After the Storm:::One Year Later

And after the storm,
I run and run as the rains come
And I look up, I look up,
on my knees and out of luck,
I look up.

Night has always pushed up day
You must know life to see decay
But I won’t rot, I won’t rot
Not this mind and not this heart,
I won’t rot.

And I took you by the hand
And we stood tall,
And remembered our own land,
What we live for.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

And now I cling to what I knew
I saw exactly what was true
But oh no more.
That’s why I hold,
That’s why I hold with all I have.
That’s why I hold.

I will die alone and be left there.
Well I guess I’ll just go home,
Oh God knows where.
Because death is just so full and man so small.
Well I’m scared of what’s behind and what’s before.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair

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32 Comments

  • Lori says:

    That is one spectaculat picture!!!

    • Nita Vandermey says:

      Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us.  I am enjoying reading your blog and there is so much catching up to do!  I shared with you somewhere else in the archives but do not remember where! I just wanted to share this poem that has helped me over the years with many trials and tribulations.  I lost my business to a fire, a quaint little country primitive store. I put so much of myself into making it what it was and had several family antiques as display pieces.
      They were just material things but it hurt greatly nontheless. Heres the poem I have framed hanging in my bathroom,
      A Truth
      A truth I’ve learned with passing years,
      Significant, sublime,
      That all life’s problems
      right themselves
      If only given time.

      Author unknown.
      Peace be with you and your family Edie

  • Susan says:

    Beautiful picture!  I have been thinking of you and your family this week.  Thank you for being such an example to us all this past year.  I am still amazed at the measure of grace God has equipped you with. You have shared so much more than you realize…laying your testimony out for all to see each day. I didn’t know who you were a year ago but I have been blessed by the things you have shared. Plus I am amazed at what you have accomplished in 1 short year.

  • Susan says:

    Beautiful image and music that cuts to the heart of it.  God bless your journey.

  • Kayehaun says:

    Thank you Edie for sharing your heart and your life through the storm…it has blessed me and I know many others! 

  • Melissa says:

    Wow that is an amazing picture! Love that song as well – saw Mumford and Sons in concert this year and loved them.

  • Gina says:

    Wow, what can I say about the photo. God can only create something so beautiful. He has brought you to an abundant place. :)

  • Julie says:

    You’ve had an amazing year of God at work.  Priceless.  So happy you are where you are right now. Merry Christmas!

  • Lisa says:

    I’ve been thinking about you and your family this Christmas week, Edie:  how joyful to be on this side.  Thank you for sharing your heart and being an example of grace and love through your trials this year.  Wishing you a merry Christmas and happy happy year ahead in your new home!

  • Renee Southern Gal says:

    It’s hard to believe all you’ve been through in the last year.  You’ve come through the fire shining like gold, friend.  Thinking of you today and I said a prayer for you.

  • I’ve been thinking a lot about you and your family this week Edie.  It’s incredible to think that a year has passed and that you are now in your new home making new memories.  Sending you love today and for Christmas and a bright and happy new year. xx

  • Anonymous says:

    God is good, through the storm and beyond!  Warm wishes to you!

  • Such a beautiful sentiment for this season of light.   What joy there is in knowing His promises are true, and sure.  Merry Christmas!

  • Alisa says:

    You don’t know me…but I woke up thinking about you and all that God has done in your life this year and it is such a testimony of His faithfulness.  2011 has probably been one of the most difficult for our family…. and one of the most wonderful.  Merry Christmas!

  • Ruth Emond says:

    Edie-you have been on my heart this week. I knew the anniversary was coming up. We, too, have had sadness on this same day. Today is the two year anniversary of my husband’s brother. He was plucked from our lives far too early and left a void within us. You have been such a godly example through your trial and such an encouragement to lift my eyes up to the hill where my help comes from. Thank you for openly sharing your heart and struggles through this trial.

    Hugs,
    Ruth

  • Christy says:

    Sometimes it feels like the grief is so strong it will smother me. I’m sure you know what I mean. I am grateful you have been so faithful to share your beautiful life with us. Thank you for your perspective. Many blessings to you this Christmas.
    Love,
    Christy

  • Tery Hodges says:

    What a beautiful song and very meaningful.  I am new to your blog, honestly can’t remember how I stumbled on to it but so thankful that I did.
    You are an amazingly strong woman and such a role model. Your children are blessed to have you as a mother. Thank you for sharing everything.
    I am always telling my daughters that yes life can hand you a raw deal but it’s how you come out of it that makes you a better person. You are a great example of this.

    Thank you and Merry Christmas. I hope 2012 is full of  everything you want and wish for.

    Tery

    P.S. Your daughters in the Nutcracker are beautiful. You must be so proud!

  • davidandjulie says:

    Truly awesome. Blessed Christmas to you dear Edie!

  • Alyssa says:

    Mumford and Sons is one of my FAVORITE bands, and I’m glad you found meaning in this song like I do when I listen to it :) Hope you and your family have a merry Christmas in your new home.

  • Tara says:

    his mercies are new every morning….I knew he’d get you through that storm.  Merry Christmas, Edie.

  • Gina M says:

    I was thinking about you today. I thought it had been about one year since the fire. You are doing so well, and it will get easier as time goes by. Thank you for sharing your rebuilding journey with all of us. It has been a pleasure to get to know you.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours…

  • Your blog is so inspirational!  It looks like your house came back fabulous in its second life.

  • Nted says:

    Dear Edie…I didn’t know about your blog last year when you had the fire. I know the depth of feelings of gratitude to just still be alive..as
    2 years ago Christmas Eve we survived what should have been the end of 4 lives. It changed us forever. I have been so blessed to see your
    Process of restoration..Indeed He makes ALL things new!!

    Rejoicing with you in this time of His great miracles!!

  • Leanne says:

    i met you a year ago Edie…and everyday since I have liked you more and more. you know you have a beautiful life…you know. i enjoy seeing life through you. thank you for sharing. merry christmas xoxo best wishes for 2012.   i’m Leanne and i rarely use capitals. :)

  • Helen Kamphuis says:

    Beautifully voiced. This poem says it all. Very inspirational but most of all insightful. Thank you.

  • I’ve thought about you so many times this week.  Watching you rebuild this year has been a joy and a wonder.  May your first Christmas in your lovely new home be full of all that’s joyous and bright.  I join you in thanking God for His Son–and for fulfilling His promise to restore to you the years that the locusts have eaten.  Blessings, friend.

  • Laura @BTB says:

    Edie, love reading your blog, thankful for your effort to share your story. There are some folks who are magnanimous. Helping folks along they way, when they don’t realize it, and often in the midst of their own moments of misery. Thanks Edie. for being. Magnanimous. Powered by Christ.
    Merry, because joy is a deep, deep well of merry. & Bright, because the light He brought.. just shines so bright. Thankful for your bright Christmas.

  • Jody R. says:

    Just spent about an hour catching up on your blog. Haven’t visited since March when my laptop died {Ruby, God rest her soul} and I still haven’t figured out how to do an RSS feed on Google Chrome.   I am so glad that y’all are in your new house.  I remember being absolutely devastated to read  about the fire and praying for you guys to find comfort.  Your tragedy caused me to do some thinking and examining.  I won’t go into details, but I just thought maybe it would, hopefully, encourage you that God used this situation to speak to others.  May 2012 be filled with much wonderful memory making in your new house. 
    {a house is made of sticks & stones, a home is made of love alone}

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