Greetings Friends, hope you are having a lovely weekend! Last week I shared the first part of our mother-daughter stay at the charming Bide-A-While Retreat. If you missed it, look here for a delightful virutal getaway. Today I'm sharing one of my favorite features of the retreat. What could be more inviting than a little chapel in the woods?
During our visit, I had the recurring thought that every detail had been thoughtfully attended to and perhaps this was most evident in this tiny tabernacle. Look at this magnificent hand painted mural--what a treasure!
St. Francis, known as the patron saint of animals with a nest of doves.
The artist and owner, Sue created this poignant version of The Four Fold Franciscan Blessing in beautiful calligraphy . I've read other blessings by St. Francis before, but had not seen this one which brought tears to my eyes. The words are a little hard to read from the photo, but no worries...
...Sue gave us each a copy, so I created an easier to read graphic. I hope it inspires you. I found it both comforting and challenging but love it more with each reading!
Here's several more views of this enchanted property. A wisteria laden pergola is just behind the main house.
A comfy hammock hangs in the screened in portion of the bird watching deck overlooking the bayou.
A lovely vine covered arch at the entrance/exit welcomes new guests and bids farewell to refreshed departing ones. I hope you enjoyed our little getaway!
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