{Daughter Diaries} #42

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Dear Blossom, you teach me to be patient and kind and you encourage me to be bold and courageous. Always remember that following your heart is not necessarily the easy thing to do, but it is more often than not the right thing. Take courage and do it afraid. Dear Bubbles, it’s amazing how much your young mind absorbs. Last week as we strolled through the park you found all the conker trees by looking for their golden leaves, pointed out which ducks were boys and distinguished (and then imitated brilliantly) a crow’s call. Your wonder and enthusiasm for learning is contagious. Dearest Daughters, living, loving and learning with you girls is both a privilege and a joy, may I never take it for granted.

What do the little ones in your life teach you?

{Daughter Diaries} #41

Daughter Diaries 41 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, this summer has been particularly sweet and I love how sometimes the simplest of dates turn into the most perfect ones. The quality time, cuddles and girl talk really spoke to your heart, so much so that the chocolate ice-cream was merely a bonus. Thank you for reminding me of what’s truly important, for cherishing my company and of course, for sharing your ice-cream. You are generous in so many ways. Dear Bubbles, I don’t think anyone loves or needs me quite like you do right now. You like to hold my hand whilst eating your meals, steal my jumper so that you won’t feel scared and generally want to be with me every second of every day of every week of every year. It’s both endearing and flattering, but incredibly draining. Thank you for loving me so fiercely, for kissing me so tenderly and for sleeping so soundly – Mama really does need her evening respite. Dearest Daughters, may you always be this loving and kind, your grace and forgiveness on this road of motherhood is so greatly appreciated. Mama loves you.

What summertime fun have you been up to with your little ones?

{Daughter Diaries} #40

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Dear Blossom, You are all of a sudden so very grown up so Mama is feeling a little fragile today as we close this chapter on your play school days. Over the next 7 weeks of summer I plan to squeeze every last drop of preschool goodness out of you before you head on to the next adventure that is “big school.” (Oh and now is the time to get those extra ice-creams out of me, whilst I’m feeling all soppy and sentimental.) Dear Bubbles, Praise the Lord your mid summer sleeping blip appears to have come to an end! As much as I appreciate that you just love me sooooo much, you really don’t need to wake me at 1am, 3am and 5am to show me – the day time snuggles and monopoly of Mummy’s time really will suffice. Oh and congratulations on the transition to big girl pants, you’ll be following in your sister’s footsteps before I know it. Dearest Daughters, all good things come to an end, but always remember that the joy is in the journey.

What are your summer holiday plans?

{Daughter Diaries} #39

Daughter Diaries 39 | The Open Home

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?

{Daughter Diaries} #38

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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?

 

{Daughter Diaries} #37

Daughter Diaries 37 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, you really appreciate the beauty of life and I have a feeling that Spring may become your favourite season. You stop to listen to birdsong, collect fallen petals to pass on as gifts and find delight in each and every new bud. Your enthusiasm for life and nature is contagious! Dear Bubbles, I love that you can find your way round our secret garden without any direction, throw twigs in the pond for the fish to eat and take your shoes off in every cafe we visit. Your sweet ways warm my heart. Dearest Daughters, may you always find time to stop and smell the roses.

What is your favourite thing about Spring?

{Daughter Diaries} #36

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Dear Blossom, I am loving your enthusiasm for gardening and so proud of your sweet and generous nature. I’m sure Wendy the goat will be delighted with her home grown carrots but I just hope that you will allow us to eat some too! Dear Bubbles, you’re growing fast now that you’ve entered your twos and I’m loving the little lady you are becoming. Watching you dance and sing as you do your self-taught ballet is one of the sweetest parts of my day. Dearest Daughters, watching you grow is both a privilege and a joy, but please don’t grow too fast will you!?

What cute things have your kiddos been up to lately?