Today is the day!  One year ago, we moved into our mountain home!  Can you believe that?  One whole year!!!!!!!  It seems like just yesterday that we were making that drive up the mountain.  Micah in the moving truck with a trailer behind it, and I in our car with a trailer behind me.  (Yes, we had a moving truck and two trailers.)  I burnt up our brakes coming into camp that first time.  I had no idea what it even meant to “downshift.”

Here we are one year later, and I am one mountain-driving-momma!  Those “hills” don’t scare me!  (Right Sheri Ritter?  LOL!)  We have come to call ourselves Southern Californians.  We don’t do hot weather…above 80 degrees!  We don’t know what to do when it rains, besides sit in the house and watch it.  Humidity, what is that?!!!  I wear Rainbows.  (If you don’t know what they are, then you are not from SoCal.)  We love the beach and pretty much keep our beach gear ready to go at any time!  We laugh at the 20 turkeys in our yard each day, and if we don’t see at least that many deer each day, we know something is wrong.  Grace rides horses bareback!  It’s really amazing how much we have become a part of our new home.

On the other hand, I feel like I just got here yesterday.  I can remember conversations we had on that first day here at camp.  I remember coming into our home for the first time, and realizing that this is where we were going to live.  I remember breaking out in hives at every mention of homeschooling my children!  I remember missing our families so bad that it hurt.  (Okay, that hasn’t gone away, and that’s a good thing.)

I can’t even really begin to explain what this year has done for me!  I can say that I love my mountain home and the friends that we have made.  I love PCCC and the ministry being done here.  I am so gracious for God’s love and mercy every single moment of every single day!

I am not sure how often I will blog from here on out, but thank you to everyone who has encouraged me throughout my one year journey as a Mountain Momma!  I am so thankful that I was willing to “climb every mountain.”  The journey is sometimes a long and windy road, but WOW, the view from the top is always amazing!

About a month ago, this song really spoke to me as I was thinking about our journey this year.  I hope it encourages you just like it did me!  Before you watch the video, read the lyrics.  God is so faithful to his children, even though we don’t deserve any of it!  He is FAITHFUL!

Never Once by Matt Redman

Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never one did we ever walk alone
Never once did you leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

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