Tuesday, June 9, 2015

mary and luke, javanese style.

for a few months now i have wanted to take pictures of my kids in javanese clothes.  my kids are growing up on java and are obviously influenced by the culture and way of life here.  though people don't wear these kind of clothes on a daily basis they are often seen at significant events, historical photos, etc… and i love them.  

this is their classic javanese photo… in portraits javanese people often don't smile so they didn't.  can't you tell how truly javanese they are.  ;)

that girl and her poses… the way she tilts her head and moves her hips kills me.  

i love this picture because it perfectly captures the way that mary tells luke what to do and the way he listens to her.  i'm sure she was encouraging him to do something funny so they could get more m&ms and be done with the pictures.  yes, i bribed them.  

and i leave you with this behind the scenes photo… 

that is really how they both felt about the photos.  mary couldn't wait to get dolled up and tilt that head in an awkward manner for every 'pose' she has… and luke was hot, sweaty, itchy and mad.  i'm not sure how i caught the above photos of him looking happy… i was probably talking about star wars or toots, if i'm honest.  :)  

Friday, June 5, 2015

a village swimming hole

this week a took a night away with a friend to get out of the city, rest, pray and enjoy God's creation.  i love walking through random places and just seeing what will happen or who i'll meet.  this little adventure did not disappoint.  i started in a rice field and ended walking through a village swimming hole.  

i asked random people for "permission" as i passed them in the rice field.  as i was coming up to this little hut i saw a guy bathing himself (with shorts on) outside… i was a little afraid to walk by but after a few "excuse me" yells he popped his head out and said i could pass.  turns out this hut is a cow's house… not sure if the man lives there with the cow but he had his clothes, comb, mirror, etc all hanging outside so I'm guessing he does.  

this is one of the men that led me around… and watched me slip into an irrigation ditch and lose my lens cap.  he then informed me that the small grass trails are slippery.  yeah, i got that now.  :)

following out of the rice field…

then i came across the annual water hole.  apparently right before the fasting month starts every year water from the mountains flows down and for one day this little area floods and becomes a pool for the kids in the village.  it was so fun!  

a ton of the people from the village were hanging out there so i stayed for an hour or so and just chatted with people that were around.  it was really fun!  

you may notice that there are no girls in the water… that's because as soon as i arrived they came out and chatted with me… and attempted to sabotage every photo i was trying to take with these amazing poses.  :)  i kept telling them that i wasn't into amazing poses like they are… but that didn't stop them.  i have about 75 peace sign pictures from these cuties.  

these kind of little adventures are one of the my favorite things about indonesia.  people here are so friendly and quick to laugh… they laugh together and at each other.  the pace of life is slow and they are just ready to hang out.  i love going out of the city and seeing a little piece of life in the village.  sometimes i wish i lived in a village… and then i remember that they don't have real cheese or coffee or cleaned chicken breasts…. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

the shrimp farm

have you ever thought about how shrimp are farmed?  me neither.  

last week we took a day trip to the island of madura to check out our friend's shrimp farm.  it was really interesting.  there were 33 concrete pools where the shrimp are raised and we came the first day of harvest… so here are the guys draining the pools and catching the shrimp in the nets.  

as the pools are drained the water in these canals all head back into the ocean… 

 some of the workers taking a break from the heat of day.  we went at 1pm and it was SO hot!!!  they are wearing sweatshirts and masks to protect themselves from the sun.  we're close to the equator here and the sun is hot on the skin! 

and then we took a stroll, threw rocks into the ocean and looked at beautiful, open space that we never see in our crowded city.  

the drive there was about three hours, most of which was through the island of madura.  madura is so different than where we live… we live in a city of 6 million people and it is crowded everywhere.  madura is much more village like… there are little groups of houses, markets and farms along the road.  the part we traveled through is green and very spacious.  i love just looking around at the peaceful scenery.  next time we go, we hope to stay longer and check out more of the beautiful island. 

and thanks to our friend, michael, for the invitation to see his farm!