Meet the Esteps

David and Erin Estep are going on five years of marriage, and are parents to Tristan, Daniel, Pretty, and Evelyyn. David has a maintenance business and Erin is a medical assistant, and together live in Gibsonburg, attending St. Michael’s.

HERE’S THEIR STORY.

What are some favorite family activities?
We love to travel when possible. We enjoy Sunday Mass and all other church activities. We enjoy visiting the shrines in Bellevue and Carey, OH. We also just enjoy spending quality time together at home.

Share a time you all really laughed as a family.
We recently went on vacation to VA where we shared lots of laughs and happy times. We also read Evelynn (Evie) some silly poetry from “Where the Sidewalk Ends” & share late-night laughs together.

Share a “cute kid” story (or two).
Evie loves to belt out the Lord’s Prayer at church. Everyone loves to hear her pray it. Something about hearing a sweet child’s voice praying. Evie is so sweet she told mom that “Even when her hair is messy she’s still beautiful!”

Describe a dream family vacation.
I suppose it would be to Brazil to see the Christ the Redeemer statue. David has talked about that quite a bit. It’d be sweet to visit during the Carnaval festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes, and samba dancers. The world’s largest. Also, the many beaches would be something we would love as well as trying new foods and learning about lots of new things. More locally we want to take a trip to Lake Superior next summer. We love to travel. Quality time with each other is moms favorite part of our trips!

What do you love most about being married?
We both love having a partner by our side through all of life’s journeys. To hold each other during the struggles and smile together through the joys. When one of us are feeling down we remind each other how God has a perfect plan and things have a way of working out. Just knowing and trusting God has put us together and it’ll only get better.


What is your greatest challenge as a married couple and how are you working at it?
It’s sometimes hard communicating in a loving way especially when life throws a curve ball. We practice letting go and realizing it’s more important to be happy than to always be right!

What do you love most about your family?
I love how we always put family first and trust God. Dave leads our family and teaches us to follow Christ and strengthen our Catholic faith. We have a church family we can lean on when needed, who we can support in ways that give us a sense of purpose and security!
What is your greatest challenge as parents and how are you working at it?
It’s challenging getting our older children to always have faith in Jesus. Also to get them to practice prayer and worship. Praying for them and talking with them about God and His word.

Share a time you saw Jesus fulfill a real need in your family.
If we ever have a financial struggle things always come through. Things fall into place. We’ve never had to go without things we need. Also, when we were pregnant with Evie the doctors said that there was a blood test that showed funny results. We trusted God to the fullest. We had many people praying for us. She came into this world perfect as can be!

How does your family pray?
We do a Daily Bread reading together most mornings. We also say prayers together at meals and most nights. We read Evie children bible stories and also pray individually. We always worship and pray at Sunday Mass which is very fulfilling.

How do you measure success as a family, and what help do you need getting there?
There are many levels of success. All are important, the small and large victories. We ALWAYS give thanks to God. Leaning on our church family and staying surrounded by positive people and other Christ-centered families is very important.

What are you moved to proclaim to other families?
We have both overcome some major trials in life and we share how we overcame our circumstances with people suffering from similar problems. We share about God’s Grace, Mercy, & Forgiveness.

How have Mass Impact and LIT Groups impacted your marriage and family life?
Why do you think others should get involved? Mass Impact is awesome. We’ve attended a few different events and look forward to more. It’s a great way to learn and celebrate Jesus together!

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