The Eastern Shore

  • Gayton Youth Mission Trip 2012

and all of a sudden it hit me. I was going to be shooting a wedding all day Friday, all day Saturday and then getting up at 9am on Sunday to head to the Eastern Shore for our annual Mission Trip with our youth group! So what did that mean for me on Thursday night? EVERYTHING for the trip needed to be done. Packing, laundry, charging batteries, clearing cards, cleaning out the car, pre blogging for 5 days! YIKES! I have to admit that pre-trip, I was a bit stressed and I wondered “Why do I do this to myself?! This is just CRAZY!”.  No one is going to be in a good mood with 2 hours of sleep and then having to drive 4 hours behind a charter bus!

However, as I drove behind our buses full of these teenagers that Michael and I have come to adore over the last two years, my heart changed. I’d drive past the buses and wave to all of the faces pressed against windows. These kids and our mission for the week were so worth the lack of sleep and aching body. If I had missed this trip I would have been MISERABLE that whole week! I loved being there and sharing a week with everyone!


So the funniest part of the trip was watching me try to learn how to put up siding. Yes, Katelyn’s team was in charge of a siding job… CRAZY. I knew nothing about siding. However, I learned VERY quickly that it’s a very TEDIOUS job and “eye-balling” it won’t work. I’m not an “Exact” person. I don’t measure things and I NEVER use a level! So this job stretched me a bit. After day one I knew how to hang j-channel, f-channel and I was a pro with a pair of snips! (Daddy aren’t you proud that I know these terms?!!) It was HOT…. and I mean REALLY hot. We were working in 105 degree weather with limited shade and everyday I thanked the Lord I wasn’t on the “roofing” team.  You’ll see in pictures later that the roof was SO hot that the bottom of some of their shoes were melting! Yikes!!


However, at the end of the week, it was all worth it. We left the Eastern Shore better than we found it and we were able to serve that community in the name of Jesus. There is nothing greater than that!!  I mentioned to my small group during the week that when you’re on a mission trip, you have a strange sense of overwhelming PURPOSE each day.  All the girls agreed and so I went on to explain that I really think that’s because on Mission Trips, everything is stripped away and we’re unable to be focused solely on ourselves.  We were never designed to be focused on ourselves constantly and so when we finally start to view the world around us like Jesus would, it’s amazing how GREAT that feels!


I had a blast on this trip and I just want to say THANK YOU to the high school girls for having minimal drama!! Seriously, that was such a BLESSING!!!! haha Enjoy a peek of our trip!

A giant fan demands a photo shoot:)

Lets not talk about how sad I am to see all of these girls leave for college :(

8 Comments Personal
  1. ashley link reply

    awwww! that looks like so much fun! i’m glad y’all didn’t die of heatstroke. whew! this weather is crazy hot this year! looks like y’all had a blast! a fun way for those kids to make a difference. :)

  2. Emy reply

    You look so legit with your sunglasses and hammer. Such a pro! During the non-wedding season you should take up siding houses as a side job.

  3. Abby Grace reply

    I hope it’s not weird that I recognize some of your senior girls from their sessions on your blog. We never got to do a missions trip with our kids together, I was so bummed about that!

  4. Courtney reply

    I was reading your blog post and listening to the song, Good Time by Owl City, it looks like you guys had a great time :)

  5. Anna Burke reply

    First of all, so impressed with your skills. Second, LOVE Emy’s comment! haha! And third, thanks for being an inspiration to make time for these things even in this super busy season of life and sacrificing much needed rest to serve Jesus. LOVE YOU!

  6. Allie reply

    These are beautiful photos and I love the story that goes with them:) Doing service makes people shine with Christ’s light, doesn’t it? I am curious as to what camera and len(s) you used for the majority of the photos? Please let me know…thanks!

  7. Tary reply

    Are you left-handed?

  8. Rici reply

    Hey Katelyn! Just from what you shared and the pics, I adore what you and Micheal do! So many good things! Thank you for that glimpse into your life! Saluti.

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