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

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

christmas memories ~ wild and sweet montana

hello!  our christmas ~ full of all things bright and beautiful, with the love of God and family making it always extra magical and sweet... 

we headed out to the swan ranch once again, and enjoyed a treasured day among friends and family. although the snow storm made things "interesting" {always!} it was breathtaking, per usual amazing creation by God's hand...

i've been enjoying being able to get out and about and take a few photos... especially when the frost hit a few days ago, and of course, always a treasure for me to get out to the ranch and take a few photos.

i made a first-time ever new appetizer, in the pretty deliciousness of a handmade pomegranate cheese ball, and it was fabulous!  {i got the recipe from pinterest ya know}.  totally worth it, and we loved it enough, i think it may become a new traditional favorite!

and a new baby this year to the swan family, with a bit of a cowboy flair and ride on his new pony!  he's only four months old, but of course, he commands quite a bit of attention {and a photographer, too!!}

brian and i headed west to visit family in washington, and battered down and through a few more snowy storms, and many icy snowpacked roads, but it was a good trip, and we enjoyed our trip together tremendously.

so ... i've compiled a bit of a photo journal of our christmas days together {and in all kinds of montana weather!}...  

i hope and pray your days were all wonder memorable, quiet, wild, and sweet and filled with treasures of time with those you love.







i love the old cottonwoods against the dramatic beauty of the evening's setting sun on the mountain peaks

brian "breaking the trail" for his photographer wife!  what a guy!! xo 


not a bad view of the rocky mountain front through the car window!
our lovely and dramatic roger's pass of montana.  temperature?  -6 with a windchill of about -25 i'm guessing.
it was rockin!

a bit of a stretch break at lookout pass
happy new year!
be blessed each and every day.
with much love,
xo
leslie

Monday, September 15, 2014

st. peter's mission ~ cascade montana

monday... full of grace!

hope you're weekend was full of amazing grace!  ours was, as we had another awesome road trip to glacier national park.  {more on that later!}

and we had a show-off day last weekend, in the early autumn beautiful, perfect day out in the country.  i invite you to sit a spell... and take in a few moments of the simplicity and grandeur of local scenery and history... i know i did!
the might missouri, or as some call it "the mighty mo" just outside of a little teeny weeny town called ulm.

the iconic vista of "square butte" just outside of cascade, montana,
yes... this is what i wait for... a beautiful horse ~ this was one is what i refer to as a "palomino paint" {not sure of the official color description} but i love it... against a stunning backdrop of montana sky and mountains.  
and the road less travelled led us to a beautiful, historic place that's been on my ''montana hit list' for awhile.  i'd never been there!  so glad we did... 
it's difficult {for me} to imagine what struggles daily life brought to these early missionaries.  
would have loved to been able to get into the church building in the distance... perhaps another day.

and the architectural remains of a beautiful stone building.  i cannot imagine how each stone was placed, and slowly built into an amazing structure...

you may think it's a bit morbid... but i find the old graveyards fascinating ... and peaceful in many respects.  the stories that are untold {at least to me}, and the history ... the hardness of the life lived in this wilderness, carved out in the time-worn stones... {or not}.
many of the graves are unmarked now... but some attempt has been made recently to show where they were, in the white wooden crosses on this hill.



symbols of faith.  love.  and eternal life.

... therefore we do not lose heart. though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. {2 Cor 4:16 NIV}
and... "as amazing as God's work of creation is, it pales in comparison to His work of redemption."  {jean fleming, pursue the intention life, ch. 9, pg 61 ~ love this book i'm reading!}

an interesting marker... a new "x marks the spot" if you will, where the ravages of time have dissipated the previous marker.  

i've often wondered about why today, we need to have a place, a marker... a stone, to mark our spot on history.  oh, i know there are myriad good thoughts, historical, {business related too ~ ugh} and misplaced, guilt-ridden, or just because "that's what we do" kind of reasons, or even just a lovely sentimentality. i'm just sayin i consider these things.  i also can't help but think of the thousands who were buried in the prairies of this country, without markers, in order to prevent thievery, or abominations to the graves, as the settlers rolled their wagons over the grave to "bury" the existence of such a thing... does that life mean less.  nope.  absolutely not.

but the reality is that this life here and now is what begins our eternal life.  that is what really is the heart of the issue.  i'm not sure i'm a fan of graveyards, per say.  i'm not sure i even want a stone when i pass.   because the truth is... this world will all pass away...  and what really matters is the relationships we have now. the life we live now.  that's what i want my legacy to be, in the life we live each day.  "stuff" ~ homes, cars, financial gain, and... even the most sweet and beautiful old graveyards, will not withstand the day Christ comes again.  

although i do love what these old ones show us... and i sense peace from many of them when i visit, as i wander tenderly through the prairies and mountain grasses of hard, weathered earth.  

i know this life wasn't the end for many... but only a new beginning, regardless of a marker, stone, or grand fence surrounding the worldly evidence of a life upon this earth.
and... "release the obsession with building a life and believe in the life Christ in building in you."
and as i gaze into the amazing vistas of this most beautiful earth God created for us... and the hard, hard rocks... i am glad He also gave us a Savior to turn our hearts of stone, into hearts for Him alone...


you cannot help but notice that there is "nothing" out there... that is, no human evidence easily perceived.  this was hard country ... back then.  it still is.  even today here are not many new homes or ranches even, clear out here.  some tried, in the hardy, determined stance of many abandoned homesteads we saw... some who survived.  not that many.  but then others who did, not only survived, but thrived, and passed on that thriving, life-giving, living, loving legacy of faith, grace, and mercy.  
and the blessing for today:  "may you be diligent in taking time to pause and reflect on the many ways God has blessed you. may you cultivate a heart that knows how to rest in God alone.  may you take every chance you get to spend time with God, to accept His love, to trust His direction in your life. as you look to Him, may you be reminded there's a God in heaven very much involved in your minute-by-minute life.  He intends to get us safely home. but don't wait til then to find your rest in Him. embrace a joyful, faith-filled life and perspective today!" {inspired by susie larson}.  amen.

xo
leslie

Friday, September 5, 2014

montana wheat fields in all their glory ~

hi there ~ happy friday!

our montana indian summer days are here. 

here are some of my favorite photos from the last bit of our summer montana... before it is long, long... gone.
you know if you've been reading this blog for very long 
that i am a montana born and bred girl 
 i love the prairie... 
the wheat fields.  
and those big big wide open spaces of blue skies ...
there is just something magical about wheat, a late afternoon, and the sparkling wheat heads 
{or in this case barley} 
and it drawns me in... 
and further into the seemingly endless sea of fields...
i just have to get a closer look
every. 
time.
to see ... what the mystery might be.
how things look.
up. close.
real.
different.

and the highwood mountains, 
in all their barley~field~framing glory...
 my awesome husband, driver, comrade, encourager... 
waiting for me, ever-so-patient...
 me n' my long shadow ...
 and the most faint, 
but oh-so-glorious glow of the wildflowers 
on the edge of the road... 
it's a beautiful thing, 
this light, bright color 
and getting down low
 to find a different and totally new...
point of view...
 yes and amen. 
{especially when it is time for me to get up again} 
from that low-on-the-ground pose...
glory glory alleluia!

these clouds. 
that sky.
take my breath away each and every time.
{taken from my car, {iphone} with the window rolled down}


there's nothing like the awesome drama
power and glory
of a storm on the prairie.

soli deo gloria
xo
leslie

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