Thursday, May 6

Grace at Home No. 423


Friends! It's MAY! Can you believe it?

Sometimes in middle of winter I feel as though spring will never arrive. . . and then bam! April is history! Here in North Carolina, April is a beautiful month but we don't get to spend much time outside because the pollen is so heavy. By May, though, most of the pollen onslaught is past and we relish our time outdoors before the summertime heat sets in. What's it like in your neck of the woods?

One of my favorite things about springtime is that I always seem to find renewed energy to get some things done around the house. If you follow me on Instagram (where I would love to connect with you), you might have seen my latest project.


Y'all, I stenciled my powdered room! And for awhile I thought I would never finish. Here's how I looked every day for six days: 


I'll write a post about this, I think. I learned a few things along the way that might be helpful to others who want to take on a project like this.

Meanwhile, y'all have been busy! Here are some highlights from our last Grace at Home party.

Thinking about hosting a Mother's Day gathering? You'll want to see this lovely outdoor setting created by Shelley at Calypso in the Country.


And to make that table setting extra nice, you'll love these tutorials. First, gorgeous moss chargers created by MaryJo from MasterPIECES of My Life.


And lovely cloth napkins from Joy at Artful Homemaking, who shares a thorough DIY tutorial for making your own.


If you need a little treat for a mother in your life (or for yourself!), you might want to make some lavender hand scrub. Coco from The Crowned Goat shows you how.


This time of year I especially love a good salad, so I was glad to get this recipe for honey mustard vinaigrette from Melynda at Scratchmade Food for Hungry People.


Finally, some soul nourishment from Michele Morin at Living Our Days, who takes on the question "How do I search for God with all my heart?"


Thank you to everyone who linked up!

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, you can link up any post you've written that demonstrates how you're filling your own home with truth, goodness, and beauty. 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, April 29

Grace at Home this special week


Friends, do I ever have good news to share!

Many of you know that my oldest son, Will, is an aviator with the U.S. Navy. And some of you know that he has been deployed since last October. 

Not only has Will been gone since October, but his wife had their first baby on December 31—and because of COVID-19 restrictions, he wasn't allowed to go home for the birth of the baby. 

Well, this week is the time our whole family has been anxiously awaiting. Will's squadron made it safely home, and Will got to meet his firstborn. If you follow me on Instagram (and I would so love to connect with you there—please say hi!), you might have seen this photo:


I knew, of course, that my heart would melt when I saw my "baby" hold his baby for the first time. But I'll confess that I burst into a torrent of tears the moment I saw this photo. 

You can imagine how hard it has been for me to concentrate this week. But I'm so glad to welcome you to the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace and beauty. Here are some features from last week's party.

If remodeling a bathroom is in your future, you'll want to see the master bathroom renovation from Renae at Peacock Ridge Farm. Just wait 'til you see the "before" pictures!


If you're considering building a bunk room in your house, you really should see this space from Andrea at Living on Cloud Nine. Just think of how much fun kids would have in a room like this!


If you're planning to have overnight guests in your home sometime soon (thank God for vaccines that will allow more people to travel!), you'll be interested to see how Marty from A Stroll thru Life gave her guest room a refresh.

And for some wonderful ways to make your guest room a truly welcoming space, check out these easy tips from Denise at My Home of All Seasons.


If you're like me, you're always on the lookout for new recipes. Lately my husband and I have been trying to limit our carbohydrate intake, so I was tickled to find this low-carb chicken casserole recipe from LouLou Girls. (Confession: I'm not a fan of broccoli, so I'd leave that out, but otherwise this sounds delicious!)


If you're looking for some really good marriage advice, I highly recommend this post from Linda Stoll, who just celebrated her 45th anniversary. I have to confess that I giggled a little when I recently saw a marriage book written by authors who confided that they'd been married almost 20 years. I have two rules for marriage advice: I only take it from people who have made it through at least 30 years together, and I only take it from people who have been through some really tough times. Marriage is wonderful, but it's not easy!


Finally, if you're needing some encouragement for your soul as we continue to struggle through these long days of a global pandemic, read this post from Michele Morin at Living Our Days
Thank you to everyone who linked up!

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, you can link up any post you've written that demonstrates how you're filling your own home with truth, goodness, and beauty. 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, April 22

Grace at Home No. 421


Hello friends! I hope all is well with you on this April day. Can you believe we're already well into spring? 2021 has been a trying year, but it's surely going fast.

We've been having beautiful springtime weather here, but I've been keeping myself holed up inside. Why? Because I've taken on a home improvement project that turned out to be much more time-consuming than I bargained for! My husband snapped this photo of me in the act:


I am stenciling our powder room. I think I'm going to love the way it looks when I'm finished, but as I work in the corners I now understand why people often stencil only one accent wall. Whew!

Many of y'all have been busy in your homes, too, which is why I'm so grateful to host 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.

If you're working on your outdoor spaces, you'll want to see this post from Penny from Penny's Vintage Treasures. Just look at the beautiful back porch she's created.


If you'd like to tackle a smaller project, you'll be inspired by the kitchen table refresh done by MaryJo at Master"pieces" of My Life.




If you're living in a rented space, Julie from My Wee Abode is your source for great wisdom on making a lovely home. Here she explains how she dealt with the problem of ugly carpeting. Nothing stops her!


If you're trying to get more organized this spring (I'm raising my hand!), you'll find lots of practical tips from Chas at Chas' Crazy Creations. I love the way she organized her bathroom using just a few things she picked up at the dollar store.


Trying to decide whether you might be able to stay at home with your kids? Karla from The Happy Mustard Seed offers some great advice.


Last but not least, I think you'll be inspired by this post from Cami from InstaEncouragements on how to love like Jesus loves. 

Thank you to everyone who linked up!

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, you can link up any post you've written that demonstrates how you're filling your own home with truth, goodness, and beauty. 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