Thursday, December 9

Grace at Home No. 448

Hello, friends! Happy December!

Here we are, barreling along through Advent, and I'm guessing that you're as busy as I am. If you follow me on Instagram (I'd so love to connect with you there), you might have seen photos like these:

My little grandson and his parents were here for two weeks, and what a joy it was to begin the Advent season with a baby in the house! It was a poignant reminder of the way Christ came.

You know, most of my life I've heard warnings not to "reduce" Jesus to the baby in the manger. I've heard preachers say things like "We don't pray to Dear Lord, Baby Jesus." But I think maybe those warnings might lead us to miss the wonder of the Incarnation. The Eternal Son did not come to Earth as a conquering king, but as a helpless infant. Then he grew to be a toddler, a boy, a man—a poor, working man. The one who was there at the foundation of the world came into the world not in a position of power, but in a position of lowliness. 

Isn't it interesting that we often long for power, yet the one we worship laid aside his power to come to us? 

The son of God became a human. The triune God united forever when the Eternal Son "took on flesh." And just as surely as Jackson is my beloved grandson, we are now beloved children of God, adopted by the Eternal Father of our brother Jesus. Today I'm thinking that we should all hang out with babies a little more!

Well, as I've been hosting my grandson, you all have been busy! Here are some highlights from last week's party. 

Looking for some Christmas decorating inspiration? Well, just take a peek at these scenes!

Don't have a Nativity set? Joy from Artful Homemaking shares a tutorial for crafting this precious scene—a great option to do with children.

If you're like me, you love Christmas cookies, and Italian amaretti cookies are a favorite. Well, Theresa from Shoestring Elegance shares a recipe for making your own, and she says they're the easiest and tastiest cookie she's ever made.

On a more practical note, if you need an easy dinner recipe, the LouLou girls share one for Tuscan chicken and potatoes that looks amazing.

Advent is an interesting season—a time of the tension of waiting with the anticipation of coming joy. Michele Morin from Living Our Days can help you to wait well.

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 space 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 or sphere of influence 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! 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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  1. What a blessing to have 2 weeks with your little grandson! It is an amazing thing that our Savior, the Creator of heaven and earth, laid it all down in the incarnation. Like you, I hope I never lose sight of the wonder of it all!

  2. Looks like you had a wonderful time with your sweet grandson - how precious! Thanks for hosting and thanks for featuring my vase filler ideas!

  3. Have a wonderful visit with your grandson! Time goes by so fast, these visits are so enjoyable. Thanks for hosting, and the great features, I have pinned 2.

  4. So glad you were able to spend time with your grandson and family! Thank you for featuring my nativity set tutorial. Holiday blessings!

  5. Your grandson is adorable and I know you enjoyed the time with him. Amen to what you said, Richella…it was beautifully written! Thanks so much for hosting and for featuring my Sunshine Cottage porch. Wishing you a joyous Christmas season!

  6. May you find that God meets you in a special way during this season of waiting.
    Thanks so much for your encouragement here!

  7. What a beautiful gift to be able to share time with your son and his family! There's nothing like a baby to make one realize that there is no time like "the present"! Your grandson is a beautiful boy! Thank you for hosting us, Richella.


  9. How fun to have a little one visit this time of year. It's really something to spend time thinking about the Incarnation--it's almost unfathomable, that God would come as a baby. I can certainly imagine Mary keeping and pondering much in her heart.

  10. Thanks for hosting, Richella! Love that laundry room!! I would never think to decorate my laundry room! Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Thanks so much for the party Richella and for sharing your wonderful pictures with us! What a beautiful boy! So glad you were able to have that time with your family. Have a great weekend and thanks again!

  12. Richella,
    Thanks so much for hosting this charming party each and every week!! I so appreciate all the time and effort that does into it along with visiting all the links and choosing Features!!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  13. Richelle, your Grandson is adorable, what a blessing for you and your family. I agree with you, what an awesome God we have that sent Jesus to live and die for us the way He did. I'm continually humbled by this fact, and often think of "faith like a child". It always makes me mindful of what that is. Thank you! Merry Christmas time. Thank you, also, sweet friend, for featuring my ameretti cookies, super simple and I hope you enjoy them.
    Hugs, love and prayers,

    1. I typed Richella, but Google changed it. I know your name. ❤️

  14. So happy to hear you were able to spend some time with your grandson, and family! It always makes this time of year extra special.


  15. What a JOY that grandson of yours is. I can’t wait for this. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for featuring my Christmas home tour. Wishing you and yours a very blessed and Merry Christmas.

  16. Your decorations above your washer and dryer are inspirational. Thanks for sharing!


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