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Friday Focus 22/11/19 – An unexpected hospital stay

I didn’t do my usual Friday Focus post last week because we ended up in hospital for two nights with Thomas due to him having a viral wheeze. Thankfully he’s…

A box of envelopes labelled for each month with notecards showing family time ideas

Christmas present ideas for people who are hard to buy for

My husband is always a tricky person to buy presents for. There is nothing he needs and he generally buys the things he wants for himself. He’s not the only…

A sleeping Thomas in a hospital cot

An unexpected hospital stay: reflecting on the memories triggered

Last week Thomas came down with a cough and a cold. At first he seemed okay, but when he started to become wheezy, we made an emergency appointment with the…

Sophie sitting on her bed, with Thomas on her lap who is looking at a photo of Jessica

Siblings – November 2019

It is so lovely to watch the way Sophie and Thomas interact with each other now that he is getting bigger and more able to join in with things. She’s…

A paper heart with "Jessica" on it hanging from a tree and #365daysofgratitude

#365daysofgratitude 2019 – Week 46

Since 2016, I have taken part in a daily gratitude challenge, sharing a photo of one thing I am thankful for each day on Instagram. There have been days when…

Sophie with her doll's pram, wearing her autumn crown

Making an autumn crown on an after-school trip to the park

The evenings have really drawn in now that the clocks have gone back. With it getting dark by 4.30pm, our after-school adventures tend to be restricted to quick trips to…

Jessica on a rocking black swan

Grief and life after Jessica: Secondary losses

Living life without Jessica is the hardest thing I have ever done. Some mornings I wake up, and wonder how on earth I can endure the day ahead. Some days…

A paper heart with "Jessica" on it hanging from a tree and #365daysofgratitude

#365daysofgratitude 2019 – Week 45

Since 2016, I have taken part in a daily gratitude challenge, sharing a photo of one thing I am thankful for each day on Instagram. There have been days when…

Jessica standing in front of a tree looking out over a big branch - "Country Kids"

Country Kids 09/11/19

Welcome to Country Kids. Country Kids, originally hosted by Fiona at Coombe Mill, is all about sharing outdoor family fun. It was one of the first linkies I joined in…

Unsettled - this week's word of the week

Friday Focus 08/11/19 – Unsettled with sunny spells

After all the excitement of show week, followed by half-term fun, the return to normal routines has left me feeling a little unsettled. That ever-present ache for Jessica has returned…