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Showing posts with label Montana Landscapes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Montana Landscapes. Show all posts

Saturday, February 22, 2014

prayer from emily freeman {not susie larson} ~

dear friends ~

today ~ what a wonderful day of teaching, of meeting new faces, and renewing good friendships.  a special thank you to those ladies who blessed me so much, coming out on a snowy day to learn, listen, share, laugh and grow ~ together. {awesome!}

may we always be kind and encouraging, and a blessing to those we see, speak to, and touch, each and every day.

this really awesome, simple prayer  touched a chord with me, and i share it today, too.  written by susie larson, correction: 2/25/14: by emily freeman, from chatting at the sky} and {both of these ladies are on my top ten list of favorite christian authors recently!

here's just some simple photos from a montana day, to illustrate...
"this weekend... may you show up and be who you already are, with your limits as well as your potentials.  may you be willing to receive the day as it is, and not as you wish it were, instead.  and may you remember ~ no matter how weary you might feel ~ that you are the dust and the brushstroke, the weak and empowered, the broken made whole.  a human megaphone for the glory of God." ~ susie Larson oops I mean emily freeman! {so sorry emily}
i think that prayer does a heart wonder, and lets us all give thanks for every little crumb of life, learning, struggle, and making art from our hearts.  beautiful.   all the glory is His, and therefore, it is always soli deo gloria!  
amen.
xo
leslie

Monday, February 17, 2014

montana ~ a rimrock sunset

happy monday and president's day {america} ~

first, thank you to all of you for the kindness in the comments on my watercolor cards ~  p.s. to rike... i will be posting {soon} a "how to" with microbeads... {not that it's difficult} but just because you asked ~ thank you! 

and speaking of thanks... so grateful for... one. more. day. off!  
today, i share the last bit of my january trip to billings, montana.  i was treated to the spectacular and stoic majesty of the "rimrocks" there. 

so here's a few pictures of {a warmer} winter's evening sunset with a golden glow, with rimrocks, cliffs, and sagebrush ~

... and a big montana sky.  

{love}






what awesome inspiration!  
thank you Lord.  
you've given us such a beautiful place to live on this earth.

soli deo gloria!
xo 
leslie

Thursday, January 30, 2014

winter on the missouri ~

hi there ~

listening to the news forecast, it's certainly been an interesting winter season across america this year.... lots of challenges for so many. 

in montana, we get a bit of snow, then it melts, then it blows... then it starts over again! so... we've been snow-free for the past couple weeks... time for a change!  so in between the chinook winds that melt the snow {and thankfully ice, too} i get to enjoy the fresh "new snow" look and the fabulous early-morning view from my workplace window.  it's so very pretty:





be safe.  be warm.  {stay at home if you can!}  wish i could!  but we drive in anything down here, so mostly we will be working in the "big city" and the school buses out in the country will have the challenge when the wind... blows it all over again {and away!}.

be blessed~
xo
soli deo gloria in each snowflake!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

prairie frosted grass ~

hello winter ~

one of the bonuses of  a montana winter season is the rare, but totally amazing snowy and frosty morning.  so delightful ~ and incredibly beautiful.   

a light snow.  a bit of frost.  sparkle.

and an early morning on the prairie.  a perfect excuse to get off the main road and see ... and listen. 

my favorite, below:



and a lovely old post, just waiting for the sunk to peek through...

 how do you {get your sparkle on?!}
xo
leslie

Thursday, October 10, 2013

a glacier park autumn ~

hello ~

ah... yes... it was beautiful, merciful rain!

it wasn't exactly what i was hoping for. but it was  ~ what i was expecting!  these are pics from our most recent "rocky mountain" road trip~adventure.  by the time we reached the western side of the rockies, it began to cloud up, and rain steadily. still. it was absolutely gorgeous, and the rain does provide several advantages:
~ a sweet luminosity of light for photographs {yum}
~ we practically have the park to ourselves {yay}
~ a chance to look at things more slowly, and closely! {love!}
~ we could park anywhere ~ anytime ~ we wanted! {whoop-whoop}
our first stop:  lake mcndonald lodge.
it's a gift. to take slow down, saunter, and let the soft mist give us a natural facial!  and ... smile pretty!!!  brian and i had had a great time laughing at ourselves, as we took pictures of us together; that is, in focus, and getting us both to actually be IN the picture!  {come a little bit closer brian!}
ah... perfect!

the trees were just starting to show off ... a foretaste of the brilliance to come...
we lavished in the soft quiet.  the gentle taps of raindrops.  the stililness of the rocky beach...

below: we're near the northernmost end of lake mcdonald, looking north, upward into the park, where the going to the sun road begins.
taking a closer look!  amazingly, bright red stems, and leaves showing off their jewels of raindrops...
we climbed the going to sun road until we reached the place where it was closed off due to fog, so we paused for our lunch here, near an avalanche area below.  wowzers... it was a big one, but it began to pour rain up higher, so i decided against risking my camera getting wet, to get better pics...  maybe next time. ~ with the government shut-down, guess it will have to wait til next year.


i think someday i would like to swim here... but somehow... i don't think i really would. it definitely looks invitingly attractive... but  first, it's super-super cold!! {green=cold---brrr}... and it's appropriate that it be kept pristine, too.  but i wonder what it would be like to dive in, open my eyes, and soak in that sterling, crystal and pristine water...

and i loved the color combos; those dark red mountain rocks, bright lime green in the soft-looking, mossy-covered rocks, to the feathery larch pine trees, to that grand, sparkling turquoise pool. i'll never tire of them.

fresh.  luminous.  amazing.  gifts.
one can never soak it in. think it in. enough.  and all the glory goes to the One to whom all this incandescently beautiful, and sweet creation points to.  

we love the natural goodness, and we worship  the One to whom it all points to ~ the One who created all

thank you for the gifts Lord.  

thank you.

Friday, October 4, 2013

just a little powdered sugar ~

hello and good friday morning to ya!

it's hard to top getting into the mountains on any day {unless it's a blizzard, then it's not so easy} lol. 

it was a spectacular day, last weekend, as we headed west, and while it started out bright and sunny on the 'east side' {as we call it} it was quite different once we crossed the rocky mountain front to the western side of montana. i'll save those pics for another day, and they are beautiful in their own right, even in rain and fog!

i was so excited to return to the rocky mountain front for a gorgeous fall day. we were here in the spring, but autumn... it's just another big sky gulp of awesomeness! 

 the picture below doesn't do it justice in the least, but see that bit of green strip up on the slope?  ... we really wanted to "go there."  perhaps ~ someday we will!  
and below, is close to the same area where we stopped for our picnic lunch this past spring, only then, the high prairie was showing off a dazzling array of prolific yellow {wild} daisy-like flower bunches.  click here if you'd like to take a tour to back to springtime in the rocky mountain front!
now just wide-open vistas of golden goodness of harvest and hay bales.



oh... those mountaintops!  

and i was struck by the contrast and similarity of the white-faced cattle with those beautiful 'white-faced' mountaintops in the background, too!
and while we don't have large eye-fulls of a variety of autumn trees for color, the wide-open spaces and bits of color are there for anyone to find... if we will only stop, look, and  breathe it in...
 to give thanks in every moment and each discovery...
to find the beauty in every step... 

{much like a stairway to heaven don't you think?!}

  and i love that, too.  
it's just a little bit of "powdered sugar" 
on top of a sweet autumn.
amazing.
thank you Awesome God!
joining in the studio friday 
there's some sweet... birthday treats and ideas {check it out}
soli deo gloria
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