this is the first word that comes to mind when i think of edie.
last year when i was panicking about blissdom, she and kristi swooped in and wrapped me in a virtual cocoon of comfort through sweet emails and inviting me to room with them. i was still freaking out a bit when i was heading to blissdom – getting out of my comfort zone is really hard for me. making new friends is really hard for me. but i felt at ease immediately with edie. she made me feel at home (even in our hotel room!). she calmed my fears of meeting new people and encouraged me to put myself out there by meeting new people. she brought me sweet gifts (from anthropologie!) and even yummmmmy homemade cupcakes – cupcakes = comfort in my world.
the way we were able to hang out in our room, chit chat like old friends. all 3 of us sitting on our computers and searching through funny blogs. teaching me about techy things like tweetdeck and seo. edie adding blush to my pale face before we met harry. comfort.
and now for the past year i’ve just kept up with edie through her blog. i must admit i’m horrible about leaving comments, but i am a consistent lurker. i glean so much from edie and all she puts out there for her readers. she also homeschools her girls and seems to do it beautifully. i so admire her passion for learning and her love for teaching her girls and caring about their love for learning as well and growing them to be who God created them to be. i find comfort in searching through her homeschool posts and checking out her literature, seeing her schedule, being encouraged that what i’m doing is right. comforted that i’m not alone.
and can i tell you about her style? edie has a style all her own. she layers things you’d never imagine to put together and i look at her and think, “of course that goes together.” she has inspired me to try to think outside the box a little more. her style is spunky and fun and classy – just like her. and her home is just the same. she may have something super ornate with a kitchy vintage fine right next to it and it totally works. there is something so comforting about the beauty of fancy things beside vintage cast-offs – a beautiful place to relax in. not stuffy at all.
tuesday night before christmas edie experienced a horrific tragedy. her house was burnt completely to the ground, and she and her family escaped unharmed (PRAISE THE LORD!) with only the clothing on their backs. lost. everything. i ache for edie as i try to put myself in her shoes and feel what she is experiencing. yes, she lost worldly treasures, but memories were tied to those things. meaning was tied. comfort was tied to them.
but as i imagine myself falling apart in her shoes, edie posts this. she finds just the right words to comfort herself and those of us worrying about her. her perspective is amazing. as said by another friend, “i sit here dumbfounded at her words, saturated with wisdom and grace. her gut-level honesty is raw and so beautiful.” so true. all i want to do is scour stores to find things that scream ” EDIE!!!” at me and send them to her, but she has reassured us that they don’t need anything, insurance will cover their losses, and sweet nearby friends have met all their immediate needs and so much more.
but today is edie’s birthday. and i know that something edie loves more than anything she can hold in her hands are words. words can comfort far more than a couch or a scarf or a favorite sweatshirt ever could. will you join with me and share your words with edie? if you know and love edie and would like to write a post for her – about how she’s affected your life, about a recipe she turned you on to, a craft of her’s that inspired you, something that reminds you of edie – we’ve hijacked her blog and you can link it here. or, if you’d like to send her some comforting birthday wishes, you can send cards to her sister at:
gina williams, 506 helton road, maryville, tn 37804
also, one of her greatest losses were her photos. sweet darcy has put together a flickr pool for edie to start compiling pictures for her. if you have any pictures with edie or her family, PLEASE add them to the flickr pool!
so with that i say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EDIE! may you be blessed by those who love you today, by the many that you have blessed. may you find comfort in the words of your loved ones!