{Daughter Diaries} #38

Daughter Diaries 38 | The Open Home

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.

Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
My puzzle loving girl.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Our current Morning Basket book collection.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
My letter writing girl.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Gifts from the garden from my eldest babe.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Accessorising with nature.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
The youngest busker in town.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Welcome back Wisteria.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Picnic lunch for the third day in a row.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Getting ready to send out party invitations… someone will soon be 4!
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Our self taught ballerina.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

March Gratitudes

March Gratitudes | The Open Home
For moments like these and fun in my back garden.
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For the sweet evidence of life with little ones.
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For garden art and cousins to love.
March Gratitudes | The Open Home
For the quiet confidence of my sweet girl.
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For fresh surprises and secret havens.
March Gratitudes | The Open Home
For time to slow down and smell the (prim) roses!

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

What have you been thankful for this month?

{Daughter Diaries} #37

Daughter Diaries 37 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, you really appreciate the beauty of life and I have a feeling that Spring may become your favourite season. You stop to listen to birdsong, collect fallen petals to pass on as gifts and find delight in each and every new bud. Your enthusiasm for life and nature is contagious! Dear Bubbles, I love that you can find your way round our secret garden without any direction, throw twigs in the pond for the fish to eat and take your shoes off in every cafe we visit. Your sweet ways warm my heart. Dearest Daughters, may you always find time to stop and smell the roses.

What is your favourite thing about Spring?

{Ten on Ten} March 2017

Just an ordinary Sunday for us really. Church followed by a lazy afternoon at home for us girls whilst The Husby went back to work and I cleaned up (more!) buckets.

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

Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
New shoes ready to go.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
A rainy walk to church with Granny but still smiling!
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
My favourite tree beginning to blossom.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
Succulent love.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
March present wrapping done.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
5 minutes of peace.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
Choo Choo Thomas, Choo Choo!
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
Afternoon walk past this cute fella.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
The new watch in action.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
My evenings work ready and waiting.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

{February Gratitudes}

Gratitudes February 2017 | The Open Home
For crazy girls in their princess towers and weekly play dates with friends.
Gratitudes February 2017 | The Open Home
For the simplicity of white and signs of life.
Gratitudes February 2017 | The Open Home
For homemade birthday cake and 30 years of life!
Gratitudes February 2017 | The Open Home
For the love and companionship that only a sister can bring.
Gratitudes February 2017 | The Open Home
For lazy morning reading and books that pass on from generation to generation.
Gratitudes February 2017 | The Open Home
For the surprises of nature and the endless possibilities of learning outdoors.
Gratitudes February 2017 | The Open Home
For safe havens and cactus envy.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #36

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Dear Blossom, I am loving your enthusiasm for gardening and so proud of your sweet and generous nature. I’m sure Wendy the goat will be delighted with her home grown carrots but I just hope that you will allow us to eat some too! Dear Bubbles, you’re growing fast now that you’ve entered your twos and I’m loving the little lady you are becoming. Watching you dance and sing as you do your self-taught ballet is one of the sweetest parts of my day. Dearest Daughters, watching you grow is both a privilege and a joy, but please don’t grow too fast will you!?

What cute things have your kiddos been up to lately?