Friday Focus 07/05/21 – Steady

It’s been a nice steady week. One of those weeks where things feel manageable, the to-do list is doable and while there are things going on underneath the calmness of the surface, I have the energy to deal with them, which is definitely an improvement on last week!


The word 'steady' in light blue


Hubby’s been working long hours but we did have a nice chunk of family time over the bank holiday weekend which I think helped set me up for the week ahead. We’ve managed to get out for the children’s activities without it feeling like a mad dash, all the balls that are being juggled are currently staying up in the air, and life feels like it’s returning to some degree of normality again.



What I’ve been grateful for this week:


A card from a friend; cheese and wild garlic scones on a plate next to a cup of tea; Sophie and Thomas on the mini paratrooper ride at the fair; Sophie on her new bike; a rainbow; Jessica at her ballet class; Thomas outside our local polling station - "#365daysofgratitude 2021 - Week 18"


  • Day 120 – I am grateful for a little bit of much-needed encouragement.


  • Day 121 – I am grateful for yummy homemade cheese and wild garlic scones to go with my cup of tea at this morning’s virtual church coffee morning.



  • Day 123 – I am grateful that Sophie now has a bike that is the right size for her.


  • Day 124 – I am grateful for rainbows and the reminder of hope they bring. We have a beautiful cross-stitch card hanging in Jessica’s room made for us when she was born and referring to her as our “little pot of gold at the end of the rainbow”. Somewhere over the rainbow, that’s where we’ll find her again.


  • Day 125 – I am grateful for a chat with one of the other dance mums after Sophie’s class today where she told me that her daughter (who was in Jessica’s ballet class) still talks about Jessica. It means so much to know that she is still remembered.


  • Day 126 – I am grateful for the right to vote.



Other things that have made me smile this week:

  • Seeing this lovely print of our family created by @smileandshineprints for bereaved mother’s day.


  • Having a sort out in Sophie and Thomas’s room. So nice to see it looking tidy again!


Sophie and Thomas's room looking messy (before) and after being tidied up (after)


  • Helping Sophie bake a banana and honey cake. She did most of it by herself and the end result was very yummy!


Sophie making a banana and honey cake


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30 thoughts on “Friday Focus 07/05/21 – Steady

  1. It’s good to hear that you are coping better. I love that illustration, it’s really beautiful. Sophie looks like she’s really enjoying her baking.

  2. A steady week sounds like a good week. It’s good you got some family time at the start of the week.
    Lovely photos. It really must mean a lot that Jessica is still talked about and remembered.
    That is a beautiful print from smileandshineprints. x

    1. Thank you Kim. It’s been lovely to have others talk about Jessica this week, means so much.

  3. It sounds like you had a pretty good week overall. The family time over the bank holiday weekend sounds like just what you needed. Your description of the card in Jessica’s room and its significance, really touched me. #WotW

  4. I really appreciated the three day weekend. We got so much done and you’re right about it setting you up for the week. It surely does! How lovely to do something so normal as going to the fair. They look like they had fun. Sweet photo of Sophie standing on the stool. She is quite a baker already. I’m sure she’s enjoying her new bike. #wotw

    1. It was nice to have the longer weekend and so lovely to have that afternoon at the fair.

  5. A nice steady week is a lovely thing. I like the description on Jessica’s rainbow card 🙂 and to know others still think of her must be a great comfort to you. I could do with having a big tidy up in both my kids rooms but with them always hiding away in there it’s difficult!

    1. It does mean a lot to know that others still think of Jessica. Sophie was quite happily playing in one corner while I tidied up around her – I’m sure I’ll reach the stage where it’s more difficult to tidy up around her!

  6. I’ve discovered your blog and I love it! Glad that things are looking up for you and your family. I too grieve for the loss of a child and I am sending out big hugs to you for a day of fond memories of your beautiful Jessica.

  7. Children create so much stuff don’t they. N doesn’t even have many toys as such but he still has lots of things in his bedroom. Hope Sophie’s coping ok with the new bike.

  8. Cheese and wild garlic scones??? They sound delicious. I love the print your family created for Bereaved Mother’s Day. Glad you had a good 3-day weekend!

    1. Thanks Laurie. The cheese and wild garlic scones were yummy – they didn’t last long!

    1. I’ve not tried making a vegan version – I suspect vegan cheese probably behaves differently when baked but with the right recipe it could work.

  9. Glad you got some family time over the bank holiday weekend and those scones look good!

    SO nice to be able to get to the fun fair! We have missed going.

  10. It is a great feeling when things are ticking over nicely. We all know under the surface there is so much stuff going on. It’s great that you got some family time together. I really need to sort out the kid’s toys! I love that family print #WotW #365

  11. So glad it has been a good week for you. The Smile & Shine picture is beautiful and so nice that Jessica’s friends still remember and still talk about her. Sophie looks like she is a proper little baker, we have just had a huge tidy up of the boy’s rooms which was much needed. Although not sure how long it will last!

    1. Thank you Clare. Tidy-ups don’t always last that long here but it’s nice to have some space for a while at least!

  12. So pleased its been a manageable week for you! Oooh those scones sound fab! I usually don’t have savoury scones but would have loved to try them. How lovely that you got a chance to go to the fair. Their room looks great after you sorted it!

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