Saturday mornings you will typically find Rick and I at Caribou coffee.
Me, with my latte, Rick with his Diet Mountain Dew.
Oh we talk about lots of things,
what's going on in the world, hot topics, our kids and grandkids and everyday stuff.
I enjoy this one on one time, away from the house that is often distracting with things
that need to be done. No electronic devices....just us!
It is here we usually decide what we should do for the rest of the day
(If there are no other obligations)
Road trips have become a favorite thing to do, especially winter road trips,
it's a good time to get out and explore from the car.
Saturday we decided to head south and west of Rochester to a little town called
St. Ansgar across the boarder in Iowa .
The prairie was littered with these giant windmills, not sure what I think about that.
They are interesting but certainly take away form the vastness of the open prairie.
I wonder what the farmers think about it....was it their idea, is it something they wanted or was it forced upon them?
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While in the little community of St. Ansgar Ia, I wanted to visit historic Lutheran Church
This beautiful Gem was finished in 1869, it was added to the National Register in 1976
First Lutheran Church
As you might expect I was giddy with excitement when I reached for the door handle and it was open....YES!!! So I waved Rick in and we entered this historic church. You cant help but think about all who have entered through the years. As always I was interested in its history, here's just a little excerpt from a website on found on the church
In 1864 work was started on the building of the beautiful stone church which has been the home of the First Lutheran congregation until the present day. All of the early members took part in the building of the church.
The stone was brought by oxen from quarries south of St. Ansgar. The timbers of native oak, walnut and maple came from
The St. Ansgar Congregation was organized by Rev. C. L. Calusen on
December 4, 1853, with 79 people becoming members.
It is remarkable that in 150 years from 1853 to the present day only nine pastors
have served the congregation.
A beautiful chair for the pastor
Simply elegant stained glass windows
Kids packs to occupy busy minds during the service...such a great idea!
Another awesome find...this time in St. Ansgar Iowa,
I love exploring and learning about the history of these old churches.
Part 2 of our little road trip coming soon...