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  1. Joy
    December 22, 2010 @ 7:54 pm

    Oh my gosh! I just started following Life In Grace and requested Edie as a FB friend yesterday! I loves her blog and literally wept over her last one about Santa Clause Theology. I saw on her FB that she lived in Knoxville. I lived there too for 2 years while in grad school and would love to move back. I felt like her soul sister when I saw it and oddly, I dreamed about it last night! No kidding! I will pray. Please tell her though I know she doesn't know me that I'm praying and so grateful to our precious Lord for keeping them safe.


  2. LWH
    December 22, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

    No!! Their beautiful new lake house! I'm so sad for them, but God is so good to have seen them all safely out of harm's way. Praying hard that He will continue to hold them in His healing hands, and that they may find kind shelter from this storm.


  3. Stefanie
    December 22, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

    God's timing is always perfect! Thank you for this post. My heart goes out to Edie and her family…I will surely keep them close in my thoughts and prayers. Life in Grace…such powerful words! My thoughts this Christmas have been somewhat focused but slightly blurry…and your post has helped put everything into sharp focus! Praise God for his endless love…and grace…and wisdom…and forgiveness…we are all so blessed. You have touched me with your words…my heart will never be quite the same after reading this post…thank you. Merry Christmas! God is good all the time…I'm so thankful for these reminders.
    Edie – if you read this…hang in there…your blog readers love you and are sending healing thoughts and prayers your way! God bless you and your family! I'm so thankful you all were not hurt in the fire.


  4. NanaDiana
    December 22, 2010 @ 10:47 pm

    Julie- That is awful. I know exactly what you mean because I always get all caught up in the trappings of Christmas…and somehow seem to push to the side the real reason for the Holiday.

    I am saying a prayer for your friend and her family. It will be months before she even realizes a lot of what is gone. My heart aches for them! Hugs- Diana


  5. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    December 23, 2010 @ 2:44 am

    oh that is just awful. it is times like these though that we realize we have everything that matters in our family and friends. yes, it is devastating and horrible to lose posessions, but thank god for the blessings we do have in our children, spouses, parents, friends…


  6. Kat
    December 23, 2010 @ 4:21 am

    Julie, that is terrible news! My in-laws were over visiting last night and received a phone call that their close friends' home burned to the ground in the middle of the night too. They lost everything! How horrible. We just sat there in shock and said the same thing, it totally puts things into perspective. They too are a strong Christian family and have put their faith in the LORD. I will pray for Edie and her sweet family.


  7. A
    December 23, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    So sorry to hear this. So glad that Edie and family are safe. I will keep them in my prayers as they get through this very difficult time. Amelia


  8. Ashly@Moon Walk
    December 23, 2010 @ 3:30 pm

    Oh man! What a horrible thing to have happen. I am glad that everyone was ok though. That is the most important thing. I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers!


  9. Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria
    December 23, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

    Christmas Blessings to you and your family, From my mountain to yours Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria


  10. Cara
    December 24, 2010 @ 3:11 am

    Oh no! I am so sorry to hear about Edie's house, but glad to know that she and her family are safe. She's one of my favorite bloggers! The Lord does indeed have a way of changing our focus. That's something I've been thinking about a lot lately too.

    Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!


  11. The Avery House
    December 25, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

    Julie, Thank you for posting this about Edie. I am so heartbroken for their loss, but thankful that the family all made it out OK. Edie and her beautiful family are in our prayers. May the birth of our Lord Jesus fill their hearts with peace in this time of tragedy.


  12. 8)(8
    December 25, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    Praying for her and her family.

    She is one of my favorite bloggers.


  13. Farmgirl Paints
    December 25, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

    I still can't believe it. Jumping to all of you who wrote something. Heart is broken for her and her sweet family!


  14. Julie Magallanes
    December 25, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

    Hi Julie,

    Thank you for posting about Edie's loss, I was kinda worried since she hasn't posted in a few days. Edie- I know your comments are closed but if you happen to read this, please know that i am praying hard for you and your family. I am just sick hearing about your home but I have faith that your family's strength will see you through. Much love and prayers going out to you.


  15. Flower Patch Farmgirl
    December 26, 2010 @ 1:35 am

    Your photos here illustrate our human condition so well. It's so clear to see that the second photo is so much lovelier!

    Praying for Edie. She's been wrapped up in my heart all weekend long and I only wish I wasn't so doggone far away.


  16. Empty Nest Full Life
    December 27, 2010 @ 12:03 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with them. I cannot even imagine what that must have been like, but rejoicing that the whole family is safe. Jackie


  17. glimpse of my world
    December 27, 2010 @ 1:21 am

    So sad… I posted on my blog as well.. Nothing works like a prayer chain fo love to her and her family. Prayers from Texas!


  18. The Hoppers
    December 27, 2010 @ 4:24 am

    I found this blog through a series of blogs and it has struck a chord. At 12:30am this morning, my mother in law woke me, my husband, my boys, my sister in law and her family to tell us that their houe was on fire. We all escaped without harm and have lost earthly things. While it is hard, the Lord has given my in laws and us supernatural peace. The house burned to the ground. They live on top of a mountain and we were snowed in, so the fire truck could not make it up to put out the fire. My prayer are with Edie and her family. He is faithful!


  19. ♥The Sweet Life♥ (Alessandra)
    December 27, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

    Wow! That is so terrible. I can't imagine how traumatic that must have been. I will keep her in my thoughts & prayers. I hope she stays strong & keeps her faith in God.


  20. MarshaMarshaMarsha
    December 28, 2010 @ 4:45 am

    I am praying for Edie and her family tonight. You are so right. Christmas is more than things… it is about the salvation of the world through the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christmas is when HOPE was born.


  21. Darla
    December 28, 2010 @ 6:11 am

    Hi. I found your blog through reading about Edie. I'm so sorry for them. I got sidetracked (for a long time!!) looking at your blog. I love your home. I'm curious if the chandelier over your breakkfast table is from Pottery Barn. I just ordered a very similar chandelier from them. I love it! I'm also curious what verse you have on your wall. I can see Psalm, but can't read the rest.

    It's all beautiful! We are redoing a house that we will move into in February. Daunting task!


  22. deborahspalette
    December 29, 2010 @ 2:41 am

    Hi, Just stoping by via Edie's blog, Thanks for sharing her story. 5 years ago I was in her shoes and it's a heart breaking place to be.
    She will find blessings in the ashes, In time! I did, Thanks to my faith. Many Blessings, Deborah from


  23. MarytheKay
    January 8, 2011 @ 4:31 am

    What a beautiful post. I can always use a reminder to put the important things in focus. Thank you.


  24. brittbritt1107
    December 25, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    I'm not sure how old this post is, but i came to your blog because of your visor clip idea i saw on pinterest and somehow i managed to read this. The whole reason i am sitting at my computer on Christmas morning is because my 8 year old son is at his dad this morning and i can not get my 2 year old (or my husband) to wake up. So basically i wasn't in a real Christmas mood. So i can't thank you enough for putting this story on here!!! God sure does have a way to help put things into focus. I believe this happened a few years ago, so i pray the family has recovered from their loss, but i am sure they will never forget! Thanks again, i needed a reminder myself.


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