10.23.2013

The First Beauty Hunting Retreat

It's time to tell you about the first Beauty Hunting Retreat at Ten 10 Farm! I could hardly stand the wait, but needed to focus on three different sets of house guests. {I've had my fill of housekeeping, but each guest was such a blessing to us. Worth the work for sure! People are always worth it!}

In a nutshell, the first Beauty Hunting Retreat was AMAZING! God showed up...and showed off! {Don't you love it when He does that?}


But here's the behind the scenes truth: I wanted to cancel at the last minute. What on earth was I thinking? Why in the world did I say yes to God's lead? Who invites strangers to their home? The introverted, scared to try new things girl in me was reeling. But God. He put this idea in my heart, so I took a step of faith and opened my home...


...to six amazing women. They didn't know each other. They didn't know me {apart from my blog}. One drove from Memphis; one from Huntsville. Just to beauty hunt with me. Honored doesn't quite cover how I felt.


The first thing I confessed to them after welcoming them with hot coffee and biscuits was that I didn't have an agenda. Talk about an act of faith! The first-born perfectionist in me never would've hosted an event without a plan! But I'm a recovering perfectionist, remember? {Farm life has fast-tracked the recovery process for sure!}

I admire these women immensely for their faith in me. And I'm beyond grateful to God for directing our every step. He put it on my heart to teach them a few skills that makes a world of difference in your photography, but the best thing He did was lavish us with beauty! You couldn't have asked for a more glorious day!

The early morning fog...

...gave way to a sky full of sunshine.

We shot dew-filled spider webs...

...and surprise butterflies.

Buddy with the perfect light in his eyes...

...and sweet Bella.

The dogs moved around the pasture with us...
gently and quietly.

We stumbled upon the pumpkin in the pasture...
fresh off the vine.

And refined some of our technical skills with a still life.

Lucy was worn out from all the excitement!

And of course there were chickens, ducks and ducklings.
{I'm long overdue for a duckling update, by the way. Remind me!}

At noon, my husband announced his farm fresh lunch.

He was so busy preparing the feast that he 
didn't have time to switch out of his farmboy attire.

But boy did his meal look fancy!

All organic and made from scratch with herbs from our garden.

Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Pecans & Thyme
Garlic Rosemary Hummus with Blue Corn Chips
Toasted Almond Chicken Salad with Basil & Wildflower Honey
Mixed Greens with Garden Tomatoes & Garlic Lemon Vinaigrette
Cinnamon Basil and Mint Iced Tea

Over the top delicious!
JD knocked himself out...and had a blast doing it!
{You might want to come to a retreat for the food alone!}

This was my prayer,
and it was well answered!


As I reflected on the day, I was beyond satisfied. But I could also think of so many other "themes" or variations on the day...which means you can attend more than once! I think each will be a little different...depending on weather, seasons, technical interest, etc. I'm usually one who likes to make a plan and stick to it, but I'm enjoying the surprise element of depending on God for unexpected inspiration and beauty. He never fails!

If you'd like to add your name to a waiting list for future Beauty Hunting Retreats, you can contact me through our farm website. {We also have a new Facebook page where you can see more photos.} I'm thinking the next retreat may include a toasty fire! We'd sure love to welcome you!

With a full heart,

P.S. If you'd like to see another perspective on the inaugural Beauty Hunt, visit Discovering Franklin. {A great new blog for those of you interested in more of the "things to do" around town. Written by a blog reader of mine...and now fellow Beauty Hunter!}

8 comments:

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  2. What an amazingly wonderful gift your retreat was for those ladies as well as you too! I have always loved your description of photography as "beauty hunting." That is the absolute truth. I led a women's photography retreat at our church this past February and was so blessed to be able to help those ladies realize that through the lens of their camera, they were being guided by God to focus in and capture a piece of his beautiful world that perhaps someone else may have simply passed by. Photography can be such a spiritually uplifting pastime that really does allow us to walk at a slower pace and enjoy being in the presence of God. I also wanted to share with you a piece of wisdom shared with me about ministry. You have been gifted with so many talents and you have really trusted God in your move to Franklin and the year you have spent allowing him to mold and change you in this new path. The wisdom I was given when I entered into a new path is this, "God does not call us into ministry to be particularly comfortable. He calls us to help shine his light to others so that his kingdom will come here as it is in heaven." You have listened, you have trusted, you have said ."yes" and he is shining brightly through your gifts and talents to minister to others and help bring his kingdom here as it is in heaven. May you be filled with the peace and love that only God can give to you as you continue your journey with your hand in his.

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  3. oh HE showed me HIS glory in & through you this week. what a blessing you have chosen to gift to others!

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  4. Oh what a spectacular day it looked like Linsey!!! I talked w/ a woman who attended and she couldn't say enough wonderful things!! Photography is the most amazing way to beauty hunt, connect with yourself, and the beauty God has created around us. Each person can look at the same scene and see it differently, it's incredible. My grandfather was a professional photographer and he would spend so much time me w/ our cameras in hand...when I look back...we were indeed beauty hunting! Your faith is inspiring to all. Thank you for recommending "Discovering Franklin" it is another beautiful blog sharing a woman's and her families journey of faith and landing in Franklin!!!! Continued blessings and sharing the beauty!!!!!

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  5. Linsey...it was the most joyfully delicious day and I feel truly blessed to have been a part of it. Thank you for opening your home to us and for saying YES! I left feeling total peace in my soul...and that's a blessing. Also thank you for recommending my blog, Discovering Franklin. So honored.

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  6. I am so thankful WITH you as I read this post. I praise the Lord for your day.

    You keep seeking Him with your whole heart, my friend, and He will bless you to pieces and everyone around you.

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  7. I really wish I could have come! Sounds like it was amazing day!

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  8. Oh, yes it was all of these wonderful things!! I am writing my own blog post about my lovely day on your farm. I'm a beauty hunter and this was so down my ally. I loved how welcomed we felt and the beauty we were blessed with. I'm glad you didn't change your mind and that you too stepped out in faith as we did and we met half way. Katey

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