Welcome to Carry Grace!
Hi, my name is Nikki.
I'm a blessed wife of 18 years and mother of two sweet little boys.
This is my crew.
I never pictured myself as a boy mom, but I wouldn't want it any other way. I've learned how to fish and know more about cars than I ever cared to.
Why Carry Grace?
I started blogging in 2007. I used to spend all of my free time working on things in our home. I was always painting, creating, buying, organizing, decorating, and then redecorating something. There is nothing wrong with any of these things, but I used to do it for they wrong reasons. I had my priorities all out of line. I wanted to have a beautiful home for the sake of having a beautiful home. I wanted our closets and drawers perfectly organized so that I could take pretty pictures that might possibly get pinned. Form over function was my motto.
At the beginning of 2015, I thought I was done blogging. I had big plans for the blog, but after one organizing post, and one meal plan in January, I just felt done. I have always enjoyed blogging, but was really okay to be done.
I was sitting in church during a Wednesday night service, and the Lord dropped the words, "Carrie Grace", in my heart. I was all, Whoa! What?.
You see, Carrie Grace, was the name we had picked out in case we ever had a little girl. We are done having babies, so I wasn't sure what to think. I sat there a minute, and then asked, what does that mean? I know we are DONE having babies!
I just sat there, and then I heard (not in an audible voice, just in my heart), Carry with a "y".
I then knew that it was the name of a new blog. Carry Grace.
The Lord has done such a work in me over the last few years. He has given me a heart for so much more.
Yes, I still enjoy organizing, cleaning, decorating, and creating beautiful things, but my motives are so much different.
I want to have an organized home so that we can find things quickly when we need to get out the door. It doesn't have to be Pinterest worthy; it just needs to function well.
I need organized routines so that I can make sure that no one in my house is searching for a clean pair of socks.
I don't actually like cleaning...at all. But, I want to make sure that I have made the time to keep our home mostly clean and tidy. When someone stops by my home, I want to invite them in with joy and not secretly wish that they had stopped by on a different day.
I want to not spend all of my time organizing, cleaning, and decorating so that I can spend my time with my precious family.
I want to serve my family well in this season of life.
I can not do any of this in my own strength.
I choose to hold on to His grace, in the midst of the everyday stuff.