Thursday, April 15

Grace at Home No. 420


Hello, friends! I am so grateful you're here for the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace.

I don't know about you, but all of a sudden I've gotten really busy! Or maybe I just feel busy because I started this week by attending a (small, carefully health-conscious) wedding! If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen one of these photos:



Look! I'm dressed up! My husband is wearing a tie! We hardly knew what to do with ourselves. But you know what's really funny? We've been exhausted this week. I guess our "social muscles" are just not in shape! I pray that we'll all be able to exercise these "muscles" as we are able be with other people more and and more in the coming weeks.

Now for some features from last week's party.

Are you ready to take on a big DIY project? Check out this upholstered bed frame made by Hannah from Handmade Weekly. She made it herself and shares a full tutorial!


Doing some home renovations? I think a lot of us have been working on our homes throughout the pandemic—staying at home constantly has shown us what needs to be done, right? Kathryn at The Dedicated House offers all kinds of advice for home renovations, such as this post about basement lighting. 


Want to try some small projects instead? The internet offers some wonderful things you can print at home, and Carol from Comfort Spring Station shares great advice for HOW to print at home with beautiful results.


If you're like me, you're working on some spring cleaning! Here are a couple of helpful posts for you:





And for some calm assurance for your soul, check out this post from Beth Willis Miller.


Thank you to everyone who linked up!

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, you can link up any post you've written that demonstrates how you're filling your own home with truth, goodness, and beauty. 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, April 8

Grace at Home No. 419


Hello friends! Happy Eastertide to you!

I hope you had a wonderful Easter. I was grateful that our church was able meet via Zoom on Sunday morning, but I must admit that it was a little depressing to still be meeting electronically instead of in person. 

It's times like this when I find myself especially grateful for the psalms of lament, when the writers are so honest with God about their losses, their disappointments, their heartbreak. It's helpful to remember that I can be completely, gut-level honest with God about my feelings. I used to think I had to "adjust my attitude" before I could talk with God, but that's simply not true. Do you know what I mean?

Now, once again, I am reminded of the need to count my blessings, and one of those is certainly the fact that you're here for the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace and beauty. How grateful I am for this community! Here are some highlights from last week's party I think you'll enjoy.

Now that it's springtime, are you hoping to freshen up your home? I surely am; I have several projects lining up for my attention. So I was glad to see these posts:





"Best Sewing YouTube Channels" from Helen at Hello Sewing (I'm so excited about these—my sister gave me a sewing machine, and I really want to learn more about sewing!)


Looking forward to having friends gather at your home once again now that we can gather outdoors or when we're all vaccinated? Then you might enjoy learning to create a charcuterie board from Jennifer at Wanderlust and Wellness. 


Looking for some good books to read this spring? Lisa from Lisa Notes on Seeing God shares a list of book recommendations, including a one-minute video review of one of the books (definitely worth watching!).


And here's another list of good books from Rebecca Hastings. I just love the fact that bloggers are sharing their book recommendations (and as an author, I have a special appreciation for this!).


If you need a good reminder of how to combat negative thoughts, you'll appreciate this post from Dr. Michelle Bengtson at Hope Prevails.


Thank you to everyone who linked up!

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, you can link up any post you've written that demonstrates how you're filling your own home with truth, goodness, and beauty. 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, April 1

Grace at Home No. 418


Friends, what a joy it is to welcome you to this little corner of the internet.

I am writing this during Holy Week. I don't know about you, but I'm feeling nearly overwhelmed with emotion. The heaviness of Maundy Thursday, the darkness of Good Friday, the bleakness of Holy Saturday threaten to swamp me. 

In order to be awakened and astounded rather than engulfed and crushed by my emotions, I find myself consulting some old friends: the hymns of the church. I've put together a little booklet of some of these, and I'm delighted to be able to give it to you. 



And now I'm so pleased to welcome you to this week's Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace and beauty. Here are some highlights from last week's party.

Looking for some inspiration for freshening up your home for spring? Check out these home tours!

Niky from The House on Silverado shows us her lovely home all decked out for springtime.


Paula from Sweet Pea is a master at mixing new items, treasured antiques, and DIY projects.


Pam from Everyday Living shares the lovely Easter decorations in her Sunshine Cottage.


But if checking out all this lovely decor tempts you to comparison, check out this post from Julie at My Wee Abode.


And if you need even more help with comparison, I've got you covered. Comparison was the huge struggle of my life, and my journey away from it was arduous. I share what I learned in my book, Mythical Me: Finding Freedom from Constant Comparison. You can click here to read the first chapter for free. 

Looking for a small project to help you brighten things up this spring? Check out these cute fabric-covered pots created by Carol from Blue Sky at Home.

Need a quick treat or dessert for Easter? Kelly from 3 Boys and a Dog shares the recipe for this yummy-looking "puppy chow"!

If you're in need of some soul nourishment today, I highly recommend this post from Amy at Wasteland to Graceland.


Thank you to everyone who linked up!

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, you can link up any post you've written that demonstrates how you're filling your own home with truth, goodness, and beauty. 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

Thursday, March 25

Grace at Home No. 417


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

Spring has fully sprung here in North Carolina, where the flowering trees have gone crazy. The Bradford pear, cherry, and deciduous magnolia trees are absolutely glorious right now. If you follow me on Instagram (and I would so love to connect with you there!), you might have seen that I was inspired to write a bit of springtime haiku, which was challenging but fun. 


You may have also seen that I was the blessed recipient of a visit from my daughter-in-law and my new grandson last week. My goodness, people aren't kidding when they say that there's nothing like having a grandchild!

Anyway, with all that going on, I didn't get a chance to host Grace at Home last week, and I apologize. But here are some features from the previous party I think you'll enjoy.

If you'd like lots of inspiration for decorating your home for spring, you'll want to see this home tour from Coco at The Crowned Goat.


Want some ideas for adding a springtime look to your living room? Check out this post from Tanya at Twelve O Eight Blog.


Do you like the idea of changing up your bedroom decor for springtime? You'll be inspired by Penny from Penny's Vintage Home.


Easter is coming up very soon. If you're looking for some fun ways to decorate, you might want to try your hand at making velvet Easter eggs. Julie from My Wee Abode shows you how.


Or if you'd like to create more whimsical Easter decor, Helen from Hello Sewing shows you how to make darling pom pom chicks using just your hands.


If you want to tackle a big DIY project, you should check out the headboard created by Hannah from Handmade Weekly. She gives a full tutorial!


Looking for a fun snack to prepare for Easter? Lois from Walking on Sunshine Recipes shows you how to make chocolate-covered peanut butter eggs.


As the weeks of pandemic drag on, do you find yourself struggling to get through the day? Then you'll really appreciate the prayers written by Nylse at LifeNotes


Want to take a deep dive into Bible study? You'll appreciate the direction provided by Donna Reidland of Soul Survival. Check out this post about how God guides his people.


Thank you to everyone who linked up!

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, you can link up any post you've written that demonstrates how you're filling your own home with truth, goodness, and beauty. 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, March 11

Grace at Home No. 416


Hello friends! It's nearly the middle of March, and I am so grateful to tell you that, after weeks of nothing but gray skies and rain, we've been luxuriating in the sunshine! 

It's amazing to me how much difference it makes to my spirits to experience the sunshine. I'm never a fan of hot weather, and I'm always so glad for the autumn to arrive after our long, humid summers. . . but even though I know summer's on its way, I'm grateful to see blue skies again. As a person who does most of her working and playing indoors with not only a roof over my head but also with central heat and air, I find it fascinating how much the weather affects my mood. How about you?

Whatever the weather, I'm so glad you're here for the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes places of grace. Here are some features from last week I hope you'll enjoy.

Even if it's too early to have flowers growing in your garden, you can welcome springtime with flowers from the grocery store. Libbie from A Life Unfolding shares five easy ways to elevate dollar store vases so that you can display those flowers beautifully.


And you can welcome springtime with faux flowers, too—Carole from Blue Sky at Home shows you how to use these to full advantage.


If you're like me, springtime makes you want to get the house nice and clean and incorporate some new ideas for managing life—so you'll be glad to get some tips from Jenn at The Everyday Farmhouse.


And if your spring cleaning plans include some closet organizing, you'll be glad to get some ideas from MaryJo at Master"Pieces" of My Life.


Want to set a special table for St. Patrick's Day but don't have any special decorations? Shelley from Calypso in the Country to the rescue! Such good ideas here.


And if you want a special snack for St. Patrick's Day, Amy from Heritage Home Ec can help—check out this green caramel corn!


Itching to plant some flowers but don't have any containers? Chas from Chas' Crazy Creations shares some wonderful ideas for using household items to hold plants.

And if you need some encouragement for your soul today, I highly recommend this post from Pam at A Different Lens.


Thank you to everyone who linked up!

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, you can link up any post you've written that demonstrates how you're filling your own home with truth, goodness, and beauty. 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, March 4

Grace at Home No. 415


Hello friends, and happy March!

Wow, am I glad to reach this point of the year—glad to see Winter on its way out and Spring around the corner. Here in my neck of the woods March came in like a lamb, thanks be to God. For today, at least, the sun is shining, and we are grateful to see it after weeks and weeks of rain.

Whatever the weather, I am so grateful to see how people are making their homes places of grace and beauty, and I am honored to host the Grace at Home party to celebrate that fact. Take a look at some features from last week's party.

Looking for some spring decorating inspiration? Coco from The Crowned Goat shares a wealth of ideas!


If you want to create your own springy art, check out this DIY moss art from Libbie at A Life Unfolding.


Looking ahead to Easter? (I for one am hoping for good weather so that we can have a meal out on the screened porch.) Learn how to create an Easter tablescape from Renae at Peacock Ridge Farm.


I've had an Instant Pot for awhile, but I still haven't learned to use it. I want to change that, so I was glad to see these instructions for roasting a chicken from Amy at Heritage Home Ec.


The older I get, the more I learn that I need to be careful with my words. So I was glad to see this post from Patsy at InstaEncouragments.

Thank you to everyone who linked up!

Now for today's party.  Here at the Grace at Home party, you can link up any post you've written that demonstrates how you're filling your own home with truth, goodness, and beauty. 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