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jesus loves me SO MUCH

Before I get started, a little backstory to the porch step “tree” backstory (below). Whenever I’m feeling especially competitive and reminding my husband, “I’m the winner. WINNER. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.” He will tell me I am making Jesus cry. Admittedly, it does nothing to change my behavior because I know Jesus loves me and that my husband really loves being married to a WINNER.

Hahahahahahahaha! All kidding aside, I really do know it’s not nice to gloat even if I win the race upstairs. Or finish brushing my teeth first. Or am the first to set an alarm clock. And I really do know that Jesus loves me even when I do things that make him cry.

Anyway, while running last-minute retreat errands the week of Thanksgiving I spotted the most beautiful potted tree (it’s not really a tree, but what I’ve been calling it these last several weeks). With my lift restriction I thought it would be easier to return with my husband than to try and wrangle help at the store. Between hosting Thanksgiving and the crafting retreat that followed, weeks passed before we were able to return to the store.

And when we did, my tree was gone.:(

As silly as it sounds, it made me sad – I’d been envisioning that tree on my step for weeks. Then today, something happened…

my little tree

I heard a door slam, looked out my window, and saw a dear friend CARRYING MY TREE!!!!!!!!!!!! It was meant to be a surprise. She knew nothing about the little tree I’d been hoping for (or the disappointment that followed) yet here she was at my doorstep with a tree even prettier than the one I had been describing to my husband!

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I could not help but text him, “Jesus loves me SO MUCH.”

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As I have said many times before, there is no such thing as coincidence – this was a God Moment. Thank you, thank you Secret Admirers for the very special gift.

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winter weekend retreat 2018 | all about joy

winter weekend retreat 2018

Our annual crafting and relaxing retreat took place last weekend and (as usual) was the perfect way to usher in the holiday season. This retreat is a timely pause button, a time to reflect and refuel. We spent the weekend simmering in All Things Christmas as we made beautiful things.

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There were egg nog chai lattes, egg nog scones, PRESENTS, holiday decorations, Christmas tunes, and so much more!

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We decorated ugly sweater cookies (my recipe is HERE) and spent some time weaving. A few ladies even learned how to stamp words onto metal, making bracelets for themselves and as gifts.

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Joy was the theme of this year’s retreat & I swear it infused every part… except perhaps during the circular weaving breakout or when my camera lens broke.:x

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Virtual visits to France, the mini stapler I had to have, THAT song, Friday Night Pizza, sharing holiday traditions, Mary’s INCREDIBLE gift/talent & the Etsy shop that MUST happen, One Little Word experiences, endless laughter, Happy Hour, watching Heather at work, Toni’s mini freezer pies, Allison’s little girl asking about the swimming pool, Crystal’s yummy wine, SNOW, Mary’s bars, Renee’s sweet offers of help, and April nudging Teresa along with those darn coasters. It was a very special weekend with a group of very special women. I can’t wait until next year!

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the perfect gift

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Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Whether putting together your own wish list or on the lookout for someone else, gift certificates from Tina Vega Photography are available in any denomination and can be used towards any of the following:

1. Weekend Scrapbooking Retreats. The cost for the weekend is $200 (Friday-Sunday) and $225 (Thursday-Sunday). The fee includes meals, beverages, and spectacular gifts!

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Retreat weekends take place in February and December, contact me for details.

2. The Everyday Photographer Workshop.

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The cost for the workshop is $250 and includes lunch, handouts, and an exciting day of teaching in my home.  Click HERE for information regarding 2019 workshops!

3. Photo Sessions. The cost of the popular Everyday Session for example is $225 and includes the session fee, digital files, and print release.

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Perfect for capturing family gatherings, everyday life, and holiday card photos.

4. Post-Session Product Orders. Christmas ornaments, photo jewelry, coasters, and more!

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5. Custom Photo Collages. The perfect way to display all of those smartphone photos! The 18×24 collage picture below was created using 48 iPhone images. The cost for the print (plus shipping in the United States) is $55.00.

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Each gift certificate is uniquely packaged and shipped to you at no additional charge.

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Making it the perfect gift! If you have any questions or would like to place an order, just click on the “CONTACT” link above and complete the form.

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winter wonderland extended family session | minneapolis family photographer

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This winter wonderland, Narnia-like session took place a few weeks ago. I met Sarah and several of her family members (22 to be exact) at Minnehaha Falls.

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Because of the group’s size and temperature, we situated ourselves pretty close to the parking lot and worked in shifts.

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They all did a fantastic job and I love what we were able to capture between shivers.

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Thank you Sarah (and the rest of the family) for braving the snow!

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he turned one | minnesota milestone session

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I met this little guy for a milestone session in my home earlier this month.

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His momma brought along some of his favorite toys and I introduced him to some of mine.

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He loves balloons, wooden blocks, this bike, and his momma.:D

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Here are few of my favorites from our time together:

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Thanks again, Mary!

Mary - November 26, 2018 - 5:17 pm

Thank you for these beautiful photos, Tina. They show Ben’s cool side for sure!

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