{Cerra Flores, Panama | 2009}

I carry the stories of the people that I meet with me in a very protected place in my heart that never seems to reach maximum capacity. I cherish each one and every ounce of me aches to see them live abundant lives.

"and, my feeble, whispered, faithless prayer invokes a thunderous, resounding, bone-shaking, great “AMEN!” from countless angels, from heroes of the faith, from Christ himself"


photo of the day.

[panama |2009|

During our time in Panama in 2009 we partnered with a lovely couple who started a ministry to create efficiencies for orphan care.

Our heart's cry is to see God lift orphans out of the pit of despair and give them a firm place to stand.  We consult with foreign governments so as to streamline their adoption processes and to simplify their efforts in placing children into loving homes, domestically and internationally.  We also assist orphanages so they are better equipped to provide for the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the orphans in their care.
-Taken from the Heart's Cry website

We published a book called Dear Panama, A message from your Children to advocate for orphans rights in Panama and to help them spread the word about the important work that they are doing. Because orphans in Panama belong to the government, the book is currently in review by the government before distribution.


painting the town. painting the whole world.

Below is a video clip from a really fun project called "Let's Color"- a group of people teaming up with local communities to replace grey, gloomy spaces with vibrant, colorful ones! Visit their website to see more photos and learn how you can get involved.


photo of the day.

[afghanistan | 2008]


we still do.

Monday was our two year wedding anniversary! Really, only two years? It is really hard to even remember life before we were "Steve and Diane". We planned to celebrate on Sunday since we knew Monday would be a busy day. We were so tired by Sunday that we celebrated by taking a nap, snuggling, drinking coffee (me), eating ice cream (him) and watching old episodes of Miami Ink. It was such a great day with my favorite person. Many more, please!

I really wanted to take some cool photos of us for the future grandkids, but we were sleepy and this is all we got.


...and we are really excited about it.
michigan: july 5th-26th
new jersey: july 27th until sometime in august
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grace that suffices.

I am a bit late in posting this (it's from April) but thought it might give some clear answers to some questions that I have been getting regarding my health. It was written at the height of my sickness and explains a lot of what I went through/am going through.Thanks for taking the time to read this.
(p.s. you can click on the image to see text larger)


land of the free, home of the slave.

attention west coasters, tim dyk, from the sex + money crew will be showing some of his paintings at this artshow about modern day slavery. check it out! invite your friends and learn more about human trafficking in the U S of A. june 5th. darigold building. ellensburg, washington.

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