Back in the summer, I submitted a poem about grief being like a stormy sea for inclusion in a book of poems written by bereaved families about our children who have gone too soon. This week, I received my copies of that book with my poem in it next to a beautiful photo of Jessica.
It means a lot to be able to share my words and to help support a fantastic charity that helps bereaved families. It’s a beautiful book, full of heartfelt poems sharing the realities of living with grief after child loss. The book is currently available from The Compassionate Friends and proceeds from sales will go towards supporting the work of the charity.
With Advent approaching, I’ve been busy making some fabric bags for the books in our book advent. I’m looking forward to our annual tradition of snuggling up together each evening and reading a Christmassy story together. This year we’re also going to read one poem each day in the run-up to Christmas from ‘100 Best Christmas Poems for Children’ which we were gifted for a review. There’s a giveaway running on the blog at the moment if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning a copy of it.
This time of year is a busy one, with an increasing number of things to book into the calendar. There’s been a lot of juggling this week trying to fit in all the various commitments with trying to get everything else done that I’ve needed to do. It is nice though to be able to have festive activities to look forward to, especially given how different Christmas was last year.
What I’ve been grateful for this week:
- Day 323 – I am grateful for my kind girl and the way she wants to share things with her friends. Love that she took her extra Children in Need wristbands that she bought at school to Girls’ Brigade this evening to give to her friends.
- Day 324 – I am grateful for getting to watch Sophie playing Tinkerbell on stage at the Christmas lights switch-on.
- Day 325 – I am grateful for a yummy Sunday roast.
- Day 326 – I am grateful that the new cordless hoover being a new “toy” for my husband means he’s become much more keen on doing some of the housework! Not sure the enthusiasm will last but I’ll make the most of it for now!
- Day 327 – I am grateful for all the little ways that my children make me smile.
- Day 328 – I am grateful for the opportunity to share my poem in this beautiful book of poetry from The Compassionate Friends, UK written by bereaved families to honour our children.
- Day 329 – I am grateful for a team effort assembling and packing all the advent boxes to go out to church families.
Other things that have made me smile this week:
- Seeing Father Christmas at the Christmas lights switch-on.
- Thomas looking at the words on screen when learning a new song at BilinguaSing and saying, “that says ‘un, deux, trois!’” Clever boy!