During the quiet hours of morning, there is a renegade group of blogging women who are breaking into this Life in Grace. We come, not to steal, but to shower with blessing. And we cross our fingers and toes that sweet Edie doesn’t balk too much at us sneaking in without permission.
It’s been two weeks since Edie’s family lost all their earthly belongings in the house fire. Even as their things are slowly being replaced, we know the greater tragedy is to lose your sense of normal, of safe, and of home. As Edie has so eloquently shared with us, “a heaviness sets in that I worry will be my permanent friend.” Her local friends and family have done so much to provide for their physical and emotional needs over the past two weeks. As her friends in blogland, we feel helpless to do anything that counts.
Since our arms can’t reach, we want to embrace Edie with our words. We figure if words were good enough for God when he spoke the Universe into existence with a let there be, and then there was, they must be good enough for us. Besides, they are all we’ve got, and we pray that the Lord will multiply them and dress them up with love and lightness, directing them straight into Edie’s heavy heart.
Over the years, Edie has written so beautifully about home, about faith, about family and love, grace and books, silliness and food. She has created a home here for us, a place to be inspired, to be encouraged, and to be ourselves. We know you feel the same way. And while Edie sits in a position right now where everyone wants to give to her, we want to take some time to thank Edie for the ways she has given to us. And so we invite you to join us in celebrating this Life in Grace she has so eloquently shared with us. Here’s how you can join in:
- Write a post on your own blog about how Edie has been an encouragement to you. Perhaps you have a specific post she wrote that stands out in your mind, or a story of when you met her in real life. Anything about Edie and this beautiful space she has created here.
- Come back and link up below so she will have all of our words in one place, little image gestures of love and support from all over the country, even the world. Be sure to use the permalink for your blog post.
- If you would like to take that one step further, print out your post and send it to the address below. Also, if you read Edie but don’t have a blog, you can still join in! Simply write a letter to Edie via the address below and Patty will compile them as a keepsake
1815 Pointe Drive
Talbott, TN 37877
We do this because we love Edie. We do this because we don’t know what else to do. We do this because, though fire may have taken the house, it cannot take the home. Because home is Edie’s specialty, her heart, her gift she has made her home in Christ, and we know along with the Apostle Paul that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Oh, and one more thing? Today is Edie’s birthday!