{Daughter Diaries} #58


Dear Blossom, now you are six you are as clever as clever and just like A.A. Milne, I kind of think you should stay six for ever and ever! But I mustn’t be selfish and keep you all to myself now should I? After all, age is a blessing that is denied to so many so I shall instead be brave and embrace each new stage and welcome each new age and let you grow into that young lady I already get glimpses of you becoming. Oh what a sweetheart she will be! Dear Bubbles, being four is such a wonderful age to be, in fact I think it may be my favourite of all the ages. I love the little hands that are often found in mine, the tender kisses that want me to feel loved, the complete and utter silliness that fills our bellies with laughter, the honest, unedited words, spoken straight from the heart and the sweet moments of whimsy that appear before me like magic. I love you all the way up to heaven and around the island too, dear girl. Dearest Daughters, may you be this sweet and lovable and perfect forever. Try to hold on to your whimsy and I’ll try to hold on to your hands.

What sweet things have your little ones said lately?

{Dear Daddy}


Dear Daddy Man, it must be hard to live with so many girls. We jibber and jabber and giggle and squabble all the live long day, especially that Mummy Lady she jabbers the most of all! Thanks for listening though I love sharing my heart with you. I like sharing adventures with you too. Expeditions round the island, scaling ginormous log piles, trying new sports, I enjoy them all when I do them with you, even the hikes in the rain! Thanks for encouraging me to try new things, to push my limits and to be braver than I first believed. Lots of love, backwards hugs and dinner time snuggles from your biggest little girl, Blossom xx

Dearest Daddy, can you believe how big I’m getting? So big in fact that I managed to keep all the Father’s Day secrets quiet this year! I particularly hope you enjoy the cheesy footwork I made for you, I know how much you appreciate my stinky boy like moments so I expect you’ll treasure my cheesy feet forever. I may not always admit it but I love you so, so, so, so much! So much in fact that I plan to name one of my 28 babies after you, Daddy makes such a nice name. Lots of love, kisses, zoibergs, thumbs ups and fist pumps from the coolest kid in town, Bubbles xx

Dear Husby, here we are again with another ode to you. The years go by so quickly, too quickly really, but each year despite the mundane, the simple and the everyday normal that makes up so much of life there are many pockets of joy, memories filled with lots of love and happiness and adventures because of you. I’m so pleased I am the one you chose to put up with for the rest of your life, together we make the best team. All my heart, Wifey xx

Happy Fathers Day!

Rainbow Tea Party


Blossom requested a rainbow themed tea party for her 6th birthday and you’d think that’d be an easy theme to pull off, I mean it’s just colourful right? But I actually found this theme to be a tough one to pull together.

Thankfully we had all our lovely wooden rainbow toys to make use of and throw in some bright flowers and rainbow balloons with lots of home made goodies and sweet treats and it all came together pretty well in the end. She was chuffed at least, which made the 3+ hours of cake making the evening before worth it, but next time I’ll be sticking to buttercream icing, way quicker and way more forgiving than fondant!

What was the last party you went to?

{May Gratitudes}

For making memories and the whimsy of a 4 year old.
For a sweet six years and the quiet bravery the dwells within.
For imaginary worlds and plenty of sea views.
For moths that tickle and nature up close.
For new beginnings and new adventures.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

Blossom Turns Six!

The Open Home 1211

I love singing and dancing, drawing and colouring, exploring nature, baking, playing with my sister, hide and seek, making dens, reading books, daughter dates, poetry tea time, going to Rainbows, eating chips on the beach, nature walks, family dates at Woodies and walking through Candie Gardens.

My favourite toys are my bunny Boo, my purple scooter, my play tent and toy animals.

My favourite books are Milly-Molly-MandyThe Complete Tales of Beatrix PotterBrambly HedgeJames Herriot’s Treasury for Children and Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse.

My favourite movies are The Piglet Movie, Tinker Bell movies and Arthur Christmas.

My favourite foods are raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, yogurt, ice-cream, chocolate cake, chips, spaghetti, macaroni cheese, roast potatoes and Granny’s yorkshire puddings!

When I grow up I want to be a nurse.


For more birthday posts about our sweet Blossom, click {HERE}.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! Mama loves you.

{April Gratitudes}

Gratitudes April 2019 | The Open Home
For life by the sea and dates with a view.
Gratitudes April 2019 | The Open Home
For spring time treasures and gifts from the heart.
Gratitudes April 2019 | The Open Home
For spring time reads and words that move.
Gratitudes April 2019 | The Open Home
For the circle of life and spring on the farm.
Gratitudes April 2019 | The Open Home
For happy helpers and productive days.
Gratitudes April 2019 | The Open Home
For happy homes and Granny day care.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Daughter Diaries} #57

The Open Home 1212

Dear Blossom, just a few more days of five year old you so please allow me to feel just a tad sentimental as we leave these early years behind. I love your quiet confidence, your gentle soul and your book worm-ish ways, I love your spontaneous hugs and nose scrunching smiles and I love how you always get pollen on your nose when stopping to smell the flowers. Thank you for teaching me to be gentle and kind, to appreciate the little things in life and to say yes more than I say no. Dear Bubbles, you’re feisty and fun loving and feel things so deeply and I love these things about you so very much. Thank you for sharing your young heart with me, for loving me fiercely and for keeping me on my toes. Dearest Daughters, may you continue to challenge and teach me with every passing year to be present and patient and to walk slow enough to savour.

Do you slow down to stop and smell the flowers?