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Interests: I'm inspired by ships and mermaids, pirates and misty seas, aran and celtic knits, mossy forests, swallows, swifts, folktales, farmland and rolling hills, barns and front porches, old houses, and lemonade as the sun is going down.
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A glimpse of our adventures during two recent and incredible trips to Tofino. Goodness, our whole little family really loves that place. We've been visiting this rugged, coastal paradise for over 15 years now, since Sean and I first started dating. He loves to surf, and I could blissfully pass the hours by beachcombing along the shore. Now, with Coco in tow, we watch as she grows her own love for this storybook seaside land. The treetops are silver and bare, twisted by decades of coastal storms, and when the sun shines it is paradise. If the sun doesn't shine,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at barn raising
Back in January, when the wintry weather was in full force and the days seemed oh so far from the height of summer, we bought a camper van. It was one of those decisions in life that is mulled over for a long time, but then quickly comes to be when everything falls into place. We were willing, the right van was found, and the rest is history. Or, I should say, the rest is right now. Suddenly our world has grown! Sean and I are excited for our travels to come (we live in the perfect corner of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at barn raising
Oh I love the linens and those tea, flour, sugar windmill containers. So much fun! The bird cards are great!
Toggle Commented May 15, 2014 on Brimfield at SouleMama
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Thank you, Angie, it's great to be here and know that so many kindred spirits are out there who feel the same. I'm grateful that you are one of them! xo
Toggle Commented May 6, 2014 on looking back, jumping forward at barn raising
Yes, I'm sure those two little gals would be fast and great friends! I was just thinking that it is so beautiful to feel the bittersweetness. The longing with the love for what is and all there is to come all at the same time. I wouldn't change it for the world. Lots of love to you!
Toggle Commented May 6, 2014 on looking back, jumping forward at barn raising
Thank you, Mom! Your own words have always inspired me! xoxo
Toggle Commented May 6, 2014 on looking back, jumping forward at barn raising
Thanks K! x.
Toggle Commented May 6, 2014 on looking back, jumping forward at barn raising
I found these photos on a never finished blog post from ages ago. I remember this day back on our land. What a sweet time that was. Sweet in its moments, difficult in the big picture. It's incredible how swift change is. When Coco was born I thought it would be ages before she turned five and now here we are on the cusp of it. This writing space was so, so good for me when she was just a babe. I fell in love with writing and capturing the world in moments like these, moments that celebrate very simply... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at barn raising
Things are full and busy over here and so I don't get to check in with my favorite blogs too often, but whenever I come to your space I feel blessed to have done so. Beautiful, as always. xo
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2014 on Longings at Live Free
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One of my favorite this moments by far!
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2014 on {this moment} at SouleMama
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Surely nothing is quite as fun as naming baby lambs! Perhaps naming yarn colourways and babies, too. ;) So glad there are fluffy distractions from all of the other things. Get well, Soules!
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2014 on Act III at SouleMama
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Adorable! All of them! You just need to make a lambing smock now! :)
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2014 on on the way to spring at SouleMama
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So beautiful. Looking back, it's the huddles with my siblings that I remember most, not the squabbling. And, soon it will be spring!
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2014 on the weekend (huddle) at SouleMama
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I love the sweater but, oh, those expressions are priceless!
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2014 on springtime, sometime at SouleMama
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Another beautiful transition at the Soule farm! I will miss Peach (even from the photos she just seems so lovely) but excited to see a pasture full of leaping lambs. Sweetness, indeed!
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2014 on in the pasture :: comings and goings at SouleMama
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Then. The lights of the coziest of seasons. Soft little kittens to celebrate a festival of warmth: And a wee basket to tuck them into: Lanterns to mark our inner strength and goodwill to our neighbours: Winter and yule stories: Advent: St. Nicholas: Feasting and celebrating (and special new things): A gingerbread gift for the birds: Now. We stepped slowly through January. My goodness, we were all so sick throughout the holidays and I feel like our immune systems haven't yet bounced back. We've been enjoying lazy mornings and quiet days, and many suppers of brothy soups and home ferments.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at barn raising
Peach seems just lovely and, oh, all that milk! A couple of our "local" and dedicated farmers drive real milk into the greater Vancouver area every day and delivery Jersey milk to cow share members. As an urban dweller I feel so lucky to have access to such nourishing food. Enjoy your wintry Thursday!
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2014 on the milk update at SouleMama
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Yes, you're so right, we are never really "done". Which feels there's no ideal place to "get to" and there's no "better" effort to be making. x.
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2014 on the beat goes on. at Live Free
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I just wrote you an email saying so much and then it wouldn't send to your email address and in the process of figuring out why I erased most all of my email. Gah! The essence was that some words you spoke in this post brought tears that have been lingering for the past couple of weeks. And choosing love, as it is the only path to travel (what you wrote), reminded me that I must let go in order to appreciate more deeply all that I have. Thank you for that reminder. xo.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2014 on the beat goes on. at Live Free
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I understand how difficult it is say goodbye to an animal you have made part of the family, having given up our beloved kittens last summer knowing that we were moving back to the city (and they were very much country cats). It was a tough decision made for the sake of their own safety and happiness, but it took much bravery from us all. Still, sometimes it truly is best for everyone. Welcome, sweet Greta- such a beautiful and fluffy addition to the Soule family! She is lovely.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2014 on Greta at SouleMama
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This made my heart ache a little (in a good way). Your voice mirrors my own...the excitement of time marching forward but the knowing that it is happening too fast for this mama's heart. Such beautiful moments over your holidays, Nichole. Just lovely. xo.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2014 on Christmas was at Live Free
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Aw, thanks Christine! Your comment got me all choked up! xoxo.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2013 on first haircut: a love story at barn raising
Coco's nanny and great auntie were recently here for a whirlwind visit in the city. It was my mum's first trip to visit us since we moved back and I was so excited to show both her and my aunt around our sweet house- the things that are the same, the many things that have changed. It's so good after a move to fill up a house with family and friends and, in this case, gregarious family spirit. Such things soak into the beams and rafters and become the very mood and culture of home. With some city errands taken... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at barn raising
Dear Grace...don't listen to what anyone says. What you did and all you did was perfect, despite the not so perfect result. But then again, it is perfect, isn't it? A beautiful baby at the end of it all is the beautiful part of birth, after all. When Chloe was born she was early, I had been on bed rest for 6 weeks, my amniotic fluid had been leaking since 27 weeks, and immediately after I was whisked away to surgery after hemorrhaging when only part of my placenta was birthed. She spent 2 weeks in the NICU and our bonding was also delayed. I missed out on a lot of the experience of pregnancy and birthing, but I couldn't have done anything differently. I firmly believe that birth in all its forms is beautiful. There is beauty because of the dear bundle we hold at the end. With so much exposure to home birth and natural birth as the "best" way it is easy to feel that anything other than is less. But, dear Grace, it is just as much. Love to you!
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2013 on 13 November at Uncommon Grace
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Kari, fantastic, you've caught the knitting bug! Yes, I can't believe how big Coco is getting...none of her pants are long enough- suddenly! And tonight she had her first official haircut! So sweet and adorable. I sense a blog post coming on.... ;)
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2013 on November at barn raising