Ellie Holcomb. To think that I’ve known this amazingly thoughtful and talented human for over a decade, before marriage and the babies and adult life, and for her… being an award-winning recording artist (Dove Award in 2014). I distinctly remember sending her an e-mail in college joking about being her nanny while she and Drew were on tour one day. At that time she was a newly-married English teacher, and I was hoping to one day be a writer. Life is funny! I also remember having to convince Samford University, my alma mater, to let her and Drew play at a small on-campus coffee house called Harry’s. Considering that they now both play for sold-out audiences, these memories are purely laughable! God always has a plan and His ways will prevail. I have seen that so clearly in my friend Ellie’s life. In the distance and the busyness we have had a million reasons to lose touch, but she has been a faithful friend and I will always be one of her “biggest fans.” Most recently, her thoughtfulness, prayers, and music have made such an impact on me in my grief. I could say a million things about what an amazing human she truly is, as a friend and mother, Christ-follower and musician. But more than anything, her ability to be so incredibly genuine and transparent while also joyful and encouraging is uncanny. She is the real deal, and I’m blessed to know her. When she told me months ago that she would be releasing her first children’s album and book I was so delighted. Whether you have children or not, you will want to get a copy of her latest releases even for yourself. These newest releases are truly for everyone!
Thanks, dear Ellie, for so many things… and for taking the time to share some words with us here.