Thursday, May 17

Grace at Home No. 299

Hello, friends! 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.

Today is a special day in my life: my oldest son turns 27 today. I've been a mom for 27 years! Even as I type those words, I can scarcely believe it. My oldest son is an aviator in the U.S. Navy, so I don't get to see him very often, but he was home for about 15 hours a few weeks ago, just long enough to adopt this darling puppy from our local beagle rescue organization:

I'm excited to tell you that I'm not in my home this week—I'm away on a writer's retreat, working mightily on my book. Y'all, my manuscript is due to InterVarsity Press on August 1—that's less than 2 1/2 months away! I'm making good progress, but there's still so much work to do. I want this book to be a real blessing to everyone who reads it, so I covet your prayers for the writing process.

Anyway, with all that's going on this week, I haven't had a chance to visit folks who joined last week's party. I'm sorry about that, but I look forward to catching up with everyone next week. In the meantime, I appreciate your being here to share your posts.

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!


  1. Richella, Happy Birthday to your oldest! Enjoy your writer’s conference and thank you for hosting each week!

  2. Happy Birthday to your two are so precious! My 2 oldest boys are out of there teens now and the baby graduates HS next year. Isn’t it amazing how fast time really does fly!

  3. Happy Birthday to your oldest oldest boy will 39 next Friday! Where has the time gone?? That is a darling puppy...LOVE beagles!

  4. Such a precious picture. So happy you got to see your son, that is always the best times ever.

  5. I know you were so glad to see your oldest! Good luck with your writer's retreat. I hope you accomplish a lot while you are there.

  6. Richella - you are in my prayers for Godly, divine inspiration as you write on your book. You've got this and I know God has amazing things in store for you and this book. Have a productive writers retreat - Happy Birthday to your son and thanks for the linkup

  7. Congratulations on 27 years of motherhood and your book project! How wonderful! I'm so glad you got to visit with your son, even thought it was a short one. Blessings as you finish your manuscript!

  8. Happy Birthday to your son and best of luck on your book. Thanks for hosting each week!

  9. So many blessings in one day. Happy birthday to your son and congrats on your new puppy. So exciting. Best wishes for your book too! x

  10. Richella, I'm so glad to see that you got a little time with your son! Ours will be home for the blink of an eye in June.

    Prayers and best wishes for your book.

  11. A very happy birthday to your oldest boy. Just enjoy each and every moments. This pic is so lovely. I just love reading your blog. Thanks

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  12. i know you made the most of those 15 hours!!! xo


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