Friday, March 30, 2007

Dog Pile

Originally, I wanted a photo with the precious little girl in the striped sweater pictured below. There were about 100 other African children around so we went off to the side. Spotting the action these girls jumped in for the shot.

After reviewing the photo we decided to try another one without the flash but it was too late. The "whities" were spotted doing something and soon children came from everywhere. It was like someone yelled, "dog pile", in Zulu of course. As you can see I am beginning to topple over.

If there were a third photo it would be of me on the ground and 100 children on top of me.

So much for being inconspicuous!

20 comments:

Heidi Jo said...

don't know why exactly, but those photos made my eyes water...in a good way, of course.

what an awesome thing you and your family are doing...thanks for sharing.

Lisa H said...

What sweet pictures....those children are just beautiful!

Sorry you had to get trampled to get the pics! :)

Jennifer Pendley said...

That's nice you let the other children be in the picture also. It probably made their day knowing someone cared enough to pay attention to them! Great pics!

~ Amy ~ said...

You must find yourself hugging and loving on these children constantly. They are all so adorable.

rae said...

beautiful!

Lori B said...

Very cute photos. Those children are all adorable.

Michelle Franzen said...

It was definitely the best dog pile I've ever experienced.

Aren't they beautiful?! The girl in both photos with the brarrets is stunning!

~Ginger said...

It makes me sad, I want to come, too. The hunger is growing, Michelle.

Just Mom said...

What sweet children. It would have been funny to see that third shot.

Karen said...

And you weren't even giving candy away, were you? hee. Great photos.

gaylafriend said...

Michelle- you are just as beautiful as ever!!! how do you do it???
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Teresa said...

The picture speaks a thousand words. You are such a blessing to those beautiful children and I'm sure it is vice versa.
BTW thanks for the website for the animal mounts. I love them!!

Michelle Franzen said...

Gayla you are my new best friend! :-)

Shanygne said...

That's so awesome!! You look incredible...just loving and happy and full of Jesus....

Penless Thoughts said...

Those are absolutely awesome pictures. What a blessing you are to them I'm sure.

Heather said...

I can't get over how beautiful that little girl in the stripes is!! Mind you they're all beautiful! I would love to have seen the dogpile with you on the bottom... I can hear the children's laughter now!
Great blog!
Heather

stolmit said...

I admit I haven't checked your blog in a while. But I'm back, Michelle. I've even written a couple new entries posts on my blog.

So I come for a quick visit to FranzenFam and I find see the one post that gets me all dang emotional. Photographing children in South Africa. I wouldn't let myself look too long at the two pictures because it became too personal. There is something uniquely individual about the expressions on their faces. We in the western world could learn so much from these little angels.

Sohailah said...

I want to come there - maybe I could teach in a school?

Candi Hester's Kokomo Blogs said...

Oh, Michelle! I'm so glad the weather turned out better than the weatherman predicted - and - I'm so glad you shared those pics! EVERYONE of those children are so beautiful I almost cried! Looks to me like you don't mind that kind of dog-pile - you're in your element in those photos for sure!

Debbie said...

Those girls are beautiful, Michelle. And, although you're whiter than white, your beauty fits right in with them all. I'm not a suck-up, but I agree with Gayla. Just as beautiful as ever, if not more so.