House Fire Story

While at Blissdom this weekend, I met some great new friends and I’ll tell you about them soon.  They discovered that it was very hard to find and read about our fire story on my blog so this is a compilation of posts that I wrote in the days and months after the fire to make it easier to share the story with those who may be going through a similar devastating loss.   We hope you find some encouragement and hope in our story.  I’ll add a link in my sidebar so that it’s easy to access.  And just so you know, I’m so exhausted from Blissdom that I can barely function.  I’m too old to line dance and then get 3 hours of sleep.  Way too old.

Mercy Made Flesh

Send Some Rain

The God of Promise  (the account of the fire)

The Problem of Pain

For Edie, with Love

Turquoise Hope

You are Mine

It’s All Just Stuff?

The Divine Humility

I’m Still Here

Bend it Broken

Not Alone (the demolition of the site)

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  1. Grace. Faith. Belief. Fear. Sadness. But, Jesus. Healer. Hope giver. Father. Author of life…anew.

  2. I just wanted you to know I prayed for your family during this whole process. It was wonderful to see your amazing testimony unfold in the face of such loss. I read your blog all the time, yet rarely comment… I just wanted to “de-lurk” and let you know you have inspired me with your grace and faithfulness.

  3. Seriously?!  Cute story-I followed your blog way back when then I had a baby who had health issues and I missed out on a lot of my favorite blogs. Paige Knudsen and I were talking and I was telling her how excited I was for The Pearl event. I told her how presh I thought you were and she says that you are from my neck of the woods and I’m like, “No she isn’t”, she’s from some place way cooler. That night I am on your blog until 2am trying to figure out exactly where you are from. I can tell you are close but I couldn’t find where exactly. The next day your post is about BEAN STATION! Finally after all that work the night before, you spell it out for me! THEN- I was trying to find the post about the turquoise chair and couldn’t find it and today you put it right there in front of me! Love it! 
    Can’t wait until The Pearl Event! I’m gonna have chill bumps the whole time!
    Jill from Knoxville

  4. Click on the heart! Sheesh. I have tried commenting on your past few posts. Never ever dawned on me to click the dang heart. (I DID fall off the turnip truck!)

    Glad you had a ball at B-dom. And I love that you put all of the story together here. So redemptive, E.

    One more thing: I almost texted you late last night to say that Cory and I listened to two Issues podcasts on Friday night. Partay! But seriously, that was our fun. I thought you might appreciate it, but in the end, I decided it wasn’t text-worthy enough. 😉

  5. It’s funny that I just clicked on the birthday post for the first time in a long time today.  Then I read “It’s All Just Stuff?”  I’m glad you put them all together so they are easy to find.  I can’t wait to hear about Blissdom!  Line dancing…yay!

  6. Sweet Edie~your story is one that will inspire so many to look to God in the midst of pain.  I know that you will touch so many lives not only through this blog but also through speaking about your experience.  I am so sad that I can not attend the Pearl event and meet you and hear you speak.  🙁 !!


  7. Oh Edie…………
    You are such a rock!!!!!  An adorable ROCK!  I’m looking forward to reading thru your whole ordeal.  God sure gave you a dose of “LIFE” didn’t he?   I love strong women!
    BTW, if I can line dance at 63………surely you can do it.  Giggling helps.  YOU GO Girl!!!!!!  Get those boots a’movin!!!!!
    What a wonderful voice you have………………………sheer enjoyment.

  8. Thanks for reposting…I have cried my way through your story…you are a rock and a perfect example of a  Godly woman!

  9. Thank you for bravely sharing your journey, Edie! I’ve spent the past few days reading, praying, digesting, considering, and praying again. I found you through Pinterest and have been captivated by the Lord’s love through your most difficult days. Thank you!!!

  10. Came to your blog today from Perfectly Imperfect. I remember your house fire story when it happened…. And I’m just wiping tears away as I re-read it. You’re a strong woman!

    I pray that you have a blessed Christmas.


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  12. This is my first time visiting your blog and I am sitting here in tears. I can relate to your house fire posts. I lived in Long Beach, NY last year during Hurricane Sandy. While my husband and I were lucky enough to be renting an apartment on the second floor of a house and didn’t lose any of our “stuff”, so many people in the town, including my sister lost everything. It was heartbreaking to walk around the neighborhood and see people’s lives out by the curb and the looks on people’s faces as they dug through their possessions in hopes of salvaging anything they could. My husband and I just bought our first home last month and I can’t imagine how hard it would be to lose it all. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  2. […]  Finally, I’m a big fan of Edie at Life in Grace.  She has a lovely home that was built after her other home was lost in a fire a few days before Chris….  Despite such a tragic loss, she continued to praise God.  She sought out joy, and didn’t […]

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  4. […] the world through her eyes.  I love  that she works hard but also guards her margin. After our house fire in 2010, she made a video for us that I’ve watched over and over again and has been such a source of […]

  5. […] So, welcome to my online home. I am thankful that you have come. I hope you will find here some inspiration and encouragement for your own journey. Stay awhile and I’ll make some coffee and we’ll sit and chat in my favorite room of the house, the screened in porch. An introduction wouldn’t be complete without telling you about December of 2010. Our lives drastically changed, 3 days before Christmas, when we lost everything but a turquoise chair in a devastating  house fire. […]

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