Wednesday, October 6, 2010

One Year

This past Sunday marked our one year anniversary of being in Manteo. Well, actually, the last Sunday of September was when we were voted in, but the first Sunday in October was our official first Sunday as pastors.

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Of course, we spent those first two months after the vote commuting between Smithfield and Manteo before finally moving into our home December 1. As you probably already know, we have come to love this church and town and feel incredibly blessed to be here.

Here’s a brief pictorial walk down our (one year old) Memory Lane.

Commuting isn’t too terribly bad when this is the view that greets you upon arrival!

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However, the Official Preparation for Commuting each weekend was always a bit of a drag.

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The home schooling stuff had to make the trip, too.

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Of course, Snowy was always ready to hit the road and blaze the trail. . .

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. . . while his sister took a little nap.

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I remember when we first glimpsed the loveliness of the town.

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We puttered around in a few downtown shops where Steve acted in a decidedly un-pastoral manner.

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We ate our first meal at a cafe downtown.

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I remember during that meal that we were back and forth on the phone to Wisconsin as my Dad lay on his death bed. He passed away just three days after we were interviewed by the pastoral search committee. Miraculously, I was able to make it in just a few hours before his death.

So many memories from that time of life—one chapter ending, another one beginning.

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On the first couple trips to Manteo, we were put up the loveliest of hotels. . .

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. . . but no matter how lovely a hotel is, it isn’t home. This is the day we saw our first glimpse of the house we would eventually buy.

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Here is Sarah posing with a nut picked up from our yard. I told her that if we bought the house, I might send her out foraging for fruits and nuts for dinner. She didn’t seem overly thrilled.

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Steve introducing Sarah on our first Sunday.

it was scary, exciting, wonderful—all at one time!

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And one year later, we’re happily settled in, thrilled to be known as Manteo-ers, and excited about what the next years here will bring.

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MaryH said...

Oh, my, has it been a year already? So much has happened in that year but what a celebration to be on the other side of that year and know that you are happy and healthy and strong and Sarah's is in high school and loving it and Nathan has a wonderful, beautiful girlfriend and is in his final (?) year in college - is it really his final year? I have to think that the you gentle dad who went to Heaven at the beginning of this new chapter of your life, was guiding you all the way.

Sarah said...

Wow, I can't believe its been a year! Manteo looks like such a cute town.

Lesley said...

What a fast eventful year!!!!!!

Lisa said...

Thank you for the trip down memory lane. I didnt remeber your church was a First Assembly church, we just became members at a first Assembly here in FL. I know it is where God wants us to be and to grow.
How are you feeling?

Margie said...

HOw are you feeling Becky?

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