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paige knudsen  let it be Jesus: married to one of the good guys: girl mom: dog rescuer: photographer: blogger: encourager: & occasional product cheerleader:

Yesterday we visited Lucca~
Lucca is a city on the Serchio river in Italy’s Tuscany region. It’s known for the well-preserved Renaissance walls encircling its historic city center and its cobblestone streets. Broad, tree-lined pathways along the tops of these massive 16th- and 17th-century ramparts are popular for strolling and cycling.
San Michele is a Roman Catholic Church dating back to the 700’s.
On the summit, flanked by two other angels, is the 4 m-tall statue of St. Michael the Archangel. According to a legend, an angel's finger would have a huge diamond. On the lower right corner of the façade is a statue (1480) of the Madonna salutis portus, sculpted by Matteo Civitali to celebrate the end of the 1476 plague.
I might have photographed this breathtaking church for a little while with my “real camera”😉 & made sure to give the madonna my special attention. Can’t wait to get home and play with these images! .
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I’ve used up all my adjectives ... I’m left with simply Buonanotte my friends! .
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Buonasera!
Good afternoon from Tuscany! ☀️
We woke to a glorious sky, prepared flowers for the guest’s rooms, watched the royal wedding & welcomed the ladies to @ladolcevitaretreat ! Almost everyone has arrived!
The hospitality & energy is palpable and it’s a honor to be here as a guest. I’m blown away by God’s kindness to me. There is beauty around every corner...between the savory aromas from the kitchen, the fragrance of herbs and roses in the air & the laughter and lyrical Italian as our “background music”... so very magical! .
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Good morning from Italy!! Arrived late yesterday afternoon to the most charming Tuscan estate, made friends with a few of the pups {this is Luna in one of the little courtyards outside my room!💛}. I was invited by @carolynpeeler -~ the most gracious hostess to photograph her retreat @ladolcevitaretreat. We have a week of antiquing, wine tasting, culinary & art workshops {one with the amazing @rebeccasower who’ve I’ve been blog friends with since the beginning} & learning more about the Italian culture. We’re staying at an olive oil production estate with some buildings dating back to the 11th century! Will share when wifi cooperates! 😉 ciao!! 😎🇮🇹🖤 .
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For my precious friends who had a tender day yesterday, the baby you’ve longed for isn’t in your arms, first Mother’s Day without your own mama, you’ve lost a child, those with broken hearts/broken relationships~I honor you. You are seen & loved. I pray you felt honored today. 💙
{This little gem was made for me by madison ~probably kindergarten days?☺️🏆}

My most profound memory of my childhood~coming downstairs each morning & there i would find my mom in the early morning hours surrounded by her bible, her journals & worship music playing. She might be writing notes to the many friends she poured into~several of whom were younger women & young mamas she mentored. Her faith has been a lifeline for her and those of us around her. I love you mom & I honor you today. I’m immensely grateful for you & how you’ve always trusted Jesus.
For those of you that have prayed for my mom this last year I am so thankful. She’s doing great! His mercies are new every morning!
Happy Mother’s Day Mimi!! 💚#junebug

I love you girls so much it hurts 💞~ I’m crazy proud of each one of you!! Being your mama has truly been my greatest honor! Cheering you on ~~always!!!!!
#mylittlewomen #mothersday

Definitely NOT a rosé all day kinda day because the month of May is no joke on the iCal. Am I right?
Just curious. Are you more productive when your to-do list is crazy? Or when your to-do list is a little more reasonable?
One thing I’ve done right this spring (maybe the only thing haha) is not let my workouts slide. Because not only is May no joke, neither is metabolism in your 50’s! 😜 {ps. Funky sunnies belong to Caroline 😎💞}

These two will be in Atlanta this weekend for a wedding and I am SOOOOO happy about it!! Best Mother’s Day gift to have ALL my family here! #thankful 😭🖤 ✈️#savandtrev4ev {sorry. Yes I still use their wedding hashtag 🤷🏻‍♀️} @savannah_mh

Peach! If I could celebrate WITHYOU today we’d sit out here on my back porch~ in those dreamy boho-hanging chairs~id remind you how very special you are to me!!
I’m so thankful you came & ran the @runseasidefl half {even though you beat me🏃🏻‍♀️} & introduced yourself to me in the beer line!
In my dream culdesac of friends I’d for sure live beside your Barbie dream house. 🏡💞.
I’d bring you cherry bombs & pink sprinkled donuts & you’d quickly grow to love my dog. 🙅🏻‍♀️🐶
We’d chat about how much we love our kiddos. You & your four awesome fellas and me and my four awesome ladies...& about how much we won the lottery with our husbands.
We’d FaceTime @sum.garf so he could rap because he’s legit at @johnbcrist humor level. 😹
Id show you the turquoise ring I found despite our Dallas run being a bust 🙄, we’d crunch on sonic ice and wrap things up with a Doris Day flick.
Thank you for all the @magnolia dreams come true & for being a forever friend. You are loved so very much!!! Happy happy birthday to my friend that celebrates all of life so beautifully! I’m honored to be among the many that love you today @peachgoff !! 🎉🍑🖤☠️#diadepeach50

Every once in a while life hands us an incredible opportunity & for a moment life feels like a crazy dream... I’ve been invited to join @ladolcevitaretreat in the heart of Siena’s Tuscan countryside! Ahhhh!
I’ll be there to photograph the first week this amazing lifestyle retreat, La Dolce Vita, hosted by the amazing @carolynpeeler ! Carolyn is a gracious & thoughtful hostess who has planned another (they sell out each year) week that literally sounds like heaven on earth.
Y’all. Culinary & art workshops, wine tasting, antiquing...& experiencing Tuscany!
We’ll be staying at an enchanting olive oil production, farm & residence called Agriturismo Borgo Personatina!
I know. It’s absolutely crazy! God is so kind to give me this opportunity & @carolynpeeler I can hardly wait!! {for those of you who would love to attend a retreat in the future I sincerely invite y’all to follow along. Carolyn has spent years researching & planning these amazing retreats & no detail is overlooked!!} #ladolcevitaretreat #tuscany 🇮🇹🍷

The saying goes that people may forget what you said or what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. .
Y’all blew me away with your extravagant love, enthusiasm and hospitality. All of it. Each of you simply bubble over with a joyful, generous spirit that has left a mark in my heart that I will never forget.
@forme_women thank y’all for inviting me to share our story. Y’all are surely something mighty special! & the space you’ve created to welcome others to experience Jesus is absolutely beautiful! I’m certain that each woman that comes experiences that extravagance as well. ☺️💞
#thankyouthankyou #extravaganthospitality #sobeautiful {image by @michelezakeriphotography}

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