Go the Second Mile Testimony

IMAG0462Wednesday night July 10. Grace and I are shopping until Kinleigh  flys in. Her plane keeps getting delayed so we keep shopping. About 8:00 Kendalyn calls and says her friend, Caila is stranded at an airport overnight, would I pick her up?

Grace hears my reply to Kendalyn on the phone: “Well, if it would be the airport I’m already going to, that would work out fine but I’m not sure I would want to make someone go with me that late at night if it is all the way at the other airport.”


Grace looks at me and says, “I’ll go with you, Esther”. So there was no godly excuse left. What am I going to do? Leave her stranded at the airport all night? No, I really should go pick her up. Kendalyn would if she were here but she was in Colorado.

“Sure Kendalyn, we’ll get her… Yes, I’m sure… You’re welcome.”

And that is where the joy of the Lord kicked in and the adventure began!

It was soon confirmed that yes, it was the opposite airport. Kinleigh’s flight was delayed once more – 9:00. This was great because we wereIMAG0440 able to find an incredible deal on the perfect dress for Grace.Then we grabbed a bite to eat and arrived at the airport. By the time we found Kinleigh, got home, knocked on doors trying to figure out what room she is supposed to stay in and figured out how to use the air conditioning, it was 10:30.

Then we were back in the minivan again headed to the next airport. We had a great time together and were blessed to meet Caila! Her joyous, grateful spirit and godly conversation was a joy that evening and as I took her back to the airport in the morning.


The morning airport run worked out perfectly because the Harper sisters needed picked up at that airport at the same time anyway! On the way, Caila and I had a great talk about the two different kinds of Christian education.

The second mile was so rewarding! This was Caila’s first hot shower in 6 weeks of being on the missionfield and she really enjoyed having a real bed. “In as much as you have done it unto the least of these My brothern, ye have [gone the second mile for] Me!”



  1. Sarah July 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    Great reminder on going the second mile Esther! Also I think that family of ducks have found the perfect place to live, they just about look like an ATI family 😉

  2. Aunt Judy July 19, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    I’m glad everyone made it “home”. The journey doesnt always go as planned. its good to hear you were available to Him at the “crooks in the road.” I need the story on the pies and the bunnies!

  3. Esther July 19, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    Thanks for the comments!

    I have to agree with you, Sarah, they do look like an ATI family sailing to the next conference! 🙂

    Hi Aunt Judy! Here is the pie story:
    Part of the headquarters 4th of July traditions is a pie contest! I thought it would be fun to participate but had no clue what pie to make. I did know I wanted to have whole wheat in the crust. The morning of the 4th our family had a pancake brunch at Robert and Kendalyn’s house. We used all the wheat flour making quick mix to make pancakes! So I made the crust out of quick mix! Just added some more white flour, oil and water. I forget how much. 🙂 I was surprised how easy the crust was to work with! It rolled out fine. Usually whole wheat is crumbly. Then for the middle Mom used berries she had picked at our home in WV and added strawberries to give the pie filling a blue and red touch! How special! Served with ice-cream would make it red, white and blue! Dad made me a beautifully calculated star stencil that I used to cut star-slits in the top. We were very pleased with our patriotic pie! It did bubble over a little bit in the oven which may be why it didn’t win the “perfect looking pie” prize. And it didn’t win the “perfect tasting pie” prize either, but that did not tarnish the fun and satisfaction we had of making our patriotic pie together. 🙂

    And coming up next is the bunny story!
    My housemates and I noticed this rabbit that was sitting in our front yard a whole lot. One day we went over to see why and saw all this hairless, squirmy mouse-looking things in a hole. I knew right then I should kill them for the garden’s sake, but Abby and I just couldn’t bring ourselves to do it. So they grew into these happy, fuzzy little bunnies that soon hopped away and have never bothered our garden. A very happy ending to the story I thought. 🙂

    Thanks for asking!

  4. Aunt Judy July 19, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    Thanks for giving me all the details! I’m glad you didn’t kill the bunnies & I’m sure the pie was as delicious as it was beautiful. That’s a great tradition. It’s making me hungry right now!

  5. Donald S. July 20, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    Thank you Esther. And those are good pictures to go with a good testimony. “He that hath My commands and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love Him, and will manifest Myself to Him”!

  6. Crystal August 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    Glad to hear of your adventures in flexibility! 🙂
    The pie sure did look delicious! Will have to compare recipes on wheat crust I typically don’t have that much of a problem with crumbly pie crusts when rolling them out.
    When I first saw the picture of the bunnies my first thought was “oh no, someone is aiding and abeting the enemy” 🙂 Upon reading the happy ending it sounds as if the bunnies were grateful for having their lives spared and left the garden alone.

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