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)

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,


For visitors and big beautiful places,


For this sacred space in my “backyard”,


And for mountains, always.


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?

big sky country

november 2014 iphone 079

I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana, it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you are in it.

(john steinbeck)




I am reminded with each passing day how lucky I am to have the chance to wake up and see sights like this every day. A reminder of the good in the world, a reminder to remain humble, a reminder to love each moment. god bless montana.