Montana’s area code is 406, so April 6 has become known to us Montanans as Montana Day. The above picture is of my husband’s family ranch. This picture was taken by our house looking over a portion of the ranch where we lived for about twenty years.
I was not born in Montana, but it has become the place I call home. Its rugged, breathtaking beauty, its western way of life, the presence of God I feel when I stand in its outdoors; these things are why I call myself a Montanan.
I have lived many different places in my lifetime and I loved things about them all. If I ever live somewhere else in the future, I know I would be able to adjust and find the beauty of wherever I may find myself. But Montana is in my soul, and wherever I might wander I know my heart will always be here.
Beneath The Big Sky
Oh Montana, where my heart resides,
no matter where I be,
your mountains high and plains so wide
are all my eyes can see.
The roaring of your rivers, wild,
restore my inner peace.
Your morning air of fragrant pine,
bring joys that never cease.
You fill my heart with western dreams
in God’s most favorite place;
my blood with passion, wild and free,
my soul, with awe and grace.
Not for fame untold, do I want,
nor gold with which to die.
I simply want to live my life
beneath your blue, Big Sky.
Sheryl Craig Russell