My Sweet Erwin-town

After four weeks of 14-16 hour-days working hard at packing, moving, unpacking, settling in, and all of our daily things in between, I can finally sit down and write. We have moved to Clinton where my husband and I have joined the staff of Spirit of Life Church as Student Pastors. Everyone has been supportive and hospitable. I am excited about this season in our lives! The moving truck arrived on a beautiful Tuesday morning and our five-year old stayed home from school to “help” me. My most memorable moment was when she and I took a break and had breakfast at our favorite place. We talked about all the new things ahead. IMG_20141104_095348 Later that evening, I went back to Erwin and said good-bye to the cozy mill-house we created memories in for a little over 8 years. My husband and I moved there as newly weds. We brought home both of our girls and raised them there for the first few years of their lives. Year round, our home and backyard would beautifully embraced every season. I will miss the simple things such as swinging on my front porch enjoying a cup of coffee, hearing the bells that chimed every day at 12 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m., and the quietness of the cozy small town. I thanked God for these wonderful memories. I’m not saying farewell, just see you later. (I still have the grandparents there to visit.) I know there are things I will fall in love with at our new home and new town that I can’t wait to discover! 🙂

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Our first night in our new home went pretty good considering that all our stuff was in boxes. The next morning, I rushed to the store to buy groceries; even though everything was everywhere, I needed to make sure my family was fed. I had our rooms and bathrooms fixed first, then I set up my kitchen. I couldn’t have another day pass with my kitchen full of boxes. I wanted to start cooking!! IMG_20141105_094837 Just last week, I was able to cook. I felt I was in my place of refuge and safety. It doesn’t matter where I have had to set up house over the years, the kitchen is the heart of our home. Its where we experience lots of precious family moments. No one is treated like a stranger and everyone is our friend. Its where we talk, laugh, sing, and dance. Its where I spend most of my time thinking about my family as I stand at the stove feeling the warm vapors of simmering pots and pans and smelling the savory aromas, knowing they are going to feel loved over any meal. It’s also where I have communion with God. I’ve experienced times of amazing peace, direction, and clarity as I washed dishes. I really like my new spacious kitchen. I’m looking forward to cooking Thanksgiving dinner for my whole family. I can’t wait to get some recipes posted for you. Thank you for being patient with me as I work on getting back to our schedule. I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. -Liz

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2 thoughts on “My Sweet Erwin-town

  1. Thank you Liz for such a wonderful tribute to our dear town of Erwin. I too have recently moved from Erwin after living on the same street all my life – 54 years! It is a hard adjustment and I am working very hard to accept the changes that God has put into our lives. Take care and hope you get settled in your new home soon -Lisa Pope

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