{Ten on Ten} October 2017

Today has been a good day. We spent time with friends in the morning, managed to be a day late for our orthoptist appointment but got seen anyway (phew!), stocked up the kitchen cupboards, baked some birthday goodies, played in the garden, squeezed in some colouring, played hide and seek and had a family favourite for dinner – Macaroni Cheese! You really can find so much beauty and joy in the small things.

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

Ten on Ten October 2017 | The Open Home
A surprise splash of colour in the greenhouse this week.
Ten on Ten October 2017 | The Open Home
Favourite hide outs for these little hobbits.
Ten on Ten October 2017 | The Open Home
Peter Rabbit in his burrow.
Ten on Ten October 2017 | The Open Home
Leaves!!
Ten on Ten October 2017 | The Open Home
Our autumn treasures out on display.
Ten on Ten October 2017 | The Open Home
This season’s trending accessory, the giant leaf hat.
Ten on Ten October 2017 | The Open Home
Afternoon colouring session, as usual.
Ten on Ten October 2017 | The Open Home
Chocolate chip banana bread fresh from the oven.
Ten on Ten October 2017 | The Open Home
Happy hobbies.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

{September Gratitudes}

Gratitudes September 2017 | The Open Home
For new ventures and ideas that turn out better than you planned.
Gratitudes September 2017 | The Open Home
For the fruits of Autumn.
Gratitudes September 2017 | The Open Home
For my little treasure hunters and family legacies that live on.
Gratitudes September 2017 | The Open Home
For order and beauty all in one box.
Gratitudes September 2017 | The Open Home
For sweet little babes and the celebration of life.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #42

Daughter Diaries 42 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, you teach me to be patient and kind and you encourage me to be bold and courageous. Always remember that following your heart is not necessarily the easy thing to do, but it is more often than not the right thing. Take courage and do it afraid. Dear Bubbles, it’s amazing how much your young mind absorbs. Last week as we strolled through the park you found all the conker trees by looking for their golden leaves, pointed out which ducks were boys and distinguished (and then imitated brilliantly) a crow’s call. Your wonder and enthusiasm for learning is contagious. Dearest Daughters, living, loving and learning with you girls is both a privilege and a joy, may I never take it for granted.

What do the little ones in your life teach you?

{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?