Thursday, August 16

Grace at Home No. 309

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

This week is kind of bittersweet for me. Tomorrow will be the very last back-to-school day for my kids. My youngest is 21, and tomorrow we'll take him back to High Point University for his senior year. I've been taking or sending kids back to school since 1994, when my oldest started preschool. That's 24 years of back-to-school days. Unbelievable!

Anyway, I'm glad to pause this morning to share some of the wonderful things y'all are doing in your homes. I think you'll enjoy these highlights from last week's party.

Marty from A Stroll Thru Life shares one of her favorite tools for decorating. If you know Marty, you know she's a pro at home decor. I'm always glad to learn from her.

If you're interested in homeschooling, you'll enjoy this homeschool room tour from Joy at Artful Homemaking.  I homeschooled for three years, and if I'd had a space like this, I might have kept going!

Now that summer's winding down and I've completed the manuscript for my book, I need to turn my attention to getting our house really clean. I was glad to get this tip for cleaning toilets from Chas at Chas' Crazy Creations; I'm going to give it a try!

Nicki from Sweet Parrish Place shared some great tips for a job that most of us tackle regularly: laundry. Nicki is a laundry expert, so I'm glad to have her advice for keeping laundry looking like new.

Life can be awfully hard at times, so it's important to have a way to unwind and relax. I love this post from Mary Carver about enjoying pop culture; I think you will, too. Check out "In Praise of Pop Culture That's Just for Fun."

Last but definitely not least, I highly recommend this post from Michele Morin at Living Our Days.  You'll learn about God's love and get a great recipe for homemade pizza into the bargain!

A big thank you to everyone who joined the last party!  I'm so grateful for each person who links up. If you've been featured, feel free to grab the "I was featured" button.  I'd be delighted if you'd like to  display 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.  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, bittersweet moments for sure. Thanks so much for hosting each week!

  2. Thank you so much for the feature and thanks for hosting a wonderful place for us to share our creations.

  3. How exciting. Thank you so much for the feature. You always have the best linky parties

  4. What an encouragement you are, Richella!
    My heart goes out to you on this closing educational chapter of your life. We're still a few years away from that, but I'm feeling the movement toward closure: only one still in high school and one still in college.
    Blessings to you in all your new beginnings with your writing career!

  5. Richella, thank you so much for hosting and for featuring my homeschool room post. Blessings!

  6. Another chapter coming to an end! Love how the Lord brings new blessings with each season, though! ;-) Thanks for hosting... great features! ;-)

  7. Where has the time gone?....So bittersweet Richella...I so remember taking our son to his very first day of school like it was yesterday....then my Granddaughter she is in Jr. High....ugh...where oh where has the time gone?....Great features and thanks for hosting!....Have a fabulous weekend!

  8. It's hard to believe that your school days are nearly over! On a brighter note, I know you will be glad for the end of tuition payments!!

  9. The last, last day of school is one of those bittersweet memories. I still feel a little melancholy when I drive by my two youngest children's high school and they are 42 and 45. :) Thanks for hosting. Have a great week!


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