Welcome to our bog!!!!
Here is our Story....so far :)
First and foremost, we are just two redeemed sinners serving a Great and awesome God!!!
We've know each other practically our whole lives...Samuel had just turned eight, and Esther was about to turn eight when we started going to the same church. We were always good friends...The Schattes taught the Hales how to play volleyball, and we've spent many a fun day playing all afternoon and into the evening.
Samuel asked Esther's father if he could start a courtship with her Aug 2011, and after much prayer and talking with Samuel and his parents, Esther's Parents told her and asked what she thought. Esther had already been praying about Samuel, but didn't think anything like this would happen this soon!
We 'officially' started courting Nov. 25th 2011 and thus started an almost year long courtship...the Lord was very good to us, and taught us many valuable lessons(some the hard way) that we will treasure our whole lives!!!
On November 3rd 2012, Samuel took Esther out flying and to a lovely picnic and then asked her to marry him, to which she answered 'Yes!!!'
We got married March 9th, 2013 in a beautiful ceremony, surrounded by the sweetest, awesomest and the most wonderful family and friends anyone could ask for!
We lived in Addison where Sam's job was till December when he started working at L-3 in Greenville.
March 14th, 2014 Emma Elizabeth entered the world and made us parents.
Six weeks later in April we moved to Greenville to be closer to Sam's new job.
In March of 2015 we bought a 5th wheel RV to live in so we could save money faster for Samuel's flight school.
On June 20th 2015 Cornelia 'Corrie' Grace joined our little family.
January 9th 2017 Samuel James entered the world and made us a family of 5.
Samuel feels called to be a missionary pilot with MAF and has been working very hard to get the qualifications it takes. He graduated Valedictorian from Aviation Institute of Maintenance Aug 2012 and got his A&P license in the two weeks from his last class day and when he walked the stage and got his diploma!!!
He got his Privet Pilot License three weeks before our wedding, and he is working on getting his Instrument rating.
He is also very involved in our local Volunteer Fire Department where he is currently Assistant Chief.
Esther is a mostly-stay-at-home-mom. She works a few hours a week doing book keeping for her Dad's business, Windy Meadows Family Farm.
And now, a smattering of pictures:
Some of the Hale and Schatte children in 2004
Samuel at School
Our first picture together after we started courting
A friend of ours has a plane and took us up in it :)
At Samuel's Graduation
At the hanger where Samuel worked at Addison Airport
When Samuel got his A&P License
At Samuel's sister Rebekah's Wedding
Engaged at last!!!
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Schatte!!!
On our honeymoon to the Grand Canyon! :)
Newest family pictures
How excellent is thy lovingkindness,
therefore the children of men
put their trust
under the shadow of thy wings.