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