summer giveaway with edie from life in grace

summer-giveaway

I hope you are enjoying these giveaways/blogger features! It has been a nice break for me from my normal blogging {my children thank you!} and fun to learn more about these fabulous women.

Today’s lady is someone I only know through blogging, but a woman whom I admire greatly and aspire to become. She is a deep thinker, wise, has the most delicious style {you’ll see in a minute} and has an infectious generous and hospitable heart. I’m so pleased to hear from one of my faves,

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SUMMERTIME

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When you live on the lake, summertime is enchanted. It means sunset boat rides, breezy reading days on the porch, lots of popsicles and s’mores, and lots of house guests. After our house fire of 2010, everything changed for me. I knew that once we rebuilt our home, I wanted to use it as a means to love on others. I wanted to create a haven for my very awesome peeps and look for ways to share our lives and our broken but beautiful story. This little slice of heaven is serving us well. We hosted our annual July 4th Soiree and made perfect fools of ourselves with all manner of patriotic paraphernalia. The world can be harsh and full of heartache and sometimes the bravest thing you can do is find a reason to laugh. And as soon as I sweep up all the cake crumbs, I’ll be planning for next year. Hospitality goes way deeper than good food and clean sheets. It’s the bridge we make in our hearts and in our homes to others. It feels dangerous because it is. True hospitality wants fellowship, a heart connection. I’m fighting for it in my life and I’m hoping to inspire you to fight for it, too.

DIY-PROJECT

My striped bathroom is hands-down my favorite DIY. We did it in two half days and I LOVE It every single time I visit it. I love having a very small room with high style and lots of color and texture. It makes for an inspiring pit stop.

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EVERY-ROOM

Something that makes you laugh.

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Life is stressful and hard and adding a touch of whimsy to my rooms makes the load lighter. The ‘big books’ sign in my workroom always makes me smile. And maybe I’ll occasionally start rapping, but there are worse things in the world, no? I have a bust of David in my kitchen that likes to dress for the seasons and a sign on my porch that says, “Go jump in the Lake.” I have a disco ball looking light fixture in the living room and an outrageous pair of foo dogs on my screen porch. Add things to your home that make you smile. Or that make your brother-in-law think you might have escaped from the looney bin.

COLLECT

Books.

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I may need a books anonymous program, in fact. I have been a book worm since I can remember. I love classics and I love a good novel. I just finished Stephen King’s book On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft and a little book by Henri Nouwen called In the Name of Jesus. I just started Home by Marilynne Robinson and Light in August by William Faulkner. I just ordered Beloved by Toni Morrison and hope to finish The Divine Comedy this summer. There is something magical to me about reading. I love language and love to read the best writers, who were nothing if not masters with words.

Hoarder of books. That’s what I am.

BEST-VACATION-SPOT

My screened in porch. I cannot tell a lie.

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I sit here first thing in the mornings, to drink my coffee and collect my thoughts. This is where I wrestle with God and learn to live in His love. This is where I think about Diana and Julissa and how such a small sacrifice can mean so much. This is where the manna falls, if I have the patience to wait. Often, I don’t. But this porch is teaching me to sit, to be silent, to come to the world like a child—with wonder and delight and lots of questions. This little mini vacation on the porch each morning can set the day aright.

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Isn’t she the most lovely woman?! I want to snuggle in on that porch with Miss Edie and have long conversations and lots of laughs and eat her delicious food and absorb her wisdom and zeal for life. If you’d like to get to know Edie a little more, you can visit her at www.lifeingraceblog.com

Edie’s favorite summer accessory is without a doubt a straw cowboy hat. She wears one with pride and is so darn cute in it.

So today, we’re giving one away.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for entering!

{this week’s winners will be announced on wednesday july 24}

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24 Responses to summer giveaway with edie from life in grace

  1. Emily Clark July 16, 2013 at 4:33 am #

    She is a jewel! (And, makes me want to read more.) So enjoying this series, Emily!

  2. Shannon {Our Home Notebook} July 16, 2013 at 5:21 am #

    I love Edie! She’s so inspiring.

  3. Southern Gal July 16, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    I enjoyed Edie’s contribution. Going to catch up on the others.

  4. Jessica Yount July 16, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    My husband is a book horder… Great to see all the uses besides upright in a crammed bookshelf.

  5. April LeCureux July 16, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    Love her home and fun ideas for each room!

  6. Sarah Scholander July 16, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    Wow another amazing blog to follow. Thank you for putting this together! I am in love with that mini vacation spot!

  7. Meg July 16, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    Wednesday, July 24th is the due date of my first baby! Winning any of these items would top off a pretty fantastic day ;).

  8. Suzi H July 16, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    What a sweetie!

  9. Jamie July 16, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Love her

  10. Terry July 16, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    I love the cowboy hat! I’d love it if Edie would share where it’s from. Thanks!

  11. Michelle Hoard July 16, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Love a good cowboy hat! I’d rock it at the beach!

  12. colleen July 16, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Edie,
    I want to be you!! or at least to be a little more like you!

  13. Mindy July 16, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Love her blog and the gems she shares with us! And such a cute hat ~

  14. Barb July 16, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    I’d like to see the look on my grand kids’ faces if I showed up wearing this hat!
    I’m going to take Edie’s advice, and put a touch of whimsy in every room. :)

  15. Haelyn July 16, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    “love is all you need. All you need is love.” ~ Thanks Miss Edie for the awesome hat!

  16. Jess July 16, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    I want to be Edie when I grow up too! Thank you for this awesome series, Emily!

  17. Brittney July 16, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Emily I love all the giveaways, but more than anything, I am loving all the new bloggers you are introducing us too. My list is growing! Everyday I put the kids down for nap and then treat myself to your summer series and spend time on the featured blogger of the day’s site. It’s my own little escape! Thank you!

  18. Jackie July 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Looks so cute!

  19. Kathy Reece July 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Love lifeingrace

  20. Gwendolyn July 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    i love her and her ability to just go for it! her office/library is one of my favorite spaces ever! and her love for jesus makes it that much sweeter. thanks for sharing!

  21. Meg July 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    I do love her blog! It’s so refreshing!

  22. {darlene} @ fieldstonehilldesign July 16, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    oh yes, she IS the most lovely woman!! I am so going to “go jump in the lake!”

  23. Lisa McCracken July 16, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    Love Edie! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  24. Sheila Pearson July 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    It is not good to be envious but dang it, I can’t help it when it comes to Edie’s porch!

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