart"
Landing in Phnom Penh was a bit hectic with the traffic here being much crazier than Chiang Mai. There doesn’t seem to be any laws and there are loads of motorbikes. It’s a true free for all. For some reason we didn’t believe it when people said you’d meet friends that you just click with […]Read more "Cambodia"
Leaving Baan Dada was hard but we were ready in a way. It has become a home to us and we could easily spend more time here but there is still so much to see in Southeast Asia. We spent the morning getting our stuff together and squeezed in one last meal. Everyone joined together […]Read more "Leaving Baan Dada"
The amount of love we feel in our hearts today is probably the most full we have ever felt. Today, we recognize our loved ones back in the States but we also have over 30 valentines here at Baan Dada. They celebrate like we do, showing appreciation to those we love with flowers, letters, music, […]Read more "Music Lover’s"