Blue Ridge Mission Trip

Welcome back! I must apologize for the lack of posting as I have been in a writing funk recently. Hopefully my journalism conference in Washington D.C. will aid in this hiatus. This past week has been truly a blessed one, full of friends, God, and wildly singing in chapel. My youth group and I journeyed on a week trip to Georgia to complete mission work with Team Effort for people who were in need. I made sure to write down the main events of each day so I wouldn’t forget, but how could I forget the dew-covered mountains and having to pop my ears every five minutes from the altitude? Anyways, please enjoy this snippet of my life in Blue Ridge, Georgia. (PHOTOS ARE NOT MY OWN)

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DAY ONE

Day one consisted of a twelve HOUR drive to Blue Ridge, Georgia. It was long. It was quite boring at parts. However, we bonded with our van-mates quickly, and entering Georgia we could see the change from tall buildings in Atlanta, to the ever-stretching mountains in the country. One truly beautiful part of our journey was seeing a white cross at the top of a hill as we were driving by. It felt like a sign from God welcoming us and ensuring a safe drive. We started driving at 7 A.M. and arrived at 8:30 P.M. with traffic and rest stops. We unpacked, had a quick dinner and prepared for the week ahead.

DAY TWO-FIVE

Day two was our first work day, and we began with a small prayer in the beginning from Team Effort’s Ethan, blessing this work and the old couple we were working with. They explained how they met, and after decades of seeing each other and then disappearing, finally married. The husband had suffered severe injuries from a car accident, and was unable to tend to the property as well as before. They were adorable, and Fran even brought out home-grown watermelon for lunch:) Our group began clearing a spot on their property so that we could start on a wood shed. The boys measured the spaces between each post, and the girls started digging. Over the next three days, we managed to dig the holes, arrange the posts, cement them, tend their garden, AND dig holes for another shed to be built. Time flew by fast, and everyone was so cooperative and eager to work.

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The Crew with Sandy and Fran (far left).

At the end we all signed a smooth branch of wood wishing the couple well, and thanked them for letting us on their beautiful property. There’s nothing like working with a mountain view!

WEDNESDAY (DINNER WITH A VIEW)

Wednesday night was filled with the most beautiful views a Floridian could ever see: mountains with a lake! All of the churches and Team Effort staff came together to put on a barbecue, and we were allowed to jump in and swim. My favorite part about the place was how the colors changed from the red clay on the shore, to orange and yellow as it mixed with water, to a clear and bright green and blue. I made a mental note to live there someday, as I could never get used to THIS as a backyard. 19693508_1867143829964267_1952248982952190317_o.jpg19693693_1867146993297284_1081658615358440278_o.jpg

CAMP JABEZ

When we weren’t working, sightseeing, or eating, we were chilling at Camp Jabez, our home for the week. It consisted of three cabins, a mess hall, a great big field, and a warehouse we used for Chapel. I barely stayed inside, usually sitting in the pavilion, around the fire pit, or playing cards and volleyball. Chapel was crazy, full of music, entertaining, hilarious, and where I felt God most. I always looked forward to the message they taught every night, and harmonizing during the songs.19437324_10212856778951761_872179616203733310_n.jpg19942929_1867137543298229_4309814028431351202_o.jpg

EXTRA FUN

Thursday we went into Downtown Blue Ridge (which wasn’t that big), and shopped for stickers and Comfort Colors shirts (in that order). My friend Maddie and I found some really cute stickers for our water bottles, and shirts for a long ride home.19534976_1788996744746351_7615458606195933184_n.jpg

We also went whitewater rafting in Tennessee in the Ocoee river, which was my personal favorite. The mist was pouring down on us from the mountains, which towered over our rafts. In that moment I felt so small, an ant soaking in God’s creation. It was thrilling and bone-chilling, the water feeling like ice cubes on my skin.

(Pictures are yet to come to show this amazing journey)

19601611_1906869509525166_4362915147537794135_n.jpgOn Saturday, July 1st, we made the 12+ hour drive home. It was full of traffic, and it was sad seeing the Georgia mountains gradually shrink to Florida dirt piles. In the end, we were glad to be home with our families, and I was excited to blog about this journey to you guys! Thank you for reading this far, and remember… “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders and He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace” – Isaiah 9:6

Until next post! – Em

 

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Hello! My name is Emma, and I am pleased to welcome you to my blog, established in June of 2016 (which was a journey in itself). This blog has been the product of creativity, love, and countless hours designing and redesigning. A little about me: I am a graduated senior, coming from my community college's Early College Program, which entailed me receiving my AA degree after I graduated high school! In my high school career, I had been Captain for four years on the girl's JV and varsity volleyball team, became Vice President of our chapter of Technology Student Association, Historian of both the National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society, and received Gold and Silver Keys for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for my photography. Outside of school, I was involved in my local youth groups for seven years (four mission trips down!), had the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC to attend the Washington Journalism and Media conference, and work at an independent living elderly home. In February 2019, I got accepted to the University of Florida (Go Gators!), and look forward to spending my next four years learning about business and journalism. I play guitar, write, and take/edit pictures in my free time, and absolutely love spending quality time with my friends and family. This is a place where I can talk about a variety of topics, from lifestyle, to faith, fashion, and personal subjects. What's in a name? That, my friends, is an easy answer. I have always been quite observant, and in recent years, especially within myself. Introspective means to be "inward-looking," and for me, that's just the simple truth. For this blog, it allows you a glimpse into everything and anything I come across, whether it be about life, fashion, or travel! This is the place to feel included. Caio! -Em

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