Today has been a good day. We spent time with friends in the morning, managed to be a day late for our orthoptist appointment but got seen anyway (phew!), stocked up the kitchen cupboards, baked some birthday goodies, played in the garden, squeezed in some colouring, played hide and seek and had a family favourite for dinner – Macaroni Cheese! You really can find so much beauty and joy in the small things.
Linking up again with Rebekah Gough here are my ten shots trying to capture the beauty in the ordinary.
Dear Blossom, you teach me to be patient and kind and you encourage me to be bold and courageous. Always remember that following your heart is not necessarily the easy thing to do, but it is more often than not the right thing. Take courage and do it afraid. Dear Bubbles, it’s amazing how much your young mind absorbs. Last week as we strolled through the park you found all the conker trees by looking for their golden leaves, pointed out which ducks were boys and distinguished (and then imitated brilliantly) a crow’s call. Your wonder and enthusiasm for learning is contagious. Dearest Daughters, living, loving and learning with you girls is both a privilege and a joy, may I never take it for granted.
Eleven years have come and gone and life has changed so much along the way. Our family has doubled in size, various homes have come and gone and our careers and dreams have evolved along with us.
We’re very different people and a very different couple to the one that got married all those years ago. Many view change within marriage to be a bad thing, but it is in fact simply inevitable. The important thing is that through it all, the good, the bad, the new and exciting, the same and mundane, the fears and frustrations, the surprises and the joys, we stick together and as we grow and change as individuals, we change together.
May we continue to walk through life together, growing and evolving as we dare to dream and strive to be the best that we can be.
Thank you for believing in me, but most of all thank you for believing in us. For believing that together we’re stronger and that together we really can do anything we put our hearts and minds to.
Today we had a family celebration so got all dressed up and went out for lunch. Despite the grey and wet weather the girls gave their summer “swishing” dresses one last twirl and then we came home to chill after all the fun. We jamified early, had a snuggly quiet time and then prepped for Blossom’s first day of “big school” tomorrow.
Linking up again with Rebekah Gough, here are my ten shots trying to capture the beauty in the ordinary.
I’ve really enjoyed creating my summer mail art. My lettering has come more naturally and I feel like I am finally finding my style and seeing improvement. I’ve also had immense fun with my rubber stamps, which make even the simplest of mail art look utterly fabulous!
Summer also saw the launch of the Guernsey Letter Writers Society and I was delighted to gather with like minded people to writer letters and send a little love into the world.
Here are the stats for my outgoing mail during summer: I have sent 31 postcards, 7 letters and 8 cards to a total of 21 countries.
*(Armenia, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Guernsey, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, U.S.A.)
Back in 2016 I decided to use both this blog and my Instagram account to share photos of my mail art and love of all things snail mail. During this time I’ve seen a growing interest in letter writing on the island and I therefore decided it was time to gather these like minded people together so that we can share our passion and encourage others to keep letters alive!
The Guernsey Letter Writers Society, or GSY LWS for short, is basically a social group for those interested in the art of letter writing. Each month on behalf of the GSY LWS I will be hosting a letter writing social where people can come to dedicate time to their handwritten correspondence.
Whether a veteran letter writer or a complete newbie to the world of snail mail you are welcome to join us at these monthly gatherings. Our first letter writing social takes place tomorrow evening, Wednesday 6th September and there are more details about this meeting and what to expect at a letter writing social over on the GSY LWS site.
Please note, I will not be advertising these monthly gatherings on this blog or on my personal Facebook account. If you are interested in joining us and want to know more then please consider subscribing to gsyletterwriters.com to receive email notifications and follow along on Instagram at @gsy_lws and @theopenhome.