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life in grace

The blogging community is an interesting place. We share some of the most intimate details of our personal lives with strangers, and as a result, come to feel as though we have “friends” all over. There are a handful of special blogs that I read fairly regularly, all written by inspiring women. A few are written by people I knew beforehand, but most are written by strangers who feel like old friends, just as I (hopefully) feel like an friend to many of you.

One of these blogging “friends” has had a very rough month. Edie writes Life in Grace, a beautiful and creative blog about her family and her faith. Just a few days before Christmas, her house and everything she owned tragically burned to the ground. Miraculously she and her husband, their four children, and 2 dogs escaped unharmed. You can read her story in her own words here.

I first discovered Edie’s blog a few months ago during her 12 Days of Handmade Christmas. She featured 12 absolutely gorgeous holiday crafts, one of which was the inspiration for the star shaped crayon craft I did with the girls.

But the reason for this post is that today is Edie’s birthday. And even though she doesn’t know me, I would like to add my own birthday wish to the dozens of wishes she has received from the blogging community today:


I can’t even begin to imagine the range of emotions that must be overwhelming you right now. I honestly don’t know how I would cope in your situation, and I can hardly think now of what to say that won’t sound trite or inconsequential. On your special day, I just want you to know that you are an inspiration to so many, myself included, and I know God has a special plan just for you.

I wish you well–Happy Birthday.

Hugs, Ruth