family life

Winterplace, 2012 {and someone’s birthday!}

by Edie Wadsworth on January 9, 2013

Stevie and I are lucky enough to have two sets of kids; the older ones and the younger ones.  In other words, we started early and kept going, where baby making was concerned.  If you happen to have this same arrangement, you’ll identify with what I say. We were younger when the older ones were […]


This is day 26 in a 31 day series on hospitality. Start from the beginning here. You know you’ve raised your kids right when they ask for a square dance party for their 16th birthday. And that’s just what my niece, Hope (or Hope-y, as I call her) asked for.   Isn’t she adorable????? And […]


A heartfelt thank you to my friend Julie for the beautiful hydrangeas. Summer is always better when your friends visit and  bring you flowers:) I’ve written about this topic before.  But I know this is a challenge for most of us so I wanted to update my thoughts and give you some tangible encouragement. And […]


Dance Recital 2012

by Edie Wadsworth on June 4, 2012

This is our 7th dance recital. I’ve been wondering all these years if my girls would REALLY ever be able to dance. I can tell you without hesitation that their performances were so inspiring that I could barely believe it. We finally see the fruits of all those years of practice. They’re really good. Stevie […]


What we’re growing……..

by Edie Wadsworth on May 16, 2012

1)  strawberries (well, truth be told, I didn’t grow them but I did pick them!) 2) the strawberry jam collection 3) endless summer  hydrangeas 4)  the garden (2 weeks old) 5) succulents (by the mailbox) 6) an improved Meyer’s lemon tree (I ordered it from this website and love it!  I hope I can keep […]


what momma said

by Edie Wadsworth on May 13, 2012

I can’t remember the exact circumstances in which she said it but I’ve spent a lifetime trying to grow into it. Thank you, Momma, for your tireless example of what it means to give yourself away to others. And to all my strong and brave momma friends—-the sun (Son) always shines where you are too. […]

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The Nutcracker 2011

by Edie Wadsworth on December 18, 2011

I’m not sure I can convey the sheer joy of watching my ballerinas perform this weekend in a  wonderful and classic rendition of  The Nutcracker.   I was teary eyed more than not.  And I breathed a huge sigh of relief when Emme finished her last dance as Clara.   This stuff is hard on […]


Thanksgiving 2011

by Edie Wadsworth on November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving in the new house was perfect in every way!   The weather was mild enough that the young adults sat on the porch to eat and then enjoyed the fireplace afterwards. Caiti was a huge help this year and did lots of cooking and helping! (Thank you sissy) I have the most wonderful family […]


Give Thanks

by Edie Wadsworth on November 22, 2011


So, how long have you and I been going steady? Like 3 years, I think? Well, except for that time you broke up with me when I posted about Loretta Lynn. And okay, the mullet made you a little uncomfortable.   And the bluegrass. But all and all, we’re pretty solid, you and I.  I […]


Goodbye and God Bless::The Verity’s Last Show

by Edie Wadsworth on August 12, 2011

My son Taylor, who is now 21 and entering his 3rd year of college has been the singer/songwriter for the band The Verity for the past few years. This band has defined him in many  ways and has given us all a host of precious memories. I miss the sound of his guitar in my […]


From Vacation

by Edie Wadsworth on August 11, 2011

I’m so woefully behind in editing and posting photos. I still haven’t finished the girls’ dance recital pics from May. But before the time gets away and I forget altogether, I wanted to post a few North Woods family vacation photos. We love going to Minnesota every summer.    It’s so relaxing and was a […]


Weekend Adventures on the Lake

by Edie Wadsworth on June 13, 2011

h We had a lake-swimming watermelon-eating house gazing sea-doo riding cliff-jumping belly-laughing kind of a weekend. ****** I’m gonna need a week to recover. Hope yours was fun too! I’m off to Dollywood again tomorrow so say a little prayer. I don’t do well when mixing funnel cakes, 90 degree weather  and the dizzy discs. […]


‘My Little Mother’ and thoughts on mothering

by Edie Wadsworth on June 1, 2011

The girls and I are almost finished with book 2 (Anne of Avonlea) of the Anne of Green Gables series. It’s got to be one of my favorite book series of all time. Lucy Maud Montgomery was such a phenomenal writer and was able to craft a character that will forever live in the hearts […]


Home for Easter

by Edie Wadsworth on April 26, 2011

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! My semi-break from blogging has left me with a million posts in my head. Maybe I can transfer them from my head to the keyboard It’s always such a treat for us to have our older kids home—at least some of them. I regret that I didn’t […]


Thanksgiving 2010

by Edie Wadsworth on November 27, 2010

the kids table…. dear dacor range, how did I ever live without you? the big kids table… parker House Rolls, ten years running my reason for living happy-tizers a few of my favorite people step away from the chocolate-orange dream cake right out of the oven a few more people I love…. the feasting begins […]

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