Thursday, September 10, 2015

Grace at Home No. 171

Welcome to the weekly Grace at Home party!  I'm so glad you're here.

Here are some posts from last week that caught my eye:

Jamie from Anderson + Grant created these beautiful pumpkins from inexpensive plastic pumpkins. A great, totally DIY technique!

Carolyn from Our Gilded Abode showed us how to make these beautiful re-usable candle sleeves.

Michelle from Dandelion Patina shared her technique for making decorative acorns from sweaters and coconuts!

Laura from Harvest Lane Cottage encouraged us with her post about living in reduced circumstances.

As for me, I've been reflecting on what a whirlwind these past few months have been, and how my husband and I are now empty nesters.  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Those are just a few of my favorites.  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 (the code is right over in my sidebar).  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.  And visit at least one of the other party participants--that's what really makes it a party!


  1. I hear you, sister! One of mine is in ministry 1250 miles away, happy as a clam, and the other is only 2 hours away at the moment, close enough to pop up for lunch every couple months. She's sweet and lets me do things like organize her freezer and dust. :) The first couple years of empty-nesting I felt like all I did was wait for someone to come home. It took me awhile to find my empty-nester groove.

  2. Oh honey, this brings tears to my eyes (even though my nest won't be empty for a year!). I've had an emotional week myself and am still trying to figure out life without my job, so this just tops it all off. We're finding our way, aren't we? Hopefully in a couple of years we'll have our empty nest groove on and we'll be liking it! Miss you, friend!

  3. i have been praying for you... i wasn't sure when will was going off to the navy, but it has been on my heart. cam sounds good when we talk, but like you, i have been stalking all of those facebook/instagram posts, hoping for just-a-glimpse of my son.

    i hope that lee is loving the beginning of his new adventure, and that preston is feeling some success, and of course, good health! {it is amazing to me that it was a year ago!}

    the good and right thing to think is that we have given them all they need to go out and make a way {a beautiful, adventure-filled, fantastic way} for themselves. but it makes me ache a little bit, too.

    sending you my love, and hoping that your little nest will have some happy and laughter-filled visits sooner than later. xoxo

  4. I am a half-empty son is still home, but is working full time...we downsized to a smaller home that doesn't take as much work to take care of. This week it has been weird not to see someone off to school...our daughter doesn't live too far away, and we get to see her at least once a week, but my heart prays for those days when everyone is at the dinner table again telling stories of their day...all the best to you - here's hoping they fly home soon!!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  5. Richella,
    What a touching post.. It's so sweet to watch parent birds with their babies..I'm so glad that everything turned out well for your middle son. What a terrifying experience for you all. And your other sons seem to be doing well also! That's always a comfort to a mother's heart. No matter what their age. I loved having little ones and am now enjoying life with grown children and grandkids. It's wonderful when they visit! God has blessings for every season. Thank you for sharing and have a beautiful day.


  6. It's a bit of a paradox isn't it? We want them home and close to us always and yet we want them to go off, happily and healthily, to start a life of their very own. Parenting is a complicated business~ your title is perfect! I am so happy that your sons and thriving and that Preston is doing so well! Blessings to you and your family!

  7. Oh my goodness. What a year! The beginning of the empty-nest season when my daughter left for college and then our son, three years later was the hardest of my life. I realize now that God allows seasons for a purpose. He knew I would be taking care of parents then. Now I have since moved close to my children and am enjoying the grand. There is a purpose for every season under heaven. I know you know that. So glad your son recovered. I know you are proud of your children.

  8. You must be very proud of your sons, such handsome boys, obviously with great goals and a future full of hope waiting for them! You need to pat yourself on the back!!

  9. Aww hugs to you!!!! It's so hard to adjust in the beginning when they start leaving the nest. My girls are spread out in age so much that thankfully I have only had to mourn the loss of one at a time. I cannot imagine having them all leave so close together. I am so thankful for a Father that gives me comfort when I hand them back over to Him. PS ~ I really enjoyed reading Beth Moore's Feathers From My Nest when my oldest left home.

  10. Thank you so much for featuring my DIY reusable candle sleeves! So kind of you to do so and I loved sharing them here and seeing all the pretties that are posted each week. So gracious of you to host for us! And, I can really relate to your empty nest post - even though my boys flew the nest years ago. Seasons of life are natural but sometimes a little bittersweet. Glad your family is healthy and well! {{{HUGS}}}

  11. Sweet post - I have two boys 11 and 9. The years are just flying by. Thanks again for hosting!

  12. Thanks for featuring my pumpkins this morning. That was such a lovely surprise!

  13. Thanks so much for hosting!! And yes, you will enjoy when your boys come home so much more as it is more special!!


  14. Thanks for the party and being a great host!

  15. Hello beautiful! Thank you for hosting such an amazing party! Please take a minute to stop by ours and let us pin and tweet your masterpieces! Lou Lou Girls

  16. Hi Richella,

    Lovely party! Thanks so much for hosting! Wishing you a good weekend.

  17. Thanks for hosting, Richella. I so enjoyed your empty nester post. I can share this with you: Enjoy your time with your husband--it's a gift--and before you know it your home will be filled again with more people than left it! It's a wonderful thing! Spouses, and then babies. ~Zuni


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