Montana in the Rear View Mirror

The Bitter Sweet of Leaving Montana

Montana in the rear view mirrorLeaving Montana was the hardest decision of my life. There are some things in life that just don’t make sense or seem logical, however, it is usually in these illogical moments in our life where we find the answers to life-long questions. Answers that seem to live outside the norm of everyday life. Answers that live outside the comfort zones that we create for ourselves in our subconscious efforts to suppress our desire for something more.

Don’t get me wrong, I am old enough to have learned that the “grass is not necessarily greener on the other side.” However, there are some things in life that you can only learn by stepping outside your comfort zone and letting God be your guide even when everything around you is telling you something different.

Montana is a Part of Who I Am

For me, this “thing” that did not make sense was leaving Montana. Montana is in my blood, it is in my bones, and it is in my heart. The mountains call me each and every day with their awe inspiring attempt to reach to heaven. They bring me closer to God in a non-mountain-worshiping way. They bring me closer to God because they remind me of our Creator’s commitment to excellence and the fact that He loved us so much, He created places like Glacier National Park and the Flathead River. I love the four seasons from the dry hot summers rafting down the middle fork to the brisk cool winters where the steam rises from my morning coffee as I sit on the front porch gazing at the snow-capped Big Mountain (AKA: Whitefish Mountain).

I could go on and on about how much I love Montana, but the point of this blog is to point out the fact that sometimes we have to lay down the things we love so much for a new adventure, for a new opportunity to be used by God in a way that we never thought was possible. I never thought I would leave Montana, however, God had different plans and I’ve learned that it is better to stay in His wake than to try and venture out on my own.

Leaving Stuff Behind

For those of you who know us, you have watched us continually step out of our comfort zone over the years so this is nothing new for you. For those of you who are new to our adventures, we have decided to trade in our stuff for experiences. We have decided to show our kids that life can still be amazing without stuff while at the same time keeping the dream of a family hobby farm alive. We have decided that despite the challenges that come with selling everything and traveling in a camper with a family of seven, the rewards that lay ahead will be what is remembered by our entire family.

Yes, we will miss Montana, but the feeling I get when I wake up in the morning looking forward to another adventure that is not hindered by a white picket fence and a large mortgage is beyond words. I feel like a kid again who couldn’t wait to hop on my BMX bike and head out on a journey to who knows where in small town Montana. This time, the world is my canvas and God is my tour guide. Who could ask for more than that.

Thanks for following our blog and I look forward to sharing our adventures with you.

Matthew Hall – Leader of The Seven of Us!

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Comments (4)
  1. DR Svare August 6, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Left Montana ourselves two years ago (Bozeman area). Winters just were too much of a struggle. Two adults, a golden-doodle, a polydactyl cat (lots of extra toes), and a Conure (small parrot). Moved to Nevada. Haven’t done any traveling yet, but the lack of property taxes, cheaper everything, and warm weather has made it very worthwhile. Can’t imagine doing this with youngsters, but many do and I applaud your reserve. Enjoy your travels, I’ll enjoy reading about your joys and your pitfalls.
    Regards, David R. (Doc) Svare Pahrump, NV.

    • Matthew August 7, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Hi David. I love the Bozeman area and eastern Montana. Lots of memories there hunting with my dad. There is not one square inch of Montana that I don’t have a love and appreciation for. Thanks for the encouragement. Maybe we will see you on the road someday.

  2. Claudia Ampudia August 6, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I enjoy your blog and pictures. I feel like I’m along on your adventures. Keeping you, Bethany and kiddos in my prayers. Blessings.

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