Here we are, on the cusp of Thanksgiving, a perfect opportunity to express how grateful we are for YOU, our friends, neighbors, clients, and colleagues. You provide us with the motivation to give our best effort, while reminding us to have fun along the way. We hope Thanksgiving offers you exactly what you will enjoy most, be it merriment with family, peace and quiet in our beautiful surroundings, or perhaps a combination of both!
With holiday shopping right around the corner, today we are thankful for local business. The locally owned shops, restaurants and services that comprise our communities are distinctly Montana, the people running them our friends, family, and neighbors. We can think of no better way to express our gratitude for the thoughtful selections, unique dining experiences, and honest service than to make our holiday purchases from the people whose efforts shape our local experience.
Today we give thanks for the slow lane. We are grateful to live in a state with one area code, where one lane bridges and seasonal road closures are common. We appreciate the opportunity to take our time, to leave the hustle and bustle to the overcrowded masses elsewhere. Joy is life at its own pace, unforced, in authentic beauty.
Six days left until Thanksgiving, a perfect time to give thanks for the celebrations of our communities. Whether it is golden-hearted Bigfork Elves decorating the village for Christmas, the amazing City of the North Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting in Kalispell, the whimsical Whitefish Winter Carnival, or the Night of Lights Parade in Columbia Falls, the towns of the Flathead Valley rejoice in friendship, family, and community. Prime examples of putting the words thanks and giving together.
How grateful we are for Montana's children! Connected to nature and the outdoors, Montana children remind us to look at the sunrise and point at the moon. They find joy in homemade snow caves and can expertly skip rocks. Their laughter can be heard in 4H corners, on chairlifts, in the breezes of the lake shore, and in our backyards.
This twelfth day of gratitude finds us thankful for beer. Not just any beer, but rather the lovingly crafted, earthy toned delight that is the Montana microbrew. Here’s what we like to call a little Montana math: Montana beer + Montana views= Pure Heaven
We open the week grateful for Flathead Lake and its ability to transport us to paradise. As if living in close proximity to ski resorts, unspoiled wilderness and a national park are not enough, what good fortune to have the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi right in our backyard! The lake’s waters are a backdrop for some of our favorite memories. Good thing there’s no shortage on making more…
Yep, you guessed it. Today we give thanks for snow! Joy is the first flakes falling, making the warmth inside glow. Peace is the newly minted morning, a blanket of sparkling white calling for our tracks. Home is the latest snowman out front and the hands made cold from the loving effort, encircling warm mugs.
Today we are thankful to ride that horse, climb that mountain, swim that lake, ski that run, and snowshoe that trail. Health is life’s gold standard, and in Montana it is sustained by locally farmed food, clean water, fresh air, and the freedom to move in a landscape of perfection.
Today finds us reflecting on how fortunate we are to live next door to one of the most naturally exceptional places on Earth, Glacier National Park. This diverse and magnificent expanse of Montana territory never disappoints. No matter how much time we spend here the trails always unveil sights that leave us breathless. Such perfection fully interconnected in natural harmony creates a sanctuary, and whether immersed for an hour or a day or week, we reemerge in the everyday world renewed.
Today we express gratitude for our constant companion, the Montana dog. Regular inhabitants of the beds of pickup trucks, they also often serve as welcome wagons at entrances of shops and restaurants while waiting for owners. The dogs here swim, hike, climb, herd and hunt, and some are highly skilled at pulling sleds and people on skis. Montana dogs complete life here in Montana, since nothing can replace an eager friend with a warm heart, joyful to join us on every kind of adventure.
Our fifth day of gratitude finds us pausing in the quiet that is uniquely Montana. Whether it is the stillness of winter’s landscape hushed around a frozen lake, or the silence of the road outside our window, we are grateful for the magic of wide open spaces.
Words fall short of our gratitude for the veterans of this great country.On the day they enlisted or received a commission, each wrote a blank check to the USA for anything, up to and including their life. We take today to honor the uncompromising selflessness offered up by these brave men and women, as well as the families who support them.
Today we give thanks for the kindness of everyday Montana; the UPS driver who leaves a treat for the dog with our packages, the women at the postal counter who are always helpful and kind, the school crossing guards keeping our kids safe, and the barista who sees our truck and has the coffee ready before we make it to the window. Community is the little courtesies, the unsaid and shared acknowledgement of making life a touch easier, a bit more pleasant.