ANDERSON — When Ryan and Sarah Smith moved from Little Rock, Ark., to the land of cornfields, they thought they were leaving fun-filled woods and hills behind. After touring an old home in Forest Hills, they discovered a wonderland that reminded them of home.
“The view out the back windows is what sold the house,” said Ryan, pulpit preacher of Journey Church of Christ (previously known as Lindberg Road Church of Christ). “We turned the corner, looked out there and couldn’t believe it. It was fall and all the trees were so colorful.”
Due to the walk-out basement, the first floor becomes a second story in the back of the house. Huge windows grant a beautiful vista of woods that roll down a hill away from the house.
“In the summer and fall you can’t even see the neighbors’ houses,” he added. “We have our own little Narnia in the backyard.”
Ethan, 9, and Wyatt, 6, love to tromp in the woods and bring back plenty of treasures – along with plenty of mud. Collecting bones and salamanders, they enjoy tracing the movements of raccoons and deer.
“We have eight or nine deer show up every day,” said Ryan. “We get all of this living in the middle of town when we thought we were going to have to give it up.”
“Our latest find is that they have paved more of the White River Trail,” said Sarah. “We like to ride our bikes to Frisch’s. This summer we can ride to the city market and the library. It’s really exciting for us.”
Not only a great spot for fair-weather months, this home also provides sledding action over the snowy winter. Using the pathway of the stairs out back as a launching point, Ryan was able to create a tube-like adventure that twisted down the hill and featured a jump at the end.