Monday, August 11, 2014

{Happy Monday} A Birthday Giveaway!

Hi everyone!

I've jumped knee deep into a cleaning and decluttering and organizing frenzy here!  I've been keeping up with the basics fairly well, but it is time to do some deep cleaning and downsizing, and I'm excited about it!  Well... at least I'm excited about it today.  I'll probably be at it for a month or more so I don't burn out, so ask me after I have pulled out the refrigerator and washer and dryer and washed the walls... and, and, and... LOL!

If you need a jumpstart to your housekeeping before school begins, pull out your Beautiful Life Management System Binder and pair it with the 28 Day Challenge.  It isn't a deep clean like the one I'll be attempting here, but it will be a wonderful way to get back on a homemaking schedule before the craziness of the school year starts!!  Need some Beautiful Life Management refills?  Don't forget the SALE going on right now!!

Oh!  Did you see the newsletter that went out today? It's my birthday this month and I'm having a birthday giveaway!  Take a minute to send me an email (gracewrks @ with your 5 favorite GraceWorks products and I'll enter you in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to the store.  I'll be drawing the winner on August 24th, so you have a few days to browse the store for your favorites!

Ok, my break is over.  I'm off to clean out the spice cabinet!



PS - Here's a Happy Monday prompt for today, if you are following along with the Acts of Kindness pages...    The thing I am most thankful for in my kitchen is...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Anniversary Sale!

Happy August!  Are you wishing you had some Lesson Plan Pages for school?  Or an Itemized Shopping List to organize your Menu Plans?  Do you need a new Calendar?  Or would you like a simple way to keep track of your week?  What about some help with a Housekeeping Schedule?  Or maybe some ideas of how to be a blessing to others?  Or perhaps you would like to start afresh with your quiet time, or need some pretty extras to brighten up your planner.  Well, now is the time to stock up!  In honor of our 6th anniversary with GraceWorks, almost everything in the store, (with just a few exceptions!), is 16% off for the month of August!  No coupon needed!  

Pick up a Holiday Planner, stock up on stationery, enjoy a new binder and accessory set, or treat yourself to the Beautiful Life Management System pages you've been eyeing.   You might even be able to get some Christmas shopping out of the way!  

Just click on any of the links above, or the store button in the sidebar to get started, and be sure to tell a friend!!

Happy shopping!


Monday, July 28, 2014

{Happy Monday} Mother's Eyes

Hello friends,

I'm sorry that I've been away so long.  It has been a difficult month.  My dear mother went home to her Saviour on the seventh day of this seventh month.  God's perfect timing.  My daughter and I were so, SO privileged to be the ones He allowed to be with her as she entered Heaven's gates.  We still can't quite get over the feeling of having had a glimpse of Glory.  The days since then have been filled with her burial, preparations for her Memorial service, keeping track of my Dad, the actual service, and company.  We are doing well -- the Lord has been SO good -- but, at the same time, we are physically and emotionally tired.  I think everything has quieted down now, so we're going to take a week or two to regroup, eat right, and catch up on sleep.  We've been involved with Mom's care on a regular basis for the past two years and it seems strange not to have to plan around it anymore, but I'm sure that in time the Lord will make our path clear again.  We are able to ship GraceWorks orders fairly regularly at this point, so don't hesitate to place your "Back to School" order soon! : )

I'd like to leave you with the tribute I wrote about my mom for the Memorial.  She taught me so much these past two years of her illness.  Just watching how she handled it day after day after day was both a challenge and an encouragement to me.

Mom's Eyes

There are so many things that I loved about my mom.  Her hospitality, her butterfly rolls, the cross cookies she would make for the little ones on Easter Sunday, her love of birds and picking berries, the special napkins that we would have on holidays, the movie nights we would have watching Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility… but I think that I learned the most over the years by watching Mom’s eyes.

Mom’s eyes could be stern at a little girl’s mistakes, or tender when the same little girl was treated unkindly by others.  They were often tired eyes as I was growing up, busy with 4-H projects, high school musicals, sports events, band concerts and kindergarten graduations.  They were generous eyes, often getting a meal on the table for more guests than there really was food available.  They were laughing eyes, enjoying dessert and coffee when the meal was done.  They were loving eyes, telling me about Jesus, and compassionate eyes, letting me know that accepting His sacrifice for my sin was something she couldn’t do for me -- it was a choice I had to make for myself.

I saw Mom’s eyes filled with sadness as she saw us children make choices she knew would bring pain, and I saw them overflowing with happiness, as she rejoiced with us over our salvation, or a special event or honor.  Her eyes could be determined when she had a goal in mind, or focused on a task that needed to be done, and yet they remained unflustered when scores of grandchildren would be playing underfoot.  And, if you asked her, everything was “just fine.”

A few years ago Mom’s eyes began to change.  Little by little there was confusion where there had been strength of mind.  There was uncertainty where there had been confidence.  Simple things like watching her birds and mixing up a box of brownie mix were no longer possible, and Mom’s eyes grew pensive, trying to understand when God’s ways were unclear.   What a beautiful testimony these eyes portrayed!  Those were the eyes that held pain, but gave smiles.  That held sorrow, but gave encouragement.  That held grief, but gave grace.  Up until her last day, her eyes were on those around her.  Clear eyes.  Calm eyes. Trusting eyes.  Blessing a new baby, loving a special CNA, telling each of those around her bedside that she loved us.  

To the end Mom always thought of others, going out of her way to be a blessing to them.  Those are the eyes I will remember and cherish.  The eyes of grace, without thought of self.  The eyes that hid their own hurt to be an encouragement to others.  The eyes of peace that showed a life hidden with Christ in God.  Eyes that proved that when Mom said she was “just fine,”… she really was.


Today's Happy Monday Prompt...
Something the Lord has taught (or is teaching) me this summer is...

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Hello friends,

Please know that the orders you have placed over the past few days may not ship until next week.  My dear mom is approaching Glory and we have been spending the last few days at her bedside.  The time has been bittersweet.  Full of blessings that have been almost indescribably sweet, but also full of tender memories and sorrowful hearts. Not sorrow that she is passing into the arms of her Saviour, of course, but at the realization that she will no longer be here in the flesh to love and care for each of us, and for us to love and care for her in our turn.

Thanks for your prayers.

So blessed,


Monday, June 23, 2014

{Happy Monday} Exploring the Valley

Good morning!

I've been thinking a lot about the word "discipline" lately... more specifically about my lack of it in certain areas.  One of the areas I am especially struggling with is eating sugar.  When I don't eat any sugar at all I feel more energetic, happier, less prone to depression, more focused, and the list could go on and on.  But sugar is everywhere, and having eaten it for decades it is hard for me to totally leave it out of my diet without feeling deprived.  I especially struggle we eat out at a restaurant that has gluten free desserts, because it happens so seldom.  I've made lots of good resolutions, and I'll stick to them for awhile, but I just can't seem to keep on track.  To complicate things even more, if I have been off sugar for awhile, I can eat a little without any side effects.  Well, there is one side effect.  Once I've started, I have trouble cutting it totally out again until I start to feel sick.  Enter the "Exploring the Valley" page.  Did you even know we had an Exploring the Valley page?  It's the back of the Mountains of Success page from the Beautiful Life Management system, and probably the one that is used the least... and maybe should be used the most.  Here's mine... (You can click on it to make it larger...)

After going through the page I realized that my issue isn't just that I eat to much sugar and need to stop.  I am truly not governing my self - keeping my body "under" as the Apostle Paul says.  And in not being faithful in this little thing, I am undermining the Spirit's work in my life.

When you flip the page over you come to the Mountains of Success.  A place to record your progress toward the goal you make in number 6 on the Valley page.

I hope it helps you to see the page in use.  I know a number of you have asked how to use it! : )

Here's your Happy Monday prompt for today...
I received (or sent) a letter through the mail this week from (or to)...

Thank you for stopping by!


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

{Happy Tuesday!} Road Construction

Happy Monday, Tuesday!! :)

It must officially be summer here.  We had our first big summer storm last night, complete with large branches down all over the yard and various power outages around town, and road construction has begun!  The sound of crunching pavement and beeping trucks will be our constant companion for the next few months as the city reconstructs a major intersection near us that is in need of a makeover.

I remember the last time that road was repaired... and it really doesn't seem that long ago.  But when the scheduled road construction was announced, I started to notice the fading paint, cracked pavement, potholes, and dangerous traffic patterns that had developed.

Isn't it funny how much our lives can be like that road?

We look back on a big decision in our lives - a spiritual one, or even just a practical one -- and think, "I'm doing ok.  Look what I've learned... what I've done... what I've given... where I've been..." and we don't realize that our paint is fading, our pavement is cracked, our lives are strewn with the potholes of neglect, and we've developed dangerous traffic patterns by not keeping up with our good intentions.

I think it is time for some "road construction" in my life.  How about you?


Your Happy Monday (or Tuesday!) prompt for this week...

God is working on my life right now in this area...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Day by Day - June - Print Version

Hi everyone!

The BLM Day by Day pages in print form are now in the Etsy shop here...

Watch for more goodies to come!