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Thomas, me, hubby and Sophie at Jessica's forever bed on Jessica's 10th birthday with her birthday cake on a picnic rug in front of us

Me and Mine – September 2021

September has been a tough month on the whole. It was to be expected to some extent, especially at the start of the month with Sophie starting junior school, Thomas…

The word 'trying'

Friday Focus 24/09/21 – Trying

I’d have liked to have come up with a positive word this week after the last couple of weeks but to be honest, right now I’m just trying to get…

Sophie and Thomas at Jessica's forever bed

Siblings – September 2021

September has seen a return to normality in many ways for Sophie and Thomas. They’re both back at all their activities for the first time since March last year. It’s…

The word 'overwhelmed' with a doodle of me looking frazzled

Friday Focus 17/09/21 – Overwhelmed

I’ve been feeling somewhat overwhelmed and exhausted this week. Too many balls to juggle, too many nights of not enough sleep despite trying to go to bed early, too many…

The word 'milestones' in teal

Friday Focus 10/09/21 – Milestones

It’s been a week of somewhat emotional milestones. Monday would have been Jessica’s tenth birthday. It was also Thomas’s first day at preschool. Sophie was very excited that her little…

Thomas in the garden wearing his preschool jumper

To Thomas on starting preschool

Darling Thomas, This week you started preschool. I still can’t quite believe you are big enough to be going to preschool. You made a friend at the gate waiting outside…

Jessica's birthday cake - a round cake iced with aqua buttercream with three fondant dragonflies, a green fondant lilypad and the words "Jessica" and "10" in chocolate writing

To Jessica on your tenth birthday

Darling Jessica, Today is your tenth birthday. It is ten years since you entered the world, bringing joy with you from the moment you arrived. That moment when I heard…

The word 'friends'

Friday Focus 03/09/21 – Friends

We’ve been making the most of the last few days of the summer holidays and enjoying time with friends. Last weekend was filled with outdoor parties – a birthday party…

Sophie standing in her school uniform in the garden

To Sophie on your first day of junior school

Darling Sophie, Today is your first day at junior school. A new school, a new adventure starts today. You were excited to go off to your new school this morning;…

Hubby, Thomas and Sophie (in matching rainbow striped tops) and me (holding a photo of Jessica) outside our lodge at Coombe Mill

Me and Mine – August 2021

The end of August always brings a sense of sadness. Sadness that another summer is drawing to a close. The awareness of how quickly time passes as we prepare for…