Friday Focus 27/01/2023 – Productive

I’ve had quite a productive week this week, catching up on various jobs on the to-do list. Some of them were things that I’ve been putting off for a while. It’s been good to finally get those particular jobs done! It’s also helped having a little more headspace this week than I had last week. I’ve not quite resolved the things that made me preoccupied last week, but I’m moving forward with them so things feel more productive on that front too.


The word 'productive' in red



What I’ve been grateful for this week:


A sleeping Thomas snuggled up to his daddy; Thomas after having his hair cut; the URC worship notes for 22 January on the pulpit at church; a before and after photo of the TV unit in my lounge; Thomas wearing his duck float aid ready for swimming; Thomas wearing a jumper with the words "Professional Patience Tester. I'm good at what I do."; me giving blood - "#365daysofgratitude 2023 - Week 4"


  • Day 20 – I am grateful for my boys.


  • Day 21 – I am grateful that Daddy took Thomas for a haircut.


  • Day 22 – I am grateful for online worship material having had to lead today’s service at very short notice after our visiting preacher went to the wrong church. It might not have been the service that was planned for today but at least we still had a service!


  • Day 23 – I am grateful for the lovely new units in the lounge.


  • Day 24 – I am grateful that Thomas enjoyed having a swim with Mummy while Sophie had her swimming lesson.


  • Day 25 – I am grateful for Thomas’s cheeky grins and lovely big cuddles making up for the moments when he tests my patience to the limit.


  • Day 26 – I am grateful for being able to give blood.




Other things that have made me smile this week:

  • Bumping into a church friend while at the park and Sophie and Thomas’s delight at getting to help her walk her dog.


Sophie walking my friend's dog


  • Having a brief dream-visit from Jessica. She was about the age she was when she died in my dream and wrote “I will love you always Mummy” with a silver pen before giving me a cuddle. I love how real those cuddles always feel.


  • Seeing a beautiful rainbow while waiting for Sophie to go into her dance class.


A rainbow above a road intersection


  • Thomas getting engrossed in a book about the periodic table.


Thomas studying the periodic table


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23 thoughts on “Friday Focus 27/01/2023 – Productive

  1. The satisfaction of having a productive week. That does feel good. Well done for taking over the service at short notice. I can empathize with the visiting preacher getting it wrong. I have been known to go to the wrong party/outing venue in a time before everyone used email to communicate freely, and thank goodness for google maps having my back now. Like you, my youngest is a boy, and when younger he certainly kept me on my toes. He is such a thoughtful and understanding chap now, if that gives you any hope! Maybe it’s part of their metamorphous. He also had a fascination with the periodic table. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

    1. Thanks Cheryl. Good to know that your youngest is so thoughtful and understanding now – that definitely gives me hope! Thomas is still very little and I am sure he will settle down but he certainly keeps me on my toes in the meantime!

  2. A productive week is a good one. It sounds like you have been busy.
    What a lovely photo of your boys and your new units look fab! It is so lovely that you have dreams about Jessica.

  3. Louise,
    It’s usually a good feeling when you cross off a few items from the to-do list!
    Four-year-olds do have the knack of trying mummy’s patience…
    Dreams can seem so real, and thank goodness that your dreams about Jessica are pleasant ones.

    1. Thank you – the dreams with Jessica in nearly always are nice ones although they don’t come very often.

  4. I love a good productive week! I love a nice rainbow too. I need to take my boy for a haircut, they look so cute afterwards don’t they. I’m so glad that Jessica still visits you in your dreams, how lovely to feel close for a moment. I’m really grateful to anyone who gives blood or blood plasma, truly x

  5. Sounds like it was a good busy week. Nice for the children to get to walk the dog. If you don’t have one yourself, it’s such a nice treat.

    1. Sophie loves dogs. Thomas can be a bit over-enthusiastic with them though so at least for the dog it’s just a short dose of Thomas!

  6. I do like a productive week. It sounds like you have accomplished so much!
    I love how absorbed Thomas is with the periodic table, possibly a future scientist right there!
    Your local church sounds so lovely. I wish we had something like that around here. We do have a church in the village nearby, but it doesn’t have that sense of community. Shame really.
    I’m so glad to hear that Jessica regularly visits you in your dreams. Your beautiful girl will always be with you. x

    1. Thank you Jayne. Thomas is very maths/science-orientated – a lot of his fascination with the periodic table is looking at the atomic numbers. Our church community is lovely – I’m very thankful for it. Dream-visits from Jessica are quite rare but always very special when they happen x

  7. I love a productive week, ticking off a to do list is an achievement in itself. Dreams can feel so real, so lovely to be able to feel Jessica’s cuddles. Well done getting a church service together with such short notice.

    1. Thank you – it was a bit stressful but helped being able to access worship material so quickly.

  8. Sounds like it was a good busy week. I love a productive week, ticking off a to do list is an achievement in itself.

  9. It sounds like you had a good week. The TV unit looks great and has some great storage. Well done you for giving blood. I couldn’t do it as I’m too scared. It’s great that you get dream visits from Jessica. Our minds are extraordinary. #365

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