For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, July 19, 2013

A Summer Tale ...told in 3 parts (Part I)

Our Summer began with a trip to Montana. It was quite a distance to our final destination, but the beauty of that part of our Great Nation more than made up for the long days of travel. We loved spending time in the great outdoors and seeing many different sights. The weather was absolutely beautiful and even slightly on the cool side. We enjoyed lots of sightseeing, lots of good food, and a few days of relaxation.
Outside our Cabin in Eureka Montana (5 min. from the Canadian border)

Most of our Crew (Nolan had to stay behind for work)

God's Amazing Creation

Rock Formations

Wildlife in Abundance
 The return trip home included a couple of stops in South Dakota. Since we are studying American History this next school year, we didn't want to miss the opportunity to see Mt. Rushmore. It was awesome to see in person just to get an idea of its enormous size. We learned about the creation of this massive monument and the skilled craftsmanship poured into it. We included a stop in South Dakota's Badlands. The Badlands include a large wildlife preserve and natural rock formations. Of course, Mom and Dad had fun pretending that we were making the trip in "covered wagon", thus driving all the children crazy. At least a few of them appreciated our acting abilities, ha!
We made a stop at Mt. Rushmore on the return trip

Don't they look Presidential

He was captivated!

A visit to the Badlands ("Must we take a picture, Mom?!")

Mountain Goats in the Badlands

Buffalo... I was so excited when we were finally able to locate them.
We were gone a total of 10 days and had a great time as a family. We were so grateful for the opportunity to make this amazing trip, and we spent a lot of time reflecting on the wonder and beauty of God's masterpiece!
Stay tuned for Part II...

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