Three things, no, four, June knew that Moose loved: the Lord, herself, the ocean and nature. When Moose presented his plan to build their barn using the blueprint for his dream ship, June agreed quickly. They would live in the ship barn while constructing their ranch home.
“These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.”
—Genesis 6:9 KJV
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
—Matthew 1:23 KJV
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
—Micah 6:8 KJV
Harriet surprised June with a quilt made of tiny squares with an ivory satin border. “I sewed a block a day, praying for your situation. I memorized many psalms while I sewed—Psalm 45 a favorite.”
“And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.”
—Esther 8:15 KJV
Settled in their cabin on their first night home, Montana concluded his story: “I learned a thousand uses for peaches—and saw a thousand ways of God’s provision.” Montana brought out a stovepipe hat and placed it on his head. “This is the souvenir Cream insisted I purchase. On winter evenings, we both worked on memorizing Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The gift shop at the train depot sold the hats, along with copies of Lincoln’s speech. I had the long train ride home to polish my memory.” Montana proudly finished reciting the address. Susanna rewarded him with a piece of fresh apple pie, placed on a dessert plate they had received as a wedding gift.
“Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not.”
—Nehemiah 9:21 KJV
“I saved one of my best memories ‘til last. As we gathered in the orchard for vespers, a flock of tundra swans flew overhead. Their honking sounded like trumpets as our quartet sang.” Montana stretched his arms toward the sky. “Only one more day on the trail, and we’ll be stargazing on our home slice of heaven.”
“Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.”
—Psalm 42:8 KJV