Two Incredible Montana Women

2018-8-21 To Montana (1)Last week in Montana, I met two women who stopped me in my tracks.  The first was Nancy at the Windmill Village Bakery in a tiny town named Ravalli.  Nancy makes donuts.  Perhaps the best donuts I’ve ever eaten.  When we walked into her bakery, about an hour before closing, I was immediately taken by her open manner and kindness.  She had flour on her face and dough in her hands and a big welcoming smile.

As I asked her about these donuts we’d heard about, she told me about her Norwegian mother, who always kept a pot of potatoes on the stove, using them daily in different dishes.   Nancy’s eyes lit up as she described the “spudnuts’ her mother would make for special occasions.  She decided to make them in her bakery, and now she makes them by the hundreds, daily.

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“Three minutes on each side,” she said, as we watched her plop fresh dough into waiting hot oil.  It smelled like heaven as they turned golden brown.  I asked Nancy about her recipe, which she said she’ll guard until the day she dies.  “Then,” she said, “I’ll have it published in the local paper, maybe on a full page!”  Oh, how I hope I live to see that happen!

2018-8-21 To Montana (22)2018-8-21 To Montana (5)Each donut is hand-dipped into a sweet sugary glaze.  Her secret here is a dash of salt in the glaze to cut the sweetness of the powdered sugar.2018-8-21 To Montana (10)2018-8-21 To Montana (14)We were 4 very happy campers.  The donuts were a full meal.  Food of the Gods.

I’m going to send Nancy my grandma’s donut recipe.  I told her I make my grandma’s German donuts every year on New Year’s Eve.  It felt nice to speak of our mothers and grandmothers and how their legacy lives on, making us and so many others happy.

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The next day I met another Amazing Montana Woman.  Her name is Kapri and she is the creator and founder of Tinkle Belle, the best “Stand to Pee Accessory” out there.  She is a neighbor to Graham’s family at Ashley Lake, and we went hoping to use her internet when our phones got stuck in an update.  As we waited for the phones to figure themselves out, we met Kapri and her husband, Brad, and we learned about their business.  I was blown over.  Just the night before I was looking at other similar products to take on our upcoming trip to Africa, where it can be difficult to squat over pit latrines.

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Kapri’s story was captivating.  She described the 3-year process of design with all kinds of trial and error and working with engineers and different materials.  What she’s designed is remarkable.  A urologist by profession, she understands a woman’s anatomy and a woman’s needs.  In the humanitarian work I do, I know lots of women who would appreciate these devices and I’ll be sharing with them!

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 Tinkle Belle

Here is a bit about this gift to women from the Tinker Belle website:



Our mission is to enable women of all ages to be able to get out and adventure anywhere without having to be hindered by a lack of facilities or having to bare their assets. The Tinkle Belle gives women the ability and convenience of getting to stand to pee.

The Tinkle Belle is a product that supports the God Forgives Foundation. The God Forgives Foundation is a non-denominational for-profit foundation that opens and maintains orphanages in second and third world countries around the world. These children normally would not have a chance in life. Many of the children would be abused or end up in sex trafficking or modern day slavery.

The foundation has zero overhead and zero administrative costs.

100 percent of the money the foundation generates is used directly for the orphanages. The foundation sustains the orphanages and helps the children transition to adulthood either with skill-based training or education.

The foundation is for-profit, as we cannot always adhere to non-profit guidelines at this time. Because we are a for-profit, we are continually investing in, and incorporating businesses and products that help us increase the amount of support and money that we can generate for the foundation and the children.

In our view, it doesn’t matter if you’re religious or not, what political affiliation you are, what country you are in, your race, sexual orientation or what your socioeconomic background is. We believe that any and all children should have a good opportunity at life. We wish we could help them all and we’re trying to do as much as we are able, one child at a time.

We are not asking for donations. We believe that the best way you can support the foundation is through the purchasing and utilizing our products, like The Tinkle Belle. We’ve designed the Tinkle Belle to be the best product we could make and it’s our mission to be the female urination device that empowers women to stand to pee and live their #lifeoutstanding.

The Tinkle Belle has intentionally set itself up with a very small team and low overhead so that we can support the God Forgives Foundation as best we can and maximize our resources and money.

If you’d like to learn more about the foundation, you can check the website here:

We partner with other people, foundations and entities to help facilitate our mission like Angel House. For more information about Angel House. 


Good women are Heavenly Father’s gift to this world.  This week I met 2 amazing women during our Montana trip.  Both have made my world a better place.

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1 Response to Two Incredible Montana Women

  1. Julie Treadwell says:

    Loved getting to read this post. It invoked in me some Drooling and Draining.

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