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{February Gratitudes}

For fresh inspiration and a new home to dream about.

For fresh inspiration and a new home to dream about.

 

For proud big sisters and the joy of that first cuddle.

For proud big sisters and the joy of that first cuddle.

 

For quiet thinking spots  and curls that seem to be sticking around.

For quiet thinking spots and curls that seem to be sticking around.

 

For play dates with Daddy and a church that tries new things.

For play dates with Daddy and a church that tries new things.

 

For sisterly moments and the sharing of secrets.

For sisterly moments and the sharing of secrets.

 

These are some of the inserts from our family gratitude journal during February, reminding us that God is good and that we are blessed!

What have you been thankful for this month?


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{Daughter Diaries} #7

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Dear Blossom, your enthusiasm for trucks, tractors, ‘copters, planes and lorries is simply contagious. So much so that I find myself pointing out these vehicles to random people (and sometimes even myself) when you’re not with me. Embarrassing mum moment #23. Dear Bubbles, talking of contagious, your gummy smiles and sweet babbling are just that! At 8 weeks old you’re already beginning to find your voice and share your heart. Dearest Daughters, thank you for reminding me that the simplest things in life are most definitely the sweetest.

Happy Friday sweet readers! Anyone else suffer from embarrassing mummy moments?


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{Daughter Diaries} #6

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Dear Blossom, Mummy would really like to get a British Bulldog and call him Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. Albus for short. However, you seem incredibly insistent in your love of soppy dogs that I propose a compromise – we get a Westie – name still to be decided. I think that’s as cute as I can possibly go. Deal? Dear Bubbles, heads up, we’re dog people and with the current pet negotiations it would be really helpful if you didn’t turn out to be a cat lover. I have a few tricks up my sleeve to steer you in the right direction and bedtime renditions of Emily Gravett’s ‘Dogs’ will commence as soon as you can keep your eyes open long enough. Dearest Daughters, looking forward to mother-daughter dog walks with you two, just as soon as your legs are long enough.

What’s your favourite breed of dog?


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{Daughter Diaries} #5

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Dear Blossom, in the 22 months since you were born I have been told that you look like Daddy, Auntie Emma, Uncle Chris, your Great-Grandpa Girard, Nan Cheetham, your second cousin Josh, ‘the Goulds’ and me. Since all these people look incredibly different I believe everyone is wrong and you just look like you. Beautiful. Dear Bubbles, as for you, you apparently have my nose and Daddy’s mouth, whereas Blossom has my mouth and Daddy’s nose. It all gets very complicated! Either way your nose is very cute and me and Blossom love to beep it several times a day. You’ll get used to us, promise. Dearest Daughters, may you always know how uniquely and wonderfully made you are. Always stay true to yourselves.

Happy Valentines Day sweet readers! Who in your family do you look like?


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{Daughter Diaries} #4

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Dear Blossom, I was pleased to hear from your health visitor that you apparently have very good speech for your age. However, I hope you never stop calling horsies, ‘sorsies’ or saying ‘enore’ every time you see a donkey. Your animal related speech really is the cutest. Dear Bubbles, I’m still trying to discern your voice. Blossom thinks you sound like a snuffly panda and I have to say at times I agree with her. Your eyes communicate much though and I can see that you’re already a deep thinker and philosopher of life, just like your big sister. Dearest Daughters, I’m looking forward to mother-daughter coffee dates with you two. Listening to you share your hearts and speak your minds will be such a privilege.

Happy Friday! What cute things did your little ones say when learning to talk?


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{January Gratitudes}

For freshly stamped books and sweet expectations for the year ahead.

For freshly stamped books and sweet expectations for the year ahead.

 

For Ugandan air and sweet friends who make the most extraordinary gifts.

For Ugandan air and sweet friends who make the most extraordinary gifts.

 

For the love of hats and sisters adventuring together.

For the love of hats and sisters adventuring together.

 

For a loving and generous church family who bless us with their time and talents.

For a loving and generous church family who bless us with their time and talents.

 

For these beautiful eyes and precious soul.

For these beautiful eyes and precious soul.

 

For Daddy-Daughter dates and wellies that brighten the greyest of days.

For Daddy-Daughter dates and wellies that brighten the greyest of days.

 

These are some of the inserts from our family gratitude journal during January, reminding us that God is good and that we are blessed!

What have you been thankful for this month?


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{Daughter Diaries} #3

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Dear Blossom, Mama is very proud of you and the example you set for your baby sister. Thanks to your inspiration, Bubbles has been wearing her cloth nappies since she was only three weeks old. Together you girls are saving the world, one cloth nappy at a time! Dear Bubbles, the time has come to pack away your newborn clothing, a sad moment for this mama’s heart. I had forgotten how quickly each sweet baby stage comes and goes, but each transition brings new things to look forward to so here’s hoping that the gummy smiles and cooing start soon! Dearest Daughters, may you be world changers in every season of life, in any small way and wherever God places you.

Happy Friday sweet readers! What is your favourite stage of the baby years?

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