We’re in a period of national mourning following the death of HM The Queen yesterday. Such sad news. Sophie said yesterday evening that it felt strange that we now have a King as having a Queen is all she’s ever known and that’s true for so many of us.
It’s been quite a week. The end of the summer holidays, Sophie going back to school, Thomas starting school, Jessica’s birthday, a new Prime Minister and now a new monarch.
I’ve had my own periods of mourning this week. That usual end-of-summer sadness which is now mixed up with a hefty dose of grief. All the swirling emotions that come with Jessica’s birthday and the sadness of her not being here to celebrate it which were also mixed up in the emotions of Thomas starting school on the same day. I made a Twilight Sparkle unicorn cake for Jessica’s birthday while her siblings were at school, and we had a birthday picnic after school at her forever bed.
Significant days and significant events can be a big trigger with grief. Sophie has struggled with the news about The Queen’s death. It’s brought back a lot of the emotions around Jessica’s death, which were already closer to the surface this week with Jessica’s birthday. It’s so hard seeing her sadness and being able to do so little to help ease it.
Living with the loss of a loved one is so hard. My prayers are with our new King and the rest of the Royal Family as they mourn their mother and grandmother, and all those who are also mourning a loved one.
What I’ve been grateful for this week:
- Day 245 – I am grateful that Thomas enjoyed joining in with this morning’s craft session.
- Day 246 – I am grateful for the way this little boy likes to snuggle up to me when he’s falling asleep.
- Day 247 – I am grateful that we had the Nets Adventure course all to ourselves for the last 30 minutes of our session.
- Day 248 – I am grateful for all the fun we’ve had over the summer holidays. It went by far too quickly. We finished off our summer of fun with a pillow fight at bedtime. Tomorrow will be back to routines again. I shall miss Sophie and Thomas when they’re at school but I’m thankful for the time we’ve had together.
- Day 249 – I am grateful that Thomas enjoyed his first day at school.
- Day 250 – I am grateful for the giggles from Thomas at the pure joy of rolling a ball down the ‘slide’ on his toy garage.
- Day 251 – I am grateful that Thomas had fun trying out the baby ballet and tap class.
Other things that have made me smile this week:
- Sophie and Thomas getting their 10 session prizes at the last Discover The Outdoors session.
- The visiting preacher at our Sunday service bringing air-drying clay for the children to model with during the service (to fit in with her talk about God being the Potter). Sophie had so much fun with it.
- Trips to the park with Thomas while Sophie was at her dance lessons.