They Are The Reason~ On June 3, 2015 By cindy knokeIn MY PHOTOGRAPHS, REVERIES, TRAVEL REVIEWS for making the world, a kinder and safer place. Every child, is ours to care for and protect. Cheers to you from South Africa’s precious future~ Share this:pinterestEmailLike this:Like Loading... Related
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May Allah protect them <3
Great shots and agree completely! 🙂
So glad and they thank you!
They look so full of happiness and joy.
Yes! Images we often don’t see from Africa!
Back at you x 2!
Simple and yet poignant, and to the heart of our future…
Mil grazi. We need to do a better job of caring for our world and each other~
Indeed…there seems to be a loss of individual attention to the concept of the greater good.
Yes. I never really understood how some parents can care only for their own children, when all children are our gift and our responibility, and we only get one chance in life to do right by them!
Yes that is so true<3
Little children start out so full of joy and hope. I want them to be able to hold on to that~
That is a beautiful thought. I wish for this too<3 We all have an inner child as well that we can breathe some precious life into.
Very much so, when we care for children, we also care for the child who is still in us!
¡Qué sonrisas! Me encanta la naturalidad con que se manifiestan los niños. Y los de las dos primeras fotos parecen muy traviesos y que se están preparando para alguna travesura. Preciosas fotos. 🙂
Gracias mi amiga!
No son llenos de la esperanza y la alegría! Quiero ser capaz de aferrarse a que durante tanto tiempo como sea posible ~
Beautiful.. Children are our hope dreams and future anywhere in the world. 🙂
They are! <3
Look at their darling faces! <3
Pure, innocent beauty!
Cindy, these images are beautiful and love your kind thought 🙂 I agree they are ours to care and protect 🙂
So glad you do Indah and thank you too my friend!
Oh Cindy the kids you’ve photographed look so happy and innocent.Thank you. 🙂
Thank you Ranu for seeing them as I did! <3
All of them deserve to be Happy!
They do! They deserve a safe world~
Precious pictures of these kids. So nice to see their happy faces. 🙂 Are you on a mission trip there?
No just traveling, and learning and you are right, there is nothing better to see than happy, well cared for children!
These are beautiful, precious photos, Cindy! Love their happy faces. 🙂
It is so marvelous to hang out with happy children!
Made me smile… 🙂 Thank you for the happy post, Cindy!
You deserve many happy things Amy~ <3
Always great to see happy children. Nothing worse than don’t help them to enjoy their childhood. Thanks, Cindy.
I agree with you 200%!
Children are so vulnerable and all we want for them is to have a bright future. Clean drinking water, health care, education and a safe place to live. These kids represent those I worked with in Haiti and Tanzania. What lovely faces you captured, Cindy. I love the school shots. They love the attention. 😊
Everyone of them was a potential movie star in my eyes! What natural hams. Everything I did, they imitated perfectly. It was hilarious and they certainly thought so too! And yes, if we don’t take care of our children, we are a failed mammalian species. They are the most important of all!
What delightful faces.
Aren’t they wonderful. They were having a happy day!
Lovely images. Hope you are enjoying my country.
Your country rocks my socks off! I am in love with it~
Well then I am glad! Hope you can experience Cape Town too.
I wish we could, but there was too much to squeeze into three weeks!
So beautiful and a heartfelt wish.
The beauty of children everywhere!
Beautiful images, beautiful children!
Just AWESOME! Love this!
Awwwwww, so glad!
What gorgeous children! I love the joy, the mischief, the wonder that children so freely express. Lovely pictures, Cindy!
I love children. Their honesty, their wonder, their interest in everything. These are the faces of innocence. I am so glad they spoke to you!
Amen to all that Cindy
Wow! That must have been a long flight there… What is winter like there?
Yes two eleven hour flights!
Winter is awesome. The mosquitos aren’t a problem, there is little rain, so the animals congregate by water holes, and the brush is less thick so photography is easier
Please take a picture of lions:)
Gosh, so cute! Love the sassy stance of the girl in the first photo, 3rd from left – looks like nothing would stop her! 😉
Yes, and what about the twins! They killed me…….
As my niece says, “Too stinkin’ cute!” 😉
Cindy, you are so undeniably on point with this post. What are our children but our most important and most valuable treasures…, our legacy. The world needs to safeguard, educate, and protect them with more than passing intent. Thanks for sharing this post, Cuz. It’s an important one !
Of course we are in complete accord on this. That is why we are cousins! <3 <3
Thank you John~
Well captured! They are so joyful and I completely agreed.
So glad my friend & cheers~
Oh my goodness, Cindy! I absolutely love the children’s joyful dancing and looking at the camera, too. You had a wonderful time with them, I am so sure. Thanks for blessing us all with this special message and reminder. We are caregivers of the world, for we wish children to be taken care of and protected. (May I say, “Amen to that, sister!”)
Yes you may! Thank you and Amen back to you sister~ <3
They are our hearts~
Have safe trips, Cindy! 🙂
Thank you my friend and take care of San Diego for me!
Thanks so much, Cindy! Cheers to you and to our city! 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing those precious photos Cindy!
Thank you more for appreciating the children. I keep thinking how happy they would be if they knew how many people love them~
Look at all those beautiful faces…. joy in movement.
Yes! Lovely aren’t they!
I am beside myself with joy and overwhelmed with the love that you captured in this post! All my best to all these sweet children and those who love them <3
Awwwww, you shined the power of your kindness and compassion right back at me. Thank you~ <3
Aww….they have the most beautiful smiles! \(*‿*)/
Don’t they, they charmed the heck out of me~
Beautiful faces and personalities. Precious children. Thanks for this, Cindy.
Thank you for appreciating them! <3
Look at the sass on those precious faces! How wonderful!
You have no idea how much fun I had with these kids. They imitated everything I did and were such total hams!
Delightful post, Cindy! Children are the future and we need to ensure they can thrive, everywhere. This too brings back great memories. Thank you!
I can well imagine the memories Amy and of course agree with everything you are saying my friend~
Looks like they’re having a lot of fun.
I would say so, and so was I! 😉
Beautiful portraits and sentiment, Cindy.
Yes. Beautiful photos Cindy.
Where are you now Alison?
Back housesitting in Vancouver. Sweden in July, Aug back in Van, Sept and Oct in Turkey, Jordan and Egypt – can’t wait!
Woo Hoo! You’re still going girl!! Good for you~
It is a new way to see this matter. It is interesting as well. http://www.bellofpeace.org
The happy faces of children are heartwarming. Thanks for sharing the photos and the sentiment.
Thank you more for appreciating them!
I agree all children are precious and need to be looked after by not only parents but by also all of us trying to create a better future for them.
Yes, it is an important mandate and opportunity for every adult human being, and we only have one life to do it in~
Indeed and so little time to ensure we have a healthy planet for the next generation too. Not on much wifi but will look up where you have travelled to soon!
Thank you my friend and be well! <3
We found the people of South Africa to be very welcoming and gracious, in whatever circumstances we met them. And, for all the fear of crime, with razor wire atop so many fences and walls, we never felt in danger… well, except for when the lion wacked it tall against the side of the van, or the rhino, which could have pushed us into a ditch came within a few feet… but those were different interactions. 🙂
Yes, the park itself feels quite safe to me. I think it depends a lot on where you are. We got stopped by a police man in a dicey area outside the park when we got lost, which was not alot of fun.
Beautiful innocent faces.
Yes, so compelling!
Such cute pictures…
The subjects were beautiful inside and out!
It’s always about the kids, Cindy. They’re our future!
Yes! At least it always should be about them! <3
This is beautiful, Cindy! We have just celebrated Child Month in Jamaica, although there is little to celebrate as our children are under so much pressure, mostly from crime, violence and sexual abuse… We must treasure our precious little ones. Thank you!
Yes, I hear you. As a clinical social worker for 27 years I am way too familiar with the effects and realities of child abuse. Thank you for what you are doing to help~
Hope for a better future. 🙂
Hawkins said it best, “while there is life, there is hope….” Children are the best hope~
They are such beautiful souls and sending light an energy for protection for them all.
Awww, it takes a beautiful soul to recognize another my friend~ <3
Every child, everywhere..Awesome post 🙂
I do not need to tell you my friend that it is our job to protect them. Thank you for what you do~
They are indeed, precious. The twins stole my heart!!!
Aren’t they unbelieveable! They got really shy with the camera and you can see that in their faces. So beautiful!
Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures.
Their innocence is surely a sign of a better future.
I hope so! <3
I completely agree with your thought…such lovely and happy faces… <3
Children are the best of us humans…… <3
Only hearts made of pure love could radiate such joy — and only a loving someone could recognize it and pass it one to us. Thank you. <3
Awwwww, and only a kind and sensitive person like you Colleen would say this! <3 <3
Liebe Cindy, ein tolles Bild, wünsche den Kindern immer viel Glück, ein gutes Wochenende, Klaus
Vielen danke Klaus und Froliche Wochenende mein Freund!
Beautifully shot, beautifully said, wonderfully felt!
Awwwww, thank you and Happy Friday my friend!
The innocence of youth so beautifully caught Cindy.
Happy you see that Pauline, but then, you do see the important things! <3
Indeed, children around the world, are our future. I am alarmed by the latest CDC statistics which I posted on Facebook. The numbers on abuse are only going up yet we learn more about it everyday. Thank you for bringing us this precious picture.
Child abuse is at the root of of so many structural evils in our world today, and as you point out, increased awareness hasn’t done enough to stop it. We don’t need more conferences and research. We need more preventive and interventive programs and people to run them.
I was amazed the CDC developed their report with such depth. There still won’t be funding for task forces to prosecute these individuals and the circle continues.
We spend on the researh but not on progams that could actually protect children. We do this over and over, with all sorts of funded studies, and conferences to review the research, and then implement nothing to actually address the problem. This is especially true in child abuse.
Beautiful. I just watched “On the Way to School” with my kids, Dorian included (who loved it with all of the animals, water, and children), and they featured the journey of two children from Kenya. They had such a tough journey, and they were such brave and beautiful children. This was a great post, and thanks for sharing.
Thank you for sharing these children with your children. I wish, wish, wish, I could tell these children what a reception that have gotten and how many people around the world love them. Can you imagine how happy this would make them?
Oh I would love to as well… That would be wonderful. I thought that when watching the documentary as well. I wanted to sit down and have a conversation with each of them.
Beautiful shots. Too bad we don’t look at adults and see the children they once were. What a different world this would be.
What a beautiful way of putting it! Yes, and the people who are the hardest to love are often the one’s who need it the most. Thank you for your insight~
Beautifully done, so much innocence and joy. Thank you!
Thank you more for appreciating them!
Lovely post, Cindy. Your trip has been a delight to witness. 🙂
It has been so much fun traveling virtually with you my friend~
Amen! My most favorite post of yours! Good to see, happy, healthy, well cared children. xx
Images we don’t often see from Africa, but we should! Thank you Fae~
To look into the face of a child is to loo into the face of hope and love. Great share.
Beautifully said Antionette! <3
Love, love, love this post!
Awwww, then you love children! <3
I hope that you’re enjoying our country!
I am home now after six weeks away, but my experience was incredible! Your country is stunning in so many ways~
Children are so innocent. Pity they have to grow up into a harsh world.
Great photos of great kids!
Thank you my friend and Happy Weekend!
Those muffins are sooooo adorable. I bet it was difficult to leave them.
You have no idea!!! They were so charming! <3
Wonderful words that the children say so well for you. The third one is powerful to me.
Yes, I loved that too. The children shall lead us! <3
Such charm and beauty in every child. So precious.
I have always spoken kid as I know you do, but once I became a mom, it was just heightened. My happiest time in life was when my children were kids~
Yes, I know we hear kid. And yes, I am happy with my kids being young. I feel I am constantly dueling with electronics for their attention, though. I think that pressure has really magnified in the last 20 years.
It is a challenge, I know you take them outdoors to things even more exciting, We had the ocean and throwing them in it always worked! 😉
Liebe Cindy das sind ja sehr Ausstruck starke Fotos super gemacht einen schönen sonnigen Sonntag wünsche ich dir mit vielen lieben Grüßen Klaus in Freundschaft
Sie sind ein wunderbarer Freund Klaus. Vielen Dank fur Ihre Freundlichkeit~
There is nothing more precious than children, a lovely post Cindy!
Awww, thank you for appreciating the children!
What precious pictures, Cindy. These children are just so beautiful!!! Love, Amy
They stole my heart that is for certain!
Cindy, such lovely images of children. They are our future. Thank you for sharing! Hugs! Veraiconica
Thanks my friend and have a wonderful week!
Cindy, wishing you a nice week too, we are having beautiful sunny weather in the Pacific Northwest. Hugs! Veraiconica
We are back at The Holler in the drought!!
It is unusual for a subject to be a person. their expression is good.
Yes! I don’t normally take photos of people. I think it has to do with being a psychotherapist for so many years. I respect people’s privacy pretty strongly~
Precious children. Hope for a better world for all of them.
Such beautiful pictures I really love them and the elephant ones!
So very pleased you do! I was just over exploring and admiring your blog. I hope my likes stick!
And – well said.
<3 <3 and cheers to you my friend!
The children are so cute!!! There is nothing like seeing a smiling child.
They are pure beauty personified aren’t they!
Grand post, Cindy.
Your kindness is much appreciated!
Beautiful spoken and shared. I loved seeing all their smiling faces. xK
Hugs to you my friend and Happy Saturday!
Precious! Love your photos.
Awwww, very kind & most appreciated!
They are radiant!
The look of trust and joy, before the world has a chance to disillusion them! I hope it doesn’t. <3
Truly~ Bless them <3
Such beautiful innocence…
Yes, entrancing and delightful children!
Wonderful pictures. 🙂 May they all be very happy!
Amen! They deserve a kinder world~ <3
Such beautiful, happy faces ! My mother was a teacher of deaf children.Every time I scan her pictures now, I realize more and more why she loved her job so much!
Special Ed teachers are some of the nicest people walking on this planet. I know your mother must have been too~
Beautiful. I’m using this in the next newsletter!
Oh, I wish we could show the children! They would be amazed and thrilled!
Maybe someday you will!
I hope so! One never knows~ <3
Stunning, Cindy!! They are indeed!! Loved these beautiful pics. 😉 xoxox
The innocence and joy were a joy to behold. Thank you my friends~ <3 <3
So priceless…their genuine smiles, and the biggest one I love is the one behind the camera…love you Cindy…you always capture the right moments that leave our hearts smiling brightly!
Awwww, takes a kind heart to recognize one my dear friend~ <3
Wonderful children, wonderful reasons!
Amen & thank you! <3
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