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!

Click here to enter


  1. So grateful for family! Appreciation is one positive outcome of this difficult season!

  2. I'm so glad you were able to see your family! We did a road trip to see our daughter in San Diego. It had been a year, the longest we've ever been apart! A bit nerve racking to travel right now but it was soooo what we all needed! I can see by your smiles it was what you needed too! Beautiful picture!

  3. It's wonderful that you were able to visit family. Thank you so much for featuring my fall living room this week.

  4. It's such a blessing to get to be with family! Thank you for hosting, and for featuring my Instant Pot applesauce recipe. Fall blessings to you!

  5. So glad you were able to travel and see your loved ones. This year has made me grateful for all those opportunities as I'm sure it has many of us. Thanks for hosting and have a restful weekend.

  6. Seeing family is so important. Stay well.

    XO- MaryJo

  7. What a beautiful picture of you! So nice to hear you got to spend time with family. Thanks for hosting!

  8. I'm so thankful for my loved ones and fellowship when I can have it! Beautiful fall pics and articles here! Thanks for the link up!

  9. Thank you so much for hosting! This week I am excited to share how I am styling my fall tablescape, my newest cozy reading corner, and a collected fall tablescape! Hope you are having a great week and staying healthy!

  10. I’m so glad you got to see your family. This drought of human contact is even proving difficult on introverts like me.


  11. Thank you for the party. I am glad you got to spend time with your sister--so many things have been put on hold for too long this year! Have a good weekend.

  12. Love your family picture - is that your sister? Both of you - pretty girls! I also got to visit two of my sisters last month - what a joy it was. Thank you for the party, Richella.

  13. Richella, Thank you so much for featuring my blanket ladder and printables! Your encouragement always seems to come just when I need it! Blogging is not for the faint of heart, and I am truly thankful for your kindness and for you rooting me on!

  14. Richella,
    Thanks so much for hosting each week!!
    It is greatly appreciated!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  15. Happy Friday! Party newbie stopping in today. I'm so glad you were able to see your family during these strange times. Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful weekend!

  16. Richella; thank you for featuring my post; I really appreciate it.

  17. Thanks for hosting. And we are right there with you. Family is so important! And we're also celebrating that we are making it through the year. In spite of the challenges, are blessed overall.

    Wishing you a happy Friday!

  18. Thanks for sharing grace at home article. i love this and you will check it furniture store in Jaipur

  19. Thanks for hosting a great party!!

  20. So glad you were able to visit your friends and family, Richella! There's nothing like a warm hug. Thanks so much for hosting each week. I hope your week is richly blessed, CoCo

  21. This is a totally nice article. Thanks for sharing.

  22. This post has given me a great idea.


Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment! I read every one; they make my day. If you have a specific question, please be sure your email address is attached to your profile or leave your email address in the comment; I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Every blessing!