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On Humility, Parenting, and Being Teachable

by Edie Wadsworth on 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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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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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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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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Fairer Than Day

by Edie Wadsworth on April 27, 2014

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 I breathe deeply, and certainty enters into me like light, like a piece of science, and curious music seems to hum inside my fingers. Is there a single person on whom I can press belief?  No sir.  All I can do is say, Here’s how it went. Here’s what I saw. I’ve been there and am […]

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How We Do Holidays Around Here

by Edie Wadsworth on April 21, 2014

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Good morning, Gorgeous!  I hope your Easter weekend was beautiful and restful. I have a holiday weekend strategy that you might find helpful.  It comes from years of trial and error where I needed a vacation from my post holiday/over-stressed blues.  Besides my weekend strategy, you also might want to adopt my Easter basket philosophy, […]

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Why Marriage is So Hard

by Edie Wadsworth on January 22, 2014

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  “Now, I see, my most constant mistake, is I don’t know what I love till its gone.” You’re sitting smack dab in the middle of the hardest thing in your life—your marriage.  How do I know?  Because I am too and I know how the days can seem dark. You’re probably not gonna like […]

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4 Resolutions Every Mom Needs to Make

by Edie Wadsworth on January 10, 2014

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I may have an unhealthy obsession with the New Year.  Fresh starts are like cool, mountain air to me.  Maybe it has something to do with my January birthday or my tendency to want to hunker down, but January is one of my favorite months.  I read a lot of books, make a lot of […]

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What People Really Need From You

by Edie Wadsworth on December 9, 2013

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True hospitality isn’t about inviting people into your perfect home;  it’s about inviting them into your imperfect heart. I was so blessed this weekend to have some wonderful friends come to visit.  Darlene and her beautiful family, including her newest little addition, Georgia Lu, came for a quick visit for breakfast.  I had just begun […]

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Meditations on Mothering

by Edie Wadsworth on September 24, 2013

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She buried her head into my neck and cried red, hot tears.  She already feels the sting of life and we sit in her bed and bear it together.  It might as well be the weight of the world.   Joy unspeakable awaits her, but so does heartbreak.  How do I tell her that this […]

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Forever Young {13 and 21}

by Edie Wadsworth on September 10, 2013

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I was pregnant with her during my last year of residency, which means, she learned early to be a fighter.  During the first year of her life, I adjusted to a new baby, a new marriage, a new job, and a new mortgage in a new town.  I worked weekend nights as an ER doctor […]

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Cake and Karaoke

by Edie Wadsworth on September 9, 2013

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Okay, y’all. It was the best party ever.  I’ve got no lies to tell.  We were celebrating milestones;  Caiti turning 21 and Emme turning 13.  And would you believe me if I told you that there was not ONE decoration.  Not one.  Not even a single solitary “Happy Birthday” napkin. What we had was this—we […]

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Summer Soiree 2013 (aka The Best Staycation EVER!)

by Edie Wadsworth on July 8, 2013

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Our week was wonderful and went a little something like this…. and this….. with a little bit of this….. and this……. thrown in for good measure. Because sometimes, you just need to laugh.  A lot.  And my people are nothing if not entertaining. The kitchen was on her best behavior and churned out a lot […]

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Through My Prayers

by Edie Wadsworth on May 28, 2013

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Steve’s father passed away this week. We are heartbroken and grieving and would appreciate your prayers; especially for his mom, who lost her husband of 57 years and who spent the last few years sacrificing so much to care for him at home. The gift Steve’s father gave me is one I’ll never be able to […]

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On Raising Gracious Kids

by Edie Wadsworth on March 6, 2013

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  I wrote this post, not because I’ve somehow got it all figured out, but because  even as a veteran mom, I’m still struggling.  I’m right there with you, down in the trenches, waging war, as enemies attack these kids, our family, on every side.  It’s hard because it’s supposed to be hard.  But don’t […]

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