Me and Mine – October 2018

October is one of hubby’s busiest months for events and family moments can be few and far between. I am used to flying solo although it can feel very lonely at times. I’ve learned though to make the most of the family moments when I can get them in the busy times. It also means that I have to be a little more organised when it comes to taking our family photo for October!


Me, hubby, Sophie and Thomas with a photo of Jessica in the marquee at the Little Hearts Matter memorial event - "Me and Mine: October 2018"


October this year has been a very emotional month, with a significant milestone in the middle of it. Six months have now passed since Jessica died. The half-year point was a very tough one for us. Living without Jessica is so very hard. Yes, we have moments of happiness and we are able to enjoy family life but that sense of incompleteness; that ache for our biggest girl who should be with us, is always there. Nothing feels quite right without her, but we try to make fun memories with Sophie and Thomas as much as we can.


Me, Thomas, hubby and Sophie next to the LHM tree at the National Memorial Arboretum


It seemed appropriate that the Little Hearts Matter memorial walk at the National Memorial Arboretum was exactly six months to the day of Jessica’s last day on this earth. We spent the day with other bereaved families, talking about our children and remembering them. Sophie decorated some paper hearts to hang in the Little Hearts Matter tree and planted some bulbs around the bench. It was a day that was focused on remembering Jessica. Not that we need a day to focus on that – we think of her constantly! But it was nice to have a special day to meet with other parents who understand our journey and to remember all our angels together.


Me, Thomas, hubby and Sophie next to the LHM tree at the National Memorial Arboretum


Sophie celebrated her fifth birthday at the end of October. Hubby was away working but we got to chat to him over Facetime. Sophie enjoyed a pizza party with her friends and we had family visiting in the afternoon. It was another emotional day – that first birthday without Jessica there to celebrate with her. She did have a birthday card from her big sister though. I found the card that Jessica wrote for Sophie last year and put it with the others.


After spending most of the month flying solo, it will be a relief to have hubby home again later today. Hopefully we will be able to enjoy a little more family time next month!


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  1. November 1, 2018 / 10:16 am

    I can’t believe it’s been six months. I don’t know how you do it Louise.
    I’m glad Sophie had a nice Birthday, I read on Instagram that you’d had a bit of trouble with your booking at the Pizza place. Last thing you needed hey.

    Sending love to you all xxx

    • Louise
      November 1, 2018 / 10:16 pm

      Thank you Gemma. To be honest, some days I don’t know how I do it either, it’s just that I have no choice. Sophie did have a lovely birthday in spite of our hiccup with her party and it was lovely to see her enjoying herself x

  2. November 2, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    I can’t believe it’s been six months Louise. I hope Sophie had a lovely birthday, a pizza party sounds great fun. Lovely photos this month and I hope you have a lovely November x

    • Louise
      November 3, 2018 / 4:49 pm

      Thank you Laura. Sophie had a lovely birthday x

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