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A Nativity scene in a shoebox showing Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus in the manger; a shepherd with his sheep; a King and an angel

Christmas crafts: Nativity crafts for kids

We love doing crafts in the run-up to Christmas. Over the years we’ve made a few different nativity-themed crafts, ranging from simple preschool crafts, such as the ‘Baby Jesus in…

A decoration of a heart with 'Jessica' on it backed with angel wings on a Christmas tree

Grief and life after Jessica: coping with Christmas

Christmas can be a tough time of year to navigate, especially as a bereaved parent. It feels like there is a lot of pressure to be happy at this time…

The word 'Advent' with the 'd' and the 't' drawn as Advent candles

Friday Focus 03/12/21 – Advent

Advent is here and the countdown to Christmas has officially begun. Sophie and Thomas have been very excited at getting to have chocolate from their Advent calendars each morning (although…

Me (holding a photo of Jessica), Thomas, Sophie and Daddy sitting on our bed

Me and Mine – November 2021

November has gone by in a bit of a blur. One of those months of juggling an ever-increasing to-do list, grabbing moments of family time in between work, school and…

The word 'book' written on a drawing of an open book

Friday Focus 26/11/21 – Book

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…

A copy of '100 Best Christmas Poems for Children' on a wooden table

Book review and giveaway: 100 Best Christmas Poems for Children

Disclaimer: I have received a complimentary copy of ‘100 Best Christmas Poems for Children’ for the purposes of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.   We love…

The word 'organised' in red with a doodle of wrapped Christmas presents above the 'rg' and a doodle of my computer desk with a computer and box files above the 'se'

Friday Focus 19/11/21 – Organised

I’m feeling quite organised this week. I’ve managed to get most of my Christmas shopping done, started wrapping things and have managed to keep mostly on top of the to-do…

Sophie (holding a photo of Jessica on Remembrance Sunday) and Thomas standing in front of poppy wreaths on the peace memorial

Siblings – November 2021

I love watching Sophie and Thomas together. They really do have such a beautiful bond. Thomas absolutely idolises Sophie. From the moment he wakes up in the morning, he asks…

A selection of Christmas books on a table

Our Christmas traditions – creating a book advent calendar

One of our Christmas traditions is to have a book advent calendar. Each evening in December, in the run-up to Christmas, the children get to unwrap that day’s Christmassy book,…

The word 'enjoyable' in gold

Friday Focus 12/11/21 – Enjoyable

We’ve had lots of little enjoyable moments this week. Little moments of quality time together, making the most of the opportunities to do things together. Simple things like flying kites,…