Weekends at The Mill House are more like weekdays to innkeepers. Generally our rooms are filled with happy guests and we buzz around baking and serving breakfast, cleaning up dishes, checking out guests, cleaning rooms for new guests, checking in guests, doing laundry, and preparing for the next mornings breakfast.
This Saturday was no exception to the rule! After serving a full house breakfast and doing the normal routine, we had to cut 10 lbs of fudge and arrange 15 dz scones on trays for the open house of the newest store in Grand Rapids, “Library House Books.”
Luckily our Saturday night guests checked in early and we delivered the fudge and scones to the book store in time for the open house. After the delivery I needed to do some baking for my guests and then we decided to go to “La Roe’s” restaurant for a nice dinner before attending the open house.
La Roe’s has such a nice relaxed atmosphere and we enjoy sitting on the tavern side in one of the old and comfortable booths. We always look forward to chatting with the waitress’ and Dave, the owner. As we were enjoying our meal, Dave brought over an elderly gentleman to out table. He was from Michigan and was celebrating his 45th wedding anniversary with his lovely wife. Dave introduced us as the innkeepers at The Mill House and explained that the gentleman was interested in a room for the night. We were so excited to tell him we had one room available which he quickly decided he would like to reserve.
We rushed back to the inn, hoping to get the room ready check them in and still get to the open house. After the room was ready, we sat and waited. Finally, Ron decided to go down to the open house without me. We were hoping the couple had decided to visit the open house before checking in. Soon I received a phone call that Ron and our guests were on their way. Meeting them at the door, I had to chuckle at the gentleman’s hat…He wore a baseball cap that said “Jesus”….is my boss!
Ron and I pray daily for God to send exactly who he wants us to serve so his hat was such a reminder of our prayers. What a sweet couple and so very in love even after 45 years. I told Ron, “Gee, we just celebrated 30 years, in only 15 years we’ll be having our 45th! I sure hope we are still that in love!!”
God held that room empty for a special couple and we still were able to attend the open house. It was one of those moments I just had to smile and say..all the rushing around was worth giving this special couple a wonderful memory for their wedding anniversary!