April 25, 2012

Thursdays Are YOUR Days, Vol 16

Thank you all so much for your sweet emails and comments this week! We are still in Iowa and, sadly, my hubby's grandpa passed away early this morning. As you can imagine, it's been a sorrowful time for the family, but we've also had many happy moments as fun times were shared and cherished memories recollected.

Today also happens to be my wedding anniversary and one of MY cherished memories is the joy of having grandpa make the journey from Iowa to Texas to attend our special day. We didn't think he'd be able to travel the long distance, but he did and I'll always treasure that!

This week on 52 Mantels:

Today Nikki from Chef-In-Training shared my guest post for Banana Cookie Bars & Nutella Buttercream Icing
Last Friday, I shared the recipe for this yummy Grilled Stuffed Avocado dish.
Because of this week's happenings, I didn't get to do my typical feature post (I know, I'm sad too!). Instead, I'll show you the three most-viewed links from last week's party.

Stay At Home-ista revealed her complete home tour (wow. Just, wow) and shared all her paint colors! 

ReMade Simple gave a fun tutorial for this framed sticks welcome sign!

Spruce Your Nest shared her Spring Porch decor! 

And, before you link up, I wanted to let you know that Linda from It All Started With Paint opened a new etsy shop called Drop Cloth Designs filled with the cutest pillows EVER. And, in honor of that exciting grand opening, she's hosting a link party dedicated to all things pillow (pssst..you can even link up your own etsy shop pillows!!). Go check it out and link up! Fun times.

And, what about you?? Link up your recent projects so we can admire!
1) If you aren't following 52 Mantels, please do so!
2) This is a party, so mix and mingle. Please check out some of your fellow party-goers!
3) Grab my button and put it in your post, on your blog or just add a text link back to 52 Mantels!
4) Feel free to link up as many posts as you'd like

52 Mantels


  1. So sorry for your loss Emily! Praying for you and your family!

  2. Emily, I'm sorry to hear about grandpa, but I'm glad there are happy memories to share with your family! Your story reminded me about my own grandmother, who passed 3 months before J was born - very bittersweet, but she also traveled to my wedding, and there are many wonderful memories of happier days. I'll be thinking about you and your family!

  3. I am sorry to hear about the loss in your family. May you find comfort and strength in each other. Blessings!

  4. So very sorry for your loss. I know what you and your husband are going through. I traveled home this week for my grandfather's funeral as well. A sad time but a wonderful chance to celebrate the life of a very special person. A picture I brought back with me is my grandfather dancing with me at my wedding. Aren't grandfathers wonderful! All the best to you.

  5. oh i am so sorry for your loss. chris' last grandma passed away last fall... even when age is a factor and it is expected, it's still just as hard to take a loss. thinking of you.

  6. I am so sorry to hear about your family's loss! I will be keeping all of you in my prayers. I love the sweet picture of him with you on your wedding day and hope that has brought you some peace on your anniversary! Big hugs sweet girl!

    Michelle@Teagan's Travels

  7. Thanks for hosting......Your family will be in our prayers...so sorry for your loss.

  8. I am really sorry for your loss, take some time for you and the hubby. We will still be here when you get back x

  9. I'm so sorry for your loss. That is a beautiful photo. Very sweet picture of him. Sending prayers your way.

  10. So sorry to hear of your loss, prayers for comfort for you and your family. While this is my first time to link up with you, I hate that it is on such a sad day. Thanks for hosting the party anyway.

  11. I'm so sorry to hear about your hubby's grandpa! I'll be thinking about your family. Hope you were able to spend time with family. Thanks for hosting during this time!

  12. Emily! Oh my goodness, you've had a rough week... I hope all is well with your family and I'll be praying for you and your husband. Hope you make it home safely, and please let me know if there is anything I can do for you while you're gone. Really, I want to help!

  13. I am so sorry for your loss...beautiful photo. Thank you so much for hosting and for featuring my porch!

  14. Hi sweet friend. Im sorry to hear about grandpa.

    "For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

    Thank you for hosting even during this hard time.

  15. So sad to hear that you have had a hard week. That picture is priceless. He looked like a nice, kind man. He is so cute. Pray often and know God's love will comfort all of you at this time. ~ Renae

  16. I am sorry to hear about your husband's grandpa. We had our grandparents at our weddings as well they came from so far to make it there. There is nothing in the world like good grandparents! I will pray for you and your family!

  17. Bless your heart. I am so very sorry for your loss. There truly is nothing like a grandparent! Praying you will comfort and peace at this time.

  18. Sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.


  19. I'm so sorry for the loss of your husband's grandpa. :(


  20. So sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family.

  21. Emily,

    I am so sorry for your family's loss. Cherish the wonderful memories you have of your Grandpa and know that so many people are thinking of you during this difficult time.

    Best wishes,


  22. I'm sorry to hear about your Grandpa. May the happy memories you've had with him help you get through this sad time.

  23. Emily, I am so so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

    I just wanted to let you know that I have added a permalink on my blog to your weekly party in lieu of adding it to each post as it was taking a lot of time....I didn't know of an easier way.....It is under WHERE I PARTY at my blog as I know I will be coming here every week. I didn't want you to go to my blog and wonder why I didn't link back to you. :) Hugs!

  24. A bittersweet day, to be sure. I hope you and your hubby are able to have some special time today, even though your hearts will be heavy.

  25. I'm so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  26. He will surely be missed! I just found your blog. First time linking up. Some great features. Thanks for hosting.
    I also have a Thursday linky party, Share Your Cup Thursday. I would love you to share sometime.
    Now following you.

  27. Grandpa has gone home to be with the Lord, and you will see him again. God is good. Lean on, and trust in HIM.

  28. Thanks for hosting! So sorry to hear of your loss and thinking of you in this difficult time. Heather

  29. Thanks for hosting Emily! So sorry for your loss...thinking of you!

  30. Prayers for you and your family! So sorry for your loss!! Good memories are such a gift!

  31. Emily, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  32. Emily, I'm so sorry. Give your hubby and baby an extra hug from me.


  33. So sorry for your loss, Emily... I hope your sweet memories will be of comfort to you all. Praying for your peace ~
    xo Heidi

  34. So sorry about your husband's grandfather.

    And thank you so, so much for the Etsy and link party shout out in your post! I'm a little late for the party ...

    ... but I've arrived with bows in my hair and bells on my toes (is that how it goes?). I was busy going through and commenting on pillow posts all week. Phew. I'm exhausted.



  35. Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandpa. :( Sending prayers to you and your family Emily!


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  37. شركة نقل عفش بالرياض وجدة والدمام والخبر والجبيل اولقطيف والاحساء والرياض وجدة ومكة المدينة المنورة والخرج والطائف وخميس مشيط وبجدة افضل شركة نقل عفش بجدة نعرضها مجموعة الفا لنقل العفش بمكة والخرج والقصيم والطائف وتبوك وخميس مشيط ونجران وجيزان وبريدة والمدينة المنورة وينبع افضل شركات نقل الاثاث بالجبيل والطائف وخميس مشيط وبريدة وعنيزو وابها ونجران المدينة وينبع تبوك والقصيم الخرج حفر الباطن والظهران
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