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Monday, October 28, 2013

Weekend in the Appalachia

I spent my weekend in the Appalachia mountains, with about 30 other people. Our youth group and some other church members went on a missions trip to Maytown, KY.

It was COLD. Like, freezing cold. Like in the 20's Friday night. We slept in an old school, in bunk beds. The only heat was a space heater that really didn't put off any heat at all. So I shivered all night long, with no sleep. Saturday night was not quite as cold.
But we got to make a difference and help people, so that makes everything worth it!
 My group went to build a wheelchair ramp for the McCoy's. Yes, those McCoy's! As in Hatfield & McCoy. (They are distantly related)
Mr McCoy had been in an accident and lost the use of his ankles. He gets around on his knees! It's just amazing to see that man move. He gets around just as fast as if he were on his feet. He works hard, lifts heavy things, and does not let this stop him AT ALL.  Most people in that situation would've just given up. Not this guy! We met his precious wife and daughter too. 


Yes, that's my boy. :)
Unfortunately, we ran out of time and weren't able to finish the project, but some other people will be going back to finish it. It felt so good being able to do this for them!
I have to admit, it was SO hard not to take off running down this winding road!!
It was so beautiful.
Saturday night the community center had a fall festival to raise funds. I and two others got to be a judge for the Halloween costume contest. That was a HARD job!! There were 3 age groups we had to choose a winner for. They were all so adorable, and you just hate breaking any of their hearts! In the end we chose the ones who were smiling and posing. Most of them had the look of  "Mom, why are you making me do this?" Lol!
 After that they had an auction. I've never been to an auction, have only seen it on tv a couple times. That was interesting!! How the heck does the auctioneer talk so fast??

When it was all over, they had raised $1500 to put towards restoring the abandoned school and other projects.
COLD

She told me to pose!
We had a fun weekend. It was awesome helping others and showing them God's love.
Next trip- Florida or someplace WARM! :)


What did you do this weekend?
Have you been to an auction?

katie
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  1. I've been to an auction before, and it's so hard to follow what the auctioneer is saying! They have some serious fast-talking skills!

    This weekend, I ran my first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon. I had an amazing experience :D

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    1. I couldn't understand 1 word he was saying!
      Ohhh, yay!!! Heading over to read your recap now!! :)

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  2. I haaaaate being cold - I would have been super grumpy.
    I've done a few missions trips - it is such an amazing experience

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    1. If I was anywhere besides a mission trip, I would've been grumpy too! But I figured those people deal with a whole lot more and it wouldn't do them any good to hear me complain!

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  3. Looks like the perfect weekend!! Always feels good to help others. Still have no idea what to be for Halloween!!!

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    1. You better hurry and decide! Time is running out!

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  4. What a wonderful way to spend your weekend! Love hearing about people who give back to the community.

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  5. Good job remembering that you don't have to go overseas to do missions and show God's love. I would have bolted down that windy path for sure!

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  6. What a wonderful weekend! Your group truly made a difference in the lives of these people!

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  7. I feel as though, coming from Arkansas, I've seen my fair share of auctions. A lot of times the auctioneer isn't even actually saying words. He's using filler noise in between words that he's said so many times that he has no trouble speaking that fast. He wants to keep up a feeling of urgency though, so he keeps the noise going even when he's not actually saying any real words. I don't know if it's the same everywhere, but it definitely is like here!

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    1. Ahhh that makes more sense then. A lot of time it just sounded like sounds, not even words. That's what I couldn't figure out! So filler noise makes more sense.

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  8. Sounds like you had wonderful weekend, helping others always makes my day better :)

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