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I have a hunch we’d be friends in real life.
If you’re like the women who I’ve come to know and love in this community, you’re my people.
You love your family and  you love the work God has called you to do.
You somehow manage to do it all with grace.
But you struggle too.
Like me and so many of us here, you wonder if you’re doing enough.
Or if you’re doing it the right way.
Or if  you’re really using the gifts God has given you to the fullest.
You sometimes struggle to know and believe you are loved.
And on the hardest days, you wonder if you are really living the life they were called to live.
 Sometimes you wonder if there’s some elusive something you’re missing out on.
I feel like I know you so well because I often struggle with the same things.

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I fight for joy and peace and a sense of purpose.
I sometimes wrestle with lofty words like calling and purpose in the midst of meals
and laundry and mundane everyday life.

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And I’m addicted to laughing and having a good time!
I created this space for us.
And I hope you’ll find some easy solutions to everyday stress.
But more than that, I hope you’ll leave here more sure of who you are what God made you to do.
I pray that you will find words of hope and love here—
words that cover you and reassure you, words that challenge and inspire you,
words that place you right back into your own life
ready to serve and love your people well.
I also hope you laugh here.
And I hope you leave with a renewed sense of what it means to really see
and really care for the person right in front of you.
Life is hard enough.
Let’s be a healing salve for our people, let’s point them to the One True Healer
who gives us purpose by first loving us
and then giving us people to love.

 And then let’s make cupcakes that sparkle just for the sheer joy of making someone smile.

Let’s lavish love & pour out kindness

e v e n if no one else does and even if they call us crazy.

I even wrote an ebook about this Jesus way of hospitality and would love to get it to you. It’s free!

Click here to download it!

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And my new book, a spiritual memoir, called All the Pretty Things is available for preorder.  It’s my story of fatherlessness and the relentless love of a God who rescued me.
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And speaking of being loved and cared for, let talk about soup. It’s my favorite thing way to love my people.

And they’re always hungry.

 

(I call myself the soup whisperer, so really, let’s make soup!)

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The truth is, I’m so honored you’re here.

It’s a privilege to welcome you in.

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Some other things you might want to know?
 I am a Christian writer and the author of the newly released book
called All the Pretty Things—a spiritual memoir of loss and redemption.
I quit my job as a family doctor 8 years ago and have
and their amazing power to heal & renew our bodies and minds.
Most days now you’ll find me  at home,
running a business or two,
getting lost in classic books, listening to podcasts
while I juggle too many projects to count, and
anointing everyone who will let me with essential oils.
(It’s awkward but an Appalachian medicine woman’s got do what she’s gotta do.)
I’m obsessed with art and design, all things Texas, banjo music, cowboy boots, colorful, quirky home decorNew Year’s resolutions and Southern-ness,
and making my peeps sing karaoke and do photo booths with me.
I have to entertain myself somehow.
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I leave you with these words of blessing.

I am so glad that you have come.

I will pour out everything inside me so that you may leave

this table satisfied and fortified.

Blessings on your eyes.

Blessings on your children.

Blessings on the ground beneath you.

My heart is a ladle of sweet water, brimming over.

The Red Tent, Anita Diamanti

May God bless you with every good and perfect gift.

114 comments on “About”

  1. I wanted to thank you for the Anita Diamanti words you posted. They are just beautiful and something I would frame in my own home. Do you mind? THANK YOU for a lovely post & blog I visit often!

  2. I found your blog through my mother-in-law and I am blown away by your writings of the joy and frustrations of being a mother. Just what I needed 🙂

    I am a young mom facing the everyday mothering challenges and always wondering if I’m doing anything right. I’ve been second guessing my decision to home-school and through reading your posts, I am encouraged.

    I was home-schooled and it was terribly boring. But it doesn’t have to be that way! I’m now encouraged to search for my own teaching style and to make it fun. I’m new to this and have no idea where to start. Are there any books you recommend?

  3. Edie, I’ve only just found your blog [through my daughter] and it is just so good to read about women who love our Lord and raise their children in His Word. I find you very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Hi Edie,
    I can’t even remember which tentacle reached out and grabbed your blog, but I can tell this is a place to which I will frequently return!
    God bless,
    Judy

  5. I love that you took the time to be “real” here. It is so easy for other women, mother’s, wives to be tempted to compare themselves to people they don’t even really know and then be left feeling inadequate. I think it is so important to be real with people, letting them know that i am sinner in desperate need of Jesus Christ every day, all day long and that the only reason I live the life I live is because of God’s grace….not to us, but to Him be the glory.

    keep blogging, keep being real and keep sharing from your heart…
    …what comes out of our mouth is an overflow of our heart.

  6. Hey I just found your blog and I can’t wait to start reading your posts!!! I’m your newest follower and I think your blog is simply adorable!!!!!

    I’m off to read some more posts 😀

    Jami

  7. Just like hanging out here this Saturday morning with you and your beautiful turquoise and red themed blog! You have a lovely way about you!

    Following you now on Twitter!
    Found you through Emily @ Chatting At the Sky,

    Blessings,
    Stacey

  8. Edie, I Googled “what’s wrong with Beth Moore” which led me to your blog about her work and IMHO, you hit the nail right on the head. I am in the middle of the study on David, who is definitely a hero second to Jesus. I am not familiar with any of her other works. Anyhoo, I’m glad I found the blog because you helped me sort through my thoughts and realize that I’m not wrong for not being as thrilled with the study as others seem to be. Its not all bad, but its a little off-center for me and again…what you said! So, nice to meet you – I’m a 53 year old married Lutheran, sinner-saved-by-Grace grandma who rides her own motorcycle. Ragamuffin

  9. so jealous… love your blog name. I came across your blog for the first time today, and so glad I did! Excited to see what the Lord has done for you…. blessings

  10. Edie, I don’t know you but I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. I’ve watched as you’ve made the transition into your new home and felt your obvious joy and pleasure in making it yours. I am heartbroken to read that you’ve lost the home. I can’t imagine how you and your family must feel. I am grateful for the faith that will sustain you through this tragedy and want you to know that I will pray for healing and give thanks for your safety.

  11. MAY THE GOOD LORD BE WITH YOU DURING THIS MOST TRYING AND DIFFICULT TIME ….. I HAVE NEVER SPOKEN TO YOU HOWEVER I CAME ACROSS YOUR BLOG THIS CHRISTMAS EVENING AND AS I READ ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR HOME ALL I COULD THINK OF IS HOW BLESSED YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND AND CHILDREN ARE TO HAVE BEEN PROTECTED AND SPARED BY THE LORD ……..TRY TO TAKE COMFORT IN THESE SCRIPTURES THAT CAME TO MIND FOR YOU TO GO TO :PSALM 31:1-3,14-15 …..PSALM 46:1-3, 10-11 …….JOHN 14:27 …… ROAMNS 5:1-5 …….PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 ……. ALSO IF YOU GO TO http://WWW.CROSSROAD.TO…….. THIS IS A GOOD WEB SITE TO TAKE COMFORT IN SOME OF THE ONLINE BIBLICAL STUDIES (THE STUDY ON THE ARMOR OF GOD IS GOOD )…….TAKE CARE, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND YOURSELF IN THE WORD OF GOD AND I WILL PRAY FOR YOU PROMISE .

  12. From your prayer on todays post, I could tell you were Lutheran. I just had a feeling… I am too.
    I’m so sorry for your loss and will be praying for your family today. Everything works for good…

  13. From your prayer on todays post, I could tell you were Lutheran. I just had a feeling… I am too.
    I’m so sorry for your loss and will be praying for your family today. Everything works for good…

  14. Thanks for sharing your heartbreaking and yet heartwarming story of your tragic loss…heartwarming in that we see the goodness of God, His grace and His provision in our time of greatest need. May God bless you as your family rebuilds. You referenced Job in your retelling. I think of how Job’s end was greater than his beginning…
    God Bless,
    Bryan

  15. You and your family are in our prayers. May God go before your face and may you truly feel him on your left and on your right and feel the presents of His angels bearing you up. That is His promise to us in these times of great tragedy.

  16. Thank you for continuing to share your story with us. You and your family are in our prayers! This blog has been such an inspiration to me and I hope that you find comfort in the lives that you have touched that are now rallying around you in prayer!

  17. Edie — I am in disbelief today as I just learned of your news. We’ve never met, but I’m a stay-at-home mom in Wisconsin who loves reading your blog and being encouraged not only in my parenting but also my faith. You have so many gifts, and it appears that God has allowed you to use them to reach so many. May you feel His arms encircling you during this unfathomable time in your life. We live in a broken, sinful, fallen world, and so unthinkable tragedies like this happen. It must be horrible. I cannot pretend to even imagine. But the GOOD NEWS is that’s not the end of the story. God is God over ALL. I have to believe He has an even greater plan for you and your family, and I cannot wait to see with you what it is. And finally, though you have lost a physical “home,” may you be able to revel at some point in the grace of a Father whose home is ETERNAL and filled with MANY ROOMS, prepared just for us at the appointed time. I will be praying God’s will for you and your family, along with comfort and healing as you reluctantly walk the path laid in front of you. Love and blessings always. Jennifer Hafele

  18. So very sorry to hear of your loss, heard about it on 320 Sycamore. Let us know if there is anything at all we can do for you. God Bless you.

  19. I just want you to know that you are doing everything right. Our dear friends had a very similar experience a couple of years ago when they too lost their home to an explosion and fire. We watched with them as their family, friends and community blessed them beyond anything they could have imagined. They had the same feelings you are experiencing, gratitude, loss, love, more gratitude and some despair. Over time they were left only with gratitude and love. Those other feelings left them as they rebuilt their lives. They once said to us that it was only a house, they still had everyone, so their home could be anywhere as long as they were together. You will get through this and you and your family will be stronger for it. Think of the blessings brought to others because they could be instruments in the Lord’s hands on you behalf. Keep your faith and a good sense of humor, love one another, and best wishes to you and yours for a Happy New Year. Mary Blackwell Alberta Canada

  20. You are precious. I just happened upon your blog tonight. Funny, I was cleaning up from Christmas…feeling overwhelmed at all the “stuff” and wishing, briefly, that I had a bigger house and that it was more organized. Then the Lord led me to your blog. I love that song by Nicole Nordeman… a sweet reminder that our contentment is not in anything but Him. Praying for you.

  21. I was led here by Minnesota Mom, who linked to your blog. I’m so sorry for your loss–know that you and your family are in my prayers. I’ll be a regular reader now—always thrilled to find other Lutheran bloggers.

  22. I found your blog thru the “Nester”. My heart breaks for you and your family having just lost your house to the fire. My what a beautiful view. Hopefully you will be able to rebuild and go forward. We just had tornado’s come thru our community (just outside St. Lous). Many of our neighbors had damage and some complete loss.

  23. Came across your lovely blog through a friend. Your insight is amazing in your hour of night, Tis but a season, and you have navigated it well, beyond words! I guess that’s what a foundation can do, praise GOD. God bless you, I have learned so much in reading your recent posts, and you’ve reminded me of an old friend…C.S. Lewis.

    I do remember Job had a happy ending, take care, you are in my prayers.

  24. May God bless you and your family!! I can’t even begin to imagine the awful tradegy you have endured!! I am praying for you and that with each passing day you find peace. God Bless You Edie, you are such an inspiration!!!!!

  25. Just recently found your blog~ You are an amazing woman!! 😉 I am so sorry for your recent loss. I look forward to hearing what God has in store for you this new year! Hugs, Rachel Noelle

  26. Wow, Edie! ~ I just came over for my first visit, directed by none other than the lovely ‘Layla’ herself! 😉 Anway, as I read this post, I can hardly type through the blurry wells in my eyes. Your words touched me to the core. They spoke SO much to who I am, and I could relate in every way. Especially to that last paragraph of how ‘real’ life is some days at home! 😉

    Since I am new here, I am also just learning of your loss, and I am so sorry. It’s clear your relationship with God is strong and personal, and as you continue to lean on Him, He will see you through. It certainly causes one to pause and reflect on how blessed we really are, and on how uncertain this lift on earth really is. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    I have been so touched by my first visit, that I will surely be back and look forward to ‘getting to know’ you more. I also look forward to joining with others to lift your family up before the Father during this difficult time. Hang in there and God bless! <

    Hugs,
    Tanya

  27. thank you HIllary for turning me on to this great blog. Prayers for your healing during this trying time. God is great all the time…we just have to sit back and let him do his thing.

  28. thank you HIllary for turning me on to this great blog. Prayers for your healing during this trying time. God is great all the time…we just have to sit back and let him do his thing.

  29. I just found you. I am humbled. I am brought to tears. I am inspired. The way you are handling this is amazing. I can’t imagine how heartbroken you must be. I have been looking at the pictures of your beautiful home and I am so so sorry. There are no words for me to give to a perfect stranger to comfort you other than God Bless You. Your faith is wonderful, your children are precious. My prayers are with you.

  30. I just stumbled upon your blog and it is great! Please know that you and your family are in my prayers as God guides you all through this time. He is AMAZING in what He will do in the days to come!

  31. My heart aches for your loss…I can’t even begin to imagine what you’re going through, but know that you’re in my prayers. God is so great, I know he will bless you tremendously, even through your great loss. Cyber HUGS to you sweet Edie.
    Missy

  32. i found your blog from a friend on facebook. the week of the fire. my heart aches for you and i am SO beyond inspired by your courage. your words. the ladies who have come together to support you and your seemingly effortless grace through this whole process.
    thank you so much for being out there. for having this spot in life and for begining to teach ME how to see my life-in-grace.
    all my love,

    amber dorsey

  33. I found your blog about a week ago through blog-hopping. I am praising God and thanking Him that your family made it safely through the fire. You are so inspiring, a strong woman of faith and sound like just plain fun!! Thanks for sharing your life with us. I’m a 48 year-old-young wife, mother of 5 sons, and my husband and I homeschool our kids also. I’m not very computer savvy, but I know how to blog-hop. lol. glad to have found you.

  34. I came across your blog when I was looking up buttercream frosting! How beautiful (both the cake you made and your blog)! I’ts inspiring, and I am glad to have come across another mother who shares creativity and faith!

  35. Have loved “sharing” with you today. Discovered you via the “lent” post provided by a friend. You’ve energized me in more way than one.

  36. The secret of family happiness Loving GRACE!!! : ) Thank you for the sweet water : ) “Trusting God to restore” ( Isaiah 1:18)
    Thanks Edie “Let it shine” : )

  37. i found this site looking for more mug rug ideas, i really have never understood what blogging was, but now maybe i do. i have been laid off from work i have been trying to find something i can sew and sell from home. i have soooooo many interests including cooking, you simply are talking to us about what we all love, more ideas, i love it thank you sharla

  38. I have just discovered your blog.  I, too, am a ‘retired’ practitioner (I recently sold my Veterinary practice), home now to celebrate all things domestic.  Have you ever discovered a blog that immediately gets you hooked…you just want to spend hours pouring over it, garnering inspiration?  Well, that’s what I have discovered today, and I thank you.  Now, I’m off to spend time between gymnastics class, laundry, dinner prep (you know how it all goes) to be inspired and excited by your Life In Grace.

  39. I just found your blog thru The Nester….I’m in awe….I have 5 kids and started blogging about family life , home, etc…now I want to shut down…lol!!! No, really this is fabulous!

  40. I stumbled across your blog today and I’m so grateful. Love your story and your site is beautiful and inspirational. I’ll be visiting a lot!

  41. I’m not sure how I landed in your blog (probably a site on Pinterest or something that my pinkie accidentally hit… happens), I’ll call it fate, but I have so enjoyed reading about your life. I am working on setting up my own documenting page and I have a question…did you design your site or have it done? Any suggestions for a barely literate pc user is appreciated! Thanks

  42. LOVE your blog and also LOOOOOVE your friend’s home.  I don’t guess there is any chance ya’ll live in Texas..Arlington to be exact?  I’d pay her to decorate my home in a New York minute.  I could basically move into her home w/o changing a thing…you both are sooooo talented!

  43. O my goodness.  I’m glad I found your blog this morning.  I love REAL people.  And you have such a heart… I, too, feel like I’m on the same journey as you, with my four almost completely grown children,  and multiple animals,  and my wonderful, almost perfect, albeit unsaved, husband.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts and heart… 

  44. I realize I’m late to the table on this particular blog entry…but it fed be well, nonetheless.  Blessings you gave to me and blessing I wish you right back…even these several years later after having written this particular entry.  -Gen, Kentucky.

  45. Just found your blog through someone’s pin on Pinterest.  Love, love, love it.  You are a kindred spirit for sure.

  46. Wowza, just found your blog and LOVE IT.  Have been homeschooling for more or less 11 years and would have given a kidney for your schoolroom. Wow, my kids would have loved it. I will be spending a lot of time here!

  47. Glad I found you!  The boot story very funny, so I got to share mine.  Last fall, when the riding boots became so very popular, my husband was having coffee at Starbuck (we call it that) he saw a woman wearing hers.  He called me (I am a rider of horses) and asked: “you might know this girl, she is wearing riding boots and looks like this.”  I laughed, honey 80% of Atlanta women are wearing them now it is a fashion fad!   He actually thought she was a horseback rider (then I must know her) and never noticed any other women wearing them boots before! 

  48. I used to follow your blog on my cellphone a while back until it decided to delete all of my bookmarks. I think about your blog all the time and about the home you were building. The only problem was that I couldn’t remember the name of the blog. I originally found you through another blog. =) I decided tonight to look again for you and typed “blog homeschool fire craft” in a google search and your blog was the 7th one down the list. I’m so excited I’ve found you again. It’s going to take me a while to catch back up though! =)

  49. I came across your blog, and “really” you use words like God….. Faith…. then you turn around and call yourself a goddess and use the word darn, I really don’t understand that, but I will be praying for you and your family.

    • Haha what is wrong with darn? LOL it’s like saying heck or sheesh 🙂 also she is a southern girl and I’m pretty sure the word darn has to do with knitting socks or something of that sort 😉

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  51. I too am blessed. Our miracle is our son and his delivery from meth. And it is a miracle. With the amount he had been doing, he should be a vegetable or dead. He is writing gospel music and plays most weeks at the Biker Church in our town. It makes me cry every time I hear him play and sing.

  52. Wow. I just want to thank you….for your heartfelt words of honesty and for speaking the words of my heart (I do not thank you, however, for making me cry this morning LOL!). You’re right. It is ALL about grace. I actually just got my first tattoo err a couple weekends ago and this is what it says “By Grace” right there on my right wrist. It has helped serve as a constant reminder of His unfailing love and totally undeserved grace. That word has become my lifeblood…my answer to everything. I see it threaded and carefully knit through the fibers of my very existence. It is all that sustains me…the reason I am saved. Thank God for jos precious gift of grace because I could never earn my way to heaven on my own merit or “goodness” which is just plain ugliness outside if this very grace. I just went through a class at my church called “Being real” which included crying and struggling through a book called The Cure. (truefaced.com) I highly recommend this book to everyone! It is a very short book but it is not for the faint of heart haha! I feel so blessed this early morning to have stumbled across your blog….it was a God thing, to be sure 😉 He always knows exactly what we need. I feel you and I may indeed be kindred spirits…sisters of the heart. I look forward to getting to know you better as I continue to read through past blogs….so far I have only read your little personal bio page LOL! Be blessed today!

  53. I enjoy your blog. I especially liked your series on hospitality. Quick question, do you really have 8 children? The picture on your about section there are 5 and in the info you mention 3 additional adult children.

  54. Hi, Edie!

    Found you in BH&G January 2013 issue! Your blog sounded like it was named by a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, and I was right! God bless you and your family–and I loved the BH&G article, too!

  55. Hi Edie
    I just found your blog through an article in Better Homes & Gardens magazine. I was drawn by the name of your blog and so I had to visit! Though we no longer have children at home, we have been blessed with 11 grandchildren. I was so blessed to read your testimony and will visit your blog often. May the Lord continue to bless you on your journey.

  56. I just found you through “Cardigan Way” and praise the Lord I did. I love your blog and find your faith, love, and humor inspiring and humbling. Thank you. Just want to say I think you are amazing. I will continue reading your blog now…

  57. Edie I am so glad I came across your blog. You have been a breath of fresh air on a cold, dreary winter’s day. The Lord has truly blessed you with the ability to inspire and encourage others to embrace and enjoy the life He has so abundtly blessed us with.
    Keep on doing what you do. It works and it has encouraged a tired, weary soul today.

  58. I am so excited to read your blog! I also am a homeschooling mama of four and a family practice physician. I do work some prn shifts and haven’t felt a full release from medicine yet, but am primarily home. Thanks for sharing your journey! Soooo inspiring!

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    ng my homeschooling calling will be as great as yours. Thanks for the inspiration.

  61. I am a recently retired granny, 70 yrs old, having some fun visiting former homes, people we love, doing some road trips. I am looking forward to more time with family, learning more painting processes (chalk paint, especially), and perhaps creating my own blog. Getting my Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate may now be on the back burner… time to be more creative. We are so thrilled to read your blog. Blessings to you and yours! 🙂 Love & hugs.

  62. Edie,
    I stumbled onto your blog after reading about closet clutter solutions on Ruth’s site, Living Well Spending Less. What a blessing! Love, love, love your faith, unfailing grace and your ability to keep it all real ~ just like a good Southern Girl!! You are very inspiring and I will definitely be back (and send others your way :)).
    Blessings to you and your precious family,
    Deborah

  63. You said you have four kids but you are seen with many more and mention three grown ones not in the photo. Did you marry someone with kids? Is your husband Mexican? I am from TN also….just curious. Really like your blog.

  64. I don’t blog and Life , in it’s perfect way, brought me to your blog. What nourishment for body and soul. AND a graceful bridge for living . Thank you.

    The quote from The Red Tent took my breath away.

  65. I found your page by searching for photos of blue kitchens – your projects are lovely! Love the Red Tent quote and especially love the photo of your kids surrounding you planting kisses on your sweet face. The look of happiness and contentment is beautiful.

  66. Hey Edie….. I cam across your blog purely by “chance” as I am researching marble for benchtops in my home here in Australia. I too lost my home 5 months ago to a house fire. Thankfully our family escaped ….. Although my husband was very badly burnt. We saved all our pets ….. I feel that this experience has the suspicious fingerprints of God all over it……And this has been an incredible adventure. Will now be following your blog …..thank you.
    Jeanette.

  67. Hi Edie,

    I found your podcast EXTREMELY enlightening! It couldn’t have come at a better time for me! How incredible! And, thank you! Thank you so much! I will be visiting much more often!

    Much Love and Thanks,
    Michele

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