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Weslee Hope . Our new baby girl

Last night at 6:02pm we were blessed with a new little girl, Weslee Hope. At 10:50am I got a phone call while I was heading out to a meeting with a bride–Cheyenne said things were getting serious. I called and cancelled the meeting and headed home! Most everything was ready (both thanks to help from our neighbors and Cheyenne being very prepared), so all I really had to do was fill up the birth tub. Through the whole process I wanted to use my iPhone to take photos of the little Weslee’s birth story (and thanks to the nurse for a couple of the shots as well). We are so happy to welcome Weslee into our family–Shiloh Grace and Huck are already smitten with their new little sister! I could write a small paragraph about each image, but this post is already going to be long enough…:)

This is the song that I remember playing as I held her for the first time! Bear with me and have a listen.

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Wanna hear some of the first cries:

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amy - July 3, 2013 - 4:28 pm

SO BEAUTIFUL!! so happy for you all. Give Cheyenne our love. She’s a brave momma!! Love you all….

brandon, amy, jacob and evelyn

bethany tab - July 3, 2013 - 5:59 pm

Cheyenne, you are a mighty woman. Loved all of this so much. Welcome, sweet Weslee!!

Audrey - July 3, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Beautiful pics!! How exciting. An experience of a lifetime. Congrats on your precious newborn.

Alisha - July 3, 2013 - 11:10 pm

Beautiful! Congratulations to all of you! Weslee is absolutely gorgeous!

Geeta - July 4, 2013 - 1:44 pm

So beautiful! I love how you do it. Wish I could have been there! Congratulations!!

daniel - July 15, 2013 - 2:18 pm

congrats!

iPhone photos from my trip

I am so excited to be about 8 hours from heading to the airport. I am so ready to be with my family again…three weeks is a long time! But one more post while I am away. Most everything I captured was with my DSLR, but I managed to pull out my iPhone every now and then. Here is a look at the trip from my iPhone lens. I tried to put them in the right order (Australia, Papua, Taiwan–and transit airports in between). I have pet kangaroos in the rain; seen a giant Jesus statue; chewed beetle nut; stayed at a hotel room where the main light switch was outside the door; ate amazing fruit, had a lot of noodles; watched incredible temple carvings being made; and drank a lot of tea!  …I may or may not have to stop and get a nice big burger on my way home from the airport!:)

Papua, Indonesia . Rice Planting

I have been out of the country for the past couple of weeks photographing stories in three different countries. I just thought I would show a few images from some time I spent with a family while they were working in their rice fields. I was holding my breath while wading through the rice field…working very hard to not get too bogged down in the mud and lose my balance! It was a great experience and I thought you might like to see a bit of what I have seen while I have been away. Enjoy.

Guatemala

I just got back from Guatemala and I wanted to share a few images with you. This was the first time that I was able to take my wife with me–it was great to have her along, shooting right beside me! I’ll give a little caption with each image. I am looking forward to the upcoming issue of TEAMHorizons where I will share more of these! Enjoy this small look into our trip to Guatemala.

Shot from the infamous barrio of “El Gallito”, this is just a small view of a portion of Guatemala City. “El Gallito” is said to be out of the control of the government–governed by the drug lords that inhabit the barrio.

Just down the street from The Potter’s House (the ministry that I was working with to photograph some stories) is a wall that echoes the ethos of The Potter’s House–telling people that live and work in the communities around the city dump that they have value.

A man stands on the side of a hillside of trash looking for recyclables that he can collect and sell. This is just one section of the largest city dump in all of Central America.

Looking down into another area of the city dump, this lady takes a break from her scavenging to adjust the mask that is covering her face.

Outside of the city dump are communities of corrugated metal shacks. Ready to go scavenge in the dump, this lady stopped for a moment to chat and allowed me to take her photo.

This family survives off of the money the father makes scavenging in the dump. Despite living in some limiting conditions, both the son and the daughter are attending a local school–the 8-year-old daughter told us that she wanted to be a veterinarian and that she loved art!

Dr. Hernandez volunteers every Friday at a medical clinic at the entrance to the city dump. Her passion is giving quality, free, healthcare to women who are largely marginalized by the culture in Guatemala.

While we were meeting and interviewing a family, Jesus latched on to Cheyenne and would not let go. It was so fun hanging out with the kids who are receiving care at the Potter’s House!

A small little trip over to Antigua and we found ourselves in a beautiful colonial town with a lot of tourists! I loved seeing all of the volcanoes in the haze as we traveled around the country.