“Hold On”

by Edie Wadsworth on September 7, 2010

someday i will look back at this precious gift.
and this is what i will remember.
her clinging—-arms tight around the neck— while we read, while we memorize, while we learn.
and my selfish longing that she would stay in her seat and be diligent.
has melted to this.
as the heart melts into repentance.
hopeful that for one more day—- she’ll find her place and her comfort right here.

it’s all so fleeting. don’t let me squander away this need in her to hold on.

and my striving for my own place, my own significance, my own life
…….has found its’ voice in her.

and so i cling too.

and we find our purpose
one day
one heartache
one joy
one year
at a time.

hold on.

and never let go.

Happy Birthday Emme!
You are my joy and my sweet 10 year old monkey. Thank you for turning my world upside down.
I give you my love and my days,

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 paige September 7, 2010 at 7:58 pm


& goodness gracious, she’s gorgeous
both of you are


2 antiquechase September 7, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I love the saying “and my days..” … that’s precious.


3 Anne W September 7, 2010 at 8:25 pm



4 Becky September 7, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Oh my…such memories. As a grami now I know how fast the time really does get away from you.


5 Kathy Eller September 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm

WOW! Amen!
Happy birthday Emme!!
My Madelyn turned 10 yesterday. Those thougths have been thought by me but not said quite so eloquently!


6 Stephanie September 7, 2010 at 11:30 pm

This post brought tears to my eyes. It’s so lovely. Thanks for the reminder to cherish.


7 Becky @ Farmgirl Paints September 7, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Oh I can relate to your feelings. I am going through those same ones with my own 10 year old!


8 kathie September 8, 2010 at 12:58 am

Beautiful post and happy birthday to your daughter!


9 Cori September 8, 2010 at 1:18 am

Oh, Edie
I have been where you are. I would give anything to have my little girl’s arms around me again. She was diagnosed with leukemia at age 10 and fought for 5 years. She lost her battle at 15. Those days are so precious and the sweet clingings of little girls are priceless. You are a beautiful mommy inside and out. Your daughter is a cutie.


10 Gloria Chiras September 8, 2010 at 2:27 am

Edie, I look forward to your posts and I am frequently moved by your spirit. Mark Twain once said: Dance like nobody’s watching, Love like you’ve never been hurt, Sing like nobody’s listening, Love like it’s heaven on earth, Thanks for being you


11 Susan September 8, 2010 at 3:03 am

lovely words…a few tears tried to well up, but I suppressed them. happy birthday to your girl, who shares the day with my six year old boy.



12 dawn September 8, 2010 at 3:22 am

oh you captured so many of my feelings…

happy birthday to your hangin’ on girl.


13 Kristi September 8, 2010 at 11:42 am

Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl! Those words are all too familiar. She is just a few months ahead of my boys! :)


14 Karen September 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Happy Birthday Emme! She’s the one who will be sitting on your lap when she’s 20. Cherish these moments – they go by oh so fast!


15 Katie September 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Happy Birthday, Emme…….


16 Gina Williams September 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Great Picture Sis!!! Sweet post! Of course, it made me cry…can’t believe that baby girl is already 10. We’ll celebrate soon! Love ya!


17 Mott @ The Courtyard Gate September 8, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Edie, She looks just like you! Beautiful words for a beautiful little girl straight from a Momma’s heart. Thanks for sharing your happiness and Happy Birthday, Emme!


18 Amber September 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Happy Birthday Emme!


19 Julianna September 8, 2010 at 8:52 pm

so glad you shared this. i need just such a reminder.


20 Tamra Lewis September 9, 2010 at 9:21 pm

This made me weep….as I sit and repent myself of how many times over our four short weeks of home schooling so far I have wished she would not cuddle so close, but give me space. Her nearness tickles me or constricts me and I’m irritated. How very sad I feel right now for ever feeling this way. Tomorrow when we sit up on the couch together again I will remember to pull her close and NOT be bothered. Thanks for the eloquent reminder.


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