My lovely daughter and I went to see Brandi Carlile at the historic Bijou Theatre in Knoxville
on Wednesday. We ate at Nama Sushi—which is todiefor—- and then
sat numbstruck at the raw talent of Ms. Brandi.
She claims country western roots and is a self-proclaimed super-fan
of Elton John. Her lyrics are timeless and her vocal performance
purposely leaves the listener feeling vulnerable and amazed.
I loved her already but when she covered Folsom Prison Blues by
Johnny Cash and then busted out Stand by Your Man by Tammy Wynette,
I seriously wasn’t sure if I could keep myself composed.
You must give her music a try. She’s phenomenal. Kinda reminds me of my sweet CAiti’s voice.
And now I have 267 photos from Blissdom to show you. Go get coffee, I’ll wait.
Friday night, the (in)courage folks threw a little party and it
was so much fun to meet Annie and many of the other
I also got to hug Sibi there. She’s the author of the wonderful blog, Pearl and Grace. And she’s about the sweetest thing
I’ve ever met. She’s beautiful and gracious and genuine and funny.
And um, love the necklace.
As we were walking to the (in)courage party, I snapped this photo of little miss sassy Nester girl
and her SHOES! Stop.The.World. Of course, I love
Kristi’s boots too so I asked her to show us a little, um —-boot. You should go
to Blissdom if for no other reason than to shoe-watch.
On Saturday, we had a lovely full service lunch and I was lucky enough to sit with Kim
and Kris from YouCanMakeThis. They’re launching a new website soon called
DIYdish which will be fantastic I’m sure. I couldn’t take my eyes off them.
They’re so cheerful and friendly and funny
and they look just like Marie Osmond. Only prettier and more interesting.
I love these girls and you will too.
I’ve loved Emily from Chatting at the Sky since I met her last year.
But let me reiterate; she is so sweet and
authentic and lovely and gifted. And she has a book deal. I can’t
wait to say ‘I knew her back when…’
Then there’s my new BFF Melissa from A Familiar Path. There are no words.
And there were almost no pictures–because everytime I was with her,
I was laughing so hard that I forgot I even had a camera.
She is HI-Larry-us. With a capital Larry. I miss you dearie.
Let me just say that I should have stood on someones’ suitcase for this picture.
I’m quite vertically challenged—and I had on boots with heels! And I’m 5’5″-ish. Sorta.
These are all bloggers that I have admired from afar and I’m so glad I finally got to meet them all.
Meet Lindsey from Living With Lindsay, Emily from Remodeling This Life and Kimm from Reinvented.
And Emily, we never did get to have that coffee? Promise me, next year!
This picture makes me giddy. I was overjoyed to meet Lisa Leonard. She and her twin sister Chrissy
are so wonderful. Lisa led one of the sessions on social media–which was
one of my favorite sessions of the conference. And since her beautiful necklaces are
by far my favorite accessory, I was so excited to win one of her ‘by grace alone’
necklaces at the (in)courage party! Aren’t they beautiful?
The Harry Connick Jr concert was Friday night and we swooned together with
this fun little clan of girls. I feel so stupid because I knew wanted to meet Mary from Giving Up On Perfect
before I left. She was with Hillary, from The Other Mama, at the concert and I
didn’t even realize it was her. I’m gonna go ahead and
blame it on Harry and on this tweet I got from my husband that night.
But I love all these girls. Hillary, you are so funny!
And Sara, it was such a joy to spend time with you!
Meet Mary, Hillary, Sara, Lindsay, and Kristi. It was such a pleasure
to meet you all and so inspiring to read/feast my eyes upon, your work.
Last year at Blissdom, I was privileged to meet both the Nester and Sandy.
And what a blessing to renew these friendships in person. I think of them
both as my mentors and admire them for
how they honor their families as they pursue their
own dreams. They are both incredible women, strong and talented, yet humble
with servants’ hearts.
I’m so mad at myself for not getting better pictures of this motley crew. Kristi, Lindsay and I
sat with these crazy girls for several sessions. I consider them my peeps.
And they are completely to blame for my lack of photos.
Who can operate a complicated camera while rolling on the floor laughing? Yeah, not me.
But go visit them and you’ll see why I love them so much.
Melissa, Ruthanne, Marsha and Karin. Thank you girls for the abdominal
workout. Laughter really is the best medicine!
And last but not least, let me introduce you to the wonderfully talented and brilliant woman
who keeps my blog from exploding every other day. I love you Darcy and let me just
say that those Audrey Hepburn eyes—-are AMAZING!
I send Darcy a lot of emails (because I’m a little slow) and I often put interesting titles in the
‘subject’ of the email. The last series of (100) emails I sent her, I put “Edie is Annoying” as the subject.
My girls, who are always peering over my shoulder when I’m on the computer,
said, “Mom, why does she say you’re annoying?”
Because I am. And she loves me anyway!
There were people I met that I didn’t get pictures of (or at least decent pictures of) and a few that I’ve started blog-stalking since I got home.
I love meeting Mishelle and Layla and Cate. It was so great to see Rhoda and Kimba and Melissa and Jen again. I’ve started blog-stalking Toni and Moosh-in-Indy and Heather and Meredith and Lizzie.
And I’m still completely wiped out. I think I need to paint something soon. I hope I haven’t completely lost my mo-jo in all this fun I’ve had.
Love to you all and thanks for reading this eclectic, often long-winded, sometimes opinionated blog. I have an awesome giveaway coming soon so stayed tuned. I will ask you to update your bookmarks to my new url address “lifeingraceblog.com” as a prerequisite to entering the giveaway, so go ahead and do it now and then you can enter right away. It’s gonna be a good one. Toodle-loo!