West Virginia 2017

March 13, 2017 in About Me / College

I’m back! I hope you guys have been doing well. Last week was incredible and I want to share a bit of it with you. I’ll be back to regular blogging and Instagramming. But it did feel nice to take a bit of an Internet hiatus. 🙂


I left for West Virginia at 7:30 am. The car ride was about 9.5 hours so the majority of the day was spent there. We got in around 5:30 and had dinner with our retreat leader Tom! Our plans were discussed for the week and I hit the hay around 11:00 ish that day.


I started my morning with a little bit of yoga. I had the job of waking everyone up this week, so I got myself up a bit earlier for some me time. I showered, ate breakfast, then headed off to my first site. I went to a pre-school and helped there all morning. I read to the kids and played with them during their free time. These kids had the biggest hearts. Sure, there financial and living situations aren’t fantastic but boy is there love and happiness tangible.

The rest of the day was spent looking at some pretty beautiful sites in West Virginia.


We saw this beautiful point where you are in West Virginia but can see Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland all in one spot!


We also saw this spring area where people used to take baths back in the 1700s… people including GEORGE WASHINGTON.



Tuesday we went to another pre-school and spent the morning there again. Being able to just spend time with these kids and put a smile on there face was awesome. I spent my afternoon at a Boys and Girls club and volunteered there!

Every night we had a reflection, and talking with the group about what we were experiencing/feeling was definitely a huge part of the trip.


Wednesday was a big yard-work day. We spent the morning raking + mulching a local church’s yard!


We had the privilege of having lunch with two of the sister’s at the church. One of the girls was 19 and decided to become a missionary. Hearing her story was super cool and the way that God has touched her life is incredible.


That night, we hosted two women named Penny and Sylvia for dinner. Penny is a survivor of rape and human trafficking. Her story is remarkable. This lady is a fighter. Listening to her story and the amount of obstacles she has overcome in her life just left me in awe. Sylvia helps Penny with her work, and Penny has already done so much in the fight against human trafficking: an issue we should ALL be educated about. One that is especially very prevalent in West Virginia. FullSizeRender-11.jpg


Thursday was another yard-work kind of day. I got up earlier that day and explored the trails at the retreat center. I went for a nice jog and saw some deer along the way ( saw them Friday too)!! It was just so beautiful.

Anyways, for the yard-work we did a whole bunch of wood chopping. It was actually fun using the wood splitter!


We went to Mass then had lunch at the church! After we delivered donated furniture to people in the town and put together lamps that were donated. That night we went to a cute little restaurant and an old general store after. We got to listen to Irish music which was cool!



Friday was a free day for us. We went into Harper’s Ferry and walked around + shopped + ate at a cute cafe. This town was so cute!

We had our last dinner & reflection together.

Saturday morning

We hit the road pretty early and just kept on swingin’ our little way home !! FullSizeRender-17.jpg

This trip was incredible and I am so blessed to have been a part of it. Thank you for reading this little recap friends. I hope that whatever you do today, it will make your soul sing in some way.  I know this trip did that for me in so many ways.

Have a great day friends!

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  • Reply steph March 13, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Thanks for the recap on the wonderful adventure you had in the almost heaven West Virginia!!

  • Reply Emily March 13, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Thank you for being such a sweet willing servant Lyss! Praising God with you that you got this awesome opportunity; it was so fun seeing little tidbits of what you got to do there. I love getting to work outside; it always re-sets my perspective for jumping back into online work/computer work, and it’s so refreshing!!!
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    • Reply Alyssa March 18, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      It is so nice to work outside. Definitely refreshing and fun!

  • Reply Julia @ Drops of Jules March 13, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    9.5 hours in the car sounds miserable. How did you get through that?!?! It looks like such a beautiful, charitable week. Thank you for sharing it, Lyss! It’s such a selfless way to spend your time. Love love love your kind, helping heart.
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    • Reply Alyssa March 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      It was a long ride for sure! Love your kind and big heart too Julia <3

  • Reply Megan Hallier March 13, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    I love that last line you wrote about doing what makes your soul sing. It’s so beautiful to see you out and about serving and growing!
    I’m feeling pretty drained with my study at the moment so I need some more soul-fuel in my life.
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    • Reply Alyssa March 18, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      Thank you Megan!! I hope the studying is winding down a bit!

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law March 14, 2017 at 12:10 am

    It sounds like you had the most amazing trip, girl! What incredible stories to hear and learn from as well.
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  • Reply Edye March 14, 2017 at 1:29 am

    So glad you’re back, pretty girl! West Virginia sounds really cool. I’ve always wanted to visited, but never have gotten the chance. 🙂
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    • Reply Alyssa March 18, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      You so should! It is a cool place

  • Reply Melanie March 14, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Looks like a fun week in WV! That is amazing you were able to help so many people and experience it with your friends! You have such a giving heart!

  • Reply Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar March 14, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Wow–this sounds like such an amazing experience. It sounds nice to get away from internet things and spend time with people face-to-face–especially some really incredible people who have been through some tough stuff. Meeting the woman who was a victim of human trafficking sounds heartbreaking, but I’m sure there’s also a ton to learn from her. Also the kiddos–are you someone who does well with kids? Thanks for giving us a recap of your awesome week.
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    • Reply Alyssa March 18, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      There was SO much to learn from her. She was an incredible lady. I think I am someone that does well with kids! I definitely need to work on my patience with them though lol

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot March 15, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Sounds like you gained some great life lessons in this as well. Doing any kind of mission’s trips/work seems to benefit the person who volunteers as much if not more than the actual people you are helping. It’s always such a huge blessing and learning experience!
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  • Reply Alyssa March 18, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    it was a HUGE blessing. I am so thankful I got to go <3

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