Siblings – July 2017

We’re a week away from the summer holidays and I’m looking forward to having both my girls home with me. This summer is going to be very much about making memories with these two little girls of mine. I am not sure how much of the summer holidays we will be able to enjoy. We found out earlier this week that Jessica’s cardiology team has decided that her next open-heart surgery needs to take place sooner rather than later. We suspect that this may be towards the end of the summer but have no proposed date as yet.


Jessica and Sophie standing by a tree with Sophie holding Jessica's hand and looking at her - "Siblings - July 2017"


A few weeks ago, I thought we were still about a year away from this surgery. I was hoping that we would have a summer without the thought of surgery hanging over us but this is not going to be the case. For now though, we will carry on trying to work through our summer activities list and make the most of the time we have together before Jessica has to go into hospital. It’s a big step on our heart family journey and one that we’re quite anxious about. Knowing that this next step is becoming imminent makes these little sibling moments all the more precious. I hope and pray with all of my heart that there will be many more sibling moments to enjoy in the future.


Jessica and Sophie standing next to each other in front of a tree with Sophie holding on to her scooter


Jessica (5 years 10 months)

  • Got her platinum reading racoon certificate for having read 150 books and has moved up another reading level at school.
  • Enjoyed taking part in her first ballet show. She made us laugh though with her elaborate bow at the end of her dance.
  • Had a glowing school report. It made me proud to hear her described by her teacher as being “thoughtful, kind and caring.”
  • Enjoyed her Girls’ Brigade awards evening and was very happy to get four new badges on her badge bag plus a badge and certificate for 100% attendance at church parade.
  • Is starting to write stories and letters. I especially loved the letter that she wrote to the Tooth Fairy from her favourite dolly Kerry.


Jessica and Sophie having a cuddle


Sophie (3 years 8 months)

  • Enjoyed having beach days at preschool and being able to go in the paddling pool with all her friends.
  • Loved doing the ballet show and was very excited about getting a medal for taking part.
  • Is quite fascinated by shadows at the moment. She loves watching our shadows as we walk to preschool together. Trying to step on each other’s shadow is a fun game to play along the way.
  • Loved having Nanny come to stay and singing along to songs with her at bedtime. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly is her favourite, especially when it comes to the spider where she gets to tickle everyone.
  • Likes to come and sleep with Mummy and Daddy in the night but prefers to curl up on the end of the bed like a cat rather than cuddle up with us!


Sophie giving Jessica a hug in the spinner at the park


Linking up with Dear Beautiful for the Siblings Project

8 thoughts on “Siblings – July 2017

  1. Jessica’s doing so well, with her reading, ballet and Girls Brigade, well done to her. And it sounds like Sophie’s loving preschool and loving her ballet, too. I hope you manage to enjoy many sibling moments in the coming weeks in the run up to Jessica’s surgery and the girls have a fun summer together x

  2. Oh Jessica sounds like she’s doing brilliantly – and just the lovliest little girl to boot. I hope all goes well with the surgery and that it doesn’t hang over you in the time runnning up to the day itself. Sophie sounds like she’s having a blast with ballet, and fingers crossed you’ll have lots ot time to have a jam packed summer – have you seen that Birmingham has the Big Sleuth Bear Hunt on? I’m determined that we’re going to get around all 100 this time; we only managed about half of the owls last time!

    1. Thank you Carie. I saw about the Big Sleuth Bear Hunt – would love to go and see them if we get a chance although Birmingham is a little bit of a trek for us. Maybe it’s a good excuse for a weekend away though..! Good luck with trying to find them 🙂

  3. Jessica is doing amazing with her reading and I really hope you have some fun times before her surgery. I can’t imagine what that must be like to know it’s ahead. I love that Sophie snuggles up at the end of the bed! Does she start school next September? X

  4. You rightly should be so proud of your girls. So many awards and shows! Here’s hoping that you have a fun-filled summer and the looming surgery doesn’t overshadow it too much. x

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