Thursday, September 21, 2017

Grace at Home No. 267


Oh, friends, happy Fall! Can you believe that it's already time for the Autumnal Equinox? It seems as though summer just began, and now here we are racing into Autumn. I'm sorry that I've not published anything here for the last few weeks. I have much to share in the coming days, though!

I'm glad you're here for this week's Grace at Home party. Here are some links from last week's party I thought you'd enjoy.

Lindsey from Repurpose and Recycle discovered how to refinish wood furniture using just two household ingredients. I'm going to try her method.


Joy from Artful Homemaking rounded up 12 creative ways to decorate for Fall using items from the dollar store. Lots of inspiration!


Sweet Carol from An Oasis in the Desert has been fighting cancer this past year. Now she's decorating her house for Fall and giving us advice for what to do when we're worried or stressed.


It's time for all things pumpkin spice, and Jamie from Anderson + Grant shared a recipe for Pumpkin Molasses Cookies I'd really like to try. Don't these look delicious?


For a different kind of pumpkin spice treat, I'd like to try this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Liqueur from Pattie at Olla Padrida.


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, September 14, 2017

Grace at Home No. 266


Hello, friends, and welcome to this week's Grace at Home party! I hope you've had a good week. I know that many of you were affected by Hurricane Irma this past week, and I want you to know we've all been praying for you.

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

Hayden from Two Paws Farmhouse created this corrugated metal awning in lieu of curtains for her kitchen window. Isn't it smashing?


Angela from Simply Beautiful made over some foam pumpkins from the dollar store to create these fabulous fall decorations.


For a fun fall look, Victoria from Dazzle while Frazzled crafted some colorful pumpkins from fabric scraps.


If you're looking for a good pound cake recipe, Marilyn from Marilyn's Treats has you covered. She shares 10 decadent pound cake recipes.


If you're in need of a good laugh, you need to read "A Chipmunk, a Cardinal, and So Many Rats" from Karmen at Chairs from the Curb.  Hilarious!


And if you're in need of some calming for your soul, you'll appreciate "Anxious for No Thing" from Michelle Bengtson at Hope Prevails.


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, September 7, 2017

Grace at Home No. 265


Hello there and happy September! I can hardly believe how fast this year is flying. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I celebrated my birthday this week. The years go by so fast, don't they?

Thank you for being here for 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 I thought you might enjoy.

Leslie at From Playdates to Parties shared six fall wreaths to make. Are you ready to decorate your home for autumn?

I'm always looking for organizational tips, and I appreciated this post from Carol at Comfort Spring. Check out this great idea for storing boxes of foil and plastic wrap.


Magic cookie bars are a favorite at our house, but I've never thought of changing the recipe. Andrea from Living on Cloud Nine has inspired me to try something new.


Stacy from Ordinary Days, Extraordinary Life inspired us with her post about time management.


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, August 31, 2017

Grace at Home No. 264


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

Here are some posts from last week's party I thought you'd enjoy.

Patti from Old Things New showed us how to create an ever-changing flower arrangement. You'll be inspired by this!


Roxanne from The Honeycomb Home shared lots of inspiration for decorating on a dime. Check it out!

Jennifer at Noting Grace was inspired by an image from Fixer Upper and created her own music chalkboard. See her post for full instructions to make your own.


Fabby from Fabby's Living shared lots of ideas for creating fall vignettes.



Amy from Wasteland to Graceland shared wise words about our work in this world in her post, "When You're Weary from the World's Lack of Kindness." I think you'll be encouraged by it.


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!




Monday, August 28, 2017

Steadfast God


Like many of you, I spent a lot of the weekend glued to the news from Houston, Texas, and its surrounding areas. Hurricane Harvey, now Tropical Storm Harvey, is wreaking havoc along the Texas Gulf Coast, as it hovers there. The massive storm gathers moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and dumps it inland, causing what may be the worst flood disaster in United States history.

One of my dearest friends lives in Houston, close to one of the bayous. She texted me yesterday that the firemen who evacuated everyone on her street put a lifejacket on her as they walked her out; the water was already 8 inches above her knees and running with a strong current.


This situation is frightening.

One of the most heartwarming things I saw on the news was that the emergency authorities in Houston asked for civilian help. Ordinary citizens got out their motorboats, fishing boats, rowboats, kayaks—anything that would float—and helped to rescue their neighbors. Thoughts of Dunkirk flitted through my mind as I watched. No differences of belief, opinion, or politics separated folks in Houston yesterday.

When I wasn't watching the news yesterday, I was at church, where we sang "Steadfast" by Sandra McCracken. I'm still clinging to the words today.

I will build my house
Whether storm or drought
On the rock that does not move
I will set my hope
In your love, O Lord,
And your faithfulness will prove
You are steadfast, steadfast

By the word you spoke
All the starry host
Are called out by name each night
In your watchful care
I will rest secure
As you lead us with your light
You are steadfast, steadfast

I will not trust
In the strength of kings
On your promise I will stand
I will shout for joy
I will will raise my voice
Hallelujah to the Lamb!
You are steadfast, steadfast

In the moment of emptiness
All was fulfilled
In the hour of darkness
Your light was revealed
In the presence of death
Your life was affirmed
In the absence of holiness
You are still God

You are steadfast, steadfast
You are steadfast, steadfast

Are you in a precarious place today? Not all floodwaters make the news, of course, but God's steadfastness is the answer we're all seeking.

Click on the video below to hear Sandra McCracken sing it. Then sing along.



God bless us, everyone.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Grace at Home No. 263


Hello, hello! I'm so grateful you're here for the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace.

It's back-to-school time, so I'm finding myself drawn to getting things organized. Life has so many moving parts these days that it's easy to feel overwhelmed, isn't it? Here are some posts from last week's party that caught my eye:

Angela from Simply Beautiful built this handy chalkboard/key holder. I like the fact that it includes a deep pocket for holding things. I think this would be wonderful to hang by the back door. Angela includes a step-by-step tutorial.


One way I need to become more organized is in meal planning and preparation. I've heard wonderful things about using an Instant Pot, and I've bought one, but I need to learn to use it. Leslie from Lamberts Lately must have read my mind: she's answered the biggest Instant Pot questions in one place.


Donna from Simple Organizing and More gave us 21 quick tips for being more organized. I like the fact that these are simple and doable!


As we live these busy days, it's all too easy for us to become closed-minded. Michele Morin helps us with this problem in this wonderful post, "My Piece of the Elephant." You'll be blessed by reading this!


As for me, I've spent a lot of time these last couple of weeks reflecting on the events in Charlottesville. As I've thought about the problem of racism, I've come to believe that conquering it needs to start with changing our hearts as well as changing systems and institutions. I'd love to know what you think about this! Please read Confession of a Recovering Racist and leave me a note with your thoughts.


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!