For Edie, with love

by darcy on January 4, 2011

During the quiet hours of morning, there is a renegade group of blogging women who are breaking into this Life in Grace. We come, not to steal, but to shower with blessing. And we cross our fingers and toes that sweet Edie doesn’t balk too much at us sneaking in without permission.

It’s been two weeks since Edie’s family lost all their earthly belongings in the house fire. Even as their things are slowly being replaced, we know the greater tragedy is to lose your sense of normal, of safe, and of home. As Edie has so eloquently shared with us, “a heaviness sets in that I worry will be my permanent friend.” Her local friends and family have done so much to provide for their physical and emotional needs over the past two weeks. As her friends in blogland, we feel helpless to do anything that counts.

Since our arms can’t reach, we want to embrace Edie with our words. We figure if words were good enough for God when he spoke the Universe into existence with a let there be, and then there was, they must be good enough for us. Besides, they are all we’ve got, and we pray that the Lord will multiply them and dress them up with love and lightness, directing them straight into Edie’s heavy heart.

Over the years, Edie has written so beautifully about home, about faith, about family and love, grace and books, silliness and food. She has created a home here for us, a place to be inspired, to be encouraged, and to be ourselves. We know you feel the same way. And while Edie sits in a position right now where everyone wants to give to her, we want to take some time to thank Edie for the ways she has given to us. And so we invite you to join us in celebrating this Life in Grace she has so eloquently shared with us. Here’s how you can join in:

  • Write a post on your own blog about how Edie has been an encouragement to you. Perhaps you have a specific post she wrote that stands out in your mind, or a story of when you met her in real life. Anything about Edie and this beautiful space she has created here.
  • Come back and link up below so she will have all of our words in one place, little image gestures of love and support from all over the country, even the world. Be sure to use the permalink for your blog post.
  • If you would like to take that one step further, print out your post and send it to the address below. Also, if you read Edie but don’t have a blog, you can still join in! Simply write a letter to Edie via the address below and Patty will compile them as a keepsake

Patty Christopher

1815 Pointe Drive

Talbott, TN 37877

We do this because we love Edie. We do this because we don’t know what else to do. We do this because, though fire may have taken the house, it cannot take the home. Because home is Edie’s specialty, her heart, her gift  she has made her home in Christ, and we know along with the Apostle Paul that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Oh, and one more thing? Today is Edie’s birthday!

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1 Jen January 4, 2011 at 5:29 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Edie!

I don’t blog. So I hope a comment is OK. You don’t know me but I really enjoy your blog. I originally came because of all the beautiful photos of your home and family. I stayed because of your love of our Lord and Savior. I am just coming into a deeper commitment of Christ and your posts inspire me. You make me want to learn more.
You also inspire me to be a better mother. Your post about your family and home schooling really touch my heart. I love how you don’t just talk the talk but you walk the walk. You are an inspiration to so many.
I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult the last two weeks have been. So, hugs to you and I hope that the process of rebuilding your beautiful life is as painless as possible.

Jen Martin

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2 Amy January 4, 2011 at 5:34 am

Happy birthday, dear beautiful Edie! May God continue to hold you and carry you.

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3 Amy Avery January 4, 2011 at 6:12 am

Happy Birthday Dear Edie. May Christ’s love be reflected to you as you have reflected the love of Christ to others. Much love!

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4 Anonymous January 4, 2011 at 6:23 am

I’ve only joined your blog recently, so I don’t know you very well, however you have not been far from my thoughts as tears well up over your recent loss. I do want to wish you a most blessed birthday. May God turn these ashes into a beauty that only God has the power to do! Bless you Edie.

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5 Jenzachry January 4, 2011 at 6:28 am

I do not have a blog but would like to comment. My comment is like the others, but I still would like to repeat. You are amazing, I stumbled across your blog and liked your style and flair but I loved your passion for Christ. You take an amazing stand and I am encouraged by your words and the grace that you have during this loss. I will be praying that you you will have peace and comfort through all of this. Happy Birthday, may you look back on this as a Birthday where God allowed you to see how many people love you and how blessed you are.

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6 Markndonna2 January 4, 2011 at 6:38 am

Happy Birthday you are all in our prayers everyday. Love going out to you from Australia

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7 Markndonna2 January 4, 2011 at 6:38 am

Happy Birthday you are all in our prayers everyday. Love going out to you from Australia

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8 Jenny January 4, 2011 at 7:18 am

Happy Birthday Edie. Your family is the best birthday present from the Lord. Treasure and enjoy them. You were a stranger to me on blogland two days ago but now, I will be reading your blog and praying for you through out this year as you rebuild your home.

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9 The Cottage Chick January 4, 2011 at 8:08 am

Edie,
Wow…I am speechless. I hope someday we will meet. I feel as if I already know you, through your blog and through your friends. The tragedy that you have been through is overwhelming to comprehend, and has touched me greatly. As a home style blogger, I know how much you put yourself into your home, and can not imagine the loss you feel, but God’s mercy and grace is sustaining you- I can tell! It is incredible how God wraps his arms around us and envelops us when we need it most.

I have read post after post about you from your blogging friends who are some I know personally and some just from reading their blogs. Ever since reading about your tragedy I have been praying for you and your family. I cried when I saw the posts about what happened.

Please know there are people everywhere who are lifting you and your family to the Father at this time. Isn’t it wonderful that the body of Christ has no limits?

Happy Birthday to you! I pray you can celebrate amidst the tragedy.

Love in Christ,
Denise

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10 Sandy January 4, 2011 at 8:38 am

Oh God Bless You Edie and your family including your furry children as well. All I can say is that it was a miracle no one was hurt that fateful night! And I’ve always been one to believe that there is a reason for everything. We may never understand that statement or what the reason might have been, but maybe someday the peace will envelope you. I know you don’t know me, but every once in awhile I come around to read your wonderful blog and to see your beautiful decorating photo’s. I was especially inspired by your turquoise painted cabinets and you looked so cute peeking into them in one photo.
Life goes on and you will grow strong, I just know you will. I am so sorry this happened to you. I had tears misting up in my eyes when I read what happened. I feel for you throughout my day and say a prayer for you each time.
I hope wishing you a Happy Birthday isn’t too much to say to you at this time. All I can say is God Bless You!

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11 Cate January 4, 2011 at 10:40 am

Edie, I’ve already made mention of you at my blog, and have spoken of your story to a number of my friends, such has it moved me.

Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, all the way across the world here in New Zealand. Your faith and grace has always inspired and challenged me, and as you walk through this time of grief and rebuilding, know that you are also building a testimony that will encourage others and bring glory to HIm.

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12 JoAnn January 4, 2011 at 11:48 am

Happy Happy Birthday Edie!! May God continue to show His Mercy and Blessings to you and your family! Love JoAnn

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13 Louleybelle January 4, 2011 at 12:06 pm

You have the sweetest friend at the pleated poppy. I just read what happened to you and your family and that it is your birthday today. I would like to say Happy Birthday and may it be a WONDERFUL day filled with many blessings. This was my verse for the day that I read….Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely….dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8. Looks like you have lots of lovely, pure, true friends surrounding you, lucky girl!!!!

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14 Dori January 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Edie, I’m so grateful for woman like you who share their lives through words and pictures on blogs. Your life shines so brightly to others that no fire or disaster could dim it. Please let all the encouraging words bless and honor you today! Happy Birthday!

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15 alissa@33shadesofgreen January 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Happy Birthday Edie. Thinking of you and sending prayers your way.

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16 Deb January 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I love you Edie. You are in my thoughts and prayers every day. Happy Birthday!

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17 Jennifer January 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Happy birthday, Edie! I hope this party wraps you in hugs, fills you with joy and drenches you in smiles!

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18 Jodi January 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Happy Birthday Edie!! Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers!

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19 Myra @ The Casabella Project January 4, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Sweet Edie. I don’t think we met at Blissdom last year, but I admired you from afar. I’m a little shy in big social situations and I basically knew no one. :) Anyway, I love you, your blog and your amazing faith in Christ. You’ve inspired me more than you know.

So many have written beautiful words and I feel that mine will fall ridiculously short. Please, please know that my family and I (and our church family) are praying for you…so much. More than us praying, Christ is interceding for you right now before the Father. What a Saviour we have!

You are surrounded with so much love. I’m praying today that you will be able to celebrate the beautiful life that God has given you.

I’m claiming Isaiah 61:3 for you today – “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”

xoxo
Myra

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20 Michelle January 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Dear Edie,

I wish you a special Birthday full of LOVE, Hope, and encouragement today….. You and your Dear Family are in my prayers, and God is still with you all, and good things will come your way, keep trusting in him, and know that he sees all of your tears, he knows your hurts and he will make a way!!!!!! You are such a special person, and have touched my heart in many ways thru your lovely blog, and I pray today that God will Bless you more than he has ever before!!!!!! Happy Birthday Beautiful!!!!!!!

Michelle Torres
decorater4life@aol.com

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21 Your Name ELK January 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm

edie . it is always a wonder when you land on a blog for the first time as a tragedy is being played out in life . i am here for the very first time and your story of courage and simple strength has touched me . I will continue to lift your family up in prayer as the rebuilding of life continues . you never walk alone . elk

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22 molly January 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Edie, you are an inspiration in so many ways. Happy Birthday.

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23 Ashleigh January 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Happy Birthday, Edie! I have held you and your family in prayer since I read your news about your loss. Your words are powerful through your pain and even at this time in your life you speak wisdom and all you say points to who you love most…the Lord! I pray you have a wonderful birthday, that you feel loved and that these words wrap you up, squeeze you tight, and impress on you all that is good…all that is God’s lovek, just for you! I know that every step through this journey will be intentional and glorifying to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. You are a woman of purpose and He loves you so! Happy Birthday!

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24 melissa January 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm

bless you, Edie…bless you, friend.

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25 ulli January 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Happy Birthday Edie! To Life! I pray this day is special for you, and you feel the outpour of love from the cyber world surrounding you. You are a remarkable woman–an inspiration to all. Prayers for you and your family continue. May you be blessed!

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26 NancyBea January 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm

May God bless you and your family during this very difficult time.

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27 snow white doves January 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Happy Birthday Edie. I am new to the blogworld but love following all you girls and your lovely home transformations. I too was in your position when I lost my home to fire. I wish you and your family ~peace in time~. God’s blessings to you all.

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28 Laura January 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm

This is my first visit to your blog and I am looking forward to getting to know you…I followed the birthday cake crumbs from Patty’s blog to find you. I’m so sorry about the terrible fire…life is rife with tragedy yet somehow like phoenixes we learn to rise up again into joy. You will…you will.

Happy Birthday! (you share it with another radiant being, my daughter who is 17 today!)
gentle steps

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29 Laura January 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm

This is my first visit to your blog and I am looking forward to getting to know you…I followed the birthday cake crumbs from Patty’s blog to find you. I’m so sorry about the terrible fire…life is rife with tragedy yet somehow like phoenixes we learn to rise up again into joy. You will…you will.

Happy Birthday! (you share it with another radiant being, my daughter who is 17 today!)
gentle steps

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30 Becky @ Farmgirl Paints January 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Hey girlie…I hope you have a wonderful birthday surrounded by all those you hold dear. I wish you nothing but the best for this brand spankin’ new year:) Much love, Becky

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31 Becky @ Farmgirl Paints January 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Hey girlie…I hope you have a wonderful birthday surrounded by all those you hold dear. I wish you nothing but the best for this brand spankin’ new year:) Much love, Becky

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32 Heather R. January 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Happy Birthday, Edie! I love reading your blog and I am always inspired by the love of your family and the home you make for them. Please have a blessed day. :)
~Heather R.

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33 Andersonjoy January 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Happy Birthday Edie! I found your blog just a few weeks ago, but it has already spoken to my heart and inspired me in so many ways. You have a gift with words and a gift for home. Your love for family and life shines through everything you do and it is a privilege for me to be able to read a small part of it. Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers over the last couple of weeks and I know our God has big plans for your family. Happy Birthday!

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34 Shelby January 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Happy Birthday Edie!! I only just recently found your blog but my heart breaks for you and I am sending up prayers on your behalf. I hope you find many reasons for Joy on your birthday.

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35 Shelby January 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Happy Birthday Edie!! I only just recently found your blog but my heart breaks for you and I am sending up prayers on your behalf. I hope you find many reasons for Joy on your birthday.

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36 Amber B. January 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Happy birthday Edie!!! As a young mother, you are such an encouragement to me. You know what it’s like to be “in the trenches” as a mom, and you continually point us to Christ. Thank you for your heart, your words, your willingness to share with us. You are in my prayers.

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37 Amber B. January 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Happy birthday Edie!!! As a young mother, you are such an encouragement to me. You know what it’s like to be “in the trenches” as a mom, and you continually point us to Christ. Thank you for your heart, your words, your willingness to share with us. You are in my prayers.

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38 Astrid January 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Happy Birthday, Edie! You are an inspiration to us all!

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39 Astrid January 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Happy Birthday, Edie! You are an inspiration to us all!

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40 amanda townsend January 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Happy Birthday Edie!

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41 amanda townsend January 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Happy Birthday Edie!

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42 Jessica @ This Blessed Life January 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm

At the risk of being the most superficial commenter here, I want to thank you for teaching me (through your pictures and words) not to be afraid of color! Your home always looked like such a wonderful, homey place to be in – not all beige and white like so many other houses in blogland (and many times mine, as well). I can only hope to be as hospitable and welcoming in my home and my heart as you seemed to be. Happy birthday and thank you so much for your many beautiful posts and words of encouragement!

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43 Jessica @ This Blessed Life January 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm

At the risk of being the most superficial commenter here, I want to thank you for teaching me (through your pictures and words) not to be afraid of color! Your home always looked like such a wonderful, homey place to be in – not all beige and white like so many other houses in blogland (and many times mine, as well). I can only hope to be as hospitable and welcoming in my home and my heart as you seemed to be. Happy birthday and thank you so much for your many beautiful posts and words of encouragement!

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44 Pbhoney1 January 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Oh Wow…this is great….I actually posted my entry a couple of days ago not knowing about her birthday….Edie, you have been a gift to me all year! I love you through your blog…THANK YOU for sharing.

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45 Beverly January 4, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Hello Edie,

Just “meeting” you, recently, after hearing of your loss. I’m so sorry. But, I can say “you give off a radience of hope”, in the midst of your storm and I’m wishing you a day of renewed joy and peace as you and your family go forward.

May your birthday today be a blessing to you and as special to you as you seem to be to others. Blessings.
~Bevy

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46 Anonymous January 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Edie, happy birthday! I’m praying that the Lord rebuilds from the ruins and blesses you exceeding abundantly above all you could ask, hope, or imagine.

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47 Sharyates January 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Happy Birthday Edie! May the peace of the Lord be with you and yours, not just now, but for all time. We LOVE you out here and soak up your inspiration. Be well in every way that you can.

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48 Playingsublimely January 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Oh how you are adored Edie…I love surprise birthday parties :)! Happy Birthday sweet friend :)!

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49 QuitEatingOut January 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Happy Birthday Edie! I pray that you are overwhelmed with love, peace and happiness today.

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50 atexasgirl January 4, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Hi Edie,
Happy Birthday! I wish you peace and joy and love this coming year. I am not a blogger, but found your blog about a year ago, and have been inspired continually by your creativeness and love for the Lord.

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51 nic January 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm

oh, edie. i’ve only just been introduced to you (and i can barely contain the joy of having a wealth of delicious posts to catch up on), but already i have a strong sense of the grace that seeps from your pores. i ache for your loss. and i pray God floods you with a peace that doesn’t even make sense (that’s my loose interpretation of ‘a peace that passes all understanding’).

have a beautiful birthday.

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52 Leah C January 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Simple birthday wishes from a stranger…may it be filled with love & comfort:) Happy Birthday, Edie!

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53 Monica January 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Happy Birthday Edie!!!!

I found your blog a couple of years ago when you were showing off your turquoise cabinets in your old house! I loved them!! I also loved your blog and thought it was really cool to meet a blogger so close to me, as I live north of Knoxville. I shared in your excitement when you purchased your new house and couldn’t wait to see what decorating magic you would work in your new kitchen and house. First let me say that I am so sorry for your loss. God has used it, along with a few other peoples loses this Christmas season to remind my husband and I that we are indeed very blessed and we have much to be thankful for despite our shortcomings. I have also been praying for you and your family’s safety, that God would provide for you and bless you all. From your recent post, it sounds as though He has blessed your family and provided beyond all expectation.

Secondly, yesterday morning somewhere between dreaming and waking, God was speaking to me and telling me to donate a few things to you and your girls. I don’t have much, but it was so profound that I felt I should immediately get in my car and drive them to you if only I knew where you were. I will send them to the address your sister provided in a previous post.

Thank you for making time to blog each day and write what is in your heart. I know how time-consuming blogging can be; I simply don’t have the time anymore but I wish I did. I have gained so much through the blogging community. Thank you also for sharing your journey as a child of God. It has been a blessing to read about you trials and triumphs; knowing that we aren’t alone, but that we share in each other’s burdens. Please know that we are all sharing this burden with you and that you and your family are being lifted up to the Lord every day. May God bless you and keep you!! Have a very happy birthday!!!

Monica
rubysnpurls {at} yahoo {dot} com
http://www.rubysnpurls.wordpress.com

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54 Monica January 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Happy Birthday Edie!!!!

I found your blog a couple of years ago when you were showing off your turquoise cabinets in your old house! I loved them!! I also loved your blog and thought it was really cool to meet a blogger so close to me, as I live north of Knoxville. I shared in your excitement when you purchased your new house and couldn’t wait to see what decorating magic you would work in your new kitchen and house. First let me say that I am so sorry for your loss. God has used it, along with a few other peoples loses this Christmas season to remind my husband and I that we are indeed very blessed and we have much to be thankful for despite our shortcomings. I have also been praying for you and your family’s safety, that God would provide for you and bless you all. From your recent post, it sounds as though He has blessed your family and provided beyond all expectation.

Secondly, yesterday morning somewhere between dreaming and waking, God was speaking to me and telling me to donate a few things to you and your girls. I don’t have much, but it was so profound that I felt I should immediately get in my car and drive them to you if only I knew where you were. I will send them to the address your sister provided in a previous post.

Thank you for making time to blog each day and write what is in your heart. I know how time-consuming blogging can be; I simply don’t have the time anymore but I wish I did. I have gained so much through the blogging community. Thank you also for sharing your journey as a child of God. It has been a blessing to read about you trials and triumphs; knowing that we aren’t alone, but that we share in each other’s burdens. Please know that we are all sharing this burden with you and that you and your family are being lifted up to the Lord every day. May God bless you and keep you!! Have a very happy birthday!!!

Monica
rubysnpurls {at} yahoo {dot} com
http://www.rubysnpurls.wordpress.com

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55 Monica January 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Happy Birthday Edie!!!!

I found your blog a couple of years ago when you were showing off your turquoise cabinets in your old house! I loved them!! I also loved your blog and thought it was really cool to meet a blogger so close to me, as I live north of Knoxville. I shared in your excitement when you purchased your new house and couldn’t wait to see what decorating magic you would work in your new kitchen and house. First let me say that I am so sorry for your loss. God has used it, along with a few other peoples loses this Christmas season to remind my husband and I that we are indeed very blessed and we have much to be thankful for despite our shortcomings. I have also been praying for you and your family’s safety, that God would provide for you and bless you all. From your recent post, it sounds as though He has blessed your family and provided beyond all expectation.

Secondly, yesterday morning somewhere between dreaming and waking, God was speaking to me and telling me to donate a few things to you and your girls. I don’t have much, but it was so profound that I felt I should immediately get in my car and drive them to you if only I knew where you were. I will send them to the address your sister provided in a previous post.

Thank you for making time to blog each day and write what is in your heart. I know how time-consuming blogging can be; I simply don’t have the time anymore but I wish I did. I have gained so much through the blogging community. Thank you also for sharing your journey as a child of God. It has been a blessing to read about you trials and triumphs; knowing that we aren’t alone, but that we share in each other’s burdens. Please know that we are all sharing this burden with you and that you and your family are being lifted up to the Lord every day. May God bless you and keep you!! Have a very happy birthday!!!

Monica
rubysnpurls {at} yahoo {dot} com
http://www.rubysnpurls.wordpress.com

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56 Podso January 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Happy Birthday, Edie. Your blog is always inspiring. I am so sorry for your loss. But look forward to what God has in mind for you all.

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57 Rhoda @ Southern hospitality January 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Edie, what a fantastic gift of all these posts. I’m out of town and can’t link up a post right now, but I just wanted to stop by and say hello again. Just know that you are loved by so many and that we are lifting you up in prayer. My heart goes out to you and your family. Be strong in the Lord, he will give you strength! xoxo Rhoda

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58 Anonymous January 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm

i wanted to wish you a happy birthday… i travelled over here by richella’s words :) i can’t imagine what you’ve been through these last weeks… and now, still. saying a prayer for your heart and for all that was lost, and the strength to get through it all … and that in it all you will find an abundance of blessings.

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59 FringeGirl January 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Happy Birthday Edie! You were a major reason I began homeschooling my children. You encourage me to do better, to be more. Thank you for being an inspiration to me through good times and bad. You make me want to read more, to create more, and to be like Jesus. Your faith is a testament to God’s abounding grace.

Thank you for being you and sharing yourself with so many in blogland. Yours is the first blog I check each day. I am never disappointed. I always think that when my blog “grows-up”, I want it to be just like yours.

I pray you are enjoying a happy birthday with those that love you most. Be blessed my friend. I am praying God restores all and so much more to you and your family. I am also praying for peace, rest, and protection on you.

Love you!
-FringeGirl

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60 Joy January 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Happy Birthday Edie! I’m a new blogger and new follower of your blog. Your words have, in a few short months, inspired me, encouraged me, convicted me and challenged me…to live a life powerful and pleasing to the One who gave it to me. You are so often in my thoughts and prayers. Love and blessings to you today! Joy

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61 Robin @ Pensieve January 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Edie!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Ever since I read about the fire, my heart has been so heavy for you; reading your response to circumstance has been a beautiful encouragement. It is a tribute to the King you serve :).

Although we’ve only briefly met, you made a lovely impression, leaving me wanting to know you better. I’m not able to read blogs like I used to, so I haven’t spent much time in this space, but…especially after hearing such lovely words from those I know better, I wish I had taken time to do so. Hopefully our paths will cross again soon and I’ll have that chance!

Until then, you are blessing so many through your graciousness and countenance….to God be the glory!
:)

x0

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62 snekcip January 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Dropping in from “Fly through my window” and wanting to wish you a Happy Birthday Edie. God will RESTORE, REBUILD, and RENEW and we will all REJOICE in it all. Blessings to you and your family.

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63 Anonymous January 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Edie … but I’m sending my prayers and positive thoughts. And happy birthday!

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64 Suzanne January 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Hi Edie,

I was just forwarded a link to your blog from a friend on Dec 29. It was the best thing anyone could have done for me. While reading your words I began to realize that I have been the most selfish, self absorbed, angry woman! Your words melted my heart in a way that I have been praying for. I have had my disagreements with God recently and while I’m still working on those, I now see the possibility of healing and becoming whole. ALL because of your words. I’m truly sorry that you’re experiencing such pain and loss and am VERY grateful that you and your family are physically unhurt. I pray that your emotional healing will be quick and full. Please know that I am praying for you and your family.

I hope that your birthday is full of hope, love and wonderful surprises!

Thank you so much for writing your story.

Suzanne

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65 Wendi January 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Dear Edie, Happy Birthday sweetie!!!!! I have just come to start reading your blog after a mention of it from another blog. I wish that I had been reading it for years. You are an awesome woman, one that we could all sit down with, enjoy a cup of sweet tea and an iced cookie, and lots of sweet conversation. I hope that this years brings you much comfort, love, inspiration, lip gloss and mascara, sweet moments, rebuilding, peace, restoration, and quiet times with family and friends. I have loved reading all of your posts, especially been reading your homeschooling posts and loving them. I just read your “Things you should know about southern women” post and cracking up. Never realized how much southern-ness I took away with me from my college years at USC and the few short years that we lived in TN where our sweet daughter Emilou was born. Thanks for writing that one. You will continue to be in our prayers and I continue to look forward to reading more of your blog. Celebrate BIG today!!!! We are all so thankful for you. Hugs, and blessings, Wendi

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66 Camkimom January 4, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Edie,
Happy Birthday!
May you feel the love of Jesus today :>)
Grace and Peace,
Vicki in GA <

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67 Christy January 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm

The past year has been a struggle for me as I have dealt with the loss of our little girl to a dreadful disease on February 1, 2010, one month shy of her 4th birthday. I don’t remember how I found your blog, but the day I found it I read your post which included a prayer from the Lutheran prayer book, and it was the prayer I neeed at the very moment I read it. The other day I read one of your posts and cried the whole way through it. Thank you for sharing your heart. For having the courage to pen your thoughts and for keeping the faith. I appreciate your blog and look forward to visiting and getting to “know” you more. I hope you have a very happy and blessed day. Happy birthday!
Rich Blessings,
Christy

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68 Christy January 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm

The past year has been a struggle for me as I have dealt with the loss of our little girl to a dreadful disease on February 1, 2010, one month shy of her 4th birthday. I don’t remember how I found your blog, but the day I found it I read your post which included a prayer from the Lutheran prayer book, and it was the prayer I neeed at the very moment I read it. The other day I read one of your posts and cried the whole way through it. Thank you for sharing your heart. For having the courage to pen your thoughts and for keeping the faith. I appreciate your blog and look forward to visiting and getting to “know” you more. I hope you have a very happy and blessed day. Happy birthday!
Rich Blessings,
Christy

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69 Christy January 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm

The past year has been a struggle for me as I have dealt with the loss of our little girl to a dreadful disease on February 1, 2010, one month shy of her 4th birthday. I don’t remember how I found your blog, but the day I found it I read your post which included a prayer from the Lutheran prayer book, and it was the prayer I neeed at the very moment I read it. The other day I read one of your posts and cried the whole way through it. Thank you for sharing your heart. For having the courage to pen your thoughts and for keeping the faith. I appreciate your blog and look forward to visiting and getting to “know” you more. I hope you have a very happy and blessed day. Happy birthday!
Rich Blessings,
Christy

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70 Keri January 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Happy Birthday Edie!

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71 Keri January 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Happy Birthday Edie!

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72 Keri January 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Happy Birthday Edie!

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73 Casey January 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Happy Birthday, Edie! I don’t have a blog but I read several blogs that overlap with yours and have read so many wonderful birthday posts to you. I hope you are lifted up today and know that you will get through this! This will be another way that you will teach us about life!

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74 Casey January 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Happy Birthday, Edie! I don’t have a blog but I read several blogs that overlap with yours and have read so many wonderful birthday posts to you. I hope you are lifted up today and know that you will get through this! This will be another way that you will teach us about life!

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75 Casey January 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Happy Birthday, Edie! I don’t have a blog but I read several blogs that overlap with yours and have read so many wonderful birthday posts to you. I hope you are lifted up today and know that you will get through this! This will be another way that you will teach us about life!

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76 kristen January 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Edie, Happy Birthday, dear Girl! You’ve encouraged so many of us and me personally on dozens of occasions. I’m praying especially for YOU today Edie…may you feel God’s perfect peace today!

Love you!
kristen

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77 Judi January 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Prayers for their whole family. Wow.

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78 Geezees January 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Happy Birthday Edie! I have been seeing other birthday posts on other blogs…hope you have a great day and a happy new year!

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79 Sc1209 January 4, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Happy Birthday Edie!! This is first time I have been your blog, but I do know God is with you all of the way. I can tell from your words that you are a strong and faithful servant to God. Take care and you and your family will be in my constant prayers.

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80 Minnesotamom January 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Sweetest thing ever. Happy birthday to you!

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81 Megan January 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Happy Birthday Edie! You are an inspiration to all of us and I am praying for a restorative 2011 for you and your family!
Lots of love from Texas!

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82 Tracey January 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Edie-What sweet and dear friends you have! I know you through one of my dear friends Tara from Between you and Me, we have been praying for you. I pray Gods sweet blessing and strength over you and yours. Happy Birthday.

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83 Tracey January 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Edie-What sweet and dear friends you have! I know you through one of my dear friends Tara from Between you and Me, we have been praying for you. I pray Gods sweet blessing and strength over you and yours. Happy Birthday.

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84 Jenny January 4, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Happy Birthday! Wishing you a happy 2011, too!

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85 Amy January 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Happy Birthday Edie! Wishing you a beautiful day! Please know we are all thinking of you & your family & sending lots of love, prayers, & hope. God Bless you!

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86 Carolinagirl1993 January 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I was working a conference with 1000 college students. We were in the meeting room singing full blast to the Lord. My friend Kitty came in, turned around to me, texted “Do you follow Edie’s blog?” I didn’t. I do now. I’m so thankful for Kitty pointing me to this blog. Oh, what a joy to join in prayer with a whole world of unknown people to pray for a family we don’t know.

Thank you.

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87 Amy M in Indiana January 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Happy Birthday, Edie. My daughter’s was yesterday! I pray you won’t forget during this trying time that God is with you always. One step at a time, for you and your family, and life will be wonderful again!

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88 Tlcoopaloop January 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Happy birthday Edie. You are an amazing blessing to those of us that God has brought in touch with your blog. (Yes, I truly believe it was divine intervention the day I first read Life in Grace.) Personally, I want to thank you for so audibly living out your faith. You stand proud and tall for what you believe and the Master you believe in. He will sustain you and your sweet family over the coming year! He will provide.
Blessings to you,
Tami C.

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89 SoCalLynn January 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Wishing you a happy birthday. I pray that your heart will be touched by these many blessings, as you have touched so many hearts with your words.

Lynn

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90 Valerie January 4, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Blessings to you today and always. I will lift you and your family up in my prayers.

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91 neisey January 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Happy birthday Edie!! You and your family are in my prayers. God has a plan for your life!

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92 Wendy from Wendys Hat January 4, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Happy Birthday Edie! May all of your Birthday Wishes come true! I am new to technology and my blog, so I don’t know ho to use your pics and make a post of my own out of it! I sure would if I could! Be strong! Stay beautiful inside and out! Sure am glad I stumbled across this today! Happy to meet you!

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93 Leslie Cude January 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Happy Birthday Edie! As is so evident here, you are such an inspiration to so many! Your homeschooling posts have been instrumental in my own homeschooling journey! I just love everything about your blog and feel as if we are real friends even though we have only corresponded once! You have been on my heart and have been lifted up in prayer many times these last two weeks. I pray that God will use all of these birthday wishes to bless you today!!
In Christ,
Leslie

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94 Scooper January 4, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Happy Birthday sweet Edie! I have been much in prayer for you and yours since I heard the news of the fire. Though we’ve never met in real life, I feel like I know you. Your transparent writing, your beautiful pictures, your zest for life and family and home–they have a way of sucking a girl in and wishing we could be neighbors. Your classical homeschooling approach, thrifty ways, and funky style find a kindred spirit with me. Most of all, I love the grace that drips from every word and the beauty that comes from broken. How I understand that all too well. Know that the prayers on your behalf will continue and here’s hoping that in some strange and beautiful way, you may feel richer today than on any birthday before. Much love to you!

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95 Chrissy Linhart January 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm

HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!! Thank God for creating you to be here for us. I just found your blog thru the Nester!!! I love you both. You are an inspiration to me everyday. I lost my hubby to cancer 2 yrs ago at Christmas and am raising my 2 boys alone they are preteen & a teenager. HELP!!! God Bless you!!!

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96 Ami Davis January 4, 2011 at 8:37 pm

So, I have gotten the infamous 503 error three times today on your blog. Don’t fret, it’s a good thing. It’s the error for way too much traffic on your site and confirms folks from all over the blog world are here to celebrate your birthday. You my darlin’ have gone viral!

Also a warning to those who have not read all the “birthday cards” above. Bring tissue. And don’t try to read them while sipping a diet coke as I did because that stuff burns when you accidentally snort it up your nose while trying to fight back emotion.

And as for Darcy, simply inspired use of hacking! There is such a thing as ethical hackers out there and today you are certainly one of them. Good on ya.

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97 Belleek35 January 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Happy Birthday!! I don’t have a nog to link to, but your beautiful blog weekly. I just want you to know how your blog had made my world a nicer place. Since I heard of the awful house fire, know that you and your family have been in my daily prayers…as in all tragedies, God and time heals all wounds,,,God Bless
Erin

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98 tina January 4, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I just wanted to add that I am keeping you in my prayers. I look forward to knowing you – hope you are able to blog again soon. Happy Birthday!

tina

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99 Thedomesticfox January 4, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Happy Birthday Edie! You and your family are in my constant prayers.

Your blog has been a source of inspiration and hope for me – during some of my worst days of 2010. I nearly lost my mom this year…and your words of faith and grace…they brought comfort to my heart when I couldn’t go on. For that – I will always be grateful.

And you have brought laughs, silliness, fun, and creative hope for my home. I love the possibilities that I find at every turn.

Your gift of words…I look forward to those days again…we will all be waiting with open arms.

Tiffany

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100 Erin January 4, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Happy Birthday, Edie! I am praying God continue to envelope you in His love, grace, peace, and adorn you with eyes that see His plan.

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101 Joanna January 4, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Happy Birthday Edie! I was led to your blog by Cheryl (Tidy Mom) and your family will be in our prayers.

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102 Anonymous January 4, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Dear Edie~

You are sweet and wonderful beyond words. I am praying that you have a special day today. May God fill your heart with peace as He continues to provide for your every need. As is evident here you have been an inspiration and encouragement to so many, in real life and through out all of blog land. We have never met in person but I feel like we’re friends!! Thank you for so openly sharing your heart with us, for drawing us closer to God, and for your sincerity.

Praying for you and your family!!!

Hugs,
Ruth

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103 Beckyatbeyondthepicketfence January 4, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Happy Birthday sweet Edie–may you feel God’s blessing today!

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104 Julie January 4, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Happy Birthday Edie! Continuing to pray for you and your family. I am thankful that you are all okay and I am heartbroken for your loss. Your strong faith in God is a wonderful blessing. He will get you through this, one moment at a time!
Love and Blessings from AZ

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105 Julie January 4, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Happy Birthday Edie! Continuing to pray for you and your family. I am thankful that you are all okay and I am heartbroken for your loss. Your strong faith in God is a wonderful blessing. He will get you through this, one moment at a time!
Love and Blessings from AZ

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106 Kelly H-Y January 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm

My heart & prayers go out to Edie and her family … may you be showered with blessings in the coming year and beyond. And, a very Happy Birthday to you today!

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107 Kelly H-Y January 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm

My heart & prayers go out to Edie and her family … may you be showered with blessings in the coming year and beyond. And, a very Happy Birthday to you today!

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108 Gwyn Rosser January 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I’ve been thinking about you and praying for you every, every day. Knowing you through your blog has brightened my life, encouraged and inspired me. I have long admired your deep faith as well as your sense of fun.

Our God is an awesome God and He will carry you through. Happy, happy, wonderful, blessed birthday to you !!!!

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109 Gwyn Rosser January 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I’ve been thinking about you and praying for you every, every day. Knowing you through your blog has brightened my life, encouraged and inspired me. I have long admired your deep faith as well as your sense of fun.

Our God is an awesome God and He will carry you through. Happy, happy, wonderful, blessed birthday to you !!!!

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110 Gwyn Rosser January 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I’ve been thinking about you and praying for you every, every day. Knowing you through your blog has brightened my life, encouraged and inspired me. I have long admired your deep faith as well as your sense of fun.

Our God is an awesome God and He will carry you through. Happy, happy, wonderful, blessed birthday to you !!!!

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111 Dayle January 4, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Dear Edie,

My blogging friend, Renee, shared your unspeakable tragedy over on her blog today. I can’t imagine what you’re going through. It’s a time when words seem so inadequate and empty. I hope it helps to know you have an army of people (those who know you and those who don’t) praying for you and your family.

Kind regards,
Dayle

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112 Cathynault January 4, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Happy Birthday Edie! Thank you for sharing your home, warmth and faith with us all! May your day is a blessed gift! You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.

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113 Jen January 4, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Wishing you a BLESSED and Happy Birthday. You have and continue to inspire so many with your actions, words, thoughts and prayers. Thank you for being an inspiration to so many.

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114 Charming's Mama January 4, 2011 at 11:42 pm

I’ve only been reading your blog for about a month now and have enjoyed your wit and wisdom. Just wanted to say Happy Birthday and ditto to all the nice words that have already been written.

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115 Tamera January 5, 2011 at 12:06 am

Hi Edie I found your blog just today, and I’ve read a couple of your posts, they are filled with life, warmth, fun, beauty and a clear sense that you know, who you are in the eyes of our Lord Jesus, in such a short time you have blessed me with the substance of who you are.So you see I could not let this opportunity passed for wishing you a Happy Birthday!

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116 Ange January 5, 2011 at 12:12 am

Hi Edie, I have just been introduced to you by Tarah (Between You and Me). Upon reading her post, I couldn’t help but drop in to meet this special lady she was speaking of.
What a lot you and your family are dealing with right now. I will be praying for you all and sending my love from Australia. I pray that your grief will be tempered by God’s loving comfort and that He will give you moments where you may see this life from His perspective. HAPPY BIRTHDAY :o)
Angex

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117 deb January 5, 2011 at 12:27 am

Edie,

I only “know” you from a few visits into your inspirational life.
I aspire to be as intentional and full of life , the gift of life , as you.

I shared a “poem” on my blog the other day, and would like to give it you ,if that is okay.
I knew of your tragedy and miracle , and was thinking about a few friends that are suffering , as well as a minor in comparison situation of my own. The black coat refers to an old oversized down one we keep at the back door for dog walks, bird feeder refills, runs to neighbours with and for, and quick pj still trips to the school. My four daughters and myself all share it and it feels like home in a way. It sheds feathers , feeling like a nest and a nest in the making.

http://forsakenforlent.blogspot.com/2010/12/staying-with-light.html

staying with the light

for edie

A sun can seem to rise grey, muted,
the frost
ashes
mourning the day

A long black coat comforts
Scattering feathers
A trail of bestowing
Breathing brume

And then it disperses
A blush
The opening
The song adorning
A day

love to you ,
and your family

deb

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118 Lauren Sheehan1 January 5, 2011 at 12:40 am

Edie, I love the way that you cling to Christ in all things. He is, afterall, all we have, all we will ever have, as well. I praise the Lord that you are not allowing the enemy to gain victory over your devastating circumstances but are allowing prayer to be your aid.

Your life is a beautiful picture of redemption and love….I praise the Lord for you!
Lauren

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119 Lauren Sheehan1 January 5, 2011 at 12:40 am

Edie, I love the way that you cling to Christ in all things. He is, afterall, all we have, all we will ever have, as well. I praise the Lord that you are not allowing the enemy to gain victory over your devastating circumstances but are allowing prayer to be your aid.

Your life is a beautiful picture of redemption and love….I praise the Lord for you!
Lauren

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120 Marilynfiggett January 5, 2011 at 12:56 am

Hi Edie, take strength in the support of the friends you have all over the world. Happy Birthday and here’s to a year of new beginnings. Change is only change… beautiful lady.
Marilyn x

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121 Nicki January 5, 2011 at 1:11 am

Hi Edie,

I can’t even remember how I found your blog months ago… but I really, really enjoy it and am so blessed by it, each and every time I visit. I’ve thought of you and your family often in the last couple of weeks. I hope that you find all these well-wishes uplifting and I pray that God will soon turn your mourning into dancing! Happy Birthday!!!

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122 Patrice January 5, 2011 at 1:13 am

I’m new here, but it sounds like you are a very special lady. I came here from Farmgirl Paints. Happy Birthday and abundant blessings!
Patrice
Everyday Ruralty
http://www.everydayruralty.com

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123 Rhida2 January 5, 2011 at 2:06 am

Happy Birthday to Edie who is full of grace. May you soak in all the love on your special day.

Jewelee from CT who does not have a blog

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124 Montay January 5, 2011 at 2:32 am

To a wonderfull woman whom I have never met yet, I have been blog lurking today and looking for something, some type of inspiration, and then I found you… I found a woman who thru great adversity has the wisdom to turn to God and fly like a butterfly trapped for a short time sharing your light and grace to all. Thank you Edie

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125 Stephanie Huntley January 5, 2011 at 2:48 am

Happy, Happy Birthday Edie! You are truly an inspiration and though I’ve never met you, I feel like I “know” you and am a better person for it! <3 <3 : )

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126 Nuha January 5, 2011 at 3:01 am

This is my first time visiting Life in Grace and I wish it was on better occasions. I am so terribly sorry for your loss yet so thankful that you and your family are alive and well. How lucky to have such amazing friends to throw you a virtual surprise party!! You and you’re family are in my thoughts and prayers. xoxo

Your Tennessee Neighbor,
Nuha

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127 Nuha January 5, 2011 at 3:01 am

This is my first time visiting Life in Grace and I wish it was on better occasions. I am so terribly sorry for your loss yet so thankful that you and your family are alive and well. How lucky to have such amazing friends to throw you a virtual surprise party!! You and you’re family are in my thoughts and prayers. xoxo

Your Tennessee Neighbor,
Nuha

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128 Lschontos January 5, 2011 at 3:37 am

Happy Birthday Dear Edie! I have come via Emily’s blog. Your story is so moving Edie. Your faith so encouraging. I am looking forward to getting to know you better. Praying for you and for your family during this difficult time. Waiting expectantly to see what glorious things the Father will do.

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129 Lschontos January 5, 2011 at 3:37 am

Happy Birthday Dear Edie! I have come via Emily’s blog. Your story is so moving Edie. Your faith so encouraging. I am looking forward to getting to know you better. Praying for you and for your family during this difficult time. Waiting expectantly to see what glorious things the Father will do.

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130 Janenes2001 January 5, 2011 at 4:11 am

Happy Birthday, Edie. Prayers continue.

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131 April_3720 January 5, 2011 at 4:29 am

Happy Birthday! May God Bless you and your family this year…..Take Care

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132 Lindsey January 5, 2011 at 4:36 am

Happy Birthday Edie. I know this will be a birthday like no other, but I pray that you are able to find joy and peace in it with your family. I found your blog through many places, mainly by our friend, Darby. Thank you so much for the words, thoughts, and wisdom that you share. Thank you for your honesty, humor, grace, conviction, love of family, home, and Christ, and posts of such thought, eloquence, and intelligence. So often posts (including my own) are posts of here are pictures of my kids and what we did today. I know your posts take time, effort, and consideration from you and benefit all who read them. I pray that God would richly sustain all of you during this life changing event.
Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

Thankful for you and praying for you,
Lindsey

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133 Kristi January 5, 2011 at 4:44 am

I discovered your blog today at Fly Through Our Window. I will be praying for you and your family. My childhood home burned last year on December 19th. My parents had lived in the home for over 30 years. I know the pain you feel now is similar to grieving the loss of a loved one. It is devastating, but just cling to your family and God will supply you with a home. I am following now and praying for you to have a New Year filled with many blessings. Happy Birthday.

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134 Shannon A. January 5, 2011 at 4:50 am

So if I have pieced things together right (I have just been introduced to you and your blog) you are a lovely woman in Tennessee – a place that holds part of my heart since my husband was born and raised there and my first born son was also born there. I hope your birthday was beautiful and special and you enjoy all of this virtual love showered on you from your friends and fans and supporters. I admire you and am inspired by your faith and courage – more prayers will be prayed in your behalf.

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135 Clairelux January 5, 2011 at 4:52 am

Edie,

Happy birthday!

I don’t know if you remember me–I emailed you a little love note last summer after I finished devouring your archives. I don’t have a blog to wish you prayers and love and hope, but hopefully a small comment will do a small part. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers all week, and I will continue thinking and praying for weeks to come!

What an astounding show of love for you–131 blog posts and counting! I am so hoping that this has filled you up a bit. Thank you so much for all you do and who you are. Clearly you touch so many.

All my thoughts and prayers,
Claire

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136 Se7en January 5, 2011 at 5:16 am

Dearest Edie, Happy Birthday… You are such an inspiration to so many of us… Just as you are. Happy Birthday and may God Bless and encourage you during this really difficult time. Lots of love to you all.

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137 Se7en January 5, 2011 at 5:16 am

Dearest Edie, Happy Birthday… You are such an inspiration to so many of us… Just as you are. Happy Birthday and may God Bless and encourage you during this really difficult time. Lots of love to you all.

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138 Elizabeth January 5, 2011 at 5:27 am

Happy Birthday, Edie. Shedding tears for your pain and praying for you all. Knowing the that Lord has beauty from ashes for you.

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139 Oceanbreezesandcountrysneezes January 5, 2011 at 6:43 am

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday! I’m very sorry to hear about the loss of your home, but I’m happy that everyone go out safely.

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140 Jeankuo January 5, 2011 at 7:07 am

I’ve only just found your blog, and was so inspired by your writings on homeschooling and faith. It’s hard to believe that your house burned to the ground, yet I know that God is sovereign and the one who caused it to happen. I felt compelled to pray for you and your family and have faith that He will meet your family’s needs and bring healing and understanding. Thank you for being so authentic and faithful to the truth.

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141 Kristi January 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Happy Birthday Edie!! You are SO LOVED my friend!!!! Praying for you constantly! :)
XOXO
Kristi

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142 Catherine January 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Edie,
For 2 weeks now I’ve prayed for the words God would have me share… I do not have a blog, however for, I guess, 2 yrs now I have been reading yours. It was the first blog I ever bookmarked:)
Knowing how you have ministered to me and so many others with your words, I can only think how God is going to use you to reach more souls that need Him. I am in awe of how our God works things for good everyday! How He answers our prayers in ways I could never imagine. Your story is wonderful and He is beginning another chapter and I, personally, cannot wait to see where He is taking you. Although I’ve never met you, I believe you are the woman that allows the Lord to work in your life freely letting Him use you while you give Him all the Glory. I cannot put into words all that He has showed me for your life. I can say, I am so excited to see what He does that ONLY He can do! You are a blessing and blessed! Thank you for all that you share and yielding to the Spirit in order to touch those that need His touch! Happy Birthday! May you forever be blessed.
Catherine

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143 Catherine January 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Edie,
For 2 weeks now I’ve prayed for the words God would have me share… I do not have a blog, however for, I guess, 2 yrs now I have been reading yours. It was the first blog I ever bookmarked:)
Knowing how you have ministered to me and so many others with your words, I can only think how God is going to use you to reach more souls that need Him. I am in awe of how our God works things for good everyday! How He answers our prayers in ways I could never imagine. Your story is wonderful and He is beginning another chapter and I, personally, cannot wait to see where He is taking you. Although I’ve never met you, I believe you are the woman that allows the Lord to work in your life freely letting Him use you while you give Him all the Glory. I cannot put into words all that He has showed me for your life. I can say, I am so excited to see what He does that ONLY He can do! You are a blessing and blessed! Thank you for all that you share and yielding to the Spirit in order to touch those that need His touch! Happy Birthday! May you forever be blessed.
Catherine

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144 Marcia January 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Dear Edie, This is my first visit to your blog, I stumbled upon you through Miss Mustard Seed. I am so sorry to read about your home! I hope you have a happy birthday and remember that God only gives you as much as you can handle. Seems unthinkable at times I know, but you will be stronger for it in the end. By the looks of all your sweet comments written to you, I can see that you are loved and admired. You now have a new friend in California who is praying for you and your family. Marcia

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145 Alyssa January 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm

This is my first time to read your blog. Your story is truly inspiring! I will be praying for your family and all the people in your life that have been helping you! Oh and Happy Birthday!

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146 Mitten from Smitten January 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I followed some of my favorite bloggers here to wish you a happy birthday.

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147 Kkdstoltz January 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I too have enjoy reading your blog. Even though my kids are grown I love seeing how you teach. Your spiritual journey, you have made me think. You are very intelligent yet have a very humble heart. I felt so bad when I read about the loss of your home. My sister’s home burnt to the ground the day after Christmas in 2006. She was burnt escaping the burning home. Why do these things happen when you are sleeping? Their dog woke them and his life was lost. Like you they had someone who wasn’t home (rather than was) and that was the blessing because they felt they would have had to choose who to “save” if both would have been home. I learned things from their tragedy as we all will from yours. Thank you for sharing so honesty because in the process we share in your suffering and that is a beautiful thing.
Happy Birthday!

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148 Kkdstoltz January 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I too have enjoy reading your blog. Even though my kids are grown I love seeing how you teach. Your spiritual journey, you have made me think. You are very intelligent yet have a very humble heart. I felt so bad when I read about the loss of your home. My sister’s home burnt to the ground the day after Christmas in 2006. She was burnt escaping the burning home. Why do these things happen when you are sleeping? Their dog woke them and his life was lost. Like you they had someone who wasn’t home (rather than was) and that was the blessing because they felt they would have had to choose who to “save” if both would have been home. I learned things from their tragedy as we all will from yours. Thank you for sharing so honesty because in the process we share in your suffering and that is a beautiful thing.
Happy Birthday!

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149 Stephanie Sabbe January 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm

This is such a sweet idea. My family lost their house in a flood this past May, so I can relate to what you are going through Edie. I prayed for you last night.

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150 JMM January 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Edie,
Happy Birthday! Your blog is a true inspiration to me in many different ways. I find myself telling others about your blog and one of the reasons is because of your faith even before this event but even more in these past few days. Please take care of yourself and know that people are praying for you.

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151 Renee January 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Edie,
I know we have never met, but I adore you none the less. I love your sense of style, your homeschooling laid-back, fun attitude, your spot-on theology, and your energetic, artistic ideas. Thank you for sharing your life here. I can not tell you how often I have prayed for you, even asking my unknowing husband to pray as well. I am very anxious to see how the Lord blesses, and how He comforts. I hope this blog will be a great source of Joy for you while you are lamenting your loss. Praying for you!!
Renee

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152 Kristin January 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Edie, your strength is inspiring; your spirit is unbroken.
” we are all born angels but life challenges can sometime breaks our wings.”
you will fly again. I know you will and we will all circle in flight around you.

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153 abby jenkins January 5, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Happy Birthday Edie and may God Bless you and your family. I am a prop stylist, working mostly on food shows, so if you need ANY kitchen stuff please let me know! I’ll mail it out to you. I have a lot of cool vintage stuff…..consider it a b’day present.

You are in our prayers.

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154 Michelle Gerig January 5, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Hi Edie and I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I am thinking about you and your family. I can’t imagine how you must be feeling other than reading what you have written on your posts and it brought me to tears not only because of the tragedy that you are facing but also from the outreach of so many wonderful people and your love and faith in God. You are inspiring not only for your strength but your true devotion to Him. I pray that God holds you and your family in His arms and comforts you and provides you with what you need.

I also heard that it was your birthday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! May the day be spent together with your family and friends.

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155 Nicole W. January 5, 2011 at 11:19 pm

As you set out on rebuilding your lives, may the very most you wish for be the very least you receive. Joyeux Anniversaire!

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156 Julie January 5, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Happy birthday!!!!

I just recently found your blog through Paige. I have already been so blessed and inspired by you! I’m praying for you and your family. I look forward to reading through your blog. Thank you!

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157 Sue January 6, 2011 at 12:32 am

I wish you all the best for a year full of good surprises, much laughter and ooooodles of hugggggs and love!
With an army of women warriors praying for you and your family, only the best could happen!

Huggs,

Sue

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158 Sandy January 6, 2011 at 1:04 am

Sending my love and prayers for a swift recovery from the pains that follow such
a crisis…You and your family have been blessed to have all come away from
this, well and alive!
Sandy

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159 Kate S. January 6, 2011 at 1:26 am

Edie, I had never read your blog before, but was linked here by another blog. I don’t you. I don’t know your story. But you will be in my thoughts.

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160 Anonymous January 6, 2011 at 3:07 am

Happy Birthday sweet Edie!!!

I’ve been thinking of you and your family during this tragedy. I went through a house fire similar to yours when I was a child and our neighbor actually saved my family in the middle of the night. Miracles do happen! Sending {{hugs}} thoughts & prayers to you and your family during this re-building process!

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161 Sandi January 6, 2011 at 3:08 am

Thinking of you and wishing you the best of Birthdays…..I am praying for you and your family!

Sandi Fields
Omak, Washington
sandileewa@yahoo.com

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162 Carrie January 6, 2011 at 3:29 am

So very sorry and so happy for the safety of all! Prayers go out to you !

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163 Shananfowler January 6, 2011 at 4:55 am

I just found your blog and wanted you to know that I am praying for you in Texas. May God give you peace, strength, and comfort during this difficult time. Hope you have a wonderful birthday!
Shanan
footballfamilyof4.blogspot.com
Psalms 121

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164 Crunchy Diva January 6, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Edie – I just found you through Layla’s blog, and learned about the fire only after I’d read your posting for half an hour. My heart flies to you – I walked out onto my front porch here in Massachusetts and sent you my love. Maybe if you take a deep breath today you’ll find that it reached you. When I think of the heaviness you are squashed under, one thing bubbles into my mind – you will be OK. You will be different, changed and you might struggle though this, but you will be OK.

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165 mamaof2 January 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Dear Edie,
There has been so much I’ve wanted to share with you over the last several days. My heart has broken a thousand times over for you and your family. I have been a long time reader and you became a constant, steady “friend” dishing out inspiration and wisdom. Although I have admired and loved your craftiness and decorating gifts, you have mostly touched me in the areas of homeschooling and parenting. I began my homeschooling journey this year with my five year old and over the last two years, your blog has been such a beacon of light, hope and knowledge for me. It was often funny because I would find materials of curriculum that I LOVED like WTM and TJED, and then found out later that you were using or had discovered too! Then I always knew I was on the right track.
I especially loved your honesty in the struggle and the self-doubt that inevitably creeps into a homeschooling parent’s mind. Whenever I had the feelings of “What the hell am I doing? Get this kid on a school bus now!” I would often go back to your blog for inspiration and soothing.
I loved when you posted about you and Steve looking to grab a beer after a homeschool conference. I think that may have been the first time that my husband could relate–”See these aren’t strange people–look how cool they are!!!” Cool people do homeschool! That helped bring him around!
That takes A LOT of guts and I hope one day when they are older your girls will look back and appreciate the incredible love and commitment that you showed to them. They are so fortunate to have a mama who was willing to take that leap of faith to put them first.
Everytime I start feeling that creep of doubt and that pressure from society that I should have a title, should go back to school for that advanced degree to give me worth or value, I come back here to be reminded that time is so very precious and it is fleeting. What matters is the now.
Thank you Edie for showing me that. I am forever grateful.

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166 Katy January 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I hope you had a good birthday yesterday despite what has happened to you and your sweet family. I want you to know that my mom, sister and I have been praying for you all and know that you’re in our thoughts. Sending positive thoughts and happy feelings your way.

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167 Tracy C. January 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I’m not blogging right now, but I wanted to offer you and your family my prayers. Your blog has been a place I love to visit for thoughtfulness, color and creativity.

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168 Wani January 6, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Numbers 6:23-26:

The Lord bless you, and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”‘

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169 Toni Fleischmann January 7, 2011 at 1:37 am

Edie, my heart goes out to you in the loss of your family home. I thank God with you for the safety of your family and your dogs. I work for a lady who lost their family home in the fires here in San Diego in 2003 and so I know first hand all that is ahead of you with replacing items, haggling with insurance companies, basically rebuilding a life, and one that is not the same as what you knew. It takes life and years to build character into a home and “make it home”. But thankfully you have the very most important components of what makes a true home….your loving pets, children, husband and JESUS.
Is 43:19 19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

God bless you, Toni

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170 Amanda January 7, 2011 at 1:49 am

Your blog is such an inspiration in so many ways. I’m so, so sorry to hear of what has happened. I wish you a wonderful birthday and want you to know you are loved. I pray you will have extra strength and peace as you go on from here. Sometimes it feels like we have lost it all only soon discover we really had it all, all along. I’m 23 and had a liver transplant in September so these words come from my heart, from my experience and I KNOW them to be true. May God hold you and your family in His strong and entirely capable hands. My prayers are for you, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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171 Kelley Harold January 7, 2011 at 3:25 am

Patty’s zip code is incorrect above. It should be 37877. (I live in Talbott, too.)

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172 Becky January 7, 2011 at 4:16 am

Dear Edie…every one of those tears you have cried has been collected by the One who loves you higher, wider, deeper and fuller than our human minds could comprehend…He collects every tear from your cheek…the same cheek that He knit together in your mother’s womb all those years ago. He saw the ugliness of this hate-filled world and He came and made a way…He had to become the way and thus He is the Way and the Truth and the Life…and He knows the plans He has for You for a hope and a future…almost three years ago my precious hubby was in a bad car accident on his way to work in which he broke his neck. Twenty minutes before the accident I had stood at the livingroom window and prayed over Allan – pleading the blood of Jesus over him. Days later as I was “scolding” God I asked Him why he let this happen and He answered me so very clearly…”Satan meant to take Allan’s life…I drew the line of how far he could go and I set my angels right there on that corner and around Allan” and God Himself was in that vehicle- and long story short, Jesus did a huge miracle…two cervical breaks and a displacement and two surgeries, plates, screws etc….and Allan is NOT paralyzed…scarred, but living…God is here, in time with us and simultaneously outside of time…I pray He comforts you beyond words or human understanding….love, your sister in Christ, Becky

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173 Leslie@Farmfreshfun January 7, 2011 at 4:25 am

Happy New Year Edie. Praying for comfort, hope, energy and new JoYs for you in your next year. I can only imagine how exhausted you must be by the day to day (and sick kids) and plans ahead. I wish I could wrap you in (((hugs)))! Virtual chicken soup, minky blankets and bunny slippers sent… I know that you will use all your FAITH and Five Hour Energy drinks to reInspire us all. You are such a beacon of God’s Love in blogland. If WE could be there to help you feather your next nest, we would! Instead, we are praying. Every. Day. Thank you for showing us how to live and reflect God’s love!
xoxo
Leslie

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174 Design It Chic January 7, 2011 at 9:45 am

I just read about Eddie on Alison’s blog and I just wanted to wish a very joyful Birthday to Eddie! She is such a brave woman and from what I read she has touched so many lives, so I must say Eddie, even tough I don;t know you you are a true child of God and His love has been seen through you! My heart and prayers goes to you and your family and hope He’ll guide your through this quest of finding your home again! Happy Birthday, Eddie!

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175 Nicky Cahill January 7, 2011 at 10:44 am

Dear Eddie,

I came across your blog, after following a link on Darcy’s, in the Spring, your blog brings the Papa’s light to so many, more than we may ever know. Over here in Ireland, I have been inspired and encouraged by your words. Thank you for blessing me.

I write at this sad time to let you know you are held in the thoughts and prayers of this Irish girl. Whilst there seem to be no words that humanly could bring comfort at this time, words are all we have; because without words there is a darkness.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

Papa God, I ask that you draw close to Eddie & her family at this time, and wrap her family in your arms of love, hold them close to you in a warm embrace, let them know that you bring light our of darkness, let them know that their tears are okay, that you collect these tears, and you will comfort them, fill them with your hope for the future. Spread your wings and let Eddie and her family nestle there safe in the love you give. Spirit completely surround them, be at their left and right, front and back, over and above – protect them and pour your soothing oil onto their heads and hearts. I thank you for Eddie and how she has touched so many people with her life, and her faith in you. I thank you Father that she and her blog are carriers of your presence, and through her you have touched so many lives. Edie I have a picture of a rainbow for you and your family, a huge gigantic rainbow, the full circle and inside are you and your family, may the colours of God bring you comfort at this time like the phoenix you too will rise from the ashes, and you will bring these colours of God to many many lives. Father give Eddie and her family rest, seal your love and peace into them as they slept, bless them and keep them, make your face to shine upon them and give them peace. Smile over them God and soothe them with your songs. I ask in Jesus name, Amen.

with love,
Nics

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176 Twyla January 8, 2011 at 12:29 am

Message to Edie: You don’t know me; I don’t know you. Your story is all over and like everyone I am saddened and inspired by it. What can I do for you? I am not religious so I cannot pray for you. But I feel compelled to do something for you. My workplace burned down on Christmas day two years ago now. They rebuilt and believe they strengthened the community of employees by doing so. It does not compare, but there is a smidge of understanding those moments when you want to go get something only to realize that its not there anymore. Everything experienced builds character; especially the tough ones. Maybe people are asking you alot what you need. I won’t. Tell me something instead that you just simply want; that I as a stranger can give you and your family.
Best wishes

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177 Heidi January 8, 2011 at 8:46 pm

This is the very first time I’ve visited your blog and as I was reading I found that I had chills. Chills for your story…so incredibly sad….chills for your faith…so incredibly strong…and chills for your friends…so incredibly awesome. May God bless you through this.

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178 Angie January 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Edie,
You are an inspiration to me. Maybe because of your deep love for Jesus, Maybe because of your deep love for literature, C.S. Lewis, and schooling your kids. Maybe because of your tourqoise kitchen, Anthropologie bowls, and vintage aprons. Or your Minnesota connection– my former home sweet home. Or maybe because I, too was a physician (Peds) who laid down my stethoscope to stay home with my kids, and can’t believe I started homeschooling them. Whatever it is…I meet you each morning with a cup of coffee, and enjoy your honesty, your zeal for life, and your journey as God’s child. My heart aches for you. But already see how He will shine through you through this brokenness. Thank-you for sharing your heart, and your journey. May you feel God’s love and peace more than ever before. And Happy Birthday.

Angie

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