We climbed Berray!

We climbed Berray . . . and it was a blast!

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Elevation: 6,177′   Berray Mountain Lookout

Just like in The Summer of Our LivesI decided to hike up to Berray mountain lookout, so I could have the same experience that Mary Ellen does in the first book of the All for Jesus Gang!

The gang all showed up at our house after breakfast, since we lived the closest to Mr. Morton. Dad piled us up in the back of the truck and drove us over to his little cabin at the bottom of Berray mountain.
“Look at how high it is,” said Major, cranking his neck back.

The Summer of Our Lives, The All for Jesus Gang book 1    ©Hannah Loviisa

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The trail was 10.6 miles round trip, and ranked as moderately difficult. It took us 3 1/2 hrs to get up, including breaks.

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There was a little pond about 3 miles up, and we followed a creek for part of the way. The mountain was covered in huckleberry and thimble berry bushes.

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Berray Mountain lookout

The lookout was awesome! We climbed up the three stair flights and went inside.

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There was a wood stove and furniture.
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360° views

It was beautiful up top, and a little colder, like the Professor said. We all paused and took in the view surrounding us. Almost every way I looked I could see for miles. Something about it made me feel closer to God – just the stillness and beauty of His creation. Overlooking in awe what the Creator’s hand had fashioned made Mary Ellen Tucker feel very small, very small indeed.

The Summer of Our Lives, The All for Jesus Gang book 1    ©Hannah Loviisa

It took us about 2 hrs to get back down. I am looking forward to writing about the hike in the book!

Here are a few more pictures!

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August-September Highlights

Hey y’all!

I can’t believe it’s already September again! It feels like the summer has just flown right past. Don’t want to scare you guys but in 3 months it’ll be Christmas! Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell . . . sorry, I got a little off off track there.

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watching the rodeo – the best part of fair

 

This August was my last year showing as a 4-H member at the fair. I showed a lamb and pig for the first time, plus showing dairy goat, market goat, and poultry.

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Taking my market lamb to auction

I also got to participate in small and large animal round robin (where you show all the species as one big competition) and got 1st in both.

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washing my pig for the show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was thrilled to get some new author pictures taken,

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not used to sitting at desks after so long…

 

and started classes at the community college.

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Love watching sunsets!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the best part of the summer,

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wake boarding!

was hanging out on the lake! Hope you guys all had a great summer, too!

Hannah 

 

Noxon, Montana

Here are some pictures from a fun little road trip I got to take to visit Noxon, Montana – the hometown location of Mary Ellen and the All for Jesus Gang. Bull River was overflowing from all the snow melt, and the little general store was similar to what I’d imagined the Professor’s family’s general store would look like.

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Interview with the cover girl from the AFJ Gang series

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Just for you all to enjoy, here’s an interview with Myah Worth, the girl who posed for the main character, Mary Ellen, in the covers of The All for Jesus Gang book series.

Mary Ellen

How old are you? 13

What are your favorite hobbies? Listening to music, motorcycle riding, horseback riding, crafts, skiing, and wake boarding

What do you like to do in your spare time? Be mother’s helper and babysit

Any pet peeves? I HAVE to be organized

Give me an interesting fact about yourself.  love children!

Favorite Colors? Pink, blue, and green

Favorite food? Mexican and Chinese

Favorite book? Little Women

Tell me about your family life. I have five siblings. I live on a farm and each day starts with my farm chores which are to milk and feed cows, feed horses, chickens, birds, dogs, cats, and pigs. Also I’m in charge of the younger kids. I have to make breakfast, help with their laundry, and get them ready.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Mom of MANY!! I want 10 kids.

Thank you, Myah!

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Click to HERE read the character’s interview, and see how Myah and Mary Ellen are similar and different.