Good morning everyone! 

I thought this fine January morning with the sun shining out my window (I know, I live in sunny So. Cal but it hasn't been so sunny lately...) would be a good day to update you on the upcoming Art & Faith Creative Retreats.  

Yesterday Rebecca and I worked on this summer's retreat, thanks to her knowing how to put together nice Excel spreadsheets!  That is one aspect of my business/ministry that I am not so good at... so a big shout out to Rebecca for taking three years of business classes in High School!  And making her dad so very happy that when he asks me business related questions I may actually be able to show him the answers now.  :)

I really can't tell you how excited we are about the things the Lord is doing through these retreats, and this summer looks to be the biggest event ever! I have always wanted my art retreats to have a faith element to them, but when I finally felt the Lord calling me to put Him FIRST in these retreats...THAT is when He blew the roof off of them!  I've said it before and I will say it again:  When you give the Lord the control and yield your will to His, that's when He shows you how incredible He is and how His plan is WAY better than yours.  I LOVE how He shows us this and that He truly gets all the glory for it. Yes & Amen!

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If you've come to one of my retreats in the past you know my girls are my helpers.  I have been so blessed to have them love what I do and it has been even more of a blessing to see where the Lord is leading them THROUGH these retreats.  Rebecca specifically has such a heart for this ministry and is praying about joining me full time after college!  And the ladies LOVE her and all that she bring to the retreats so it would be a joy to have the Lord use her in this way.  

So this summer can't come quick enough!  If you have signed up for this retreat, we are SO excited to meet you and see what the Lord is going to show you during our time together in Italy!

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How could it not be a GREAT time with these two humans?!?  I knew right away when the Lord told me to start doing the faith based retreats that these two were who He wanted me to teach with the first time and I asked them right away!  And I am so honored that they want to come back... AGAIN!  So this year I will be teaching, and laughing, and learning with these great ladies!  Sooooo looking forward to the time we will have together this June and what the Lord will put on our hearts to share with all the people coming.  And speaking of "all the people coming"... right now we are at 32 people!  WOW... that is by far the biggest group I have had, but I know the Lord is going to do amazing things and He has brought each person to this week in Italy for a reason.  

Looking forward to the future... Rebecca and I have been praying over what that looks like.  I know I have mentioned on here that we want to do a Paris Art & Faith Creative Retreat and that is in the planning stages right now!  It looks like it will be a Summer of 2018 time frame and is going to be the LONGEST retreat as well!  

So we are THRILLED to announce that we are planning a Paris-Bruges

10 day Art & Faith Creative Retreat!  

We will start it off in the beautiful city of Paris and explore the city we all love and dream about.  Rebecca and I have been to Paris many times and we love to show the ladies all the hidden jewels of this city.  We will explore some of the not so well known places and little cafes and stores that we love, as well as take everyone to the famous icons of this enchanting city!  Then we will visit some places outside the city to get a feel for the countryside of France.  And then on to Bruges, Belgium for a couple days to enjoy what that storybook town has to offer.  This is one of our favorite little towns in Europe and if you ask others who have been to Bruge, they will agree with you!  Then we will come back to Paris and end our 10 day retreat right in the heart of Paris where it all started.  We can't WAIT to spend this time with everyone! If you are trying to plan ahead for this trip, the dates are not set in stone yet, but it looks like it will be:

Paris - Bruges:  July 14 - 24, 2018

If you have sent me an email to be put on the Interest List, I will be sending you an email towards the end of the month with more specific details on pricing and what will be included.  This will be a much smaller retreat than the one in Italy, so if you haven't put your name on the list yet, go ahead and send me your name and information via my Contact Page at the top of this website.  

If you're wondering about a 2018 Art & Faith Creative Retreat in Italy... YES, there will still be one!  We haven't picked the exact dates of that yet as well, but most likely it will be towards the end of June.  If you are interested in that retreat you can also send an email via my Contact Page above.  

And if that is not enough for you... we are also planning some U.S. Art & Faith Creative Retreats!  I know a lot of you would love to join us and have expressed interest in having us do these locally.  So, with that in mind, we are planning for a Fall 2017 retreat locally in So. Cal!  We love where we live and in the Fall it is just beautiful here and we would love to share that with you!  We are SO excited about this and you can check back for details on this here or send an email via the Contact page as well.  

 

Eventually, we will be planning 3-4 of our Art & Faith Creative Retreats each year.  Rebecca and I feel the Lord moving us to do more to touch more lives and to bring the love of the Lord to as many people as He gives us the opportunity to!  We are so blessed to have this opportunity and we look forward to what the Lord is wanting it to look like.  There are lots of ideas in our heads right now, but we are praying for guidance as He shows us what that looks like.

Thank you to everyone who has been on one of our retreats and has had such kind words to say!  We feel such a JOY getting to serve you for the week and sharing our love and passion for being CREATIVE and sharing in our FAITH with everyone!  And to all of you who email me or leave a comment, THANK YOU!  I also know many woman who would love the opportunity to come on one of these retreats but just don't have the way to make that happen.  We are praying for the Lord to make a way for that to happen if you are prayerfully considering joining us.  I think that is why the Lord is putting it on our hearts to do this here in the U.S. as well so we can make it more affordable and easier to get to.  

Much to be thankful for as this year is just beginning!  And much to be HOPEFUL about.  (my #onelittleword if you haven't read the last blog post)  We hope to see YOU some day and share time with you at one of our retreats!

Have a GREAT day,

Laura

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