My Not-So-Pinterest Life {and a memoir giveaway}

by Edie Wadsworth on July 1, 2014

I met Emily in person last year at Allume.  I’m pretty sure she’s part angel.  I know you’ll love her, too.  I am honored to welcome her to the blog today as she launches her memoir Atlas Girl into the world.  I continue to be in awe of people who tell their stories with courage and compassion.  Bless you sweet Emily on this special day!  

Making a home

The cookie jar is empty.

The laundry, piled six loads high on the dryer and the boys won’t sit through homeschool. I didn’t sleep well last night and I haven’t had my coffee and all I can think about is needing to make those cookies. Because what kind of mother doesn’t have cookies in her cookie jar?

I am constantly failing Pinterest’s Martha Stewart standards. I don’t have a chalkboard with tonight’s menu on it — goodness, I don’t even have meat thawing, and it’s day-old Chinese for lunch. Again.

I’m rushing the boys, yelling, taking my pent-up mother-guilt on them, forgetting that home is not a casserole or color-coded towels or clean toilets.

Home is mommy’s arms, is Daddy wrestling with his sons on the floor, is a stack of board books piled precarious on the coffee table because your two-year-old is addicted to building towers.

I don’t have to be a great housewife in order to make a home. It’s not about my casseroles or my manicured lawns; it’s about my state of heart, and unless I am filled with peace and joy, my home will feel distant and cold.

Home is sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor and pulling your boys to you with tears in your eyes and begging them to forgive you for getting stressed out over an empty cookie jar.

Because your life is beautifully full.

And you sit there for a while, a tangle of arms and hearts.

It’s taken me 33 years to find this place with the broken doorbell and the dirty door mat. I traveled the globe searching for it. Because we’re all, deep down, searching for our Father’s house—our eternal dwelling.

Home is a place for the broken to break bread. And in my traveling I learned the comfort of a cooked meal, of a welcome mat at the door, of family’s open arms, and when my Mum got sick with brain cancer I returned to take care of her and found God at her bedside. In the eyes of a woman who homeschooled me, who baked bread every week, who made home for me.

How about you friends? Do you feel the pressure to keep your cookie jars filled, your floors squeaky clean, your laundry neatly folded and put away? Can I say something to you, if you do?

Stop! Stop, and rest. Because friend?

You are more than your clean floors. You are more than your folded laundry or your stocked shelves. You are more than the role of Mom or Homemaker or Wife. You are a woman. You are an intricately designed creation woven in your mother’s womb, whose hairs are counted by the Maker of the Universe. You are loved.

[box] Our lives are not Pinnable. They’re messy, with peanut-butter fingerprints and toy cars and runny noses. And you know what? They’re perfect.[/box]

Because in the end, it’s the family that makes the picture, not the frame.

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My memoir, ATLAS GIRL, is releasing this month, and I am excited to give away THREE copies today. Just leave a comment below to win!

From the back cover:

“Disillusioned and yearning for freedom, Emily Wierenga left home at age eighteen with no intention of ever returning. Broken down by organized religion, a childhood battle with anorexia, and her parents’ rigidity, she set out to find God somewhere else–anywhere else. Her travels took her across Canada, Central America, the United States, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. She had no idea that her faith was waiting for her the whole time–in the place she least expected it.

“Poignant and passionate, Atlas Girl is a very personal story of a universal yearning for home and the assurance that we are known, forgiven, and beloved. Readers will find in this memoir a true description of living faith as a two-way pursuit in a world fraught with distraction. Anyone who wrestles with the brokenness we find in the world will love this emotional journey into the arms of the God who heals all wounds.”

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Click HERE for a free excerpt.

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I’m also giving away a FREE e-book to anyone who orders Atlas Girl. Just order HERE, and send a receipt to: atlasgirlbookreceipt@gmail.com, and you’ll receive A House That God Built: 7 Essentials to Writing Inspirational Memoir an absolutely FREE e-book co-authored by myself and editor/memoir teacher Mick Silva.

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ALL proceeds from Atlas Girl will go towards my non-profit, The Lulu Tree. The Lulu Tree is dedicated to preventing tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s mothers. It is a grassroots organization bringing healing and hope to women and children in the slums of Uganda through the arts, community, and the gospel.
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Emily T. Wierenga is an award-winning journalist, blogger, commissioned artist and columnist, as well as the author of five books including the memoir, Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look (Baker Books). She lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and two sons. For more info, please visit www.emilywierenga.com. Find her on Twitter or Facebook.

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{ 145 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Holly Badger July 1, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Thank you, Edie and Emily, for a wonderful reminder that Mommies (especially the stay-at-home ones!) are so much more than the chores list we have for ourselves! My 3 kids are out for the summer and after reading your post today, I am going to pack them up and we will do something fun as a family, to truly appreciate the gift of rest that God has given us in the way of summer break!

I would LOVE a copy of Emily’s book! Thank you so much for all your inspiration!

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2 Emily Wierenga July 1, 2014 at 3:37 pm

I LOVE this Holly… you are such a good mama. Bless you! e.

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3 Dynise July 1, 2014 at 1:37 pm

I need to read this book. I am very hard on myself when it comes to keeping the house and work responsibilities up.

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4 Emily Wierenga July 1, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Oh friend–you are not alone. May you continue to find freedom and grace…. Bless you, e.

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5 Sheila July 1, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Wow – your life has been interesting! As the mom of a two teens trying to walk the line of balance between letting my kids grow and providing structure and rules, your mention if rigidity is especially interesting to me right now.

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6 Emily Wierenga July 1, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Yes, I can only imagine dear Sheila… May you find strength and wisdom on this mothering journey, friend! e.

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7 michelle h July 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm

can’t wait to read this one!

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8 Abby July 1, 2014 at 1:46 pm

This is the reminder I needed today that my family needs me as I am, not the perfect version I wish I could always be.

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9 Carrie July 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm

I am gearing up to be a single parent in the near future and really needed this reminder about what is important for me and my children.

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10 Emily Wierenga July 1, 2014 at 11:31 pm

may grace go with you dear Carrie…

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11 Kristin July 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm

That description was so poignant. Thanks for reminding us that we all have those days/months/years!

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12 Rhega July 1, 2014 at 1:54 pm

I didn’t cook dinner last night and wrestled the guilt all night. I fed them but I did so by picking something up. I decided I needed a break. It felt good and bad all at the same time……only mom’s know that feeling. Would love to read this one.

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13 Crystal July 1, 2014 at 1:58 pm

This sounds like a beautiful book! I look forward to reading it.

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14 KL July 1, 2014 at 2:03 pm

I wept when I read this. I had spent the morning pondering what is “good enough” for myself, my family, my home, and then read this post. Today is a good day to focus on that which has meaning in my life.

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15 Emily Wierenga July 1, 2014 at 11:29 pm

oh KL, I ache for you sister! You don’t have to be good enough. You just have to love, friend. Bless you!!

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16 Melissa July 1, 2014 at 2:11 pm

I’m already in tears. I would LOVE to read her entire book!

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17 diane July 1, 2014 at 2:18 pm

always trying to find god
in every face i see
every smile
every frown
these help make me part of
humanity

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18 Emily Wierenga July 1, 2014 at 11:33 pm

beautiful, Diane…

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19 Holly C. July 1, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Beautiful. . . “It’s taken me 33 years to find this place with the broken doorbell and the dirty door mat. I traveled the globe searching for it. Because we’re all, deep down, searching for our Father’s house—our eternal dwelling.”

Though I haven’t traveled the globe, and have spent a few more than 33 years on this spinning rock, I have long felt this search for my Father’s house. . .

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20 Cindy July 1, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Well written! Would love to read the book!

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21 Sarah PInault July 1, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I am so glad that voices like these are becoming so prevalent. We are not simply the sum of our crossed off to do lists!

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22 Karen July 1, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Not sure I can wait to try and win this one:)) I want to read it now – sounds wonderful!

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23 Suzie July 1, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Can’t wait to read this book!

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24 Lauren July 1, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Phew… this was right to me today. I get so caught up in how everything isn’t perfect… Need to stop and be thankful and choose to let things go a little. Excited for your book, Emily! Would love to win a copy, but I’ll order one if not ;)

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25 Emily Wierenga July 1, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Thank you so much Lauren! I really appreciate it, friend! Bless you, e.

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26 maria July 1, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I so agree with you, Emily must definitely be part angel, like you! Thank you for
the opportunity to win anything that she has written!! I definitely see the Lord in her words! I so enjoy your blog too!!

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27 Michelle July 1, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Looks like a wonderful book – thanks for the giveaway! The idea of ‘home’ being not quite what you expected is exactly the topic for me these days. Blessings to you both!

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28 Jessica July 1, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Such sweet words of grace to a Mom of two young boys who has been trying to get just one chore complete with little success today. :) Thanks Eddie and Emily!

As a Mom, friend to many Moms, and professional counselor (to many a Mom) at a Church, I would welcome the opportunity to get my hands on this book. : )

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29 Alyce July 1, 2014 at 2:58 pm

This is awesome! I just wallowed in the floor with my two teens. Sometimes you just gotta let go and have a little fun!

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30 Ingrid July 1, 2014 at 3:03 pm

What a timely post! I have piles of laundry, piles of bills and tons of Pins telling me it should all be different. Hank you for reminding me that my life is more than those chores- my life is the people I love and the joys we share. I’d love to read Atlas Girl and would love to win the book! Thanks for the giveaway and for introducing us to a another interesting, thought-provoking author!

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31 Mandy July 1, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Thanks for being real and sharing your heart. I would love to join you an this journey through reading your book.

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32 Myra Freshwater July 1, 2014 at 3:24 pm

BEAUTIFUL!!!

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33 Maggie July 1, 2014 at 3:26 pm

This is such a fantastic post and a great reminder that our children will remember us, the time with us and things we do for them and with them and not really how clean the house was during their childhood. I look forward to reading your book!

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34 Alanna July 1, 2014 at 3:27 pm

i am a full-time working mom and wife and praise team leader — and i read this post while sitting at my desk and now eyes brimmed with tears… thank you! a perfect reminder that every good thing in us comes from the Father… and that he will never put more on us than we can handle.

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35 Emily Wierenga July 1, 2014 at 11:54 pm

yes, sweet Alanna, amen…. Jesus’ yoke is easy and his burden is light. rest, friend.

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36 Jillian B July 1, 2014 at 3:28 pm

This is definitely a book for me! Can’t wait to read it.

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37 jodi l July 1, 2014 at 3:50 pm

What a great giveaway. I think i need to read this book!!

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38 Kim July 1, 2014 at 3:53 pm

I am a wife and mother of three incredible children. I’am at the point in my life that I should be considering retirement. My husband is in a wheelchair and unable to work so I’m the only income and I also take care of my dad who is in a nursing home. My life is busier now than ever. I struggle with the house not being clean or dishes not done or dinner not on the table. We as women were not made to do it all. I need to learn what rest and relaxation is. Resting in the Lord is my first step. Thank you so much for “listening”.

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39 Emily Wierenga July 1, 2014 at 11:57 pm

my dear Kim, you have so much on your plate–I pray God will help you find that rest, in the corners of your day, in the crevices of each hour. I pray he will give you strength as you serve, sister. Bless you, e.

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40 Melissa Martin July 1, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Emily’s story sounds like a story you will not be able to leave behind when the last page is read. Cannot wait to take away something of value after reading her story.

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41 alison July 1, 2014 at 3:57 pm

I would love to read this!

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42 Candace July 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Love this so much! And would love to read it!

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43 Jamie B July 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Thank you for being transparent and letting young mothers like myself benefit from the roads you have traveled.

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44 Kim July 1, 2014 at 4:12 pm

This book sounds wonderful! What a “true” heart!

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45 Sherri Len July 1, 2014 at 4:26 pm

What a beautiful guest post ~ thank you Emily and Edie!

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46 Nancy July 1, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Whoa, sounds like a great read!

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47 Mindy July 1, 2014 at 4:38 pm

I am loving the exerpt I have read here so much – how wonderful it would be to read the rest! Thank you for the entry and prayers for your book to reach many.

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48 Holly July 1, 2014 at 4:54 pm

This book sounds absolutely lovely. If I don’t win it, I will be buying it. Thanks for sharing.

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49 Tammy July 1, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Sounds like an amazing book to read. Exactly the kind of book this pastor’s wife needs to read. Our family isn’t perfect and I don’t need to try and make it look like it is. Thank you for offering your book to us!

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50 Heather July 1, 2014 at 5:01 pm

THANK YOU!!! Ever since I have discovered your blog Edie, it has been a blessing!!! Please keep doing what you are doing because it means so much. You’ve encouraged me in more ways than one and I just really appreciate your words at this point in my life!!! And thank you for sharing Emily’s wonderful words too! I so needed to see that today. My to do list is growing and I have no idea where to start but that’s ok! It’ll get down! Thank you ladies and God Bless!!!

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51 Erin July 1, 2014 at 5:09 pm

It sounds like a beautiful book- would love to read!

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52 Amanda July 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm

This is just what I needed to hear today! I’m so hard on myself and need to understand my value just as I am to the lord. Thank you!

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53 Stacey Meredith July 1, 2014 at 5:58 pm

I’m sitting at my island at 5pm straight up with all the ingredients for dinner still in individual bags and packages feeling like a failure for not being able to “get it all done” today…and I clicked on your blog. Like a cool breeze in the middle of hot and humid Memphis summers, these were welcome words that have refreshed my soul. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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54 Jeannine July 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Yes, I needed to hear that!

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55 Southern Gal July 1, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Emily’s heart is beautiful. I love that most of the blogs I read are giving away her books! If I win, I’ll be able to share with a friend or the church library. ;)

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56 nina July 1, 2014 at 6:21 pm

wow! I’d love to read this!

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57 Amanda July 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Emily’s book sounds wonderful…and familiar, at least the beginning of the story.
The video wouldn’t play for me. :(

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58 Charla Balogh July 1, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Beautiful and Amen! Would love to win a copy of the book but will be reading it either way!

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59 Gretchen July 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm

What a breath of fresh air! Can’t wait to read the book!

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60 Jill July 1, 2014 at 7:37 pm

I would love to read this, and pass it on to my girls!

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61 Erin July 1, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Today after stressing about work, my boss begging me to work unpaid overtime, my husband trying to clean the house and keep in my good graces while trying to look for a job like the one he lost in May, and my two children knocking on my office door asking if it’s time for swim lessons, squeezing in two doctor appointments for one child, the reliable car starts making a very loud noise which I’m listening to as I idle in the driveway, open the garage door to hear the spring break and cables snap–this is exactly what I needed. I need the reminder to take a deep breath and step back. I have a healthy family, a happy family, and while the car, garage, and the custom orthodics will set us back, life goes on.

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62 Erica July 1, 2014 at 9:18 pm

I follow Emily’s blog and love her writing. Excited to read this book!

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63 ashley July 1, 2014 at 10:08 pm

would love to read this!

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64 Emily July 1, 2014 at 10:54 pm

What encouragement! I’d love to read your book.

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65 dana July 1, 2014 at 11:00 pm

stop, rest, slow. the repeating words of my year. because doing it is HARD. But necessary for my boys. For me.

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66 Rachel July 1, 2014 at 11:07 pm

This is so encouraging – as my bathrooms are dirty, toys are everywhere and dishes are still in the sink. My baby girl was sick tonight and just wanted me to hold her – and I’m glad I did instead of doing all the other “things”.

I would love to win your book – I read the exerpt and am so intrigued!

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67 Amy Jackson July 1, 2014 at 11:09 pm

My favorite friend gave me The Nesting Place (from Edie’s recommendation:) for my birthday. I just finished it, and Atlas Girl sounds like a great next read. I can’t get enough reminders that I am still an OK person without realms of perfection! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

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68 Rachel July 1, 2014 at 11:19 pm

A much needed reminder today. Thank you. Just got my two year old down and I am taking a break before I start digging out my kitchen floor from the piles of toys, water, towels, and life that happened in there today. Gotta get ready for tomorrow! It starts all over again but maybe I can meet the day with a little more grace. Thank you.

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69 nancy July 1, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Love the sound of your book. :-)

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70 Heather July 1, 2014 at 11:38 pm

Oh my, if this wasn’t God speaking to me, I sure don’t know what that would be!
As I end my day reading this, thanking God for these words I am realizing this is the third message on this topic God sent me today! My to do list is long, my laundry piles big, my floors are dirty…it is summer & I want to spend every blessed moment with my 4 little school aged people in ways that make us smile…I want to hold them, laugh, play, just be with them…the other stuff, it does not matter! Thank you Emily for your reaffirming message tonight. I cannot wait to read your memoir! And by the way, if I am filling the cookie jar, its gonna be while my sweet kins help me do so!!!! Life is way too short!!

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71 Annie Rogers July 1, 2014 at 11:40 pm

I would love a copy of this book. It sounds like a book I need to read right now.

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72 Lori July 2, 2014 at 1:28 am

I think I am stressing over the cookie jars these days while trying to juggle house, mission work and two thirteen year olds in homeschool. Your post is stirring something deep but unspoken. I look forward to reading your story. Thanks for sharing & being a blessing to others…

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73 Kim July 2, 2014 at 7:38 am

This is beautiful! These words are exactly what I felt as a young mom. I tried to keep things in perspective, but there was always that pull to “do it right”. I thoroughly enjoyed my two kids. Recently, our 18-year-old set out on a journey similar to Emily’s. Our home is much like the one Emily grew up in, and now I am trusting God to help our child write her life story HIS way. So far, it’s an ugly horror story. How I need to read a story of restoration, Emily’s story of finding God in all her wanderings! As I seek to daily keep my eyes on God, I pray for my child to be covered by the blood of Jesus as protection from Satan. My child, a Christian, has lost her way…temporarily. Although I grieve…heavily…moment by moment…To God be the Glory in all things!

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74 Lindsay July 2, 2014 at 8:03 am

Boy do I ever relate to that!!

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75 Tina July 2, 2014 at 8:27 am

Can’t wait to read it!

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76 sally July 2, 2014 at 8:29 am

I wish I had this book thirty years ago! Finding peace can be the hardest, can’t it?

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77 Tammy July 2, 2014 at 8:41 am

I just read a devotion by Emily on proverbs 31, then I jump over here to see her again. Never heard of her until today, but I will definitely be reading the blog. Would love to receive this book. God bless…

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78 Michele July 2, 2014 at 8:47 am

Yes, yes and YES! I can’t wait to read this.

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79 Deanna July 2, 2014 at 8:50 am

Love love love to win a copy of this book!

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80 Chrystal July 2, 2014 at 8:51 am

Sitting here on the brink of tears with 4 littles and trying to homeschool in the midst of what feels like a chaotic mess, and feeling like I’m not enough for challenge. Thank you for this reminder to embrace the beauty of just being their mama. I would love a copy of your new book too. Thank you for sharing your story.

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81 becky j July 2, 2014 at 9:42 am

Thank you Edie and Emily…as a mom to three teens I ask myself if all of the investment over the last nearly 22 years even had “weight” – I needed to hear these words today! The Lord bless you gals!

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82 Ginny@RandomActsofMomness July 2, 2014 at 10:24 am

As the mother of two active sons, this post resonates with me. The book looks terrific — I’d love to read it.

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83 Amanda @ The Bay Bush July 2, 2014 at 10:34 am

Would love to read the book!

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84 von July 2, 2014 at 11:06 am

sounds like you certainly have a story to share….would like to read it and how you came to have a ministry, too.

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85 Dara Miller July 2, 2014 at 11:39 am

Oh I would love to win this book…Need it . Awww. :)

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86 Melissa Waterson July 2, 2014 at 11:48 am

Oh how I need to read this book!!!

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87 Katie July 2, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Yes. Relating (a little too?) whole-heartedly to the intro about sitting with my boys on the kitchen floor with tears… been there already this morning. Looking forward to reading AtlasGirl, whether I win or not!

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88 Shawna Ford July 2, 2014 at 1:14 pm

I’m reading this through tears. Perfect timing and powerful words! Thank you :-) Looking forward to the book!

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89 Angie O'Keefe July 2, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Love the truth of this post. Would love to read the book.

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90 Virginia July 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Beautiful words! I would love to win a copy!

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91 Brandy July 2, 2014 at 2:47 pm

I’m adding this to my reading list! Beautiful post!

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92 Camille July 2, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Wow. Powerful words, Emily! I can’t wait to read this. Can we all agree to have cereal and popsicles for dinner so we don’t have to clean the kitchen but go catch fire flies instead? Love. :)

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93 Andrea July 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm

I can relate to this on so many levels and would love to read the book!

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94 Jenny July 2, 2014 at 4:24 pm

I would love to read this book!

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95 Raina July 2, 2014 at 5:03 pm

I could use this book.

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96 Kate July 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Home has been one of my favorite concepts for years! This looks like a beautiful book. Thank you for sharing your story!

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97 Shelli July 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm

The excerpt is just lovely, can’t imagine the book in its entirety. Thanks for sharing!

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98 Jackie Robinette July 2, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Beautiful. Thanks for the reminder.

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99 Julie H. July 2, 2014 at 9:50 pm

It sounds like a wonderful book!

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100 Erin July 2, 2014 at 10:10 pm

wow! i want to start reading this now. as i sit here and type this, there are toys strown thoughoutout the living room, dishes that need to be put away, and sewing that i want to get done. i am a person who constantly sets unrealistic deadlines for herself, and loves to have the house picked up, but the reminder that those things are not important couldn’t have been more timely. shutting down now to go love on those that make me wife and mama.

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101 Lori July 3, 2014 at 6:54 am

Beautifully said. Love the encouragement!

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102 Kristie July 3, 2014 at 8:12 am

thank you, I really needed those words today! I strive for perfection in our home and honestly, it’s unattainable: the floors will always be dirty five minutes after mopping, there will always be a spoon in the sink…it’s called living.

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103 Katie July 3, 2014 at 10:29 am

Oh wow. . . This really hit home for me. I needed to hear this and would love to read more!! Thank you so much for the opportunity!!

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104 Jenna July 3, 2014 at 11:33 am

This sounds like a wonderful book, and I can’t believe I haven’t heard of it yet! Thank you for sharing with us, Edie! xo

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105 Claudia J July 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm

I could really use this book. My perfectionism has caused me lots of undue stress for years!

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106 Becki @littlemrssevenonesix.com July 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm

So refreshing…thank you for this post.

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107 Michelle July 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Wow! Moved to tears…..this hits me at home, because I was/am that mom that finds comfort in the full cookie jar, well planned meal and tidy home. I am approaching the empty nest, and have found myself filled with so many regrets as I realize that I would like a “do-over” button, in order to parent so very differently. I pray that this book will find it’s way into the hands of those that will be touched and changed for the better. Can’t wait to read it myself!

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108 Kate July 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm

I would love to win a copy of this book. I think God would really speak to me through her. Thanks for sharing your life with us, Edie! And thank you, for the chance to win.

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109 Catriona July 3, 2014 at 6:07 pm

This woman’s story intrigues me – I would love to win a copy of her book!

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110 Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek July 3, 2014 at 7:39 pm

“Our lives are not Pinnable. ” Love this! Life ISN’T pinnable! And I know this, because i have 3 and 6 year old boys!

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111 Lydia July 3, 2014 at 11:42 pm

This looks like an intriguing read. Thank you for the giveaway!

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112 jane July 4, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Thanks for sharing Emily’s guest post, and a chance to win her new book.

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113 Holly July 4, 2014 at 3:18 pm

As a mom/foster mom and wife….I often catch myself believing the lie that I have to do it all and do it all perfectly. I am comforted by your words and look forward to reading your book. Thank you for writing it!!

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114 Meredith A July 4, 2014 at 6:33 pm

I would love to win this book!

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115 Southern Gal July 4, 2014 at 8:01 pm

It makes me so happy to know you two know each other. Emily has always inspired me with her words. I imagine this book is going to continue the tradition.

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116 s July 5, 2014 at 5:47 am

This book looks amazing. I need inspiration right now!

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118 Missy Tindall July 5, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Sounds like just the book I need to read!!

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120 emma {from my little pink couch} July 6, 2014 at 8:50 am

Shew … I need to read this book!!!! Like pronto!

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121 deirdre July 6, 2014 at 8:31 pm

This is a must read for me right now! would love to win!

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122 Anne July 6, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Emily, thank you for the needed reminder that home is not a place, but the people we’re with; and our ultimate home is with Christ.

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123 Cynthia July 7, 2014 at 9:19 am

Your message is for all moms, of all ages…whether you have toddlers at home or kids with toddlers of their own. Thanks!!

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124 Julie B July 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Whether I win or not…I think I will buy the book. But let’s hope I win ;)

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125 Amy U July 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm

I love a great read! This sounds wonderful…thanks. :)

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126 Becki @littlemrssevenonesix.com July 7, 2014 at 11:22 pm

I look forward to reading this one! Thank you so very much!

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127 Kara July 8, 2014 at 2:30 am

Just. Beautiful! And very timely. As I read this post the floor needs to be swept, a mountain of laundry needs to be folded and put away and there is still another mountain just waiting to get washed. But I’ve a full day planned with my girls tomorrow and they need a mother who will be patient and loving and enjoy them in good times and in bad. So maybe I should lay my head to sleep… Know when to fold. (Yes, pun intended).

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128 Lisa July 8, 2014 at 7:24 am

I would love to win this! Amidst my own brokenness, it’s a comfort knowing I’m not alone.

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129 Penny July 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Wow! Why do I constantly need to be reminded of this? I know spending time and being with my children is the most important thing I can do, and yet it is so easy to get bogged down by others, and my own crazy expectations! Would love to read the rest!

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130 Veronica July 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm

loved what you wrote, thanks for sharing. It is good to hear that others feel the same as I do dometimes.

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131 Jan July 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I have this book on my pinterest book list! Would love to read it and pass it on!

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132 Liz July 9, 2014 at 8:02 am

Would love a copy of this book

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133 june July 9, 2014 at 9:21 am

I have been that over doing it kind of mom, and see it in my daughters. I pray for them often to change the cycle. Would love your book.

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134 Heidi July 9, 2014 at 11:10 am

Thanks, Edie, for ever expanding my books-to-read list.

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135 anissa July 9, 2014 at 2:16 pm

This made me run upstairs, tell my girls to stop with their chores and go outside and enjoy the summer day!! Sometimes, okay a lot of times, I forget my worth is not measured by my clean house and everything in it! I needed this today…thank you!!!

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136 Kahra Gilley July 9, 2014 at 3:42 pm

I SO WANT TO WIN THIS BOOK!!!

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137 JenO July 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Beautifully put, especially for this working mom, who serves and serves, and wonders if I am not serving my family because of the dishes that in my sink and laundry piles in my hallway. I run out the door to my “big time” job and run home to curl up with my baby boy. We read books and play games and snuggle every night. Thank you for helping me to feel less guilty about investing in the most important things now.

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138 Salena July 10, 2014 at 2:01 pm

I’d love to read this book!

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139 debbi July 10, 2014 at 8:06 pm

sounds like a great book! Hope I win a copy!! God bless!

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140 jami July 10, 2014 at 10:43 pm

I moderate a facebook fanpage for homeschooling moms. Some days I just want to weep for the ridiculously high standards they are failing to meet. I’m an old lady (almost 50) and have been led by the Lord to let that stuff go. I often pray they will find the importance of “home” in homeschooling! I’d love to see more of your book.

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141 Elissa July 13, 2014 at 12:10 am

Ah! I am fighting this a lot especially this week. I’ve been a bear… and not a mother bear. The tasks seem more important- cause if I don’t do them, well then other things happen because I didn’t. It’s a viscous cycle. I know I’m supposed to sit and cuddle- or as another blog said- be kind. But I am ragged… and so are my words and actions. Thank you for posting this blog. I needed it.

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142 Cindy Hancock July 13, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Emily, thank you for allowing us to read the excerpt from your book. I was deeply touched by your life and struggles, but saw hope and can’t wait to read more! I would love a copy. Thank you, also, to Edie for introducing us. You both are wonderful at putting your heart out with pen and paper. Blessings, Cindy

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143 Sabrina July 13, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Beautiful reflection on the messiness of motherhood! And it’s okay too!
I would love to win a copy of your book…

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