Chris and Becky, thank you so much for letting me a part of your day! I had so much fun spending the entire day with you…thanks for always thinking of me and others. Your love for each other and all those around you made your day perfect. I love you guys!
Their day started out at Fairmount Christian Church with some threatening weather. Thankfully the rain held off until late in the afternoon.
I love crepe myrtles. :)
Becky’s mother and aunt made all of the bouquets and boutonnieres!
The bride’s bouquet!
The bridesmaids flowers were so beautiful yet simple…I loved them!
The stained glass in Fairmount’s sanctuary was absolutely gorgeous.
Becky’s mom did all of Becky’s make-up. It was so much fun getting to be with the Parks (Becky’s family) all day! We hadn’t seen them all in a few years, so it was great to reconnect after all those years of babysitting my siblings and I. :)
Isn’t Becky beautiful?!!
Loved her earrings!
Chris wore the tie his father wore when he got married years ago.
Making the tie just right!
The father of the bride and the soon-to-be groom. ;)
Daddy and daughter first look!
Chris and Becky were the bravest couple I’ve had yet…they agreed to do a First Look instead of the traditional see-her-for-the-first-time-as-she-walks-down-the-aisle! I was so, so excited! The First Look was, quite frankly, amazing to watch and it provided a little bit of time for Becky and Chris just to enjoy each other. It also made it possible to finish all the family formals before the ceremony! All in all, I love First Looks!
As soon as Chris saw Becky, he started crying. It was so sweet!
Wiping away those tears… :)
Love this family…so much!
See the “I Do” on Becky’s toes? Isn’t that the cutest thing ever?
Putting the veil on before the ceremony began.
This is one of my very favorite images from the entire day.
Becky you are just beautiful!!
Becky, her Mama and sisters all wore pearls given to them from Becky’s grandma.
Attaching the train.
Just a little cutie I found walking around. :)
Becky’s niece handed out the programs.
Signing the guest book.
Then the ceremony began!
Watching Chris try and hold back the tears as he looked at Becky made me start to cry!
Becky’s uncle sang God Gave Me You, one of my all-time favorite country songs.
The groomsmen put the ring in one of those cheap containers (you know, the ones filled with a small toy, sticker, etc. that you can buy at a grocery store). Chris threw it at them after he got the ring out. :)
Introducing…Mr. and Mrs. Hagler!!!
After the ceremony, I grabbed Chris and Becky for a few more pictures before we went to the reception.
Love this window light!!
The reception had lots of yummy fruit and other snacky foods, as well as a chocolate fountain which was a huge hit, to say the least:
There was a little bench set up with pictures of Chris and Becky’s grandparents.
The bride’s cake and…
…the groom’s cake. :) Chris is a firefighter, so his cake suits him well! :)
The daddy-daughter dance made me cry too. 1. It was just so sweet watching Becky and her dad together. 2. The song they played, I Held Her First, was the song I (in the back of my mind) decided to have played when, Lord willing, I get married and get to dance with my Daddy. So, to see Becky dancing with her Daddy to that song made me remember to treasure each day with my family because I don’t know how much longer I have with them!
Chris and his mom made me cry too. :)
My little sister, Eden, caught Becky’s bouquet. :)
It was a bit of a task to get to the garter. :)
Chris and Becky came up with this idea and it turned out so cool!!
There’s a story behind this picture. Azriel and Titus (the little girl and boy in the picture) love Becky and Chris. Chris said Azriel likes to think he’s her boyfriend and Titus likes to think Becky’s his girlfriend. It was so cute! :)
Amanda and Jessica were just a little cold. :)
After exiting through all the waving fire hats, we headed over to the Jefferson to get some bridal pictures of Becky.
We snuck some bride and groom portraits in there too. :)
Thanks for looking through all those pictures! I always forget that I pick way too many photos out to post, but I hope you enjoyed them anyways!
But on to what actually happened on the Mission Trip! :)
Sunday and Friday were the traveling days. Monday-Thursday were the work days.
Sunday morning we woke up around 5 A.M., grabbed our last minute stuff and headed to Hanover Evangelical Friends Church. Mama, Lexi, Caleb, and Seth woke up to come with us and say goodbye. We met the team in HEFC’s parking lot around 5:50 A.M. and, once everyone arrived a prayer was said. Then we all said goodbye and Hannah and I hopped in Mr. Reynolds Jeep. Mr. Reynolds was the lead car, so we were in front *almost* the entire time. There were 4 cars in our little convoy. There were 16 people on our team and each car had 3-5 people in them.
We headed off down the road, did our devotions, journaled, talked to Mr. Reynolds and Amber some, and then stopped for breakfast around 8:30 A.M. at Country Cook’n. We were going to stop at their annual breakfast “mission trip stop” (Aunt Sarah’s) but there was a sign up saying “Coming Soon: —enter here some Mexican Restuarant name”. So, we definitely decided to find somewhere else. We stopped for gas, and then someone asked about a breakfast restaurant and we were directed to Country Cook’n.
Breakfast was buffet style so, of course, I ate too much. I had this wonderful chocolate chip pancake at the end of my meal. It was as big as my plate and absolutely wonderful. I also had some biscuits, breakfast casserole, fruit, french toast, etc. It was delicious!
After breakfast, we got back on the road again and soon entered West Virginia.
We stopped at a rest stop and I loved the little view they had.
West Virginia’s state capitol building.
Mr. Woodson said that the roof is plated in real gold. That’s pretty neat!
We stopped at Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch.
Hannah and I were still full from breakfast that we just split a delcious salad:
After lunch, we stopped at a nearby Lowe’s and picked up something and then we got back in the cars and drove some more.
During all the driving we read books, talked some more, and just looked out the window and soaked up all the mountain beauty.
We also kept satiated with some snacks:
We were going to stop for a “quick sandwich” for dinner and ended up going to Cracker Barrel and hanging out for an hour and a half. :)
Rocking outside after dinner.
After Cracker Barrel we stopped at a gas station to refuel and Amber, Hannah, and I went and walked around for a bit. Your body just wants to move after sitting for hours on end!
Amber during our stretch break! :)
I never ceased to be amazed at the sheer beauty of the mountains. It was amazing!
After leaving Sunday morning at 6:15 A.M., we finally made it to the Christian Appalachain Project building where we would be staying:
This is the building where we stayed. It was right off of the road.
This is the girls room. The guys were staying in the next room over that was almost exactly identical. We didn’t have enough beds for all the girls, so 3 of them stayed across the street at another house CAP owned.
We went in and made our beds, got our stuff settled, and then went to the house across the street for our briefing and safety video. Jen, the lady in charge of us, told us what teams we were going to be on and what project we would be working with. Then we all headed to bed.
Making breakfast Monday morning.
Everyone made their own breakfast. I had instant oatmeal every day. They had over 5 flavors and I tried a different one every day. I also had toast or some fruit.
Hannah and I were up between 6-7 A.M. every morning. We would try and do our devotions but sometimes we got a little distracted. :)
Breakfast every morning was around 7 A.M. and then we would try and do our group devotions. Some mornings were more rushed than others, so if we didn’t get our group devotion done in the morning, then we did them in the evening.
Here’s a view of what our work days were like:
6-7 A.M.: Wake up, get ready, do devotions, etc.
7 A.M.: Breakfast
7:30 A.M.: Get ready to leave for the day. Pack lunches and drinks in coolers.
7:45 A.M.: Leave for the work sites.
8-something A.M.: Arrive at the CAP meeting site, pray, and then head to the work sites.
9:30 A.M.: Arrive at the work sites and get to work!
Noon: Eat lunch
3:30-3:45 P.M.: Clean up everything and go back to CAP meeting site. Once at CAP meeting site and back together with other team, head back to “home”.
5-6 P.M.: Get home, rotate showers (we had 3 showers for 16 people :), get ready for dinner.
6-6:30 P.M.: Dinner and dessert! After that we would play games, talk, relax, go on walks, etc.
10:30-12 A.M: Go to bed.
Now back to what happened on Monday!
I was originally in a group that didn’t have my sister, Hannah, in it. Then our two groups were combined so I was with her 3 of the 4 work days!
Our work site was about 1 1/2 hours away from our “home”. Our task was to build a 40 ft. deck for a man named Mr. Teague. A group that came before us tore down his old deck that was unsafe, so we got to build a new one!
This is Mr. Teague’s home.
As soon as we arrived, Mr. Teague came around and gave everyone a hug and told them he loved them. He was a sweet, older man (I’m guessing that he was in his 80’s). He came out and helped us every now and then too!
I had really hoped I would work at a work site with horses nearby and God answered my unspoken prayer! I got to feed them some grass every day. They were sweet little ponies!
Hannah and Amber.
The post hole diggers. :)
Brianna W. making sure the holes are 16 inches deep.
Some of the framing and posts in.
We made our lunches the night before, so all we had to do in the morning was grab it. We had sandwhiches and snacky stuff like chips, fruit, candy, etc.
Mr. Woodson getting ready to put a post in.
Mrs. Juanita W. cutting some wood for us.
This is all the work we got done on Monday. We dug all the holes for the posts, put up wash board, put the posts in, built the frame, screwed the frame, put the braces in and cemented the posts.
All the teenage/young 20’s people would screw and nail like crazy. The adults would usually do the more experienced work like measuring and cutting.
This is the deck after work Tuesday. We spent the entire day just putting decking boards on.
Amber, Hannah, and I were the ones who put most of the screws in. Mr. Woodson estimated that we screwed in around 1400. Yeah… We spent most of the day crawling around on the deck to put the screws in, so our knees were very sore after that!
We had some storm clouds Tues. afternoon, but, thankfully, we didn’t experience any rain during the day the entire week.
We had these delicious rolls for dinner Tues. night. We also had Swiss Chicken Casserole, steamed broccoli, and some salad or fruit, I think.
After dinner we went to the house across the street and did our devotions. Mr. Reynolds brought a keyboard for Hannah to play, so we sang some songs before Mr. Lee led us in a devotion.
After the singing and devotions, some people shared stories of God’s grace in their lives. Jessica V.’s story, which involved my daddy, made me tear up.
Afterwards, we played Catch Phrase with some people on the team. It was so much fun!!
Wednesday I was back at Mr. Teague’s house putting up the railings. Mr. Donnie, the CAP group leader, called Hannah, Amber, and I “spindle queens” because we put up all the spindles on the deck! I did manage to hurt Hannah though…she was holding a spindle up for me and I slipped with the screw gun and made a little gash on her thumb. :-(
After the spindles were done, the steps were built.
The four in this picture were the ones who principally built the hand rails. I just took pictures. :)
Hannah screwing in.
After all the screwing we did over the entire trip I’m almost shocked that my hand wasn’t stuck permanently in the screw gun position. :)
Mr. Teague walking on his fancy new deck!
This was the last picture I got of Mr. Teague’s deck because the next day I went with the team I was originally on, to work on a wheelchair ramp.
This is Mr. Donnie, our CAP crew leader. He was a very nice guy.
We left a little earlier from the work site on Wed. because we had to get home, take showers, and eat dinner before 7 P.M. We were going to attend a church right behind the CAP house after dinner. The mission team had gone the year before and really enjoyed it, so they wanted to go again.
One of CAP’s employees made us an Italian dinner. It was delicious!
After dinner we walked across the street to the church. The sermon was very laid-back and full of insight. I really enjoyed it.
Once back at home, we got the entire team to play Catch Phrase. It was so. much. fun. I hope these pictures below give you a good idea of how much fun it really was.
Mrs. Pam was hilarious during Catch Phrase!
I was amazed how much everyone opened up when they played Catch Phrase. I saw many good sides of people that I’d never seen before.
Mr. Woodson (left) acting out the Congo Line. Mr. Reynolds couldn’t stop laughing!
Mr. Lee (middle photo) was constantly making Mrs. Juanita W. laugh really, really hard. It was so funny!
Mr. Hare (far left pic) made Mrs. Wrenn laugh really hard too. I got a little worried she was laughing too hard, but she ended up calming down after a few minutes of intense laughing. :)
It was one great night!
After Catch Phrase, many people went to bed but some of us stayed up and played Sequence. Then we went to bed.
Thursday morning I woke up and wished the missions trip could’ve been longer.
Mr. Woodson asked me to go with his crew to work on the wheelchair ramp on Thursday and I agreed.
The people we made the ramp for were very sweet. The ramp was being made for Mrs. Bessie who was having trouble getting up the stairs due to getting older. She invited us in for some biscuits and gravy that was quite delicious. Her daughter, Dorothy, sat and talked with us for awhile.
After the biscuits and gravy were gone, Brianna W. and I, washed up our dishes and then went back out to work.
I helped screw the deck boards in and put the railings up.
This was all we got done from two days of work.
Around 3:30 P.M., we cleaned up, prayed with Mrs. Bessie and Dorothy and then said our goodbyes. Ms. Dorothy gave me her contact info and I’m hoping to write her soon.
It was kind of sad leaving the work site that day. I knew our mission trip was practically over and I wished it wasn’t.
We had a super delicious dinner of pizza Thurs. night. There was also some juicy watermelon that was simply amazing. Thursday’s dinner was my favorite out of all of them!
After dinner, our team and Ms. Jen went to Camp Andrew Jackson (a.k.a. Camp A.J.) to watch a talent show. The mission team had worked on Camp A.J. a few years before, so they wanted to go back and see it put to use.
Long story short, the talent show was long (we left before it ended) and it wasn’t the greatest. I’m not talking about the kids performances…some of them were really good…it was just the counselors and adults. The skits they put on were not God-honoring or even mature. There was a lot of questionable material but I don’t need to go in to that.
Once back at the CAP “home” Ms. Jen asked us about the week, we shared some stories and then filled out a little survey. Lastly, we got our CAP t-shirts!
After that we played some more games. I stayed up til 12 A.M. playing Sequence with Mr. Lee and Amber. The game ended up being a CAT, not a single one of us won.
I went to bed and Hannah woke me up close to 7 A.M. on Friday.
The men fixed everyone breakfast Friday morning.
Mr. Reynolds cooked the bacon to perfection.
Mr. Woodson and Mr. Trusty made some scrambled eggs and I think Mr. Lee cooked the biscuits.
After breakfast, we stripped our beds, packed all our stuff up, and cleaned the CAP facility.
I swept the floors, others put chairs and tables away, washed dishes, dried dishes, etc.
This is a closer photo. I set my camera up on my bag, set the self-timer and then ran into the photo. :)
I’m going to try and tell you who everyone is. I’ll divide it into two rows for you. Here it goes:
Top row: Mr. Trusty, Mr. Lee, Mr. Hare, Ms. Jen, Jessica V., Amber R., Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Woodson.
Bottom row: Hannah, Me, Mrs. Wrenn, Brianna W., Mrs. Wharff, Mrs. Pageant, Jessalyn, Mrs. Pam, and Mrs. Trusty.
After the group photo, some people stretched in anticipation for the long car ride home:
We said a group prayer and then our little convoy headed away from the CAP building and towards home. :-(
We took a much shorter route on the way home, and it seemed like we stopped less frequently.
We had lunch at a Pizza Hut near the VA-KY border. Our next stop was at a rest station in VA with a beautiful view of the mountains:
Mrs. Trusty and Mr. Reynolds talking at the rest station.
Isn’t that beautiful?
We made it back to HEFC around 8:30 A.M. We grabbed our stuff out of the trailer, said one last prayer as a team, and then we left with Daddy.
All in all, my first mission trip was absolutely amazing! I left a good amount of details and funny stories out because this post is long enough already! I hope you enjoyed the little overview I’ve given you anyways.
The Beninghoves moved from a neighborhood out into the country with 25 acres!! Smart move, if you ask me. :)
Love country roads!
Ta-da! Here is their lovely house!
I was being watched as I took pictures outdoors. :)
After I had my share of outside photos, Mrs. Beninghove gave us a grand tour of the inside!
One of my favorite things about the house (if I do say so myself) was the huge rooms and tons of natural light. I was in photographer’s heaven (as far as indoor spots go :).
This is the huge master bedroom, walk-in closet.
Love this glass in the master bath!
Micah B. getting his shoes on to go help unload boxes. :)
Bringing stuff in!
What a little cutie!!
Getting some water…it’s a lot of work unloading!
Micah made sure he had ample time to play as well as unload! :)
Maddie getting after it. :)
I have many photos of Micah because 1.) He’s at that adorable stage and 2.) He was most available. ;)
Taking a breather.
The guy with the keys showed up while they were unloading and Mrs. Beninghove couldn’t pass up any opportunity for a picture! :)
Taking the keys inside.
Back to work!
Mrs. Beninghove was the box unloader. She also was box security:
Taking a “Tag, You’re It!” break. :)
What handsome little guys!
Before you panic and think the Beninghoves moved boxes of Regulated Medical Waste, just know the box was filled with household items. They just took any *empty* box they could get and this happened to be one of them. :)
Love this natural window light!!
That girl on the left is not a Beninghove….she’s my sister, Eden, who came along to help (and also spend time with Maddie B. :).
Going upstairs to play!
The Beninghove family in front of their new home!! Congrats Beninghoves!!
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