My Life in a Nutshell

I hate talking about myself. It always comes across (to me) like bragging. Most of my friends and family already know about my crazy life, so this is for those who don’t:

The Cadd kids sing songs from "The Sound of Music" at a musical revue attended by Imelda Marcos, the First Lady of the Philippines.

~Grew up in the Philippines as a missionary kid from age 4-18, with 4th and 9th grades in Oregon, USA. My amazing father and mother were music teachers at Faith Academy, a school for missionary kids. From as far back as I can remember, the five Cadd kids sang together – everything from gospel to musicals. I went back to the Philippines for a year at age 21 and worked as a co-host on a Filipino television show.

~Took about 10 years to get my bachelors degree, a combined effort of three universities, and 15 more to get my masters in teaching – a sign of a true third-culture kid. I have a degree in Journalism (emphasis in photojournalism).

On a month-long motorcycle trip with Dan Folta through seven countries in Africa. This was taken in Rwanda.

~Love to travel, love foreign cultures. It is probably my number one passion in life. I have traveled to over 50 countries and lived in six. I spent 16 months traveling around the world by myself from 1989-1990.

~For over 20 years, off and on, I freelanced in Los Angeles as a location scout/manager for national TV commercials and movies. As a photojournalist on an anti-apartheid newspaper, I briefly had the privilege of witnessing the power and insanity of South Africa a year before Mandela won in the historical elections. For two years, I observed the fall-out of war in Bosnia, a year after the peace accord, as I worked on a UN project to repair war-damaged homes. I took my very first full-time teaching job at an international school in Saudi Arabia where I learned a great deal from my amazing students from around the world.

Taking care of Yvonne. I will always LOVE this woman.

~I left my teaching job and returned to Oregon to help care for my wonderful sister Yvonne who was dying of breast cancer. It was a life-changing experience, excruciatingly painful at times, but mostly an incredible privilege to be allowed to help my sister on her journey to the end of her life.  She died December 7th, 2009. We all miss her beyond description.

~I’ve been incredibly blessed with the best parents anyone could ask for and brilliant siblings. Yvonne’s family has adopted me as their own, and I feel in some ways like I have my own family. The world is full of the dear friends I have made from childhood to now.

~I moved to Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with my brother and his wife, Jon and Cher Cadd, partly to recover from the year and a half with my sister, and partly to figure out what to do with my life. I’ve taken a few freelance photography jobs, one lasting a month covering stories for MAF UK in northern Uganda and Southern Sudan. I am currently starting a job in Congo’s Virunga National Park, working on communications-related projects, including raising readership and donations on their website (Jan 2011). So…check out their blog in the next few months and see what I’ve been up to:  http://gorillacd.org

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9 Responses to My Life in a Nutshell

  1. Helen Cadd says:

    I love your blog, Honey. but the photos go by too fast. How do you slow them down so you can read the comments? I have never seen a lot of the photos you are using–and I want them!! I’m so glad you are doing this. Love you tons, MOM

  2. Bill Sjoblom says:

    I am so glad I found your blog. I love reading about your adventures – makes the vagabond in the rest of us jealous!

  3. Barbara Miller says:

    Lu:
    I’m so glad I found your blog! I love your family photos and seeing you growing up. My favorite is on the ship to the Philippines. And the photos from your flight over the volcano – great, and the ones in your church are really wonderful. I know I’m sounding off with a bunch of superlatives; but it’s been too long since I visited you.
    Miss you, Barbara

  4. jcadd says:

    Very nice. What an interesting life you have had. It is nice to be a part of it in some little way. Jon

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  6. helen cadd says:

    I just went thru your blog again–and it’s worth doing on a regular basis. I love seeing you and all the photos and reading about your life. I think you need to remember all the incredible things you have experienced all of your life. I feel privileged to be your Mom, and I love you!

  7. Hello Luanne Cadd God bless your life, but ever dear, protect you, Amen, God rest his mother, seen here in Brazil that has happened to msn news on a mission to save the mountain gorillas I really wanted to help in any way, know it post a video on the Internet anything, so dem but time to rescue these families primates, thank God both sides of the conflicts in Congo declined to defend the species but time is short, I’m hoping that everything goes well, you could make a documentary about the rescue that God enlighten darling, kiss, all the good that God protects.

  8. Rob Fynn says:

    Amazing – what would I expect from Jon Cadd’s sister ?! Do he and Cher have a facebook page. Wld love to catch up with them via that, if they do…This old Rob Fynn from Fothergill .. did you ever hear or remember of him?!

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