{January Gratitudes}

Gratitudes January 2019 | The Open Home
For quality time and new places to explore.
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For island adventures and life by the sea.
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For raising girls and the sweetest of hearts.
Gratitudes January 2019 | The Open Home
For spreading the love and new places to explore.
Gratitudes January 2019 | The Open Home
For caves and caverns, cliffs and cuddles.
Gratitudes January 2019 | The Open Home
For the first signs of spring and outtakes worth remembering.

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} #54

Daughter Diaries 54 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, you’ve currently ruled out being a librarian (as inspired by Miss Rumphius) in favour of being a carpenter (as inspired by Pa) or a vet (as inspired by James Herriot). I must admit I was kinda hoping the librarian career pathway might work out as it would at least mean I could outsource my library collections to you. Plus I could just picture you in the children’s library surrounded by the rhymes of Milne, the sweetness of Beatrix, the power of words and the worlds of make believe – you would be in your element! Dear Bubbles, thank you for being such an obliging model on our photo shoots. Your cheesy grins always take the focus off my amateur photography skills and for that I am grateful. You really do have a knack for brightening my day though with your sweet ways and affectionate nature, even if your cheeky antics do sometimes get the best of me. Apparently you plan to live with me forever and I’m delighted to hear that you will still sit on my lap for a snuggle even when I’m an old lady. I look forward to reminding you of that when you’re fifty! Dearest Daughters, the more you grow – tiddly pom – the more I love – tiddly pom – the more I love – tiddly pom – being your mummy.

What children’s books are some of your favourites?

{December Gratitudes}

Gratitudes December 2018 | The Open Home
For seasons greetings and a cosy, quiet Christmas.
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For my Moana moment and stepping outside of my comfort zone.
Gratitudes December 2018 | The Open Home
For a whole new world of imagination.
Gratitudes December 2018 | The Open Home
For simple pleasures and the blessing of age.
Gratitudes December 2018 | The Open Home
For faith, hope and trust (and little bit of pixie dust!).
Gratitudes December 2018 | The Open Home
For my intrepid explorers and the lifestyle we love.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Ten on Ten} December 2018

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Today’s handiwork.
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Ho Ho Ho!
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The new letterer in town.
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Best. Postcards. Ever.
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The latest masterpiece.
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Festive copy work.
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Seasons Greetings.
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Festive Treats.
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Curious goat.
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O Holy Night.

So I’m a little later than the tenth but it’s the practice that’s important not the timing, right? We had a quiet day at home for most of yesterday with our usual school day routines in the morning as well as a few festive activities to keep us busy. Then in the afternoon the girls went for their weekly playdate with their Nanny Goats and I finally found some inspiration for my Christmas chalkboard.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

{Autumn Nature Study}

Autumn Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home

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

We’ve entered into our second year of home educating this autumn and I’m delighted to say we’re still loving it. The rhythm of the year continues to play a big part in our learning and the season of autumn is one of our favourites.

We’ve hunted for conkers, searched for mini-beasts, identified nuts, berries and leaves, painted pumpkins, discussed hibernation, explored the woods for mushrooms, lichen and moss, and soaked in that glorious autumn sun.

Here are some of the snapshots:

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Frolicking in the leaves.
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Frog spotting.
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Glorious mushrooms.
Autumn Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Autumn Wonderland.
Autumn Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Pumpkin Picking.
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Autumn favourites.
Autumn Nature Study 2018 | The Open Home
Into the woods.
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Fabulous fungi.
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Magnificent toadstools.
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Play. The natural way.
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Journal time.
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The ginkgo in all it’s glory.

What do you enjoy most about nature this Autumn?

{November Gratitudes}

Gratitudes November 2018 | The Open Home
For wind swept hair and golden sun.
Gratitudes November 2018 | The Open Home
For shoes on our feet and a roof over our heads.
Gratitudes November 2018 | The Open Home
For autumn walks and show stopping toadstools.
Gratitudes November 2018 | The Open Home
For quality time and outdoor adventures.
Gratitudes November 2018 | The Open Home
For magical moments and memories to treasure.
Gratitudes November 2018 | The Open Home
For faith and friendship and love that wins.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Ten on Ten} November 2018

Ten on Ten November 2018 | The Open Home
A Blustery Day.
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An autumn walk.
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A game of Pooh Sticks.
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A magnificent mushroom.
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Some alfresco cocoa.
Ten on Ten November 2018 | The Open Home
Some outdoor snuggles.
Ten on Ten November 2018 | The Open Home
Some extra research.
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Some dancing in the rain.
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A spot of mail art.
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A much needed reminder.

Such a beautiful autumn morning for a daughter date with my first born. We played Pooh Bear amongst the pine trees, marvelled at the impressive fungi specimens and spotted new-to-us birds. We then made it back home in time to beat the rain, or rather dance in it and then enjoyed a cosy afternoon indoors.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?