Thursday, July 29

Grace at Home No. 431


Hello, friends! I am glad to see you here after some time away. If you follow me on Instagram (and I would love to connect with you there!), you may already know last week I hosted a reunion of two of my favorite college friends. What fun!


It had been 36 years since we'd all been together. . . so you can imagine how much talking and how little sleeping we did!

Meanwhile, many of you have been busy! I'm so glad to host the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes and spheres of influence places of grace. Here are some highlights from our last party.

Want to spruce up your screened porch to make the most of these summertime days? Libbie at A Life Unfolding shows you how.


Got an old footstool that could use some love? Megan at Makeable Crafts shows you how to reupholster one.
Does your carpet need some midsummer freshening? Crystal from Crystal and Co. shares a homemade freshener that also kills fleas. 


I love eating salads in the summertime, so I was glad to get this Cobb salad recipe from Carol at Comfort Spring. Doesn't it look delicious?


Need a story of inspiration? Check out "A Broken but Beautiful Smile" from A Day of Small Things. 


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!

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Thursday, July 15

Grace at Home No. 430


Hello, my friends! It's really and truly midsummer—can you believe it?

My husband and I have retreated to our little mountain getaway, and we're grateful for the cooler temperatures here than those in our hometown of Durham, North Carolina. Durham in July is hot hot hot and so very humid. What's it like in your neck of the woods?

Hot weather or no, some of you have been very busy, and I'm so glad to host you here at the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes and spheres of influence places of grace and beauty. Here are some features from last week's party.

If you're on a mission to remodel or redecorate your home, it may help you to see the progress that can be made over the course of a few years. And even if you're not currently remodeling, I think you'll still enjoy this 3-year before and after home tour from Angela from Simply Beautiful.


If you're looking for a small DIY project that can make a big impact, you may want to consider changing a recessed light into a pendant light. Libbie from A Life Unfolding shows you how to do just that.


If you or someone you love is just getting started with being a homemaker, you'll want to check out 


If you're at a point where your home needs to be decluttered and you just don't know where to start, I think you'll appreciate this post from Julie at Filling the Jars.


Need a sweet treat that's simple to make and doesn't heat up the house? You may want to try these Frito Bars from Paula at Sweet Pea.


If you're planning a vacation this August, you may want to consider visiting one of our beautiful national parks. Jamie from PhotoJeepers provides a treasure trove of national park vacation ideas for you.

Of course, a vacation won't be very useful if you or someone you love isn't really able to get away from work. Dr. Michelle Bengtson from Hope Prevails provides 8 practical tips for how to unplug on vacation.


Last but not least, you'll want to read this post from Michele Morin at Living Our Days about the importance of thinking well. Michele is a master at sharing wisdom from the Bible and her experience of walking with God.


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!

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Thursday, July 8

Grace at Home No. 429


Hello, friends!

Wow, what a busy summer it's turning out to be! In North Carolina, there are still a few signs that things aren't quite normal yet—for instance, when our church gathers for in-person worship, we all wear masks. But over the last couple of weeks I traveled to Georgia, Tennessee, and Mississippi, and things looked pretty much like they did before the pandemic. I wonder if we might be getting a little ahead of ourselves, since there's still so much about this disease that we don't understand, but I also understand that people are ready to just get back to normal life if possible.

Anyway, here are a couple of fun scenes from my trip.

This is me and my dad. We celebrated his 81st birthday.


And you might recognize this cutie--that's Traci Hutcherson from Beneath My Heart. Traci and I have been blogging buddies and real-life friends since 2010. I knew from her Instagram stories that she was at her home in the Nashville area, so I stopped by and surprised her. The look on her face tickled me pink!


Meanwhile, y'all have been busy, and I'm so grateful you're here for the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes and spheres of influence places of grace. Here are some highlights from our last party.

If you've ever wondered how to transition a small child's bedroom into a fun space for an older kid, you'll love this transformation from Angela at Simply Beautiful by Angela. A kid who likes video games would love this space!


If you're expecting guests this summer (I am, and I'm so excited!), you'll be glad to get this wifi password printable from Jennifer at Satsuma Designs


If the air in your house needs a bit of freshening up but you don't want to use artificial scents, check out this homemade air freshener spray from Joy at Artful Homemaking.


If you're looking for ways to spiff up your outside spaces, you might want consider buying concrete planters. Renae at Peacock Ridge Farm shows you how to add patina to raw concrete in a method that's both easy and inexpensive.

While you're at it, if you're looking for plants that will thrive on a shady porch, check out this post


When you're welcoming guests into your home, you might want to consider setting up a bar cart to allow people to help themselves. Shelley from Calypso in the Country shares some great styling tips to help you make the cart a part of your summery decor.


Looking for a refreshing drink for these hot days? Michele at Walking on Sunshine Recipes shows us how to make fruit-infused water. I'm going to give this a try!


If you're tasked with cooking for a big group these days, you'll appreciate this wisdom from Barbara at Stray Thoughts. 


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!

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Thursday, June 24

Grace at Home No. 428


Wow, friends--has your summer been as busy as mine??

I'm wondering if perhaps I had adjusted to a slower pace of life during the months of lockdown. . . and now that things are pretty much open, I feel as though I'm running ragged. Has that happened to you, too?

All the same, I'm grateful to welcome you here for this week's Grace at Home party, where we pause to 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 ideas for adding patriotic decor to your home this summer? Then you're in for a treat from Kristin at White Arrows Home.


If summertime in your neck of the woods means lots of bugs (like it does for me!), you'll be glad to get these ideas for repelling insects from Carol at Comfort Spring. 


Are you planning to host some gatherings this summer (thanking God that you can gather with people again)?? If so, you'll be glad to get recipes for lots of summertime mocktails from Lazy Budget Chef.


Need a new dinner recipe? I always like learning new ways to prepare chicken, so I was glad to get this chicken piccata recipe from Lynne at Thifting Wonderland.


Have you ever tried praying the words of scripture? I've found it to be a huge help, and I appreciated this post from Lauren at LaurenSparks.net.


Last but certainly not least, a sobering but very important read from Lisa at Lisa Notes on Seeing God: "When History Makes You Sick." I urge you to click through and read every word.


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!

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Thursday, June 17

Grace at Home No. 427


Sometimes I approach a day thinking "This is a red-letter day!" This is usually when there's something really special on my calendar. Today is one of those days--it's my middle son Preston's 28th birthday. And what a special, wonderful son he is! Here's the latest photo of the two of us.


But sometimes a day is special not for a fun reason like a birthday, but for a somber one. Today is also that kind of day. A good friend of ours died this week, and today we'll be attending his memorial service. He was just 59 years old. His wife is only 58. We are shocked and dismayed.

Isn't that the way life is? The good mingled with the bad. Sunshine AND storms. 

Our friend's death has made me think deeply about how I want to be living my life. I know for sure that I want my sphere of influence—my home, my family, my work, my friendships—I want everything I touch to be full of grace. And so I am grateful to host this little party celebrating all the ways YOU make your homes full of grace.

Here are some highlights from last week's party.

If you've done any furniture shopping lately, you know that prices have really risen—which makes shopping for secondhand furniture a must for many of us. But what if you find a wooden piece that needs serious repair? Kristi from French Creek Farmhouse shows us step-by-step how she rescued this beautiful dresser.


Now that summer is here full-force, you might be longing to brighten up the rooms of your house. If so, you'll be glad that Penny from Penny's Vintage Home shows us her summertime kitchen.


Do you like to decorate for patriotic holidays like Independence Day? If so, you'll want to see how Paula from Sweet Pea made this fun wreath. (After a long career as a teacher, Paula writes the best tutorials!)


If you'd like to decorate with red, white, and blue in a more understated way, take a look at this post from Julie at My Wee Abode.


Longing to make meal planning simpler this summer? Alison from Simplified Motherhood has some great ideas.

Here's an intensely practical post: Kristi from French Creek Farmhouse shows you, step by step, how to sew a ladder stitch.


And if you'd like some good advice for summertime reading, I know no better guide than Michele Morin from Living Our Days. 


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!

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Thursday, June 10

Grace at Home No. 426


Hello, friends! If you're like me, you found that 2020 dragged by, but now 2021 is simply flying. I can hardly believe that we're nearly in the middle of June!

I am so glad to welcome you to the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate the ways we make our homes and other spheres of influence places of grace and beauty. Here are some highlights from last week's party.

Have you seen "living walls" or plant walls and wondered if it's possible to make one yourself? It certainly is—Libbie from A Life Unfolding created one, and she gives a full tutorial for making your own.


Need new chairs for your kitchen table but appalled at the prices of new ones? Meg from Makeable Crafts shows you how she re-created thrift store chairs with new paint and upholstery. 


Summertime means that fresh flowers are readily available. If you're like me, you love flower arrangements. Ever wonder if you can make your own? Yes, you can, and Paula from Sweet Pea shows you how to do it step-by-step.


And if you have flowers in your garden, you can dry the petals and make your own potpourri. Lynne from Thrifting Wonderful provides a detailed tutorial for you.


Of course, having a house with a yard or garden means you need to take good care of the property. Kathryn from The Dedicated House provides some crucial information about what you might be doing to attract termites to your home. Yikes!


It seems that good people are arguing about so many things these days. Indeed, some issues are important enough to argue about. But how do you discern where and how to take a stand? Barbara from Stray Thoughts provides some excellent food for thought.


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!

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Thursday, June 3

Grace at home No. 425


Hello friends! To borrow a line from the old musical Carousel, "June is bustin' out all over!" 

I think that last year so many of us were completely locked down that this June feels especially busy. Does it seem that way to you?

No matter how busy things get, I'm grateful for all the ways you work to make your sphere of influence a place of grace and beauty, so I'm delighted to host the weekly Grace at Home party. Here are some highlights from last week's party.

One of my favorite things about this time of year is being able to host outdoor gatherings. Here in the South, the weather in late summer drives us indoors, but right now being outside is a pleasure. So I was glad to get these tips for outdoor gatherings from MaryJo at MasterPIECES of my Life.


If you're handy with tools and need some outdoor furniture, you need to see the daybed built from pallets by Anita from Unique Creations by Anita. She shares complete instructions for making your own.


Feeling the need for some fresh artwork for the season? Julie from My Wee Abode has created some beautiful printables you'll want to check out.


If you're like me, summertime means you want to use your oven less and less. So here are a couple of easy alternatives.





If the advent of summer has you yearning to get out into nature, you'll appreciate this list of hiking trails compiled by Dave and Jamie of PhotoJeepers.


If the end of lockdown has brought you a bunch of wedding invitations, you'll want to read these tips for being a good wedding guest from Penny at Penny's Passion.

Last but definitely not least, Nylse from LifeNotes shares some real wisdom about community gleaned from her study of the book of Ruth. You'll want to click over and read this!


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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