Sep 08

We are Stateside Missionaries

“It was a comment on a Facebook post.” Andy said the other evening as we were talking. “I’m sure she didn’t really mean it like that, but it has been nagging me ever since.” Or, “My friends used to make comments about how I would come back to the UK sounding ‘American’.”

We then proceeded to talk about the fact that many people (both here in the U.S. and also in the UK), don’t view us as “missionaries”. In fact, for a while we stopped referring to ourselves as “missionaries”, choosing to say that we “serve with a ministry.” Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 23

Back Online (for now)

So, you might have noticed by now that we’ve been pretty quiet over the past few months on the blog. We’ve been having a lot of issues with people hacking our blogs and website over the past few months. Andy’s been working hard to get it back up and running, but it seems like many things he has tried just haven’t stopped the issues.

We know that our new prayer cards have our website listed on them. We want so badly to have that available for you all. Please know we are working hard to get the issues fixed and get our website up and running. I’ve been working on designing our new site and am really excited to show it to you.

Want to know what’s been happening in our lives over the past few months? I’ll try to give a brief update.

-We’ve been to England. Had a great 3 weeks with family and friends and enjoyed catching up with supporters.

-We drove to Ohio a mere 10 days after getting home from England. Andy did some work for my parents and we also shared at our home church.

-We traveled to Illinois a few weekends ago. We had a fantastic time visiting our friends there and also got to share about our ministry with a supporting church. We had fun getting reconnected with some of the church people and had a chance to meet several new people as well!

-I (Esther) ran my first 5K at the end of October with Andy (who was able to walk as “fast” as I “ran”) and Sarah. We did the Runway 5K at the Charlotte Airport. It was great. I’m walking the Turkey Trot here with my mom this week, which will also be a lot of fun.

-We participated in the annual fly-in and open house at the Shelby Airport in the middle of October.

-We’ve hosted new friends and potential candidates in our home and have been out with friends several times.

-We got to see one of our young guys participate in his school’s musical (it’s a school for students with disabilities and special needs). It was a fantastic evening.

I’m sure there’s more, but I can’t think of the rest at the moment. I’ll leave you with some photos, but first…let me wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving! Take time to enjoy your family and friends and be thankful for the blessings in life.


Thanks for continuing to pray for us, encourage us, and support us. We are so thankful this holiday season for you!


Sep 21

A Season for Everything

We are now in the middle of a very busy season in life. We just returned home from our trip to the UK and are headed to Ohio in just a few days and have a trip planned to Illinois early in November. Apparently it’s just the time for us to be traveling.

Our time in the UK  was spent catching up with family and visiting friends and supporters. It was a great time away, and we were so thankful for the meetings and gatherings we were able to be part of while we were there. This trip, I felt a bit sad about coming home. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 09

The Calm Before the Storm

It’s been a couple of gray days here in North Carolina. Yesterday it did sprinkle rain some, but not really enough to add up to any substantial amount of rain.

Right now, the sun is out. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 22

A “God Story”

Let me start by saying that I love to see God work. Even in the little ways. Here’s a story of one of those “little ways” that happened this morning.

If you read our Facebook Page post this morning, you saw that we have been working on removing the conditions from Andy’s US residence. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 06

May Fun (and Busyness)

If you get (and read) our monthly updates, you probably read about the busy month we had last month. So, I thought I would just take a minute and share some pictures of May.


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May 10

An Adoption Story


I really wanted to write this beautiful story of how my older brother came to be with our family. But, the problem is, I’m not a story writer (sometimes I’m not even really a good story teller). So, I’m just going to share it the best way I know how. And most of it is going to be based on what I remember, and let’s face it, my memory is not always the best.  Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 22


I am always thankful for time spent with friends and family. The time always leaves me feeling refreshed and energized, but I won’t lie…sometimes it also makes me tired. As an introvert, it’s just how life goes for me. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 01

April Fool’s!

I’ve sat down to write several blogs over the past several weeks. And, while I have gotten a few written, I never got to the publishing stage. They’ve all been of the serious nature, with my starting work in the office at Compass Aviation, our trip to Ohio to visit supporters, and various other topics. So, maybe one day I will go back and revisit one of them with the intent to actually share them with you, but today will not be that day.

Today, I’m going to tell you a little bit about the fun we had in the hangar this morning. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 13

Winter wonderland

[notice]I started writing this post on Monday before Snowmageddon[/notice]

5 years ago I moved to the US and experienced my first Ohio winter. Within a few weeks I’d seen the coldest temperatures I’d ever seen and enjoyed more snow than ever before.

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Most people were surprised when I explained that English winters, particularly in Preston, are wet and the temperatures hover around freezing. Thus when we do have snow it doesn’t last and we end up with more wet.

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