this moment

{this moment}

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soulemama’s {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.




steeped in traditions

Oh these holidays have a way of doing that to us don’t they?  Remembering days of old, creating new memories with hopes to follow them up year after year after year, and of course joining with family and friends to complete all these lovely rituals we hold so dear to our hearts.

It is so wonderful to build your very own traditions for all times of the year, but the holiday season is particularly inspiring I must say.  Some of ours are old… you know three years old… and some are new this year and who knows?  We could be doing for many years to come!  I like that thought.  Lee and I, old as dirt, drinking some holiday home brews, glueing buttons to cards decked out in our newly polished shoes.

Around here it has been looks a little like this…

holiday beer brewing



card making

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reading an old favorite.. over and over.. and over.. perhaps we started the jolly season a touch too early.


opening those little advent doors

IMG_6019 St. Nicholas day shoe shining… with Lee out of town, this year mine got a little sparkly!




They look pretty good, if I don’t say so myself.  Thanks St. Nick!  

And a new one, one that surprises me, but was oh- so- enjoyable.  As a note in the advent relayed to us two days ago- we were to go on a movie date.  Well now.  A movie.  For this non-tv watching boy of mine made me a little apprehensive.  But after much ado, lots of debate on which movie to go and see, it turned out it was the perfect experience after all.  I look forward to going on a little date with my oldest for many years to come.  Soon I will have to sneak a second date in too I suppose.

I am even developing a bit of a “jolly” sized belly from all the goodies that go along with the season!  Its glorious!  Yes, we are in the thick of crafting and creating and knitting and wax and paint and well, so much of the stuff that I just love!  What does this time of year look like for you?

Happy St. Nicholas Day!

Happy St. Nicholas Day!  Last year, during my student teaching at a Waldorf School, I was first exposed to this interesting tradition.  You shine up your shoes, or your parents, and leave them out at night for the old St. Nick to see with a few carrots in them for his horses to snack on.  Then, in the morning, you will find peppermint sticks, golden nuts, chocolates or other such goodies inside!  His horses may have even left a little hay or nibbled the carrot.  This was most definitely the students and my little boys favorite part.  What is more exciting than a horse?  Nothing, in the eyes of a two-year old.  Absolutely nothing…except maybe the prospect of eating a candy cane at some juncture in the day.  That is pretty exciting too.