May 22, 2012

Last weekend we visited the newlyweds at their apartment in Raleigh. It was one of those weekends where everything seems right with the world – a dream that was quickly forgotten in the clouds of white smoke that poured in through the vents of my car on the way to work monday morning. Yet another in our string of unfortunate car mishaps. But enough on that, let’s get back to the dream. Paige and Khang introduced us to the culinary delight that is the local Grand Asia Market where we had breakfast and picked up fresh seafood for Saturday afternoon’s crab boil. As a housewarming party of sorts, they fed us all copious amounts of crab legs, corn, and clams (which I was honestly not brave enough to try – they freak me out a little). After that we wandered down to the state fair grounds in search of a “Fiber Festival” – it’s not what you think. We were promised sheep shearing contests and knitting olympics, which sounds like a once in a lifetime opportunity right? Instead, what we found was a mini version of the state fair with all its fried food goodness, dizzyingly unreliable carnival rides, snoozing petting zoo animals, and tractors to your heart’s content (we are in North Carolina after all). To top off the day, we stumbled across live music in downtown Raleigh where Grupo Fantasma was preforming. I mean, come on, what day would be complete without salsa dancing in the park with my husband? Please.

In other news, if you didn’t see on our Facebook page, Tim and I are going to Bolivia this summer! We’ll be traveling with our good friend Emily Goldberg who you’ve seen here before. She spent 6 months in Cochabamba, Bolivia during college and is going back for a research project of sorts. Cochabamba is the same city where Tim was born and spent many of his growing up years, so I’m incredibly excited to travel there and see this home of his. Our goal while we’re there is to do some documentary photography for Mosoj Yan, an organization in the city. They work with girls and young women, many of whom have been neglected and abused in a variety of ways. Their story is not entirely a beautiful one, but it’s one we feel compelled to tell. Through the work of Mosoj Yan, many of these young girls have experienced deep healing and restoration. We’re thrilled for the opportunity to work with this organization and tell their story.

This is a very exciting step in the direction we’ve been dreaming of taking our business and our lives. We hope that one day our business here – our weddings and lifestyle photography – will support us to be able to travel overseas and offer our photography as a gift to non-profit organizations around the world. That’s our dream, but we’re not quite there yet. We’re actually expecting Tim’s dismissal notice any day now, since he only has a one year contract with the high school where he’s currently teaching art. After that we’ll start the job search process over again. Right now we’re trusting that the Lord will provide the funds necessary for us to take this trip in July. The doors have been opened so far and we’re beyond certain that everything will come together before then. If you’d like to support us in our trip to Bolivia this summer, email us at asharae[at]asharaemarie[dot]com. Soon we’ll also be posting an online gallery of lovely photos we’ve taken to be available for purchase. All proceeds from those print purchases will go toward our Bolivia trip.


  • Paige says:

    They turned out great, especially that one of you and Tim ;) I’m telling you, you should take me on :) lol

  • Em says:

    1. Your hair looks so amazing.

    2. I AM SO HAPPY AND EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3. I can’t believe how God is putting this trip together, and you know I don’t say stuff like that lightly.

    4. Repeat #2.

    5. Love you both so much. So thankful for you.

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  • Melodie says:

    What exciting news about Bolivia! We want to take a family trip to Ethiopia when desta is a bit older. Can’t wait to see your photos. Did you happen to take any ever in Colorado? I’m working on a birthday gift for Matt and would love to buy something with dual purposes. Can I email you directly? I’m on Facebook and friends with Jeff and Vivian. Is that the best way to communicate?

    • asharaemarie says:

      Hi Melodie! We actually do have some photos from Colorado that are going in the gallery! I’m doing the final work on setting it up, so we’ll post it soon! Feel free to email me directly if you’d like! asharae[at]asharaemarie[dot]com

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