During the last two years at Blissdom, I had the pleasure of meeting Edie. She’s a home-schooling mama, full of faith and creativity. She is loved by many and has a joyous, happy and contagious personality. We are all attracted to her grace and charm and beautiful way about her.
And even though I don’t know Edie all that personally, her loss affects me. I cried when I read that 5 days before Christmas her family’s lake home burned to the ground. Click that link to read Edie’s filled-with-faith words about it all. How can you read about something like that and not have it touch you to the core?
That could happen to any of us at any moment. Losing everything we have. We don’t have a promise that our lives will not be touched with pain and heartache.That’s beautiful Edie on the left with another blog friend and myself at Blissdom last year. I’m looking forward to connecting with a whole bunch of friends again this year in just a few weeks.
I featured Edie’s beautiful turquoise kitchen a couple years ago. It was the talk of blogland. Everyone was ga-ga over it and you can see why. Bold and gutsy move to paint your kitchen cabinets turquoise blue, but Edie pulled it off with panache. She mourned the loss of that beautiful kitchen when they moved last year to the new lake house. They installed a spacious beautiful kitchen in the new house. Edie’s creativity shines all over her home with her sweet family and the way she cares for them. She cooks, crafts, and reads. And she writes some pretty special words.
But, the most remarkable and memorable thing about Edie is her faith. It’s rock solid in times of happiness and tragic loss. In times like this. And that is something to admire. A life full of faith, knowing and trusting that the Lord is going to take this Job moment in Edie’s family and turn it to something beautiful. Yes, indeed He will do that. I believe it for her too. If you haven’t met Edie, please go over and read her beautiful words at Life in Grace. I admire the way she writes. I’m not nearly as fluent and flowy as Edie is, but I hope this expresses a sweet sentiment to her. Please help me remember this family in prayer as they put their lives back together.
And this week is her birthday! So, Happy Belated Birthday, Dear Edie! May the Lord wrap you up in his love and get your family through this tragic loss in the way that only He can do. Nester and friends did a wonderful tribute to Edie and are wishing her Happy Birthday on her blog, so I’m joining the party. Late, but better than never.
Edie, you are a treasure!
Ricki Jill Treleaven says
I have never visited Edie’s blog, but I am sorry to hear about her loss. Her response to it, however, is inspiring. I think it is important for women of faith to share their struggles and perseverance with one another. I can see why you featured her gorgeous turquoise kitchen. It is absolutely beautiful!
Fairfield House says
I’ve been to Edie’s blogs a few times and like you, have always been acutely aware of her strong, abiding faith and love for her family and home. What a tragedy. I can’t imagine the pain and sense of loss she is experiencing. Thank God they are all managed to get out safely.
Richella at Imparting Grace says
I’m sure that Edie will be so pleased to read your post, Rhoda! You’re absolutely right in everything you say about her, and I know she’ll appreciate that you took the time to write those sentiments down. You are always such a kind presence in the blogosphere!
I’ve never visited Edie, but your post is the third one I’ve read since I got home last night. I plan to visit her today. If she’s a blog friend of 3 of my blog friends then I know I’m going to love her too.
Hope you and your sweet hubby are doing good. Tell him I said HI.
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After reading about Edie and her loss it filled me with sorrow, but at least with such good friends and family she could enjoy christmas with her family.
It broke my heart when I heard her house went up in smoke just before Christmas, but I am so thankful that all of her family are safe. She still has her ‘home’, and that will always be a blessing. Happy Birthday to her!
Lana Austin says
I’ve been a faithful reader of Edie’s for over a year, at least. Probably longer. I cried when I read about their house. Her faith has been an inspiration and a challenge to me. We’ve been praying for all of them and want to know if there’s something we can do.
Luciane at HomeBunch.com says
What a beautiful smile Edie has!
I didn’t know anything about her, but I’m going to check her blog later on tonight.
This is very sweet of you, Rhoda!
Happy Birthday to Edie!!!!
Luciane at HomeBunch.com
What a lovely and heartfelt post, Rhoda. I don’t have my blog yet but love to read all of your blogs. I came across Edie’s just recently. My heart goes out to Edie and her family during this difficult and challenging time. I so admire her faith, her graciousness and her spirit. I will keep Edie and her family in my thoughts and prayers. A Happy Belated birthday to Edie.
It’s so wonderful to meet people that you can connect with. Her kitchen is beautiful. Wishing her a belated birthday too.
Rhoda, I have never read Edie’s blog, but I have had quite a few other blog friends post about her loss recently and was so sorry to hear about it. So tragic, but am so thankful that no one was killed in the fire. I want to check out her blog. She sounds like an amazing lady! What a true woman of faith! Love & blessings from NC!
sherry hart says
Rhoda…I read about Edie and her fire on another blog. She must really be a special person from all of the wonderful things people have said about her.