Outgoing in September

I thought September was going to be a slower month on the snail mail front due to The Husby and I going on a short city break and having some staycation time on island, however I actually squeezed in a surprising amount of letter writing before heading off to Latvia.

So here are this months stats; I have sent 30 postcards, 2 letters, 2 cards and 1 parcel to a total of 16 countries.

*(Australia, Canada, China, England, Finland, Germany, Guernsey, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine, U.S.A.)

Here are some of the shots:

Outgoing Mail September 2016 | The Open Home
Full snail mail complete with mail tag and fun autumn ideas on it’s way to New Hampshire.
Outgoing Mail September 2016 | The Open Home
Making use of these postage paid airmail letters from 1995!
Outgoing Mail September 2016 | The Open Home
A parcel of goodies for the birthday girls in New Zealand.
Outgoing Mail September 2016 | The Open Home
Making use of the new “Happy Postcrossing” stamps on my many postcards.
Outgoing in September 2016 | The Open Home
Still loving these floral Guernsey stamps.
Outgoing Mail in September 2016 | The Open Home
I just couldn’t resist sending a few postcards whilst in Latvia!
Outgoing Mail in September 2016 | The Open Home
I couldn’t afford the real thing so a postcard of the sweet Latvian doll had to do!

 

Did you manage to send some happy mail this month?

{Daughter Diaries} #31

Daughter Diaries 31 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, what a sweet little girl you are becoming; kind, conscientious and such an encourager. Thanks for cheering me on and keeping me company, I’m not going to want to let you go when big school arrives next year. Dear Bubbles, now that you are officially a walking, talking toddler the fun has really started! Thank you for making me laugh deep within my belly and for bringing sunshine on even the cloudiest of days. Dearest Daughters, may you continue to bless people in your own unique ways and wherever God places you.

In what ways do the little ones in your life bless you?

{Dear Husby} 10 Years and Counting…

Dear Husby 10 Years & Counting | The Open Home

Dear Husby,

Well it has been ten years, Husby. TEN YEARS!

Ten years since I walked down the aisle to you. Ten years since we became Mr & Mrs. Ten years since we officially became a family, just you and me.

And ten years on you remain the most important person in my life. The person who knows my hopes and dreams, my fears and failures and continues to love me through it all.

Thank you for honouring those vows, for sticking with me through the better and worse of marriage and for loving me so well. You really are one of a kind and I really do cherish you.

All of my heart…

… these ten years and still counting,

Wifey xx

Happy 10th Wedding Anniversary!

{Ten on Ten} September 2016

A day late with my Ten on Ten and Sunday was the usual kind of day really with a busy morning at Church followed by a lazy afternoon at home (for us girls at least). We enjoyed playing in the garden, exercising and snuggling, all in all some well spent family time.

Linking up again with Rebekah Gough here are my (not quite) ten shots trying to capture the beauty in the ordinary.

Ten on Ten September 2016 | The Open Home
A peaceful start to the day.
Ten on Ten September 2016 | The Open Home
Still admiring my postcard beauties from Eastern Europe.
Ten on Ten September 2016 | The Open Home
A morning stroll for Bubbles.
Ten on Ten September 2016 | The Open Home
Getting rather fond of my trainers these days.
Ten on Ten September 2016 | The Open Home
Colourful lunches are the best.
Ten on Ten September 2016 | The Open Home
Snuggling up for the day’s quiet time choice.
Ten on Ten September 2016 | The Open Home
Finally able to see my rainbow books again.
Ten on Ten September 2016 | The Open Home
Benches in the bathroom are a must!

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

{August Gratitudes}

Gratitudes August 2016 | The Open Home
For little legs and new discoveries.
Gratitudes August 2016 | The Open Home
For afternoon tea parties and cake galore!
Gratitudes August 2016 | The Open Home
For little friends that fill the “boy-sister” gap.
Gratitudes August 2016 | The Open Home
For creative outlets and some much needed time to reflect.
Gratitudes August 2016 | The Open Home
For sisters in the sunshine and a view that never gets old.
Gratitudes August 2016 | The Open Home
For teeny-tiny paddling pools that bring the greatest of joy.

 

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

What have you been thankful for this month?

Outgoing in August

August has been a fun month of snail mailing for me, full of bright colours and lots of flowers and summertime inspiration. I finally started dabbling with brush lettering this month so incorporated this into a few pieces of mail art and I again joined in the More Love Letters initiative and hope to make this a regular thing.

So here are this months stats: I have sent 23 postcards, 3 letters and 2 cards to a total of 13 countries.

*(Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Ukraine, U.S.A.)

Here are some of the shots:

Outgoing Mail August 2016 | The Open Home
A floral piece of snail mail inspired by the beautiful colours of freesias.
Outgoing Mail August 2016 | The Open Home
Words of encouragement for some lovely ladies across the Atlantic c/o More Love Letters.
Outgoing Mail August 2016 | The Open Home
Some words of affirmation for a brave young man, also c/o More Love Letters.
Outgoing in August 2016 | The Open Home
A selection of panorama postcards that I regularly send out via Postcrossing
Outgoing in August 2016 | The Open Home
A pretty postcard on it’s way to my lovely postcard penpal in Latvia.
Outgoing Mail in August | The Open Home
Pretty pastel washi tape and my first piece of mail on it’s way to Hawaii!
Outgoing in August 2016 | The Open Home
Pretty floral stamps make even the simplest mail art incredibly striking.

 

Did you manage to send some happy mail this month?

{Daughter Diaries} #30

Daughter Diaries #30 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, your bunny friend Boo has been your cuddly companion since your were a sweet little baby. Loving him has brought you so much comfort and joy, whilst also teaching you to be gentle and kind, a real mother hen. You make my mama’s heart proud. Dear Bubbles, before you were even born we choose Bear especially for you and it really was the most perfect choice. Perhaps it was prophetic that the little girl, with the bear called Bear would turn out to be so adventurous and brave, just like the man who Bear is named after. Dearest Daughters, you are both so different and yet at times so very alike, you compliment each other beautifully. May your bond of sisterhood enable you to celebrate your differences and revel in your similarities.

Are you similar to your siblings?