About the Authors

Hi There!

As many of you know, we are a family of 5 from Seattle, Washington taking a six month journey to see and learn more about the world.  We are excited to share our adventures, good times, and mishaps with anybody willing to take the time to read this.  We are not the most prolific writers, so don’t bother checking back more than once a week.  We love comments, if for no other reason than to let us know somebody is reading.


Romi, Caleb, Noah, Sue, and Max


  1. Don’t write if it gets in the way of enjoying the experience! Look forward to hearing stories.

  2. Joe, Becky, Josh, and Celia

    February 10, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Bon voyage!
    We love you and are excited to hear about your adventures!

    Safe travels!

  3. Hi Guys! I am reading. Eager to share your adventure. 🙂

  4. What a beautiful family! Can’t wait to read your journal entries! Have a great time!

  5. hey guys!! It’s great hearing about all of your experiences. Keep the info coming, when you have time and electricity!!

  6. WOW, what a great thing. Must be so different and exciting. All the best for a wonderful trip.

  7. Faaaaaanastic! Love the narratives on the adventure so far. And of course the photos!

  8. richard meyers

    March 1, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Very cool; well written essays. Keep rockin’

  9. Hi all-

    Loved reading these. I am part of a family of 4 in Seattle, Washington and I want to be you guys when I grow up. I have 2 kids (ages 3 and 6 months) and so it will be a while before we all head to Africa together but the trip looks amazing. I lived in Tanzania for two years (no kids then!) and I loved my experience in East Africa.

    Congrats and thanks for the beautiful blog posts. Will be in touch! (Tom forwarded me your blog)

    Bonnie Lathram

  10. Margaret Hawley

    June 28, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Hey Sue & Max and fam
    What a fabulous adventure! I am only seeing this now – how exciting to take your family on a long trip of a life time! Thank you for sharing your stories; it is wonderful to read posts by the kids! Enjoy!!

    • silverwilkes

      June 29, 2015 at 6:31 am

      Hi Margaret!
      So great to hear from you and I’m glad you had a chance to check out our blog. How’s everyone doing in your crew? I think of you often and would love to connect when we’re back in August to get caught up! xoxo Sue

  11. Hi Silverwilkes! Max’s friend circa Madison here. I’ll look forward to perusing the site and hearing of your adventures. What a great family experience to have together! My love to you all, Josh

  12. Mount Baker Crew

    July 28, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Do you have the date you’ll be home? We’re missing Noah at the boathouse! Tell him the Varsity team says hi! We hope you’re having so much fun.

  13. Will the Silverman family be home in time for the Block Party on August 4th? Face painting, live music, etc. Hope you can make it and you’re having a great time.

  14. Hi, I am so happy you got the chance to go see this wonderful place. I am adopted from Laya house . I am reaching out to you because Sela Enat is about close due to some finical problems. My friends and I are working hard to rise the money needed in order to keep the doors open for these kids. I saw you live in the Seattle area and wanted to invite you to a fundraiser we are doing. November 22, at 6-8pm. Its going to be a a night of Ethiopia culture such as music, drama and more.3219 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98144. Pleas come and invite your friends. For more information go to the Sela Enat facbook page and you can see whats been going on. Thank you!

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