May Gratitudes

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For the freedom to love and learn.
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For paper gifts and the sweetness of penpals.
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For nature’s play house.
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For fond farewells and the sweetest of gifts.
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For morning rituals that help you greet the day.
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For crazy kids that bring lots of laughs.
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For more May birthdays and thirty years of the Husby man.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Books Lately} May 2017

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Wow! It’s been a long time since I shared with you some of the books I’ve been reading lately. I’m not gonna lie, I’m a particularly slow reader in this stage of life. Sometimes I just don’t have the energy to get through the books I want to so for months my books sit forlornly on the coffee table as I slowly work my way through.

However I have finally got through enough books for a blog post, so here are some short and sweet reviews of the books I’ve been reading lately.


Lessons from Madame ChicLessons from Madame Chic: 20 Style Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott

This book was recommended to me after I finished reading French Kids Eat Everything back in March of last year. French lifestyle has really begun to intrigue me and this book has some good observations to glean from. Jennifer L. Scott spent 6 months living in a Parisian home as an exchange student and learnt many lessons from observing her hostess. The first few chapters about Parisian life and french fashion were particularly interesting, but as the book went on I felt the lessons got a little more wooly and simplistic, many of which weren’t particularly new to me, such as using manners or trying to perfect the no make up look. Despite this I enjoyed her conversational style of writing and short chapters, which for a busy Mum enabled me to get through it pretty quickly. I think this book is targeted mainly at university students and women in their early twenties who still very much feel on a journey to becoming a woman and could use some pointers along the way as they develop their own sense of style and class.


Raising Girls by Steve Biddulph Raising Girls by Steve Biddulph

As a mother of girls it is alarming to read about the decline in the mental health of young girls, which now more often than not, starts in the primary school years as children are hurried towards adulthood and exposed to more stresses than in previous generations. The book covers all the tricky topics we parents often worry about such as bullying, body image, eating disorders and social media threats, but rather than alarming you and leaving you feeling hopelessly overwhelmed Steve Biddulph manages to be incredibly informative and yet wonderfully empowering at the same time. The five key stages of girlhood are set out chronologically throughout the book allowing you easy access to each developmental stage and the challenges it brings. I personally feel this book is full of parenting wisdom, it encourages you to consider where your daughter is at whilst giving you tips on how to connect with and support her at each age. Summed up Raising Girls is the ultimate parenting guidebook for girlhood that you can pick up and delve into as your daughter grows.


Dear Enemy by Jean Webster Dear Enemy by Jean Webster

This is the sequel to the the ever popular Daddy-Long-Legs which sees orphan girl Judy Abbot fall in love with the mysterious benefactor with whom she corresponds with via letter throughout the book. Dear Enemy takes on the same writing style of Daddy-Long-Legs, but this time the letters are being sent by the young and witty society girl Sallie McBride, the college friend of Judy that we met in the first book. It follows the trials and tribulations of Sallie as she becomes superintendent to the orphan asylum in which her friend Judy grew up as well as her tumultuous relationship with a Scottish doctor whom Sallie refers to as “Dear Enemy.” I personally found the insights into orphanage life in the early 1900’s rather interesting, one most be warned that as this is set one hundred years ago the language and political views of the time are perhaps not what we would consider to be PC today, but are representative of the era in which it is set and not necessarily the authors own personal views. This is an enjoyable read, perhaps not quite as good as Daddy-Long-Legs but humorous and enjoyable nonetheless.

What books have you been reading lately?

 

Beatrix Potter Tea Party

 

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Over the past year Blossom and I have worked our way through The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter, so for her 4th birthday celebration I tried to bring the world of Peter Rabbit to life a little. Mr McGregor’s garden was my inspiration and my favourite touch was the carrots in the floral arrangements!

I do love a good theme, but according to Blossom all parties should have 3 key things: Balloons, fresh flowers and of course, chocolate cake!

My chocolate cake wasn’t quite as perfect as a recovering perfectionist would hope, but Blossom told me at bedtime that the chocolate cake was her favourite part of the party. (Cue swooning Mama!)

What was the last party you went to?

Blossom Turns Four!

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I love singing, pretend play, dressing up with my sister, hide and seek with Daddy, plane spotting, vintage cars, nature walks, bird watching, Candie Gardens, picnics, tea parties, chocolate cake, going to the library, visits to Nan’s farmcollecting the post, writing, drawing, painting, play school, daughter dates, giving big smooches, washing dishes and story time with Mummy.

My favourite toys are my bunny Boo, my cuddly Pooh Bear, my dolls, toy animals, play kitchen and wooden train set.

My favourite books are The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter, The Complete Collection of Winnie the PoohAlfie books, The Babar Collection and The Children of God’s Story Book Bible.

My favourite foods are bananas, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cheesy pasta, chips, Granny’s Yorkshire puddings, welsh cakes, chocolate lollies and of course, chocolate cake!

When I grow up I want to be a Granny.

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For more birthday posts about our sweet Blossom, click {HERE}.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Mama loves you.

{April Gratitudes}

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For sunshine dates and ginormous cakes.
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For sweet smelling bunnies that add some whimsy to my washing line.
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For weekly nature walks and the many colours of spring.
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For a hope that is steadfast and certain.
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For adventures with Daddy and lessons from nature.
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For favourite places and pure imagination.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #38

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Dear Blossom, I love how you embrace your role as the big sister and helper of the home, always fetching and serving and playing mother hen. You may be older and wiser than your wee sister but she still knows how to lead you astray! Dear Bubbles, your cheeky antics both warm my heart and drive me crazy! You always know how to make us smile but just don’t seem to know when it’s time to stop. The toddler years make for some of the best memories and yet the hardest of days. Dearest Daughters, thank you for being quick to smile and quick to forgive.

What cheeky things do your children get up to?

 

{Ten on Ten} April 2017

Autumn has always been my favourite season, closely followed by Spring so I always find it such a shame when people treat these two seasons simply as transitions to Christmas and Summer.

There is so much beauty to be found in the Spring that I see no need to rush into Summer. Spring is best enjoyed slowly when you have the time to stop, listen, savour, and enjoy. I’m especially loving slow days like these with my girls.

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

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My puzzle loving girl.
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Our current Morning Basket book collection.
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My letter writing girl.
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Gifts from the garden from my eldest babe.
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Accessorising with nature.
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The youngest busker in town.
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Welcome back Wisteria.
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Picnic lunch for the third day in a row.
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Getting ready to send out party invitations… someone will soon be 4!
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Our self taught ballerina.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?