{Daughter Diaries} #35

Daughter Diaries 35 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, today at lunch you declined eating baguette… BAGUETTE! But you love baguette! It’s official then, my little hobbit has lost her appetite and really is under the weather. Having both my girls nap should be a rare treat but hearing you softly snore whilst bundled up on the sofa all afternoon makes Mummy hope her little lady is feeling better soon. Dear Bubbles, folding laundry and changing the beds is not my favourite task of the week, but it is way more enjoyable when your oh so sweet toddler spontaneously declares, “I love you, Mummy.” Mama loves you too little limpet, thanks for loving me so well.  Dearest Daughters, Mama is so thankful that she gets to take care of you in sickness and in health.

Anyone else got the dreaded lurgy? 3 out of 4 of us here.


Daughter Diaries #32

Daughter Diaries 32 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, being the big sister is a big responsibility for such little shoulders to bare and you do it with such enthusiasm and grace. Thank you for trying to keep your sister on the straight and narrow, you are incredibly conscientious (if sometimes a bit bossy) just like your Mama! Dear Bubbles, watching you in your big sister’s old clothes really does make my heart melt. I thought I was blessed to have one daughter but now that I have two, I know that my cup is truly overflowing. Dearest Daughters, may your hands and hearts always be this close.

Anyone else gonna admit to being a bit bossy?

{Daughter Diaries} #31

Daughter Diaries 31 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, what a sweet little girl you are becoming; kind, conscientious and such an encourager. Thanks for cheering me on and keeping me company, I’m not going to want to let you go when big school arrives next year. Dear Bubbles, now that you are officially a walking, talking toddler the fun has really started! Thank you for making me laugh deep within my belly and for bringing sunshine on even the cloudiest of days. Dearest Daughters, may you continue to bless people in your own unique ways, wherever God may place you.

In what ways do the little ones in your life bless you?

{Daughter Diaries} #30

Daughter Diaries #30 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, your bunny friend Boo has been your cuddly companion since your were a sweet little baby. Loving him has brought you so much comfort and joy, whilst also teaching you to be gentle and kind, a real mother hen. You make my mama’s heart proud. Dear Bubbles, before you were even born we choose Bear especially for you and it really was the most perfect choice. Perhaps it was prophetic that the little girl, with the bear called Bear would turn out to be so adventurous and brave, just like the man who Bear is named after. Dearest Daughters, you are both so different and yet at times so very alike, you compliment each other beautifully. May your bond of sisterhood enable you to celebrate your differences and revel in your similarities.

Are you similar to your siblings?

Daughter Diaries #29

Daughter Diaries #29 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, your first year of playschool will soon be at a close and in the 6 short months since you started you have acquired many new skills. You can now count to ten, recognise your name, point out triangles and even ask politely if you can get down from the table. But better than shapes and numbers and even table manners, you have grown in confidence and dared to be brave and that is what makes your mama most proud. Dear Bubbles, life with you is never dull! You pull faces at strangers, lick your feet at inappropriate times and scuttle off at remarkable speed when let loose in open spaces. You really do know how to make people laugh – potential career as a comedienne maybe? Dearest Daughters, may you always know how proud I am of who you are, not just what you do.

What do you think your little ones will be when they grow up?


{Daughter Diaries} #28

Daughter Diaries #28 | The Open Home

Dear Blossom, according to a recent infographic I read you are my “sensitive child”. A girl after mama’s own heart, you are mindful and tenderhearted and like to make deep and meaningful connections. I therefore commit to lots of quality time and memory making with you – even if it involves team sports – because you really are worth it. Dear Bubbles, that would make you my “fun-loving child”, bright and friendly, your primary need is to simply have fun. As far as you’re concerned life is just one big opportunity to laugh and playing choo choo train down the big girls slide with your big sister definitely filled up your love tank. Dearest Daughters, may you always celebrate your differences and embrace each other with love.

What type of child were you?

{Dear Husby} 27 Things I love About You

27 Things I Love About You | The Open Home

1. I love that you are a man of God and that I can share my walk of faith with you.

2. I love that you’re super confident – it’s was one of the first things that attracted me to you.

3. I love your servants heart and how you always bless me through so many acts of kind service.

4. I love that you always have your nose stuck in a book.

5. I love that you are a real sports fan and not just a fan of a team.

6. I love your honesty, it is so refreshing.

7. I love how much you love being a Daddy to our little girl.

8. I love it when you hold my hand.

9. I love that you can cook and do so often!

10. I love your open heart and adventurous spirit.

11. I love that you dance, and dance good!

12. I love how you get up early with Blossom so that I can rest some more.

13. I love your rare personality type and skill set – the world needs more people like you!

14. I love that you can laugh at yourself.

15. I love exploring the world with you, you make the best travel companion.

16. I love that you can’t sneeze quietly.

17. I love how great you look in a suit.

18. I love your love of theology and how you seek to challenge yourself and others.

19. I love that you are open and generous with your words of love and affection towards us girls.

20. I love that you find it hard to spend money – I could learn a lot from you!

21. I love your legs – just saying!

22. I love that we can be geeky together – I feel another Doctor Who marathon coming on!

23. I love that we share the same values and goals in life, living with a common purpose.

24. I love that your love language is cake!

25. I love that you accept and love my many quirks – thanks for trying not to breathe my air!

26. I love when you read out loud to me.

27. I love that you are now the same age as me again!

A very happy twenty-something birthday to you lovely Husby!