Thursday, December 3

Grace at Home No. 405


We've made it to December! Can you believe it? What a year this has been, but now we're drawing to the end of it.

I pray that your Thanksgiving was a good one. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that our Thanksgiving was very low-key: just my husband and me and our two younger sons, gathered around our outdoor table. But we surely were thankful to be together. 


Just this week I read somewhere "the days of the old school blog link-up are past." I suppose in some circles that's true, but I'm very grateful you're here for the Grace at Home party, because I still believe that it's worthwhile to celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace.

Here are some highlights from our last time together.

Want a simple way to help you get into the Christmas spirit? How about making a hot chocolate bar? Marty from A Stroll Thru Life shows you how. 


If you're stumped for Christmas gift ideas, I heartily recommend the gift of cash—especially this year. Want a great way to give a cash gift? Paula from Sweet Pea provides free printable envelopes to hold your present!

If you're stuck at home and want to make some homemade Christmas decorations, try this beautiful ornament from Helen at Hello Sewing. She gives you detailed directions for every step!


If you just want to look at someone else's Christmas decorations and be inspired, you must pay a visit to Debbie of Debbie-Dabble Christmas. Debbie is the kindest soul, and absolutely loves decorating her home for Christmas. This is one space in her craft room; there's so much more to see!


If you find that you need a little something to lift your spirits during Advent, check out this "Treat Yourself" Advent calendar basket created by CoCo from The Crowned Goat. She gives you step-by-step instructions for making your own. 




Last but not least, if you're struggling through a really tough time right now, you'll be blessed by this post from Donna Reidland: How to Trust God During Tough Times.


Thank you to everyone who joined our last party! 

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, 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, and during these difficult times, it can really make someone's day!

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Thursday, November 19

Grace at Home No. 404


Hello, friends! I pray you are safe and well. Can you believe we're just one week from Thanksgiving?

I've noticed that for months 2020 seemed to drag interminably. Now, though, the weeks are flying by! Does it seem that way to you? My brain knows that each week contains 168 hours, but I'm not sure my heart gets the message.

I am certain, though, that I am grateful for God's grace in my life, and I am glad you are here for the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace. Here are a few highlights from last week's party.

Thanksgiving is going to be very different for most of us this year, but I think perhaps that's even more reason than usual for setting a lovely Thanksgiving table. Looking for inspiration? Here are some great ideas!

Julie from My Wee Abode shows us how she sets her table and offers this wonderful printable (completely free!). 


Paula from Sweet Pea shows us how she decorates with vintage items such as these gorgeous postcards:


If you do have the privilege of hosting a little larger group, you'll want to check out the wonderful ideas from Pam at Everyday Living.


If you're struggling with the fact that this Thanksgiving will not be what you wished for (I certainly am—instead of our usual table of 10 people, there will just be four of us!), you'll want to read these words of wisdom from Michele Morin at Living Our Days.


And this year, more than ever, it's important for us to take care of ourselves during the holiday season. Dr. Michelle Bengtson offers 13 suggestions for doing just that!


If you're hoping to get a head start on Christmas decorating, why not start with an Advent wreath? Jayne at Chalking Up Success gives step-by-step instructions for making your own evergreen wreath.



Thank you to everyone who joined last week's party! 

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, 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, and during these difficult times, it can really make someone's day!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Thursday, November 12

Grace at Home No. 403

Hi friends, and welcome! I am so glad you're here. I hope that you can take a deep breath and enjoy today's Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace.

It's been quite a week, hasn't it? While I don't talk politics around these parts, I am grateful for the election to be past, and I pray that a transfer of power can happen with peace. This election revealed that the people of the U.S. are deeply divided in our views of how our country should be run, but I hope that we can be united in working together for the good of all.

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

Although many people are starting to decorate for Christmas, I like to keep things fallish until Thanksgiving. If that sounds like you, you'll enjoy seeing these fall decorating ideas from Theresa at Shoestring Elegance. 


If you're looking for ideas for celebrating Thanksgiving safely during this era of COVID-19, you'll be glad to see this post from the folks at the K'Mich Wedding Soiree Blog.


Want to get started on making Christmas decorations? Check out these cute angel ornaments made by Niky from The House on Silverado. She shares detailed instructions for making your own.


Looking for a yummy homemade treat to share with neighbors? Jennifer from Satsuma Designs has a recipe and a free printable for you to make pecan praline topping mix. 


Looking for a new dessert recipe for the upcoming holidays? You might want to try these gorgeous cranberry sauce cheesecake from Ann at Ann's Entitled Life. Doesn't it look delicious?


Last but certainly not least—if your soul is weary from all the fighting we've been witnessing, I highly recommend that you read "A Thread of Unity" by Nylse from LifeNotes Encouragement. I think you'll be truly blessed by Nylse's wise words!


Thank you to everyone who joined last week's party! 

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, 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, and during these difficult times, it can really make someone's day!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter