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Work of Heart Photography Workshop Recap | Kentucky

Before we came down to Honduras, Lukas and I hosted a workshop at the McGee House for Skye Hardwick of Work of Heart Photo. If you have never seen her photos you definitely have to check them out! Skye is an amazing children’s photographer who captures the most epic photos.

Children flew in from all over the country to model, and we had a full house of awesome photographers! The last day Wilder and I decided to jump in the fun and got to model as well 🙂 My favorite part was snuggling my little man.

Thank you everyone for the photos!! We love them! It was also just so amazing meeting you all!! The Indy Cottage, Bluegrass Bebe, Lindy Scott, Kristin Hickman (I would love to thank everyone so if I didn’t add you please leave your website below!!) 😀

Here are a few of my faves!



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Happy Thanksgiving! + Our Life in Honduras

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! 🙂

It’s strange to be celebrating thanksgiving in a country where no one else is celebrating it – school goes on, work goes on… unlike my 20+ years experiencing it in the states and all the hype leading up to it.

If you want to buy a Turkey here to celebrate, don’t worry, you’ll only pay $100. Blueberry pie? Only $10 for the canned blueberries. It’s pretty funny how they mark it all up for the U.S. Americans 😉

But today I’m waking up thankful regardless. Thankful for the country I’m from and the country I’m currently in.

I am so excited to share with you today what our everyday life and experiences have been looking like while we are here in Honduras! We have been doing so much I can’t believe we have been here for a month already.

Every Sunday bright and early, Lukas, Wilder and I jump into these Land Cruisers with our missionary friends the Pattersons, and drive two hours up this little dirt road into the Honduran mountains.

Well, we did, until one of the Land Cruisers broke down, but you can read that adventure below… 😉



The roads might be difficult and bone jarring (think of the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland, multiplied by 3, and extended to an hour) but the views are SPECTACULAR.




We pass friendly people and always get a smile and a wave on the way up.




When we get to the little village of El Buen Pastor, we walk around and visit friends in their homes. This is one of my favorite parts because the people are so friendly. It’s so fun getting to know them.






Here’s the little church, El Cordero De Dios – The Lamb of God. Right now it’s a temporary wooden structure building, but we are hoping to help raise money for a building. I will be posting a video about that soon!






After we visit friends, I teach a teen girl’s Sunday School class. The girls are so much fun and I have really enjoyed getting to know them! It’s also challenging my Spanish speaking skills which is great. I have a translator but I do all my own worksheets in Spanish, and of course I want to be able to chat with the girls during class.





Everyone here LOVES Wilder and he is such a champ and loves giving high fives and smiles. He spreads so much joy.


One of our many adventures includes breaking down on the way home from church one night. As you can see the roads aren’t that good and so one of our cars broke! It was quite the adventure figuring out how to get to the next village, but eventually we did. And then of course, it started to rain 😉


A family in the next village offered us shelter from the rainstorm, and a place to wait while we could find transportation back home. Along with a roof over our heads we were treated to hot yummy sweet coffee and enjoyed the gorgeous sunset through the rainstorm.

I don’t think I will ever forget that night.




And then there is the beautiful campus we are staying at in Siguatepeque. The campus houses many things, including a seminary.


The morning view from our front porch …Honduras-Trip_021.jpg


Wilder LOVES the puppy and dogs here and they love him! Honduras-Trip_024.jpg

Wilder also enjoys playing with rocks and sticks and having room to crawl around.Honduras-Trip_025.jpg

Lukas has been volunteering his time to make alot of needed furniture around campus including desks, tables, and even rocking chairs! Our friend Elijah is a great help!



Before we stained them, they look even better now 🙂


Wilder helps by riding the motorcycles. Or so he wishes!


His favorite thing to really do is play with all his friends here, especially his best friend Iris.


Along with helping at the church every week, we are helping around campus, and taking family photos for the missionaries to use for prayer cards. We’re also leading youth small groups on Tuesday nights for another Bible Study. honduras-trip-t-052


Lukas and I walked into town the other day. It’s very interesting what they do and don’t have here.  For a simple cheap lamp it was like $50, so Lukas decided to just make one himself. Most of the cars and clothes are all shipped from the states.Honduras-Trip_033.jpg






Another adventure we went on last week was hiking up to a beautiful waterfall.





The views overlooking the mountains were breathtaking.



honduras-trip-t-051Finally, here’s a panorama of where I love to take walks before sunset. 🙂

Stay tuned for more of our adventures…and thank you so much for your prayers and for keeping in touch with us!!


4 Surprising Things I Learned Living in a Tiny Honduran House

Guest post by: Lukas VanDyke

There’s little place to escape when you only have 360 square feet.

Suzy, Wilder and I  just passed the two week mark of our two month foray living in a tiny house in the mountains of central Honduras. We have been spending time visiting villages where the houses are all made of mud, have a single spigot in the front yard for water, and the bathrooms are a made of a couple blankets hanging around a bowl and pipe that drain into the river.

For us, however, although the space is small as you might note in the photos, we do have all the modern conveniences. Electric stove, fridge, sink, bathroom and shower etc.

What is interesting though, is that most of the things for our little house were brought in from America, shipped down in suitcases with missions teams one piece at a time. Things that are difficult to find here include doorknobs with locks that work, sinks and faucets that don’t leak, bathroom fixtures, curtain rods, or pretty much anything else that can’t be easily fabricated from scratch. There are some furniture stores, but since they also import a majority of their inventory the costs are exorbitant.  Want a curtain? You better know how to sew. Need a table? Well pull out your hand saw and try your hand at wood working. In fact after visiting over a dozen stores I just came to the conclusion that if I wanted a lamp I was going to need to make one.

So although our space looks very normal, it was quite the feat for the missionaries who put it all together. Each and every aspect needed to be shipped from the states and assembled together with the rest of the pieces fabricated by local craftsmen or visiting teams who came down here. No quick runs to Home Depot for a missing doorknob.

In fact one of the big things I have been working on here is building a lot of different furniture for various spaces. A few of the pieces I have been working on include the table, desks and lamp you see in our little house which after we leave will be used by visiting speakers when they come down. I’m also working on things for the dorms for students attending the seminary, and furniture for the offices and other ministry related spaces. If you’re interested in helping fund different projects you can click the link. The more wood I have, the more things I can make while I am here. 

But enough back story. What have I learned from living in a 360 square foot house?

  1. You can’t escape. There is no retreating to a far side of the house to be alone. You are there, husband and wife and child, forced to work out your differences and talk things through right away. Although this can be a little difficult at times (especially since Wilder can’t talk) It’s really good! It forces you to be one with each other and on the same page all the time! I recommend everyone try this.
  2. It’s easy to clean. At home I know it’s easy for us to let the dishes pile up. But when you only have three plates there is nothing to pile up. You need to wash them if you want to use them again. You also can’t just close the door and move into another room and leave your projects spread out. You need to clean up each and every project as you go. Two-thousand square feet also means two-thousand square feet to dust, mop, sweep and vacuum. Three hundred and sixty square feet means… well you can do the math.
  3. Simplicity is freeing! When you have one meals’ worth of dishes, one week’s worth of clothes, one shelf for books, a single coffee mug, and one chair for sitting, all of a sudden a lot of decisions related to stuff go away. You’re left  so much more free to LIVE YOUR LIFE instead of spending time managing all your stuff.
  4. You can still do ministry. So far we have had a number of meetings, Bible Study small groups, as well as coffee dates and meals with people here. Somehow it all seems to work. Just because your space is small doesn’t mean you can’t have people over! 

Over all for me I feel such a freedom from the chains of being tied to so much unnecessary things and space.  

It’s a breath of fresh air. 

– Lukas VanDyke

{Guest blogger & husband of Suzy VanDyke!}

Do you live in a small house? What are the struggles you face? What are the blessings you see? We would LOVE to hear from you in the comments below!