Thursday, August 16, 2018

Grace at Home No. 309


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

This week is kind of bittersweet for me. Tomorrow will be the very last back-to-school day for my kids. My youngest is 21, and tomorrow we'll take him back to High Point University for his senior year. I've been taking or sending kids back to school since 1994, when my oldest started preschool. That's 24 years of back-to-school days. Unbelievable!

Anyway, I'm glad to pause this morning to share some of the wonderful things y'all are doing in your homes. I think you'll enjoy these highlights from last week's party.

Marty from A Stroll Thru Life shares one of her favorite tools for decorating. If you know Marty, you know she's a pro at home decor. I'm always glad to learn from her.


If you're interested in homeschooling, you'll enjoy this homeschool room tour from Joy at Artful Homemaking.  I homeschooled for three years, and if I'd had a space like this, I might have kept going!

Now that summer's winding down and I've completed the manuscript for my book, I need to turn my attention to getting our house really clean. I was glad to get this tip for cleaning toilets from Chas at Chas' Crazy Creations; I'm going to give it a try!


Nicki from Sweet Parrish Place shared some great tips for a job that most of us tackle regularly: laundry. Nicki is a laundry expert, so I'm glad to have her advice for keeping laundry looking like new.


Life can be awfully hard at times, so it's important to have a way to unwind and relax. I love this post from Mary Carver about enjoying pop culture; I think you will, too. Check out "In Praise of Pop Culture That's Just for Fun."


Last but definitely not least, I highly recommend this post from Michele Morin at Living Our Days.  You'll learn about God's love and get a great recipe for homemade pizza into the bargain!


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 delighted if you'd like to  display 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, August 9, 2018

Grace at Home No. 308


Hi friends! 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.

Here are some links from last week's party that caught my eye.

Just in time for back to school, Victoria from Dazzle While Frazzled shared some cute DIY teacher gifts. It's nice to start the year with a little gift for teachers, and these won't break the bank.

Now that it's back-to-school time, I'm really looking forward to decorating for fall. Shannon from Homemade Lovely shares 12 easy-to-make fall crafts to get you started.


I'm definitely looking forward to fall, but there's still a lot of summer to go around here. If you live in an area plagued by mosquitoes (I surely do!), you'll appreciate these tips for repelling mosquitoes from Vicki at FiveSpot Green Living.


If you're considering ways to update your kitchen on a budget, you'll be interested in this post from Jenny at Refresh Living. I had no idea you could place an online order for new doors for your cabinets.


My herb garden is producing loads of basil right now, so I was glad to see this post from Lois at Walking on Sunshine.


Dr. Michelle Bengtson shared a really good reflection on the fact that we're never alone, including 15 Bible verses to remember. An excellent post.


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 delighted if you'd like to  display 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, August 2, 2018

Grace at Home No. 307


Welcome, welcome, welcome! I'm so glad you're here for the Grace at Home party—and let me tell you, I'm in the mood for a party! Look what I did yesterday:


Many of you know that I'm under contract with InterVarsity Press to write a book. Yesterday was the deadline for my manuscript, and by God's grace I met it. I am so grateful now to turn this work over to the expert guidance of my editor at IVP. She may slice it to bits, but I trust that she knows what she's doing, and in the end the book will be so much better than I could have made it on my own.

Thank you so much to those of you who prayed for me! I can't begin to express how grateful I am. I'll keep y'all updated on how things are going, and for sure I'll tell you all about it when the book comes out, but that won't be until next year.

So for now, let's turn to some highlights from last week's Grace at Home party.

Isn't this "coffee cubby" sign cute? Julie from My Wee Abode created it from an old frame, and she shares amazing step-by-step directions for how to make your own sign with any message you choose—no fancy equipment required!


Chas from Chas' Crazy Creations made these adorable pillows using a thrifted shower curtain and an old pair of jeans. The pillows hold a journal and a pen. Wouldn't this make a neat gift?



Lina from Sew Historically passed along a great idea for creating a doggie chew toy from an old T-shirt. I think my son's puppy needs some of these!


I'm always happy to find recipes for main dish salads, especially for the hot summer months. Erin from Delightful E Made shared this yummy looking Balsamic Grilled Chicken Salad recipe, and I want to try it.


Need a bit of encouragement in your life? Then you're going to want to read this post from Debbie Kitterman at Dare2Hear. Seriously, click over now and read the story that Debbie shares—and also read about Debbie's new book!


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 delighted if you'd like to  display 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, July 26, 2018

Grace at Home No. 306


Hi friends! Welcome! I'm grateful you're here.

Can you believe that today is the final Thursday in July? That's amazing, isn't it? I for one can scarcely take that in. You may remember that I'm writing a book for InterVarsity Press (you read all about it here, if you like), and by this time next week, Lord willing, I will have turned in my manuscript!!! (I'm not a person who uses lots of exclamation points, but the prospect of getting this manuscript turned in calls for them!)

Y'all, I would really, really appreciate your prayers as I enter these final days of writing. I won't lie: this is some of the hardest work I've ever done, but the finish line is in sight.

Meanwhile, YOU have been up to some good things lately! I'm delighted to pause and celebrate with you all the ways we make our homes places of grace. Here are some great examples from last week's party.

I know a lot of you appreciate all the little touches that add up to farmhouse decor. Some of those touches can be awfully expensive, though. Lisa from Fresh Vintage shows how you can create a "vintage" stoneware crock for next to nothing.


Debra from Shoppe No. 5 provided a step-by-step tutorial for creating this cool coat rack from a piece of fence board. Isn't this cool?


I'm always looking for quick and easy dinner ideas, especially these days. So I was glad to see this lemon garlic shrimp linguine from Jas at All That's Jas. Doesn't it look delicious?


Michele Morin really got me to thinking with this post about deliberate acts of hospitality. You'll want to read this!


And here's a great one for me this week: Donna Reidland shares 10 secrets to finishing well. Excellent!


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 delighted if you'd like to  display 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, 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!