|View from my hotel room. I opened the shades my first morning and involuntarily said out loud, "Oh wow." I had a lot more "wow" moments the rest of my trip.|
Get ready for a lot of pictures, y'all! Coming from me, you know that's a ton. I couldn't help myself, though. Grace abounded the past several days. We begin our tour of enchanting North Carolina with that charming village of Cameron.
(Starting with, of course, the most delightful place of all: Cameron Pres!)
They've just completed building renovations and restored all of their old pews. It's open, welcoming and inspiring. I was able to sneak into worship last Sunday (though folks are so friendly I'm not sure how covert the operation really was). It was very difficult not to have a cheesy grin plastered to my face the whole service: the music brought tears to my eyes, the engagement of the congregation with the preacher was natural and warm and the depth of prayer was so powerful. I am overjoyed to be called to that dynamic community.
I had lunch at this delightful deli with hilarious Cathy, and of course had the "Cameron" sandwich. This quaint restaurant is below a tempting antique shop (one of several in Cameron).
I loved this little picture in the antique shop (but not enough for $100 thankyouverymuch).
Another cute antique shop in Cameron. I know it's probably not great for the roof, but I love the moss growing on it. It reminds me of Ireland.
I took this picture on Halloween...it really looked like a festive tree for the occasion. This tree is in the park in Cameron named after a vibrant ninety-nine year old woman in the church (whom I had the pleasure of visiting my last night there).
I even discovered a Coke in a glass bottle to sip as I enjoyed my antiquing amble around town.
And this might just be the backyard of where I'll be living in NC. And that precious house might just have a guest room (hint, hint).
This ancient pine tree is one of many in that backyard, complete with an elf door!*
*As a child, I believed that elves lived in trees and came in and out through doors like these.
I had some delightful dinners with folks from the Pastor Nominating Committee and Alice gave me some homemade peanut butter fudge for a nightcap.
You're loving North Carolina as much as I am already, aren't you? We still have two more delights to see: the painted barns and the quirky elegance of downtown Southern Pines.
(I love this little one!)
And here is Bob and Alice's dog, Ruby, whom Bob quickly informed me was "The Best Dog in the World." I modified that to the best female dog in the world (as I clearly have the best male dog). She is adorable, very welcoming and has an uncanny ability to know when visitors are coming and waits expectantly fifteen minutes before they arrive. And she's also quite the gymnast here.