Thursday, February 14, 2019

Grace at Home No. 330


Hello, friends! Happy Valentine's Day!

My day started when my husband brought me breakfast in bed—an act of love I don't take for granted, since we've now been married almost 34 years. Our marriage has gone through some major ups and downs over the years, but I am so grateful that we've persevered through the hard times. Long ago Jack asked me to be his Valentine, and I'm thankful that I still am.

I'm so glad you're here for today'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.

Want to learn more about interior design? Yvonne from Stone Gable is doing a series on the elements of design. Her article on color is excellent!

If you need an inexpensive gift idea or just want to create a fun new accessory for your home, you'll be glad to see how Chas from Chas' Crazy Creations made a gorgeous water bottle from an old wine bottle. She gives step-by-step directions for creating one for yourself.


With her new Netflix series, Marie Kondo is enjoying a swell in popularity. If you'd like a primer on the Kon-Mari method of tidying up, check out this post from Vicki at FiveSpot Green Living.


Need some new ideas for dinner? Mama of Many Blessings has got you covered.


I know so many people who are going through a really difficult time right now. If you're one of those people, you'll appreciate this post from Dr. Michelle Bengtson.


A big thank you to everyone who joined the last party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up.

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, February 7, 2019

Grace at Home No. 329


Happy February, friends! Here we are, just one week away from Valentine's Day. . . wow! I'm grateful 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 links from last week's party I think you'll enjoy.

If you'd like to make a Valentine's Day surprise for someone special, you'll love this craft from Paula at Sweet Pea. Paula writes the excellent tutorials, so you'll find her instructions easy to follow.


Looking for an easy, fun Valentine's Day activity for your kids? Check out the fun tradition that Lindsay from Simply September has established with her children!


Are you trying to eliminate some of the chemicals in your home? One easy step is to make felted wool dryer balls for your laundry. Carol from Comfort Spring Station shares an easy, step-by-step tutorial.


These cold winter days have me hankering for something warm and delicious to eat, so I was glad to see this recipe for English Muffin Bread from Stephanie at Happily Homegrown.


If your busy days are leaving you worn out and frazzled, you'll be glad to read More Faith, Less Frenzy from Tammy Kennington.


A big thank you to everyone who joined the last party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up.

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, January 31, 2019

Grace at Home No. 328


Y'all, it's the last day of January, 2019. I can hardly believe it--the new year is certainly off to a quick start, isn't it?

As of today, my year is off to a good start, too. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you might have already seen that the manuscript for my book, Mythical Me: Finding Freedom from Constant Comparison, has made its way through two revisions and has now been approved by my editor at InterVarsity Press! I'm so grateful. Lord willing, the book will come out in late October of this year. It's been a long journey, and I'm thrilled to have made it this far.


Now to see what y'all have been up to! Here are some links from last week's Grace at Home party that caught my eye.

Want to see a wonderful kitchen renovation? Visit Ashley at Cherished Bliss--you'll be blown away!


If you're hosting a Super Bowl party, you'll be tickled to get these free printables from Leslie at From Playdates to Parties.


I'm always looking for new dinner ideas; are you? I'd like to try these Oven-Baked Calamari from Kristin at Dizzy, Busy, and Hungry.


And if your soul is just in need of an inspiring story, you're going to love this one from Pam at Everyday Living. Trust me, you'll be so glad you read this.


A big thank you to everyone who joined the last party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up.

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, January 24, 2019

Grace at Home No. 327


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.

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

It's easy to get overwhelmed with all the design advice you find online. Marty from A Stroll Thru Life offered some wonderful design tips she's learned that will help you, too.


If you're trying to get your home more organized, you should know that Erin from Suburban Simplicity shared some great tips for organizing your home in two minutes.


Looking for some easy ways to update your home's decor? Crissy from First Day at Home shared step-by-step instructions for creating a beautiful and affordable table runner.


If you've cleaned out your closets and have some jeans you no longer wear, Lina from Sew Historically can help you create dog toys from that denim. Brilliant!


Here's something fun: Jamie from Anderson + Grant is about to begin fixing up an early 1900's  farmhouse that belonged to her grandparents. Click to see all the before photos and to read about her plans--a real-life Fixer Upper!


Michele Morin from Living Our Days always makes me think. This week she shared seven questions to ask yourself before you speak up--such good and godly advice!
A big thank you to everyone who joined the last party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up.

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, January 17, 2019

Grace at Home No. 326


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

Last week I asked if y'all were interested in my continuing this link party, and a number of you took the time to answer—and your answer was a resounding "Yes!" I'm so glad you enjoy this party, and I'm glad to continue hosting.

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

As we begin the new year, lots of us have decluttering on our minds, but it can be hard to know where to start. Here's help: Vicki from Fivespot Green Living shares 10 decluttering tips to get you started.


Jamie from So Much Better with Age provides a list of 60+ items to throw away today. Such great suggestions!

If you realize you need extra room in your kitchen, you'll appreciate this post from Wendi at H20 Bungalow, who gives a complete tutorial on how to add an extra shelf to your cabinets.


If these cold January days have you longing for some freshness, you'll enjoy learning how to have healthy winter houseplants from Carol at Comfort Spring.
Looking for a yummy new comfort food recipe? Check out these Maple Chicken and Biscuits from Andrea at Living on Cloud Nine!


And if you need a new perspective on how to approach the new year, read April Knapp's post on Biblical truths about goal-setting.


A big thank you to everyone who joined the last party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up.

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, January 10, 2019

Grace at Home No. 325


Welcome, friends! Hope 2019 is treating you well so far!

In January, almost everything I read encourages me toward an attitude of "out with the old, in with the new." Does anyone else feel that way?

Yet there are some "old" things I don't want to dispense with. One of those is hosting the Grace at Home party. It's definitely "old": I started the Grace at Home party way back in 2012.


In explaining the purpose of my blog back then, I wrote: "There's one thing that ties it all together for me: grace. That's the thing I prize most. My blog's purpose is to do what the title says--to impart grace. I want my home to be full of grace, too. I want it to be a place where my family, my friends, and my guests feel special and loved and welcome. I'm betting you feel the same way about your home."

So the aim of this party has always been to celebrate the ways we make our homes places of grace. 

Now there are hundreds of link parties. Perhaps there's no longer any need for one that focuses on grace. But I still need the weekly time-out of thinking about this goal: I want my home to be a place of grace. 

I hope you feel the same way! If you do, I invite you to join me here every Thursday 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. I love looking through your entries, and I'll choose several to feature the following week. 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!