confessions

Homeschooling?, Book Writing, & Ordinary Days

by Edie Wadsworth on 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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The Spirit of the Lord and the Magic of Being Loved

by Edie Wadsworth on 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 Most Important Thing to Remember About Parenting

by Edie Wadsworth on 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 One Quality of Great and Generous Minds

by Edie Wadsworth on 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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A Workspace, a Boutique, a Dream

by Edie Wadsworth on September 2, 2014

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As you know, I’m a fan of an inspiring workspace. After 3 years of living and working hard in this office, I still love it.  Despite the fact that it NEVER looks this clean.  An in, NOT EVER.  I stalk inspiring workspaces online a lot and am always trying to figure out how our spaces […]

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Something More Than a Miracle

by Edie Wadsworth on August 25, 2014

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I’m writing this in part to tell you that if you ever wonder what you’ve done in your life, and everyone does wonder sooner or later, you have been God’s grace to me, a miracle, something more than a miracle. ~Marilynne Robinson, Gilead It was a crisp October day when we stood on the back […]

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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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The One Thing You Can Do

by Edie Wadsworth on August 15, 2014

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“We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.” She comes into my office and I barely notice. I sit at my desk too numb to even think, nearly hopeless, while my coffee goes cold. I’m glued to the screen.  I scroll […]

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Around the Table

by Edie Wadsworth on August 13, 2014

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“How to announce the return of comfort and well-being except by cooking something fragrant. That is what her mother always did. After every calamity of any significance she would fill the atmosphere of the house with the smell of cinnamon rolls or brownies, or with chicken and dumplings, and it would mean, This house has […]

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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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‘Round Here in July

by Edie Wadsworth on July 14, 2014

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Well, it’s been a whirlwind, in the best kinda way.  We’ve had lots of company, lots of good food, lots of fun and sun, and a whole lotta laughs.  The only thing we’ve been short on is sleep, as far as I can tell. I can say that this morning I feel a little like […]

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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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I posted this on Instagram this past Friday and was blown away by the number of comments, texts, emails, etc about all our #oldladyproblems associated with being 40-somethings.  So, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on the subject! (If it’s any consolation, I like my 40 year old self way better than my 20 […]

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What We’re Sowing

by Edie Wadsworth on May 15, 2014

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I married a biology major who loves and studies birds and trees.  In the house before this one,  he planted 90—yes you read that right—90! trees.  His middle name is Martin so maybe he comes by it honestly.  In this house, I lost count at around 40.  He was planning the trees before the foundation […]

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