{September Gratitudes}

Gratitudes September 2019 | The Open Home
For eager students and the start of new chapters.
Gratitudes September 2019 | The Open Home
For unexpected moments and fresh memories.
Gratitudes September 2019 | The Open Home
For the love of history and books galore!
Gratitudes September 2019 | The Open Home
For intrepid explorers and the return of welly boot season.
Gratitudes September 2019 | The Open Home
For autumn strolls and sisterly secrets.
Gratitudes September 2019 | The Open Home
For perfect moments captured by imperfect shots.
Gratitudes September 2019 | The Open Home
For pyjama school and outtakes worth sharing.

 

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} #61

Daughter Diaries #61 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, we’ve had a lot of fun over the last month as we’ve dipped our toe into studying history. I’m delighted that your grandmother’s love of history that was passed on to me now seems to be passing on to you too and that together we’re able to answer tough questions and explore interesting eras. Keep cheering for the under dog, my sweet, there is always someone out there who needs to be given a voice. Dear Bubbles, or should I call you Wriggly-Bottom? Our Stone Age studies are really coming to life for us at the moment and I too wish we could have seen a real life woolly mammoth. I am however grateful that we don’t have to live in cave, despite how much fun you and Rumbly-Tum seem to think that would be! Plus I think our dietary requirements may have proved to be a bit of an issue during the Stone Age, not so much for Hairy-Legs, he would have loved all the free-range, organic meat. Dearest Daughters, thanks for including me in your games, Freckle-Face loves you.

What would your Cave Man name be?

 

{August Gratitudes}

Gratitudes August 2019 | The Open Home
For happy hearts and warm welcomes.
Gratitudes August 2019 | The Open Home
For date nights at home and very own audio book.
Gratitudes August 2019 | The Open Home
For sacrificial love and comfort in the quiet.
Gratitudes August 2019 | The Open Home
For courage that calls out to courage and the lives of those who led the way.
Gratitudes August 2019 | The Open Home
For friends that are as crazy (and cute!) as you are!
Gratitudes August 2019 | The Open Home
For a family favourites and a world of imagination.

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} #60

Daughter Diaries 60 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, in a few days time I will be traveling to the other side of the planet and to say that this thought doesn’t fill my mamas heart with a little anxiety would be a lie – hence all the cleaning! I would be much obliged if you could water the tomato plant whilst I’m gone, remind Daddy to put out the recycling on Sunday evening and oh! please try not to lose your first tooth! I know you’re ever so eager to have a gappy smile but I on the other hand am in no rush for you to grow up and would be somewhat sad to miss out on such a momentous milestone. Dear Bubbles, you teach some great life lessons. One being that if you see a dandy-puff at the side of the path then you should stop to blow it no matter how late for a coffee date you may be. Thanks for reminding me to walk a slower pace in life, to savour the everyday ordinary moments, to not sweat the small stuff and to find beauty amongst the weeds. Dearest Daughters, may you find pleasure in walking slowly through life, finding joy in all circumstances and beauty in unlikely places.

When was the last time you stopped to blow a dandy-puff?

{July Gratitudes}

Gratitudes July 2019 | The Open Home
For nose scrunchingly good ice-cream!!
Gratitudes July 2019 | The Open Home
For simple pleasures and real life friends.
Gratitudes July 2019 | The Open Home
For the end of an era and a sweet sense of humour.
Gratitudes July 2019 | The Open Home
For ice cream faces, sticky fingers and summertime memories.
Gratitudes July 2019 | The Open Home
For beach domination and the sand at our feet.

 

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} #59

Daughter Diaries 59 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, in the past week you have slipped down the stairs, tripped in the garden, fallen off the sofa, stumbled in the kitchen, bumped your head on the coffee table and stubbed your toe in the hallway! I feel another growth spurt may be coming on. Perhaps a career as a professional tennis player is not quite the best idea after all, maybe go back to writing books, you’re less likely to break a leg that way! Dear Bubbles, this week marks the end of an era as we say goodbye to play school and move on to new ways of learning together. I was particularly delighted to hear from your ladies in the end of year report that your sense of humour has shone through at play school these past couple of years. You never fail to entertain us with your cheeky antics and I hope you’ll be photobombing my Insta worthy photos for many years to come! Dearest Daughters, may you never lose your zest for life and the ability to laugh at yourself.

When did you last laugh at yourself?

 

{Ten on Ten} July 2019

Ten on Ten July 2019 | The Open Home
Summer display space in progress.
Ten on Ten July 2019 | The Open Home
Outgoing mail to French Guiana.
Ten on Ten July 2019 | The Open Home
The art of fresh flowers.
Ten on Ten July 2019 | The Open Home
Geography prep in progress.
Ten on Ten July 2019 | The Open Home
Outgoing mail to the U.S.
Ten on Ten July 2019 | The Open Home
The art of sea shells.
Ten on Ten July 2019 | The Open Home
Fruit & Veg badge in progress.
Ten on Ten July 2019 | The Open Home
An open home.
Ten on Ten July 2019 | The Open Home
The art of photobombing.
Ten on Ten July 2019 | The Open Home
Farm life.

 

We spent our Wednesday mostly pottering around at home before heading to the country side this afternoon for the girl’s weekly play date down on the farm.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?