{Daughter Diaries} #50

Daughter Diaries #50 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, our lazy hazy summer days are coming to a close and the sweet anticipation of autumn stirs us both. Soon we will be slipping back into the rhythm of our homeschool days and I look forward to all that this school year holds for you and for me as we stretch our minds and feed our souls. Dear Bubbles, your flower power dress has been your trademark look this summer and an outfit I will always hold dear for both my girls have made sweet summer memories whilst wearing it. In this dress you’ve discovered the pleasure of ice-cream, the fascination of frogs and the exhilaration of hiking and I’ve remembered those petit joys of motherhood all over again. Dearest Daughters, may you always stop to smell the roses, watch those wiggling tadpoles, eat that melting ice-cream and feel that soft sand beneath your feet, for these are the little things that actually turn out to be the big things.

What summer memories have you made this year?

{Ten on Ten} August 2018

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Summer offerings.
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Planning Day.
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Still at it.
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Lunch break.
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Vintage beauties.
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Mail Art.
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Flying the flag.
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Boo and berries.
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Yumbox Art.

I’m a little late getting my (not quite) ten shots online, but better late than never!

On the 10th of the month I was mainly busy prepping for the next school year, but it was also a very happy mail day with 4 incoming pieces from 4 different countries and I even managed to squeeze in a couple of replies amongst the usual hustle and bustle of family life.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

{July Gratitudes}

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For sunny days and rainy days and embracing every season.
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For summer traditions and farm girls in the making.
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For friends on the journey and cosy car time treats.
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For breaking the mould and embracing your inner pirate.

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} #49

Daughter Diaries 49 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, forgive me my sweet for my patience has been running low of late in this summer heat and I long for this month’s daughter date, to love you well, to make things right and to be that fun mummy I so desperately want to be. Thank you for your kindness and grace, your forgiveness and love even in the moments when I fall short. Dear Bubbles, beach days with you are turning out to be a whole lot of fun and a whole lot of mess! Your ability to cake yourself in sand is pretty impressive to say the least and your ability to bring joy to our days so very welcome. Dearest Daughters, may you continue to spread joy wherever you go and may you be quick to forgive, especially when the person you need to forgive is yourself.

Where’s your favourite beach? Portelet is a favourite of ours.

{Ten on Ten} July 2018

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Cosmos at Candie.
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Taking in the view.
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Mr Jeremy Fisher.
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Water play.
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Flower Power.
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Miranda & Ingrid.
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Fifteen minutes peace.
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Little monkeys.
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A quick rest.
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One more pot to go.

It’s been a while since I did a Ten on Ten on here and I’ve missed it, and this month I found I really needed it. The heat has been getting to us a little over this past week and between us there have been some short tempers and grumpy attitudes that highlighted to me that I really needed to intentionally work on seeking the beauty and goodness of life.

Well today was a good day to be a beauty seeker. Sunshine, friends, flowers and frogs, followed by some free play, rest time and a even more fresh air.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

{June Gratitudes}

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For the wind in your hair and the sand at your feet.
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For the intrigue of nature and the wonder of the early years.
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For the road less travelled and friends to walk it with.
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For family adventures and memories in the making.
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For back yard style and toddler fun.
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For embracing spontaneity and finding joy in the journey.

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?

Snapshots of Saint Malo

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This trip to Saint Malo was our first family holiday since our visit to Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands in summer 2014 and the first time off island for little Bubbles.

We found a fabulous airbnb just a short walk from the harbour and walled city and there was even a supermarket and park within a few minutes walk, it really was the perfect base.

We only had 3 full days in France, but in that time managed to explore the walled city of Saint Malo, spot sharks at the Grand Aquarium and stroke giant tortoises at Alligator Bay near Mont Saint Michel.

We also ate lots of croissants, madeleines, galettes and crepes and even squeezed in some ice-cream too.

It was a really chilled family holiday and a great introduction to France for us, we’ll most definitely be returning.

What’s your favourite city in France?