Once upon a time, I sat on the floor, exhausted and sleep-deprived, waiting for my girls to settle down to sleep and wrote a post about the loneliness of 3AM. I was tired and snappy as I held their hands, longing for them to go back to sleep so I… View Post

Grief and life after Jessica: after the funeral

Grief and life after Jessica: after the funeral

Organising a funeral is similar to organising a wedding – only without being fun. There are flowers to organise, halls to book, catering to organise, service sheets to put together. On the day, there are so many people to try and talk to, so much to focus on and it… View Post

Fun in the spring sunshine at Blackgang Chine

Fun in the spring sunshine at Blackgang Chine

With sunshine being forecast for day five of our Isle of Wight holiday, we’d planned a day at Blackgang Chine. Hubby and I had both been before but not for many years and were looking forward to taking Jessica and Sophie there for the first time. Blackgang Chine is the… View Post

#365daysofgratitude – Week 20

#365daysofgratitude – Week 20

For the last two years, I have taken part in a daily gratitude challenge – sharing one photo a day on Instagram of something I am grateful for. It’s taught me to look for the little things and has made me a more positive person. It has not always been… View Post

A little girl with a special heart

A little girl with a special heart

Yesterday, we said our final goodbyes to Jessica as we celebrated her life at church with family and friends, and then laid her to rest in her forever bed. It was a day of sadness and smiles, tears and laughter and one in which we as a family felt truly… View Post

Bembridge Windmill

Bembridge Windmill

One of the things I love about National Trust membership is being able to visit so many different places around the country. During our holiday on the Isle of Wight, we decided to visit Bembridge Windmill. The girls had never visited a windmill before. This one is the only surviving… View Post

Crafting with kids – a toilet roll dragon with …

Crafting with kids – a toilet roll dragon with a nest of eggs

This month’s #BostikBlogger craft theme is fantasy creatures. Fairies are usually the first choice when it comes to fantasy creatures. Having made some craft stick fairies last month though, we decided to go for dragons instead. Sophie and I have had fun making a toilet roll dragon sitting on a… View Post