my edie & what the fire didn’t do

i hadn’t been blogging long at all when i found edie. as many of you, i fell in love with her instantly. her love of her people, her uber cool home with a turqoise kitchen and her passion for the written word drew me in hook line & sinker. she’s such a full package of goodness. she’d share about MAC and her girls, how to cook a slab of meat to flirt with her hubby and her crush on c.s.lewis. ya’ll she’s the homecoming queen of the blog world. i’m not even lying.

i marveled at how she got so much done in a day. homeschooling her youngest and just everything else. i loved how she blogged real life. and i knew she was real & she was good people. you know? i have always respected and cherished the art of transparency. the realness of being who you are at the grocery store and then the same person on a website. i know not all blogs have that ( the let’s share it all approach)  as their goal & that’s absolutely aok. i promise. but i love love love the ones that share a yummy recipe one day, how to buy jeans the next and then the depths of their heart on a random wednesday. that my friends is my edie girl.

late november of 2010 i reached out & asked her to share her day on my blog. just share how she did what she managed to do in the same amount of hours i had each day because goodness gracious i was certain her day must have 6 extra hours.  i posted that on december 2nd. in less than three weeks the unimaginable happened. her entire home burned to the ground.

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i personally consider edie’s story of survival after that horrific event perhaps the most inspirational and powerful real-life beauty from ashes story i’ve ever know…in real life anyways. there’s been times in my life when faced with tragedy i pulled back. it’s the rawest of the raw to share your story while in the midst. 20-20 hindsight & the ability to share once we’ve crossed through the valley is hard enough, but to share while you’re still walking through the fire, that’s a rare and forcible feat that truly inspires.

you wanna know the thing about edie and that horrific day. she’s still the same bubbly, charming, rich hearted gorgeous woman as she was that day weeks before when she wrote that post for me. that wretched fire, it didn’t burn her. it did not take the laughter from her. it didn’t take the passions and love out of her heart. she’s not a pissed off woman. she’s not bitter and unable to use that chapter of her life to mold even more distinctly the woman she is today, 3 years later. you’d never look at her & think, wow, she’s lived through heartache.

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i pulled up to her home last week and smiled. i smiled as i looked at what stands there now. a jaw-dropping, beautiful testimony to what she rebuilt.  a breeze was gently blowing off the lake & nary a cloud in the sky. the front door was open as i hollered “EDIE!! I”M HERE!!” big hugs to follow by my friend who shares the same cowboy boot obsession as i. the pizza dough had been rising all morning & we were soon to eat her honey garlic pizza.  i would soon discover that pizza was one of the best things i’ve ever tasted. in my whole life. well of course.

edie 049bas we sat there with conversation as natural & easy as you’d expect from a life long friend, the thoughts of the rebuilding would float in & out of my stream of thought. the rebuilding, not only of brick & mortar, but of all the emotional resolve that must follow after tragedy. the settling in of what lies ahead. we chatted about our men and our children, golden retrievers and shoes and it would hover overhead…the knowing of where she’s been and truth be told, where she’s going. edie’s gifts of hospitality and genuineness are going to continue to blow you away. away my friends. that’s all i can say right now. but let me just tell you one more thing, it’s a priceless rare gift to know and be known in a friendship. while edie invites us into her home virtually with effortless grace, she’s exactly that & so much more in the flesh. i value that quality and i pray that i am the same in my corner of the world.

i have a handful of fun images of her home. but goodness knows a post about edie & her home can not occur all in one. as much as i wanted to act like a weirdo freak and snap a million of my own images of her world, her BH&G worthy world, i used some restraint. i mean stevie was there some of the time & i didn’t want to appear like the weird fanatic blog stalker that i can be. so i was much cooler than that.

so stay tuned…

 

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you:

when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned;

neither shall the flame kindle on you.

isaiah 43. 2

 

April 17, 2014 - 8:33 am

Lisa - Can’t wait to see more! ;)

April 17, 2014 - 9:04 am

Marie at the Lazy W - What a powerful, lovely testimony for a woman who inspire so many people! You’ve hit every note for me. I’m so glad to meet you! One more beautiful person connecting through Edie’s world. Thanks for staring. xo

April 17, 2014 - 9:09 am

Kelli - lovely, paige, just lovely. looking forward to more! She is a doll, and so are YOU! two peas in a pod, I’d say ;)

April 17, 2014 - 9:34 am

giosmama2626 - She truly is a gift. I enjoy reading her blog and it sounds to me like she is quite the real deal in person also. I’m looking forward to seeing more of the pictures you captured. I for sure will be trying out that pizza. It sounds like heaven.

Welcome Back Home, Paige. Glad you had a wonderful time on your trip.

All my best:
DM

April 17, 2014 - 9:55 am

Alecia - Thanks so much for sharing about your time with her…ohhhh to be a fly on the wall during that special time. I enjoy you both so much & have learned a great deal from the two of you…I would’ve soaked it all in for SURE!!!
The scripture you shared is one of my all time favorites…I discovered it back in 1997 while I was on Summer Project with Cru. God is so good & so faithful…He is our shield!! Edie clearly walks in that truth.

April 17, 2014 - 11:30 am

Amy Avery - One of the greatest joys I have had in recent days is having the opportunity to witness both you an Edie together in the same room. You are both kind and loving and gracious with the gift of your self. But I want to stop here and say that the “self” you both share is one that is beyond a personal ego. The true self comes from your trust and faith and God and in letting go and letting him shine through. I know that one of the reasons you and Edie are kindred spirits is not only because of your fondness for cowboy boots, but also because of the true “self” that each of you are in Christ Jesus. I stood in the light of the room amongst others who were there and I watched as both you and Edie poured out love for others there and around the world in a very real and profound way. There was no pretense, there was no “Oh look at me, I’m a rock star,” there was only true authentic love straight from God’s own heart. I am so HAPPY to know you in person Paige! I am so HAPPY to know Edie in person too and Patty whom I love dearly as well. Y’all sure filled this girls heart up with lots of love and I am grateful! May you have a blessed Easter! xoxo

April 17, 2014 - 12:12 pm

chrissi - two amazing women. both with a heart for the Lord. the world can be a beautiful place. especially with honey garlic pizza♥

April 17, 2014 - 12:19 pm

Alex - Beautiful post! I am smitten with how you and edie share your heart and story! It’s inspiring and encouraging ❤

April 17, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Patti - I love her. Haven’t been following her blog that long but she is great!!!

April 17, 2014 - 3:32 pm

Natalie - Lovely. Love when you said “you’d never look at her and think wow, she’s lived through heartache.” I teared up. God is so faithful. And of course she’s beautiful… inside and out… just like her friend, Paige!

April 17, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Lisa M. - Such a beautifully written post. Thank you for sharing.

April 17, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Bri McKoy - Oh my goodness! The sweetest post and it is so TRUE of Edie. But seriously, you and Edie together – what a treat :) Big joy! Miss you friend!! :)

April 17, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Lori H - Such a lovely post, Paige. I smile thinking of you and Edie together. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more about your trip!

April 17, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Andrea - Oh how I have been waiting to hear more of this time you had with your friend….I too loved Edie from the moment I found her blog. She is the real deal isn’t she! So are you!