Entering the Smith’s estate, you’ll go down a long winding driveway, pass by a beautiful garden planted where a putting green once stood, opening up to a large log home with flowering perennials and manicured grasses, with frontage and a beach on Fisher Lake, facing a uniquely spectacular view of Miller Hill.
Their “garage” is not really a garage, but a carriage house, also a beautiful log structure. This is where the entire family hosted us graciously for over 2 1/2 weeks. Fully equipped for everyday living, the Carriage House has multiple beds, a TV, couches, heat and fans, a full bath, a fridge, counter-top and sink, tables and chairs.
Before getting situated and unpacked, you are welcomed with a bench to take off your shoes, hang your hat, coat and bags, with a sign by the door that reads,
Carriage House Rules :
1. Pick up after yourself; your mom is not here to pick up after you!
2. If you are not wearing a wedding ring, you better be sleeping in your own bed.
3. Have fun, enjoy, and make great memories!
I didn’t abide by these rules my whole life, but I’m grateful to be in a good place where now it just comes naturally. Unlike the story called Cider House Rules, having enough love and respect for your self, those around you, and honor for our creator, causes you to live a life of greater character. The ring on my finger is not just an eternal commitment to my husband, but a commitment to be right before God.
Being at the Smith’s is like being a part of their family. Thoughtful acts of kindness, freshly prepared food, soaking up the sun on the dock, rocking in a chair next to someone with a view of the still water, reading a good book, and going for a hike are just among a few of all the wonderful activities we experienced there. Leaving was difficult, as we wanted to extend our goodbyes. Life