{September Gratitudes}

Gratitudes September 2018 | The Open Home
For a love of learning and first day feelings.
Gratitudes September 2018 | The Open Home
For first anniversaries and friends who bake.
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For 12 years and counting…
Gratitudes September 2018 | The Open Home
For new opportunities and Moana moments.
Gratitudes September 2018 | The Open Home
For the first fruits of autumn and traditions that live on.
Gratitudes September 2018 | The Open Home
For eager hands, full tummies and happy hearts.
Gratitudes September 2018 | The Open Home
For final years and big girl feelings.

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} #51

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Dear Blossom, what a difference a year makes! Looking back on your reception photo shoot I can’t quite believe how much you have grown over this past year. Our home ed lifestyle appears to suit you well and I’m so thankful that we took that leap into whole life learning. You’re transforming into quite the young lady – you even have a later bedtime to prove it! – Mummy is very proud. Dear Bubbles, you are just so cheeky and way too funny! Photobombing was just too good an opportunity to miss and it made us all laugh hard. Thank you for taking your role as the family joker seriously and for making joy and laughter part and parcel of our daily lives. We will live longer and have more wrinkles because of you. Dearest Daughters, may you always keep your sense of wonder and your sense of humour!

What’s been making you laugh lately?

 

{Summer Nature Study}

Summer Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home

“Why be indoors when you can rightly be without.” – Charlotte Mason

Nature study this summer has been way less structured than our norm partly because our nature group broke for the summer back in July but also because those warm sunny days just generally lend themselves perfectly to simple beach explorations and spontaneous coastal walks.

We’ve identified shells, hunted for crabs and explored many a rock pool. We’ve monitored tadpoles, marvelled at bees and stopped to smell the flowers.

We’ve been so busy immersing ourselves in the splendour of summer that I’ve snapped few photos to share with you here, but sometimes less is more so here are our summer snap shots anyway:

Summer Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Foraging for crabs.
Summer Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Sensory play at it’s best.
Summer Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Summer blooms and sweet scents.
Summer Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Spring’s tadpoles became Summer’s frogs.
Nature Study Summer 2018 | The Open Home
Calendar of Firsts in our nature journals.

 

What do you enjoy most about nature this Summer?

{August Gratitudes}

Gratitudes August 2018 | The Open Home
For the end of our first year and the start of our second, the freedom to live and the joy of learning.
Gratitudes August 2018 | The Open Home
For weekly rituals and friends that make life all the sweeter.
Gratitudes August 2018 | The Open Home
For the bravery of toddlers and the free healthcare we so often take for granted.
Gratitudes August 2018 | The Open Home
For our first harvest and learning as we go.
Gratitudes August 2018 | The Open Home
For coastal living and treasures from the sea.
Gratitudes August 2018 | The Open Home
For faithful friends, encouraging words and God’s impeccable timing.

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} #50

Daughter Diaries #50 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, our lazy hazy summer days are coming to a close and the sweet anticipation of autumn stirs us both. Soon we will be slipping back into the rhythm of our homeschool days and I look forward to all that this school year holds for you and for me as we stretch our minds and feed our souls. Dear Bubbles, your flower power dress has been your trademark look this summer and an outfit I will always hold dear for both my girls have made sweet summer memories whilst wearing it. In this dress you’ve discovered the pleasure of ice-cream, the fascination of frogs and the exhilaration of hiking and I’ve remembered those petit joys of motherhood all over again. Dearest Daughters, may you always stop to smell the roses, watch those wiggling tadpoles, eat that melting ice-cream and feel that soft sand beneath your feet, for these are the little things that actually turn out to be the big things.

What summer memories have you made this year?

{Ten on Ten} August 2018

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Summer offerings.
Ten on Ten August 2018 | The Open Home
Planning Day.
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Still at it.
Ten on Ten August 2018 | The Open Home
Lunch break.
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Vintage beauties.
Ten on Ten August 2018 | The Open Home
Mail Art.
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Flying the flag.
Ten on Ten August 2018 | The Open Home
Boo and berries.
Ten on Ten August 2018 | The Open Home
Yumbox Art.

I’m a little late getting my (not quite) ten shots online, but better late than never!

On the 10th of the month I was mainly busy prepping for the next school year, but it was also a very happy mail day with 4 incoming pieces from 4 different countries and I even managed to squeeze in a couple of replies amongst the usual hustle and bustle of family life.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?