Wednesday, January 06, 2016

New Year Blessings To You

Hello, my sweet friends!
My, how the last three weeks have flown by. . .
actually I should say the last year!
Let me start by wishing each one of you a Happy New Year!
I hope your 2016 is off to a beautiful start
and I pray that this year brings you much joy and peace.




The holidays were such a sweet time here in the mountains
and it was a tremendous blessing to "unplug" from the Internet world
and simply enjoy time with my family.
From the time I took my break from blogging until now
my husband, son, and I have enjoyed playing games every night,
playing in the snow during the day, reading by the fire,
and talking over hot cocoa late in the evening.

I would LOVE to hear about your Christmas, dear friends.
It's such a beautiful and precious time to make memories with loved ones.




While I enjoyed my quiet time {something I desperately needed}
I also greatly missed you, dear friends of mine.
You have come to mean so much to me
and many of you have a very special place in my heart.
As I reminisce about the last 3 1/2 years of blogging
I am amazed by the love and kindness found in the blogging community
and each year the journey of blogging only gets better
because it is people like YOU that make it such a wonderful place.




As I spent time away from the computer 
I thought quite a bit about my blog and the direction I would like it to go.
From the day I started The Enchanting Rose I have truly loved 
sharing my passions for crafting, sewing, and baking
as well as my deep love for the Lord.
This has not changed and I honestly could not imagine 
not writing on The Enchanting Rose.

So with that said I am happy and excited to invite you to follow along 
as we embark on another chapter in 2016.
I am eager to see what the Lord has in store 
for The Enchanting Rose, its readers, and myself.
I would be honored to have you reading along 
as I share my heart about all things lovely, pure, and delightful.

As the rose petals begin to unfold 
there will be true beauty to behold.

This is my desire for The Enchanting Rose.




What you can expect this year. . .

lovely crafts

delightful sewing projects

precious hymns

more tea posts

sweet and tasty recipes

Roses of Inspiration.

And speaking of the linky party,
Roses of Inspiration will resume January 12th 
which is next Tuesday.
I hope to see you at the party, lovelies :)




Now, before I close I have a couple of things I want to mention.
One being that my lovely Aunt Kelly from Canada has started a blog.
I am so excited for her and I would be tickled pink if you stopped by and said "Hi!"
I know you will warmly welcome her into the blogging community {{smiles}}
Her blog is:




And finally, I wanted to let you know that the new year
has brought new items into my Etsy shop.

Mug Rugs

Pillows

Bags

Tea Cup Coasters

Blankets

And more!


Rose Petal Blessings




I look forward to catching up with each and every one of you.
May you have a blessed day, sweet friends!

Love and hugs!

Let your light so shine before men.
- Matthew 5:16 -

88 comments:

Simply Linda said...

Stephanie, so nice to see you back online...you have been missed my friend. Many Happy Wednesday Blessings to you. (and I like your new look here, smiles)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Well "your light shines" before us, my sweet friend! What a perfect verse to begin the New Year. I'm so happy that you enjoyed your time with your dear family. Joy and Peace are certainly what a aspire to, also. Hopefully 2016 will bring about my wishes, desires and expectations for my family. God bless you for being in our lives. Loving hugs are sent to you in this New Year!

Chel at Sweetbriar Dreams said...

I was so happy when I saw your post at the top of my blog roll! Welcome back and I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year xx

Elizabethd said...

Happy New Year, dear Stephanie. I'm so glad you have benefited from your time away, and look forward to the next posts! I might even try to join the Linky thing...if I can work out how to do it!

Shoregirl said...

Happy New Year to you too!
I too took somewhat of a break from the internet world over Christmas to enjoy spending time with family and "living in the moment with the people around me!"
Lots of lovely things for your Etsy shop -- I'll have to stop by and check them out!

magnoliasntea said...

Good Morning Stephanie! I'm so happy you had a lovely and restful time during the holidays. Thank you for sharing the link for your aunt's blog. I'll stop by and say hello.
Have a great week!
Toni

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm so glad you had a nice holiday....making memories! I'm anxious to start the party again and of course, shop in your Etsy shop! Happy New year! Sweet hugs, Diane

Ana Lopes said...

Happy New Year sweet Stephanie! Thank you so much for your lovely visit on my blog, it's always a great pleasure receive you my friend.
Wishing you a year full of creativity and fun projects!
Hugs and love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft
www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

Alex said...

Hi, my friend! It sounds as though your days off were therapeutic for you all, I'm so glad that your break refreshed you. Your beautiful blog is a lovely place to come to....nothing needs changing at all!(although I understand we all want to do things differently sometimes : ))
Looking forward to another year of sweet inspiration and cosy times that spring from here!
X

Linda said...

How lovely to see you back, dear Stephanie! A warm welcome to you! It sounds like you had some valuable time, and this is always a good thing!

mari said...

Happy New Year sweet lady :0) Our time away from the computer world is always so good for each one of us. It brings us back into focus :) For my blog, well it is one day at a time there. Since been struck with paralysis on and off, I can not make plans that require days to accomplish. Instead I'll just share my life as it happens :D

Much love to you Stephanie...

mari

Kelly Deal said...

Hi dear Stephanie! Happy New Year to yourself and your family! It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday season! I'm looking forward to a peaceful, calm and creative New Year! Oh, the ornaments looked gorgeous on my Christmas tree!

Mildred said...

Hi Stephanie and Happy New Year. Happy to hear you and your family enjoyed such precious times together for Christmas. I look forward to following you in the new year and I'm off now to visit your Aunt and your etsy shop. May God bless you in 2016.

Billie Jo said...

Happy New Year, my friend.
So nice to see you back, but know how much you must have enjoyed your time away...
Blessings!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Wishing you a beautiful new year filled with health and happiness! I'm glad to hear you had a wonderful time over the holidays. I felt lucky to have some downtime too to fit in relaxing!

Vee said...

You're off to a beautiful fresh start, Stephanie. It just looks so pretty here.

I am so glad that your time away was refreshing and pleasant. My Christmas was lovely and continues even now. This week will be the end, but I am still enjoying it while I can. Of course, we never pack Jesus away in a box to be taken out next December. He is always with us each and every moment of our lives.

Looking forward to all that you will share this year. I know that I'll be along for the majority of the ride!

Conniecrafter said...

I am so glad to hear that you had a nice and refreshing break from the blogging and enjoyed your family time, so very important when you have little ones that is for sure :) So good to hear that you haven't decided to give up blogging. As I said on facebook, I can see you have been busy crafting and they are all just beautiful, I wish you all the best in your sales.
Off to check out your Aunt's blog... good to have you back, hugs!!

Cheryl said...

Oh, how wonderful, sweet friend! YES, I am so looking forward to the wonderful things God has in store for all of us this year! I am happy to welcome the "new". :) I will definitely be by to visit your lovely etsy shop...oh, your beautiful creations are so refreshing to look at! And I am so excited to visit your Aunt Kelly and see her blog, too. How wonderful for her! May God just bless you abundantly this year, dear Stephanie! You are such a shining light for Him, and you just mean so much to me. :) God be with you always.

Roosterhead Designs said...

Hi there Stephanie! It has been a blessed 2015 for me as well, though marked with the pain of grief; I can say that God has brought many new and wonderful people (bloggers: ) into my life! You and your sweet mom being two of them~ I am looking forward to watching you and your blog grow! and hope for you a very blessed 2016~
Hugs to you, Karen O

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Dear Stephanie, Happy New year to you and yours sweet friend. Your blog is lovely and I look froward to many more wonderful visits ahead sharing in all you have to inspire us by.
You are a light for all and a blessing to call friend. Thank you for your precious friendship. Blessings to you and yours always. xo

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Welcome back Stephanie! And a Very Happy New Year to you sweet lady! You blog always inspires, encourages and makes me smile. Looking forward to a wonderful new year following along. Hugs:)

Tamara said...

Welcome back, Stephanie,
And Happy New Year! It sounds like your Christmas celebration was filled with making warm memories and much time of peace! How wonderful :) Your shop looks like it's filled with amazing treasures. It's always a blessing to visit here<3

Hugs and blessings to you,
Tamara

Chris Lally said...

Welcome back, Stephanie! Your beautiful blog just warms my heart. Your Christmas holiday sounds perfect. Wishing you more of the same peace and joy throughout the year.

mamasmercantile said...

It is so wonderful to hear that you have made some beautiful memories of the holiday season to treasure of your beloved family. Best wishes for 2016, may it bring everything that you hope.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to simplifying my life this year.

hugs,
Linda

cindy shipley said...

Happy New Year and i just love your blog can wait to see what you do in the new year have a blessed day

hobbyloes said...

Hi, Stephanie, I wish you a very happy, blessed and healthy New Year.
We have had a peaceful, warm and cozy Christmas, three times to church and diner with my family: my mother, children and grandchildren together.
You have had a wonderful Christmas time too, so nice to read.
Hugs and blessings,
Loes

Debbie Harris said...

Stephanie your blog looks just beautiful love the new header.
I'm using my speaker to write this message to you it's wonderful because I don't have to put the screen in front of my eyes and therefore I'm able to leave you a message without it affecting even my left eye that wants to wander on its own. I should have done this a long time ago!
How wonderful of you to future Aunt Kelly and get her name our there.
It's good to see you back and I'm thankful that you had a restful time away.

Have a blessed day my dear

Anna said...

Welcome back Stephanie !!!
Hope you are well and your family too !
A fantastic 2016 !!!
Hugs
Anna

Melanie said...

So glad you're back and I'm looking forward to what you will have here during this year. I'll check out your aunt's blog. Have a blessed day.

Lynn Bean said...

What a sweet post! I will look forward to the journey with you in 2016! Blessings my friend!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Stephanie, I just love your pictures, they are so sweet and filled with simplicity and love. So glad to have you back, my dear. Yes, we had a most wonderful Christmas and the new year has been good to me. It's nice to hear that you played in the snow, played some games, read by the fire, and sipped on lots of hot cocoa. How delightful your Christmas was.

I will definitely check out your aunt's blog. And my wish for you this year is that so much goodness comes your way. Love you, Stephanie.

~Sheri

Elizabeth said...

Happy New Year to you, dear Stephanie :) I received your sweet email the other day, and what a lovely delight it was to find in my inbox that morning!!

I kept meaning to reply but our internet has been acting wacky off and on. So I've had some unplanned time "unplugging". ;) But it's been nice!!

How I so enjoyed your blog last year and I found so much inspiration and encouragement every time I would stop by. I am so excited for another year of popping in for little visits and of getting to know you better. Your friendship has been a sweet blessing to me!!

May God bless your efforts on your beautiful blog and may He guide you as you continue to share for His glory!!

Thinking of you often, and sending much love!!
-Libby

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

So glad you enjoyed your rest and that you are back! I visited Kelly's blog and your shop! You have been busy! Your shop banner looks great and so do all the pretty items. Look forward to the party next week. I need to get busy and write a post!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

You've been busy sewing, lots of pretties Stephanie. I thought of you this morning when after a two week break from Bible study at our church I opened mine to find the sweet bookmark you gifted me.
I've dropped around to say hello to Kelly, I hope she enjoys blogging.

Debby Ray said...

Welcome back, Stephanie and Happy New Year! I have been going through my blog list anticipating your return and here you are! It's so nice that you took this long break which was quite needed, I'm sure. I am looking forward to the blessings that 2016 holds for all of us! See you soon!

Kira Brennan said...

It's so nice to have you back! I've been on a sort of hiatus from seemingly everything since the holidays, and now my husband and I are amidst boxes and moving -- we leave for Texas in two days! Your holiday sounds like it was so nice and warm and calming! :) Happy New Year!

SpicingUpIdaho said...

What joy to see your post this morning dear Stephanie! Your blog is always a joy to visit, your pictures, your thoughts, whatever you are sharing, are always enjoyed and are such a blessing and encouragement, and creative boost! I look forward to visiting your Aunt Kelly's blog, how exciting! Your relaxing Christmas sounds just wonderful, and what a precious way to spend the season with your family, playing games and enjoying each other! I've been so blessed by things I've gotten from your Etsy store, and look forward to stopping by and seeing all your new pretties!

Praying the Lord continues to bless all you do! Much love and blessings sent your way, dear friend! :)

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Hi Stephanie,

Happy New Year and welcome back. So happy to read of your sweet non-internet break with your hubby and son. We all need to occasionally unplug to enjoy quiet and loving family time...so special! I for one am looking forward to reading your sweet blog again this year.

Hugs, Pam

Bethany Carson said...

Glad you had a wonderful holiday season with your family, Stephanie! Warmest wishes and blessings for a delightful 2016! I will be looking forward to your blog party!

Bethany Carson said...

Oh, and I forgot to say, I *love* your new blog design!

Joyful said...

Beautiful post and lovely images. Stopping by to wish you a very Happy New Year. xx

Anne said...

Blessings for the New Year! I look forward to visiting with you. Glad to hear your Christmas and blog break was a welcome, refreshing time. ♥

Vicky Hunt said...

What a lovely post Stephanie! I am glad you had such a lovely time away from the blog world with your dear family. I am excited for the new year and look forward to what you have to share with us this year. I will go pay a visit to your aunt. Have a blessed evening.

Hugs, Vicky

Huckleberry stitches said...

Welcome back! I too have been on a blogging break, so much has happened especially the move...it takes awhile to settle in! Visited your Aunts blog, very nice! Left her some love. Happy New Year!

Sandra said...

Happy New Year my dear friend! I'm so looking forward to your blog posts in 2016. Your blog is always a source of beauty, friendship, and encouragement. I'm so thankful for the day I found your blog. Your friendship as well as your mom's means so much to me.

I'm off to visit your aunt's blog. I'm sure it will be a great place, after all she's Canadian! ;) HeeHee!

Gina said...

Stephanie, Happy New Year! I am so glad that you are back. I've missed your beautiful posts. {{HUGS}}

Sue said...

Welcome back, dear sweet Stephanie, your Christmas memory making sounds wonderful! We too had a very quiet and peaceful Christmas!

I am so looking forward to seeing how the Lord directs your steps here at The Enchanting Rose this year , you truly are a shinning example to us all!

Thank you for sharing your Aunt Kelly's new blog, I will visit here!

Wishing you and your family much joy and happiness in the New Yea.
Blessings,
Sue

Sarah said...

So happy to see your post today! : ) Also happy to know that you enjoyed a peaceful and blessed Christmas season!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hello Stephanie and happy new year. I love your new blog design!! You are really talented that way and it looks so pretty. So happy you enjoyed the holidays with your family. I will look forward to joining in your blog party again. Take care and all the best.
Julie

Carol Z said...

So happy to join you for another year of blogging. I, too, am delighted with the friends I've made over the years. Here's to a happy, peaceful and healthy 2016 for you and your family. I'll be stopping by your aunt's blog. Take good care and keep cozy!

Margie said...

Yay to more tea posts! I also look forward to your decoupaging tutorial. Hee! Now I'm off to visit Kelly. So glad that she's joined Blogland!

Consider It All Joy said...

It's been a pleasure getting to know you over the past two months. Looking forward to all God has planned for 2016. May you rejoice in His blessings, peace and joy! Cindy xoxo

doodles n daydreams said...

Welcome back Stephanie. I trust you are rested and renewed. It sounds like you had a wonderful time with your husband and son while relaxing. My sisters are both coming to stay with Mum during the next 2 months and I'm looking forward to catching up with them.
I'm going over to check out your Aunty's blog now and am sure I won't be disappointed.

blessings,
Diana

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It sounds like it was a lovely Christmas with a needed break to be with family and friends. Creative blessings for the new year ahead. xoxo Su

Mary Hutchins said...

Welcome back Stephanie! I've missed you. Hope your Christmas was great...Happy New Year.

Wandering Wren said...

Hello - welcome back you've clearly been busy whilst on your blogging break, as your new look is fabulous :)
Happy New Year, I can't wait to see what you have in store for us this year - bring it on!
Wren x

Hope said...

Good morning my darling Stephanie,

Your blog is always such a blessing to me. I truly enjoy my visits with you. You are such a precious soul! I look forward to watching your blog and your shop grow this 2016.

I am now going to pop over and visit your aunt's new blog. How delightful for you to have your aunt as a blog neighbor.

Love and hug,
♥Hope

Kim said...

Happy New Year, sweet Stephanie. It is always a lovely thing to take a little holiday every now and then and just be. AND....of course it is always a wonderful thing to have you casting your sweet, sweet gentle soul all around the world through the magic of blogland.

Anne Payne said...

Happy New Year, sweet Stephanie! Family time is the best. I enjoyed spending Christmas with my family in NC. I hope you're going to be doing a little reading and posting book reviews. You're great at them!

Praying for you and your family~

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Such gorgeous photos, such a lovely welcome to your world again. I am off on a rush to work, but I am so happy to see you back bright and ready for the new year. Talk later my dear

JES said...

What a beautiful way to start the new year. I also LOVE your new blog design! May your new year be blessed, bright and beautiful my friend :)

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Welcome back and I'm so glad to hear you had such wonderful holidays. We hit a few bumps throughout ours, but everything has turned out. Overall, though, it was a warm, quiet time. Even the weather was kind.
I look forward to 2016 and sharing it through our blogs. Happy New Year to you!

Sylvia said...

Welcome back,Stephanie, I have missed you but know you deserved time away from the computer. We all need a break now and then to get refreshed! I haven't posted as often as I like lately due to moving the Saturday before Christmas, with packing and unpacking it takes so much of my time.
I am glad to hear your Aunt has a blog and will go over to visit her.
Have a blessed day.

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, May you and yours continue to prosper and enjoy new friends and old ones this new year! You are doing something right to always have so many comments and visitors daily! You inspire many to a spirit of excellence and you have a genuine gentle love and grace!
Sending a hug and a prayer!
Roxy xo

Kerin said...

So happy for you to have had the time with your sweet family and to 'un~plug" for a bit and enjoy precious time with them.

Looking forward to a bright and blessed new year.

My wish for you is that this new year will be a year filled with much happiness, adventure and blessing for you and your family.

Have a sweet day.
~K.

Valerie said...

Dear Sweet Friend,
What a wonderful way to brighten my morning. I have missed reading your lovely posts so much. I hope to have more time in the new year to drop in for visits. =) Thank you so much for your sweet new year wishes and for stopping by my little corner of blog land. What a precious memories you are making with your little family.
Blessings and Friendship,
Valerie

Lorrie said...

Happy New Year, Stephanie. A little time away can be so refreshing, but, like you, I do miss my blogging buddies. I hope that 2016 is full of God's good gifts for you and your dear ones.

Karen@Southern Gal Meets Midwest said...

Stephanie, it's wonderful that you had family time during the holidays. Welcome back! I am so looking forward to all the lovely things you have to share with us in 2016. I'm heading over to say hello to your Aunt Kelly. Best Wishes for a Safe & Happy New Year!
Karen

Darla Mae said...

I you already have 69 comments! I am not alone in missing you and being glad you are back. I am so glad you enjoyed your time offline and made wonderful memories. They are precious.

I am looking forward to the New Year and seeing what God has in store for all of us. I find, being a new Christian, that when I take the time to listen, God lets me know how to proceed in every aspect of my life.

Blessings to all, Darlene

Amy at love made my home said...

Happy New Year! Glad that you had a good break! I am off over to see your Aunt's blog! xx

Debbie said...

Hi Stephanie, the new blog design looks great!! I always enjoy whatever you share her and I am glad you are back!! I hope 2016 is kind to you!!

Lowcarb team member said...

Stephanie
So pleased you enjoyed your Christmas, it is so nice to relax with the family. We enjoyed our Christmastime with family and friends.

It doesn't seem possible that 2016 is under way, I wish you and yours a Happy and Healthy 2016, and look forward to reading your blog posts.

I will hop over now to see your Aunt's blog

All the best Jan

Jazzmin said...

My dear friend, I hope your 2016 is off the a wonderful beginning and I pray it has in store for you much blessings and peace and joy! It is a joy to sit here reading your latest post :) I look forward to another wonderful year of having you as someone who has become a sweet and cherished, treasured friend in the Lord that I am truly thankful to know at least through blogging and I can't wait to read your lovely posts for another year! And hopefully many more♥

So glad to hear you have had such a time of peace, joy, and fun times with your dear family and a time of quietness to relax. How sweet that time is, especially this time of year.

Love and hugs to you, Stephanie!
Have a wonderful day♥
Jazzmin

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Happy New Year, my friend!
Your family time sounds like it was absolutely perfect, and definitely a well deserved time away from "online"!
I will stop by and see your aunt real soon :)

Wishing you all the best in 2016!

Jill said...

Looking forward to following along :-) Have a wonderful new year!

Blessings,
Jill

Kelly-Anne said...

My dearest Stephanie...let me welcome you back and say how very glad I am to have you return...I always miss your presence in this lovely blog world when you are gone...but how wonderful you were able to spend special time together with your family!
I truly love your new blog design...it is is sweet and pretty, and I am delighted to enjoy another year of being a follower of The Enchanting Rose!
May the Lord bless and keep you this year, dear friend! Thank you for all the love and joy you share...
And my! What adorable goodies are in your Etsy shoppe...I am hoping to restock my own little spot before too long...this season was blessed at the market, and thus I haven't been able to add too many new items! {{smiles}}
Sending you much love and BIG hugs, always...
Kelly-Anne

Betsy said...

Wonderful family time you had. Games are something I still look forward to at Christmas time, every since I was a very young girl.
We sat at the fireplace and played games eating cookies.
Glad you are back and Happy New Year
betsy

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Thank you for the dear New Year's wishes, my sweet Stephanie! I wish you and your family many blessings in the coming year. Such lovely photos you have shared with us today, and I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your little blogging break with your dear family. It sounds like a wonderful year that you have in store for us and I can't wait to see what you have to share. You are always a true inspiration and a blessing! I will stop over to your Aunt's blog for a little visit. Hugs to you xo Karen

Nora @ Teacup Tales said...

Happy New Year! I'm so glad you shared a wonderful Christmas with your family and were able to truly relax and enjoy the blessings of the season. Your blog brings such happiness to so many. I look forward to your postings in the new year. Off to see the new items in your etsy shop and your aunt's blog.

Daniela said...

A big hug to you, my blessed Stephanie !
As I wrote on my blog you're a bright star shining in my life, but thake time... enjoy, indeed, treasure your family time, it's the most precious Gift and Blessing we have, and which you, your husband and your son could preserve in time... so don't worry for us, I'll be waiting for your come back with all the love I have for you !

Thinking of you with much love
Dany

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Stephanie,

Sounds like a wonderful Christmas break you had with your family. It is a great time to catch up with family, we were lucky enough to be able to do that and just enjoy taking a little break away from everything.
Happy New Year and may all good things come your way, dear friend and I look forward to visiting you again.
love and hugs
Carolyn

handmade by amalia said...

I'm also excited about 2016. It was good to take a small break and now it is good to be back and look ahead to new adventures. Can't wait to see what you have for us in the coming months.
Amalia
xo

Cranberry Morning said...

I am glad to hear you had a good break over Christmas, Stephanie. Sounds like pleasant evenings with your family.You have so many lovely items in your Etsy shop! May you have a wonderful new year of blogging and crafting and letting your sweet light shine.

Laura said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas.
Your Etsy shop is amazing!
Enjoyed visiting and enjoy the New Year!

Laura
WSP

Feral Turtle said...

Glad to hear you had a great holiday!! You have been busy creating some gorgeous pieces too. Happy New Year!!

Jann Olson said...

Stephanie, I love that scripture about letting your light shine. A very Happy New Year to you my friend. Your images are delightful! I look forward to what you have to share this year. Hopping over to meet your sweet Aunt!
hugs,
Jann

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Dear Stephanie,
I'm sorry to be a little late to pop by, but I wanted to wish you a very happy new year. I was delighted to meet you through blogland and I'm alwyas gald to read your often inspiring words on your blog.
Magali

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