The Countdown Has Begun!

It’s hard to believe my next big adventure is only about a week away!  I have been dreaming of this beautiful Spring trip for months.  I’ll be visiting 10 European countries in just two & a half weeks.  I’ve been excitedly researching every location on the itinerary.  Sunning on Italian beaches & hiking through the Alps are just a couple of the places my mind has been wandering.  However, the more I check the weather forecast, the more I am awakened to the fact that most of the trip may be colder than this Florida weather I’m used to.  My time in the Alps may end up looking more like something out of my winter wonderland series than a traditional Spring scene.  Instead of being disappointed that the trip may not meet my initial expectations, I am excited to see what adventure comes out of the unexpected.

Montana Winter Wonderland Giant Springs

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

On this day celebrating love I encourage you to show love to all you encounter, not just your sweetheart. A smile or simple gesture can go a long way. I love and appreciate you all so much!

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Be sure to check out more winter photos in my winter wonderland series!

Snow Day

It really snowed! Just not at my house. I kept waking up in the night to check for snow since the forecast continually promised a 100% chance (kind of like when I was checking on the snow status in Montana). All I saw was freezing rain the entire night. When I got up hoping to find a winter wonderland, I saw everything covered in a thick sheet of ice. No snowballs or snowmen for me, but I did run around my backyard crunching the frozen grass in my pajamas.

While I enjoyed this weather in pjs, I can’t say the same for many of my friends. Since I’m from Montana I’ve found the whole hysteria associated with this snow day hilarious. Yesterday morning while it was still almost 50 degrees, I saw many of my coworkers come in wearing big coats and hats and gloves and scarves. People were flocking to grocery stores to stock up and everyone was hurrying home before the big storm hit. My absolute favorite though was when the frostbite warning popped up! I could not contain my laughter! Many asked if I was going to do another polar plunge today (you can see my real one here). While that may have been fun, it just wouldn’t be the same.

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Snow For The Sunshine State

While my friends & neighbors are all abuzz about the possibility of snow in Florida this week, I am trying not to get excited too soon. Will it really snow? Will it be enough to notice? Will it stick? Or will it sneak in and out in the middle of the night and we will miss the whole thing?

I’m not expecting a beautiful winter wonderland like I experienced in Montana, but I would love to see it snow here! There is something about the snow, especially your first snow, that brings out the child in everyone. For many of my friends this would be their first experience with it. What an extraordinary week this will be!

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Dreaming Of A White Christmas

I think my internal thermostat may have been reset on my recent trip back to Montana.  Last week it got down to what Florida considers cold.  I was driving to work wearing just a light sweater and I got quite the look from the guy in the next lane.  He had on a huge coat, beanie, and gloves!  I seriously burst out laughing!  I wasn’t cold at all!

For years I tried to avoid the cold and snow.  I thought this trip would remind me why I moved away from it, but it completely did the opposite.  Now I truly am dreaming of a white Christmas.  I just want to breathe in that clean, crisp air once again.  I want to act like I’m 5 years old playing in the snow…making snow angels, building snowmen, sledding down the biggest hill.  I want to bundle up in those cozy sweaters and drink hot cocoa in front of a fireplace.  Christmas doesn’t feel the same when it’s nearly 80°F and the only white powdery stuff around is sand!

For more magical winter moments check out my Winter Wonderland series!

Step Of Faith

It takes a real act of faith to step out of the obscurity of your comfort zone and into the unknown.

Sometimes God only allows us to see our next step or two of the journey.

It’s in that place of vulnerability and total dependence on God that we have our greatest adventures and greatest triumphs.

Be sure to check out all the posts in this Winter Wonderland series!

Magic of Winter

We finally made it down to the Roe River.  The way the steam was coming off the water and the light was shining through was nothing short of magical!  It looked as if it must be a passageway to a secret wonderful world!

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Check out the other posts in my Winter Wonderland series!

Giant Springs Means Giant Views

As gorgeous as the falls and the island were, the most incredible winter wonderland I have ever seen in my life was at Giant Springs State Park.  Giant Springs is located in Great Falls, MT.  It is home to one of the largest fresh water springs in the country and the Roe River, once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s shortest river.  I want to spread this out over a few days.  It’s just so beautiful and I just want it to last a little longer. 🙂

Welcome to Giant Springs!

Welcome to Giant Springs!

A Glimpse Of Where We're Headed Tomorrow

Tomorrow we will visit the Roe River just past the bench.  Check out all the posts from my Winter Wonderland series!

Island of Adventure

As promised in my post yesterday, let’s go check out that island below the falls Meriwether Lewis was talking about!  Although I didn’t see his eagle, it was an incredible sight with beautiful surprises around each corner! Be sure to … Continue reading