Living Arrows – 49/52 {2020}

Welcome back to another week of Living Arrows! I love this project, I’ve been doing it for so many years now and it’s always nice seeing who links up and watching children and families grow throughout the year.

If you haven’t joined in with Living Arrows before it’s is about celebrating childhood. The project originally took it’s name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” and every Monday we share a moment from our week and invite others to do the same as part of this linky.

Each week I share two pictures from our week – one of each of our children – but you can share one or more pictures that capture a moment of childhood. The following week I’ll share my three favourite photos from the week before, linking back to the owner’s blogs. As a little tip, I only really feature landscape photos – and very occasionally square photos and I’ll never feature the same blogger’s photos two weeks in a row.

So if you would like to link up, grab a badge and post around a photo of childhood from the previous week. I look forward to reading your posts and make sure you visit a few of the other posts that have linked up and leave a comment too!

Living Arrows

One other thing before this week’s photos… I am toying with the idea of stopping Living Arrows at the end of this year. I have now either participated in or run Living Arrows for seven full years and it’s quite a commitment. Plus, less and less people are joining in which makes sharing three photos each week and trying to vary whose photos I share quick difficult.

I’d love your feedback. Are you hoping to continue next year? Would you mind if I stopped hosting it? Would you mind if I carried on hosting but didn’t feature other people’s photos each week? If I do carry on I’d still comment on everyone’s posts each week as I think the community aspect is really important. Let me know what you think.

Here are a few of my favourite photos from last week:

Dear Bear and Beany

Mudpie Fridays

Team Stein

This week’s photos were taken on a day at the park yesterday. We were there for a few hours and it got super cold but the children didn’t mind at all. They loved scooting, playing and spending time outside with their friends.

I’m really looking forward to reading your posts this week and seeing the photos you share. If you link up make sure to go and read some of the other posts and I’ll be commenting and sharing them through the course of the week. Thanks so much for taking part – see you again next week!

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  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. As I try to cut down on commitments for 2021 I think it might be a good time for me to stop, especially as I’ve recently missed a couple of months!

    Maybe you could switch it to monthly?

  2. They never do feel the cold as much as we do do they?

    I was contemplating stopping my Living Arrows posts in the new year – but having said that it’s pretty much the only thing I post a lot of the time and I think I would really miss it if it wasn’t there any more. I think this year has been particularly hard to keep up the enthusiasm because we haven’t been going anywhere or doing anything – hopefully that will get better as the world gets back to some sort of normality next year.
    I would love for it to continue (I’d be happy to co-host if that would help?) and wouldn’t mind if you didn’t share the three other pictures each week – could you maybe just share one instead? Going to monthly would be another option, I would definitely still join in but I would miss it being every week I think… At the end of the day though you just need to do what’s best for you.

  3. Actually, I’ve just had another idea – could you combine Living Arrows and Ordinary Moments into one post? They are fairly similar really, and that might get more people joining in, and halve the work for you too…

  4. I for one would really miss #livingarrows as it has become part of my weekly routine. I can completely understand if you choose to stop hosting it though – I know it must be a massive comittment.

  5. Hello lovely, While I would be sad if you stopped hosting, I would understand. It’s a big undertaking week upon week. I have also been posting a portrait a week of my kids for the last seven years.I treasure the pictures so much. It’s amazing to look back and see all the changes and read about what we have been doing since 2013. I have no intension of stopping next year but do admit to finding it more difficult for my boy. He is 17 after all and not always easy to grab. I will continue to read your blog either way and wish you the best.

    1. Thanks so much Jennifer. I think, from having a while to sit on it, that I’ll be carrying on but maybe just featuring one photo of those who link up each week which will make it easier for me. I don’t think I’d stop taking the photos and doing the posts either so may as well carry on hosting! x

  6. I understand if the commitment is too much to carry on with Living Arrows. I have thoroughly enjoyed joining in the last few years and will be joining next year if you decide it’s right to continue in the same or slightly different format. Either way, thank you xx

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