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Grief and life after Jessica: 18 months on

18 months. 18 months of having to live without our beautiful big girl. Part of me wonders how it can it be 18 months already, but then sometimes I look…

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

#365daysofgratitude 2019 – Week 41

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 12/10/19

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…

The word 'cloudy' in a grey cloud

Friday Focus 11/10/19 – Cloudy with moments of sunshine

My mood seems to be matching the weather again this week, with life feeling quite grey and cloudy. Thomas was unwell over the weekend and although he was much better…

Thomas leaning on a blue fence and watching the ducks at Herschel Park

Thomas steps out at the park

Watching toddlers learning to walk is such a beautiful thing. Those first little wobbly independent steps, the way they land on their little bottoms and repeatedly get back up again…

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

#365daysofgratitude 2019 – Week 40

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 05/10/19

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…

The word 'BRICKLIVE' created using colourful LEGO bricks surrounded by brick figures and small bricks

Explore your imagination at BRICKLIVE 2019 – plus a chance to win a family ticket!

Disclosure: We have received a family ticket for BRICKLIVE 2019 and some brick kits in return for sharing this post. Bricks are such magical things. Put a handful of coloured…

the word 'dull' in grey letters

Friday Focus 04/10/19 – Just a little dull

Broken nights, ever-present grief and a lack of energy have combined to leave me feeling a little dull this week. Thomas has been waking multiple times a night again. I’m…

Sophie picking red apples from a tree

Simple childhood pleasures – fruit picking

Picking and eating fruit straight from a tree or bush is such a simple pleasure, and one of the magic things about summer and autumn. We’re lucky to have several…