I’ve been dreaming about Guatemala and already getting ready for this year’s trip. Then I realized that I never finished posting the photos.
Tekal was a bucket list item for sure and I’ve never been more sore in my life. But it was totally worth it…
Can’t wait for August!
Some of the sweetest and darkest brown eyes you’ll ever see!
I have words other than thank you. To everyone who supported, prayed, texted, donated….thank you for continuing to help me get to one my favorite places in the world.
Now, who’s coming with me next year?!
It's Monday. It's officially Fall. And it's my last set of Guatemala photos. Tis bittersweet.
big brown eyes
night time wishes
Rain like you've never experienced.
Heat like you've never felt.
The Luck Dragon dog and Jurassic Park adventures.
It's been just about two weeks since I've been home from Guatemala and as I drink my coffee and sit in the quiet I think I'm finally feeling....well, I don't know exactly how to put it. I'm feeling a quiet sadness and longing for the peace of such a chaotic place.
Sounds strange I know, but unless you've been on a trip like this, it's not something you'll understand.
I hit the ground running once we landed and today, I've finally had a chance to stop and think. Actually, if I'm being honest, it started late last night. I was looking through some of the photos that I've finished and there is one that just really spoke to me. I could almost hear the water hitting the shore and the birds in the trees. Peace. I felt at complete peace in that spot.
I love this place and these people so much. They make my heart happy. And something I realized while down there is that, even though I've spent less than 40 days with them in 4 years, there is such a familiarity and love. It's like we've never been apart and we pick up where we left off. That is such a unique thing to have in general with people in your own city, let alone a whole other country.
I'm really excited to share my experience with you through my photos. This post in particular is of the first couple of days there. We get to have a tourist day and play kiddos at one of the schools there.
Asking for money is never easy.
Asking for money to go on a trip is not easy.
And asking for money to go on a trip for the 4th year in a row is uncomfortable beyond measure.
Guatemala 2016 is just a few months away (8/21-8/29) and I can honestly say that I have been putting off writing this letter more than I did the first year I went. I don’t want to come across as annoying or ungrateful or spoiled or deserving. And I REALLY don’t want this to be a typical “mission trip, please help me get to where I’m going” letter.
I have so many stories of how Guatemala has impacted me and what we have done in the last 3 years of going, but I really just want to get to the point because you already know what I’m asking.
I want to ask you to partner with me by supporting my team and I get too Guatemala. We can’t do it without your support. That could be donating financially, donating clothes/textiles for our drive that is coming up or donating gently used items for the garage sale that I will be having on June 4th.
Partner with me in taking a step of faith. I know I say that every time, but by showing your support you will be helping me get to work. Not only by helping in the clinics, but by sending me to provide a specific service for the La Mision team. They use the photos I take to help bring awareness to the work that they are doing throughout the year and it blesses me so much to be able to do that for them.
Every year I am blown away by everyone who supports me. Not just in the financial way, but by the little things. Words of encouragement and asking me about the trip in general. It’s an amazing experience and I wish I could explain it in a way that would do it justice.
Please take your time in considering your support. Pray about it and please, please, please ask questions if you have them.
You can give online here. Just follow the prompts, click on "Guatemala Missions" and then add my name in the "Notes" section. If you have trouble at all, just let me know and I can help.
*Per IRS Pub 526, charitable donations are non-refundable. If there is a surplus for the project and/or if any team member is unable to make the trip, funds donated for this project will be used to further equip the Eastpoint Missions Team and/or Fundación La Misión with supplies, equipment and resources needed to continue the mission to build relationships and reach people for Jesus.
Oh 2015, what a trip you have been.
This last week I have been reminding myself of what life has been like in the last 12 months and I’m truly blown away and humbled and incredibly excited for 2016 (and maybe a little terrified too).
Thank you so much to all of those who have been a part of #thelifeoftess and for continuously supporting and loving me through this adventure.
Mi Familia. Not sure there are any other words to describe this final post. And it's a long one, so hang in there. So many stories, tears and jokes. Hard to believe that it's been almost 3 months since we've been home.
I am ready to go back. Fo' sho'
This is the second time I've tried putting this beauty together because for whatever reason, my internet decided to crap out on me. I had flowery words and pretty things I said about my trip...but due to frustration and loosing that lovin' feelin'....I'm going to let my photos speak for themselves and maybe next time, I will write more.
Cheers to Monday!
I've been missing this place a lot the last few days. It really was an incredible trip and I cannot wait for next year!
I've been trying to come up with the right words to describe this year's trip to Guatemala. But nothing really seems to do it justice.
Sometimes when things are close to my heart, it's really hard for me to even begin to explain what I'm thinking because it's SO much. And most of my close friends would tell you that I internalize everything. But maybe that's why photography is such a big deal to me. It says what I can't.
I hope that my photos tell you what I can't seem to find the words to say.