You hear of those small towns where people have a connection with almost everyone. Murphy is one of those towns, nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina. On our wedding day, we had friends and family from all over the Southeast and Midwest, even some from the West Coast. At the reception, they all had one thing in common, they immediately said, “Everywhere we went in town knew that today we were in town for Lawrence and Becca’s wedding. It’s like you live in Mayberry!”
I won’t lie, it was a bit of culture shocking coming from the city where convenience is king and you have everything at your fingertips. The traffic was easy to leave behind, so were those Ohio winters, but I missed that 24-hour take out food! With the change of pace came the realization that genuine connections were being made. We became involved in our community, in our church, and eventually in our schools. We have friends that will happily meet us for live music at a local vineyard or drive the carpool to dance one night while we watch another child’s soccer game. If we ever need a city fix, we can be to Atlanta, Asheville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, or even Greenville, South Carolina within 2 hours, but we always appreciate our mountains when we return.