{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?

{Daughter Diaries} #35

Daughter Diaries 35 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, today at lunch you declined eating baguette… BAGUETTE! But you love baguette! It’s official then, my little hobbit has lost her appetite and really is under the weather. Having both my girls nap should be a rare treat but hearing you softly snore whilst bundled up on the sofa all afternoon makes Mummy hope her little lady is feeling better soon. Dear Bubbles, folding laundry and changing the beds is not my favourite task of the week, but it is way more enjoyable when your oh so sweet toddler spontaneously declares, “I love you, Mummy.” Mama loves you too little limpet, thanks for loving me so well.  Dearest Daughters, Mama is so thankful that she gets to take care of you in sickness and in health.

Anyone else got the dreaded lurgy? 3 out of 4 of us here.

 

{December Gratitudes}

Gratitudes December 2016 | The Open Home
For winter sunshine and new adventures with Daddy.
Gratitudes December 2016 | The Open Home
For creative minds and busy hands.
Gratitudes December 2016 | The Open Home
For strong shoulders, the best way to ride home.
Gratitudes December 2016 | The Open Home
For handwriting that can brighten even the cloudiest of days.
December Gratitudes | The Open Home
For the simple joys of Christmas and the assurance that less really is more.
December Gratitudes | The Open Home
For the quiet courage that can only be found in the woods.
Gratitudes December 2016 | The Open Home
For the beautiful world of make believe and the sweetness of life with little girls.

These are some of the inserts from our family gratitude journal during December, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed!

What have you been thankful for this month?

 

{Daughter Diaries} #34

Daughter Diaries 34 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, warning… life doesn’t always go to plan, your most recent haircut being the case in point. Almost three inches later and following a few tears (on my part) you’re still as cute as a button and sweet as a lollipop. It really is what’s inside that matters but puffy tutu skirts do help. Dear Bubbles, your birthday next week will see you leaving the sweet toddle of your baby days behind you and trudging full gusto into your terrible tremendous twos. Your cheeky ways continue to keep us on our toes, your incredible cuteness constantly blows us away and your love for your big sister melts my heart. Dearest Daughters, we laugh more and love more with you in our lives, may you always know how deeply you are cherished.

Hands up whose received a hair cut they later regretted? (The year was 2006…)

 

{November Gratitudes}

Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For favourites trees and dirty knees.
Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For tartan hand me downs and the peepo princess.
Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For autumn sun and the freedom to grow.
Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For heirloom treasures to pass on to my daughters.
Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For outdoor art sessions and our budding artist.
Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For welly boots and pom pom hats, fashion at it’s best.
Gratitudes November 2016 | The Open Home
For cousin dates and family portraits.

These are some of the inserts from our family gratitude journal during November, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed!

What have you been thankful for this month?

{Daughter Diaries} #33

Daughter Diaries #33 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, how you manage to be such a fashionista I’ll never know.  Whilst Mummy rolls out of the house in her usual ensemble of scraped back hair, bubble ridden cardi and overly worn jeans your trademark winter shorts and classic style brings coos from strangers and leave Mummy feeling she really must make more of an effort. Dear Bubbles, not one to be left out you rock your own unique style that involves safety pins and over sized skirts. Mummy may be thrifty but you my dear, are oh so cute! Dearest Daughters, may you always remember that life is a precious gift. Every day deserves to be celebrated in your Sunday best.

Am I the only Mummy that looks like a slob in comparison to my immaculately dressed kids?

{October Gratitudes}

October Gratitudes 2016 | The Open Home
For my big girl, quietly confident and at home in the woods.
Gratitudes October 2016 | The Open Home
For little boots, new discoveries and the wonders of autumn.
Gratitudes October 2016 | The Open Home
For friendship through the ages and a new life to celebrate.
Gratitudes October 2016 | The Open Home
For small hands and full hearts.
Gratitudes October 2016 | The Open Home
For trying new things and letting the creative juices flow.
Gratitudes October 2016 | The Open Home
For a carpet of leaves and the freedom of these early years.
Gratitudes October 2016 | The Open Home
For my favourite month, come and gone and the countless blessings of autumn.

These are some of the inserts from our family gratitude journal during October, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed!

What have you been thankful for this month?