After three years, a quarter of a million miles and 19 countries I have a couple of observations –
Love is the most profound force known to man
That whoever said that time heals all wounds must have broken something other than their heart.
The book Understanding Your Grief has meant so much to me over the last three years and I recommend it highly to anyone who has experienced the earthly loss of someone they love, it inspired the following thoughts that have guided me through the last three years of my travels.
“While I reflect on making grief my friend, I think about my daughter Christina. Sometimes when I fully acknowledge that I will never see her physically on this earth again, I am engulfed by an overwhelming sadness. Then I, with intention, try to give attention to what comes next.
Yes, I feel her absence, but I also feel her presence. I realize that while my daughter has passed from this earth three years ago, my love and admiration for her has continued to grow.
My intention has been, and continues to be, to honor her presence while acknowledging her absence.
The beauty of this is that whole I mourn, I can continue to love.”
Backpacking and Star gazing in Yosemite with Marcus Bowen
Big Sur California … beach that turns lavender in color at dusk… with Carissa Mosley
Biking the Oregon cost with Marshall and Matthew, an unforgettable adventure
Flying to the village of Retalhuleu, Guatemala to tell the story of little Mary Jose for Orphan Sunday
With a very special little girl in the Philippines… Badjao Bridge
So much love for these two little girls from India thank you Epsi Anitha Binu and Binu C Paul for sharing your family with us ❤
Dubai enroute to India
One the kindest persons I have ever met. Thank you Sathish for being part of our family
Lots of love for this Barista in Dubai
So much love in this photograph….. Zambia, Africa
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul Turkey
Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
Manila, Philippines with Carissa Mosley and Jodi Jackson Tucker and Orphan Sunday
Feeling the love and presence of God in the Philippines on Bohol Island. Amazing moment — with Jodi Jackson Tucker.
With the love of my life on the way to Switzerland
Magical moments in Paris with Carissa
Special moment with one of Christina’s favorite paintings. Reading Girl at the Musee D’orsay in Paris France.
One of my most memorable #cupofmornings… with one of the biggest hearted guy’s I know, hands down the top choice for company in a Yosemite snowstorm. Thanks Marcus Bowen
So much beauty…. Yosemite in the winter
Sunrise at one of Bangkok’s floating markets
I learned quickly in Bangkok, Thailand why the phrase “Thai smiles” is used to describe the Thai experience. Beautiful people.
Photographing in Bangkok’s Klong Toey Slum
Loved watching this precious girl make music in a packed night Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Such a memorable day riding elephants in Thailand with friends new and old
I Loved getting to know this grandmother and granddaughter in Cambodia, they are both so beautiful
Children in Cambodia playing on the lake they call their home, surreal moment.
Switzerland with Carissa and Carol… love this moment
Iceland with Carissa… biggest skies and richest colors I have ever seen
Carissa and I fell in love with this amazing Nordic horse in Iceland
Rainbows are everywhere in Iceland…
Magical moment in Lisbon Portugal as I made my way to Ethiopia after leaving Carissa in France. With raindrops providing a dreamy backdrop to this beautiful bridge I leaned that it was designed by the same architect as the Golden Gate Bridge.
Precious girl in the countryside of Ethiopia, her smile was in response to my complimenting the lovely flowers on her shirt
Love this moment at a monastery on Wenche island in Ethiopia
One of the most perceptive and kindest persons I have ever met. Wenche Island in Ethiopia
Precious little girl who will benefit greatly from the new water well that we celebrated that day in Uganda. Life is simple when you have nothing. So easy here to be grateful for something as basic as clean water.
I had never seen skies so black nor stars so bright… sitting with my friend Kat under the Tanzania Sky as our group made our way to the 19,341 peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Summiting 19,341’ Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa
Maui Sunset, one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.