{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!

{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?

{April Gratitudes}

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

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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?

{Ten On Ten} April 2019

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Vision board.
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Morning Basket.
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Bedroom Views.
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Incoming mail.
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Good news!
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First bloom.
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Nature walk.
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Rockpooling.
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Current reads.
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Snack time.

Today turned out to be a lovely day for a Ten on Ten. We fitted in lots of household chores and plenty of playing and exploring too.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

{March Gratitudes}

Gratitudes March 2019 | The Open Home
For glorious Guernsey and bags that make a difference.
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For Blossom, and blossom and spring in the air.
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For a world of whimsy and family adventures.
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For sweet little book worms and the most glorious urban nature.
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For the sweet smell of flowers and the cheeky smiles of little girls.
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For the women in my life and surprises from my little loves.

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

What have you been thankful for lately?