I think there’s something to be said about little girls stealing quotes from their favorite celebrities and the pop culture faces plastered on their bedroom walls. However, Joanna and Chip Gaines are not the celebrities we swooned over in the past. After reading their book, The Magnolia Story, I found so many humbling truths about the beautifully spoken family. How they came from nothing, struggled, thrived, struggled again, and rose to the top. The Gaines’ inevitable set backs and goofy stories can truly not be made up.
All jokes aside these two lovebirds gave me a new found appreciate for simplicity and minimalism. Joanna’s insight on the world and her family are admirable to say the least. Clearly a listicle was in order for my favorite Joanna Gaines’ quotes from her book—The Magnolia Story.
- “I always thought that ‘thriving’ would come when everything was perfect, and what I learned is that it’s actually down in the mess that things get good.”
- “How many of us take the time to relive half a lifetime’s worth of happy memories, cringeworthy failures, and unforgettable adventures together? How many of us get the chance to sit down and talk about the rough times we overcame in the past or to laugh about the stupid mistakes we made when we were young?”
- “Chip and I both work hard. We continue to make mistakes, and these days we work even harder to learn from then and get better. If I had planned my life, it never would have ended up like this. So maybe it’s kind of fun not to plan. Maybe it’s more fun just to see where life takes you. After all we’re living proof that sometimes even the messiest stuff and the biggest mistakes can take you someplace wonderful.”
- “I worked hard to try to do it all, to try to live up to the Pinterest perfection that only leaves you discontented. I finally realized that life isn’t found on the pages of a magazine—life is found in the glass of spilled milk and in the long, narrow hallway filled with socks and soccer balls.”
- “Don’t quit, and don’t give up. The reward is just around the corner. And in times of doubt or times of joy, listen for that still, small voice. Know that God has been there from the beginning—and he will be there until….The End.”