If you read my last blog post, it talked about Gumby - yes the green flexible character. Well, that was definitely what we needed to be with this move. Our movers were originally scheduled for 4/10, but the Lord had a different plan.
In our quiet time, the Lord told Ken to look at the weather forecasts. In doing so, he felt the Lord showed him that we should leave a day earlier. So we changed our movers to the 8th and were planning on leaving on the 9th - which we felt the Lord said "crossover on Passover". Long story short, the movers were done early on the 8th. Our plans to stay in KC for a night or two changed, so we decided to head to KC just to get ahead start on travel and leave early on 8th from there. Neither one of us could sleep well that night so we were up and gone from the hotel by 4am. The weather was good, except the 40 mph wind. That made pulling a Uhaul trailer quite the challenge. Our gas mileage went from 20mpg to 14mpg. Ken couldn't even keep up with the speed limit. Then suddenly my phone let out this alarm that made me jump a mile..."Squall warning". I thought what the heck is a squall warning? LOL... well, we were in the middle of near white out conditions, blizzard snow coming down. In looking at the radar it made more sense to keep driving then to stop so we could get through it. Otherwise we would of had to wait it out a very long time!
The drive was really boring - I mean worse than Western Kansas boring. And what else, was that we were literally the ONLY car on the highway with an occasional trucker passing by. Ok, once in a great moon we saw a car, but seriously it was rare. The first time we saw even a few in one place was when we stopped in Rapid City, SD for a quick bite. We thought that's where we would bed down for the night, but God had other plans. He said get to Montana - stop in Broadus, MT for the night. By the time we got to our little hotel room in a town of just a few people, it was 930pm. That made our driving day a 17.5 hour day!!! We were exhausted! But we made it there safe and sound! Thank YOU Lord. What the Lord showed us was that we "crossed over" into our Promise Land of Montana on Passover, literally!!! How cool is that!
The next day the 10th, we again we got up and out the door by 5am. The sun was shining and you could see why they call it Big Sky country. It was all you could see for miles! Again, not a car in sight, but a random trucker would pass us by. That brought a smidgeon of anxiety, beings that we had no cell service and our car was burning oil, like it was gasoline. Adding the weight of the trailer I'm sure didn't help the engine's efficiency. By 5pm we were rolling into our new town of Hamilton, MT. We made a stop by the new place to drop the trailer and meet our wonderful neighbors and landlord George & Anna. We then went to a Airbnb in Darby, the south end of the Bitterroot Valley. That place was magnificent. It was a fully equipped 1 bedroom apartment with of course mountain views and a nice hot tub which our bodies so needed!! We couldn't
move in until Monday afternoon until the internet had been installed as we would have needed to be "quarantined" for 14 days first. As we told you, the Lord wanted us to get here before the weather hit......and it did hit. The first night we stayed in Darby, it snowed 5-6". It was beautiful as we sat by the fire and took in the amazing mountain views. And enjoying Huckleberry everything - Montana is known for Huckleberries. It's kind of like a blueberry - cross with raspberry? It's delicious.
The views from our place are incredible. To the west, our back deck you see us with the Bitterroot Mountains behind us. The front deck view is the Bitterroot River which is absolutely stunning with the sun glistening on it...and this river runs through much of the town/valley. We also can see the Sapphire Mountains to the East. The few people we have met have been very friendly and welcoming! We got to visit a church live and in person Sunday and that was much needed! Each day we venture out for a drive to one of the nearby towns - there are about 10 of them in a 45 mile stretch. We found an Amish store in one yesterday that we love and will shop at often!
The other thing we have learned quickly is that there are a bunch of "gardening" type farms -that raise beef, chicken, produce, make cheese and more. Everything is organic, grass fed and non-gmo. Matter of fact, you can't be in the farmer's market unless you are... so pretty much all are! One farm offers what they call "mayday gardens" free to those who want to learn. So we signed up for one and will get that in a few days. Here's what it includes:
We are excited to have a place where can we garden again and will be thankful for the food harvest! Our neighbor gave us a ton of pots and planters so we can transplant our garden into those.
The grocery stores here are great... most offer a big big selection of hormone, antibiotic free meats, free range eggs, organic produce and healthy options. The downside is food is much more expensive than what we are used to paying, but we will be eating healthier! There is one farm here that offers beef filet for $64lb, not a restaurant, but buy and take home. Farm eggs are $5-6 a dozen. Our nearest Walmart is almost an hour away and Costco too. We haven't ventured that far yet but will probably in the near future. The town we are in has 4400 people in it.. and around 12k in the country around it. The whole valley has about 65k people, not counting Missoula which is the town we will go to for Walmart, etc. It's a college town and has about 70k in it alone. Actually, that's where we saw cars and traffic for the first time in our 29 hour drive from Eldo to Montana!
We are so blessed to be here and thankful for all of you who prayed for us - and are continuing to do so. Thank you for those who have checked in on us! It's been nice talking with some of you even through video. That is still the hardest thing for me - not being able to see you all face to face.... so I'm hoping you'll come for a visit soon!
Please continue to pray for my health - pain levels are ridiculous and unfortunately sleep hasn't improved, maybe even worse. I am fighting discouragement as I really felt the Lord said He would heal me as we came...but hasn't yet. Ken has made job applications at quite a few places, but no one is in hiring or interviewing mode quite yet. Of course, we are still contending and believing for provision to step into the destiny God has for us here.
We love you and are thankful for you!!
Ken & Michele Cole
...God's love and care is amazing!!
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