Thursday, April 26, 2018

Grace at Home No. 296


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

Here are some highlights from last week's party.

Jenny from Refresh Living made a desk from the bottom of a vintage baker's cabinet. Isn't this awesome?

Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof created a wall-mounted drop-front desk for her daughter's room. Her post includes detailed step-by-step instructions for making your own!


Mother's Day is fast approaching, and Victoria from Dazzle while Frazzled shared a fun idea for a Mother's Day gift: a photo vase made from a tin can!


If you're looking for good ways to update a home on a budget, you'll appreciate this post from Margo at Joyful Homemaking.


Cinco de Mayo is next week (what??), and if you're looking for good Mexican recipes, you might enjoy this easy fajita recipe from Sarah at Bombshell Bling.


Pam at A New Lens shared some powerful thoughts about the importance of relationships with different kinds of people. I really appreciated this post.


As for me, I shared a review of a new parenting book (a genre that doesn't usually interest me, to be honest). You'll want to take a look at First Ask Why by Shelly Wildman. I'm giving away a copy, and you can enter the giveaway by leaving a comment here.


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!






Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A new book for you (and a giveaway!)


Many years ago, I attended a blogging conference. Before I attended, I believed that the conference would answer all my questions about blogging and that I would leave with everything I needed to become a highly successful blogger, blah, blah, blah.

Honestly, the conference was pretty good. I most certainly did not have all my questions answered, but I was glad I went—not because of the information I collected, but because of the people I met. And here's one of the best of those people:


This is Shelly Wildman, and today I'm especially proud to say that I know Shelly. Because today, Shelly's first book launches into the world. First Ask Why: Raising Kids to Love God Through Intentional Discipleship isn't a typical how-to-parent book (I'm not a fan of typical parenting books, actually). This book is different.


I met Shelly when were both in the thick of parenting teenagers. Shelly has three daughters who are almost the same ages of my three sons, so we had lots to talk about. And I quickly ascertained that Shelly was remarkably intentional about how she was raising her daughters. More than anything else, Shelly wanted her kids to be followers of Jesus, and it seemed that all her parenting decisions were made with that in mind. This is what Shelly shares in First Ask Why: the wisdom that she's gained through years of intentionally raising her kids to be disciples of Jesus.

I've known Shelly long enough to know that she's the real deal, and I'm so glad she's written a book to share her parenting wisdom with the world.

I was blessed to receive an advance copy of this book, and I can tell you that it would be an especially good read for parents of kids ages 2-12. But it would also be helpful for parents of kids of any age. It would be a great book for grandparents to read. I'm also thinking that it would make a great baby shower gift!

I don't have to purchase my own copy of the book, so I'm going to buy a copy for one of you. Just comment below or on Instagram or Facebook if you'd like to win a copy. I'll order it and have it sent straight to you. (Bonus: Shelly is donating all the proceeds from the sale of the book to a wonderful organization that is dedicated to helping kids who live in high-risk, inner-city neighborhoods have abundant life.)

You can order the book through Amazon.comBarnes and Noble, or Christian Book Distributors, or ask for it at your local bookseller. (These are NOT affiliate links; I just believe in this book and want to make it easy for you to order.)

Happy reading!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Grace at Home No. 295


Hi y'all! (Every now and then I have to break out some Southern language. If you were here in person, I'd want to hug your neck!)

Last week I was in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the Festival of Faith and Writing, and I think I flew out on the last plane that actually stayed on schedule. Many of my friends got stuck in Michigan because of ice and snow. I'm really grateful to be back in the South!

I'm so glad you're here for the Grace at Home party. Here are some nice springy links from last week's party I hope you'll enjoy.

Michele from The Scrap Shoppe Blog designed this lovely printable and she's offering it as a free download! Isn't this wonderful? I just love that old saying: "All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today."


Jeanie from Create and Babble showed us how to create custom chargers to match any china. This tablescape is so pretty and springy, isn't it?


Paula from Sweet Pea gave us a tour of her living room decorated for Spring. Paula is an expert at using antiques, vintage finds, and family keepsakes in her decor for every season. Here's one small vignette:


If you're trying to get some Spring cleaning done and you have LEGO fans in your home, you'll be glad to see this tutorial for building a DIY LEGO table from Vineta at The Handyman's Daughter. Full instructions and a video at Vineta's blog.


Okay, I really do want to learn how to use an Instant Pot. Anyone else still have one in the box? I was glad to see these instructions for roasting a whole chicken in an Instant Pot from Joy at Artful Homemaking. See? Here's proof that the pot will hold a whole chicken!


And Dr. Michelle Bengtson shared some extremely wise words on how not to give up when you're going through a difficult times. Really helpful.


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, April 12, 2018

Grace at Home No. 294


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

My own home is a place I have scarcely seen this past week. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you might have seen this photo of me in the airport:


Since I've been traveling so much, I haven't had a chance to choose features from last week's party, but I so appreciate every person who joined.

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, April 5, 2018

Grace at Home No. 293


Welcome! I hope you had a wonderful Easter. 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 I think you'll enjoy.

Victoria from Dazzle While Frazzled developed a way to hide unsightly washer/dryer connections with a DIY corkboard. Brilliant!


Vineta from The Handyman's Daughter showed us how to build a pantry cabinet.


Nadine from The Kindest Way gave us food for thought about why minimalism is worth a try.


Andrea from Living on Cloud Nine shared a recipe for Butterfinger Bliss Bars. Don't these look scrumptious?

Marva from Sun Sparkle Shine inspired with a devotional based on "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross." 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!