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Sophie walking along one of the net walkways at Nets Kingdom

Exploring the Nets Kingdom at Go Ape Black Park

Sophie occasionally goes to arts and crafts sessions run by Halo Children Foundation, a local charity which supports bereaved children. One of the aims of Halo is to help provide…

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

#365daysofgratitude 2019 – Week 16

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 20/04/19

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 'joy' with flowers, a heart and a butterfly

Friday Focus 19/04/19 – Giving joy for Jessica

It meant so much last Sunday to see people joining in with #givejoyforjessica and sharing some joy in memory of my beautiful brave girl. We left some chocolate bars at…

Sophie standing in front of the gate house at Charlecote Park

A walk around Charlecote Park

I like to break up a car journey with a walk around a National Trust property. It’s much nicer than stopping at service stations and gives us an opportunity to…

Sophie and Thomas sitting in Grandma's garden, with Sophie holding the picture of Jessica

Siblings – April 2019

It’s been a year since Jessica died. A year in which Sophie’s position within our family changed dramatically – from little sister, to our only living child, and then to…

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

#365daysofgratitude 2019 – Week 15

It is a year today since my beautiful daughter Jessica died. The past year has been an incredibly tough one but somehow I have managed to keep finding little things…

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

Country Kids 13/04/19

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 'stormy' on a backdrop of dark clouds

Friday Focus 12/04/19 – Weathering the storm

As expected, this week has been a stormy one on the grief front. With the memories of ‘this time last year’ becoming increasingly painful and the anniversary of Jessica’s death…

A pink and white heart with "Jessica" written on it hanging in a tree

Grief and life after Jessica: How do you survive this?

“How do I survive this?!” It’s a question I’ve screamed out many times over the past year. In those moments when I am blinded by tears, overwhelmed and broken by…