|Emigrant Peak at sunset|
So it is that the Paradise Valley in Montana is my Thin Place. And it's the place I return to year after year. The beauty of it all is that it isn't just my Thin Place - it is Dave's Thin Place and Nate's Thin Place. And, for the friends and family who have joined us here each year, I would venture to say that they have had a similar experience here.
|Brooks and Nate at the Lodge|
I live in the city year-round - off of a busy street. I love my home because it is the home I've built with Dave and Nate. The love that goes in and out of that place throughout a calendar year is special. And I have experienced a few Thin Places during my journey in the city - Christmas Eve and the lighting of the Christ Candle every year, memorable visits from friends, cuddling on the couch with my now 12-year-old boy (and these days, any cuddling is uncommon and therefore memorable). But Thin Places are rare, which is why they are special, and in our case, why we leave our city home and come back to the same place summer after summer after summer.
|The whole family on the swing at Riversbend Lodge|
It is our last full day in Montana before we head to Colorado for work. But, we'll be back. Because we have realized that without our Thin Place we have a hard time making it through the rest of the year. As I write this blog and stare up at the mountain, watch the river flow by beneath it, I take every second of it in. I smell it, breathe it and tuck it away to pull out on a particularly hard day when I can't find my bearings. Life is meant to be lived this way all the time. And, we're working on that plan. In the meantime, we've deliberately slowed down the pace back home as best we can over the years. We've said "no" to many a thing, we've committed to more of these Thin Place moments, even when we're outside of our favorite place on earth.
Riversbend Lodge with us each year. You know the treasure you have in the lodge and the B&B, and the rest of us have enjoyed being the recipients of this Thin Place. Of course, we're working on being your neighbors someday. :)
Wherever your Thin Place is - our prayer is that you would find it and live there as much as you can!
-Rachel for the Quan Clan