Friday, May 21, 2021

Highlights from Ohio

 We are just wrapping up 2.5 weeks in Ohio. It's always special for us to be back here. My (Bethany's) grandparents lived in this area for decades and I still have two aunts and uncles and many cousins nearby. Because of having partner churches in the area, we always have a wonderful excuse to come back here and spend quality time with people we love. We are leaving very encouraged from our church visits and from many deep and edifying conversations with people here. 

Here are some photo highlights from these few weeks:

Maya and Ellie posing with some of their second cousins. They have had a fun few weeks together!

Meeting my aunt's gigantic dog, Oakley (he's a Poodle/St. Bernard mix)

Sharing with a Sunday School Class at Champion Presbyterian Church

Nate preaching at Champion Pres. This is the church my grandparents attended for decades before they passed. It is always special to see people there who loved them and remember them still so well.

Seeing close college friends while in Massillon, OH at Stanwood Community Church.

Ellie and Maya with our friends' youngest two. They had a blast together!

Sharing and singing at Stanwood Community Church.

Nate preaching a slightly longer version of his sermon about the wheat and the weeds.

Sharing on Sunday morning at Evangel Baptist Church.

Nate teaching Sunday School at Evangel Baptist.

Roasting marshmallows at my Aunt Gretchen's house (with giant dog, Oakley!)

A selfie with Aunt Maggie, our gracious host for our stay in Ohio!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Visit to NYC & Connecticut

We wrapped up our time on the east coast recently and were so thankful for the times we had connecting with churches, financial partners, friends and family. Here are a few photo highlights from our time there:

Visiting the animals at Silverman's Farm

Visiting cousin Kylie at the University of Rhode Island

Sharing at Christ Community Church

A fun playdate with friends!

A walk at Silver Sands State Park, where a sand bar makes it possible to walk to Charles Island during low tide. A really neat experience!

 We visited the 9/11 Memorial and museum and were very moved by our experience there. I would highly recommend a visit if you are in NYC. 

Times Square

Visiting the American Girl Store


Posing with Uncle John, Aunt Crista and Tyler before our departure

Enjoying our time being near the beach!

Posing in our Austrian dress after a visit to Christ Community Church in Darien, CT

Hiking to a waterfall in CT

Spontaneous visit to Niagara Falls after an overnight in Syracuse

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Home Assignment Photo Update

 Many people are astounded when they look at our travel schedule during one of our home assignments. When asked how we handle that, I would answer that the travels are equal parts a blessing and a challenge. We LOVE and are blessed by the chance to see so many people who are dear to us, and the travels are also a wonderful adventure to experience together as a family. Additionally, our girls are getting the opportunity to explore America in ways that even some kids who live in America do not! We are thankful for this chance, especially because it helps them feel connected to a country that sometimes feels foreign to them.

On the flipside, we would be lying if we said that travelling is not challenging. We do get weary of sleeping in different beds all the time, spending hours in the car and especially packing and unpacking (and attempting not to lose anything along the way). We always breathe a sigh of relief when we arrive in a place where we will stay for a few weeks. It is a nice respite after lots of travels.

Here are some photo highlights from our recent adventures:

Sharing with a group of folks from Tucker Presbyterian Church in Tucker, GA

Nate celebrating his birthday in GA

Atop Stone Mountain (GA)

Ellie discovering a love for the auto-belays at the climbing gym!

Easter Egg Hunt!

Ellie and Maya with some of their cousins and grandparents

Visiting Bethany's cousin in GA

Feeding animals at a unique drive-through safari experience!

Some of the dogs we've enjoyed along the way...

Skyline Drive in Virginia with another cousin

Luray Caverns, VA

Washington, DC Sights

A park carousel and boba tea in the DC area

A ride with Uncle John in his mustang convertible!

Preaching and sharing at the Covenant Church of Easton