Open House

December 4, 2016 | Comment on This

It’s been a dream of mine to hold an open house at our Kentucky cabin. Trouble is, it’s so tiny that guests would have to come in small batches. Not only that, only the most intrepid make it up our very steep driveway.  I could write a book on all the escapades of  poor folks trying to reach the top & failing. When it snows, we can’t reach the top either in our all wheel drive so have to hoof it, groceries & schoolbooks & all. But it’s so worth it in the end.

So if I could I’d invite you to our Christmas open house. You’d find cider simmering on the stove & some Kentucky-made treats. We’d sit by the fire & talk about how good God is to give us friends & Christmas & these little bits of heaven on earth. I might play a carol or two on the dulcimer & Paul might pick I saw the Light on his banjo. Randy would bring more firewood & Wyatt would stand by in case the place burned down (he’s a firefighter in real life). If it got too crowded you could wrap up in a quilt and sit on the porch in the swing or rocking chair.  I can just imagine it. The next best thing is pretending, I guess.

Hope & pray your Christ*mas is extra blessed. From our cabin to yours…


16 responses to “Open House”

  1. Karen Q says:

    Oh how cozy & warm this sounds. I’d love to come sit a spell. I can
    relate to the whole driveway issue. We also have a hill to climb to get to our house, and yes, I’ve walked it. Enjoy your cabin during this Christ filled season, and give Him all the thanks & praise. Thank you for sharing your lovely cabin pics. God bless!

  2. Michelle says:

    Laura, your decorations are beautiful!

    I do have to say, I wonder if I could make it up your driveway. Well, given the shape of my ankles, I doubt I could walk it, but I’d almost bet my stepdad could drive it. 😉

    Merry Christmas!!!

  3. Lucy Reynolds says:

    Same here. Last year we went for groceries and it started snowing while in the store unbeknownst to us. We could hardly get home and then couldn’t get up our hill. Had to carry everything in several trips. Wish we could visit. Hugs and a Merry Christmas from WV.

  4. Bonnie Roof says:

    Oh, Laura – your cabin is so beautiful, no matter how small, the Christmas décor has made it absolutely stunning and even more cozy, warm, and spirit-lifting, if possible!! What joy to be snow-bound there with you: watching the fire, enjoying the lights, chatting about our Christ, your beautiful writing, and all the other blessings He showers us with, listening to the beautiful dulcimer and banjo (I’m so yearning to hear you and Paul play them), and sipping that cider. Some of my very favorite things – for sure!!

    I’m only putting up a small tabletop tree this year, but lights are in every corner of my condo – I’m in a magical wonderland every night when I turn them on. Looking forward to seeing you in the new year, sweet friend!! Love, hugs, and prayers!!

  5. Angi G. says:

    Oh my! I remember the ride up your driveway. So glad that you were driving that day. 😉 If I could come to your open house, I would bring a blueberry pie to share and would SO enjoy listening to you and Paul play while soaking up the warmth from your wood stove. Love the pics of your cabin. It looks very warm and inviting!

    Merry Christmas from my family to yours! 🙂

  6. Bonnie Edenfield says:

    My dear Laura,

    The pictures and words you have given us involk a sense of wonderment, peace and love for which we long, especially this time of the year. Thanks for ‘inviting’ us over! The cup of hot chocolate with just a hint of peppermint and cinnamon was well worth a trek up the hill!

    Merry Christmas to you and your boys! This invitation has been one of the best treasures of this Christmas season!

    Blessings and love,
    Bonnie Edenfield

  7. Carla Gade says:

    Oh, that sounds so lovely! I’d be there in my horse drawn sleigh in a flash, if I could. So easy to imagine. A warm Kentucky Christmastime to you and yours, dear Laura!

  8. Mary Koester says:


    Lovely, warm, and inviting says it all! Just like your books! Blessings to you and your family this holiday season!


  9. Carrie says:

    so delightful and cozy, my sweet friend! 🙂

  10. Amy M. says:

    I would gladly make the climb if all of that and your smiling face were awaiting me at the top :-). It looks so warm and welcoming. Especially with it being cold and yucky outside today. Thank you for inviting us in your home even if it’s only ‘virtually’. Merry! Merry!

  11. Thank you for opening up your cozy little cabin to us! Such a lovely, restful place! Love the music, the cider, the crackling fire, and the peace!

    Praying you have a joyful Christmas, Laura!

  12. Kristen Johnson says:

    Lovely!! So glad to attend your open house. Makes me warm and cozy just looking at those pictures. Thanks! Merry Christmas!

  13. Phyllis Kemp says:

    Laura, Is that a doll house we see? I hope one day you have a pretty little granddaughter to play with you and that house. Start dreaming of tea parties, too. Thank you for the peek into your cabin.

    • laurafrantz says:

      Dear Phyllis, That’s a little log cabin:) My uncle gifted that to me after his wife passed as it was hers. It’s one of my favorite things! And you summed up my dream of a grandgirl and tea parties and all things pink as well. I’m SO excited for that season of life to begin. Praying for godly mates for my boys. Thank you for coming to the open house!

  14. Susan Anne Mason says:

    How beautiful and cozy! Would love to be able to visit and share a cup of cocoa with you!


    • laurafrantz says:

      I so agree, dear Sue! A cup of cocoa and YOU would be just about perfect:) Please send us a wee bit of your Canadian winter please. That would complete the scene! Wishing you and your loved ones the most merry and bright Christmas ever!