giving thanks (these days)

summer has slipped by in a way that always surprises me; even after 6 summers of camp . The days feel long and I am often too tired to read or write much of anything, but I am thankful for hard work and the ways that I am loved in this place. We have two weeks left with campers and some summer staff have already left to move on to the next steps in life. I am grateful for all the laughter & joy that this summer has brought, and beginning to feel sad about it ending, but comforted in the knowledge that our community will remain.

Lately I’ve been thankful for long, long hikes to places like this,

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for sun filled days on the lake, laughing and learning together,

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for visits from dear friends & the joy of sharing this place with them,

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& for daily reminders to be present, to be kind & to live freely.

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happy august to you all; what are you thankful for today?

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giving thanks (these days)

summer is in full swing in the interior west, and it feels both familiar and brand new in a million ways. the way the sun settles into the lake each night stills my mind and gives me peace at heart. 

lately I have been really thankful for mountain lakes & good hiking buddies, 

 
for feeling small in a big, big world, 

  

for the joy & laughter of campers,

  

and for the promise that we are never alone, even in our deepest sadness and struggle. 

 
I have been discerning the future a lot this week and am hoping for some clarity soon, but am also so happy to be here, in this place, at this time. Being brave. 

What are you thankful for today? 

giving thanks (these days)

I hesitate to say that spring is here because it’s possible that we could get snow any day, but these past few weeks of sunshine and warmer breezes have certainly tilted my heart and hopes toward summer. The geese are back, the lake is calmly collecting the spring runoff and the sky is blue as a painting.

Montana has these magic qualities about it: the consistent smell of pine in the air, a slow pace to the day as the sun takes it’s time settling beyond the mountains, the surreal way the lake meets the blue sky. I don’t often have to remind myself to be thankful for our world, because it is so present in my life- from the first glimpse of the lake in the morning to the sleepy way the stars reveal themselves each night. I’ve had two dear friends visit this month and it has been so joyful to watch them revel in this place.

Lately I’ve been feeling really grateful for final glimpses of frost and ice,

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for long drives through our beautiful, beautiful country,

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for desert reunions with G,

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and for the promises for the future that spring always holds.

 

praying for y’all as we make our way through holy week- what are you grateful for today?  

giving thanks (these days)

Today, Montana was improbably warm & sunny for early February; the sky as blue as a summer day. I hiked 6 miles, hammocked in the sun & ended my day with guac & a beer. Happy Sunday, friends!

Lately, I have been grateful for camp songs & new friends,

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For sweet gifts from a retreat guest & my daily yoga practice,

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For long hikes & the most beautiful mountains,

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And for days warm enough for hammocks & books.

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What are you thankful for today?

celebrating summer camp

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keeper of 1000 sunsets, infinite songs, miles & miles of hikes and so much laughter and love: Mar Lu Ridge.

I could go (& have gone) on & on about what camp taught me and the ways it has shaped me. I recognize gifts that MLR gave me in my daily life & work, at FLBC & beyond.

These days, I’ve been especially grateful for the work ethic my summers at camp instilled in me & the true belief that conversations and story sharing can change lives. A week at summer camp or a weekend retreat can be deeply transformational for children, youth & adults. I am so lucky to see the spirit at work every day, as I watch people open up and grow in themselves as they spend time out in nature & in community. I’m endlessly thankful for places like MLR & FLBC that facilitate time apart, time to experience the glory of creation & time to slow down and think a little harder about these lives we lead.

I truly, truly believe that outdoor ministry changes lives & encourage you to support a camping program wherever you might be. This month is “I love camp” month in the MD/ DE & Metro DC synods of the ELCA- the synods that directly support MLR. Download the I ❤️ MLR! sign here & submit your own photo!

giving thanks (these days)

We are about 3 months into Montana winter. There’s lots of snow on the ground, but the air is crisp and the sky is blue, so I’m feeling pretty good.

Lately, I’ve been thankful for quiet moments with my poetry books,

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For big sky ski days & the beauty that’s all around,

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For colors like this to start my day,

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And for new adventures, sore muscles & laughter with my coworkers.

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giving thanks (these days)

The past few weeks have been challenging and beautiful in a million different ways, but through it all I have been reminded of all the blessings in my life. I am so grateful for the life I’ve been given.

For the way Christmas lights make everything 10x more magical,

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For blue bird days, cold fingers & sore legs,

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For reminders of those who have shaped my life,

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and for moments like this, when I am reminded to stop, notice & appreciate the ways the world supports and humbles me.

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Wishing you all a peaceful holiday season with lots of reasons to give thanks!

giving thanks (these days)

November has been at once a very fast and very slow month out here. Autumn faded to winter, mom came to visit, the snow fell and melted and fell again, and thanksgiving snuck up on us.

As I sit in my little cottage and watch the snow dance lightly through the pines, my heart is filled with gratitude for this place and this time in my life.

Thankful for the winters colors on the lake,

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For visitors and big beautiful places,

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For this sacred space in my “backyard”,

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And for mountains, always.

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It’s almost Advent, which has always been such a holy time for me, of watching and waiting. I am thankful for the gift of grace we are looking out for and for the knowledge that it is always, always here with us.

What are you grateful for today?

giving thanks (these days)

Lately, I have been thankful for this brilliant earth we have a chance to live on- celebrating by running the trails and staring at the lake.

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For community in a far away place

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For secret places to reflect

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And for surprises from my dad- found two months later.

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I have stumbled into my first montana illness, so I am drinking lots of tea and listening to the new Taylor Swift on repeat. Happy Monday, brave ones, what are you thankful for?