comfort

this is the first word that comes to mind when i think of edie.

COMFORT

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.

but…

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!

Comments

  1. 1

    such lovely words lindsey.

  2. 2

    i heard about this last week! I could not even imagine what they must be going through, but thank god they are all safe & unharmed! That is the best gift ever!!

  3. 3
    Kimberly Dial says:

    Until now, I did not know Edie but your words have made me feel as if I do. Beautifully written! Thinking of & praying for Edie & her family.

  4. 4

    I have been to her blog a few times and found her so inspiring. What a good friend you are. And what a remarkable woman she is. I will be praying for her and her family.

    Krista

  5. 5

    Wow, I cannot get over this. What a tragedy but is she ever living up to the blog title now: life of grace. Thank you for sharing this. I will add this family to my prayers.

  6. 6

    I don’t know her, but what an awful thing to have happen:(( Birthday wishes to her and prayers to her and her family:)

  7. 7

    This is such a beautiful, personal tribute!

  8. 8

    This is so beautiful Lindsey.

  9. 9

    Lindsey, this is beautiful. So heartfelt and lovely–a fitting tribute to Edie! Thank you for writing this.

  10. 10

    That’s a horrible loss!! I couldn’t imagine!! Kudos to her for being so strong!
    Happy Birthday Edie!!

  11. 11

    I’d love to send Edie some of my wonderful clothing finds. Please e-mail me if this would be acceptable, and include her size and any styles she may like. I’m sure she’s being bombarded by Goodwill from all, but one more bombardment wouldn’t hurt. What a sweet tribute to Edie.

  12. 12

    Oh…this is heartbreaking! What a wonderful post for your friend…and honestly this is a perfect example why i wanted to become a part of the blogging community. Everybody seems so wonderful and supportive of each other, in addition to having a lot of fun! I have come across Edie’s blog a few times and have always been struck by her smile. I will definitely check in on “Life in Grace” more often and will keep her and her family in my prayers.

  13. 13

    What a SWEET post! I will be praying for Edie and her family.

  14. 14

    What strikes me the most about all of this is how amazing the Lord is to be able to use technology {and His children} to wrap His arms around His beloved. I love that people become friends through blogs, that there is such a thing as a flickr group for photos to be found and stored and that the world can feel a little smaller. My prayers are with miss Edie and her family and I am reminded of how thankful I am for supportive, caring people and the way they use technology for good.

  15. 15

    Lindsey, dear one-as I read all the blogger posts I feel more &more of what I have missed in not getting to know Edie b4. Since the fire I have pored thru her archives and absolutely love the pix everyone is posting. Bless Darcy for manning the flickr pool, photos always tell more than they appear. There are so many of you i’ve come to adore, and your loving post of Edie only makes me love you more,too. Bless her&her family, and you&all the others for what you are doing to lift her up. -s-

  16. 16

    You bloggy ladies are SO sweet to off such wonderful support to Edie. God is Good!

  17. 17

    That is just heartbreaking! So sorry to hear about what happened to her. But what a testimony of faith!!

  18. 18

    my dear sweet friend lindsey,
    i am just completely in tears at this wonderful outpouring. i am so humbled and grateful for these words, this precious perfect gift of words. thank you so much for joining this ‘party’. you are a dear true friend and i will never forget the memories we shared together. we were brought together for a reason and i am so blessed by your love.

    much love to you,
    xo,
    edie

  19. 19

    you did a beautiful job with this, lindsey. thanks for being a part of it!

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