our weekend at lake superior barn

Our crafting/baking/relaxing weekend had been in the works for nearly a year.

Lake Superior Barn Retreat 2015

It began as a seed last December at our group’s 10th anniversary gathering.


A retreat at “the Christmas barn” – a rental home I had tucked (years earlier) into the pages of my art journal as a place to be visited someday.

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My desire was to create a memorable weekend of crafting, soaking in the Christmas spirit, baking, and reflection.

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My prayer was that God would weave a bit of magic into our time together.  I wanted Him to be a part of what we were doing though I wasn’t sure how to make that happen in a way that honored each person no matter where they stood with their faith.

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So I thought it best just to shower the ladies with love and trust God with the rest.  Most of us arrived Thursday evening and after settling in with some good food and wine, a handful of us gathered for the first of a 4-part Intentional Christmas workshop.  It was then that a longtime scrapbooking friend shared her newfound faith and its impact on her this holiday season.

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And that’s when the magic truly began.

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I can’t even begin to tell you how incredibly special it was to hear Kelli share her story.  But you know what?  I don’t have to TELL you how special it was because you can check it out yourself in a profound sermon given by her pastor at Renovation Church last Sunday.  The message happened to be an extension of everything we discussed during our Intentional Christmas workshop.

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Kelli’s story was recorded and included as part of Sunday’s service – to view, just click on the video at the bottom of this post.  The pastor’s entire message puts so eloquently into words the entire sum of my heart’s desire for our weekend.

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That the ladies would come to know the true meaning of Christmas.  Even if having heard it all a zillion times before, that it would fall on fresh ears and hearts – igniting passion and a sense of renewal for what lies ahead.


Crystal Satnik - December 7, 2015 - 10:33 pm

It’s like the follow up session from our Intentional Christmas workshop! (Clearly not a coincidence!) And of course I am super proud and happy for my bestie. Thanks for sharing Tina.

Tina - December 8, 2015 - 9:32 am

I absolutely LOVE IT when things like that happen. I am so glad you were part of the weekend, Crystal – I really enjoy being around you and can’t wait for your retreat in February! It will be my first time attending someone else’s hosted retreat in 15 years!!!!

Kelli - December 8, 2015 - 12:37 pm

Tina, Thank you so much for sharing this. It’s hard for me to find the words to express just how much this means to me. I had such an amazing time at our retreat. You made it so very special for all of us. Merry CHRISTmas my dear friend!

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