Thursday, June 23

Grace at Home No. 472


Friends, I am so glad to welcome you to the Grace at Home party. I have to confess, though, that I'm not a very good hostess this week.

I've been out of town all week at a retreat. What has always been an annual retreat for the Ministry Team of Renovaré hasn't taken place since June 2019. . . but this week, we were able to gather once again. We are so grateful!

Renovaré is a ministry dedicated to helping people become more like Jesus. It was founded in 1988 by Richard Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline. I'm grateful to have been a part of this ministry for many years and a member of the Ministry Team and Board of Directors since 2010.

I'll share more about our week after I've had a little time to digest it. For now I'll just share this photo my friend snapped on our last morning there:


That's a (very tired!) me with Richard, who is a dear friend and such an humble man. 

Anyway, I've not had a chance to read your posts from last week, so I don't have any highlights to share today.  I thought about simply not posting today since I'm not able to be a very good hostess. . .  but I am eager to see what you've been up to. And if we only extend hospitality when we feel like we can "do it right," then we won't be very hospitable, will we? I look forward to sharing some highlights from both weeks next week.

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!

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Thursday, June 16

Grace at Home No. 471


Hello friends! I wish I could invite you to come sit on the front porch with me. We'd turn on the ceiling fans, sip a glass of iced tea, and relax, but we would not be sitting there in the middle of the afternoon, because we'd melt! Is it hot in your neck of the woods? It's been scorching here in North Carolina.

Hot or not, I'm so glad to welcome you to the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate the ways we make our homes places of grace and beauty. Here are some features from our last party I think you'll enjoy.




Want some fresh decor for summertime? Allyson from Southern Sunflowers has a free printable for you.


Want some patriotic decor for your home but like to keep things understated? Julie from My Wee Abode shows you how to make these cute little flags from scraps of fabric.








And these Key Lime Bars from Michelle at Powered by Mom look delicious, too!




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!

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Thursday, June 2

Grace at Home No. 470


Happy June! Wow—I can hardly believe that 2022 is nearly half over. To say that "time flies" is an understatement.

I hope you had a good Memorial Day weekend. We were excited to talk with our son who is currently deployed with the U.S. Navy. It's always sobering to think of those who served just like our son but never returned home to their families. 

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





Want a special American flag piece to display for summertime? Carol at Bluesky at Home shows you step-by-step how to paint one.






If you're like me, summertime makes you want more crockpot dinner recipes—no need to heat up the kitchen with the oven. Check out this "crack" chicken recipe from Melissa at Blessed Simplicity.


And for a fun summertime treat, I think I'll try these strawberry-banana popsicles from Raquel at Organized Island.




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!

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Thursday, May 26

Grace at Home No. 469


Hello, friends. My heart is heavy as I sit down to write this post. I imagine yours is, too; the tragic events of the past few days are so troubling. And I believe the enemy of our souls would like for us to hang our heads in despair, as if nothing can be done.

And yet I believe more strongly than ever that we must be people full of grace. We must each impart grace to all those within our spheres of influence, and we must learn to work together to impart grace to a sad and weary world.

And so, instead of canceling the Grace at Home party, this week, I'll host it—not just to provide an escape from the news of the world, but to encourage us all to fill our homes with grace and beauty. Here are some highlights from last week's party.

Want to make your outdoor space welcoming for the summer? You'll be inspired by a visit to Penny's Vintage Home.


Have some home decor projects lined up for the summer? Carol from Comfort Spring Station will help you to avoid decorating mistakes.




For a casual gathering, how much fun would it be to have tabletop s'mores stations? Lindsay from Artsy-Fartsy Mama will show you how to make them.








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!

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Thursday, May 19

Grace at Home No. 468


Hi friends! Hope you're enjoying this beautiful and busy month of May!

If you follow me on Instagram (and I would so love to connect with you there!), you might have seen that this week was the birthday of my oldest son, Will. Will is a U.S. Navy pilot, and he's currently deployed. I've thought a lot this week about all the sacrifices made by the men and women who serve in our armed forces—such as being separated from their families for long periods of time. I am grateful to them all.

This was taken of me and Will when he was in training. Amazing to me that my son can fly a plane!

I'm happy to welcome you to 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 highlights from last week's party.





If you have windows for which you need privacy but you want to maintain the light, Jennifer from Studio 27 shares a brilliant solution.


With Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day approaching, are you looking for some beautiful ways to show your love of country? Debra from Common Ground can help.






Want to add some beautiful plants to your space but have a brown thumb? Shelley from Calypso in the Country can show you how to use artificial greenery.


If you're like me, you've been doing some spring cleaning (and I need to finish up before summer arrives!). Tracy Lynn from Declutter in Minutes has some advice for getting your bathroom clean and organized.



Do you ever struggle with trying to fit in? Jerralea has some wise words to share with you.


And if you really struggle with feeling like you don't measure up, I have some words to share—a whole book of them! Check out my book Mythical Me (and read the first chapter) here.


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!

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Thursday, May 12

Grace at Home No. 467


Hello, friends! 

I'm so glad to welcome you to today's 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 highlights from last week's party.

Spring is here! It's finally warm and beautiful in most of the U.S., and we're itching to be outside again, aren't we? If you're looking for some ways to improve your home's curb appeal this season, Carol from Comfort Spring can help.


Need some pretty planters for spring flowers? You can re-make old planters! Check out this clever idea from Lynne at My Family Thyme.


Want to grow some of your own food but don't have space or time for a garden? Ann from Ann's Entitled Life will show you how you can grow a garden in bags of soil!


Have you been waiting for warm weather to refinish some furniture? Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm shares a technique to refinish furniture in four easy steps.


Do you need a teacher gift (or gifts) for the end of the school year? Emily from Hunny I'm Home has a great idea for you.


Need some encouragement these busy days? Read this post from Dr. Michelle Bengtson.


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!

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Thursday, May 5

Grace at Home No. 466








Ever have one of those stretches of time when you just CAN'T get everything done?

The last few weeks have been like that for me. My daughter-in-law and grandson have been here visiting while my son, a Navy pilot, is deployed. And last week, I drove those two precious people to visit our extended family. My daughter-in-law felt strongly that she wanted Jackson to meet his daddy's family. . . and with two aging great-grandparents, time was of the essence! So off we went on a 1700-mile road trip. But just look!



Seeing our sweet little fellow interact with his great grandparents was worth every mile of the trip!

Anyway. . . with all that going on, I just wasn't able to host the Grace at Home party last week. But I'm so glad you're here today, and I want to share with you some features from our last gathering.

Do you have an area of your home that really bugs you? Maybe it serves a purpose, but you really don't like the way it looks? Julie from Filling the Jars will inspire you--she transformed her entryway from an unsightly hodgepodge to a pretty farmhouse space for less than $300.


Want to spiff up your porch for spring? Carol from BlueSky at Home has lots of ideas to share!



This time of year brings lots of opportunities to bless someone with a small gift--but what to give? Learn from Beth at Creatively Beth how to make this macrame bookmark.


Mother's Day is this Sunday (can you believe it?!), and Denise from My Home of All Seasons has some wonderful printables to share.




Need some encouragement to understand how much Jesus cares for you? You'll love this post from Nylse at LifeNotes Encouragement.


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!