I’ve been a bit MIA the past few weeks. I actually still feel like I’m recovering from the sun, lack of sleep and overall exhaustion…but it was worth it! Between a mission trip, conference and family visiting it’s been quite a few weeks. To add to that I didn’t have internet part of the time, just my smart phone, and it was a nice break!
A few weeks ago I participated in a mission trip with most of my family and other people from a few different churches close to my parents in Ohio. I went down to North Carolina a few days early to hang with my bestie, Teri, her husband and two little ones. I arrived in time for a late dinner and to read to the kiddos before bed. The next morning we were up early to walk the Raleigh Race for the Cure. I swore I would never do that event in Raleigh again because it is so crowded you can hardly move but this was great! You always park at the stadium and get bused to Meredith College. All super smooth and they even had special buses for stroller people like us.
Later that evening I met up with the mission group outside of Edenton, NC for dinner and to start our adventure. We stayed at the Edenton Baptist Church, which was fantastic. The thing you never know on trips like this is what your living conditions will be like for the week. I don’t think this could have been better. It’s a huge church and the ladies slept in their gym and the boys in a Sunday school room. The gym also had two bathrooms which both had showers…perfect!!
The next day we all went to church there, had lunch in Elizabeth City as a group, explored the work site and gathered groceries and supplies for the week. We also had a chance to explore Edenton which is a super cute, historial southern town on the water.
On Monday, we were up early for breakfast and headed to the job site. We were warned that Monday’s can be slow as we may be waiting for building supplies and direction. It was clear that our main task would be putting wood siding on one new house and paint the inside of the other new house next door. I started in on the siding, as did most of us, until the paint arrived and some migrated that way.
Our jobs quickly morphed into what we were managing pretty well on our own. I spent the rest of the week cutting and nailing wood siding on the house. Some went to the house next door to paint the entire inside. It was about 90-100 degrees all week so we were up very early to get to work before the heat really set in and then left late afternoon to shower and eat.
One of the nights we had a dinner and bible study with the people at the church we were staying at. Another night we drove about an hour to the Outer Banks!! Had dinner there and walked the beach. One of the ladies with us had never seen the ocean so it was great to experience that with her.
Everyday those that lived in the neighborhood stopped by to chat and check up on things. I was happy that the owner of the soon to be done new house stopped by at the end of our last day to chat. He says he stops every day after work but because of the heat we were usually gone by the time he got there.
I am looking forward to doing a trip like this again. You never know what type of situations you’ll get yourself into so it’s always a surprise.