My love for the lake in general, probably stems from all the fond memories I have of spending time with my grandparents as a child, going to different lakes to camp. We would ride bikes, play games, have camp fires, and there was a lot of fishing! (I would even help clean the fish, which I’m certain would totally gross me out and I wouldn’t want to do today, lol!) Those trips were so much fun and filled with lots of laughter.
I remember one trip, my grandpa wasn’t feeling well, so Gram and I decided to go fishing by ourselves. That turned out to be a huge fiasco! Neither one of us could take a fish off the hook, so you can imagine the struggle that ensued when we actually caught one. Gram ended up with the fish on the ground, trying to hold it still with her foot so she could get the hook out of it’s mouth. Goodness, poor fish! We couldn’t stop laughing!
When I met Tim and found out he had a boat and liked to fish, I was excited thinking about all the memories we could make enjoying something we both loved. The first time Tim took me out on Tims Ford Lake, I discovered this lake is not like any of the lakes I was familiar with from back home in IA, for two main reasons…
- The water color is the most beautiful shade of green and it is extremely clear.
- I was used to lakes that are generally round in shape and Tims Ford is definitely not round. On a map it looks like a clump of veins. There are so many different creeks and coves that stem from the main channel, you really have to be careful so you don’t get yourself lost if you aren’t familiar with the lake. Several years ago we were flagged down by someone on a jet ski who was lost and needed our help guiding them back to Lost Creek. (Ironic, right?)
Before we moved here several years ago, Tim and I enjoyed many trips here, staying in a cabin for a few nights or just a day trip to fish. I love the memories from those trips that were just the two of us, but some of my most cherished memories are from trips we made with our families. In his blog, Tim wrote a little bit about the trips with my parents and all the fun times and laughter that was had. I told him the other day, we should sit down and write a memoir so we will have something to look back at to remind us of all those memories.
I can only think of one memory from our trips with family that was not so great when it happened, but when I look back at it now, it has actually become a good memory. We were staying in a cabin at Holiday Landing for a few days with Tim’s parents and older brother. We brought our Ranger bass boat so we could go out fishing. (Side note: Tim had purchased the boat new and always taken very good care of it. It was garage kept and still looked brand new, despite being around 10 years old at the time.)
So we were heading out to fish and as we were all climbing in the boat, Tim’s dad, Larry, stepped down into the boat and when it bobbed back up in the water the side hit a screw, or something else metal on the dock, and left a scratch in the fiber glass. Because of a stroke that Larry had had several years prior, it was somewhat difficult for him to get in and out of the boat, and in this instance he climbed in before anyone was able to assist with holding the boat. Immediately I could tell that Tim was upset, however he never said anything to his dad at the time when it happened. We were just so thankful that he was able to go with us!
I assured Tim that we would get the scratch fixed and the boat would be as good as new. Fast forward to the present day…we still have that same Ranger boat. It is still babied by being kept in the garage during the winter. It still looks basically brand new…other than the one scratch in the fiber glass that we never had fixed! With Larry’s passing a couple years ago, I now look at the scratch and no longer see an imperfection, but rather I am reminded of all the good memories we have of him. I’m actually grateful that we never got around to having that scratch taken care of.
There are so many other memories I could share. If we write our lake memoirs, I’ll make sure to share it in a future post. There are some real doozies! 🙂
Even though the memory making is wonderful and I wouldn’t trade those times for anything, I think my biggest reason for loving the lake is that when I’m out on the water I feel closer to God. When I’m surrounded by God’s beauty, I am reminded that He is everywhere and always with me. It helps me find peace, in what is an extremely chaotic world. I especially love early mornings, much to Tim’s dismay, LOL! The smooth, glass-like water, the low lying fog, watching the sun rise and hearing the world wake up. Those early mornings are a perfect quiet time to meditate on God’s greatness.
Tim and I are truly blessed to be living at the lake. We are blessed to be able to work together. Helping people with real estate doesn’t feel like a job most of the time. It is a special and unique journey that we get to take with friends, or soon to be friends…as we always say, we may start out just being your Realtor but, by the time we are finished with the transaction we will be your friends too so you are stuck with us for life.
The lake has always been a special place filled with happy memories for me, and I love that Tim and I get to continue making memories and pass along that love, for all things lake related, to the next generation. For that reason, helping people find a lake home is especially near and dear to my heart, because I know that they will be able to create wonderful, lasting memories just as we have been able to do.
The fact that I get to call Tims Ford Lake home, is beyond special. (And if you ever want to talk about what it is like living here, I would love to discuss it with you as it is one of my favorite topics.) Now, it’s time for me to wrap up so I can get out there and try to catch some fish!
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