22 August 2014

A Dreamy Country Chapel



I blogged about this historic gorgeous church in Niobrara years ago. At the time the church and lot were for sale. Sadly they wanted way more than I was willing or able to pay for a dillapadated building, plus I had no use for the lot.

Today I find out it is about to be demoloshed as the new owner has plans for the lot. Talk about sad.Heratbreaking to think of something so unique and pretty being torn down. Even worse is the owner told me he had been trying for months to find someone to take, yes take as in for FREE, this church off the property. Whaaaaatttt?? I would have gladly done this.


Some guy is in there now taking what he wants for salvage to include the cool windows and some woodwork. But the majority of the building will be left intact. Am I totally insane if I pay someone to move this to our land? I want it on top a hill overlooking the Missouri River. It seems so serene and perfect for weddings or worship retreats.....



Maybe I could try a kickstarter campaign to fund it??

21 August 2014

My Little Brother's Rehearsal Dinner

 
My little brother got married last weekend, cue the tears....Sadly I have very few pictures as I was too busy helping to take pictures. Crossing my fingers my Aunt Debbie and the photographer have lots I can share shortly. In the meantime I figured I would share the Rehearsal dinner pics I quickly took on my phone.


We held this at the Buffalo Cookout Picnic Area at Niobrara State Park. It overlooks a small pond and you are surrounded by vegetation. Not too shabby.


We were going for a casual country picnic feel and I think overall it was a success.


I was missing napkins in all these pictures - but you get the general idea. My brother made all the citronella candles you see in the little tin buckets, my mom and I planted and lime washed the herbs, the linens were all vintage we already owned, and the jars were a fun collection, the plates and flatware we "borrowed" from the lodge. The koozies said "cheers to a future filled with love and adventure".


I made the fabric "curtain" out of thrifted linens and each favor basket contained Puerto Rican coffee, homemade muffins, homemade strawberry and peach jam, homemade chocolate chip cookies, nuts, and pamphlets about things to do in the area along with a weekend schedule.

 
We wanted a farm to table type dinner so we served hamburger from our friend Grant Nielson's farm(excellent if you want to purchase some) bison from Kreycik Elk & Buffalo Ranch (also excellent), a green salad, rolls from the local bakery in Verdigree, and potato salad made by my mom. We had planned on an ice cream bar after but due to the felon on the loose that never happened.


Really wish I had more pictures of the various details, to include vintage metal wash tubs used as a coolers and the delic food. But at least I have these. Crazy enough we had to evacuate this location early due to a suicidal man with a gun on the loose. Never in a million years would have predicted that. Read more here if you want the full story.

20 August 2014

Wednesday Scripture




"Come now, and let us reason together," says the Lord, "though your sins are scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool," Isaiah 1:18


I have been really trying to take time to pray for different people. Whether it be sickness, death, job searching, or contentment I am happy to pray and know the prayers will help those in need. If you would like me to pray for you please please please email, message, or contact me and I will be glad to add you to my list. He has a greater plan for us than we can ever comprehend or imagine and at times the path may seem harder than we can handle. This is not ture and by leaning on him and others you will prevail.

15 August 2014

Happy Friday!!!!

Hope everyone has an amazing weekend. My little brother is getting married so mine will be filled with festivities, family, and friends.


13 August 2014

Wednesday Scripture


Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
 
 


This picture is actually from the Ponca Pow Wow (and has nothing to do with the scripture) I had the honor of attending last weekend in Niobrara. So cool to see the traditional dress and dances and see the families celebrate.

12 August 2014

Food and Drink Spots We Love in Vieques

We have been to Vieques enough now we are starting to get our favorite spots. I am sure the more we go the list will increase. We love Bar Azul for the amazing sunsets and cheap delicious drinks (although no blended drinks during karaoke....)



 
Coqui Fire is a new addition to the Island and a must visit. The food was delic as were there fresh margaritas. This guy makes the best hot sauce and has been on the island serving food on occasion from Bar Azul for years. He finally opened his own place and it's packed so make reservations.





The Tin Box is another great place to visit. We love going for Happy Hour and getting oysters. Super fresh and very affordable. The Mac & Cheese is to die for as well. Plus the jungle views are pretty cool and they have a lot of great drinks made with fresh squeezed juice and herbs from their garden.





If you want something a little fancier for dinner I would recommend El Quenepo. It's in Esperanza and right on the water with an upscale atmopsher and great menu. There are several other great places on the Island these are just a few of our top picks that are on repeat whenever we visit.

11 August 2014

Weekend Snaps from Niobrara



We are in the final stretch of wedding week, my little brother gets married this Saturday. Crazy I tell ya! Especially since I, the oldest, am the last to marry now. I took a jeep full of supplies up to Niobrara and decided to use the time wisely for last minute cabin sprucing.

 



And always much needed relaxing and fresh country air.


 

 


10 August 2014

The Houses of Vieques I wanted to buy

There are so many unique homes in Vieques of all shapes, sizes, and price points. For some reason I fell in love with a few that sadly weren't for sale. One was a historical house with quite the story. You know I love old houses.


These two were right up the street from where we stayed and I ran by them daily. Steps to the beach, a few blocks to downtown, small and quaint. Perfection. The one is already painted a perfect color, the other just needs a little love.



This home was breathtaking! The views were to die for and it was really private with no one around.

We were told this was once a little shack that sold for next to nothing. Such a cool concept and I can picture it with the windows all open.
 


These few beach homes had great views of the water, right on the beach, and pretty colors. None for sale and even if they were I am certain they would not be in my price range.


 

07 August 2014

The Gorgeous Beaches of Vieques Island



Since Vieques is an island the beaches are of course endless. Not only are they endless they breathtaking and each one is unique.

 

Some are more rocky, others white sands, some are the prettiest turquoise color, others have amazing wildlife lurking below the waters for perfect snorkeling.





Very rarely are they ever crowded, they are almost all free, and are all open to the public. Truly the perfect place to go unwind and just enjoy. I can't get enough of these beaches and am counting down the days until we can return and explore some more.