From the North Woods

“Her house was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking, best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.”

This is what I get to do all week. Sit by the lake, watch the cottonwood trees blow in the wind and figure out a way to spend more time here in the summer. We’re in Steve’s hometown, Alexandria, MN. It’s the quaintest little town I’ve ever visited. I’d rather come here than anywhere for vacation. There’s something like 400 lakes in this little town. And the cutest antique shops ever. Steve’s mom is spoiling us with wonderful food and lots of knitting tutorials. Which I seem to desperately need. I’ve restarted Taylor’s beanie 4 times. Or is it five?

I spent a little time at Steve’s childhood home (where sister Julie now lives) and her house is full of wonderful priceless treasures. A virtual antique store in its’ own right.

(Cousin) Daniel, Steve, and Emme were concentrating on something yesterday…..

and so were Grandpa, Josh, (brother) Jeff and Elea……

….a little remote control boat…..that kept getting tangled in the weeds……

Aren’t the simple pleasures always the best?

Stay tuned for more vacation fun. Wonder if I could talk the retired Naval policeman whose house sitting for me to blog for me too? Maybe that’d be too much to ask.

Special message to my blog readers:
I’m so thankful that you meet me in this ‘space’. I’m so grateful that so many of you have taken the time to introduce yourselves and become friends. And so often when I visit your blogs, I find that you support the writing and the projects here by linking to them and sharing them with your friends. I’m always so amazed and humbled by that. We are friends, you and I, and I want you to know that I notice and appreciate your kindness. You are some of the most amazing and talented people in the world and I feel privileged to know you.

I thought it’d be fun (and I’m flat out copying Emily at ChattingattheSKy) if you’d tell us all where you’re reading from. Just city and state or just state if you’d like. And if you’re not a blogger and you’ve never ‘registered’ to comment, it’s not hard at all. Just type a comment and then it will ask you to sign up with blogger. (This does not mean you have to sign up to write a blog, you’ll just have a sign in name and password). Take the time to do it because I know there have been times you wanted to comment. So sign up with blogger and then leave a comment about you’re from. It’ll be fun. It will.

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  • Jes says:

    Just started reading your blog, and truly enjoy it! I'm reading from Savannah, GA! Have a great weekend!

  • EVN says:

    Enjoying your blog in Okinawa, Japan!

  • angie128 says:

    Hi! I'm Angie from Memphis, Tennessee.

    Love your blog.

  • goddessof4 says:

    Hi,I am a homeschooling mom from Wisconsin!!! Loving your blog!!!! I just posted my "blue armoire " It is wild that we have the same taste!!!! LOL ,Sara

  • Mic In Tx says:

    Love your Blog! Richmond, TX

  • mrsgarageflower says:

    I don't have a blog, I just read blogs and I love your blog! I have made your recipes, I have been inspired by your reading recommendations and I have an Emma too and she is 23 years old.

    And while I have lived all over I am currently in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Christy says:

    I am reading from Beavercreek, Ohio. Have a great vacation:)

  • Heather says:

    My sister-in-law from South Haven, MI recommended your blog to me several months ago and I've been loving it ever since from Xenia, Ohio. :)

  • Kristi says:

    Loving your blog in Logansport, IN.

  • Schluter says:

    Love reading your blog here in Fort Smith, Arkansas!

  • A says:

    Greetings from the foothills of the Blue Ridge in NC!

  • Jeanie says:

    I've been reading your blog FOREVER..I just don't ever post much because everyone else says it SO much better! LOL. That said, I'm from Wichita Kansas BUT my parents live right on the lake in Alexandria, MN!!!! They live on Carlos, just North of the public boat access. We LOVE it there. So much fun. If you want a real artery clogging meal, go to Chet's Chicken on Lake Irene (I think). It's greasy goodness. I'm thrilled to know you are on Lake Carlos. We didn't get to go this year…volleyball and kids schedules took over.

  • Marina Capano says:

    Hi! Nice to meet you! fantastic blog and just beautiful pics!


  • Darcy says:

    I love your blog! I'm reading from the Brainerd Lakes Area of Minnesota. Not too far from where you are right now!

  • Anne Pirlot says:

    Madison, Wisconsin here! I love reading your blog.

  • Christine says:

    Love your blog! I'm Christine from Chandler, Arizona.

  • Sheri says:

    a California transplant near Tulsa, Ok!

  • amy says:

    hi edie!
    can't remember how i found your blog, but i sure am guilty for linking to you over and over. who can resist a good southern girl? :)

    amy, from huntsville, al

  • An Accomplished Woman says:

    Love your blog in Knoxville, TN….


  • Ridenour Family says:

    love your style!

    ~Tricia in Rockford, OH

  • Emily says:

    Loving your blog in Chicago, Illinois! Thanks, Edie, for sharing such wonderful projects, ideas and even your family with us!! You're an inspiration!!

  • rarelyhomemom says:

    Reading in Utah, and wishing you could come decorate my home!

  • Molly says:

    You are one of the inspirations fo taking the leap to HS my kids this year. Loving your blog from NW Florida. Molly

  • Molly says:

    Molly P. from Timberlake NC, nothing but acres of farmland up here for us to enjoy with all our animals!!
    ~Molly P

  • Priceless Memories says:

    Reading from Central Iowa. I've been reading for a long, long time! Love ya Edie!


  • Carmen says:

    Sounds like a fun time! Enjoy the rest of your trip. :)

    I'm in Kalamazoo, MI.

  • Kelly W. says:

    Reading daily from Pelham, AL. My sister introduced me to your blog and I love it!

  • andreaberg says:

    I have been reading for a little while now and love it. I am reading from St. Paul, MN. I loved what you were writing about your son, and his graduation and what this chapter means to you. Although your son is moving on, mine is just starting Kindergarden this year and I am filled with both excitement and sadness. Excited that he has reached this milestone and is about to embark on a great adventure, and sadness because I know how fast time flies once school starts. I want him to be my little boy forever!

  • Kate says:

    Howdy! Just started reading your blog a few weeks ago for sunny Norman, Oklahoma!

    Boomer Sooner!
    The Gaines Gang

  • Katherine says:

    I've been reading for several months and LOVE your blog! I'm in Birmingham, Ala., and have three boys, 6, 4 and 1.

  • Kiersten says:

    Just found you blog. Love it! Phoenix AZ

  • ByHISgoodGrace says:

    I love your blog…I live in central Connecticut.

  • minnesotamom says:

    Welcome to Minnesota! Heidi from the Twin Cities area, here.

  • Ruthie says:

    Hey Edie…love to read your blog in the morning from Folsom, California.

  • Alecia Watson Bahna says:

    Hi, there! Absolutely adore your blog – been reading for several months now from Pelham, AL (just south of Birmingham).

  • Angie says:

    Love your blog!! Angie from Riverside, California ;)

  • Lisa says:

    Love your blog! I'm typin' from Texas!

  • dtexford says:

    I love your blog. You have encouraged me in ways you can not imagine. (But God did.) Keep writing, please.


  • dtexford says:

    I am from Uvalde, TX.

  • Anne says:

    Loving your blog almost daily from Ft Meade, Maryland.

  • Stacie says:

    I am reading and enjoying your blog from my home in Mississippi!
    Please keep writing! You have inspired me in more ways than you can imagine! : )

  • Mary Jean, also known as "The Dough Nut" says:

    I'm reading you from Greensboro, NC! I found you through Nester when she posted your fab kitchen! I'm loving your blog!


  • Kathy says:

    Reading from the deep south – Opelika,Alabama.

  • Lauren says:

    HI Edie! I absolutely love it your blog and have been reading for a while now from Granite Falls, NC:)

  • Alison says:

    You are one of my favorites, Edie. I consider you a Titus woman to me. I'm happily reading from Fort Worth, TX!

  • kate says:

    shout out from New England! a tiny town thisclose to Cape Cod, MA.
    hope you're enjoying your lovely days away:)

  • georgia girl says:

    Hey! I'm from the North Georgia Mountains but our family moved to Orlando, Fl a year ago…

    for some reason I can't bring myself to say that I'm "from" Orlando. :)

  • mamabear228 says:

    greetings from grafton, ohio :)

  • Renee says:

    Reading from Georgia!

  • Girly Muse says:

    I just found you and absolutely love your blog…today's post makes me want to run over to Alexandria for the day. :)

    Lori from St. Paul, MN

  • 9405018--Pat says:

    Just started reading your blog, and i really enjoying it…thanks for sharing…I'm reading from Kansas City Mo…..Pat H

  • Shana says:

    I love reading your blog from my home in Clarksville, TN!!!

  • Celesta Brown says:

    Diggin' you in Atlanta…you inspire and encourage.

  • Sarah says:

    Hey Edie…your pictures are beautiful…what a vacation! Love reading al your inspirational thoughts from the town of Mallacoota in the state of Victoria, Australia xxx

  • Tennille says:

    Hey Ms. Edie-just stopping in to see what exciting things you are up to now!! Tennille from West Point, Mississippi.

  • Jessica says:

    I knew you way back when…

    reading from SLC, Utah

  • Leonie says:

    Wow that looks like a great spot to relax & have a break, I pop in often to see what you have been up to. I come to your blog from NSW, Australia.Have a lovely day.

  • Wendy says:

    Wendy from GA.I have no idea how I made it to your blog in the first place, but I have checked it weekly for awhile now.

  • Julie says:

    Your right, I have always wanted to comment! I'm reading from Lodi, CA. I just LOVE your blog. I check it every day ;-). I've gotten lost in your archives for hours neglecting my other duties…oops ;-). I found you by accident (or not), but I am sooooo glad I did. You are awesome! Thank you so much for your blog. We are homeschooling this year for the first time…wish me luck, LOL…I have a 2nd and 4th grader. Have a great vacation!

  • Ami says:

    I am commenting from my living room here in Ashburn, VA (just outside DC) where we had some crazy thunderstorms today!
    So ready for the weekend after a long week and envious of your vacation at the lakes.

  • Stephanie says:

    enjoying your blog in the suburbs of Cleveland, OH

  • Hopefull says:

    in my little world here in Temecula, California you are a rock star

  • Kasey says:

    Reading from Dallas, TX.

  • erin says:

    Lovin ya from Kansas City!

  • Karin Katherine says:

    I'm reading from Florida. I love your blog because it encourages me to share some of the blessings and lessons in my life on my blog. You illustrate that so well.

  • Michelle, Queen of Everything says:

    Reading from Santa Rosa, CA (wine country!)

  • Kathy says:

    I am in Southern California…Santa Barbara County……..

  • Nanato3 says:

    Maryville, IL

  • Jen says:

    Enjoy your blog from Southern California. Found you through your puppy breeder! Enjoy all you do and have been a blessed.

    Thanks, jen

  • Jill says:

    I've been adoring your blog for about a year now in Lebanon, Oregon

  • Heather says:

    Enjoying your blog from Java, Indonesia

  • Suzann @ Lavender and Roses says:

    Hi! I'm Suzann from a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.

  • lukabella says:

    Enjoying your blog in Southern California!

  • audrey says:

    Love your blog! Mobile, AL

  • Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience says:

    Reading from Ontario, Canada… and smiling.

    Thank you, Edie… keep shining Jesus…

    All's grace,

  • anna says:

    I read your blog everyday from St Albans, England.

  • SmallWorld at Home says:

    Close by in Maryville, TN.

  • Jessica says:

    strawberry plains, tn

  • Jessica says:

    i'd like to know the same about you.

    it says you are from east tn. i JUST noticed that?? where at in east tn????

  • Jessica says:

    ok. . .
    i promise i am so not a stalker, but i googled you and evidently you are from maryville???
    oh my goodness gracious!
    i'm only 30 minutes from you. if you drive by a house and see a replicate of your armoire outside, being redone on a small chest of drawers….you'll know it's me!

    i went to lowe's today and bought the la paint, and i've started on it! i've looked at yours about a thousand times trying my darndest to make mine look as fantastic as yours!

    i even linked yours up on my blog the other day!
    anyways, can you tell i'm so happy you are from east tn. . .now, i'll have to look for you in HL in maryville or zaxby's. .. .my husband works over in that direction.

    ok, i'll stop now! he he he!

  • Julie Magallanes says:

    Your blog is amazing! I come here for many different reasons: faith, family, furniture, food, and friendship! The five F's…lol Keep doin what you do!
    a former southern girl from GA, transplanted to sunny southern CA almost 30 yrs ago.

  • Amy says:

    Loving your blog in Allen, Texas.
    My sister in Plano, Texas reads your blog as well as her daughter, my niece in New York City!! Inspired!

  • Christina says:

    McDonough, GA here. Enjoy your blog. The obvious love for your family and your home (I think I found you through a Christmas tour post).

  • jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas says:

    What a beautiful peaceful place!
    (reading you from the beautiful, peaceful and HOT southwest!)

  • Musings of a Homeschooling Mom says:

    I'm glad you're enjoying some time away with family! I'm from West Monroe, LA.


  • meg duerksen says:

    newton, kansas!

  • Darla says:

    Snyder, Texas

  • Mandi says:

    Looks like you are having a wonderful vacay! I'm from Walterboro, SC

  • Sarah says:

    Have been enjoying your blog for about two months . . . and I quickly became a subscriber!

    Just moved to Omaha, NE . . .


  • podso says:

    A former homeschooler from Charlotte, NC

  • Bridget says:

    Love your blog. I've started purchasing and checking out the classics for our children. Our oldest is 9 1/2 so he's a bit young yet but I've got them ready and available! I admire your candid writing, dedication to your family, and faith. I read you from Osage, IA just south of the MN border!


  • Jennifer Rutherford says:

    I'm sure I'll be linking to you even more in the future!

    Blessings from a fellow blogger in Fort Worth, TX!

  • Meaghan says:

    hey girl! i'm a texan who moved two months ago to fort collins, colorado

  • emily says:

    Hi Edie! Reading from North Carolina :) Isn't it fun to see all those different states represented!

  • patty says:

    holy moly, edie!!
    japan, indonesia, australia, england!?!
    wtg, girl! enjoy your vacation!! :)

  • Cynthia says:

    I'm a retired homeschool mom (12 years, they are now in college) in Maine.

  • slip4 says:

    Richmond, VA

  • waldenhouse says:

    Reading and painting from Columbia, SC.

  • jen@odbt says:

    Your family wall inspires me as does everything else you do…Jen from VA

  • Hannah says:

    Visiting your corner of the web from upstate NY.

  • Jennifer says:

    I am always reading.. :)

    Newport, North Carolina (can't find it on a map I'm sure, its way in eastern NC)

  • Sarah says:

    What a great time, for you all. I love trips & places like that. Just enjoying & loving all your tips & the journeys you take along the way. from Calhoun, Georgia

  • Vennesa says:

    I just found your blog and you're in my reader now. Love it!
    From West Haven, Utah

  • Me & My House says:

    As always…love your blog. Shoutin' out from Honolulu, Hawaii! Aloooooha!

  • Sarah says:

    I really enjoy reading all your thoughtful words! Just found your blog a few months ago.
    Dallas, TX

  • Jennie says:

    Enjoying your blog from Sioux Falls, South Dakota!!

  • Traci says:

    Hello from western NY! I'm late coming to this post but am an avid reader. I love it here and I enjoy your insight very much. So much so that I have you in my sidebar.. not just to share you with others but because I don't want your posts to get lost in my reader or your link to get lost in my favorites list.

  • Trina C says:

    Hi Edie,
    My daughter in Waukee, Iowa found your blog and got me started reading. Although, I haven't been reading much in the last couple of week. Just read that you've been vactioning only 45 miles from where I live, Fergus Falls, MN. We do a lot of shopping in Alexandria. Small world! Enjoy your blog and reading about your faith journey! God bless.

  • Wyn says:

    Very late in joining in but just wanted to say hi! Love reading the blog and I'm from Wales, UK!

  • The Tomball Three says:

    Houston, Texas here … by way of Charleston, SC

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