LPO has always been a very special place for my family and me. Having holidayed here since 2003, my faith has been so significantly shaped by my encounters here. By inspiring couriers as a kid, incredible moments of worship, friends who have become like family but especially through moments with the Lord. People have often said it feels like a thin space because the gap between heaven and earth in this patch of the West coast of France feels especially thin.
Walks and time by the river were always special for me. Here I mulled over with some of my big life decisions - what to study at school, university, which boys to date, which friendships to invest in, where God was leading me in terms of career. In fact I received all my GCSE and AS and A Level results out in France!
So when I met James at my church at Durham University, I told him all about the river and how important it was to me. My family invited him to LPO the first summer we started dating and he finally got an insight into the spiritual beauty that rested in this place.
It was very apt then when he secretly arranged with my dad to come out to LPO in the summer of 2017, during his summer internship in London to surprise me. My mum and dad convinced me to come down to the river and there was James waiting! He told me he knew I had always made my big decisions down by the river so wanted me to make another big decision. He got down on one knee and the rest is history. We got married in September 2018 and the top table was called ‘The River at LPO’.
We came back to LPO last summer after a difficult few weeks following the sad passing of James’ amazing dad, David. It felt right that we could again lean into God and the family surrounding us at LPO as we walked through that season. I’ll be forever grateful for this special place!