We Belong Together

by Edie Wadsworth on October 27, 2014

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It’s been a rough month, I’ve got no lies to tell.

I’m sorry for being MIA for so long without checking in here.   I have been posting some on Instagram, but otherwise, I’ve been swimming in the deep waters of my book trying my best to finish on time.  It’s due this weekend so your prayers would mean so much.  Thank you for checking in on me, sending me notes and emails and texts.  You so mean the world to me and I can’t thank you enough for the ways you’ve blessed and encouraged me.  For the past 6 1/2 years that I’ve been writing in this space, you’ve seen the best parts of my life.  My book will take you to some of the worst.  In advance, I pray that the words I’ve struggled so hard to write will give you hope, that you will know beyond a shadow of a doubt to what extent your Father will go to see you redeemed.  His work in my life has been nothing short of a miracle.

Going back to the hard parts of the past has been grueling and painful but freeing and necessary.  But to be honest, I’m ready to write about cakes and boots and unicorns.  AND? I do have a few great new recipes to share with you soon.  I also have some super AWESOME stuff to share with you in my upcoming newsletter, which goes out at the end of this week.  If you haven’t subscribed, you’re gonna want to.  I’ve commissioned a friend of mine to do an awesome printable for us as a free download, along with the meal plan and a short writing sample from my book.  Sign up here, dear friends!

To illustrate the current state of my mind, I went for 6 out of 8 days where I wore this outfit.  Please don’t judge.  I did shower and change other garments (ahem), but it just seemed to hard too hunt for different clothes when these were laying right there on the chair by my bed.

I may need to be supervised and possibly placed in assisted living for a short time after my manuscript is turned in.

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On the bright side, I made the BEST EVER BEEF STEW, which you should totally make this week for your people.  This is how I apologize profusely to my family for what they’ve had to endure the last few weeks and months.  This is like love and forgiveness and absolution all in one pot.  It’s the glory of October.  It’s the one pot wonder of the world.  But, I digress.

We either serve it with cornbread or with garlic toast.  Either way, this is so unbelievably good.  Is it the bacon fat? the wine? the cream?  I don’t know but what I do know is, Stevie as much as asked if we could renew our vows after I made this. #trueloveeats

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Coming soon to a blog near you when said blogger has turned in her book and slept for two weeks straight—braided bread or challah.  THE BEST! Holla, challah! (as my Instagram friends pointed out).  And it’s so fun to bake for company because it looks so fanciful and precious. Also, it’s one of my very favorite things in the entire world to make and eat.

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In other news, I went to Allume last week and met up with my editors and some of my favorite people in the world.  I slept very little, danced very much, was encouraged and inspired to keep on trucking, and hugged so many familiar faces that have made my life so full and rich.

It reminded me that we belong together.  You and me.  What we have here on these internets is pretty special.  Sophie’s keynote will do your heart good because  it will remind you what an honor it is for us to be a part of each other’s lives.    I want to honor you.  I want to honor my other writer friends.  I hold you in the highest esteem and want you to know that I am cheering you on.  Thank you for showing up everyday in the lives of your people.  And thank you for showing up in mine.

Love you and see you soon,

edie

 

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Define Your Style {A Dutch Boy Collaboration and Contest}

by Edie Wadsworth on October 7, 2014

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I always assumed that when I got really good and grown up and got everything in my house just how I wanted it, I’d stop wanting to repaint  and redecorrange my rooms.  I should have known that no such day would ever come.  My style continues to evolve and change and my love for creating a welcome and cozy environment for my family only gets stronger. [read more]

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When the Truth Comes Out

by Edie Wadsworth on October 6, 2014

“There is nothing to writing.   All you do is sit down to a typewriter and bleed.” Ernest Hemingway

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I woke up at 3:15 on Saturday morning and crawled out of bed, fumbling around on the floor for my computer.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to go back to sleep so I made my way to the living room where I knelt down on the floor beside the sofa and prayed, “Please give me the courage to tell the truth. I need You.  Amen.”  And with only the angst in my stomach for fuel, I began to write about the hardest year of my life.

I kept getting stuck.  I kept wanting to skirt around the truth, wanting to say what needed to be said, but guarding the deepest hurt and shame like a fractured bone.  I wanted to tell the truth but so strong was the desire to protect myself.   I wrestled with it until I finally had the courage to write one true sentence.  Hemingway said, “Write hard and clear about what hurts.  All you have to do is write one true sentence.  Write the truest thing you know.” [read more]

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Loaded Potato Soup

October 2, 2014
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Do you have any idea how happy I am that soup season is officially here?  SO HAPPY.  As in, I can hardly stand myself with excitement over which soup to make next.   If I ever open a little shop, I think I’ll bring a crock pot of soup in everyday just for the smell […]

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On Humility, Parenting, and Being Teachable

September 29, 2014
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When he was four years old, he walked in with me to a Gross Anatomy lecture, his smile a mile wide and his tousled hair with his signature cowlick making him the cutest thing since sliced bread.  He wasn’t feeling well (or just wanted to spend the day with mom?) and since the lectures were […]

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My Best Trick to Getting Dinner on the Table

September 26, 2014
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“If we were taught to cook as we are taught to walk, encouraged first to feel for pebbles with our toes, then to wobble forward and fall, then had our hands firmly tugged on so we would try again, we would learn that being good at it relies on something deeply rooted, akin to walking, […]

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread (and my midlife crisis hair)

September 24, 2014
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“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and […]

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Homeschooling?, Book Writing, & Ordinary Days

September 22, 2014
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“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life.  Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears.  Show them how to cry when pets and people die.  Show them the infinite pleasure in […]

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Chewy Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies {& a brand new blogging course}

September 17, 2014
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If I can be known for two things in life, let it be soup and cookies.  Okay, and maybe bread and buttercream. I don’t know if there is any sight more dear to me than just out of the oven, ever so slightly undercooked chocolate chip cookies.  And these will make you go weak in the […]

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The Spirit of the Lord and the Magic of Being Loved

September 15, 2014
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I got an email this weekend that brought me to my knees. A woman whose life looks perfect to everyone around her but is burning to the ground as she watches in disbelief.  And it doesn’t look like help is coming.  It doesn’t appear to be one of the stories with a tidy, happy ending. […]

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The 10 Books That Changed Everything

September 12, 2014
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“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ~C. Eliot Everywhere you turn in my house, there’s a stack of books.  I TRY to keep them put away but no matter how much I hope to reform myself, I’m […]

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How to Set Up a Baking Center

September 10, 2014
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I’ve never quite had a baking center like this but it was a priority when we rebuilt our house. I’ve had various versions of one for a long time and here’s the truth of the matter—-if your supplies are easily accessible and organized, you’ll bake more.  (You might also like a full tour of the […]

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The Most Important Thing to Remember About Parenting

September 8, 2014
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The sun was pouring into the east sky, scattering orange like a blanket over everything.  She was sitting in the front seat, unable or unwilling to look at me, her head turned decidedly away and her body clinging to her side of the car sending its message loud and clear.  Was there a tear in […]

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The Best Decorating Trick in the Book

September 5, 2014
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(pillow to match my logo from my dear friend, Darlene, from this shop) I get antsy every year about this time.  I want to repaint all the walls and win the lottery so I can buy bolts of dreamy fabric and stacks of throw pillows.  Since I don’t buy lottery tickets, I’m probably not gonna […]

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The One Quality of Great and Generous Minds

September 4, 2014
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The boys were home this past weekend and so we lingered a while around the table, talking about their first couple weeks in classes and all the myriad of adjustments to be made when you begin a new season of life.  One thing that can be hard is all the new people that begin to […]

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