Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Love Where You Live

Today I am doing something that I haven't done in a while...
I'm linkin up with other blogs!

My good friend Mackenzie has been telling me
about The Influence Network for such a long time now
and today she linked up with their "Love Where You Live" post.
I loved reading her post (and the posts of many of the ladies who also linked up)
so much that I thought to myself...
"I have some energy today so I might as well have some fun and link up too!"

I hope you enjoy a little look into where I live,
which by the way...
I love.

I am originally from California but moved to NW Montana in 2004
to work with the Missions Organization YWAM.
Growing up, I never imagined that I would move outside of California.
I was a Cali girl at heart and always envisioned myself living in a big city
and somewhere closer to the beach.
But God had other plans.
In the summer of 2003 I undoubtedly felt God calling me to Missions,
and specifically YWAM Montana.
It was such a strong call that from the moment I set off in my car for the long 22 hour drive north, 
I knew that Montana would be my new home.

 So, I moved from the literal year-round sunny weather of California,
to Montana, where winter rules 7 months out of the year.
But the reward for winter is that we have the most spectacular summer months.
And we live about a mile away from the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi!

After almost 10 years of living in Montana I have grown to love it so much.
I love the small town that we live in (there's not even a stop light in the small little lake town!).
I love how we are considered "locals" when the tourist season comes around...
and the "locals" know who the tourists are. :)
I love that the people working at the grocery store (yep, there is only one),
the restaurants, the post office, and the bank,
all know me by name and chat with me about my pregnancy.
We feel so blessed to live in a comfortable home
with a decent sized backyard where Silas (and our chickens) can run around
and we can grow our summer garden.

And the Winter months are not so bad after all...



Ashlee Chu said...

Oh, nature! The fall leaves resting against that wooden bench is exactly what I picture in fall (& what I wish California had more of). Your home is beautiful and so is your home gardens!

Hannah said...

Oh goodness! It looks so gorgeous there. I can definitely see why you would love it! Your yard and house look so sweet.

katie_shannon said...

Looks beautiful there!

Amy Kavelaris said...

What lovely photos!

Thank you so much for sharing! It is so refreshing to find someone who loves all of the seasons and where they live! We live in Wisconsin and love it here!

Looking forward to getting to know you better!

love, Amy

Nadine said...

Your home sounds really delightful!

ashley baker said...

I have a lot of family that lives in Montana. It is such a beautiful state. Wish I could spend more time there. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures! And can't wait to see pics of your baby once its here!!!