SOLS:2012.14 The Wedding Tree

Kuhs Farm is a beautiful spot near the city of St. Louis. As you step onto the grounds you feel the essence of history…no wonder. The picturesque spot was originally home to prehistoric Indians. It was also the storage site of essential supplies for the Lewis & Clark expedition. As you walk in the early morning mist you can imagine the activity of the    1803 – 04 expedition.   Rustic buildings and a sunken garden dating back to the early 1920s sit on the bluffs of the Missouri River.  You may have a wedding venue…but a spot to exchange vows…there are too many beautiful spots to choose from.

My daughter chose a vow spot beneath a huge tree that stands tall and strong in a place where the land dips. It is beautiful but I was surprised until she told me why…the story of the tree. In this particular spot it is the only tree growing tall. Elizabeth (book club friend and Kuhs Farm story keeper) tells Jen that during a thunderstorm the tree was hit by lightening. The damage was heartbreaking. The lightening hit split most of the trunk in half. It was thought to be lost but after awhile growth was noticed. You can barely notice the damage especially when the tree was  dressed in its green summer finery. Second chances. Stronger than ever. Growing.

This is my daughter’s second marriage after twelve years of single life.

Second changes. Stronger than ever. Growing. The wedding tree was the perfect spot.

A great book about Seaman, the dog that accompanied Lewis and Clark.  5 stars

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13 Responses to SOLS:2012.14 The Wedding Tree

  1. Stacey says:

    Oh, the wedding tree is BEAUTIFUL! It looks like a wonderful place to begin her new life with her beloved.

  2. Tam says:

    What a story. Your daughter sure did her homework. It sounds like your daughter does have a lot going for her when I read all the special ideas that she came up with for her wedding. I don’t think her savvy falls far from her mom’s.

  3. Kat says:

    What a lovely sentiment and a lovely way to start a new life together–growing strong together even through the storms. Best wishes to her!

  4. elsie says:

    What a perfect spot! Did the guests know the story behind the tree? That is an awesome tree, it has lived a rich life. Now your daughter will live a richer life.

  5. Tara says:

    Now that is one perfect wedding tree!

  6. Cyndy McKenzie says:

    I love your ending. “Second chances. Stronger than ever. Growing.” What powerful words. What a powerful message.

  7. T. Blauvelt says:

    I love that story. The tree looks like a perfect background for a great wedding.

  8. Cathy says:

    Love how you tied in the second chances and the growth.

    Your description is beautiful. Makes me want to sit and just listen to you.

  9. Debbi says:

    Second chances. Stronger than ever. Growing.

    Thanks.

  10. Linda Baie says:

    What a great spot as you so beautifully explained. Choosing a commitment for a second time needs a special place I would imagine, & this is perfect.

  11. Mrs. V says:

    I agree with others – what a perfect wedding spot. It seems like it will be a great inspiration for years to come when your daughter thinks about her wedding day.

  12. the other ruth says:

    Perfect–your daughter is a very wise woman.

  13. MaryHelen says:

    How delightful! Such blessing on their special day.

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