Side note: Apologies for the lack of posts due to lack of internet access. The good news is we have posts queued up for you, the bad news is that for now I am posting from the WordPress app on my phone so inserting photos and such is a bridge too far to cross! So…enjoy the words and I’ll add the photos as soon as I am back to civilization and Wifi availability! 😉
It’s a special friend and family that is kind enough that you can pretty much invite yourself into their world and then pretty much never leave. I’m lucky enough to have more than a few of these kinds of strangers that I’ve chosen to keep and I’ve got a beautiful village of “good people.”
My village today happens to be a ranch in Western Montana nestled into the Rocky Mountains just at the Continental Divide with my sweet friend and even sweeter mother Ali.
Ali has a smile that’s impossible to not smile back at and it may have been pushy, but I’m glad I invited myself into her life; both when she lived in MI and now again when she’s back living on the ranch in Montana.
Even though it’s been almost three years since we’ve spent much time together, when we laced up for a run along a Montana dirt road with the Rockies as our back-drop, we settled in like we had just ran together last week. I love people who are just that amazing and it’s just that easy.
And so, I sit on the porch, thankful for our morning run, the laughs, the stories, the honesty, the hopes, a few plans, and now, the time of gratitude.
Now, we move on to one of the next best things to running in the Mountains (or anywhere really) we sit on the porch with a good cup of coffee, an even better friendship, and happy kids laughing in the background.