Ryan & Jordan

with Pioneer Bible Translators

Tag: road trip

the last three months

by Jordee

Since our last post, a lot has happened. The more we have going on to write about, the less time there is to write. But here’s to catching up.

Since April, we have said very bittersweet goodbyes to North Carolina–family, friends, our borrowed little house, Cheerwine. We have celebrated our first anniversary! We have hit the road a few times: once up to Ontario to see a couple dear friends be married, once heading west to stay with our Oklahoma City family for a couple days, and once heading south to be with our Pioneer Bible Translators family for a month.

Our month in Dallas was full in a couple different senses. Our schedule was full with varying long hours 6 days a week. But it was full in the heart sense too. Our hearts filled up the first week reconnecting with dear people we hadn’t seen in a very long while at the place where we met three years ago. We were blessed by learning about how God is blessing the nations, and we were filled up with what we learned from fellow missionaries who have gone and come back. Week two and three, we were saturated with training: 3 days of training how to build a team of partners who will work alongside us through praying and giving, followed by 9 days of training how to take physical care of our families and the people we serve. These days included giving each other injections, learning how to diagnose and treat diseases, learning how to insert catheters and to suture, how to take care of wounds and burns, how to set and splint broken bones, and many more incredibly useful topics that make me (Jordan) a bit dizzy.

To cap off our time in Dallas, we encountered two copperhead snakes within a few minutes of each other during our last night. For any readers who live in the Dallas area, you’re welcome for responsibly having them both killed.

Hopefully you feel caught up, though I do apologize for how the busyness of this post reflects the busyness of these couple months. Later posts will likely be a bit less scattered, perhaps including an introductory post about the country we’ll be living in next year. Here’s a preview:


Ned the Silver Bullet Goes East

by Jordee

Though he’d already taken us around 2,000 miles south, Ned was tireless and seemed more than willing to head east, since going any further south would mean going to Mexico. And we weren’t quite ready to leave the US again.

So we found the western-most part of an interstate which spans the country, west to east. We were both looking forward to being on this road, knowing that dear family members in two different states live just a few miles off of it. Ned made his second major turn, and we were on the road which would take us to our new home.

40 road sign

But not before a few stops. Needles, California; Flagstaff, Arizona; Gallup, New Mexico. For the most part nothing but open road, sunshine, coffee, semi-trucks, tumbleweeds, and some Louis L’Amour stories. And plenty of time to debrief and thank God for our time in our first home together. After a night in Albuquerque, we continued east anticipating our next stop and a day off the road at our parents’ home in OKC.


Feeling blessed by family and refreshed, we passed through Arkansas, then Memphis, and stopped to record our first album in Nashville. Just kidding, but that would be really neat. The next day was our final day on the road, and we passed through the Smoky Mountains as the road became gradually more and more familiar. No matter how long it’s been since I’ve seen them, signs for familiar towns make my heart a bit lighter. And then we pulled into our new driveway in Clemmons, soon to be warmly welcomed by family and an unusually warm, starry night. 4,085.6 miles later.

4085 miles


Ned the Silver Bullet Goes South

by ryan

Ned the Silver Bullet is seven years old.  He likes to travel and go really really fast.  I think he is faster than Usain Bolt.  He’s a Honda Civic.

The border guard gave Ned a glance and smiled as he welcomed us home; and our hearts smiled as we saw the USA.  We were thinking about our upcoming year with family and friends, especially the ones we were about to see.

We drove through Washington and stopped in Corvallis to see our Dear Friend and Deer Friends.  The Deer of Corvallis are not skittish.  They came up to our breakfast table and stared us in the face.  Many Corvallisites do not fear predators.  Many of them do not eat meat–let alone hunt–so the Deer roam free in confidence.  And if the loaves of bread had legs they would roam free in confidence too, because eating gluten is not cool there.

Enough about deer.  The purpose of the stop was to spend time with a friend of Jordan’s from college.  It was so nice to see her again and it would have been great to stay in C-Town longer, but the South was singing our names so off we went.


Our next stop was Sacramento to see three of my cousins.  They are three people I wish I saw more.  We had a blast with them and we hope they come visit us.  I’d talk about the hipsterrific place they took us for breakfast, but that would be a whole ‘nother story.  Southward!

Hello San Diego.  Hello seals and sun and beach.


photo by Microsome

There are so many wonderful people to see in SD and we wish we had time to see them all.   We did get to see a favorite uncle and a best friend from college, and got to stay with his parents and sister, whom I call my Southern California Family.  It was tempting to just stay in San Diego for a Decade, but we knew we were being called out East.