{July Gratitudes}

Gratitudes July 2017 | The Open Home
For summer sun and life by the sea.
Gratitudes July 2017 | The Open Home
For family and friends and finding your tribe.
Gratitudes July 2017 | The Open Home
For night time rituals and words that linger.
Gratitudes July 2017 | The Open Home
For limpets and Limpet, and those lazy, hazy summer days.
Gratitudes July 2017 | The Open Home
For the ladies that lead and the confidence to move on.
Gratitudes July 2017 | The Open Home
For family outings and stepping outside of your comfort zone.
Gratitudes July 2017 | The Open Home
For Babbity Bumbles and a garden that’s overflowing.

These are the inserts from our gratitude journal during July, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries #40}

Daughter Diaries #40 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, You are all of a sudden so very grown up so Mama is feeling a little fragile today as we close this chapter on your play school days. Over the next 7 weeks of summer I plan to squeeze every last drop of preschool goodness out of you before you head on to the next adventure that is “big school.” (Oh and now is the time to get those extra ice-creams out of me, whilst I’m feeling all soppy and sentimental.) Dear Bubbles, Praise the Lord your mid summer sleeping blip appears to have come to an end! As much as I appreciate that you just love me sooooo much, you really don’t need to wake me at 1am, 3am and 5am to show me – the day time snuggles and monopoly of Mummy’s time really will suffice. Oh and congratulations on the transition to big girl pants, you’ll be following in your sister’s footsteps before I know it. Dearest Daughters, all good things come to an end, but always remember that the joy is in the journey.

What are your summer holiday plans?

{June Gratitudes}

June Gratitudes 2017 | The Open Home
For the taste of summer and the barbecues that go with them.
June Gratitudes 2017 | The Open Home
For monthly roasts and Granny’s yorkshire puddings.
June Gratitudes 2017 | The Open Home
For the smell of summer and nature up close.
June Gratitudes 2017 | The Open Home
For fun with Mum and greenhouse delights.
Gratitudes June 2013 | The Open Home
For wild postboxes and whirlwind weekends away.
Gratitudes June 2013 | The Open Home
For buzzing bees and classic style.

These are the inserts from our gratitude journal during June, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.

What have you been thankful for lately?

Outgoing in Spring

Spring has been a fun filled season of snail mail for me as I got to put all the new stationery supplies from my birthday to good use. I discovered some fabulous new-to-me stationery designers (links at the end of this post), sent mail out from London and finally entered the Top 10 ranking of Postcrossers from Guernsey – woo!

Anyway, here are the stats for my outgoing mail during spring: I have sent 56 postcards, 8 letters, 15 cards and 1 parcel to a total of 18 countries.

*(Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Guernsey, India, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, U.S.A.)

Here are some of the shots:

Outgoing in Spring | The Open Home
Perfectly timed snail mail for the cat loving penpal.
Outgoing in Spring | The Open Home
Catching up with the girls and trying out my new rubber stamps.
Outgoing in Spring | The Open Home
I had lots of fun making this insect themed mail, even included my first piece of typing.
Outgoing in Spring | The Open Home
First birthday parcel.
Outgoing in Spring | The Open Home
Better late than never, Easter cards for all my lovely penpals!
Outgoing in Spring | The Open Home
A quick “congrats” in the mail.
Outgoing in Spring | The Open Home
The sweetest 4th birthday invitations.
Outgoing in Spring | The Open Home
Travel themed mail for my globe trotting penpal.
Outgoing in Spring | The Open Home
I’m really enjoying combining my enthusiasm for poetry, typing and snail mail.
Outgoing in Spring | The Open Home
The insides of my travel themed mail using lots of Cavallini paper goodies.
Outgoing in Spring | The Open Home
At last! A postcard with a map of Guernsey on!
Outgoing in Spring | The Open Home
Loving my Katie Leamon stationery set. Sent this lovely typewriter set to 3 penpals so far.
Outgoing in Spring 2017 | The Open Home
A 1995 postage paid airmail letter on it’s way to the southern hemisphere.
Outgoing in Spring 2017 | The Open Home
A minty piece of mail complete with mint tea on it’s way to Hawaii.
Outgoing in Spring 2017 | The Open Home
My new discovery: Dandelion Stationery.
Outgoing in Spring 2017 | The Open Home
Outgoing mail from London!
Outgoing in Spring 2017 | The Open Home
London Baby!

 

Have you sent any happy mail lately?

 


 

Stationery Links:

{Dear Daddy}

Dear Daddy 2017 | The Open Home

Dear Daddy Man, I love you sooooooooo much! You really are the man! The man that picks me up when I fall, fills my life with laughter and helps me to be my best. You are my encourager and my hero, I find courage because of you. Thank you for always having time to build the elaborate train tracks, for helping me scale the trunks in the Deep Dark Wood and for dating me with such charm and creativity. Lots of love and cheek bruising smooches from, Blossom xx

Dearest Daddy, now I know we don’t always see eye to eye but that is because you have boring grown up logic and I am in fact a crazy toddler. I happen to enjoy licking my sandy feet, flinging my nappies at inappropriate times and having my book pile just so. Thank you for embracing my little quirks and putting up with my inner diva. I love you more than Candie Gardens and chocolate brownies. Lots of love and Gruffalo snuggles from, Bubbles xx

Dear Husby, you are patient and you are kind. You are generous and you are humble. You are brave and you are strong. You take care of your ladies so very well and I love you for it. All of my heart, Wifey xx

Happy Father’s Day!

{Ten on Ten} June 2017

This months ten on ten consisted of a lovely sunshiny day filled with church, our first visit to an open garden and leisurely activities at home.

Linking up again with Rebekah Gough, here are my ten shots trying to capture the beauty in the ordinary.

Ten on Ten June 2017 | The Open Home
More proof that the best postcards come from Latvia.
Ten on Ten June 2017 | The Open Home
Those eyelashes!
Ten on Ten June 2017 | The Open Home
Journal time.
Ten on Ten June 2017 | The Open Home
Stamp time.
Ten on Ten June 2017 | The Open Home
An afternoon stroll.
Ten on Ten June 2017 | The Open Home
Our first open garden.
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Family portraits.
Ten on Ten June 2017 | The Open Home
Riding in style.
Ten on Ten June 2017 | The Open Home
Wrapped and ready to go.
Ten on Ten June 2017 | The Open Home
Counting lessons with the big sister.

 

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

Daughter Diaries #39

Daughter Diaries 39 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, I love that I get to watch you learn and grow from up close. Your creativity continues to astound me and your attention to detail impress me, I simply love to watch you work. I think this is the best family portrait of us yet and I shall soon be commissioning you to fill my walls with art. Dear Bubbles, summer has come and you now smell mostly of suncream and sand. Last minute picnics on the beach are becoming the norm and watching you run wild and free across the beach is pure joy, watching you lick sand off your feet, not so much. Dearest Daughters, may you continue to express yourselves in your own weird unique and wonderful ways.

How are you making the most of the sunshine?