Back in September, I took Kiddo#3 to a birthday part at a classmate’s home, and while there, I thought, “God? When I get to Heaven, this is how I want my house to look.”
Jesus said that in Heaven there were many mansions, so I thought it would be fun to share where we’re all going to live once we get there.
On earth, of course, our dream homes are limited by certain factors such as distance to family, cost, the fact that the locale you want doesn’t exist, and the need to commute to a job or drive into town to get groceries. I’m presuming Heaven will have none of those needs. (I’m willing to be proven wrong, of course.)
This house, for what it’s worth, was surrounded by woods. It was a two-story log-cabin style building, and you walked in to find cathedral ceilings and a central fireplace. The central fireplace is very important to me because it makes a house feel homier in my mind.
The bedroom upstairs was a loft, half the house. The kitchen was tucked under the stairway. There were hardwood floors and as far as I could tell, it had great acoustics. (Which could be either a blessing or a curse when I take real violin lessons in Heaven. Apparently violins don’t make sounds in Heaven until you’re at least at Suzuki Level Three, and that’s because God loves us. But I digress. There are very talented musicians in my life whom I would hope would play sometimes when they visited.)
I’d put it near a smallish-size lake where I could take out a kayak in the mornings, and in the lake I’d have a floating dock as well so I could swim out there and back again, or just lie on the water rocking with the lapping wavelets. And of course, there’d be easy access to a stable where I’d have my horse boarded.
I had a dream once where I saw my guardian angel’s home (that was cool.) In my novel Seven Archangels: Annihilation, the archangel Gabriel keeps a library. Saraquael has a tiny home that’s crammed with books and cats (and as a funny aside, the woman whose home I patterned it after recognized it when she read the book. She said it was fine if Saraquael lived with her.) In The Guardian, Tabris had a sparsely-furnished one-room log cabin above the frost line in a mountain range.
Now it’s your turn: if you had carte blanche for designing your own home, what would it look like? Location? (Or would it be on wheels so you could move your castle around?) Climate? Size? Furnishings? Special amenities that you’d have to have otherwise it wouldn’t be Heaven?