It all started with a text that said “Hey, I have a wild idea…” followed by a, “That would be a dream come true…” response, and was set into motion by, “Great news! The housing and transportation is all figured out.” #wuuuutttt?!?
God provided the most wonderful little getaway this weekend and I just have to share. Maybe it will inspire you to plan something with some of those life-giving friends you are always inspired by! If so, I want an invite. :)
Every retreat needs swag. And this one did not dissapoint. One of our fabulous swag sponsors, who is also my friend, Lauren, focused and stirred our hearts for the weekend with this hand-lettered verse. We couldn’t move past this being our core motivation for writing. It’s this shared vision that originally connected us as friends and now gave us synergy to spend a weekend encouraging, consulting and refining our work.
Practicing our hobby and honing our craft for the glory of God! Now that’ll preach.
Bri and I found each other in the airport and marveled at the way God has morphed and grown our friendship from our days early back in Charlotte to present day. From me being single and her being a newlywed, to her throwing my engagement party and now raising elementary school children!
When we lived in Columbia, Kristi and I were acquaintances and even shared a mutual love for the same hair girl. It’s been crazy to see our lives intersect again in such a meaningful way both on and offline. We basically ate our way through Asheville starting with FarmBurger, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Biscuithead (!!!), Rhubarb and a fabulous tapas place I can’t remember the name of…when in Asheville, do chow your way through the town. (I also suggest Early Girl Eatery, but you can only eat so much in 48 hours!)
When we weren’t eating, we were soaking in the richness of the most welcoming cottage you’ve eve seen. A Bible teacher in Asheville likes to “gift” her home to women in ministry so they can use it as a getaway spot. Seriously? I want to be her.
I hope the pictures communicate a bit of what the experience was like. Her home ooozed Jesus and rest and warmth and all things restorative.
You could walk around for hours always having something new for your eyes to land on. There were beautifully layered vignettes everywhere you turned. Books of the finest titles. Cookware and decorative pieces that gave pops of the prettiest shades of green and blue. Plus, she had little bowls of quality chocolate, fine lotions, luxurious soaps and delicious teas laid out in spots all over the house.
It made me think alot about developing the feel, personality and richness of my own home and the possibility of “gifting” it to others. (I’d love to hear your thoughts about this if you have any!)
Oh, and the view? Ridiculous.
Sunday morning we got to be a part of the ministry of City Church. Kristi and her husband are church-planters and can I just say that I’d attend their church in a heartbeat if I were living anywhere near this community? Not to mention they meet in a stone mansion designed by the Vanderbilts.
The place was amazing and the preaching was even better. It was incedibly refreshing to be under Duff’s expository preaching. He made Hebrews 12 come alive. I was refined, encouraged and changed.Brunch is my fave, so after church we devoured Biscuithead’s Pulled Pork Biscuit, topped with jalapeno pimento, bacon, a poached egg, with Chevre Cheese Grits, all dripping with maple bacon butter. Heart attack in a hipster tin bowl. Worth every calorie.
Butter bar anyone? After brunch it was back to “work”. We consulted, critiqued, cheered each other on and conspired all sorts of blogging greatness.
We picked up Trader Joe’s for supper…also known as what Joel would call “chick food”. And of course if you’re with a bunch of bloggers, you take pics of the food, right? It was both delicious and aesthetically pleasing.
So, yeah. That was the weekend. It was refreshment to my soul and fire for my writing. I am so grateful for God’s sweet provision!!! Are there friends who fire up your soul that maybe you could grab coffee with this week? Or maybe schedule a getaway for sometime this summer? What creative passions do you want to explore or tend to in 2015?