Mum’s touching final blog post before crash that killed her and 3 kids
Written by Rother Radio News on 14/10/2020
A mum-of-four who died in a horror crash along with three of her children wrote a touching last blog post about parenting before her death.
Zoe Powell, 29, tragically died alongside her two daughters Phoebe, eight, and Amelia, four and their six-year-old brother Simeon.
Her husband Josh and their 18-month-old daughter both survived the crash and are said to be in a critical but stable condition in hospital.
Zoe’s father, who spoke to The Sun, said that the family had recently moved home as theirs had burned down.
Zoe’s dad, from Cheltenham, Gloucs, held back the tears as he said “they’ve gone”.
He told The Sun: “They were going home. I don’t know where they had been but they had recently moved into a new rented house after theirs had burned down.”
He said they’d moved from place to place but were just getting settled.
Mum Zoe, who was described by friends as “overflowing with love” wrote a touching last blog post about parenting and expecting their daughter, according to the Mirror Online.
Those who knew her have paid tribute to the churchgoing blogger who ran a business producing journals, cards, prints and stationary.
In a moving final post on her parenting blog last May, mummy Zoe had written about taking a break from blogging, as she prepared for the couple’s fourth addition to her family.
She wrote candidly about the steps she was taking to prepare for the new arrival.
In the post, she wrote about finding mental space to enjoy motherhood, and how she was taking a temporary break from blogging and producing floral journals, to concentrate on being a mother-of-four.
The mum shared tips with followers about how she was preparing mentally for the exhaustion of welcoming the couple’s fourth child.
She wrote: “Baby is (hopefully) just around the corner over here, and these weeks, months of preparation will soon be forgotten in a blur of feeding and sleeping and all those newborn things.
“I’ve done this before and yet I still wanted to make sure I prepared not only physically- our home- but also mentally.
“The sleep deprived fog can make it hard to think clearly and I know that if I can set some things in place now then hopefully the next few months will run smoother mentally as well as practically!”
She posted tips for preserving mental health when becoming a new mum – from reminding herself she was “capable” to accepting help from others.
Zoe also wrote about making time for herself and for sleep, rather than trying to “do it all.”
She told followers how she had made a ‘good things’ list of activities that kept her happy – writing how she liked to be outside, listen to music, spend time alone or chat to a friend to give herself a break.
The mum also wrote of her Christian faith, saying she liked to place positive affirmation notes around her home and read bible verses to get through tough periods of sleep deprivation.
After taking a break from the blog and her journal business, Zoe had taken to posting parenting tips for entertaining little ones indoors during the coronavirus lockdown.
Her final post on October 3 captured scenes of her home on a rainy day as she enjoyed sippping coffee and cosying up in slippers.
Just over a week later, she and her family would be struck by tragedy in the A40 crash that witnesses described as a “scene from hell”.
The family’s silver Subaru collided with a HGV close to a railway bridge at 9.50pm on Monday.
Thames Valley Police said a 56-year-old lorry driver suffered minor injuries in the crash and did not need hospital treatment.