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I spent the last day of 2019 sitting with my closest friends around a campfire. 90s music played in the background, as we reminisced about the past, basked in the peace of the present, and welcomed the future. We left 2019 burning a box of wood that held our words on fragments of paper, naming everything we wanted to leave behind. Some words are meant to burn, others brought to life. I thoughtfully chose my life-giving word for 2020 without a clue of what was in store: Healing (Sorry y'all. I chose wrong. It's all my fault.) Burning wood is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at erika's kreation
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I love family traditions. The sense of togetherness, belonging, riding this world out with people who have your back are all things that make me feel safe and secure. Traditions are an expression of that unity. Turning on the holiday music, enjoying special homemade treats, and beautifying our home together are some of the simple pleasures that come from the holiday season. In a year where things have been everything but simple, these little things feel even more important. Sometimes though, the pressure of creating a moment where things flow just perfectly can have the opposite effect. Last night was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2020 at erika's kreation
Three years ago, only months after my divorce, I accepted a position in Austin that would give me considerably more time with my kids. We moved three hours away from their dad. He continued to see them every other weekend but wouldn't be able to join them here until a year later. They were 13, 11, 9, and 7. It was a challenging and scary time. I didn't have much support here, and I was doing it on my own. My oldest had been a teen for only a month, and she was already having emotional outbursts and running off.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2020 at erika's kreation
Raising emotionally healthy kids is the blog I intended to publish three weeks ago. But alas, I've been caring for my children so they can be emotionally healthy kids. Yesterday, in the midst of overwhelm, I thought, I wish I could do what I want for once! I even dreamed of the day when I would wake up sipping a hot something or other on my back patio, listening to the trees rustle and sway in the wind, writing to my heart's content. I'm pretty sure that's when I was jolted by, "Moooooooooom!" I started the day excited and productive.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2020 at erika's kreation
I had such a good morning with my love on Saturday. We woke up together, before the sun rose, to the roar of thunder and flashes of lightening. We spent quality time chatting and laughing and having deep conversation. We don’t get to do that very often, as we are single parents and don’t live together. Our kids are back in school, and we both have busy days working and caring for them. We only get a free night or two every two weeks when mine visit their dad. After two hours, despite our incredible morning, my body began to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2020 at erika's kreation
Last week, my boyfriend and I hit the road in a rented van driving from Texas to Montana without our kids. We had our GPS and a flexible plan. Almost nine years ago to the day, my ex-husband and I were returning to Texas from Minnesota with our four kids after living on the road in our van. When we left, we had a few paper road maps and no plan. If you asked me then what my life would look like almost ten years later, I would've laughed because I didn't know what my life would look like the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2020 at erika's kreation
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Without connection, we fall apart. Connection binds us to each other and brings us back to ourselves. Despite the chaos of this pandemic, the gift of connection has been mine. Connecting with those I love, connecting with nature, connecting with myself. I hope the same is true for you. If you find yourself overwhelmed with the state of things, and you want to make change in the world, take comfort in the reality that it always starts at home. Here are some ideas to get you started: Wake up earlier than everyone, and spend some time with yourself. You're worth... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at erika's kreation
"Who knew I would love mediocrity so much?" My cousin Nichole casually texted me today echoing the song of my heart this year. When the pandemic first started, I was working full time by day and crisis schooling four kids at home as a single mom by night, and I wondered where the hell everyone was pulling out all this free time. My free time was on the toilet where I enjoyed a few minutes of Instagram scrolling. Best free time of my life though, y'all. It was then I watched a video by Glennon Doyle where she took it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2020 at erika's kreation
Right now I'm sitting in bed drinking almond milk coffee with sugarfree caramel syrup split between bites of banana bread, fried pita chips with hummus, and flourless banana pancakes with sugary syrup, because contradictions are how I live my life. Also, PMS. I won't apologize to the men reading this because this is 2020, and women still have periods unfortunately. I've tried to wish them away with no success. I've resigned to complaining that after 30 years, I still hate them with a passion. So as I sit here in the middle of a pandemic eating my hodge podge of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2020 at erika's kreation
Oh, I hope you all get well soon! Nothing like tea and blankets!
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2012 on resting today at SouleMama
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Lovely post. Thank you so much for sharing more of yourself with us. What a revelation of freedom to realize who you are and to accept that who as is. Beautiful indeed.
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2012 on a squam story at SouleMama
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(posted before I was done!) And through that process, everyone is fulfilled, and you are creating beautiful, cherished memories. Having four little ones of my own, I know it's not easy. I know some days you feel depleted, and you wonder how you even got through the day. But I also know that when you are engaged and connected with your children, while taking care of your own needs, it is the most satisfying, delightful depletion ever, and your cup is constantly refilled.
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2011 on Annabel (the sweater, not the baby) at SouleMama
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And this is why I love reading your blog. You live in the moment with your children, engaging with them, yet working in the things you love all the while.
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2011 on Annabel (the sweater, not the baby) at SouleMama
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unique and cute! love these!
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Wow, yep, I know those days. & I love your perspective. I really need to dance more. :)
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2011 on some days at SouleMama
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I've been absent for some time around here because I'm working on yet another site that I believe expresses where I've been and what's been exciting me as of late. I read an inspirational song quote today, "You can't break out of a circle. That you never knew you were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2011 at Fam in a Van
Cracking up on that last line!!! But oh, I love that advice! I'll be sure to mention it to the hubby. ;) ~erika
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2011 on berries blue at SouleMama
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That quote is beautiful and perfect for my day! I have such incredible life changing things going on right now, and it's just the continued inspiration I needed! Also, only you can make grass growing in the lake look so beautiful. I've always loved it and tried to capture it, but it never looks as wondrous as in your photo. :D ~erika
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2011 on these summer days at SouleMama
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Ahhh, I love this! I needed to read such a peaceful, mellowing post. To say it's been a rough week is putting it mildly. And, that Old Timer saying can be applied to where we are currently -- Bemidji, MN. Thankfully, we get to experience the thick of these beautiful Summers where we can actually enjoy the outdoors. We're from the Texas Gulf Coast where beautiful and Summer will never be found in the same sentence, and everyone is begging to come inside! ~erika
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2011 on SoulePapa Blogs :: In the Thick of It at SouleMama
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Omg, I so desperately want these!!!!! ~erika
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Cristiana is doing the same thing! Isn't it fun?! ~erika
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2011 on On Our Most Adventurous Days at Fam in a Van
Yes, you must!! ~erika
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2011 on On Our Most Adventurous Days at Fam in a Van
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Shay takes the kids on rides. (You should see when all six of us pile on!) And sometimes, the kids go alone. Okay, not really. But pretending is just as fun. The girls enjoy a moment as we hike through the forest. Claire tries to enjoy tubing with her cousins.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2011 at Fam in a Van
Beautiful post. I love your neighbor's simple advice! It's so like me to have a reason for E V E R Y T H I N G, and it's absolutely refreshing when someone can simplify things so perfectly for me. My husband is often the one to do this, thankfully, or else my head just might explode. :P
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2011 on the "new" arrivals at SouleMama
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