I know... that sounds like an oxymoron. Work and Italy together.
It's rough. ;)
But seriously... we DID work, and even though it is the most incredible, inspiring and enjoyable place TO work, we want to make sure that when you come to Italy WITH us, we are showing YOU the most incredible, inspiring and enjoyable places while you are there!
Here is a snapshot of some of the places we saw while we were working:
We have been to Lake Como many times, (I think this was my 16th time) but this was the first time we were there so late in the fall. It was STUNNING. I just didn't realize you would see so much COLOR. Someone told me while we were there that on the lake they have about 40% of their trees that change color. Wow, was it gorgeous!
This little hamlet of Bellagio is one of my favorites. It's very hidden and most people never explore it, but it has some amazing views of the other side of the lake and this building is one of my favorite buildings in all of Bellagio. As we were walking here I had an inkling that this house would be beautiful, because in the summer it is covered in these green leaves. Well, I have to say that at this time of year it is just showing off! hahaha
I couldn't get enough of it... I think I took photos from every angle I could get. :)
We both just couldn't stop taking pictures! And that is why I could kick myself for not taking the good camera! I know the iPhone has a great camera, but it just doesn't have the capabilities of a good digital camera. So remind me next time... take your good camera Laura!
This is another angle of the photo I posted yesterday on "What path are you taking?" blog post. This door and path is on the way to that same hamlet in the photo above. I walk past this door every time I'm there and I had such a urge to open it and see what was "behind that door" :)
And of course I always find a "heart" rock. Ok, they might not be perfectly shaped like a heart, but I'm ok with that. To me it's just a "God wink" that I always find one. It's like my little sign that I'm where I am supposed to be and the Lord is IN THIS. This job, this dream, this mission... He has it all in His plans and we are just a tiny little part of the equation. We have been praying over this place and what the Lord is calling Rebecca and I to do here and we know He is showing us some amazing plans!
And this lady right here, Rita, she is a BIG part of that! The Lord brought her into our lives for a reason and we are so blessed by her. She has such JOY and PASSION for her Bellagio. I am so grateful we have been able to "team up" with her and that she WANTS to show us her lake! It was such a fun WORK WEEK with her and we have lots to show YOU now.
Rita also introduced us to an amazing artist, right there in Bellagio! We were so honored that he would take the time to meet with us in his studio and talk to us about his art, his plans for a studio he is building and how we can work together in the future. Exciting things happening and I will be sharing more very soon!
So there you have it! We have some new things on the horizon for our Art & Faith Creative Retreats! We look forward to what God is doing and what He has in store for those who come.
We are looking forward to meeting the next group right here in June of 2018! If you are still interested in joining that group, there are a few spots available and I always, always say this... if the Lord is putting it on your heart to come, then listen to Him and trust that He will make a way.
I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He brings the people to our retreats that He has already planned to be there... for a reason. There are way too many examples of this to tell you right now, but the ladies who have come can tell you. They needed to be there and it changed their lives in some little or big way... For that reason we will continue to do these retreats as long as the Lord allows.
Which brings me to the reason why we went in October... (although we didn't know it at the time... but the Lord is ever patient with us and guiding us to what He wants...)
We are going to do TWO retreats in Bellagio next year!!
Yes, we are! We will be sharing the details of the next one VERY SOON. We are so blessed by the lady who will be teaching with me and I still can't believe it! We are praying about what this will look like and the exact dates, but it will most likely be the last week in September or the first week in October.
If you are at all interested in coming to Lake Como, Italy with us next fall then please send me an email via the CONTACT page up at the top. I will put you on the email list when we announce it... very soon!
The Lord is gathering people. He WANTS us to meet together. I pray you consider joining us in that and seeing what He has in store for you.