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?!
I've been back a little over two months now and OH.MY.WORD. has it been insane. Being busy is something I personally like, but that usually means something has to be put on the back burner for a bit. Hence the October post from my trip in August.
I was going to try and fit everything from Guatemala into one blog post and even though I didn't take as many photos as years prior, there's just too much for one.
Every year is so much different from the last. And this year was no exception. I mean, we ended up being there for a total of 17 days. Seven days longer than planned. And it was amazing!
Although the reason why we were there for longer is sad, for those of us who had to been before, it was quite the gift. We were able to actually hang out with people we love and be tourists for the first time.
You were weird.
Without trying to sound like a commercial, I just wanted to let y'all know that I'm going to be teaching a small photography class in November. My goal is to not overwhelm you with a bunch of info but to actually show you how to use your camera and enjoy photography as much as I do!
Here are the deets //
WHEN // Saturday, 11.19.16
TIME // 10am - 2pm
COST // $45
WHERE // Spokane Valley, WA (I will send you the actual address once you're signed up)
HOW TO SIGN UP // Fill out the form below and it will send me a little message saying you want to sign up. Then I will let you know where the class is, what to bring & how to pay. It's pretty simple!
There will be snacks, coffee and a swag bag! There's only 10 spots available, so sign up quick!
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.
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.
The meeting of creative minds can be explosive and I'm sitting here trying to come up with the words that will do this collaboration justice.
Kristina, the creative genius behind this awesome shoot, is the book nerd behind Beauty and Heartbreak and is also one of the talented makeup artists at Maud. This shoot was inspired by one of her recent reads, A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wanted to create the main character and what started out as just a simple studio shoot, turned into a "nah, we've got to take this outside" shoot.
We brought in one of my favorite models to shoot, Haley and on a recent meeting of a new up and coming Spokane florist, Desiree, from Briar and Bloom.
Desiree went above and beyond what we envisioned. Seriously, this girl is legit. We threw her a couple of ideas and then just let her have creative freedom. The crown was perfect and not to mention she was a great reflector holder.
I love natural light so much because it's unpredictable and ever changing. The light was all over the place and I loved utilizing what we were given. I don't usually use a reflector either, but gold was a big part of our inspiration and wanted to throw some warm tones in there.
We knew we needed to document this whole process, so not only do you get to see the final product, but a behind the scenes video!
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.