{Dear Daddy}

Dear Daddy 2017 | The Open Home

Dear Daddy Man, I love you sooooooooo much! You really are the man! The man that picks me up when I fall, fills my life with laughter and helps me to be my best. You are my encourager and my hero, I find courage because of you. Thank you for always having time to build the elaborate train tracks, for helping me scale the trunks in the Deep Dark Wood and for dating me with such charm and creativity. Lots of love and cheek bruising smooches from, Blossom xx

Dearest Daddy, now I know we don’t always see eye to eye but that is because you have boring grown up logic and I am in fact a crazy toddler. I happen to enjoy licking my sandy feet, flinging my nappies at inappropriate times and having my book pile just so. Thank you for embracing my little quirks and putting up with my inner diva. I love you more than Candie Gardens and chocolate brownies. Lots of love and Gruffalo snuggles from, Bubbles xx

Dear Husby, you are patient and you are kind. You are generous and you are humble. You are brave and you are strong. You take care of your ladies so very well and I love you for it. All of my heart, Wifey xx

Happy Father’s Day!

{Ten on Ten} June 2017

Ten on Ten June 2017 | The Open Home
More proof that the best postcards come from Latvia.
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Those eyelashes!
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Journal time.
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Stamp time.
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An afternoon stroll.
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Our first open garden.
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Family portraits.
Ten on Ten June 2017 | The Open Home
Riding in style.
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Wrapped and ready to go.
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Counting lessons with the big sister.

This months ten on ten consisted of a lovely sunshiny day filled with church, our first visit to an open garden and leisurely activities at home.

Linking up again with Rebekah Gough, here are my ten shots trying to capture the beauty in the ordinary.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

Daughter Diaries #39

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Dear Blossom, I love that I get to watch you learn and grow from up close. Your creativity continues to astound me and your attention to detail impress me, I simply love to watch you work. I think this is the best family portrait of us yet and I shall soon be commissioning you to fill my walls with art. Dear Bubbles, summer has come and you now smell mostly of suncream and sand. Last minute picnics on the beach are becoming the norm and watching you run wild and free across the beach is pure joy, watching you lick sand off your feet, not so much. Dearest Daughters, may you continue to express yourselves in your own weird unique and wonderful ways.

How are you making the most of the sunshine?

May Gratitudes

May Gratitudes 2017 | The Open Home
For the freedom to love and learn.
May Gratitudes 2017 | The Open Home
For paper gifts and the sweetness of penpals.
May Gratitudes 2017 | The Open Home
For nature’s play house.
May Gratitudes 2017 | The Open Home
For fond farewells and the sweetest of gifts.
May Gratitudes 2017 | The Open Home
For morning rituals that help you greet the day.
May Gratitudes 2017 | The Open Home
For crazy kids that bring lots of laughs.
May Gratitudes 2017 | The Open Home
For more May birthdays and thirty years of the Husby man.

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?

{April Gratitudes}

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For sunshine dates and ginormous cakes.
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For sweet smelling bunnies that add some whimsy to my washing line.
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For weekly nature walks and the many colours of spring.
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For a hope that is steadfast and certain.
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For adventures with Daddy and lessons from nature.
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For favourite places and pure imagination.

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} #38

Daughter Diaries 38 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, I love how you embrace your role as the big sister and helper of the home, always fetching and serving and playing mother hen. You may be older and wiser than your wee sister but she still knows how to lead you astray! Dear Bubbles, your cheeky antics both warm my heart and drive me crazy! You always know how to make us smile but just don’t seem to know when it’s time to stop. The toddler years make for some of the best memories and yet the hardest of days. Dearest Daughters, thank you for being quick to smile and quick to forgive.

What cheeky things do your children get up to?

 

{Ten on Ten} April 2017

Autumn has always been my favourite season, closely followed by Spring so I always find it such a shame when people treat these two seasons simply as transitions to Christmas and Summer.

There is so much beauty to be found in the Spring that I see no need to rush into Summer. Spring is best enjoyed slowly when you have the time to stop, listen, savour, and enjoy. I’m especially loving slow days like these with my girls.

Linking up again with Rebekah Gough here are my ten shots trying to capture the beauty in the ordinary.

Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
My puzzle loving girl.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Our current Morning Basket book collection.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
My letter writing girl.
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Gifts from the garden from my eldest babe.
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Accessorising with nature.
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The youngest busker in town.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Welcome back Wisteria.
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Picnic lunch for the third day in a row.
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Getting ready to send out party invitations… someone will soon be 4!
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Our self taught ballerina.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?