Friday Focus 12/02/21 – Thankful

There’s been lots of things to be thankful for this week. The most exciting one being the arrival of my new great-nephew last night. I remember being at his mummy’s birth back in my student midwife days and now she’s a mummy herself, my twin sister is a Nanny, and I’m a Great-Auntie Twinny! I’ve been a great aunt for quite a few years now, but being a Great-Auntie Twinny is rather special. Not that I should be old enough for that, but then again, as my twin sister always used to remind me, she is the older one…!


The word 'thankful'


Sadly I won’t get to have cuddles with my new great-nephew for some time yet – hopefully it won’t be too long though before I’ll be able to see him at least.


I’ve also been thankful this week for the excitement of snow, even if it was just a little dusting, and the fact that after today we have a week off from home-schooling. I’m not sure I’ve ever been quite so thankful to reach the half-term holidays!



What I’ve been grateful for this week:


Sophie having a Zoom chat with a friend; Sophie and Thomas playing with bubbles in the garden; Hubby, Sophie and Thomas having a carpet picnic; a close-up shot of a snowflake; Sophie with her mini snowmen; a yellow and pink orchid on my windowsill; my new great-nephew - "365daysofgratitude 2021 - Week 6"


  • Day 36 – I am grateful that Sophie got to chat with one of her school friends over Zoom.


  • Day 37 – I am grateful for bubbles.


  • Day 38 – I am grateful for a carpet picnic.


  • Day 39 – I am grateful for a moment to stop and take a closer look at the delicate beauty of a single snowflake.


  • Day 40 – I am grateful for enough snow to build a miniature snowman and a snow bunny.


  • Day 41 – I am grateful for the pretty orchids blooming on the windowsill next to my desk.


  • Day 42 – I am grateful for the safe arrival of my new great-nephew.



Other things that have made me smile this week:

  • Seeing how much fun Thomas has just picking up leaves in the garden and floating them in one of the waterlogged plant pots.


Thomas floating leaves in one of the plant pots


  • Looking at old photos from my university days with Sophie. It made me chuckle when she spotted a photo of me and hubby at a ballroom dancing competition, looked at the caption and said “Look Mummy, it’s you and Daddy doing the wazzle!” Otherwise known as the waltz.


  • Jessica’s best friend’s mum messaging me with a picture of Jessica’s best friend’s project on something that is important to her. She chose to make a picture of Bunny (one of Jessica’s toys which we gave to her after Jessica died) because it reminded her of her “favourite friend Jessica”. Meant so much to know that Jessica was still remembered and loved.


  • Sophie’s delight at being able to show her rainforest in a shoebox project for show and tell on Zoom.


Sophie with her rainforest in a shoebox


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26 thoughts on “Friday Focus 12/02/21 – Thankful

  1. Congratulations on your great nephew, I will be having a new great nephew this year. I hope I’ll be able to see him. I have a great, great nephew that I’ve not seen yet. My brother is definitely older than me, he’s great grandfather. I could be a grandma, but my older children don’t want children of their own *sad face*
    I love Sophie’s rain forest, it’s brilliant.

    1. Thank you Anne and how lovely that you’ll be welcoming a new great nephew this year too.

  2. Aww! Congratulations to your niece! What a lovely bit of news. Our family friend had her baby on Monday after a long labour which went nowhere, she ended up having a c-section. Baby & mum are doing well though.
    We have had plenty of snow here and it really was exciting. It helped us get through that last week before half term.
    Fab photos! The snowflake one is amazing!

    1. Thank you Kim and glad that your friend’s baby finally arrived and they are both doing well.

  3. Congratulations on your new great-nephew! A new baby in the family is so wonderful! I didn’t know you were a midwife. I always thought that if I would not have been a teacher, I would have loved to have been a midwife. Sophie’s shoebox project on the rainforest is very impressive! She must have spent a lot of time on it. good for her!!!

    1. Thank you Laurie. I used to be a midwife and loved it but stopped when Jessica arrived. I now work in HR as I can work from home but maybe one day I’ll go back to midwifery. The shoebox project took a few afternoons to make but it was a fun one to do.

  4. Lovely to have a new baby in the family. We didn’t get more than a dusting of snow this week. You’re obviously more greenfingered than me. My orchid flowered and now looks like it’s died.

    1. I’ve never been especially green-fingered – this orchid was given as a birthday present, slightly embarrassingly at the end of an evening where I’d grumbled about my husband buying me a pot plant as I always killed plants! It’s probably helped spurred me on to try and keep it alive but I think it thrives a little on neglect, fortunately for me.

  5. Sophies rain forest in a box is lovely, she looks so happy to be sharing her work with you for the camera. Congrats on being a great aunt, I’ve got 1 grandchild, 5 great nephews and nieces and another 2 due in March and July this year.
    It’s a lot of fun. I hope you get to meet them soon

    1. Thank you. I’ve at least been able to have some video chats and see my new great-nephew via video. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I can actually meet him.

    1. I always thought that too – I was amazed when I spotted them and was really able to see the shape.

  6. Congratulations on becoming a great auntie, welcome to the club ;0). I say I’m not old enough either but I think it’s a great club to be in. I love that you gave Jessica’s friend something of Jessica’s. Lovely that she is talking about her fond memories. That rainforest is amazing! I wish Little E was that into her school work #WotW #365

    1. Thanks Jane. I’ve been a great-auntie for a while and it is a great club to be in. It was so lovely that Jessica’s friend still treasures Jessica’s toy and thinks of her.

  7. Awww congratulations on becoming a Great Auntie. Hope you get to see him soon. Love Sophie’s rainforest in a box it is brilliant. Our orchids are also all flowering it is so nice to see them this time of year when it is still so cold outside.

    1. Thank you. It is lovely to have orchids in the window bringing some much-needed colour at this time of year.

  8. I remember the rainforest shoebox project we had to do too years ago now. Congrats on the latest arrival, I’m a great auntie too but I’ve not seen my G-niece for over a year now – hopefully we will both get cuddles at some point this year #365

  9. Aww congratulation on the birth of your great-nephew. I am yet to meet my great niece who was born in December. Can’t wait!

  10. Congratulation on the new addition to your family. Great Aunt Twinnie sounds wonderful. Hope you get to meet the little one. That single snowflake pic is amazing. and the orchid too. Hope the kids had amazing fun on snow day

  11. How wonderful having a new great-nephew. Some lovely news in difficult times. What a beautiful photo of snowflakes, I have seen two of these types of photos in this weekly update and they make such a fantastic capture. Shame we didn’t really get any snow here. The finished rainforest looks amazing with the animals in it.

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