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Epic Road Trip: Billings, MT

on April 27, 2013

Sorry for the gap in posting, but it’s difficult to keep it up when we’re driving all day and spending the night at monasteries in the middle of nowhere Colorado, then we get to Billings and it would be rude to not visit with our lovely hosts!

So. After we left Littleton, CO we took a short trip north to the Abbey of St. Walburga in Virginia Dale, CO. The location is quite remote in the mountains just south of the Wyoming border. Jeremy lived there for a couple years helping the nuns on their cattle ranch, so he knows a bunch of the sisters. It was a nice stop to go there and see the holy ladies and spend some time attending liturgies in their beautiful chapel. Because of the location, our cell phones didn’t receive a signal and there was no internet connection for guests. That was  nice, too. After we ate and attended the final liturgy of the evening, we went back to the guest house and we each picked out a short spiritual book to read. Then we hung out reading in peace until bedtime. Then we went to bed early. It was great. We both finished our books, too! 

On Thursday morning, we packed up the car after mass and began our trip to Billings. It was a loooong day of driving. It took longer than I thought it would and we were all pretty tired of being in the car by the time we got to Billings. Stephen had a difficult day despite the allure of one of his brand new road trip toys. He did play with that thing for most of the trip, but he was being really ornery about eating so he got super mad toward 5pm and we had to pull off the side of the road at a “no services” exit to feed him. A guy drove up after a while to ask if we were okay. Yep, we’re fine, just a toddler meltdown is all. Then when we got back in the car, Stephen kind of whimpered and whined for the rest of the nearly two hours we were in the car. Jeremy was the real hero, entertaining Stephen with blocks, a monkey, a dog, and who knows what else. I was just focused on driving as fast as I dared to get to Billings as soon as possible.

Whew. It feels so good to finally be in Billings. Our hosts here are just so lovely. They are full of wonderful stories and are a very inspiring Catholic family. Our weekend so far has been relaxing, and comforting. Today, we are going to a large party to meet many of our old friends. I’m really looking forward to catching up with all the people we had to leave behind when we moved to New Mexico. Tomorrow we are going to mass at our good priest friend’s church, then moving across town to visit a family we were very close to, and still are. Then, we leave Billings on Monday morning. I expect it will be sad for me to leave Billings behind a second time, but I know I’ll have to get over it so hopefully it won’t last long. I really like it here. It feels like home to me.

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One response to “Epic Road Trip: Billings, MT

  1. Daphne says:

    You are always welcome. Who knows where life will lead you. Really the only thing we miss about the Midwest is trees and our church family.

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