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Help Build Shelters in Nepal Before the Monsoon Comes!

Let me begin by saying the BIGGEST THANKS to everyone who had read our stories, prayed for Nepal and has given so far! We are only able to move forward with YOU by our side!

Our Nepali friends (the ones that we have been bragging about!) in Hetauda, Nepal are now mobilized to build metal or tin shelters. Imagine a big piece of sheet metal wrapping around a frame to protect families from the monsoon rains. I hope to have pics soon!

1 shelter can house up to 5 families.

1 shelter costs about $60-100 for supplies

They ave a goal to build at least 60 shelters to house hundreds of people!

60 X $60 = $3600 USD + transportation costs = $4,000

Will you donate to shelter Nepali families?

The Monsoon is coming quickly in Nepal–sheets of rain for hours every day, until Sept…the focused building area is the hardest hit villages near the original epi-center, Gorhka, Nepal.

it is URGENT that shelters are built today!

please GIVE and SHARE. You can give through our online fundraiser here : Sheltering Nepal

100% of the donations will go to our Nepali friends who are organizing this project. They are all voluteers!

I am also Giving $5 from every one of our paperback books sold through us or the Shades of Grace Art Studio to thei sheltering project in Nepal!

Clean-Up-Nepal-A-Thon Day 3

Clean Up Nepal A Thon Day 3. Click here for pictures!

Living in Nepal is always interesting.  One of the saddest things about living here is once you leave your nice enclosed gated yard, the streets are a mess with trash.  Joined by a dozen others we are cleaning up Nepal one neighborhood at a time.

We decided to clean up together for 20 hours while raising money for the Yak Ranch Guesthouse in Nepal that will give 75% of its profits back to Nepal (25% gets reinvested in the Yak Ranch).  We aim at raising $5,000 for the Yak Ranch to continue construction.  You can learn more about the Yak Ranch here.

We are on Day 3 of or trash pick up!  It ha sheen amazing to connect with our neighbors, we have gone to three different neighborhoods so far and had various comments, gestures, encouragement and discouragement!

But my favorite story was when my husband and I went on a Picking Up Trash date in the evening, without our kids.  But a dozen neighborhood kids joined us!  At first they wanted to know what they would get if they filled up a whole bag. I told them nothing, just do a good deed.  Off they ran…but later they came back, they had found their own bag and filled it 3/4 full with trash themselves!  When I went to thank the bus, one said, “We should be thanking you, you just cleaned up the whole street!”


Tonight when we went out to grab a bite to eat, our waiter asked us, “Were you picking up trash this morning?” When replied yes, he said, “I saw you on my street!”  He had some other questions for us!



We’re enjoying this time together with our friends in the cool of the morning  shinning light, caring for the earth and impacting our neighborhoods.

If you would like to know more, see more, or join our sponsorship team, please check out GoFundME.com


NEW Online Application for Nepal Visa Extensions and Renewals

NEW Online Application for Nepal Visa Extensions and Renewals

A friend and I just spent 48 hours in KTM renewing her tourist visa for another 6 weeks!  We vaguely new the Nepal Immigration office had moved, so as I was searching for the new location a very important notice popped up: Notice To Foreigners…all visa extensions are now online…as of February 1, 2014. We then applied online and waited to see what would happen next.  We promptly received an email and were told to go to the immigration office with cash    : ).


With our confirmation number in hand, we went to the new streamlined immigration department.  Seamless. We quickly had a new stamp in her passport and were on our way.

As for the other 25 tourists that had not stumbled on is notice…flustered each had to find a way online (the department does have a machine, but it also had a long line) and start the whole process over.  A little bit of research goes a long way!  But I am also not sure how well it is publicized that Nepal has finally entered the 21 century and with their new online visa applications.  So here I am to spread the good news!  Come one and all, fill out your online application today and enjoy your stay!

Education Seminar highlight!


My Current highlight is that on Mon we taught everyone how to make playdough, goop, finger paint, etc and instead of weird looks and/or guilt b/c we are “wasting food”, everyone happily took off with the ideas! And now we are step 3 into making piñatas with balloons!

meeting new friends, including the team from Australia that is helping!
A chance to do/ work on something, a challenge
We’re out of the house
The kids are active and involved with the local playschool (mostly our 2.5 year old)
Using my organizational skills for the greater good of common man…

Trying to organize everything takes a lot of effort! No rest!
Kids’ schedules are thrown off, eating and nap times…boo, hoo!
Oh and poor Levi has picked up this heart breaking “mmmaaammmmaaa” cry from the new unsettled little ones…

And the worst–
Being told “that’s a good idea…for YOU…but we can’t…” Obviously, this last one is the most discouraging, but it is a common attitude in Asia and did not surprise me. Even though that ugly attitude came up, by the end of the week, we were making breakthroughs in people’s thinking and beginning to see things clicks.

We have a few more days of the seminar and hopefully we can celebrate the end with a candy raining from the sky (or from our piñatas)!

Book Note
: Started on Brown today!

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