Thursday, September 29

Grace at Home No. 483


Hello, friends! Autumn has finally arrived in North Carolina, and I'm enjoying a hot cup of coffee as I write this, especially since the temperature is in the 50's. This time of year is always a little strange in the American South—is it Fall yet? Can we just look at the calendar and not at the thermometer? But now it's finally here. 

My husband continues to improve (you can read about what's been happening here), and I thank you so much for your prayers. It's been a long month, but we're hanging in there.

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 highlights from last week's party.

Do you wish you could update the look of your kitchen? Well, prepare to be inspired. Look at this beautiful kitchen from Angela at Simply Beautiful by Angela:


And now look where she started:



Maybe you'd just like to tackle a smaller DIY project. How about these end tables from Meagan at Decorative Inspirations?


Or perhaps you'd like to try your hand at a craft project this fall. Here are some ideas for you!







Want a fun visit with someone who goes all out to decorate for the seasons? Then you should check out this post from dear Debbie at Debbie-Dabble.




If you're feeling a little weary and need to be reminded of the importance of your purpose, read this post from Lisa at Lisa Notes. You'll be glad you did!


Thank you to everyone who linked up! Now on to 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, September 15

Grace at Home No. 482


Hello, friends.

How glad I am to welcome you today. You might have noticed that there was no Grace at Home gathering last week, and here's why:


These are just three in a long line of Visitor name tags I received last week at Duke Hospital, where my husband was a patient from September 2 through September 11. It's really a miracle that he's alive and well: he fainted, fell, and hit his head, which caused bleeding in his brain. By the grace of God, we were able to get help very quickly and got the bleeding stopped, and he's expected to recover fully. But what a scare we've been through.

You know, the world is full of so much bad that it's easy to forget that God really does care about us. And, of course, none of us understands everything that happens. But I believe that God is at work in ways that we'll never know about. I wonder how many times God has protected each of us and we were never even aware of the danger we were in? 

Research has shown that human minds consistently display a negativity bias: we give more weight to negative events than to positive ones. We remember the bad things that happen, but often we don't even notice the good—for instance, that we and our loved ones have made it safely through another day. 

I'm hoping to become one who searches for evidences of grace rather than gloom, someone who notices the myriad ways that God has provided, protected, and otherwise displayed his great love for me. 

I believe that God continually displays his love for all of us, which is why I am privileged to host the Grace at Home party, where we celebrate all the ways we make our homes and spheres of influence places of grace and beauty. It's my custom to feature posts from the previous week's party, but our last party had just gotten started before my husband's accident, so this week I don't have any features to share. I'm sorry about that, but I'm so glad to welcome you today!

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, September 1

Grace at Home No. 481


It's September, friends!

If you're from a warm climate, like I am, you might be breathing a sigh of relief right now. But when I lived in the cold North, September brought a different kind of sigh—the beautiful summer was over. 

Whatever feelings today brings to you, I hope it's a day filled with grace. And I'm 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 a few highlights from last week's party.





Transitioning to Fall decor can also yield some fun craft projects! Take a look at these.



Laura Kelly created this apple decor from a book. She gives complete instructions for you to make your own.




If even the thought of the approaching winter depresses you, you might want to add some light to your home. Carol from Comfort Spring Station can help.


Looking for a new recipe for dinner? Kimberly from LouLou Girls shares one for a yummy-looking Nacho Casserole. 




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, August 25

Grace at Home No. 480


Hello, friends! I hope your late summer days and nights have included much beauty and goodness. Here's a little glimpse of one of our evenings this week (I promise this photo is straight out of the camera; no filter!).


I have to admit that my mind automatically thought, "Red sky at night; sailor's delight." We're in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains here, so I don't know if any sailors benefited from our gorgeous red sky, but I sure love to soak up God's artistry!

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







Want to jazz up your cooking or create a fun little gift for a friend? Patti from Pandora's Box shows you how to create herbal vinegars.




Does this busy season leave you with only small snatches of time in which to get things done? Julie from Filling the Jars gives some good advice for ways to be productive in just one hour.


Is this busy season presenting challenges for getting dinner on the table? Check out these quick and easy ideas!











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, August 18

Grace at Home No. 479


Welcome, welcome! 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 highlights from last week's party I think you'll enjoy.

Autumn is just around the corner (yay!). Would you like some fun new Fall decor but don't have much time or money to spend? Emily from Hunny I'm Home DIY shows you how to make these cute signs from dollar store supplies.




If you need a little gift for someone (even if that someone is you!), Lindsay from Artsy-Fartsy Mama can help! Check out her tutorial for making this no-sew cup cozy.




Are you dreading the month of September with all the busyness of back-to-school? Julie from Filling the Jars shares a list of easy-to-prepare dinners for the entire month.


Looking for a delicious dinner option? Jenny from Not Entirely Average shares a recipe for fajitas that I'm eager to try!





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, August 11

Grace at Home No. 478


Hello, friends! Boy, am I glad to greet you today from the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, where it's about 15 degrees cooler than in my home of Durham, North Carolina. And the views! The clouds! The sunsets!

I snapped this photo from my deck on Tuesday evening. There's just something about being in the mountains that's good for my soul. Do you have a favorite soul-refreshing spot?

Meanwhile, y'all have been busy making your homes places of grace and beauty, and I'm so glad to celebrate you here at the Grace at Home party. Here are some highlights from last week's linkup.

If you're still in the thick of summertime living, you'll enjoy seeing how Sarah from Must Have Mom made her patio a beautiful living space.


If summertime is really your jam and you crave a coastal vibe, you'll love seeing how Meagan from Decorative Inspirations remodeled a beach rental property on a dime. Lots of inexpensive but pretty ideas!


If you're ready to turn your attention to Autumn, you'll love these tiny twine pumpkins, and Beth from Creatively Beth gives you step-by-step instructions to make them in just a few minutes!






Speaking of back-to-school, do you need some help in the breakfast department for busy school days? Melissa from Everyday Savvy shares a sausage-cheese muffin recipe that you can make ahead and freeze.


This fall I am determined to finally conquer paper clutter in my home. No small task for me, I must say. . . but Julie from Filling the Jars has some real help for me.


Do you need some encouragement for using your gifts? This post from Jerralea will feed your soul and inspire you.


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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