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!

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  1. Richella, thank you for sharing my post. You are a true source of encouragement!

  2. Thank you so much for the feature and for another great party! I hope you have a great week.

  3. Thanks so much for hosting each week and for the feature of my fall printable. Wishing you blue skies and fair weather this week.

  4. Richella, thank you for another great party!
    Have a great time
    many greetings

  5. I am so very sorry about Snickers! I know that heartbreak well. Your family was blessed to have had her for so many years and she was blessed to be loved so much!

    Thank you for the feature and for hosting! I wish you all better days ahead!

  6. Richella, I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet Snickers. You are the second person this week I know who has had to say goodbye to their beloved pet. I know exactly how you feel. So glad you were able to hold her.

  7. I'm so sorry you lost Snickers. Dogs are so special with their unconditional love. So sorry for your loss.

  8. Richella, I am so sorry for your loss and heavy heart. Sending prayers of comfort for you and your family. xo jen

  9. I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. May God comfort your heart.

  10. I’m so sorry about the loss of your beloved dog.

  11. Thanks so much for taking the time to host each week!!
    It is greatly appreciated!!
    Stay safe, healthy and happy!

  12. Richella,
    I am so sorry about the passing of your sweet fur baby...You were so lucky to have him for 17 years....

  13. Oh, Richella, I'm so sorry to hear about Snickers. We lost our 14 year old aussie in August and it was such a wrench to our hearts and still is. Sending you hugs!

  14. Richella, I'm so sorry to hear about your beloved Snickers. Pets can hold such a special place in our hearts. Blessings to you!

  15. I'm so sorry for you having to put your Snickers down this week, Richella. Our fur babies are part of our family, and this year is a particularly sad one to have to say goodbye.

  16. So sorry to hear about the loss of Snickers, Richella, I know it's truly heartbreaking to have to go through. I'll be praying for you and your family as you go through the grieving process. I know it's not an easy one. Big hugs, CoCo

  17. Thank you so much for hosting. I am so sorry about Snickers. It's so hard and you said it perfectly "gut-wrenching but also healing". Wishing you peace.

    XO- MaryJo

  18. I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your sweet dog Snickers. May the God of all Comfort, comfort you in your loss.


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