The Road To Magnolia Glen

Hello, my sweet and wonderful friends!
I sincerely hope you are enjoying your summer days.
Playing in the warm sunshine,
loving on your family,
and taking quiet moments to simply breathe it all in. . .
the blessings, the laughter, the memories.

All is well here with myself and my family.
Many of you have written to make sure I am okay
since I have not posted in quite a while. . .bless you!
Your love and thoughtfulness greatly touched my heart
and I can't thank you enough for thinking of me.
Since May, my days have simply filled up with summer activities
which caused me to pull away from the computer.
I must confess that I thoroughly enjoyed "unplugging" from the Internet.
In a nutshell, my days have been filled with playing baseball with my son,
going to Rockies baseball games, fishing,
splashing around in the pool, hiking the trails,
jeeping around the mountains, and having picnics in fields of wildflowers.

Oh, and did I mention my husband and I have been working on our house. . .
lots of staining and repairs along with replacing windows and trim.
We are hoping to put a new roof on before fall arrives.

I have been able to read only a couple of books
during the last month or so and I thought I would share them with you.
Normally I read at night for 2 - 3 hours,
but I have noticed lately I fall into bed exhausted from having a full day in the sun.
How about you, my friends, have you been keeping your nose buried in a book?

A couple of weeks ago I finished The Road to Magnolia Glen.
It's the second book in the Natchez Trace series.

About The Book
Bitter since his eldest brother abandoned their family in Ireland, 
Quinn O'Shea travels to Natchez, Mississippi, 
ready to shuck the weight of his duty and set off on an adventure of his own. 
It's time Connor, as head of the family, took responsibility for their younger siblings. 
While aboard ship, a run-in with three Irish sisters lands Quinn in the role of reluctant savior. 
Though it may delay his plans, he cannot abandon the Young sisters, 
especially the tenacious yet kind Kiera.
Upon arriving in the colonies, 
Kiera Young prepares to meet her intended and begin her new life. 
But she soon discovers the marriage her brother-in-law arranged was never meant to be, 
and a far more sinister deal was negotiated for her and her sisters.
Quinn offers to escort his charges safely to Breeze Hill Plantation and his brother's care, 
fully intending to seek his freedom elsewhere. 
But the longer he remains, the greater his feelings toward Kiera grow 
and the more he comes to realize true freedom might be found in sacrifice.

My Thoughts
Like I said, this book is the second in the Natchez Trace series
and yes, I would recommend reading the first one before diving into
The Road to Magnolia Glen.

The setting for The Road to Magnolia Glen
is simply lovely and absolute perfection. . .
beautiful in its own quaint and delightful way.
The characters will draw the reader in
especially Quinn with his Irish accent.
Oh, how I loved the Irish brogue. . .
I could almost hear it when I read the melodic words.

I felt the story began with a lot of excitement
and I must say that I was on the edge of my seat
wondering what would happen next,
but then the storyline slowed down. . .
in fact it slowed down a little too much.
Maybe it's because I had other things on my mind,
but I found it slightly tedious to read the middle of the book.
The beginning was good as was the ending,
but the middle just dragged along.
Don't get me wrong, the writing was very good
and I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction between the characters,
but there was just something missing. . .
I found it lacking any depth during the middle portion.

The Road to Magnolia Glen is a sweet historical romance novel
and one I would certainly recommend reading.
Just because I found the middle to be a tad slow
doesn't mean it wasn't a good book.
Also, the first book in the series,
The Promise of Breeze Hill,
was a very enjoyable read.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

I have one more book review that I will share soon,
but I wanted to let you know of a change that is going to take place.

Life is like a book,
some chapters are sad,
some are happy and some are exciting,
but if you never turn the page,
you will never know what the next chapter
has in store for you.
- Unknown -

After a lot of consideration and prayer
I have decided to close my Etsy shop.
While it's the perfect outlet for me to share my love for crafting
I have decided that it's time to close the doors.
Etsy supports and stands for some things that I disagree with
and cannot support so due to those issues
I feel it would be best if I pulled my support from them.
I am looking into other avenues for selling my handmade goodies
and will keep you posted.
There is not much left in my Etsy shop,
but I will keep it open until July 31st
so if you would like to purchase something please feel free to stop by.
Rose Petal Blessings

Enjoy 10% off your purchase.

I hope each and every one of you are enjoying your summer
and when things slow down here I will attempt to start sharing on my blog.
Until then please know that you are thought of often.
Love and hugs to you!


Lowcarb team member said...

So lovely to see and read your blog post today.
The photographs you've shared are so lovely.

Enjoy the summer and good luck with everything you do.

My good wishes

All the best Jan

Kate said...

Carry on enjoying summer, Stephanie. I enjoyed all your photos. k

Anonymous said...

Hi Stephanie lovely to see you enjoying summer we are in Winter and i cant wait till we get warmer weather.Hope the renovations are going well,and i hope you have a lovely day xx

Margie said...

Thanks for the update, Stephanie. Glad to hear that you're having a good summer.

It's been too hot here to do anything but spend the days indoors reading, mostly books on writing to help me craft more interesting posts for my work-related social media accounts.

Debbie Harris said...

Stephanie I so enjoyed seeing your post!
You are missed indeed, but I'm thrilled that you are enjoying summer and life to its fullest.
I understand your need and wish to close your etsy, but I do hope you find a way to sell your gorgeous creations.

God bless you ♡

NanaDiana said...

I am so glad that you have been involved in real life- playing ball with your son and doing projects that need to be done. Sometimes life gets so very busy that we just don't have the time to blog/be on the computer and that is perfectly OK.

Blessings to you, sweet Stephanie. xo Diana

hobbyloes said...

Dear Stephanie, how nice that you had such a good time with your family.
It is enjoying being outdoors, working and relaxing.
Wish you a very nice and blessed summer.♥

Anna said...

Quality time with family is better than anything else !
Have fun !

Linda said...

Please forgive me for not staying in touch, been dealing with family issues...

Your post is very lovely, Stephanie and such nice photos, smiles. Just know you are in prayers and thoughts. smiles

Anonymous said...

What a lovely post dear Stephanie. You have such a lovely family. I completely understand in regards to your shop. I am sure that Our Lord will direct you to where He wants you to be.
Much love to you....

Sarah said...

Hi Stephanie,

It was so nice to see this post from you! I am happy to know that you are enjoying a wonderful summer with your family! Your little boy is growing so tall. He has a lovely smile just like you! : )


Anonymous said...

I love the photos and thanks for sharing your family times! Yes, if you find another place to sell your things let us know! I love your items!

Chas' Crazy Creations said...

Love that you are taking time with your family and having fun this summer. We all need a break once and a while :) Love all the pictures! Sending hugs to you my friend.

Marilyn Mathis said...

So happy that you are taking time with your family. Too soon they are gone from home and you will still have the memories to brighten your day. That is far more important than a blog. Hugs.

Rose L said...

Everyone needs a break from blogging or other things once in a while to renew, rejuvenate and gain new inspiration. Enjoy!!!

Anonymous said...

so sorry to hear of your closing etsy shop.. you are always one busy lady and i can understand if you are wanting more time for you and your family....hoping you will continue your blog as it is always a joy to read...Blessings dear lady...Sue

Debby Ray said...

There you are, my lovely friend! I thought sure I missed a line that reported a blog break...which would have been perfectly expected! Stephanie girl...your hair has gotten so long and it looks lovely...looking more like your dear sweet mother with it longer and blonde. And speaking of dear Debbie, I heard from her last week and have been praying for her and her new knee! I trust she is doing well! I totally understand your convictions about Etsy (which I know nothing about) and staying true to who you are, Looking forward to seeing more updates from you soon! Hugs!

Marcia said...

Hello again, sweet friend. Thank you so much for the warm welcome back on my new page. How nice it was to see your name pop up in my comments. xo .
What beautiful photos here today of you and your loves. Happy to hear you enjoyed time away. Unplugging is WONDERful.
Happy summer again, dear heart.

Madison said...

Hello! Happy Summer! I have enjoyed unplugging, too, and spending more time outside enjoying the sunshine or inside reading. :) I
absolutely love the maxi dress you wore to the baseball game. So cute!

Madison | Breakfast at Madison’s

Pam Richardson said...

Hi Stephanie, it is so good to hear from you. Enjoy time with your family and the summer days. Blessings and hugs sweet friend!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi! What a lovely summer it seems you are having. I have missed your crafty posts. Good for you standing up for what you believe with etsy. I am sure you will have no problem finding other avenues to sell them. Continue to have a great summer! Nancy

mamasmercantile said...

It was a joy to visit your blog today and read the fun your are having with your son...how summers should be.

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

I have missed you too! I so enjoy your posts and love seeing your crafty projects. Just the other day, I went to your Etsy shop to see if you had added anything.. and to just browse and enjoy! I did notice that your inventory was down and thought... well she's having a fun summer and no time to sit and sew! I did close my own shop last summer for a few months.. it was a relief in a way but I also missed it.. as sometimes I just want to MAKE something(s) and I can tell myself.. oh that would be good to put in my shop! So I keep it open, though not too many sales.. but still gives me the outlet. Please check out artfire.com and zibbet.com. Both of those are the way Etsy used to be and I find myself going to them often when I want to find some little thing to buy. I have also considered moving to one of those with my own shop, just because they are not so huge and don't allow products made "assembly line" so to speak. Anyway.. keep us informed as so love your creations! Glad you've been having a fun summer.. family is first and foremost in our hearts. Hugs to you.. Marilyn

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I just knew that you were enjoying your summertime with fun activities, dear Stephanie. I didn't know about all the work that you had to do on your home, but those things are necessary. I loved seeing your hair so long now and a little lighter. You all look so happy and that does my heart good. Enjoy the rest of your summer, and blog whenever you feel like it. Good for you in following your heart about your Etsy shop. Something else will certainly take it's place for your creative outlet. Love and blessings are sent to you.

Conniecrafter said...

You have been on my mind for a couple weeks now but it has been so busy that I haven't got around to writing, I figured you were very busy also, so good to hear it has been good busy!!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Carla from The River said...

Summer time fun my friend. I am happy we caught up a few weeks ago. I appreciated you sharing about your son's baseball season. And how about that game last night!
19 to 2 ... full of records!! What fun for your team.

Love, Carla

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hi Stephanie, oh I am so glad that you are ok and I was wondering the same thing about you. You look great and I love your long hair and it looks like it's highlighted.
Summertime is the best time to relax and do things that need to be done on the house and spending time with your husband and son. I too took about two weeks off from blogging and it feels great. I hope you enjoy the summer.

sarah said...

So lovely to see this happy post from you and enjoy the beautiful photos. Wishing you much joy for summer.

Red Rose Alley said...

Hello dear Stephanie.
It sounds like you are having a fun and busy summer. I love that picture of the reflection of the clouds in the water. That's beautiful. And the one of you and family is sweet. We have hot summers here in California, so most just stay inside to try to keep cool. But I'm still out there in the early mornings taking my pictures of nature.

This book sounds like a good one, and what a delightful book quote....and so true.

Enjoy these summer days, my friend.

love, ~Sheri

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Nice to see you again and I am glad you were having a wonderful time celebrating summer. I am sorry to hear of your Etsy shop closing but I understand why.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Stephanie!! Yay!! So good to see you, and a post from you. I have been away from the computer a lot too and have been wondering about you. I love your longer, blonder hair. But you are beautiful no matter what. I'm happy you have been unplugging and just enjoying the summer with your son and husband. Making memories is the best. As you know, time flies by so fast. I'm wondering what the issues are with etsy? I will have to check on that as I love to shop there. It is getting harder and harder to find places to shop that line up with our values, isn't it? xo Love, Deborah

Chris Lally said...

The summer of 2018 only comes around once in a lifetime. It's good to unplug and spend precious time with your family.
I took a "short" break from ETSY in 2015 & am still on break. Considering your comment, I went over to ETSY and entered a search on something I find very upsetting. Sure enough - in your face. I will close my shop there when I get a chance.
Great post, Stephanie.
Trusting you will continue having a wonderful summer. God bless you and your beautiful family!

Cindy said...

Sounds like you've been having the perfect summer! Doesn't it feel good to get some big projects done around the house?!

Tamago said...

It’s great to see your update and that you are enjoying lots of summer activities! Great photos with your family. Our house needs repairs, too, but we’ve been too lazy to start haha.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Summer is too short not to enjoy it to the fullest. I've been spending a lot of mine with my nose stuck in books - pretty much every evening will find me in my comfie chair with a book and ice tea close to hand. Right now I'm reading the Cedar Cove series from Debbie Macomber - just the type of summer reading I like! Enjoy your days.

Lillie said...

Beautiful post Stephanie, glad you enjoying summer with the family and having a great time bonding with your son.
Have a great week ahead !

Paige said...

I'm glad that you are enjoying so much family and outdoor time! :) The photo of the lake is beautiful.
I appreciate your standing by your conviction that you need to close your Etsy shop; I'm sure it has been a difficult decision. Perhaps the Lord will send another creative outlet for you in the future. :)

Gina said...

Stephanie, Like MacArthur, I have returned (to blogging)! I look forward to catching up. xx

I'm your newest follower.

Ida said...

Sounds like you have been enjoying your time away from the computer. I miss your posts even though I haven't been good at commenting that much lately. - So if you don't mind my asking what exactly did (Etsy) have in their policies that you don't agree with. You can message me privately. - Hope the rest of your summer goes smoothly.

Ginny said...

Hi Stephanie! I’ve been unplugged for months! Started in January when I had the worst virus. I was sick for a month and a half. Then came the spring with more events that I could physically handle. Then my brother in law had a massive brain bleed which he is healing from, and finally we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on July 7.
Sorry you must close your Etsy shop, but I get it!
Looks like you are having a great summer! Loved your post!
Take care, ginny

Sandi said...

The pond is so beautiful!

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