I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! My semi-break from blogging has left me with a million posts in my head. Maybe I can transfer them from my head to the keyboard 🙂
It’s always such a treat for us to have our older kids home—at least some of them. I regret that I didn’t get pics of Marcus and Katilin all dressed up. They were so chic for church on Sunday but they changed before they got to our house and then I was out of photographer mode and into southern chef mode.   As usual, we missed Mal, Savannah and Nicholas:(   The kids came in shifts so I made turkey, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs and carrot cake cupcakes on Friday.  THen on Sunday, it was ham, scalloped potatoes,  baked beans, deviled eggs and banana pudding.   Both days we had bread, creamed corn and green beans.   It was a busy weekend!

I just finished Karen’s photography class and Erin Cobb’s Clean Color tutorial for photoshop, I was happy to have willing subjects to photograph. Most of these photos are edited using portions of Erin’s method. I’m still such a beginner at photoshop but it’s a start.

the little girls

Caiti {my graduating senior} and the littles


sisters (edited in picnik by caiti)

taylor and caiti

the girls in their ‘Crewcuts’
I wanted to thank you all for all your wonderful encouraging words and prayers these past few months. I know this hasn’t been a very cheerful, uplifting place to visit but I think I’m on the comeback and I so appreciate your support. I apologize for the notes, gifts, cards, etc that have gone unanswered. It means more to me than you know. I took all your kitchen/pantry advice to heart and I think we have a solution that will work. I’ll share more house stuff soon. Our foundation was poured yesterday—so let the framing begin!

There have been some wonderful podcasts on Issues Etc for Holy Week.   I really liked this one by Arthur Just on the institution of the Lord’s Supper and this one on God, the Great Gift Giver.   Check out their archives for amazing orthodox teaching.

Blessed Resurrection to you!



33 comments on “Home for Easter”

  1. It’s exciting to hear you have a million posts in your head, girl.

    Gorgeous, gorgeous photos of equally gorgeous children/young adults. I don’t have photoshop so I was excited to see Caiti had edited that photo in Picnik. I recently paid for a year’s subscription after using the free stuff for years. Tell her she has inspired me!

    I wish I was part of your family so I could eat at your house! I’m not even going to tell you what we had for Easter. It was pretty pathetic. I did manage a carrot cake, though.

    Can’t wait to see what you did with all the house plans advice.

  2. Beautiful pics of your beautiful kiddos! So good to hear you’re feeling like coming back–that means you’re healing. Blessed Easter season to you and yours, the season of renewal. He is risen!

  3. The blogging community is just not the same without you. I’m so glad you feel like you’re making a comeback!
    You have a beautiful family. Your girls are going to treasure those picture of them together when they grow up!

  4. Welcome back Ms Edie! Your photos are beautiful as are the subjects. I always love the muted colors and pastels of Easter. I have painters in the house today working on the master bedroom suite so I am thinking of you and you love of paint and color! They are using Ivy Lane (http://www.benjaminmoore.com/bmpsweb/portals/bmps_en_ca.portal?_nfpb=true&_windowLabel=sidebarportlet_1_2&sidebarportlet_1_2_actionOverride=%2Fbm%2Fcms%2FContentRenderer%2FselectSideBarArticle&sidebarportlet_1_2np=public_site%2Farticles%2Fapplication_article%2Fapp_colorExplorerTool&sidebarportlet_1_2isNonSecure=true&_pageLabel=fh_explorecolor_ca&cd=523&col=CC) and Dried Parsley (http://www.benjaminmoore.com/bmpsweb/portals/bmps_en_ca.portal?_nfpb=true&_windowLabel=sidebarportlet_1_2&sidebarportlet_1_2_actionOverride=%2Fbm%2Fcms%2FContentRenderer%2FselectSideBarArticle&sidebarportlet_1_2np=public_site%2Farticles%2Fapplication_article%2Fapp_colorExplorerTool&sidebarportlet_1_2isNonSecure=true&_pageLabel=fh_explorecolor_ca&cd=522&col=CC) both by Benjamin Moore.
    So excited your new house is coming along. I will have to get the info on your builder to add to my list, assuming you love them. I still have hopes of moving back to TN to build our dream house in the mountains.
    Your post is making me crave some good southern cooking! Creamed corn AND scalloped potatoes chased by carrot cake cupcakes? Have mercy!

  5. what lovely photos…i’m glad to hear that your easter was full of love and refreshment…it’s good keeping ‘tabs’ on you to see each step of this comeback journey…thanks for sharing.

    stuff and nonsense

  6. Our dry roast lamb and veggies pales in comparison to your Easter feast! I am so glad that you enjoyed time with your family and that you have a solution for the house – I can’t wait to see.

  7. So excited to read all you’ve got in store. Nice work with the camera. It takes such time to learn and I am always inspired with photography. Need to take a class myself. Welcome back!

  8. Your photos are lovely, one of these days I will take the time and learn to polish my photos.

    Edie, I think I can speak for many of your readers when I say we don’t come here expecting to be uplifted. We come as your friends hoping with the click of each opening post we find your spirits lifted higher than the time before. I see from this post God’s grace has lifted you a little higher again. Prayers continue to go up for you and your family as you heal and rebuild.

  9. I”m always so glad to see a new post by you! I’ve had a hard, trying past year or so – and I have so identified with your journey! You’ve been in my thoughts quite a bit. Know that prayers have been reaching up for you from Utah!

  10. I’m lovin’ the girly photos and your editing. Wow, I’m going to have to look into the class. Also I’m blessed to hear you are on the up of the healing process. You dear Edie have been uplifting in ways you cannot imagine. Bless you this week!

    P.S. Enjoy the smell of fresh cut 2×4’s as the framing begins……..I just love that smell!

  11. Oh, DEAR SWEET AND BEAUTIFUL EDIE–The whole blog world has missed you!!! But, we all know you’ve got a million, no, make that a GAZILLION, things on your plate!!!

    Happy Easter to you! HE IS RISEN!@!!!!!!!!!

    I actually thought of you on Easter–we went to a Catholic church (I know, Luther and protestantism is kind of the opposite of Catholicism, BUT…it was SO TRADITIONAL and SO MUCH ABOUT THE CROSS AND SIN AND FORGIVENESS instead of contemporary “titillation”) and I love the larger life lexicon of pure Mystery that is evoked by the images of the Cross, Communion and the traditional liturgy for Easter in such a place. We were in Monte di Procida (google image it–it’s soooo beautiful) with friends and the old church bells rung a note that resonated in my soul (I think I’ll write about that!!!) and the focus on the Cross reminded me so much of your beautiful Christian theology posts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your children, by the way, look so absolutely GAWJUS!!!!

    Well, I’ll let you go–we can’t wait to see updates on the house and your life in general!!!

    Keep hanging in there–you are loved by many!!!!! We continue to lift you up in daily prayer!!!!

    Love/hugs/blessings and turquoise joy,

  12. sounds like easter was a beautiful wonderful weekend event!
    i can’t get over how darn cute the little two are!! beautiful images, all of them edie!!

  13. Yay Edie! Welcome back….I missed you. Love the pix and the dresses….I’ve never shopped at Crewcuts (though I need a new clothing obsession for my 2 girls like I need a hole in the head!) 🙂 xoxo

  14. could they be any more precious and beautiful??
    {learning to play with my pics on Photoshop is on my life goals list. Someday! you done great!}
    congrats on the foundation being poured. How wonderful. Resurrection indeed.

    – {darlene}

  15. So delighted you had such a blessed Easter with your beautiful family! Those little ones are too cute 🙂
    And thank you for posting the podcasts-can’t wait to listen to them tonight before bed. I think “God, the great giver” will be a perfect lesson for a situation i’m wrestling with.
    Blessings to you!

  16. Dear Edie,
    I am thrilled to see a new post from you. Glad to hear that you had a wonderful Easter with your sweet family. The pictures are gorgeous and your children are, too.

    I think of you often. Looking forward to all the amazing posts floating around in your head. Learning Photoshop is on my summer to do list this year. We will see how that goes. My summer to do list is always much longer than it should be. I don’t think I could accomplish all of it in a year much less the few short summer months but a girl can dream. Lol


  17. I’m so glad that you feel like you are making a comeback! I must say that you were a huge reason I started my blog a few months ago. Thank you for sharing your story to us all.

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