Washington For Christmas (part 3)

Continuing on our trip, we stayed our last night on the road in Montana, from there we hit the gorgeous Rocky Mountains.

Going through them there was snow, just beautiful.

In Idaho we stopped to check out some falls and found a great little coffee shop.

At 8 pm that night we finally arrived in Point Roberts Washington. I thoroughly enjoyed the drive out, so many sights I’d not seen in years. What a wonderful country we all live in, God is incredible to have created such beauty.

Psalms 95

4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also

5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.

Washington for Christmas (part 2)

After a delicious breakfast of pancakes and fruit made by our generous hosts we left Rodchester Minnesota and hit the road. Half way through the day we crossed the boarder into North Dakota, it was very windy there. We went through Jamestown where Louis L’amour trail is. It is also the home of the great white buffalo, there is a little western tourist town which was really cool but closed, one could still walk through it. 

Western town

At the end of the town was a huge buffalo statue. 



After a long days drive We arrived in Dickinson North Dakota where we met the pastor of the Calvary Chapel there who showed us to the home of the youth pastor and his families who was out of town but generously opened there home to us to stay over night and prepared food for us also. 

Long day on the road

What a blessing. The next morning we ate, cleaned and packed up than enjoyed a morning of fellowship at church. As soon as church was over we hit the road where soon we found Roosevelt National park where the possibilities of seeing buffalo, prairie dogs and wild horses were anticipated. 

Prairie dog

We did see a couple buffalo, one horse and lots of prairie dogs. We did not complain.

Washington for Christmas 

For Christmas last year we asked the kids if they thought driving out to Washington state to visit their grandparents would make a good Christmas gift, that meaning they would not receive any presents from us accept our whole family drive to Washington. They enthusiastically agreed. Our Rottweiler was bread early that fall and we told the kids we could not leave until all the puppies were sold which would not take place until February. We decided to take the whole month  of March for this trip, 5 days to drive there and than 2 weeks in Washington and than a week to drive back. 

Woke up early on Thursday the 3 of March

Wednesday night my younger sister Erin showed up to join us on our long adventure. We finished loading up the van and packing food than went to bed. Waking up at 5 so to be on the road by 6. That first day we drove to Chicago to go to Shriners for Charlottes Dr. appointments, they all went well. After  spending the night at Ronald McDonald house we left that Friday for Minnesota.

Stopped at Horizon Christian Fellowship in La Crosse to say hello and get a latte.
Love snow

Arriving in Rodchester MN We spend the night at my friends house Michael and Anna Lawman.

This girl is fantastic, she put up with me during my teen years

They blessed us not just by putting us up for the night but also Feeding us pizza and taking my wild clan of 6 kids to play at the bounce house. The kids had tons of fun and us adults were able to get some good conversations in. Brilliant! It was a win win situation.

3 months later

Luis is doing very well. We were able to come home after a week and a half in the hospital. He has been very healthy since and a delight to us all.A week after we got home with Luis. We are so thankful.


Luis at 3 months giving us smiles.