Emily

I have someone I want you to meet.
Although if you know me personally, chances are you at least know of Emily.

She has been my friend since the first grade, when I showed up to the school she went to in the middle of our first grade year. {Side note: I was there halfway through first grade because I was struggling academically at the public school I was in, and instead of holding the already 'older' me back into a pre-first class, my parents found a school that had a program that greatly helped those with a 'learning disability'-that was me (my brain did not process following directions very well. Still doesn't!)}.

During the first recess of the first scary day at a new school, a spunky little blond left me a spot in front of her in the recess line. She didn't know it but we shared the same last name. I didn't know it, but she would be come one of my dearest, lifelong friends. I should have had an inkling though, because she had my back all the way back then when she barely knew me...and still does in spite of knowing me as well as any of my sisters!


She and her husband are truly a 'light on the hill'. They live smack dab in the center of the city and have built relationships with their neighbors, when it was easy to and when it was not. There are people who are hospitable when you are invited by them, and then there are those who will open the doors of their home at all hours to provide shelter or a listening ear or a warm meal for their little neighbor girl who's mama is too busy with her boyfriend to make one for her. This is Emily and Eli. She will be embarrassed that i wrote this, but it is true.


They have lived, loved and rendered their current brick home into a historic beauty, bursting with her artistic flair in every nook and cranny. Recently, they sold their home sweet home that their 5 children were bursting out of (did i mention she homeschools 4 of them? More well-adjusted, polite, fun-loving, cool children I've never met. I hope mine turn out half as well!). They did not know where they would be moving to, as the house they had their eye on was in the beginning stages of foreclosure and nothing was 'happening'. Yet, she realized an opportunity to 'wait on God' and did so, knowing-even though not always feeling-that they would find the right place at the right time at the right price (which could not be a high one).


And what do you know?
God came through once again....
and look what a gem He came up with!!



This historic city treasure was on the OTHER end of the forclosure process, came on the market at an unbelievably low price (but where God guides, He always provides...I know this to be 100% true). They put in their offer, it was accepted and God-willing, the closing date is at the end of May. Structurally it is sound, cosmetically it needs a lot of TLC, but it can be quite thankful that it's new owners are some of THE most resourceful do-it-themselvers on this side of the Mississippi.





I am so supremely happy for Emily, who feels unworthy of such a place--but aren't we all kinda unworthy of every good thing?? Of the back of the house she said "Can't you just see Thomas Jefferson surveying the view from up on the porch?". It really does have such a historic aura about it. Still, there is alot of history to be made...


Ok...so maybe I got a little carried away, yet the detail of the home simply begged to be photographed. This post is a "Before-Emily" post. In a few months, I am going to do a "AE" post and you will see the magic she works on any place she resides. The amazing thing? She does it all with jaw-droppingly low cost. She sews and paints, he is the ultimate 'handy man' Like most couples--except us, of course {ahem}, their personalities go about 'getting things done' differently, but in the end they get it done and are still married to tell about it!



My dear friend, there is no doubt that this new neighborhood is where God wants to plant you, and help you 'bloom' so that the fragrance of His love is spread around to those whose hearts are heavy. God has seen the willingness of your hearts and the practical ways in which your hands provide food for the hungary and a safe place to retreat for the lonely. While you could have easily, happily continued where you were, He had something else in mind.
This is more than the front door of a 'new' house...it is a gateway to countless opportunities to grow a strong family that will extend His love to the people He knows about that live behind the doors all around you.



Comments

Debbie said…
WoW! What a beautiful blessing that historic home is. She must be soooooo excited. I'll be eager to see pictures, but thanks for the ones you posted. How blessed you both are to have such a good friend! That you've stayed closer than sisters.(Not to hurt your sisters' feelings) I'm envious in a good way! Debbie
consume me... said…
I am SO excited for Emily and Elias!!! What a BEAUTIFUL home!!! It has such terrific character! Every word that you said about her is so very true...in no time her creativity and beauty will spill out the doors and into the neighborhood! Lovely post!
Life long friends are the best! I have known Emily for a very long time and she deserves this sweet tribute that you gave to her. What a beautiful home! Like you, I can't wait to see the little touches of beauty that they add. I always enjoyed driving past their home in the city. They are both so skilled in many areas, and their family is a real joy to know. I am so excited for them, and can't wait to see what God has in store for them in this new location.
Heather (Moore) Sherman said…
I am one of those who know her/know of Emily...What beautiful words about her. You are blessed with a friend so dear--as is she! Excited to see God at work, always for the good of His children. Hoping God's blessings for them every step of the way!!!
Becky A. Schick said…
WOW! Emily's new place is fantastic!!!!! Thanks for sharing, Jeané. We have always seen God's undeniable hand in our house searching. This new home is GORGEOUS!!!
Linda said…
Wow! Beautiful home for a beautiful couple! Thanks for sharing about your wonderful friend! And blessings on you, Emily!
Anonymous said…
Wonderful post! It's amazing how the Lord works in such spectacular ways! I look forward to seeing how your friend transforms her new home:)

~Debi
Sarah said…
Hi, my name is Sarah. Your blog was recommended to me by a woman named Amy Dawson, who says she knows you through Charis O'Connell. I hope you don't mind if I join in on reading (and interacting with) your blog. Already, I'm looking forward to reading more.
sbharnish said…
Jeane! Becky Harnish (Calkins) here.....I stumbled upon your blog today, and up pops Emily! So funny! Love your posts....i am going to have to stop back! I have 3 kids under 5 years old...its good to know that someone else lives in the trenches sometimes :o)
Jeane` said…
Becky--how FUN to hear from you after all these years! Don't you just love it when people state the obvious: "My, you must have your hands full!!" (No, I just laze around all day while my pool boy pops bon bons into my mouth as I watch Seinfeld reruns...). And,Sarah, i am so honored that any friend of Charis and Amy's would take time to read my blog. Thank you so much for saying something! It made my day! (So did ALL of these comments regarding my sweet friend Emily!)
Anonymous said…
What a beautiful home!! That was a great post about your friend. I love reading your blog...it always makes smile!!
Kelli
OH, IT'S A GEM....just like Emily. Thank you for introducing me to her all those years ago! Looking forward to someday seeing it in person!!!! lOVEd this post....as I do EVERY one of yours!!
Mindy said…
That is such a classic Em expression! ("just take the darn picture, Jeane"- that's what she's saying:) By the way, have you given up facebook for a delayed Lent maybe? I just noticed you are nowhere to be found and I miss your fun little comments.

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