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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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  • Lynn Sterkenburg
    5:19 pm, September 22, 2017
    Dear Joanna (Chip too!):
    I used your "melted tiny tomatoes" recipe as a springboard for a vegetarian supper dish. I needed to use up a lot of tomatoes!
    To your recipe I added one whole thinly sliced red onion that roasted along with the tomatoes. In a separate pan I also toasted about 2 cups of chopped walnuts. I topped whole wheat angel hair pasta with the tomatoes, walnuts and lots of fresh Parmesan cheese - such a yummy summer supper with a green salad on the side.

    Thanks for sharing!
  • Jennifer
    8:30 am, September 20, 2017
    Dear Joanna,
    I purchased your recent magazine, & the stories are heartfelt.
    It was on my thoughts to share with you that I appreciate Chips craftsmanship with how he builds and your feminity and expression of beauty. I appreciate your humble approach to styling things. I wanted to mention something for your contemplation about skinny jeans. I believe American women need to get back to the trend of promoting modesty. And as a woman of faith who loves our Lord Jesus, I was hoping you could open your heart to hear me out and know that as the body of Christ I support your faith. And through the subtle way that you show that through your femininity and your influence on women, mother's, & young girls, that our bodies would be dressed in more modesty. The outline a tight denim pant shows off a lot of our womanly form. They are helpful to wear when tucking in a pant leg into a large tall boot, but that's about it. I was hoping you might understand where I'm coming from and represent women in your media outlets in a more modest way with a different pant style, & also love your neighbors by not allowing man to stumble by showing off your feminine form with a tight pant. Maybe changing the trend of pant style will inspire more women to choose a pant that flatters their femininity and promote more modesty in America.
    Thank you,
    God Bless
    • Alf
      7:47 am, September 22, 2017
      As a muslim you should respect our free an Christianity based society. I know, based on your queer islam ideology muslim men loose their minds seeing more of a women than a black sack. For a Christian this perverse view on women is disgusting. A woman like a man are of equal value and freedom to live their lives as they desire, respecting the dignity of each others' god given freedom.
    • Hilarious
      8:40 pm, September 22, 2017
      Hahahaha you are joking right? IT DOES NOT MATTER! Hahahah
    • Karen
      5:01 pm, September 23, 2017
      I really can't believe what I just read!!! I too am a devoted Christian women!!! But I wear skinny jeans!!! Joanna you have nothing to be ashamed of!! If you were wearing a mini skirt and low top, that I would worry about!! Lol But I feel you are ALWAYS respectfully dressed on your show!!!
  • Tonya Romano
    1:19 pm, September 19, 2017
    I admire you and chip how yall get along together so well and also how well yall work together. How yall tackle work and home life with 4 kids is amazing. Chip and the crazy things he does on the show. I loved the show yall did on the out takes that was great. Your mag is great just bought my first copy will be subscribing to it.
  • Diane P Rome
    5:15 pm, September 15, 2017
    I'm so happy for the success that you and Chip have achieved! The transformations that you have done are just incredible. My husband and I are about to redo our kitchen and really, really wish you were available...any chance you are coming to the SF area? :)
  • Hamilton
    4:38 pm, September 15, 2017
    wow so cool!
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