Here’s what been happening on the home front……


I can hardly even believe the response to the book club.

You people are as crazified as I am.

Y’all seem so genuinely excited.  I thought I was the only person I knew who could get so excited about reading The Odyssey.  You validate my nerdiness in the best kinda way.   As some of you know who follow me on Facebook, I’ve had trouble with the email list.  As in, I entered forty thousand (slightly exaggerated) names and email addresses and blog addresses into my system and then my system refused to send the email because there were too many recipients.  I still haven’t figured out how to send it because I’m a little tech-challenged.

Soooo, my trusty side-kick Nick gave me the brilliant idea of setting up a forum on my blog so that we’d have a place to discuss and ponder our deep and brilliant thoughts on Odysseus.  It’s a stroke of genius.  Y’all are gonna hate me because I don’t think I’m gonna get the email thing to work but hopefully you’ll forgive me when you see the coolness of the forum page.  The bottom line is—joining the forum is how you join the book club.  At least for now!

If you click in the menu bar on lifeingrace forum, you’ll get to the main page.   I’ve created a forum for homeschooling, faith and bookclub so far and will add more later.   If you click on book club and then ‘getting started with the odyssey’ and then ‘the lost art of reading’, you’ll be able to read the first email.  You should also sign into the forum so you’ll be able to participate in the discussion.  I’ve linked to an article there from the LA Times, written several years ago, called The Lost Art of Reading and it’s a fascinating article about how, as a culture, we’ve lost the ability to slow down and contemplate real ideas and thoughts because we’re so saturated with soundbites and tweets and urgent (but often irrelevant) information.  I think it’s a good place to start as we begin a  journey of reading often difficult  classic works.  I’m working on a video blog full of reading tips for the Odyssey so maybe I’ll finish it this week.  If you want to be a part of the book club, go ahead and purchase The Odyssey and get started!  We’ll discuss it in increments beginning the second week in September.

Cashier’s Showhouse

In other news, my friend Angela, from The Painted House, invited me and few other bloggers to her cottage home in the Blue Ridge Mountains to do a tour of the 2012 Cashiers showhouse and to do some shopping and antiquing in Asheville.   I’ll be spending the night Friday night and visiting the house on Saturday.   Asheville is one of my favorite corners of the world so it should be lots of fun.  If you live in the area, you can buy tickets to the house on site and I can email you directions.   There’s more info here on Angela’s cottage website about the tour!  Thanks, Angela!!!!

God Bless Texas

By some lovely turn of fate, a wonderful group of Lutheran bloggers have taken me under their wing and raised me as their own.  We’re headed to Texas in September for a weekend of Lutheran Awesomeness and by that I mean—-cowboy boots, country line dancing, BBQ eating,  antique-shopping, cocktail-drinking  along with  lots of food, fun and fellowship.  Y’all do know how much I love Texas, right?  The home of George W , Friday Night Lights,  big hair, big belt buckles, and  cowboy boots.    I can hardly contain the joy.   In preparation, I’ve been practicing  The Boot Scootin’ Boogie.   Then, because my friends are so awesome,  they sent THE most adorable teaser in the mail……

Thank you Adriane and Lauren and Kellee! I can hardly wait.


I love my chickens.  You can call me Ellie May if you want and I won’t even be offended.   But look at how productive the little buggers are.   We’re up to 4-5 eggs a day!  It’s simply a beautiful thing.  The daily ritual of finding eggs every day in the nesting boxes is priceless.  We let ours out to free range a few hours in the evenings and granted, they make a mess of the mulch.  But it seems a small price to pay for happy, healthy birds.  They follow me around and try to ride on the golf cart and have been known to make a mess of my flowers.   Other than a few minor annoyances, they are so much fun to have around.

In other news, we started school this week and I’ve been working on a ginormous post about our curriculum and goals for the year.  Hopefully, I’ll have the stamina to finish it.


::I was blown away this weekend by this post by my friend Denise.  She lost her grandson in a terrible accident and I love that she’s starting to use her gift of writing as part of the grieving process.  Please keep their whole family, along with the Winstead family in your prayers as they continue to face new ‘firsts’ without their little boys.

::My friend, Patty, never ceases to amaze me with her writing and photography.  She has such a beautiful way of seeing the world and is perhaps the most thoughtful woman I know.  I’m so blessed that she’s my friend.  I got the sweetest card in the mail from her today—the highlight of my week!  Thank you sweet dear:))

::My friend, Ruth, is coming to visit us next week with her two precious littles.  Ruth and I met at Blissdom and I’m not sure if she realizes how much her story has touched me.  I’m so thankful for her and can’t wait to see her again.  She wrote a beautiful narrative of how we met that blessed me so much.

So much more to share but so little time to blog.

Hope y’all are having a beautiful August!



p.s.  Two more things:  1)I’ve sorely neglected lifeingracegirls this summer so if you’d like to guest post there, please email me and we’ll get it going again!  I may have to start begging you:)

2)  I’m planning an open house on a Friday very soon (in the next two weeks) so if you live in area and would like to see the house, drink some good coffee and visit awhile, keep your eyes peeled for more info!


21 comments on “Lifeingrace Forum and other things I’m thankful for…….”

  1. I’m so jealous you are going to Texas with Adriane and her sisters, right? I need to be taken under all y’alls Lutheran wings and mentored 😉 Have a fabulous time and can’t wait to start working on Odysseus again. It’s been a long time – college long – and we won’t talk about how long THAT has been!

  2. Whoa!! There is a lot going on at your place. I sure to wish I lived in the area because I would love to come and visit. Sit a spell on that beautiful porch, take in all the loveliness that surrounds you and be blessed by your Southern hospitality. I look forward to your homeschooling post with all your goals and plans for this year. Texas will be fun and I can’t wait to hear all about it when you return. How wonderful!!!
    Your eggs look fabulous. I guess your chickens are quite happy in their home.

  3. You’re living it up, Edie! Love it all! We can’t wait to have chickens on our new Franklin farm! I love how much you adore Texas. It will always be home to me.


    PS – I did a classics book club with some women a while back. I’m that kind of “nerd” too. 🙂

  4. I had the same problem with our church’s email prayer list. I split the names into two different lists and it worked fine.

  5. Have you seen this? I know it’s meant for children, but for a very timid adult reader, this might be a less-intimidating place to start for reading classics….just a thought…(and I meant this as tool for your use, not in conjuction with the book club…one thing reminded me of the other, is all that was…)

  6. Hi
    I am new to reading your blog but am so excited to be here. I would like to join the book club. I am buying my copy of the book today! I love books, and I love to read!!! I have two little girls 9 and 2 yrs old. I am trying to instill the love of reading to both of them too. We have 5 chickens…. I know the chickens part is not a big deal buy we live in a residential neighborhood and think of ourselves as Urban Farmers. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog posts!

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