Lessons of Akin
1. Do your best & be your best. Life is not fair but you can still do your best.
2. Laugh & laugh well. Akin was a quiet witty guy. He was still really serious but could definitely turn that frown upside down.
3. Love. Love. Love.
4. Don’t be afraid. We can live in fear, or we can face the fear. And we will be stronger for it.
5. Love, love, love.
Happy Birthday Akin! Honoring my cousin Akin’s life & legacy today. A strong, witty, sweet, stubborn, loving, courageous, honorable, & wonderful soul.
Happy 11th Birthday to one of the most creative, courageous, funny, brave young girls I know. I love you Alana and I know your mom would be so proud of you.
Sariah, Alana & I
The trip to California provided me with a plethora of things and one of those was the opportunity to connect with my mom. A bucket list item of mine, the first trip I have ever taken solo with my mom and something I’m grateful I thought to do and ask for. Sharing family stories and experiences from earlier days as we made our way south, this time together was rich. My Aunt Lily (Sister #1 of 6 in my mom’s family) let me pick out some paintings that my Aunt Peggy (Sister #3) had created in her younger years (her painting is on the right). Today I took some time to add her painting to my Lau corner. This part of my family has risen from war torn years in China, adapted to life in Hong Kong, and then the United States. I’m ever so honored Gong-gong and Poh-poh (my grandparents) came to the U.S. to pursue their dreams of education for their daughters, which would eventually help pave the way for me.
Another beautiful day in Eugene & Springfield Oregon. During my afternoon photography project with CeaseFire Oregon, I caught these three photos.
I remember first seeing these flowers 2 or 3 years ago at the Farmers Market. Today, I had a hard time taking my eyes off of them.
While listening to the speeches I caught this unlikely photograph which I love. For me it illustrates the playful youth of all ages, across cultures.
Wishing peace for us all; honoring mothers, motherhood, and mother nature.