How many of us dream as young women to one day have a beautiful home,
whether it be a home on the beach, a log cabin in the woods, the big house on the hill
or that quaint cottage as in a fairy tale.
Fairy tales, when the first sentence reads, “Once Upon A Time”
and ends with “And they lived happily ever after.”
Well let’s begin . . .
Once upon a time, there was this young girl who had many hopes and dreams.
Her name is Courtney.
As a young wife and mother . . .
she found her cottage in the woods . . . but it was an “Ugly Duckling”
all alone and abandoned in the woods . . .
but later, she turned that “Ugly Duckling” into a beautiful Swan.
The Swan also known as “French Country Cottage“
As a young mom and filled with excitement about turning her “ugly duckling” into the Swan
for her family, using her incredible decorating and styling talents,
she wanted and was encouraged to share her vision with others.
How could she do that?
Courtney’s sister encouraged her to start a blog
to chronicle her journey of restoring the French Country Cottage.
Courtney’s sister introduced her to the world of blogging and Courtney dug right in.
Now it wasn’t easy at the beginning. Courtney’s sister seemed to be the only commentor
for the first six months.
Courtney continued to follow her heart and dreams . . .
Like the Little Engine that could . . . but not taking into consideration
of saying, “I think I can” . . . but the attitude of “I know I can”
The months following came more readers and her blog grew to great proportions
as people discovered how beautiful it was and gained much encouragement and inspiration
from Courtney’s journey.
What was that quote in the movie, Field of Dreams? (my hubby’s favorite)
“if you build it, they will come” …… and they did!
Then came major sponsors . . . and then another dream realized . . .
becoming the Editor of Romantic Homes Magazine.
The girl who described herself as the “girl behind the curtain” posing to be
all confident . . . but sometimes found herself with some doubt . . .
came out from behind that curtain . . . out on the stage . . . in the front row . . .
and danced like no one was looking! . . . but they were looking!
I have known Courtney for years and I can truthfully say, that she has remained
the same sweet and kind person when I first met her at an event in High Point, N.C. when she was
just mainly blogging . . . She remains truly a beautiful soul, till this day.
Courtney took that beautiful and talented soul of hers
and brought that “Ugly Duckling” cottage back to life,
unearthing the beautiful soul of the home . . . to become The French Country Cottage.
Her She Shed!
So I leave you with this last sneak peek below of Courtney’s book of her most gorgeous,
romantic and charming home . . . and her amazing story.
The iconic bicycle we have seen in many settings . . . at her home, at the beach,
carrying flowers or her sweet fur baby! How appropriate the bike is, adorned with balloons . . .
celebrating her journey . . . the realization of her hopes and dreams. . .
So as in the Fairy Tale stories . . . .
AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER!!!!
And speaking of Happily Ever After . . . I love this book so much that I personally want
to share one with you . . . my dear readers.
So I am giving away a copy of this book to one lucky reader!
Just leave me a comment telling me how much you would love to win this book.
This Giveaway starts today, August 22, 2018 and ends at Midnight, September 5, 2018.
The giveaway is restricted to residents of the Continental U.S.
Good luck and have a most beautiful day and may all your dreams come true!
Courtney’s book is now available on Amazon.
Note: This is not a sponsored post.
All glorious reviews are entirely and happily, turning cartwheels across the floor, my own!