my montana autumn ~

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All I can say is.  Glorious.  Montana. Autumn color is all but gone in the neighborhood, but i always love the look of the leaves on the lawns, and sparkly fresh with frosty dew… and I was grateful for a day out and about in the country side of Montana too. C’mon and ride along with me? In my teaching travels, …

B is for Beautiful ~

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Hi y’all ~ that’s the Montana drawl in case you’re wondering.  {*smiles*} Today’s post is reflection of the many wonders and beauties of My Montana summer.  When  Labor Day rolls around, I kind of go into a grieving mode of sort when summer starts to fade.  I just love those long sunlight days~I hate to see them go.  While I lament summer …

Camping in the Big Sky & Annual Etsy shop July Sale!

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Hello and July greetings from Big Sky Country!  Brian and I headed out to the country to celebrate the Fourth of July in our camper… with our dogs.  This year was peaceful… no fireworks!  While I love fireworks, the endless nights of big bangs and whistles in our neighborhood means no sleep, for either man nor beast in our house! …

Quilt retreat Teaching on Holter Lake Montana ~

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A pretty sweet setting for a quilt retreat isn’t it?! This was the spring morning view as I dropped down into Holter Lake, to teach at my first-ever quilt retreat! What. A. TREAT! This scenic spot is forty miles from Great Falls, Montana. It was a super fun couple of days, with sweet quilters, a gracious hostess, lots of good food, and companionship …

Wedding Blessings ~ Jake & Courtney

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greetings friends ~ last weekend, we just returned from travels to washington state to witness our kids “tie the knot.”  Here are some of the photo shots I came away with from this most spectacular day! courtney and jake chose  soft pink roses and tan as their colors…  this crafty little tree was the guest book; wedding guests sign by inking …

a walk under the montana sky ~

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howdy friends ~ we’re pretty spoiled, really.  a few miles in any direction is an easy walk in the country ~ one that is wildly beautiful, and far superior to any walk in a city park anywhere. {in my humble opinion!} it requires a great cap or hoodie to protect one’s ears from the piercing brisk breeze, but other than that… it’s truly “a walk …

the two medicine and beyond ~ glacier park 2015

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hi there ~ahh… autumn.  and even better… autumm in glacier park!  what a nice trip we had for several days.  a mix of big clouds, high mountains, soft meadows, wild lakes, pretty rivers, trees, rain and sunshine!i’ve always wanted to “get down on the river” every time we travel, and i was delighted that we had the opportunity to do …

rv~ing we will go ~

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excited.so. excited!we’ve been ‘rv dreamin’ for a while now, and we finally found exactly what we were looking for a few weeks ago… and so we set out in a grand new adventure! i wasn’t really sold on this idea in the beginning, truth be told!  but it was my husband’s dream, and he’s thrilled that i’m happily ‘on board!’because, …

sunsets on the flathead ~ a time of abundance

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happy… happy sunday folks ~here are just a few favorite images from the lake… time well spent…  lovely, serene, quiet, wild and beautiful all at the same time.late evening swims, taking in the sun changing the clouds moment by moment. all ~ precious moments.thank you Father God for ~soft, lapping waterwild wavespine in the airhappy voicesbookssharingcloudslampostsworn woodwater to dip toes …

dear heart vacation at flathead lake ~

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hi friends ~ a few highlights of heart time spent at the lake with sweet friends… of course, we bring {just a few} projects along… because that’s what our hearts love to do ~ spending precious time together, laughing, creating, reading and relaxing… conversations about our faith walk, and learning to wade deeper into a life of grace… on every level… hopefully. …

#mymontana ~ #fieldsofgold in those big big skies ~ prairies and mountains

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hello ~ welcome {once again} to my favorite landscape venue… montana!i do love {attempting} to capture just a tiny bit of God’s awesome glory in wheat fields… wildflowers, mountains n’ prairies… and those ever-so-glorious, wide-open, big skies.there is almost always a surprise of landscape glory waiting, if you are looking for it!  and with the wheat fields starting to turn, …