Inflamed in the Membrane


Tree lay heavily sedated in the ICU of Clincia San Felipe with a feeding tube, a breathing tube, a catheter and an IV filled with sodium chloride plugged into too many orifices. Outside in the waiting … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving!


I am grateful for so much, not the least of which is for the gift that gratitude itself bestows upon the thankful. Without it, I have felt bereft in the face of plentitude -- lonely in loving arms, … [Read more...]

R.I.P. Mongo

We love you Mango

It is with a heavy heart that we report a few days ago our beloved Mongo passed away in San Diego, California. He died of Thrombocytopenia, most likely caused by an undetected case of … [Read more...]

Heroin(e): A Love Story


This is different than anything I've posted on Sprinter Life before.  It's long, confessional, and due to content and language, possibly inappropriate for children. It may not even be appropriate for … [Read more...]

Huanchaco In Action – Final Update

Marveyker and kids

Before Tree and I left the States nearly two years ago, we set an intention to volunteer along the way. As I've said before in other posts, we wanted to volunteer for a couple of reasons: 1) To … [Read more...]

Life Being Pregnant…


A man's reaction to finding out he's going to be a father varies greatly from person to person. I've heard that some men laugh while others cry. Some faint while some jump with joy. Some even look … [Read more...]

Is it a boy? Is it a girl?

baby 3

I am five months pregnant, and in a few days, I will have an ultrasound in Lima that will reveal the sex of the baby.  I’m writing this post in advance, but won’t publish it until we know, boy or … [Read more...]

Into The Record Books…

Record Books

At the first surgery, the last thing Tree said to me before he went under was, "Please, take care of my baby."  Very cute.  But yesterday was a little different. Tree's conversation with the … [Read more...]

Dar a Luz – To Give To Light

Belly Shot 10 wks

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, … [Read more...]

Huanchaco In Action Update…

Huanchaco In Action

It's official, Huanchaco In Action is a legal NGO!! Yippee!! Here's an update on some of our recent activities: In celebration of  Semana Santa (Easter), we had a little parade with some of the … [Read more...]

Huanchaco en Accion: What it takes to start a school in Peru


Dear friends and family,  As most of you know, our community school officially opened in January (if you missed the last update, click here) during the summer session. We have made much progress so … [Read more...]

El Mercado: The Black Witchy Fishy Fruit ‘n’ Veggie Meat Market, Ole!

Fish Market

Grocery shopping in the United States perfectly exemplifies the best and worst parts about our home country. On the one hand, there's not just one, but often three or more well-stocked, organized, … [Read more...]

Our School Update: La Casita de Los Ninos

Lunch Time

Since the last time we posted about the school, we have made INCREDIBLE progress!!!!  I'm so excited to be able to share such great news with you.  To be honest, after we did that fundraiser in … [Read more...]

Sprinter Life Animal Shelter Update…


I guess the word on the street is out. If you want a good free meal, go visit 132 Las Palmeras street in Huanchaco. Below is our latest visitor, Sativa.  She lives across the street from Julio and … [Read more...]

Protests In Cajamarca – We Are The 99%

Cajamarca 3

The first day we arrived in Cajamarca, the Plaza de Armas (town center) was barricaded from vehicular traffic and heavily guarded by a league of police outfitted in riot gear. The big danger? … [Read more...]