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A Pep Talk For Your Inner 7th Grader

by Edie Wadsworth on August 18, 2014

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“Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.”~C.S. Lewis I spoke at a women’s conference last weekend, which besides being a wonderful place of inspiration and creativity, can be the scariest place on earth. A conference where 550 women descended with their cute shoes and their cool […]

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Mom Failures, Mom Guilt, and How I Find Peace

by Edie Wadsworth on August 11, 2014

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Sometimes all I see are my failures as a mom. She left a note by my computer that said, “Mom is tired.  Mom is always tired, but it’s okay.  She’s writing a book.” And just like that, I’m a complete mess.  All choked up, tears dripping on my computer, thinking back on the last few […]

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Clear Eyes, Full Heart

by Edie Wadsworth on August 4, 2014

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My eyes couldn’t take it all in last night. It may have been the most beautiful barn in the world, surrounded outside by an abundance of hydrangeas, lantana, and gorgeous urns full of summer’s bounty.  The stained concrete floors, the rich wood walls and ceilings, the antler chandeliers, and one hundred pairs of the world’s […]

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First Love

by Edie Wadsworth on June 24, 2014

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I woke up this morning before the sun came up, just like you always did.  I  sat quietly under a flood of memories—of the books and places and people that have changed my heart forever.  I asked God for more patience, for the gentleness of heart to lead my children to the truest things in life. […]

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The Year I Lost $150,000

by Edie Wadsworth on April 2, 2014

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Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.  ~Thomas Wolfe Seven years ago this month she made one of the hardest decisions […]

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A Father to the Fatherless

by Edie Wadsworth on March 12, 2014

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I drove to Knoxville while the sun was still trying to peak over the horizon, listening to Ray LaMontagne and Scott Avett.  The hour’s drive passes easy when there’s good music.  I looked down at my list trying to figure out how to do the ten things I had scribbled down before time to truck […]

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This Goodbye

by Edie Wadsworth on August 12, 2013

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I’ve been anticipating this day for months.  The first day of school.  The first day my 7th graders will call someone else teacher.  As I drove home from Asheville this weekend, memories of our days together flooded my mind.  I came home, collapsed into Stevie’s arms, and asked him how in the world I was […]

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family fourth fest

by Edie Wadsworth on July 14, 2012

The whole shebang was Stevie’s idea. He wanted the family to join us for a huge, week-long Fourth-A-July fun fest. He started inviting them a year ago so that everyone could make plans to vacation in Bean Station, Tennessee and celebrate with us the rebuilding of our home.   It was a family fun week […]

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Surround Them With Beauty

by Edie Wadsworth on July 11, 2009

This is part 3 of a 4 part series on Creating An Environment of Learning. The start of the series, along with links to parts 1 and 2 can be found here. It may surprise you that I have included ‘beauty’ as a cornerstone for learning. I hope you will soon agree that it is […]

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"Surround Them With Books"

by Edie Wadsworth on July 6, 2009

This is part two in a series entitled Creating an Environment of Learning for Your Children. We will explore the power of books as a guidepost to your child’s educational and spiritual development while inspiring them to a rich inner life that leads to greatness. I hope to give you some resources that will inform […]

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Surround Them With Mentors

by Edie Wadsworth on July 1, 2009

Learning to knit from a great mentor, my mother-in-law This is the first part of a four part series on Creating an Environment of Learning for your children.  Read the introduction here.    I read a book recently,   A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver Van DeMille, which I will refer to as TJED,  that […]

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Creating an Environment of Learning in Your Home

by Edie Wadsworth on June 29, 2009

How do you make your home a haven of learning and education for your children?   I don’t have all the answers to this question, but I’m trying to learn.   Over the next week or so I’ll be giving you some practical suggestions on how I’m working to achieve this in my home and […]

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Why I’m not a feminist

by Edie Wadsworth on June 12, 2009

 Sometimes I try to quietly sneek into the kitchen and very carefully remove ingredients and pans so as not to alert the small children.   They love to ‘help’ and insist on stirring and pouring and seasoning until the symphony of,   “Can I help?” “I wanna do that.” “It’s my turn!” “She won’t give […]

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