Keely Marie Scott » Travel photography & design with a little taste of Texas

A rainy day in San Pedro Sula. . .

A rainy day in San Pedro Sula. . .

didn’t stop us from playing with kids, walking the streets, baking bread ( wait till you see the oven!) and visiting families!

Loving the sweet faces and colors of Honduras!

December 2, 2010 - 7:02 pm

Jenny Sosa - Hi, it so nice to see the beautiful faces of my people in Honduras, unfortunately i don’t get to visit my original home land very often at all…You being there is a sweet reminder of God’s answered prayers and a reminder how he cares for ALL his people, I know the people in Honduras are very thankful for the little things as well as very giving of the little that they have, must of my family still there lives in El Paraiso, you can get some great coffee there!
Thank you for bringing joy to a people who very few know are there, but our God knows and he cares and loves them!

Que la pasen muy bien.

Jenny.

December 2, 2010 - 1:55 pm

Lindsey Nobles - I love your pictures. That baby in its diaper is a new favorite.

Also loved the kids in their Compassion project t-shirts. So freakin’ cute.

And…you should know that for some reason when I saw the picture of the 10th avenue north guys and one is reaching out to touch the other one’s nose. I say “boop” aloud. I am so weird.

But you are too. That’s why we are compadres. Hasta luego.

December 2, 2010 - 11:59 am

Amy Rumbaugh - What a beautiful glimpse of Honduran life and culture!
I am one of those missionary kids mentioned previously by Elizabeth Foltz. I live about 4 hours away from San Pedro, working at a mission hospital with my family, and I love Tenth Avenue North! Been hoping they would come around here sometime to preform, but I can’t find anywhere that says they’re playing? Whether or not they’re preforming or just loving like Jesus, I hope they have a blessed visit. I pray that this trip proves to be just as much of a blessing and learning experience to them in their personal world-views & spiritual walks as they are a blessing to the people they minister to.

December 2, 2010 - 10:24 am

Elizabeth Foltz - These pictures are amazing! I can’t believe that 10th Avenue North is in my city!! I am a missionary kid here in San Pedro Sula Honduras and would love to see them!! I know a few of my other missionary kid friends are also huge fans. Haha Maybe we’ll run into them somewhere in San Pedro Sula. I hope they have fun!!

December 2, 2010 - 8:41 am

Miriam Pauline - Beautiful pictures! I love these. Our dear Hohemy is a in Honduras and these help me visualize what she might see/do when she goes to the Compassion project. Thank you for posting them!

buenos dias. . .

Buenos Dias from Honduras!

Here this week visiting Compassion with Tenth Avenue North.

December 4, 2010 - 12:21 am

shelley breen - I want that pic of those kids praying. sweetest.

December 2, 2010 - 8:59 pm

Tammy - Awesome!!! Beautiful Children!!!

December 2, 2010 - 5:43 pm

Andrea - Wow! What beautiful children!

December 2, 2010 - 3:37 pm

Laurie Snyder - God bless these children, God bless TAN. These children are preciously delicious. May Jesus stand by their side forever and may they get to know him and live in him. My compassion child lives in Tanzania, he’s my precious David. Thank you for sharing. Love, Laurie

December 2, 2010 - 1:56 pm

Lindsey Nobles - Really cute kids. Not as cute as Jenser or Deva though. 😉

December 2, 2010 - 12:02 pm

Sydney - Holy cow!! I live here in Honduras as an mk and didn’t even know you guys were here! Looks like you guys are having a good time!
God bless
Syd

December 2, 2010 - 10:55 am

Anonymous - Amazing Pictures that truely capture life in Central America! Bless you all in what you are doing and may God lead you, speak to you and through you!

December 1, 2010 - 7:35 am

JD in Canada - Oh my word… oh my word…. WOW………….. What an incredible feeling to be reading this post six months after visiting the exact same Compassion center, and seeing it through your eyes after having spent time with the same staff, the same children, in the same neighborhood. I have photos of the same kids, in some of the same places. I recognize most of this!

I saw familiar faces in the children’s photos, and I am trying to see if our sponsored child, Justin, is there. I’m sure he has changed in the six months since we saw him…

Here is a link to my post from our day at Compassion Project #341:

http://compassioncan.blogspot.com/2010/06/honduras-day-two.html

And our Justin from this center:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Yem9MmCvrbw/TEm9Q76YjoI/AAAAAAAABh4/INxmQf-uTTc/s1600/DSC_8409+Honduras+June+27+2010+SMALL.jpg

Keep posting, Keely — it’s SO good to see the place where I left my heart…

What are you doing today? Make it SPECIAL. . .

You’ve probably seen this on Twitter. . .Facebook. . .blogs etc.  But I wanted to spread the new because

Today is the last day!

Dayspring Cards partnered with Compassion to do something BIG, SIMPLE and SPECIAL!

To partner with our Christmas Campaign ( where every child gets a gift) they are wanting to see kids get personalized Christmas Cards!

How great is that! You upload the photo and the design with Text. Dayspring will print and Compassion will translate !!

And they will HAND DELIVER the card to a Compassion child in Ecuador!

Here’s a bit more. . .

1. Personalize a card for a super special kid in Ecuador just dying to hear from YOU. Click the button “Create a Card” to begin!
2. Tell them what makes them so worth celebrating this Christmas season.
3. Include a photo of you and your family plus a little bit about you – kids LOVE photos!
4. Add to Cart and Voila – you’ve just created a Christmas message that will be hand delivered to a child in Ecuador. Our team will be there December 11-16!

Bless a child with a Christmas card today!

I just did our Card!

dayspring cards compassion christmas

I Hope you send some cards to Ecuador this Christmas!!!

Thanks Dayspring for such an Amazing Idea!

I am sitting in the Miami Airport about to board for Honduras! Excited to go and see some lil Compassion faces this week!

And share photos with you there!

November 29, 2010 - 8:58 pm

Christine - Our church has a sister church in Ecuador, and after many months of discussion about it, this Sunday we’ll have information pkgs available for the 35 kids in Carmen Bajo who need sponsors! I am so excited about it! And I am praying and believing that every child will be sponsored! Looking forward to your photos from Honduras!

The Holi Holi Holidays are NEAR. . .

Maybe cause its dreary. . .foggy. . .and COLD out today in Nashville. . .

Or

Maybe cause I have been struck with the Strep and in the house for the last week. . .

Or

Maybe cause yesterday I watched a marathon of British ( inspired ) films: Notting Hill , Love Actually, Much Ado About Nothing and a fav THE HOLIDAY. . .

Or

Maybe its the Christmas Decor that is slowly taking its place in my house. . .

BUT

It makes me dream of being in London & being with some of our best friends!

Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Nashville and I LOVE Nashville during the Holidays. . . Just wishing London Town wasn’t an 8 hr flight away today.

There is something about a BIG city during the Holidays? Do you Agreee? Do you have a BIG city fav this time of year.

London and New York ahhhhh Big city Christmas lights!

And don’t you just love this pic!! I took it on our last visit to London in 2009. We were sitting in a cafe just down from Trafalgar Square, when I looked out the window to find a classic London Cab advertising good ol Nash!
I had forgotten how much I loved this pic! In fact it is being printed to a ginormous size and will be proudly hanging over my couch soon.

A N Y W A Y S. . .

The Holiday’s are here ( well NEAR!)

How are you getting ready. . .

Last week my friend Lindsey posted on Christmas Music. . . And I need. . . I NEED to say that I CANNOT stop listening to Mindy Smith’s My Holiday! Its been out for a while and for the last couple years it remains on constant repeat in our house! But Thanks to Lindsey’s readers I have added some new music to our playlist.

So if you are in the mood to expand the playlist check out the comments!

Also. . . Since Thanksgiving is NEXT week I needed to share another Holiday fav. Now for the record I am not a BIG candle / scent person.

However, NEST makes a Pumpkin Chai Candle that you are going to need burning in your house! Trust Me!

And Its time to get your Warm Hat, Toboggan, knit cap . . . whatever lovely name you prefer. Its time to get it on!

I am awaiting the arrival of my Krochet Kids Hat I ordered . . . If you are looking for a new hat PLEASE check them out. . .

You BUY a Hat YOU change a Life!

They are empowering women in Northern Uganda! Great stuff!

And you Can’t forget a scarf for your neck!!!

I love that my friends over at Mocha Club have started the FashionABLE campaign

Amazing Scarves made by Amazing women in Ethiopia!!

Well. . . This was a short Pre Holiday Loves List. I am sure there will be more to come!

Until then. . .

I am off to hang a wreath on my door.

Its the first step to this Holiday Home!

November 23, 2010 - 11:46 am

Ben Arment - Keely, in 2004 my wife @ainsl3y and i won an all expenses paid trip to london at one of those mall santa displays that promoted the 1st chronicles of narnia movie. (u can actually win those =)

Had THE best time of our lives. Photos of our time in London: http://www.benarment.com/photos/london_trip/

And we got to attend the Narnia premiere and after party with cast and royal family: http://www.benarment.com/photos/narnia_premiere/

with that one stroke of amazingness, i’m pretty sure nothing else good will happen to us in this lifetime. it’s all downhill from here =)

November 20, 2010 - 11:37 am

alece - annnnnnnnd….

i miss you!

November 20, 2010 - 11:36 am

alece - NYC at Christmastime is my all-time favorite. such magic!

November 15, 2010 - 9:35 pm

Juli Jarvis - The White House Christmas tree just arrived in our town this afternoon! It was very exciting — lots of people went out for the festivities — the high school band played, Santa Clause and Smokey the Bear delighted the children, and we wrote our names on the banner. They also had an official western style “hanging” of the tree crew — something our Chamber “Wild Bunch” does to welcome celebrities to our town. Very special for us — first time the tree has come from Wyoming! You can track the progress on their blog –www.capitoltree2010.org — and should see Buffalo in the pics soon!

November 15, 2010 - 5:11 pm

kirsten - please post creative new decorations… i’m empty. need inspiration. (oh, and a copy of that BW photo…. and pie. thanks)

Pieces of Our Lives

So this last month I was out on the road with Amy Grant on her tour

“Pieces of Our Lives”

Amy has partnered with Compassion for a little over 20 years. Together with Synergy ( a great production / tour company in town) they put together a tour that was focused on raising awareness and sponsors for Compassion’s

Leadership Development Program

This program is one of my favorites! And each night I SO enjoyed getting to share stories from my travels about the students I’ve met that have graduated university and are making a difference in their communities because of the work of Compassion!

The conversations each night were amazing!

And. . . the best part is we had one of our graduates from Kenya, Ben Mwangi, a former Compassion Child and graduate of the

Leadership Program share about his journey with Compassion each night!

And entertain us with his stories each day!

And let me just say. . .that never got old!

I was continually amazed watching him not only share his story each night but also watching him talk to people encouraging them to

Sponsor a Leadership Development Student

and send a child through University in their country!

Each night there was a beautiful art gallery that the guys at Synergy put together and . . . I mean beautiful. . .

It was so fun to walk into each venue and see amazing photos and art displayed in the various lobbies.

and if I may take this next little bit of your time to totally geek out for a moment

About half way through the tour I was standing in the gallery ( which I had done every other night) but this night I decided to read the little blurb under a photo I really liked and I TOTALLY had a moment as I realized it was a photo by

Annie Leibovitz.

One of my all time favorite portrait photographers. And seriously, this picture is stunning.

Amy was doing an ad for the Milk Campaign with Annie in the 90’s and in between shots Annie took a few photos of Amy and one of her daughters.

Okay done with the photo geek out. . .but I want you to stare at the photo for a sec.

Stunning huh?

Each night Amy & the band made it feel more like a living room then it did a venue

A really cool living room that just happened to be in some amazing venues

but you know what I mean. . .

And halfway through the night Amy would invite Ben up to join her on stage and share his story about

growing up in the slums of Kenya

how he joined Compassion as a boy, excelled in school and leadership and at 18 entered the University in Nairobi and graduated with a degree in Physics.

And now as a graduate he is spending about 9 months here in the states traveling and telling his story in hopes of getting others to sponsor and support Compassion.

Ben would end his story with a great challenge to those there and then he made his debut as a percussion player!

And after each night we would be full from a fun night and full from FOOD! ( and of course great bus conversation)

seriously Justin, our road manager, was pretty much a bus food connoisseur. He was sure to find each city’s . . .

“The Best_____”

But back to Ben =)

I was like a proud sister. . . So proud of him each night.

I LOVED watching sponsors want to talk with Ben afterward because I watched the story of Compassion become REAL to many many MORE people!!

November 15, 2010 - 9:49 pm

Alexis - BEN! Gosh I can’t believe he’s traveling around sharing his story next to Amy Grant! That’s so amazing. He’s a good one… I remember that Keith told him that we were gonna be in Nairobi and so he waited in the lobby for about 4 hours while we caught up on sleep and then showed us around the city. So cool.

November 15, 2010 - 5:49 pm

Jill Foley - I so would have loved to be at one of these events….two of my great loves – Amy Grant and Compassion LDP students. What a treat for you to experience this.

I grew up listening to Amy’s music and she still remains a favorite. Was just rocking out to “I Have Decided” the other night while I painted my bathroom!

And every LDP student I’ve met is a gem. Meeting them is a new hobby of mine : ) I had the awesome privilege of meeting David, the LDP student we correspond with in Peru. My husband just got back from Haiti where we sponsor an LDP student, but because of visit restrictions, was not able to meet her. So sad.

November 12, 2010 - 1:10 pm

Anonymous - How did you get the opportunity to travel with Amy Grant!? Do you work for Compassion? So cool! Love your work.

November 12, 2010 - 10:01 am

Stephanie Anderson - Love Annie Liebovitz! I totally geeked out when I saw an original Richard Avedon. I love your heart for compassion kids and the way you tell their stories through photo’s. We will have that coffee date soon! :)

November 9, 2010 - 8:26 pm

Ann Voskamp - Annie Leibovitz!
And that photo speaks.

And yours sing. All of them here — songs that move me.

And your Ben stringing my heart.

These streets are not their home. . .

So often I walk the streets surrounding our Compassion projects and various songs play through my head

Sometimes its the song that’s playing on a radio in a nearby house that can be heard through the streets

This day as we rounded the corner as surreal as it was

“When You Wish Upon a Star”

was playing.

I let my flesh start to doubt, start to think. . .

Where do “Dreams come true” here??

But then other songs enter. Songs that quickly turn to prayers.

Prayers over the streets covered in trash and mud.

Songs about the Kingdom that turn to Prayers about the Kingdom.

The song that continues to be my prayer these days is  John Mark McMillan’s

How he loves Us

Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us so,
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us all

I am reminded that these streets are covered by His Love

The Streets with tin front doors and cardboard walls

He Loves us All

And

These Streets are not their Home.

Thanks again for traveling with us this week and for Sponsoring a child

Making a difference in a child’s life

letting them know that

They Are Loved.

October 29, 2010 - 7:21 pm

alli - my goodness Keely. every time I look at your pictures they are more and more beautiful…

October 12, 2010 - 10:16 pm

mandiegirl - beautiful & heartbreaking….that baby just breaks my heart.

October 6, 2010 - 7:15 pm

amy - wow your photos are simply amazing!

October 6, 2010 - 7:14 pm

amy - wow,your photos are simply amazing!

September 17, 2010 - 11:35 am

CJ - I am reminded of the song… “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world”

I also noticed in the midst of such bad surroundings, the creative, bright colors that shone through. It seems where there is the darkest of environments, the Lord shines the brightest with light and color! The children had such a bright light in their eyes, smiles and even dimples.

You have a gift that is to be commended. The Lord has blessed you and you are returning the blessing for His glory. I see His glory all over these pictures in the colors, light and these children’s faces! Thanks for sharing.

September 15, 2010 - 9:58 pm

shawna - Words AND Photos……..fabulous!

September 15, 2010 - 4:56 pm

Lindsey Nobles - You are so ridiculously gifted. You make all things beautiful. So proud to know you and call you friend.

September 14, 2010 - 5:53 pm

Steve Jones - Overwhelmed not by your pictures but by your words this time. Absolutely rocked me. This place is not our home. If there is one thing I see and learn over and over again on these trips it’s that this place is not our home. The injustice of it all makes me so angry and I just want to cry out, please Lord take us home now. Make it all stop.

Thanks for all the years and the tears. We have shared a few.

September 14, 2010 - 3:41 pm

Ann Voskamp - %22God%20is%20love%20–%20Now%20Experience%20It.%22

And%20oh…%20how%20He%20loves%20us…%20loves%20US!%20LOVES%20us!%20%20

And%20no%20–%20for%20none%20of%20us%20–%20these%20streets%20are%20not%20our%20home.%20

So%20why%20do%20we%20invest%20so%20much%20into%20these%20homes%2C%20these%20streets%3F%20When%20we%20could%20store%20up%20all%20our%20treasures%20in%20heaven%3F%20In%20the%20eternal….

Woman%2C%20you%20are%20a%20holy%20wonder%20and%20a%20gift%20from%20God!

Thank%20you%2C%20thank%20you%2C%20thank%20you….

Singing%20with%20you!
Ann

September 14, 2010 - 3:40 pm

Ann Voskamp - “God is love — Now Experience It.”

And oh… how He loves us… loves US! LOVES us!

And no — for none of us — these streets are not our home.

So why do we invest so much into these homes, these streets? When we could store up all our treasures in heaven? In the eternal….

Woman, you are a holy wonder and a gift from God!

Thank you, thank you, thank you….

Singing with you!
Ann

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