Rain like you've never experienced. 

Heat like you've never felt. 

Sweet faces.

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. 

Happy Monday! 


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 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.