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My Thoughts on Gratitude

August 15, 2017

The fall issue of the magazine is all about gratitude, a topic dear to me. The saying “gratitude turns what you have into enough” rings true. The trick is practicing a kind of thankfulness that isn’t based on time or place or circumstance. Even in the trials of life, if we have eyes to see them, we can find good things everywhere we look.

It’s nothing new to celebrate gratitude for fall, but for me especially, this season holds some of my most exciting and humbling milestones.

It’s in the fall that we celebrate the anniversary of opening our biggest, craziest, and most exciting project that Chip and I have ever tackled—the Silos. It was this time of year that I first opened the Little Shop on Bosque, and then it was in the fall that we said goodbye to that little building and moved into our new space in downtown Waco. It’s also in this season that I hit the refresh button at the farm and with my family—when we get to set aside intentional time to come together and remember what it is this season is all about. This time of the year is also when we’ll begin counting down to the airing of the FIFTH season of Fixer Upper, and—of course—I’m so grateful for the show and the platform it has given us. These homes and these families have challenged me with new styles and inspired me to take on fresh ideas. (Look for a season 5 filming update soon!)

Each of these things sticks out in my mind, but this year there is another one that feels so big and so exciting…fall also marks the anniversary of The Magnolia Journal. This magazine has been a dream of mine for a long time. It’s taken many late nights, an amazing team and endless cups of coffee. But to say it’s been a labor of love is an understatement.

When we started brainstorming what it is we wanted our readers to get out of the magazine, we knew it was important to pin down the heart behind the project. We weren’t interested in putting together a glossy magazine to create unrealistic expectations. Instead, we hoped to create a tool for you and your family to use, savor, stash away and bring back out when each issue’s season rolls around again. We hoped you’d dog-ear pages, cut out recipes, circle quotes that speak to you, and share your favorite pieces with those you love. The goal in all of this is to make this magazine something you look forward to with each new season. Something you know will be both inspirational and a resource for years to come. And, if we get this thing right, to make The Magnolia Journal something you’re grateful for.

I am so thankful for what has evolved over the first year of this magazine, and I want to make it a point to never lose that gratitude. Gratitude for fall may not be a novel concept, but it’s a timeless virtue that I never want to lose sight of.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.


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  • Nicole Szeto
    11:05 pm, February 12, 2018
    My fiancé and I are truly in love with you, Chip and the family. Chip and my fiancé would probably be good friends if they ever met each other. Both goofy yet so handy with their hands. We hope to meet you guys one day! <3
  • Caroline Wilhite Photography
    1:20 pm, February 7, 2018
    You truly have so much to be grateful for - God has blessed you all in so many ways!
  • Colette Higgins
    1:44 pm, January 8, 2018
    I recently saw an instagram post with your kiddos rearranging vinyl letters on the reader board tracks...did you just have those resting against the wall or did you have the tracks on the wall so that the letters would slide in? Thank you!!!
  • Wanda Fowler
    7:55 pm, December 10, 2017
    Joanne mentioned in one issue a pair of short waterproof boots that I liked. I can’t find that issue ? I have the winter and spring issues.
    What was the brand please?
    Love Magnolia Journal. Thank you for inspiring and encouraging others.
    With gratitude,
  • Karen Cawthon
    9:59 am, December 4, 2017
    Joanna, I have been trying to find your magazine here in VA forever and still cannot locate it. I would like to subscribe but cannot locate it here on your website. Can somebody please send me the directions to order this?
    • M. Moran
      1:55 pm, January 31, 2018
      You can order it thru Amazon.com. I just did and looking so forward to opening up my mailbox and finding it in there!
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