{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?

{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?