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When she was younger, Tess delighted in reading and writing. These activities would have made other kids her age squirm, but written words were how she spoke; they were how she expressed herself. Some people can run on a creative tangent when handed some clay or a paintbrush; she would do the same with a sturdy No. 2 pencil. With a bachelor’s degree in English and freelance gigs writing for lifestyle magazines, it’s evident that Tess’s young affinity for words simply made a cozy little home in her heart. When the opportunity arises (and the bank account permits), Tess ventures out to dwell in the splendor of Earth’s many landscapes with her beloved husband, Ruben. Whether it be the quiet rust-colored canyons of the west or the towering structures and noisy backdrop of a bustling city, she always leaves feeling humbled. Traveling is a gentle yet powerful reminder of how small we are in the grand scheme of things. Tess finds that there is value in life’s experiences, the Earth’s wonders and God's great hand over it all. And yes, she does always stop to smell the flowers.

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