Montana recap

First off, congratulations to you, Christin (and Jet, and girls!) on the birth of your beautiful Alana Joy!

We're getting back into our routine, here at home. We even have two days of homeschooling under our belt, and we're off to a good start.

Here are a few pictures of my trip to Montana with Michelle.

This is what we saw a lot of:


Michelle, coming from Indiana, was literally misty-eyed over scenes like this out the car windows. I didn't really share her emotion over it. It looks barren and dry to me, but then I live in beautiful Washington, which has hills and green trees. And water. And mountains with snow.

We did take a little day trip here, though:


and saw this


which even I thought was beautiful.

Here we are:

I am so very thankful for all the time I was able to spend with Michelle (who flew from Indiana to Seattle just to make the road trip with me!) I love that girl. (Her only fault is that she lives so stinking far away.) She is a kindred spirit in every way, and I have so much respect for her heart and love for Jesus and her love for Chad and her children. And she's a LOT of fun.

This would be Beth on the big screen, bringing us God's Word in her black and white geometric-print jacket.


The conference, during worship:


Beth spoke from Isaiah 32:1-8, specifically on the difference between a fool ("nabal") and a noble.

Prior to the weekend, I had prayed several times that God would use that time, and the things Beth spoke, to speak directly to my heart. I prayed that He would open my ears, mind, and heart to absorb whatever it was He had for me. He was so faithful to answer my prayers. The final morning in our hotel I was able to review my notes and journal about all the things He spoke to me. There were several "bullet points" I came away with. [Many of which surround the fact that I am often a fool. :)] Thankfully I serve a mighty God!


  1. this looks wnderful Stacy! I have to say I love that you commented on Beth's outfit...I am always so impressed with her clothes. That may seem shallow when I am doing a Bible study, but its oh so true.

  2. First, how cute are you and Michelle???

    Second, Beth's outfits are the best and I'm so glad she didn't disappoint you guys. :)

    Sounds like a great time!

  3. So pleased to read of your special weekend. What precious memories with your friend, and refreshing your heart and spirit. It sounds wonderful. And I loved seeing your pictures - I really love those vast landscapes.

    Praying that these memories and experiences will continue to strengthen you and guide you amongst the busyness.

  4. I happen to love me some Indiana girls too! What's up with that cool state? But I totally agree w/ you that Washington is an eyeful. I love it here and am not easily impressed w/ nature, as Washington IS nature.

    what a sweet friend to fly out and do this w/ a few months, it won't be nearly as easy for you! haha...(not that your belly will get in the way or anything. :) haha)

  5. That is a really cute picture of you two! And I am so glad you had a great time!

  6. oh PALEEEEASE.....was it really all that??

    :) kidding, of course!

    What fun to re-live the trip here.
    I had a GREAT time and I am thankful beyond words for your friendship!!


  7. How cute are you?!?!?! Give that baby a little rub for me!

    So glad you had a great time with your special friend.


  8. I am so glad you and Michelle had a wonderful safe trip!! It's been fun to hear Michelle fill me in on the conference. And by the way you look great!!


  9. I, too, am so often a fool. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but fools despise knowledge and discipline." Ain't it the truth.
    Welcome home!


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