Thursday, July 19, 2018

Grace at Home No. 305


Hello and welcome, friends! I'm so grateful to welcome you to this week's Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace.

You might have noticed that I took a couple of weeks off from hosting the party. The reason for that? Well, one reason is that it's mid-summer. But the main reason is that I've been spending pretty much every minute looking like this:


That's me in my natural habitat these days: working on the manuscript of my book. (If you didn't know, I'm thrilled to tell you that I'm writing a book for InterVarsity Press called Mythical Me: Escaping the Trap of Comparison.) My manuscript is due August 1, which is less than two weeks from now! YIKES!

I'd surely appreciate your prayers for me as I work like crazy to finish this book. I'm excited about it, and that's a good thing, because writing a book is hard work.  I have renewed respect for authors.

Meanwhile, though, I'm interested to hear from y'all and see what you've been up to. Grace at Home is (usually) a weekly place for you to share posts about
  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  Note that if you link a post here, you are giving me permission to share your post, including a photo.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!





Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Midsummer Catch-Up


Midsummer?! Holy cow, how did that happen?

The past six weeks have been some of the busiest of my life. The other day I heard the Gershwin tune "Summertime" and had to chuckle. . .

Summertime
And the livin' is easy. . .

Not this summer!

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen a little of what I've been up to, but even my posting on Instagram has been sparse for the past several weeks. Here's a look at what I've been up to lately.

Memorial Day weekend: Visited my son, Lieutenant JG William Parham, USN. Will is still in training to be a jet fighter pilot. He's currently stationed in Meridian, Mississippi, and I got to go with him into the hangar.


Then my husband and I traveled to Washington, D.C., where we attended the annual gala fundraiser for the Hillwood Museum. Hillwood is the beautiful home of Marjorie Merriwether Post. Jack took this photo of me on the stairs.


Next stop: George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, where I got to take part in a pastors'  conference celebrating the 40th anniversary of the publication of Celebration of Discipline. I didn't take any photos, but a friend snapped this one of me teaching a workshop on the discipline of confession.


Funny how my left hand is a blur--apparently I use my hands a lot when I talk!

I got home just in time to celebrate my middle son Preston's 25th birthday. Jack and I gave him boots and waders for fly fishing. Look! He's a giant in those things!


The next week I headed to Colorado Springs for the annual Renovaré Ministry Team retreat. Serving on this team is one of the greatest privileges of my life. These people are some of my dearest friends, and we only get together as a whole group once a year, so our time there is precious. Here are a few snapshots.

James Bryan Smith, George Skramstad, and me:


Nathan Foster and me:


Carolyn Arends and me:


Marti Ensign, caught in the middle of telling a wonderful story:


Gayle Withnell and me:


Immediately after the Ministry Team retreat we had a Renovar√© Board meeting (I serve as Vice-Chair of that board). Here's Richard Foster on the last day of our board meeting, which happened to be my 33rd wedding anniversary. He'd written an anniversary message to me on the whiteboard. 


After I got home from Colorado, Jack and I headed to our little place in the Blue Ridge mountains. We were thrilled when his sister's family joined us there for a couple of days. I snapped this photo of my beautiful sister-in-law and niece.  


With all that traveling, it's been hard to catch my breath. But most days, you can find me looking like this:


The manuscript of my book, Mythical Me: Escaping the Trap of Comparison, is due to InterVarsity Press on August 1, so I'm constantly sitting at my computer these days, surrounded by books and papers. I'd so appreciate your prayers as I finish up this manuscript—I'll be so happy to turn this over to the expert editors at IVP. (You can read more about my book here—I really do covet your prayers!)

Whew--just reading about the past few weeks makes me tired. But I'm so grateful for all these opportunities. Now, tell me--what have you been up to? I'd love to hear!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Grace at Home No. 304


Welcome! I'm so glad you're here for this week's Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace.

I apologize for my absence around these parts. My summer so far has been a little crazy, with one trip in June to D.C., one to Oregon, and another to Colorado. It's been hard for me just to remember which time zone I occupied on any given day! But I'm glad to be home in North Carolina for awhile now.

Here are some links from our last party that I thought you'd enjoy.

Jen from Noting Grace shared a summertime tour of her lovely home.


Lindsey from Repurpose and Upcycle shared a wonderful tip for hanging pictures—why have I never thought of this before?


Are you planning any camping trips this summer? If you are, you'll be glad to know these camping hacks from Michelle at The Scrap Shoppe Blog.


Of course, next week is American Independence Day (can you even believe that??), and if you're looking for fun 4th of July treats, you'll appreciate this post from Leslie at From Playdates to Parties.


Or, if you're like me, you just need some recipes that won't heat up the house. So you might appreciate these no-cook recipes from Kit at The Kittchen.


And for an easy summertime dessert, you might want to try this strawberry frozen yogurt recipe from Jas at All That's Jas--no ice cream maker needed!


A big thank you to everyone who joined the last party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button.  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about

  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  Note that if you link a post here, you are giving me permission to share your post, including a photo.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!





Thursday, June 14, 2018

Grace at Home No. 303


Hello and welcome! I'm glad you're here for this week's Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace.

Here are some features from last week's party I think you'll enjoy.

Laura from Decor to Adore remodeled her bathroom on a very tight budget. Be sure to see what she started with and then check out the finished space.


Tiffany from A Nod to Navy shared some simple ideas for refreshing your outdoor living area. I need to get busy implementing some of these ideas.


If you have a garden, you'll really appreciate this post from Chas at Chas' Crazy Creations on how to keep pests away. Some great ideas here!


If you have kids at home for the summer, you may already be scratching your head for ways to keep them busy. This list of 100 summertime activities from Vicki at Five Spot Green Living should give you lots of good ideas!  She includes a free printable summer calendar to help you plan.


June always makes me think of weddings. I was a June bride myself! If you're looking for encouragement for your marriage, you really should read this "Open Letter to My Husband: I Would Choose Us Again" from Tiffiney at Welcome Home Ministries. You'll be inspired!


A big thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button.  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about

  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  Note that if you link a post here, you are giving me permission to share your post, including a photo.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!










Thursday, June 7, 2018

Grace at Home No. 302


Hello, friends! Welcome to Grace at Home on this first Thursday in June!

One of the most fun things that happens for me in June is a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a gala at Hillwood Museum, the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have gotten a peek into the house:


Isn't that staircase magnificent? Such a beautiful place.

Anyway, this week has been a whirlwind for me. I hope it's been a good one for you!

Here are some link from last week's party I thought you might enjoy.

Lindsey from Repurpose and Upcycle has taken a basic tract house and turned it into a farmhouse-style custom home. Take a look at all the fun changes she has made!



Marty from A Stroll Thru Life made over an end table that was showing its age into a perfect piece for her space--and she shares the process step-by-step, so you can see how to do it yourself.


Need to set a special table this summer? Pam from Everyday Living shared four different summer tablescapes, all of them lovely.


Joy from Artful Homemaking shared a recipe for making a no-bake cherry "cheesecake" that's sure to be a summer winner.


Dr. Michelle Bengtson from Hope Prevails shared some wonderful wisdom about how God wants to give us good things. You'll be glad you read this!



A big thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button.  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about

  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  Note that if you link a post here, you are giving me permission to share your post, including a photo.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!





Thursday, May 31, 2018

Grace at Home No. 301


Hello, friends, and welcome to the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace!

Here are some links from last week's party that I thought you might enjoy.

Shannon from Home Made Lovely crafted this wood bead garland, and she shares step-by-step instructions for making your own.


Victoria from Dazzle While Frazzled created this darling "beauty station" for her daughter. I would have loved this when I was a little girl!


Penny from Penny's Vintage Home never ceases to amaze me with her ability to make any space look just-right shabby chic. Check out her brand new deck to get lots of ideas!


Now that the weather is heating up, I'm on the hunt for good recipes for the grill. I'm going to try this Coconut Rum Shrimp from Brandie at Home Cooking Memories.


Brenda from Becoming His Tapestry asked an important question: "Why are they watching me?" Read her post for a really good answer.


A big thank you to everyone who joined last week's party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up each week. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button.  I'd be so proud if you displayed it!

Now for this week's party!  Grace at Home is a place for you to share anything related to making your home a place of grace. I invite you to link posts about

  • DIY projects
  • decorating
  • recipes
  • hospitality
  • homemaking tips
  • parenting
  • marriage
  • faith
  • self-care
  • soul care
Whatever you do to make your home a place of grace, I'd like to hear about it.  Here's what I ask of you.  Please include the permalink to your post, not your blog's home page.  Please let people know that you've linked up.  No more than three posts per person, please.  Note that if you link a post here, you are giving me permission to share your post, including a photo.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!