Day-of-Wedding Coordinator

I never thought I would coordinate a wedding.But I am.We decided to offer the Day-of-Coordinator as a way for Tammy to earn some extra cash.At $625, it’s well worth it.But, Tammy has been a bit afraid to step into this role … so I did! My first go at it was last week.Jordyn Poellot.  Her […]

The Den and Parlor

At last … the Den and Parlor are finished!What a labor of love! Here’s what the Den looked like when we bought the property. John threw up framing last summer.  The plumbing was still being worked on in November.The months passed by … and by … and by … Until the first client used it […]


At last … with rough inspections approved … the drywall is going up in the Den and the Parlor.It’s been a very long time !!! Looking back at photos, the framing was finished June 25th.That’s 10 months ago! We all agree that hiring John Wingate to do the work was a bad decision.We are still […]

More Remodeling

Now that the Cottage is finished, we have turned our energy toward remodeling the school.We have been working on laying laminate flooring. Awhile back, we tore out the ceilings, including the florescent lights. We had canned lights installed. We have repainted most of the main room. Now, it’s floors. We started on January 23rd with […]


We have booked 50 weddings for 2016 !When we closed on the property April 1st, it came with 32 weddings.We managed to book 10 more and got it up to 43. Our goal for 2016 is 60 weddings … and we are undoubtedly within reach of this goal.We are so encouraged.Despite the setbacks, God has […]

The Cottage

It seems that all we’ve done lately is work on the Cottage.We believed the promises from John back in April that he would have it finished mid-summer …which turned into late fall … which then turned into December.Now, we have 2 brides who have paid to stay in the Cottage January 7-10.So, with the money […]

THE meeting

Yesterday, we had our meeting with Ted Sells, Christina’s lawyer.The four of us met Ted at his office and we called Christina.It’s hard to believe we have arrived at the place we have. Bottom line, if we don’t sign the ridiculous liability release document that Ted drafted,we cannot use the farm road.Christina will have gates […]


Probably one of the biggest mistakes we made was taking on a huge remodeling job right from the start … with 40 weddings staring us in the face.We closed on the property, put our house on the market, moved to Evergreen, started running a business, AND started remodeling the Cottage and lower level of the […]

Tours, Bookings, and Weddings

September was filled with tours and bookings … and weddings.With 35 weddings from May until early October …and another 8 to go before year’s end, we were busy. After giving hourly tours on Saturdays, sometimes a tour every hour on the hour for 6 hours …Steve wised up and decided we should offer group tours.So, […]

Newkirk Headaches

Our move to Evergreen has been such a gift.We love the house, the property, and the business.There is so much potential and I know our family will thrive here for years to come. BUT there’s been one big damper.The Newkirks. Christina, the younger sister, and the estate manager was great to work with through closing.She […]