Thursday, October 22

A very special Grace at Home No. 400


I can hardly believe I just typed "No. 400" in the title of this post! I've been hosting the Grace at Home party for years now, and I continue to be blown away by all the things you do to make your homes places of grace. Bless you all!

Today is a special day for two reasons. Not only is it the 400th edition of Grace at Home, it's also the first anniversary of the publication of my book, Mythical Me: Finding Freedom from Constant Comparison

Can I make a confession? Writing and publishing a book feels like a very lonely and confusing journey sometimes. I tend to feel that people must be sick of my talking about the book, but then experts tell me that I don't talk about it enough! In case you haven't seen it, here's what it looks like:


Mythical Me tells the story of how I compared myself so relentlessly to other people that I created a "Mythical Composite Woman" who was what I believed I was supposed to be. In fact, I believed lots of things that turned out to e myths. Learning the truth about myself, about God, and about other people helped me break out of the comparison trap. 

You can click here to read the first chapter of Mythical Me--it would mean so much to me if you took a look! And if you have read it, I'd love to know what you thought about it. This Grace at Home community means so much to me.

And now, here are some highlights from last week's party I thought you might enjoy.

I love seeing the way people have decorated their homes for the seasons, don't you? I really enjoyed this fall home tour from Jayne at Chalking Up Success.


And this one from Coco at The Crowned Goat:


Want to make a big impact in your home with one simple accessory? Marty from A Stroll Thru Life demonstrates the use of her favorite fall accessory; you'll be amazed at the difference one little change can make!

Do you have a large piece of art you need to frame? Niky from The House on Silverado shows how to make a DIY floating frame. She breaks it down step-by-step into a very doable project!


For a different but very timely DIY project, Helen at Hello Sewing offers a tutorial for making a hand sanitizer holder. This is brilliant--I'm always digging in my purse for my hand sanitizer these days!


Need a simple treat for Fall? Check out these darling donut hole acorns from Cook Clean then Repeat!


Looking for inspiration to follow Christ more nearly? Check out this post from Michele Morin at Living Our Days.


Last but not least, I want to be sure you know about the amazing Tethered summit going on right now. Tethered is a free online event where you can join psychologists, therapists, theologians, authors, ministers, researchers, thought leaders, survivors, patient advocates, care givers, and practitioners to explore areas of grief, Christian spirituality, and what it means to be tethered to hope that remains. Together we will examine the universal nature of grief, how it impacts our lives in body, soul, spirit, relationships, and community, and the invitation to be formed by Christ in the midst of difficulty. Click here to register and watch at your own pace; registration is free.
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!

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Thursday, October 15

Grace at Home No. 399


Hello, friends! I'm so glad you're here! And like Anne of Green Gables, I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. Just look at this photo my husband snapped:


This is a completely unedited (Scout's honor!) photo, taken from our front porch--but doesn't it look as though I'm standing in front of a backdrop? 

I'm grateful you're here for the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace. While I'm here at our little place in the mountains enjoying the fall foliage, y'all have been busy! Just check out these porches beautifully decorated for fall.

Kristin from White Arrows Home creates beautiful spaces.


Coco from The Crowned Goat shows us how she decorates her Florida home for fall.


Andrea from Living on Cloud Nine shows us how she chose to go with a non-traditional color palette this year.

If you're looking for a fun fall decoration you can make yourself, Denise at My Home of All Seasons gives step-by-step instructions for creating this basket.


Of course, beautiful Octobers mean that winter is not too far away. If you need to prepare your home for cold weather, Lisa from Condo Blues shows you how to weatherstrip your windows and doors.


I love getting new soup recipes in the fall, so I was glad to see this one for potato and corn chowder from Lois at Walking on Sunshine Recipes.


If you're in need of some soul nourishment, you'll want to read "Have You Tasted?" from Pam at A New Lens.

And if you're experiencing grief during this season, I have a special announcement for you. Adriel Booker, author of Grace Like Scarlett, has put together an online conference for dealing with grief.  These are Adriel's words: 

"Grief invites us to a liminal space—a place to hold on to the comfort and presence of God while suspended between who you are and who you're becoming. Liminal spaces feel disorienting because they are. They demand our attention, not just as a means to an end but as a place of transformation."


I'm grateful to be one of the presenters for this amazing conference. Click here register for free for Tethered.
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, October 8

Grace at Home No. 398


Hello, and welcome to this week's Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace!

Fall is in full swing, isn't it? How wonderful to breathe the crisp, cool air and to see the trees beginning to turn brilliant shades of orange, red, and yellow. And it's so much fun for me to see what y'all have been up to in your homes.

Here are some highlights from last week's party.

Need some inspiration for decorating your porch for Autumn? Pam from Everyday Living has you covered! (You know, these days it occurs to me that decorating the outside of our home is an act of love for our neighbors. The number of people who walk in our neighborhood has gone through the roof since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic; how nice for them to see a beautifully decorated porch!)


Do you like to change your master bedroom according to the seasons? If so, you'll enjoy reading about the master bedroom fall update from Libbie at A Life Unfolding.


If you're like me, you love to cook with pumpkin in the fall. Just look at these pumpkin recipes!





Pumpkin Cheesecake from Jen at Cincy Shopper




Boy, now I'm hungry!

One last feature. If you find yourself struggling with your feelings these days (and I think that's true for so many of us), you'll be encouraged by this post from Michele Morin at Living Our Days. 


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, October 1

Grace at Home No. 397



It's October, friends! 2020 has been the most difficult year many of us have ever faced, but we've made it through three quarters of the year. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

I'm so grateful to be here with you today. I spent last week driving hundreds of miles to visit my family. (Everyone I visited has been extremely careful about taking all precautions against COVID-19, as have I, and I was painstakingly cautious on the drive to visit them.) Here's just one snapshot from my visit:


I now realize just how hungry I was for face-to-face fellowship with loved ones. 

Now for some highlights from our last Grace at Home party.

Autumn is finally, officially here, so my eye was caught by some beautiful Fall decorating.

Have you admired antique ladders used for display? (My sister uses one in a bathroom as a towel rack; it's charming!) Jennifer from The Everyday Farmhouse gives you step-by-step instructions for making one from scrap lumber.


By the way, while you're at Jennifer's, you should take advantage of her beautiful, free Fall printables. This is just one of several she offers.


Need some inspiration for decorating your home for Fall? You'll enjoy this home tour from Paula at Virginia Sweet Pea.


I love using real pumpkins in my Autumn decorating, but it's frustrating if the pumpkins spoil before the season is over. I was so glad to get some tips for making your pumpkins last from Niky at The House on Silverado.

If Autumn has provided you with an abundance of apples, you'll be glad to have this recipe for applesauce made in an Instant Pot from Joy at Artful Homemaking.


Finally, if you're needing some encouragement for your soul, I urge you to read this post from Nylse at Life Notes.  Listen: this is a guest post written by an 18-year-old girl named Xariah. It'll encourage you and give you hope for the future to read Xariah's 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!

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Thursday, September 17

Grace at Home No. 396


Hello and welcome to the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace.

I pray that you've had a good week. As for me, I'll admit that this week has been really hard. If you follow me on Instagram (and I so wish you would; I'd love to connect with you there!), you may have seen that we had to put our beloved dog Snickers down. Snickers turned 17 years old back in June. She was deaf and blind, but until this summer she was pretty healthy. In recent weeks, though, she'd been very sick, and we finally had to make the decision. Our vet is a curbside-only service right now, but they allowed me to wear a mask and come in to hold Snickers, which was gut-wrenching but also healing. 


Anyway, it seemed as if the week passed and I didn't get much done, but I've learned that grieving is important work. 

Now for some highlights from last week's party.

Looking to make just a few changes to your home to make it seem more like Fall? Check out this family room from Marty at A Stroll Thru Life. (By the way, if you don't already know Marty, you're going to want to get to know her. She's one of the kindest bloggers in the world. I'm so sorry to say that Marty and her husband both contracted COVID-19 this summer. Marty recovered, but her beloved husband did not. I know Marty would love making new friends as she makes her way.)


If you'd like to add Fall touches in focused way, check out this post from Denise from My Home of All Seasons. Great ideas for using a tiered tray to pack a big punch in a small space.


If you'd like to create some new Fall decor for yourself, check out the free printables from Carol at Comfort Spring.


If you're changing your closet out for the seasons (I need to do this!), you might like these closet organization ideas from Chas at Chas' Crazy Creations. Chas always has creative but very practical ideas!


Looking for a new dinner recipe? Check out the bourbon apricot chicken from Estelle at Homemade on a Weeknight.

Need some encouragement for your soul? Be sure to visit Michele Morin at Living Our Days and read her words of wisdom.


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, September 10

Grace at Home No. 395


Hello, friends! Time for the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace.

This past week was a special one for me: I celebrated my 57th birthday! I am grateful that I got to enjoy a special dinner (at a restaurant! Wow!!) with my husband and two of my three sons. (My oldest son is now stationed on Whidbey Island in Washington State, so he couldn't be here.) 

Here's a photo of Jack and me. Would you believe we've now been married 35 years?!


And here I am with two of my "boys." (Funny how I always call my sons "the boys," even though they're all adults now.)


In this crazy time of global pandemic, a birthday is not something to be taken for granted, is it?

Now for a few highlights from last week's party.

Have some planters that are looking tired after the long summer? Pam at Busy Lifestyle Gal shows you how to transition those to beautiful fall planters for just a few dollars.


Need a desk for a small room? Check out this fold-down desk from Stacey Risenmay at Not Just A Housewife.


Want a fun decoration for your front door? Check out this wreath from Kathy at Petticoat Junktion--made from a purse!


Looking for a fun new dinner recipe? You may want to try making this stuffed meatball pasta from Estelle at Homemade on a Weeknight.


Do you ever struggle to forgive yourself for mistakes from your past? Then you'll be glad to read this post from Dr. Michelle Bengtson at Hope Prevails.


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