Days getting shorter, time slowing down

As we get closer to the Winter Solstice, we’ve noticed something strange. Time seems to be slowing down. This will be our first year celebrating the shortest day, the first year we will mark this passage of the seasons, the turning point, the beginning of the sun’s journey back to our side of the world.

Tonight we start preparations forย our small family Sunday celebration. We’ve been inspired by so many in our ways to celebrate, but I would like to thank Kim and KC in particular for their support in answering questions, sharing their experience and allowing us to enter this new tradition confident that it is the right thing for our family. We wanted to do so much at first, it was honestly becoming overwhelming. Such wonderful activities, books, traditions out there, we didn’t know where to start. But we finally decided on a few activities to do together, following the day, letting nature guide us…

I’ll be back to share with you our activities throughout the week-end. I’m hoping you’ll share with me your celebrations. Feel free to link your pages for all to see in the comments below.

The family wide sickness seems to be loosening its grasp. Although we are not out of the woods yet, appetites are mostly back, energy levels are up and we are finally back on track. I’ve been quiet this week for simple lack of things to say. Our evenings were full of candles, slow meals, baking, coloring, reading and warm baths. Our mornings have slowed as well. With preschool soon coming to a halt for the holidays, we’ve been slower getting out the door in the morning and Little Miss has been getting surprised with early pick-ups all week. We’ve enjoyed new books, pancake breakfasts and mama even got to enjoy some morning knitting while the kiddos entertained themselves.

I have to say I’ve never felt more calm and peaceful so close to the holidays. And I know our choices have made a difference in our daughter as well. I’ve received comments from her teachers saying that she’s the only one in her group who hasn’t shown a change in her concentration or attention levels with the holidays coming. And that to me is by far one of my greatest motivation.

Oh what wonderful promise 2015 holds…

Wishing all of you a most wonderful week-end and a happy HAPPY Winter Solstice! xo



About Yanic A.

Hello to all of you and thank you for stopping by! My name is Yanic. I'm a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother of 2 beautifully complex and unique children and a lover of all things inspiring. Having started a personal journey of self discovery when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago, I've since embraced a daily life of simpler pleasures and gratitude. As we get to know each other, you will know me as a quilter, a gardener, a Tao cultivator, a vegetarian foodie, a true believer in a healthy family life as being the secret to my happiness and hopefully as time goes on, a friend... I will try to share with you my days as they unfold, speaking of my happy successes without censoring my challenges, trying to make this blog a true portrait of the ever-changing path that I have chosen for myself. I'm hoping to find in these pages others to share with and learn from, bringing to light the absolute connection in all things and people, showing this world as being a true community.
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18 Responses to Days getting shorter, time slowing down

  1. this looks so calm and peaceful! Enjoy!


  2. karen says:

    I hope everyone continues to feel better! I am amazed that the shortest day of the year is here and it seems like yesterday we celebrated the longest day of the year!!


  3. appleshoe says:

    I’m glad to hear that you are all starting to feel better. Thank you for the picture of the books. I’m always hunting for book ideas. Take care.


  4. Mountain Girl says:

    Sounds like you have been finding a nice rhythm this year. We’ve been sick, too, but are coming out of it as well. Hope you continue in the calm, rich place you are finding!


    • Yanic A. says:

      Oh, I hope you guys feel better soon too. No fun, especially around the holidays.
      Thank you for your kind words. We are very happy, this seems to really work for us. I feel so blessed for having been able to make the changes we made this year.


  5. This post makes me so happy. Not only are you guys feeling better, you have found your own way through the holidays and are seeing the pay off. Congratulations my friend. It really is lovely when things come together and all of sudden you wake up one day and the life you have been working to carve for your family is right there in front of you. Soak up the peace and calm, and enjoy your Winter Solstice weekend. Much love to all of you. xo

    PS Winter is the Warmest Season is new to me, might have to look it up. Good for older littles or is it for the younger set?


    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank you Kim! It truly is… I haven’t felt this good in years in every sphere and dimensions of my life, body and spirit before. It really is what I’m meant to do…

      The book is great! Good for younger sets as well. Beautiful illustrations, minimal text. I would have read this with my daughter when she was 3 no problem. She just understand sit more now. ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Robin says:

    I read this morning that not only is Solstice the longest day of the year, this year it is the darkest night of the moon. It’s the new moon so there will be no moonlight at all. It will be so dark the meteor shower will be easy to see if the sky is clear. I am looking forward to it. Happy Solstice!


    • Yanic A. says:

      We live in the city… I’m not sure it would get dark enough for us to see it… Hmm… I wonder if we could go on a drive! That might be worth exploring for sure. Thank you! xo


  7. Carie says:

    Happy Solstice to you too – It sounds like you have a wonderfully peaceful approach to the season and it’s paying off in spades!!


    • Yanic A. says:

      I’m so happy with the way it all worked out honestly. Looking forward to making it more and more our own over the upcoming years. Little by Little…

      Thank you for stopping by!


  8. So glad you are finding peace this season. A wonderful gift that we can give ourselves and our families. I love that stitch pattern that you are working on! And I am looking forward to check out your book recommendation of “Winter is the Warmest Season.”

    Today was our last day of school. I am very much looking forward to two weeks of not trying to get everyone out of the house on time!


  9. sally says:

    It sounds completely beautiful, hope your days are still moving just like this.


    • Yanic A. says:

      Even now, after Xmas, they still are. Seems we are floating through our days, even Little Man has been sleeping through his nights. Hope your holidays are restful ones as well. xo


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