Sunday, July 23, 2017

In His Time

A blessed and beautiful Sunday to you, dearest friends.
As many of you know my Grandma Dee Ann is in the hospital 
due to heart issues and complications. . .
she is still in critical condition.
On this quiet Sunday morning 
I can't help but think of one of her favorite songs
and that is In His Time.




In His time, in His time,
he makes all thing beautiful in His time.
Lord, my life to you I bring,
may each song I have to sing,




In your time, in your time,
you make all things beautiful in your time.
Lord, my life to you I bring,
may each song I have to sing,
be to you a lovely thing, in your time.
- Diane Ball -




 I am trusting that the Lord will make all things beautiful in His time.
I know whatever He decides for my precious grandmother
it will indeed be beautiful.




Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, help me stand-
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
thru the storm, thru the night, lead me on to the light-
Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

When my way grows drear, precious Lord, linger near-
when my life is almost gone.
Hear my cry, hear my call, hold my hand lest I fall-
Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.
- Thomas A. Dorsey -

For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, 
saying unto thee, 
Fear not; I will help thee.
- Isaiah 41:13 -




Thank you for visiting, sweet friends.
I hope you have a most wonderful and joyous Lord's Day!
{{{ hugs }}}


Friday, July 21, 2017

Christmas in July Sale

Happy weekend, lovelies!
I wanted to pop in and let you know 
that in honor of Christmas in July
 I am offering a discount in my Etsy shop
beginning today and ending on July 31st.
Simply use this coupon code to enjoy 20% off your order:

CHRISTMAS20

There are lots of new handmade delights available.
Stop by for a little peek, my friends.

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Tea Items








Tote Bags and Zippered Pouches







Gift Bags



And other sweet goodies







I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Love and hugs to you!

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Don't miss out on the big giveaway, friends!
Click HERE to enter your name.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Life, Summer Joys, 5 Years of Blogging, and A BIG Giveaway

A very big HAPPY HELLO to you, friends!

How are you?
I have been absent from blogging for quite a while now
and I feel as though I have lost touch with so many of you.
I truly hope all is well with you.
And I trust you're enjoying your summer.
So much has happened 
in the weeks that I have been "missing from action."

First of all,
the month of July marks 5 years of blogging.
As I look back over the last 5 years 
my heart overflows with gratitude for the many precious ladies I have met.
Some of these women have blogs
and some don't, but simply follow my blog and read my posts.
These women reached out through an email
which resulted in a sweet friendship.
The blogging community is a beautiful place
that is filled with many kind and gracious ladies.
I am blessed and humbled to be a part of this group.
In honor of 5 years I am having a giveaway that is extra special.
In just a moment you will find out why it's so special.

Since we're on the subject of blogging friends
I am very excited to tell you that my mom and I
had the blessed opportunity to meet a very dear blogging friend.
Kitty, from Kitty's Kozy Kitchen was in our neck of the woods a week ago.
Oh my, oh my, oh my!
What a delight to finally meet this beautiful lady in person!
She is just the sweetest little thing
who truly has a heart of gold.
Kitty is the very picture of a gracious, kind, and loving lady,
and it was an honor to meet her face to face.




Summer has been flying by at a rapid pace.
Is your summer going by fast as well?
My family and I have been enjoying the hot days of summer 
here in the mountains with some jeeping, swimming, baseball,
and other fun summer activities.
As many of you know, my son loves baseball.
During the summer he enjoys playing on a team
and just a couple of weeks ago he hit a grand slam.
Oh my, his smile could have lit up our entire county.

Since our days have been rather full
my blogging has pretty much fallen by the wayside.
As many of you know my computer started giving me fits over a month ago.
Well. . .it's still being a tad temperamental
which has resulted in my disappearance in the blogging world.
I intended on taking my laptop in to be looked at,
but then it started working better so I put it off.
Well, it's back to working only when it wants to.
Indeed, I will have to take it in soon to be checked out.
At this time I am not sure if I will be posting much
during the remaining summer days so you may see me. . .
or you may not {{smiles}}
I am just taking each day as it comes
and you will see posts when I have time and am able to share.
I hope that is okay, my friends.

The last couple of weeks I have been busy in my craft room
and I have stocked my Etsy shop with new items.
Please feel free to stop by and take a look at all the new handmade goodies at
Rose Petal Blessings




One last thing before I get to the giveaway. . .
some of you may know about my dear Grandma Dee Ann
and her health condition since my mom shared a little on her blog.
On July 2nd my grandma went to the hospital
thinking she had a terrible cold/virus,
but it ended up she was having heart problems. . .serious heart problems.
My husband and I went to the hospital that night 
and the doctor told us he had done all he could at the moment
and each day we would have to take whatever might come.
On Monday we went back to the hospital and grandma seemed to be doing great!
We were thrilled thinking she would recover quickly,
but that was not the case.
That night she went into cardiac arrest 
and had to be sent by flight for life to another hospital.
She was kept in an induced coma so that her heart could heal
and about a week ago they started to bring her out of the coma.
When I saw her this past Sunday she seemed to be doing exceptionally well.
Once again, we were thrilled since her heart is very, very sick.
She was talking, laughing, and smiling.
Just last night, though, we were told she is not doing well.
She started having a few more issues and may have to have her valve repaired
right away even though she is not physically ready for it 
because there isn't anything else the doctors can do at the moment.
So as you can see, every day is touch and go with dear Grandma Dee Ann.
I know some of you are prayer warriors
so if you feel led by the Lord. . .
please pray for grandma and the family.
Thank you, dearest friends!

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And as promised,
a special giveaway for you,
sweet readers and friends!

When I put this giveaway together
I knew I wanted it to be unique 
since 5 years of blogging is a bit of a milestone.
When I think of blogging my first thought 
is of the many friends and supporters I have.
You read my posts,
you write sweet comments,
and you offer precious support
time and time again.
Without YOU this blog would surely not exist.
So I decided to purchase some goodies from blogging friends
who have Etsy shops and share the treasures with you.
Also, there are a couple of ladies that graciously donated 
a few gifts in honor of this giveaway.
Oh, what beautiful women these are!
The lovely winner will receive these wonderful gifts. . .




The wooden tote is hand painted by the lovely and talented Celestina Marie
who blogs over at Southern DayDreams.
Her shop is filled to the brim with gorgeous handmade items
and you can find them here at

Linda, blogger at My Sew What Blog, has a way with the sewing machine.
She creates unique and oh-so-beautiful handmade items.
The two zippered pouches were made by her
and you can find other items like these in her shop
Eastern Ave Designs.

Sarah, from Lilacs and Springtime,
made the darling little hand towel that hangs from an oven door.
Her Etsy shop is called Lilacs in Spring
and you will find many beautiful handmade items
as well as vintage books in her sweet shop.




made the oh-so-sweet daisy wash cloths.
Aren't they just adorable?!

The soap is handmade by Judy who blogs at
You can also find her wonderful soaps at

Dear Ang, blogger at Just a Country Girl, made the lotion
and you can visit her lovely shop




Linda from Lady Linda
has a delightful Etsy shop that is filled with vintage items
which is where I found the Tea Partytime quilt magazine.
Sweet Linda contributed the beautiful fabric 
and embroidery patterns for tea towels. . .
what a doll!
Her Etsy shop is Lady Linda Lou.




made these gorgeous rose cards for the giveaway.
Her cards are a work of art
and truly a gift in themselves.

The lovely hymn card is from Joy's Etsy shop
which is called Vintage Verses.




Sweet Deb from Garage Sale Gal
made this amazing Pocket Letter for the giveaway.
It has a rose and tea theme.
Deb is the one who introduced me to Pocket Letters
so it's quite fitting that there would be one included in the giveaway.




Also included are these two fabric fat quarters with tea labels on them
as well as two handmade tea cup coasters made by yours truly {{smiles}}




So as you can see,
one blessed winner will win many, many lovely items
made by some beautiful and talented women.




To enter the giveaway:

{1}
Please be a follower of The Enchanting Rose

{2}
Please leave a comment telling me how you found my blog
or what you enjoy the most about The Enchanting Rose.

I will announce the winner on Wednesday, August 2
so that gives everyone 2 weeks to enter the giveaway.

And please know that this giveaway is open to ALL 
my friends and followers around the world.




Thank you, precious friends,
for your faithful support over the years.
Truly, without you this blog would not exist.
I appreciate each and every one of you more than you will ever know!

Much love and sweet hugs to you!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Divide - Book Review

Hello, sweet friends!
My computer is still acting up
so I will be missing from action for a little while longer.
I had a couple of books that needed reviewed this month
which I shared yesterday and today.
I sincerely hope you are well and enjoying your summer.
I have a big giveaway coming up in July
in honor of blogging for 5 years
so I hope you will keep an eye out for that.
Take care, dear ones.
Love and hugs to you!

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In this gripping conclusion to The Alliance, 
nearly six months have passed since Leora Ebersole’s Old Order Mennonite community 
fled to the mountains for refuge after an attack destroyed the power grid 
and altered life as they knew it. 
Since then, Leora has watched and waited for news of Moses Hughes,
the young Englischer pilot who held off invading looters 
long enough for everyone to escape. 
Unsure Moses even survived, 
Leora has begun to warm to the affections of Jabil Snyder, 
who has courted her patiently. 
But she struggles to see herself as the bishop’s wife, 
especially when she learns that Moses is alive and has now joined a local militia.

An unexpected encounter in the woods deepens Leora’s crisis, 
as does a terrifying new threat that brings Moses’ militia 
into the community’s shaky alliance with the few Englischers left among them. 
When long-held beliefs are once again put to the test, 
Leora wrestles with the divide between having faith and taking action. 
Just how much will her shifting landscape change her?




My Thoughts
As mentioned in the description of the book,
The Divide is the conclusion to The Alliance.
You can find my review for the first book by clicking here.

The Divide begins where the first book ended
so I highly recommend reading The Alliance first.
And with that being said I will now share my thoughts. . .
Jolina Petersheim is a favorite author of mine
as her books are quite riveting and they captivate you until the very end.
The Divide is no exception and it's a thrill ride to the last page of the book.
I must confess that I wish this book was not the conclusion.
Oh, how the story could go on and on!
I am getting off on a rabbit trail though
so back to my review. . .

In the first book, The Alliance,
you will meet Leora, a young Mennonite woman,
and Moses, a young English man.
Their lives are thrown together when a huge attack causes the power grid to fail.
When the power does not come back only chaos follows 
along with the will to survive. . .at any cost.
The Divide continues on with their story 
and the desperate times they now face after 6 months of no power.
You will find love, compassion, heartache, redemption, 
and a desperate desire to survive while saving those around you 
tucked away in the pages of The Divide.

In all honesty, my friends,
my review will not do Jolina Petersheim justice
because like I said, her books are astounding!
She is a very talented author and the talent flows onto the pages of her books
and will leave you wanting more and more.
I highly recommend this author.

** I was provided a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers
in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Jolina Petersheim is a best-selling author
whose unique Mennonite heritage originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
A transplanted southern belle,
she now lives on a farm with her husband and two young daughters
in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin.
Follow Jolina's blog at

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Dark Deception - Book Review

Hello, sweet friends!
My computer is still acting up
so I will be missing from action for a little while longer.
I had a couple of books that needed to be reviewed this month
so I will be sharing those today and tomorrow.
I sincerely hope you are well and enjoying your summer.
I have a big giveaway coming up in July
in honor of blogging for 5 years
so I hope you will keep an eye out for that.
Take care, dear ones.
Love and hugs to you!

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Kate O'Brien's quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas 
is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. 
Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. 
Only Kate survived, and she's been in witness protection ever since.

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn't the murderer, 
she's subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. 
Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, 
the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis. 

Tony readily takes on the assignment; 
Kate's beauty and inner strength made more of an impression on him than he expected. 
But when Kate's safety is threatened, 
Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive 
and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.




My Thoughts
There was never a dull moment in Dark Deception
and the entire story kept me on the edge of my seat
in anticipation of what would happen next.
Dark Deception is the second book in the Defenders of Justice series
and you can read my review for the first book
Fatal Frost by clicking here.
The story is incredibly fast-paced
and it will keep you guessing until the very end.
There are twists and turns that are least expected
which makes for an exciting and thrilling read.

Kate O'Brien survived the attack of a serial killer,
but sadly, her life has never been the same since then.
She can't help but live in fear
and the pain of losing her twin sister is almost too much to bear.
Slowly Kate lets go of the fear and allows God to heal her heart and soul, 
but when the convicted man is let out of prison
due to lack of evidence at the crime scene 
Kate's world is turned upside down and once again her life is in danger. . .
Will she make it out alive a second time? 
And will her faith keep her strong or will she be shaken to the core?

Nancy Mehl, the author of this book, does not hold back
which means you'd better hold on when reading this book.
It's a "Wow, I didn't see that coming," kind of book.
If you like suspense, danger, and a touch of romance
than this book is for you.

While Dark Deception is the second book in this series
I think it could be read as a stand alone book.
There are a few characters mentioned in the story
that were in the first book, but they don't play a big part.

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

About the Author
Nancy Mehl is the author of 22 books, 
including the Road to Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary series. 
She received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. 
She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. 
Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, 
where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. 
Visit www.nancymehl.com to learn more.
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