Tuesday, January 4, 2011

For Edie

I found Edie because Edie found me. Who knows how these things happen? It doesn't really matter, I suppose. In no time flat, I knew that she was a kindred. I was up in the wee hours combing her archives, trying to make up for lost time.

It was obvious that she is passionate about being a Mama. It was obvious that her heart beats for the One who redeems. She is sort of bossy about books that she believes everyone should read, and few things make me feel more at home than a bossy book-pusher.

"Reading good books is one of life’s true joys..."

edie's turquoise kitchen

Edie paints her kitchen cabinets turquoise to make things interesting, then throws in some citron just to watch us cock our heads to the side and say "Why didn't we think of that?" Sister Friend oozes style. She thinks things down to the core, down to where the diamonds are.

She'll set a hook in you and have you laughing all the way up to the shoreline.

I knew early on that we would have plenty to talk about, should we find ourselves alone at a table for two, but it was with this post that I truly fell in love. She talked about wearing yoga pants all day long, on occasion. (My sweat pants suddenly felt a little less alone.) She admitted that there are days when she has better things to do than gussy up. (My ponytail and ghastly complexion breathed a sigh of relief.) She fessed up to invoking the "sacred hour" when "no one is allowed to talk to me". Hallelujah.

She's sweet on her Honey, and I'm sweet on mine!

Her girls are learning Latin, and I have always wanted to learn Latin!

She used to be a practicing physician and I dreamed of being a doctor/ceramic lady from the earliest days of my youth!

I could go on and on.

And I have.

But here's the line that sealed the whole deal: "if there’s one key that I’ve found to getting lots done in a day, it’s staying home. Try staying home five whole days in a row and you’ll be amazed what you’ll find to do!"

I couldn't have said it better. A homebody homegirl after my own heart.

(There's the little problem of her 4:30 a.m. wake-up call, but I have high hopes that our budding friendship will overcome.)


You make me regret the years that I didn't know you. Your strength is matched by your beautiful heart. You inspire me to live more fully by reminding me that we have the opportunity to weigh every moment, every opportunity, every choice against a single word: Grace. In the glow of grace, our weakness becomes His strength. Lean hard, E. Grace is tough, and tender. It will carry you.

Thank you for nudging me toward authenticity. Thank you for reaching out to me so that I could reach back. Thank you for pouring Christ out onto me even in your brokenness.


"Little did I know then that God is in the business of shattering vessels, so that His treasure—-Christ—-can be poured out on others."

If you would like to send Edie some love, on her birthday, follow me over here to join in. Tell her what she means to you, even if she doesn't know you. Help us shower her today with love.

life in grace


  1. This is a most beautiful post. She is bossy about books! I love that! And I just read that post about the sacred hour and laughed out loud :) I'm loving this Edie Day!

  2. You are such a wonderful friend to Edie! You BOTH bring great blessings and joy to "blogland".

    And SO HAPPY to read that you're writing a book.

    Happy New Year to you and your sweet family!

  3. Lovely ... you have a way with words. Thanks for spreading joy, sharing prayers and brightening days!

  4. Wow, she's touched me and I don't even know her! Thank you for introducing her to us all! Pouring another cup of coffee and off to read all about this fabulous person!


  5. I also ran across Edie's blog the other day. I was devastated to learn about the house fire - my worse nightmare. She is definitely an inspiration to me.

    You, my dear, have a way with words and I'm sure you bring comfort to her with this post...even if you've never met.

    I enjoy your blog.....very inspiring! Y'all make me wish I was still at home :( I homeschooled my only child for a few years. He's almost 17 now and I can't hardly believe it!

    Blessing to you in the New Year :)

  6. absolutely, perfectly, most assuredly depicts our edie.

    "you make me regret the years I didn't know you..."

    isn't that the truth.

  7. I feel the same. She doesn't know it, but she counsels me through my homeschooling questions. I've combed ever post she's ever done about being a homeschooling mama. Love her.

  8. I knew your words would be beautiful. They're perfect.

    (a doctor/ceramic lady?!? what does that mean?!? :))

  9. Wow such an amazingly sweet post!;) I need to meet her too! Hugs, Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

  10. What a dear post! You have a wonderful spirit and anyone you recommend to send love I will surely check her out! She sounds wonderful! Hugs, Traci

  11. Beautiful post. I had never read her blog, but heard about her tragedy from another blog that I read. So sad. She is so lucky to have friends like you to help lift her spirits.

  12. the best birthday present a girl could ever get - a post from you - beautiful Shan - just beautiful.

  13. Friendship is a most powerful thing, thanks for sharing it with all of us!

  14. I have her archives open right now, diving in and finding her spirit just as you've described. I imagine her soul will rise from these ashes and inspire us all...grace and beauty surround her. I am praying for their family. Tragedy always feels worse at Christmastime.

    Thank you for this post. It was so nice to get to know Edie through your eyes...

  15. I love this post, girl! So beautifully said...in every way.

    Blessings to you all...I need to catch up to see how things are going in your neck of the woods! Oh, that there were more hours to be with all those we are kindreds with.

  16. Just when it doesn't seem possible to find another internet bosom buddy ya go and throw this one out there...and I'm thankful! So blessed by women who tend their little families and let the rest of us peak in on them! Thanks lady! Oh...and for the record...you can put me down for one copy of your book...however it turns out...I'll read it and be the judge with the disclaimer that I'll likely be positively biased. So there :)

  17. I have just spent the last hour or so reading about your lovely family and the incredible journey God has allowed you to take. Your writing is incredible and I felt like I was right there with you every step of the way! What a blessed bunch of kiddos to have you for a mommy! I'll be back!

  18. wow! you have a magical way with words! love this post in every way.

    what an amazing friendship. that's what this life is all about!

  19. love your post, and i know she's gonna swoon when she reads it!! thankyou so much for your part in this! love2u~

  20. I linked to her blog through yours and I'm adding her to the daily read list. I fell in love with her through the picture of her kitchen (i fell in love with your blog through the picture of your mudroom)then I read her first posting. My heart broke, it breaks for her family. I too will be searching through her archives because I want to know her more. Thank you for posting this list, I'm sending prayers for calm and strength right now.

  21. She is amazing and you did a great job of capturing her spirit....

  22. your words are like a warm chocolate chip cookie with a big glass of milk: i can't wait to start enjoying them and i slow way down at the end 'cause i'm sad when their almost gone.
    i distinctly remember the day i found you shannan. i wanted to know right then where you lived and if there was any chance of meeting you in the near future. i wanted my girls and i to babysit your littles so you could go into town and try to reclaim your sanity. but then i thought, why should you have your sanity if i don't have mine?
    so then i thought maybe we'd just let them climb the walls together while we sip tea and coffee and chitty chat all day long.
    i thought of you as my younger sister that i wanted to protect but who would always be teaching me stuff. (ironically, my real life younger sister is always protecting me!)
    you have been a constant source of blessing and inspiration since i met you. i am forever thankful.
    with a heart full of pure gratitude that Christ would surround me with such love and hope at such a time as this.
    you are a light, a gift, and i can't wait to read that book. i'll be first in line.
    love you,

  23. i just found edie yesterday & i thought ... where have you been my whole life?!?!?!