{August Gratitudes}

Gratitudes July 2017 | The Open Home
For young love and the early years, special times and precious friendships.
Gratitudes July 2017 | The Open Home
For ice-cream cones that match your sundress.
Gratitudes July 2017 | The Open Home
For rare family outings with your two favourite men.
Gratitudes July 2017 | The Open Home
For wild imaginations and a rich inner world.
Gratitudes July 2017 | The Open Home
For buried treasure and a 4 year old with wanderlust!
Gratitudes August 2017 | The Open Home
For secret hideouts and a rare photo with my girls.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #41

Daughter Diaries 41 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, this summer has been particularly sweet and I love how sometimes the simplest of dates turn into the most perfect ones. The quality time, cuddles and girl talk really spoke to your heart, so much so that the chocolate ice-cream was merely a bonus. Thank you for reminding me of what’s truly important, for cherishing my company and of course, for sharing your ice-cream. You are generous in so many ways. Dear Bubbles, I don’t think anyone loves or needs me quite like you do right now. You like to hold my hand whilst eating your meals, steal my jumper so that you won’t feel scared and generally want to be with me every second of every day of every week of every year. It’s both endearing and flattering, but incredibly draining. Thank you for loving me so fiercely, for kissing me so tenderly and for sleeping so soundly – Mama really does need her evening respite. Dearest Daughters, may you always be this loving and kind, your grace and forgiveness on this road of motherhood is so greatly appreciated. Mama loves you.

What summertime fun have you been up to with your little ones?

{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!