{Daughter Diaries} #37

Daughter Diaries 37 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, you really appreciate the beauty of life and I have a feeling that Spring may become your favourite season. You stop to listen to birdsong, collect fallen petals to pass on as gifts and find delight in each and every new bud. Your enthusiasm for life and nature is contagious! Dear Bubbles, I love that you can find your way round our secret garden without any direction, throw twigs in the pond for the fish to eat and take your shoes off in every cafe we visit. Your sweet ways warm my heart. Dearest Daughters, may you always find time to stop and smell the roses.

What is your favourite thing about Spring?

Outgoing in Winter

So Spring has pretty much sprung here in Guernsey and it’s time to share with you my outgoing mail over the winter months.

I had lots of fun using all the new craft materials I got for Christmas and even tried out some new booklet style pieces of mail, see what you think.

Here are the stats for my outgoing mail during winter: I have sent 27 postcards, 4 letters and 6 cards to a total of 15 countries.

*(Belarus, Canada, China, England, Finland, France, Germany, Guernsey, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Taiwan, U.S.A.)

Here are some of the shots:

Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
Some simple rubber stamp art on it’s way to Canada.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
Some Christmas thank yous using the ladybird book cover postcards I got for Christmas.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
More Christmas thank yous from my girls.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
Belated birthday mail on it’s way to my friend in New Zealand.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
The inside on my mail to New Zealand, my first attempt at a booklet style piece of mail.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
The first of my flower fairy postcard, sent to my one and only postcard penpal in Latvia.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
Can’t go wrong with these floral Guernsey stamps.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
The Box Tree Fairy on it’s way to Germany.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
Making use of my new stationery goodies for this piece of mail on it’s way to Germany.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
A sweet Valentines for a sweet little boy.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
Another attempt at a booklet piece of mail on it’s way to the U.S.A just in time for Valentines Day.
Outgoing in Winter 2017 | The Open Home
The inside of my rainbow heart mail, making use of my new rubber stamps all the way from New Zealand.

Have you sent any happy mail lately?

{Ten on Ten} March 2017

Just an ordinary Sunday for us really. Church followed by a lazy afternoon at home for us girls whilst The Husby went back to work and I cleaned up (more!) buckets.

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

Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
New shoes ready to go.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
A rainy walk to church with Granny but still smiling!
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
My favourite tree beginning to blossom.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
Succulent love.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
March present wrapping done.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
5 minutes of peace.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
Choo Choo Thomas, Choo Choo!
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
Afternoon walk past this cute fella.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
The new watch in action.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
My evenings work ready and waiting.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

{February Gratitudes}

Gratitudes February 2017 | The Open Home
For crazy girls in their princess towers and weekly play dates with friends.
Gratitudes February 2017 | The Open Home
For the simplicity of white and signs of life.
Gratitudes February 2017 | The Open Home
For homemade birthday cake and 30 years of life!
Gratitudes February 2017 | The Open Home
For the love and companionship that only a sister can bring.
Gratitudes February 2017 | The Open Home
For lazy morning reading and books that pass on from generation to generation.
Gratitudes February 2017 | The Open Home
For the surprises of nature and the endless possibilities of learning outdoors.
Gratitudes February 2017 | The Open Home
For safe havens and cactus envy.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #36

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Dear Blossom, I am loving your enthusiasm for gardening and so proud of your sweet and generous nature. I’m sure Wendy the goat will be delighted with her home grown carrots but I just hope that you will allow us to eat some too! Dear Bubbles, you’re growing fast now that you’ve entered your twos and I’m loving the little lady you are becoming. Watching you dance and sing as you do your self-taught ballet is one of the sweetest parts of my day. Dearest Daughters, watching you grow is both a privilege and a joy, but please don’t grow too fast will you!?

What cute things have your kiddos been up to lately?

30 Things in my 30’s

30 Things in my 30's | The Open Home

Last week I turned the big 3-0 and to embrace this next decade I decided to make a list of 30 things I would like to do in my 30’s. Some are big life goals, the things I dream about and others are simply fun or grown up things I’ve been meaning to get round to. In no particular order…

  1. Get a good camera and learn how to use it!
  2. Start a Social Science degree
  3. Grow our family through adoption
  4. Make a patchwork quilt for each of my girls
  5. Go on a flower arranging course
  6. Learn to embroider
  7. Finally learn to knit!
  8. Learn to play the ukulele with my girls
  9. Start learning to speak German
  10. Get a pet (maybe a rabbit?)
  11. Start a veggie patch
  12. Try Beekeeping
  13. Shear a sheep
  14. Read all of Agatha Christie’s Poirot
  15. Read the Anne of Green Gables series
  16. Read the Little House on the Prairie series
  17. Make a Will
  18. Become a blood donor
  19. Sign up to be an organ donor
  20. Go for a Chest & Heart check up
  21. Try kayaking
  22. Climb a mountain
  23. Go to a West End Show in London
  24. Take the girls to the Lake District
  25. Visit Keithly in Yorkshire (where my Gran was evacuated to during WW2)
  26. Visit our friends in Australia & New Zealand
  27. Touch down in the USA
  28. Go on a weekend away with a gal pal
  29. Open an Etsy shop
  30. Celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in style!

What goals do you have on your list?

{January Gratitudes}

Gratitudes January 2017 | The Open Home
For seeds that have been sown and new mantras that help me keep the faith.
Gratitudes January 2017 | The Open Home
For mundane faithfulness and grocery shopping with my “Latvian princesses”.
Gratitudes January 2017 | The Open Home
For snuggles and smooches and the joy of daughter dates.
Gratitudes January 2017 | The Open Home
For the responsibilities of motherhood and health returned.
Gratitudes January 2017 | The Open Home
For rainy play days, matching bunches and the companionship of sisterhood.
Gratitudes January 2017 | The Open Home
For outdoor art sessions and simple mornings spent at home.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?