we’re back … sort of.

Rachel and I got back from Sierra Leone, Africa last night, but we left a huge piece of our hearts across the ocean in a little place called the Wellington Orphanage.  Eighty-four beautiful, spirit filled children stole them and I dont think we can ever get them back.

Please bare with us as we get back into the swing of things. We are both physically, emotionally, and spiritually overwhelmed and exhausted.  Thank you so very much for your thoughts and prayers.  As cliche as it sounds they truly were felt while we were there.  There really aren’t words to describe what we experienced, but we will try.  Because so many of you are already asking and we know it will be healthy for our hearts, we are going to chronicle our journey on the blog as if we had had internet access the whole time.  Give us a few days to get started.  I will of course share some of the images.  Many of my favorites, though, we be kept a secret until we unveil the huge projects we are undertaking or until we decide which ones will be included in those projects.  Until then, please know how much we are blessed by the support.  If you are interested in going to the Wellington Orphanage, first know that it will completely change your life, and secondly, GO ALREADY.  I can get you in contact with the man that can get you there.

Clients :  thank you for your patience!  We are back to work tomorrow as we needed a day to recover from major jet lag and exhaustion.  Know that you are top priority and we will contact you very soon.

Because you are dying I’m sure, here is one picture out of thousands I have to sort through.

village boy on the beach.

Lauri: I can't wait to see more! What a life changing experience, I'm so happy for you! (Mar 26, 2009 at 15:14 pm)
Alicia: words cannot express how much you have blessed me and my family! Thank you for being obedient and serving Christ with your life- I pray that your reward will be great here on earth and in heaven! <3 (Mar 26, 2009 at 14:58 pm)
Crystal: Holy 18 comments. lol. Thank you all so very much for your love and support. It truly means more than anything. (Mar 26, 2009 at 11:43 am)
Eliza: Oh.my.gosh...this literally gave me chills and made me want to weep. I <3 you, woman! (Mar 25, 2009 at 22:54 pm)
Aunt Sheri: Crys so glad your home safe. I cannot wait to hear and see your amazing experience. I love this pic. I know that everyone sees different things when they look at pics, I noticed his beautiful eyelashes. (Mar 25, 2009 at 20:29 pm)
Monique: I never dreamed this would be happening a year ago when I was talking to you about your photography! He has really given you a talent and you are blessing SO many with it! (Mar 25, 2009 at 20:16 pm)
Kara May: Oh this image is awesome....what an amazing experience. Hugs to you my dear and can't wait to see more pictures! (Mar 25, 2009 at 20:10 pm)
Kelli Bleemel: I honestly have no words. He is amazing and so are you! How can you see so much in his eyes even when you can't see them? Amazing! (Mar 25, 2009 at 18:55 pm)
jenny helms: Crystal, you continue to leave me speechless..... I am amazed and have my friends here in New York looking at your beautiful pictures. :) (Mar 25, 2009 at 18:40 pm)
Lauren: I already want to cry - so glad you are back and can't wait to see more from your journey. Love you lots! (Mar 25, 2009 at 18:30 pm)
carrie scruggs: Wow - I can't wait to hear! (Mar 25, 2009 at 17:18 pm)
stacey: wow. this is beautiful. i can't wait to see more. (Mar 25, 2009 at 16:50 pm)
NaNa: Ypu are so gifted and I have known that since you were 3 years old. You are so special. Nana (Mar 25, 2009 at 16:44 pm)
Jamie Kutter: so excited! CAN"T WAITTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!! (Mar 25, 2009 at 15:57 pm)
Krista Muskovin: beautiful image, you can feel there is a story there. I can't wait to see more. Welcome home. (Mar 25, 2009 at 15:13 pm)
Jared Rey: All I can say is WOW. Just amazing light captured in that spot. So Beautiful. Okay I guess I said more than wow. (Mar 25, 2009 at 14:26 pm)
Monica: Welcome back, Crystal. This is a magical image. I can't wait to see how much you've exploded :) Your life is so big. (Mar 25, 2009 at 14:16 pm)
Melissa: Amazing. I hope you had an life changing experience and I can't wait to see the rest. (Mar 25, 2009 at 14:15 pm)
Erin Carlyle: This is a beautiful picture. It says so much! I'm looking forward to more...I'll be your biggest blog stalker! : ) (Mar 25, 2009 at 14:13 pm)
cristina: Glad you are back safe, Crystal. What a beautiful and moving image, I can't wait to see the rest! (Mar 25, 2009 at 14:11 pm)
courtney: oh my gosh. i love this picture. brings tears to my eyes...i can't wait to see the rest! you are so gifted, crystal and the fact that you pour your talents our for Him makes even more remarkable. i love you both, friend. (Mar 25, 2009 at 14:06 pm)